"Jim Flicks' point, made eloquently in On Golf, is that there's a developmental swing that is what gets you to the place where you can start to work on the pro swing.
His approach is about giving people tools to learn what a good swing fells like. The concepts go all the way back to Bob Toski's Touch System for Better Golf.
If there'd be disagreement, it would be that he seems to equate the developmental swing to learning walk before you attempt to run. You apparently think it's okay to look ahead."
Food for thought.
Most of the methods discussed here are good for basic moving the ball around the golf course but would not recommend teaching it to a young person with talent and dreams of being a tour pro. Right now I am very happy with a single digit handicap MGS golf swing.
Moe played on the Canadian Tour and on the Canadian Senior Tour. SA was hardly a 'developmental' swing for him. Sandy Lyle was instructed by Todd Graves in Moe's swing and that resulted in his last notable successes on the Senior tour. So while your statement may be true now (I don't know every golfer on every pro tour) it was certainly not the case in the recent past.
While this swing by Steve Stricker may not be exactly SA it is very close and Steve is trying to do the same thing that all the SA swings do which is return the club to the same position at impact as it was at address.
Re: Why there are no single axis swings on pro tour.
January 23 2012, 4:16 AM
I agree with Flick 100%. The elite strikers of a golf ball (a small group which includes every Touring Pro) possess a "knack" which raises them miles above the rest of the golfing population. Once one acquires the elusive "knack" one can choose a style or method (SA, Stack & Tilt etc.) of control in order to produce low scores. Flick doesn't know what the "knack" consists of, but he tries to help his students find it for themselves through a variety of drills and exercises which emphasize feel vs mechanics.