1. Golf machine
3. Hold the lag/add lag/delayed release
4. Square to square putting
All of these things may make sense in the lab with robots and physics…and for the very few persons physically able to perform them, but for the vast majority, it is just not practical.
As far as The Golf Machine is concerned; I got an “A” in physics in high school and college, was a borderline PGA Tour player and have been studying the golf swing for 25 years and I don’t understand it. How is a person who never took physics, doesn’t know much about the swing and is an 18 handicap supposed to use any of that? Golf Machine articles might as well be written in Aramaic, using Chinese lettering, in infrared ink, using a nano pen and a microscope. It couldn’t make less sense to me.
The X-factor of restricting hip turn to generate a greater angle between the hips and shoulders creating more power, might add up on paper. For someone who is not very flexible, which is the vast majority of recreational golfers, this turns into a total arm swing and a lower back injury waiting to happen.
Holding/adding lag/delayed release is a Golf Machine fundamental, but since it is taught and attempted by non Golf Machine people, it deserves it’s own rant. If you are strong enough, turn hard enough, are flexible enough in the wrists and hit enough balls to time it properly…yes, this will make you hit the ball farther. However, the previous criteria for implementing this concept applies to about 1 in every 1000 golfers…if that many.
Square to square putting has some merit if you have lots of practice time and every putt you get is straight…but again, it will not work for the vast majority of golfers because if you don’t do it right, it results in disaster…and most people not playing golf for a living don’t do it right.
Studying the physical motions of a dunk, hitting a 100MPH fastball, and an Indy car taking a corner at 150 mph will not help people who can’t dunk, play in a slow pitch softball league and drive their 2.4 kids in a minivan.
People who are able to do the above things in other sports, do them because they are physically gifted enough to do them, train and practice them for several hours a day. No amount of study is going to help the average person do any of those things.
In theory and on paper the 4 golf fads I listed at the top are sound. In reality for over 90% of the golfing population…they are too mechanical, too complicated, create too many thoughts, are not natural, require too much practice time and most people are just not physically able to do them.
When you throw a crumpled up piece of paper into the waste paper basket, do you know what your wrist angle at PP#1 is?…and do you consciously restrict the bend of you elbow to get more wrist hinge…well, you get the picture.