Monday, 19 October 2009


To what extent has this piece of technology corrupted the natural evolution of swing?

Have we forgot how unimaginable our world and this precious game would be if everyone of us became a machine?

Invasion of the robo golfer is surely not upon us!

This sole destroying invention is by know means a prime example of the modern golf swing. Yes it has the power to repeatedly strike one pure arrow after another but ask it to hold a solid iron shot against a right to left breeze and I'm afraid you have a malfunction! Ask it to knock down a 7 iron approach into a tight pin location and it break downs, the creative work space is missing and quite frankly leaves its future in the hands of the scientist who built it.

Constantly fiddling and fumbling around the meaning of the word Art.

Because you see this is no doubt where the dawn of modern swing thought was born, out of minimal movement governed by pure core strength. Room for that vital human reflex of lateral movement has been eliminated in mans quest for the straight, no curve ball flight. With special attention to the in vogue FAD that is STACK AND TILT you can instantly appreciate the motive for this golfers writing. If the golfer remains fixed with his weight planted on the front foot and develops an unnatural reflex for turning on a fixed axis he believes he will produce the consistency of Mr Iron Byron.


If Mr Nelson could see this he and Ben would be disgusted.

Mr Byron Nelson could be hailed as the godfather of the modern swing as it was he who first mastered the art of swing with the introduction of the steel shaft all those years ago. Please try and feel my disgust at the association of such greatness with something so emotionally lifeless. Don't get me wrong its place in the game has been undoubtably formidable as far as progressive club design and ball developments. A subject I could also write aggressively negative points of view on.

We must never forget the human character we all are, yes totally unique to one another and individual in every facet of the players makeup. The very action of swinging the golf club with the hands and arms as we stand to the side of the golf ball demands a certain level of movement from the large muscles of the core that essentially react in support. Yes thats right, the smaller, faster body parts, the hands and arms are there to swing and direct the force created by the weight of the golf club. The bigger, slower muscles of the bodies core are there to support, through resistance on the back swing it stores energy before unleashing its power into the increasing speed of the club, hands and arms on the downswing.

If you swing your lead arm away from the ball you can't help but feel the body move laterally in support, thats a good thing and quite simply essential in a pure golf swing. Take a ball and draw your arm away from the target in preparation to throw it as far down field as possible. I assure you the body has moved away from the target laterally in response to the arms need for support and firmly planted your mass of weight on the rear foot. Now throw the ball as far as you can and I assure you the first reflex in the through throw was a firm planting of the lead leg and weight into the lead foot. It provides the greatest sense of speed, power and distance. Hell, its a natural reflex and one of essential requirement when propelling the limbs down field weather it be to throw a ball of swing a golf club.

When you swing your arms you shift your weight, it stabilizes, supports, stores and injects the power needed to strike great golf shots.

Learning to purely turn on a fixed axis is unnatural and frankly far from healthy practice for a human being of any physical makeup.

The machine is designed to strike arrow straight shots time after time, well I can safely say the game is not won with a straight ball flight. The ball must curve one way or another, deciding which way is down to the individual, controlling your shot shape is all you ever need to concern yourself with.

Enjoy the process of swing not the science of technology.



Juliah said...

What an interesting read...carry on with the good work Paul.


Juliah said...

What an interesting read Paul, I wish you luck in your quest.