You all know that one of my pet peeves on golf swing analysis is the ridiculous “using the ground” excuse the analysts use when they simply have no clue what’s going on and still want to sound knowledgeable about what you’re seeing on your screen.
Simply, launching one or both feet into the air while swinging a golf club does nothing to add speed or power, rather it is an anti-injury move because the swinger is either not using a proper weight shift to the leading foot and/or doesn’t want to damage the leading leg or hip.
OK, you can probably tell I’m having some fun working out the last little details on my long drive swing action, but today was extra fun when I got home to look at the video.
I hit some awesome balls today after struggling through the first half of the bucket, all because I got sloppy with my posture – but when I realized what I was doing and straightened back up to a taller address, it was game, set and match.
Once again, I have proven to myself (if not to anyone else) that you really can’t figure out some things just by looking at them.
With the one exception of having figured out Ben Hogan’s pivot action simply by watching him in video clips and then mimicking the action, I haven’t ever figured out a swing move in any way other than having performed the action and then having seen that it was like someones else’s.
I dug an old clip out from something I had sent to a former Remax World Champion long driver back in late 2015 when we discussed swing mechanics, and I believe the same clip was posted to DJ’s Watering Hole some time around then.
Believe it or not, the “Dropping The Hammer” concept is not a new one – the only thing new is that I’ve figured out how to explain how it is I get that ball out there 350 yards and beyond when I put the club on it, whatever swing model it is I’m using.
I guess it would be no surprise that John Daly, one of the best swingers ever on the PGA Tour, when you’re talking about natural and classic swinging, has given some of that swing DNA to his son, “Little John…”
I would love to see a face-on view, but the action itself is classic John Daly, especially through impact.
It looks like Rory McIlroy is finally getting some proper equipment (I mean, who really plays Nike clubs without being paid to do it?), and the results are spectacular.
I would say that, pound for pound (or kilo for kilo), Rory Mac is the longest driver by far on the PGA Tour, or at least he will be, if these numbers below carry out… and if you want to know how he’s doing it – athletic talent counts for a lot, but if you haven’t notice this, you haven’t been paying attention!