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.
Some of you might find this interesting – I have long held out three players on the PGA Tour, namely Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Bubba Watson (another one would be John Daly, but he has been irrelevant for so long, and has now turned 50, as did Vijay a few years ago, so I rarely mention JD) as models of the “Classic Golf Swing,” apart from the modern swingers.
And now word comes that Phil Mickelson, who had a sports hernia operation in October, has had a 2nd procedure to treat the same injury, which has me suspicious – about the cause, not about whether he had a hernia or not.
If a swing is mechanically-sound or correct, then of course you will see certain things in it – for example, you need a free and full hip turn without any attempt to restrict it, for a swing to be mechanically-correct.
If you watched last week’s World Long Drive Championship, you would have seen very good form from the two Finalists.
Everyone has been looking at Joe Miller’s swing, but I wanted to show Finalist runner-up Ryan Steenberg’s swing, because there’s a lot you can learn from it (if you watch any of the MCS Trilogy swing videos, you’ll learn the same things).
Imagine if someone had told Phil Mickelson that, going into the final round back 1 stroke, he would shoot a score of 65 and lose, he’d have thought you were insane.
Thanks to Pat G. for sending me the link.
Wow, I’m loving this from Phil Mickelson!
I just mentioned in this morning’s earlier posting that Phil Mickelson, the second in career majors among active players (if you count Tiger Woods as “active,” which is a stretch, but whatever), is a classic golf swing adherent.
Update at bottom – June 12, 2014
I dug up this archived posting on Phil from my Smash Golf blog days, and while the comparison to Mike Austin is not something I’d do today, there’s nothing in this posting that I’d say is incorrect.
I noticed that Phil has birdied his first hole in this the 2014 U.S. Open, 1st round – could he complete his career Slam with a victory this weekend? It’s a tall order for a 44 year old who hasn’t been on his game in recent months, but we’re talking about Phil – anything is possible!