I got an email from a WAX Nation reader (hey there, R.H.) who had asked me about a video he watched where the “pro” move is to have the hands moving upward at impact, creating a more level or shallower “swing bottom,” to increase consistency in ball-striking.
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 am not psychic, and I’ve been wrong more than I’ve been correct in my life, but when it comes to the golf swing, I did call Tiger Woods’ swing technique with Sean Foley a “back-breaker,” and I was correct on that, at least.
I stumbled across this piece on GolfDigest’s website and actually found the same video on their Youtube page – you have to watch this.
It is essentially a 6 minute advertisement for the TaylorMade M3 driver (you’ll see that at the end if you watch the entire clip), although I don’t know how anyone can sell a driver based on Tiger Woods‘ driving performance since his return.
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!
First of all, if you listen very carefully to what Brandel Chamblee got Sean Foley to admit on television, I don’t know how he retains any of his students.
I took another look at Bryson DeChambeau’s golf swing this weekend after John In Phoenix’ comment on him, and I’m sorry to say, I’m still not a fan, just as I wasn’t two years ago with my first look.
First of all, unless BDC has a congenital back condition or some chronic issue from a prior injury, I have to say – the golf swing shouldn’t hurt your back, and if you’re having back issues already at the age of 24, something is definitely wrong.
I did some digging following all of the brouhaha concerning the Trackman supposedly clocking Tiger Woods’ club speed at 129.2 mph on Saturday with his 14th hole drive.
I have always called it as I see it, and I have myself disregarded numbers that I did not trust, such as the time I averaged 135 mph club speed, 195 mph ball speed and 350 yards per drive over 5 drives on a golf store launch monitor.