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.
Rory Mac is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, and he’ll be moving up on that list, 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 noticed this, you haven’t been paying attention!
I’ve also pointed out someone with a passable planted-heel swing model (one Dustin Johnson, for example), but hold the phone a minute…
Has Rory McIlroy found “the secret” to the modern golf swing’s planted heel pivot?
I had to go back and watch a few of Rory McIlroy’s swings again from yesterday’s final round at the Bridgestone Invitational.
I was seeing some stuff that I really liked, and it it seems that Rory has made some swing changes for the better.
And I mean, if this is not just an anomaly, that this would be great for Rory and for professional golf – the youngsters today are more likely to want to emulate Rory than Tiger Woods, and if Rory is going back to more mechanically-sound swinging, I would be personally delighted for 1. His back and future and 2. The generations that will follow him.
**Update: I’ve embedded the actual video below in the posting
I’ll be heading out this afternoon with Todd to conduct the Golfability program in Peterborough this evening.
It will be my first time working with the physically-challenged on how to swing a golf club, so I’m looking forward to the experience.
On another note relating to the golf swing, I thought I’d offer you something Wax reader Peter A. sent to me about Rory McIlroy’s swing.
Originally published on the Smash Golf blog Feb 09, 2010
I wrote a post last year about Rory McIlroy’s golf swing and what I didn’t like about it.
Back then, I wrote about his action through the impact zone,
“This is where the lower back compression causes the stress on the back and may lead to injury as Rory ages, but since he’s young and flexible, it hasn’t yet taken its toll…”
Originally posted on the Smash Golf blog July 22, 2009, updated Jan 11, 2010
Rory McIlroy has a great-looking swing motion. Very little lateral motion and a nice, pure rotation around the spine during the back swing.
He has a “modern swing,” which involves swing with both feet planted firmly on the ground from Address to the Top.