Tag Archives: Modern Golf Swing

Matt Wolf’s Pivot Channels Arnold Palmer

I’ve been getting emails from the usual WAX Nation swing hawks regarding a freshman college player named Matt Wolff whose OSU Cowboys won the NCAA title last week.

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I Don’t Play Golf But… A 600 Yard Par 5 In Two?

If you think today’s pro tour players are good and that the longer ones among them hit it far (both accurate assessments, because I’m not saying they aren’t or that they don’t), then let me tell you something about my day yesterday and let you wonder what they could do with mechanically-sound and properly leveraged Classic Golf Swings.

Yesterday, I enjoyed a great day on the course out at Royal Ashburn G.C. with David D. 

This track is the former Fall Q School venue of the former Canadian Tour, and the ironic thing is that I actually worked there as a locker room attendant for a summer coming out of high school – and never once saw the course!

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Golf Legend Mickey Wright Condemns The Modern Swing

This is incredible – I’ve written a couple of posts before about Mickey Wright, first about her great Classic Golf Swing action and then a little more breaking down her setup and mechanics, but the legendary golfer really gives the Modern Golf Swing a firm condemnation in a long-awaited interview with Golf Digest (thanks to Peter A for passing it on).

I’m wondering how many of the greatest golfers ever have to to knock down the Modern Golf Swing, but they won’t be around forever – so it’s a good thing to get them on the record.

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Jack Nicklaus Destroys The Modern Swing – In 1974

USA team captain Jack Nicklaus(L) puts aThanks to KidCharlemagne for sending the quote from the book.

Jack Nicklaus is the greatest player of all time on the PGA Tour, although some would claim that title should go to Tiger Woods.

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Tiger Woods = Ben Hogan? (Hint: Not)

????????????Nick Faldo took a look at Tiger Woods’ swing today and wasn’t very complimentary in comparing Tiger’s action to Ben Hogan’s.

He talked about the transition into the down swing, where he concluded that Tiger “just hasn’t quite got that…”

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Bubba Watson vs Jack Nicklaus

Bubba Address1I’ll be away all day today, at the Blue Jays’ charity golf event, but I’ve whipped up a post on what I saw yesterday while watching some of the Memorial in Ohio.

Bubba Watson blew a late-round lead to finish 3rd, but what caught my eye was a spot on his swing.

You all know (well, if you’ve been following the blog) that I view the classic swing mechanics from yesteryear as superior and much more mechanically-correct than the “modern” golf swing mechanics being taught today, from the stance to the pivot.

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Rigid Shoulders – Pivot Killer

It may seem counter intuitive but the more relaxed you are, the better you will swing.  Stiffness, especially in the upper back and shoulders, is  a pivot killer.

One of the more common things I see in the golf address stance is the stiffness.

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If You Want Proof – Watch Javelin Training

javelinIf you want clear and convincing proof that the golf swing, any swing in fact, is powered not by the arms but the legs and hips, just watch this javelin training clip.

When I did, I saw something even I’ve never noticed before (not that I sat around watching javelin throwers, I was always on the track when I competed, no field except for high and long jump).

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The Modern Swing Must Go

modern-golferOriginally posted at DJ Watts Golf on March 13, 2013.

I don’t know any other way to put it, but I can’t wait for the Modern Golf Swing era to end.

It is harmful because it doesn’t use mechanically-sound principles.

There’s no other way to put it.

Or I can put it this way:

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Rickie Fowler – That Was Fast…

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?”

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