(prepare for another of my patented soapbox rants)
I have been mono-maniacally redundant about my disdain for mainstream golf instruction, especially the big name gurus. They have infested us with visions of perfect swing systems, tips based on copying all time greats, tips based on the idiosyncrasies of current Tour players, etc.
Hank Haney trying to teach Tiger to swing like Mark O’Meara and making him swing like Charles Barkley. Thousands of instructors telling us to copy Ben Hogan when it took him 10 years of hitting balls 8 hours a day to perfect that swing and others telling us we should copy Dustin Johnson’s bowed left wrist when it creates a really funky move that only he, with his phenomenal athletic ability, can perform.
Now we have Peter Kostis (one of the pro Dustin Johnson, bowed left wrist people) who spends every week telling us about perfect swing mechanics and what parts of Tour players’ swings we should be copying.
He had a chance yesterday to help tens or even hundreds of thousands of golfers with their game and he fumbled the ball. He criticized Bryce Molder’s “over the top swing” and ended by telling Jim Nance that no one should copy that move.
First off, Molder doesn’t have that classic, amateur, over the top move that creates a big pull slice and terrible weight transfer. He whips the club a bit too far inside and gets it back out in front of him by releasing the club properly.
Instead of convincing ams around the world to rebuild their golf swings according to the arbitrary standard (most of which have less than 10 hours of practice time per month)…this is the move that they should be trying to take something from. A move that is more like theirs. A move that had a guy on the verge of winning a PGA Tour event with the same type of flaw most of them have. A move that is made more efficient by just releasing the club properly, which doesn’t allow the hands to reroute over the top so much and create that horrible pull slice.
I don’t claim to know everything…and there is no one right way to do things…but at least I understand that some “outside the box” thinking is required to help golfers with their swings and games. No two people are built alike, think alike, or have the same skill set. There are general guides of proper fundamentals and more efficient ways of doing things, but no “right way.”
I am going to make a video of how watching Molder’s swing can help those with major over the top problems…but not for copying…LOL.
Bravo Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made my day by proving my point for me.
Peter Kostas and Hank Haney should shave their heads, put them together and make an ass of themselves.