Thanks to Welshman for finding and forwarding the clip below.
I have said for years and years that what wrecked Tiger Woods’ left knee (he’s had at least four surgeries on it, beginning back even before he turned pro) was the planted-heel pivot method of the Modern Golf Swing.
You don’t need a “perfect” swing to play good or even great golf, of course.
I’ve of course been spending a good deal of time pursuing that end on my part, but that’s because I’m a swing researcher and what else am I going to do, having set out 13 years ago to “figure it out once and for all?”
If I told you that the percentage of players on the PGA Tour who use the Classic Golf Swing principle of performing a free hip turn by allowing the leading heel to release on the back swing pivot is pretty low, you’d likely agree with me.
I like to use the term “release” or “floating” rather than “lifting,” because those two terms compared to the latter connote a passive action rather than a deliberate one.
This is the state of professional golf today, friends, while we enjoy another 1st major weekend of the season – Gary Nicklaus, the grandson of Jack Nicklaus a.k.a. the G.O.A.T., made an ace at the Par 3 contest at Augusta National this week.
I have an observation that one of WAX Nation passed on to me with regards to Ian Poulter’s swing on weekend (thanks A.M.!).
I would hazard a guess that some of it has to do with renewed focus and commitment, but this is a guy who nearly lost his Tour card before suddenly going on a tear this year, making the semi-finals in the WGC Matchplay and then winning the Houston Open yesterday!
I have talked before about how you get a lot of Modern Golf Swing players diving into the down swing, and I’ve alternately called it the “Harpoon”move (that phrase is not mine, but that of Mike Austin’s).
You also hear it talked about on TV as the “head drop,” and this is the funniest part of what I watch & listen to on television – when Tiger Woods was the best in the world, the same drop kept coming up in a positive way.