So now I’m asking myself did I miss something or is this merely another man’s idea of how to simplify the golf swing?
Knowledge of David Leadbetter’s new book came to me today as I was reading the comments on various blogs regarding Lydia Ko’s recent major championship victory and reference was made to Lydia’s links with Leadbetter and his coaches. And one or two commentators questioned the potential dangers for Lydia making changes to her golf swing by implementing some of the A Swing ideology.
Over at Reditt they’re saying, “The latest victim of "lead poisoning"...Lydia Ko,” and suggesting that any competent golfer should beware of lead(better) poisoning. Adding that, “Man, look what happened to Lydia Ko since her management company signed a deal with David Leadbetter. He did what he does best, take a golfer with an athletic smooth swing and just completely ruin it. Worst thing is he has her stuck with that "A swing" as a marketing tool, and it is going to reek havoc on her career for years to come.”
The above comments were posted about one month ago and since then Lydia has won her first major and thereby suggests her alleged dose of lead poisoning has thankfully not been fatal.
Testimonials – A touchy subject
There’s no doubt that testimonials are a touchy subject when you’ve bought into a book or somebody’s allegedly breakthrough ideas and it just didn’t happen for you. Nevertheless according to Lydia, "It has been fun working with David. He has taught me so many new things about swing fundamentals and how the body and muscles work. I'm excited about what lies ahead, and so will you be, if you try David's A Swing – it could really help your game."
And then there’s Gary Player, “David is a credit to golf. He loves the game as much as anybody I have ever seen and the A Swing may be one of the greatest contributions. If there is a better teacher in golf than David, I would like to meet him.”
Denis Watson, an 11 Time tournament winner including the World Series of Golf 1984 and the Senior PGA championship at Kiawah Island 2007 who apart from anything else, suggests that the A Swing is ideal for senior golfers. And has,because of the simple biomechanics involved in the A Swing allowed him to continue to successfully play golf in spite of a long list of ailments. And eliminates his need for hours of practice to keep his swing and body in sync.
Einstein wrote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” and his quotation came to mind when reflecting on David Leadbetter’s comment which alas is all too true and confirmed by the statistical evidence that the average handicap over the last 30 years has not greatly improved in spite of the new technology and teaching methods.
As to why? It appears to me that the average golfer tends to do, “the same thing over and over again,’ and consequently never finds the answer to improvement.
For very many golfers David Leadbetter’s book may appear to provide simplistic solutions to what is undoubtedly a complex bio-mechanical process. However as a senior golfer in need of simplifying the stressful complex bio-mechanical processes I am subject to during my golf swing. I’m inclined to think I did miss out on an interesting and new insight into the golf swing.
Not incidentally the ‘A’ stands from alternative. And therefore suggests there may be a better way.
Here’s the links to PR Newswire and Reddit
Quote of the Day
“I wanted to bring out a book that will change the way people think how the game is taught. Yes, it may be a bit controversial, but golf instruction needs to be shaken up because for the masses, this game can be just too hard.” – David Leadbetter