I looked at Rickie Fowler’s golf swing a while back and declared that he was making some progress from the swing with which he had turned pro and then with which he encountered some back injury issues.
You’ll remember the Mark Twain line about there being, “Lies, damned lies, and statistics,” I’ll wager – and I’m not accusing anyone of lying here, just of the same old “hype” over numbers that mean absolutely nothing they are meant to mean, but tell you all you need to know.
This time is Golf.com’s Extra Spin piece about Rickie Fowler “crushing” a persimmon driver, but if you look at the Trackman numbers and read some of the Twitter responses to the piece, you’ll see that no one who knows even a little about golf, equipment and technology was fooled for a second (or at least, not many).
If it’s like this one from about six months ago – he’s undergone a stunning change from the back-breaker move he had a couple of years ago.
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?”
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.
Originally posted on the Smash Golf Blog June 9th, 2010
Johnny Miller is said to have quipped once about Jim Thorpe that his swing had more moves than kung-fu.
If you want to see a swing that reminds me of that zinger every time I see it, take a look at Rickie Fowler.
It’s no coincidence that Rickie shot the lights out Thursday and Friday and then struggled to close the deal on the weekend.