…at 43 years old. His swing is compact and efficient. He is not a short hitter, yet at 43 he is one of the finest ball strikers on Tour. It is my opinion that guys like Sergio, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Young Ricky Fowler will not be able to create the obscene angles in their swings into their 40’s and keep their bodies healthy…never mind being #2 in the world. Whereas a guy like JB Holmes will be able to bomb drives from his patio at the rest home his grandchildren put him in.
I apologize beforehand if you are offended, but people who fault Stricker’s swing for having no lag…are ignorant fools who have bought into this whole concept of forcing the action in a golf swing.
His swing has plenty of lag, he just doesn’t artificially create lag with some hand or body twisting manipulation.
I am not getting into this whole lag debate again, but I used this point to illustrate the farce that is modern golf instruction.
You know I don’t advocate copy the swings of any golfer, especially one freak of nature action they have that supposed creates longer drives.
A HA!!! Hitting longer drives has become the sole purpose of modern golf instruction. Lag, X-factor, coil, completing the backswing, leading with the lower body to create more lag, float loading, snap releasing, widening the arc…etc, etc., etc.
The merits of all of these cliches and how they create more speed and longer drives has been fed to us for many years now.
Where in any of these theories is straighter drives, better distance control, more accurate wedge play, etc? How about just a longer driving average and not just the fluke bomb that wow’s all of our friends, while we are hitting the rest in the trees, missing greens with wedges and shooting 5-10 shots over our handicaps?
The answer is it is all our own faults. It is not the fault of the golf media as I have been ranting. It is all our faults because that is what we asked for.
“How can I get some more distance?”
The answer is none of these active, intrusive, spine twisting, mind bending, forced actions will give you any sort of consistent long driving ability or scoring ability. We have mistaken the validity of these fools gold concepts because some of the big names in golf over coming the use of these fads with awesome natural skill and 8 hours a day of practice.
If you work on a fundamental that makes you a more consistent and accurate wedge player…odds are that will also create a better shot pattern of drives, as well. Maybe not that one awe inspiring 300+ yard B.B, but a nice solid collection of drives in play that are within your level of ability.
That is what all of these monstrosities of technobabble create. An occasional drive that achieves a distance that is beyond our abilities…but this same action creates a resume of shots and scores well below our abilities.
(As the soapbox breaks under the weight of my self-righteous rant)
Maybe I should have been a televangelist.