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.
There’s been some buzz about Steph Curry receiving an sponsor’s exemption to play in a Web.com event next month, so I thought I’d take a look at what I could find with his swing on the internet.
Now, he’s very fortunate to be an athlete, and a pretty gifted one, with hand-eye coordination anyone would kill for (those treys, those treys), and standing at 6’3″ or 1.91m in height – Steph Curry gets away with his modern golf swing model for one reason.
This is likely never end until the Modern Golf Swing has been pierced through the heart and buried with a garlic necklace, but I want to repeat to everyone that a “low or planted heel back swing” does not mean nailing the heel to the ground.
I would bet you that even the most flexible person who claims to be able to pivot with a fully planted heel does not actually do this, but just thinks they are doing so.
I’m talking about the restricting of the hip turn in the back swing by keep that leading heel firmly planted on the back swing, all to promote more stability and therefore consistency in the golf swing.
Tiger Woods apparently tried once (and is probably still now trying) to blame his left knee woes on “stuff I did as a kid,” and not on his modern golf swing models which have wrecked the left side of his body.
It’s not just the knee – if you see the history of Tiger’s injuries, you will see a distinct and unavoidable pattern of left side body issues, all coming from that planted-heel back swing and everything that comes along with swinging this way from an early age.
It is not often that you get to point out something in the modern golf swing and say, “OK, here’s the exception that proves the rule…” and Adam Scott is one of those examples.
The modern swing is flawed, as I’ve been saying for years, because people are not designed to swing the way the models call for it to be done.
For example, it is virtually impossible for most people to get a decent hip turn without having a “floating feel” pivot with the leading foot.
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?