Category Archives: Modern Swing

Matt Wolf’s Pivot Channels Arnold Palmer

I’ve been getting emails from the usual WAX Nation swing hawks regarding a freshman college player named Matt Wolff whose OSU Cowboys won the NCAA title last week.

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Jack Nicklaus Destroys The Modern Swing – In 1974

USA team captain Jack Nicklaus(L) puts aThanks to KidCharlemagne for sending the quote from the book.

Jack Nicklaus is the greatest player of all time on the PGA Tour, although some would claim that title should go to Tiger Woods.

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Tiger Woods = Ben Hogan? (Hint: Not)

????????????Nick Faldo took a look at Tiger Woods’ swing today and wasn’t very complimentary in comparing Tiger’s action to Ben Hogan’s.

He talked about the transition into the down swing, where he concluded that Tiger “just hasn’t quite got that…”

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Somax Hates Rory’s Swing (Updated)

stability scoreI thought I’d offer you something Wax reader Peter A. sent to me about Rory McIlroy’s swing.

You all know the concerns I’ve had with it, and it seems that the people at the Somax Performance Institute have compared Rory’s action with that of the greats – the post is not very subtle in calling it “The Most Unstable Swing In History.”

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Bubba Watson vs Jack Nicklaus

Bubba Address1I’ll be away all day today, at the Blue Jays’ charity golf event, but I’ve whipped up a post on what I saw yesterday while watching some of the Memorial in Ohio.

Bubba Watson blew a late-round lead to finish 3rd, but what caught my eye was a spot on his swing.

You all know (well, if you’ve been following the blog) that I view the classic swing mechanics from yesteryear as superior and much more mechanically-correct than the “modern” golf swing mechanics being taught today, from the stance to the pivot.

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Rigid Shoulders – Pivot Killer

It may seem counter intuitive but the more relaxed you are, the better you will swing.  Stiffness, especially in the upper back and shoulders, is  a pivot killer.

One of the more common things I see in the golf address stance is the stiffness.

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If You Want Proof – Watch Javelin Training

javelinIf you want clear and convincing proof that the golf swing, any swing in fact, is powered not by the arms but the legs and hips, just watch this javelin training clip.

When I did, I saw something even I’ve never noticed before (not that I sat around watching javelin throwers, I was always on the track when I competed, no field except for high and long jump).

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The Modern Swing Must Go

modern-golferOriginally posted at DJ Watts Golf on March 13, 2013.

I don’t know any other way to put it, but I can’t wait for the Modern Golf Swing era to end.

It is harmful because it doesn’t use mechanically-sound principles.

There’s no other way to put it.

Or I can put it this way:

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Rickie Fowler – That Was Fast…

Originally published on the DJ Watts Golf Blog October 12, 2012

I said not even five months ago, when I wrote the blog on Rickie Fowler’s swing mechanics and possible back issues that I don’t like to do this, because it seems as if I’m rooting for trouble.

Of course, that couldn’t be further from the case.

All I do is ask myself, “How would my back/knees/hips feel if I tried to swing like that?”

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Countdown On Rickie Fowler

Originally published on the DJ Watts Golf Blog May 21, 2012

I don’t like to say things about peoples’ physical futures, because it can sound like I’m rooting for bad things to happen.

I blogged about Rory McIlroy, for example, back in ’10 when he began to get more television time, and I predicted back problems based on his swing.

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