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).
You may have heard some things regarding the tendency of Modern Golf Swingers to do what I call “losing one’s level,” which is also called the “harpoon” by some and which is actually praised in modern analysis.
Even worse, you will hear some analysts calling this losing of one’s level on the down swing (where the head precipitously drops) as “getting ready to jump” at the impact stage, which is absurd – if you lose your level on the down swing and don’t react to it before impact, you’ll hit the ground about a foot behind the ball.
I don’t really have anything swing-wise to say that is overly pertinent, so I thought I’d make this thread a grab-bag and Open Thread for anyone to share their thoughts on this, the PGA Championship’s “Moving Day” at Quail Hollow.
I am wondering myself if it’s Hideki Matsuyama’s time – he’s already won 3 events this season, is coming hot off the win at the WGC at Bridgestone last week and he’s tied for the lead going off on Day 3.
Seems he’s in great position to make history as the first Japanese major champion on Tour and I believe, the 3rd Asian (after VJ Singh and YE Yang) to bag one.
*An Archived Posting From December 06, 2015
I was looking for a good swing clip of Tony Finau today for whatever reason – I wasn’t going to profile his swing or anything, although he’s a prodigiously long hitter.
I was just looking to see what he pivot action looks like, and it’s not bad, but the one thing I learned about anything today while looking at Finau’s “Golf Digest” analysis was – and this is embarrassing to have to point out, I assure you – the swing gurus to the PGA Tour players don’t understand the release action of a proper golf swing…
You’ll find a lot of people saying, “I’m very flexible, so I don’t have to float my heel to get a full back swing pivot.”
And you’ll see a lot of those people in traction one day, most likely.
Because just getting a full shoulder turn with a planted heel is not the point of a golf swing – the point of the golf swing is to swing the golf club to strike the ball sitting there in front of you.