John Paul Newport at the WSJ writes, "Are Pro Golfers Too Bulked Up?
Tour Players May Be Working Out Too Much, Leading to Injuries"
A touchy subject for Tiger
In what could be construed as a reference to Tiger's time with the Navy SEALs, John writes, "Greg Rose, a co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., acknowledges that Tour players' intensely competitive nature sometimes works against them in the gym. "If you want to train like the Green Berets or the Navy SEALs, where a lot of the purpose is mental, to see how much you can handle, of course it's high risk," said Rose."
Out with new
Excessive gym-ratting combined with using modern swing methodology has unquestionably led to the lengthening list of professional golfers suffering from bad backs and other physical ailments.
As to the modern method John writes, "Then there's the issue of the so-called modern golf swing, characterized by keeping the lower body planted and comparatively stable while generating power for the swing through the torque created against that platform by the rotating upper body. It can be murder on the vulnerable lower back."
Back to the old
In the good old days the really the good guys raised the heel of their leading foot however this appears to have gone out of fashion except for the getting older guys who are now on the Champions tour.
For Golden Oldies and those who'd like to try old-fashioned methodology, John makes an interesting statement.
"Rose at TPI has worked extensively with professional long drivers like Jason Zuback. Their swings, designed for maximum distance, more closely resemble old-fashioned swings. They lift their left heels off the ground, rotate their hips more, and "jump" at the ball, relying far less on the lower back for power."
Here's the link to John Paul Newport
Quote of the Day
"So, of the group, the only one with a "quiet" lower body and a planted left heel is Tiger. Quiet lower body advocates, naturally, consider Tiger their trump card, but maybe they shouldn't. Tiger has been a great driver, a so-so driver and a horrible driver in the course of his career, whereas Snead, Nicklaus, Hogan, Nelson, Palmer, and Casper were generally superb drivers." - From "9 out of 10 Golf Legends agree: raise the left heel!!!" at Jeffygolf.com