First, this is not near the swing I used in tournament play.
I want to ask two questions.
What does it tell you that I criticize my swing that made me a lot of money?
Who better to listen to about the evils of lag and early out of sync hip turn than someone who created massive lag and a hip turn that nearly started before the back swing was finished?
I am posting these videos for a few reasons.
1. One, it helps me relive my former glory. 🙂
2. It shows you what lag I used to generate, how much I used to lead with my lower body and that I really do know from experience how hard it is to control all of that and that is why I am saying it’s bad. These swings are so out of sync because my hips cleared too early. I had to play the ball behind the middle of my stance because the club was stuck so far behind me. Sure the speed and power is tremendous, but I had to hit nothing but wedges for about two weeks just to get ready for Q-school.
Look at how narrow my arc was on the down swing and how underneath the plane. When I didn’t time it perfectly I hit the ball way right, with so much spin, that the ball went nowhere…and how do you hit a soft, distance controlled wedge while adding lag on the way down with the hips leading and causing that much torque. I’ll say it again, I hope no one wants to suggest using two completely different swings for a driver and a wedge.
It’s fun to watch, but it proves my point about lag and leading with the lower body. On paper it does create more speed, but consistency and touch on short iron and wedge play is non-existent…and so is consistency when it comes to driver distance and accuracy. Forget about trajectory control. The physics are correct that delaying the release and leading with the lower body causes more torque and speed, but the reality is only a small few have the physical ability to do this…obviously I am one of the few…and I would rather do everything more in sync be more consistently long, straighter and be able to hit the wedge close after the 300 yard drive.
Redundancy…who better than me to know that too much lag and an early hip turn are bad for your game?