First, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding Frank Nobilo since his shout-out last Saturday.
The truth is, I have never publicly talked about our conversations because I enjoy our back and forths, and I wasn’t going to advertise that we talk in an attempt to gain anything from it other than the pleasure of our discussions.
That said, the cat is out of the bag, and FN said quite logically that there’s nothing wrong with simply saying that we like to talk swing together, so let’s move on…
Before we get to Brandel and Rory, let’s talk about AoA.
AoA stands for Angle of Attack, and I don’t know what Brandel Chamblee thought he was going to accomplish arguing with Rory McIlroy on how to swing modern drivers, because Rory is one of the best drivers of the modern era, especially at his size.
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.
You may have heard about Rory McIlroy having tweaked his back during last week’s golf tournament in South Africa (the SA Open), but it’s not a lower back injury.
He reported it in his upper back and, since he’ll be having an MRI on the area today, I’m assuming it is soft-tissue (muscle) damage rather than a thoracic vertebra injury (because if that were true, he’d really be in some trouble), especially since he played through the weekend with it.
I was browsing through GolfDigest, wondering what horrors I would find within the current online edition, and I wasn’t disappointed – and I don’t think GD will ever ask me to contribute to their content, which would be more a compliment than insult at this point.
I found yet more Modern Golf Swing “Fail!” in the form of a nonsensical analysis of how to “swing like a girl,” wherein more examples are given of male swingers (3) than of female (zero, which sort of reversesdestroys the assertion, don’t you think?), and of course the accompanying bafflegab that you come to expect from modern swing circles.
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!
Here’s a suggestion for anyone who has access to The Golf Channel this morning into the afternoon – turn it on!
I’ve had it on as background “noise” while I’m working the “MCS – Perfect Pivot“ video and I started paying a little more attention when Rory McIlroy reached 4 or 5 under par for his round – while on his first nine (the back), playing his 2nd round in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.