Care to try it?
It does appear that Michael Breed who hosts The Golf Fix can take most of the credit for popularising the observation of Jordan Spieth's chicken-wing follow-through action.
Michael adding that Jordan’s action provides an excellent example of a successful body release. Then following up with the thought that some of us may like to try it.
Personally I’ve been there and hopefully now past it. It’s my experience that it leads to a passive hands situation and perhaps explains why Jordan is short of the tee; currently ranked at 162nd with an average length of 283.8 yards.
Hands, body or both?
I came to golf at a time when the great debate in British golf tuition was whether or not to adopt the American style of square-to-square swing with a greater emphasis on body action and less emphasis on the hands. The question became, “Are you a square or a roller,” with rolling the hands still very much to the fore in British thinking.
Using the lower part of the body as exemplified by Ben Hogan and then by Jack Nicklaus and others did suggest that this was the way ahead leaving only the likes of Julius Boros in the States and Henry Cotton in the UK as prime examples of hands-on emphasis with Cotton saying that, “You’re only as good as your hands.”
According to John Jacobs, one of the finest teachers in the world, “Golf is not played exclusively with the hands, nor is it played exclusively with the body. The whole art of the game is to synchronize body action with hand and wrist action. You just can't play well enough with either one alone. It's a swinging wrist cock. I like to call it two turns and a swish. That's the correct coordination of movement.” That’s a passage from an excellent article by Jaime Diaz.
And then there’s the knees
Bradley Hughes concludes his tuition, “The only thing I would want to attempt to alter with this golf swing would be how Spieth works too much onto the outside of his left foot coming into impact. This does affect his power slightly as keeping more stable into the left heel could definitely enable him to push harder off the right foot and hit slightly harder by saving the energy shift for later. The main concern with this however would be long term the effect this twisting may have on his left ankle/knee and hip. (My emphasis) I would try and incorporate a slight progressive change over time to eliminate that- more for the well being of his left side rather than in an attempt to gain more distance.”
God forbid that Jordan would in later years suffer similar aches and pains as has Tiger. And similarly senior citizens should think seriously before trying chicken-winging as a new way to go.
Link to Bradley Hughes and Jaime Diaz
Quote of the Day
“So remember- not all "bad" things we hear about via instruction manuals and golf for dummies books are all 'bad'..... We are individuals and all have different ways and looks to achieve "good" components of the golf swing…” – Bradley Hughes.