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 got a tip from targettom about some musings on the swing from Sean Foley on the Golf Channel, and other than the fact that he seems to have suddenly discovered proper spine position at address, I have to say that most of what he was saying was a mish-mash of modern swing gobbledygook.
The main problem people have with golf swings is that they don’t realize that kinesiology is more than just the study of human motion.
If you look at the actual definition of kinesiology, say from the wikipedia version of the word, you’ll see that kinesiology actually involves much more than the basic (mechanical) motion.
Now, I know this likely strikes some as telling people that the sun rises in the East, but to the Modern Golf Swing industry, this may shock you – if your swing model is leaving players with herniated disks – you’re doing it wrong…
I made mention yesterday of how Tiger Woods’ major winning ways basically came to a screeching halt when he left Hank Haney (although he was already in some trouble with his shifting address bias with HH) and embraced what I call the “Voodoo Biomechanics” of another coach.
Essentially, this is how I define something as “voodoo” anything – if you can’t find it anywhere but in the place it’s being sold, then there’s a strong chance it is voodoo.
I’m certainly not the one who’s going to let all of the Modern Golf Swing guys either slink into ignominious anonymity or jump onto the Classic Golf Swing bandwagon as if they were always on board.
I have a long memory, and I remember the lonely struggle of trying to stop people from swinging in the modern style, and the hubris of swing coaches like Sean Foley when they first hit the scene.
I was discussing the swing this afternoon with Jerry “Big Toilet” Crowell and something came up that has been bugging the stuffing out of me since I became intimately acquainted with the “modern golf swing.”
This is simply: It is madness to try to perfect a golf swing model which the human body is not designed to copy.
Update at Bottom
Nick Faldo’s name always brings back a golf-before-Tiger-Woods memory for me. I didn’t grow up watching Nicklaus and Greg Norman play golf and win majors, as I came to golf in my 20’s.
Those names were just names that I heard in the evening sports in which I impatiently waited for the hockey or basketball highlights.
But Nick Faldo’s name will always stick in my mind because the first full round of golf I ever watched on TV was the final round of the ’96 Masters.
I’m updating this post to include a video clip of Sean Foley describing how to hit one’s irons.
Notice how he says, “That’s gonna give you the slide I need with the hips…”
Now, remember that you don’t use your hips in the golf swing, according to Mr. Mahan.
Originally posted July 28, 2013
I do believe Hunter has written the funniest thing I’ve ever read about the golf swing.