Do it differently
In my previous post headed “Take a Tip from Brandel,” I wrote.
“I [Brandel] wish I could give just one change to many of today’s best players. Not for change’s sake, but for theirs.” That’s from Brandel Chamblee’s, “If these stars could do just one thing differently ...”
Now he’s telling the lot of them, well most of them, that they should lift their left heel (in the case of right handers) to ensure a smoother and more enduring swing.
A case in point
Brandel said, “I would argue that if Tiger had lifted his left heel, his swing would have endured,” and John Paul deals with it in greater detail.
"A hallmark of the modern swing is tight, controlled resistance with the right side (for right-handed players) on the backswing—teachers talk about “coil”—and a sudden, explosive change of direction at the top. “When you resist with the lower body like that, as most of the players out here do now, it requires a lot of strength. That’s one of the reasons they have to go to the gym. And it’s reasonable to conclude that that violent change of direction puts more stress on the lower part of your back, which can lead to injuries in the long term,”
The nuts and bolts of it
John Paul writes, “In a nutshell, Chamblee contends that the orthodox compact modern swing robs golfers of power and leads to injuries that shorten careers. By contrast, the swings of all-time greats like Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus were longer, more naturally rhythmic and more enduring. Most lifted their left, or lead, heels on the backswing, a no-no in the modern orthodoxy. That helped them make bigger hip and shoulder turns, which gave them more space at the top of the swing to generate power and more time on the downswing to correct for any flaws.”
Here’s the link to John Paul Newport
Quote of the Day
“According to Chamblee’s analysis, only Woods and Nick Faldo didn’t lift their left heel when swinging with the longer clubs. The price Faldo paid was shortness off the tee.” – John Paul Newport