May 26th, 2016

The 2016 Byron Nelson – winners and losers


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How the 2016 Byron Nelson event was won

A wet golf course for the play of the ATT Byron Nelson allowed attacking golf and many low scores. For the final round the course was not as wet and the wind picked up slightly, and the chinks in the armor of the leading golfers of the world were completely exposed. Jordan Spieth who had one of the leading scores over the past 3 days crumbled and dropped to tied 18th. Despite overwhelming crowd support and a magic putter his erratic swing resulted in 6 bogeys and only 2 birdies on the final day as compared to many more birdies per day and being able to contain bogeys to two or less over the first three days. In his own words, Spieth said he made solid swings, was aggressive through the ball and not tentative or hesitant, but he still ended up in tough locations. One of the commentators stated that he needs to do a lot of work on his driver, and another said Spieth could not keep his driver in the fairway nor make the greens but is sure to try to regroup and try for a better run at the Colonial Golf Course, also in his hometown Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex area, next week. Regroup? How? It would be a total crime if this ernest young man is convinced that his decisions were poor or that his putter failed or that his drive will improve with better timing. His swing is flawed mainly because of his physical build, and he urgently needs a swing which can get his trail shoulder into external rotation despite his trail shoulder girdle tightness. Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka, comfortably in the lead, dropped several shots and in the post-round, post-sudden-death playoff complained that he had to struggle with his swing all week long, which he felt was no way to win an event of this caliber. The winner, a very deserving Sergio Garcia overcame a four year drought to win his 9th PGA Tour event. He too struggled with his swing, and put two balls in the water. A strong finish and careful golf in the playoff helped him tie Seve Ballesteros’ record of 9 PGA Tour wins by a Spanish born player. When asked whether he felt this victory would help him do better in the big events still to come, including the US and British Opens as well as the Ryder Cup, he replied that he would have to get better in order to continue to win. Better? Has he not yet learned the magic formula after over 17 years of being a professional golfer with vast experience? Every one of these top golfers then, are scrambling like any amateur, and, what is worse, have no idea of what is wrong when their games fail. The main problem is that none of the most prominent golf swing coaches who train the best players in the world have any idea of the true problem. They merely follow the trend of  ideas which have been passed on down through time, practically like a legacy. The golf swing cannot be played in a similar “hit or miss” fashion that sports such as baseball batting, cricket bowling or tennis can. Those swings only connect a ball at about hip high, allowing the athlete to reroute as desired during the downswing. In golf, there is no time for a golfer to reroute the backswing, which means that at the top, the golfer MUST be in the positions he needs to use during the downswing, without any repositioning of the body or of individual joints either. So, if the golfer’s trail side is lower at address and at impact, he must maintain those angles throughout the backswing.  Also, he should not expect to always be able to shift weight an indefinite amount to the front foot nor rotate the hips effectively if the trail thigh is higher at the top. So long as golf coaches remain uneducated in every movement science subject, their students, who follow their dictates to the nth degree, will continue to have inconsistent results.

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