This is the state of professional golf today, friends, while we enjoy another 1st major weekend of the season – Gary Nicklaus, the grandson of Jack Nicklaus a.k.a. the G.O.A.T., made an ace at the Par 3 contest at Augusta National this week.
If you are still fighting the feel of the optimal and mechanically-correct address stance, you really need to look at the address stance of the greatest major champion of all time (and 3rd all time in total Tour wins), one Jack Nicklaus.
I have spoken before as well that you should be careful when looking at Jack’s swing because, likely due to the fact that he spent so little time practicing and playing (he did bear, after the nickname of “Legend In His Spare Time” and the reason for the post thumbnail above), he got away from his most solid fundamentals from time to time before getting back to basics.
All you have to do is watch the “down move” or what most people call the transition at the top from back swing to down swing, to see how the Modern Golf Swing has lost the natural leverage that the Classic Golf Swing models contain(ed).
If you watch the following clip, you’ll hear the greatest of all time, Jack Nicklaus, pretty much nailing in his own words the concept of down swing leverage – even to the part of the hips & legs providing the power for the 1st Lever!
This is incredible – I’ve written a couple of posts before about Mickey Wright, first about her greatClassic Golf Swing action and then a little more breaking down her setup and mechanics, but the legendary golfer really gives the Modern Golf Swing a firm condemnation in a long-awaited interview with Golf Digest (thanks to Peter A for passing it on).
I’m wondering how many of the greatest golfers ever have to to knock down the Modern Golf Swing, but they won’t be around forever – so it’s a good thing to get them on the record.
Well, it seems no one will have an excuse after today – anyone who is trying to play a power game or hit the ball a long distance (which is, in essence, the “power game”) with a modern golf swing model is putting themselves at risk of back injuries.