Jim McLean’s Triple “X-Factor” – Yeah Right

Posted by Mike in Golf Instruction

Golf Digest's Jim McLean
I had to laugh reading Golf Digest (I try to stay away from them) for January 2008 with Jim McLean and his Triple “X-Factor” article.

Yet again another instructor telling a golfer the positions he must be in and NEVER discussing the physical requirements to do it! God that urks me to know end :twisted: !!

In theory what he is saying is 100% correct, so I’m not berating him for his instruction skills, but I want to expose to all amateur golfers this is IMPOSSIBLE without a higher level of both strength and flexibility. You can dream to get in those positions he talks about, but it will NEVER happen.

In fact, if you try to get in those positions with poor strength and flexibility your swing will get WORSE! Yes… that is exactly right! You will add more tension in your swing because you are struggling to do with the “guru” tells you to do, but your body CAN’T do it! Plain and simple guys!

I don’t know how much more I’ve got to get golfers to understand this fundamental aspect of golf. If you are physically broken, stop wasting your time taking lessons, reading magazines and buying all this gimmicky training aids. It won’t help! Prove me wrong :razz: .

Until you recognize that your body is not up to par, you will never take the right approach to playing better golf. Especially if you’re an aging golfer. You’re only recourse is to keep playing from the shorter tees. Just don’t get so desperate that you’ll be playing from the junior tee’s which are shorter than the ladies tees.

Please feel free to jump in on this and give me your “2 cents” worth. I’d love to hear it.

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14 comments, sweet!

Comment by TP Golf Online
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January 7th, 2008 at 7:58 am

I totally agree with your view Mike. I have had this view of the X-factor for many years. Physical therapists must see an increase in patients everytime an article or book is published that targets a system or method that benefits only a minority of golfers.

It would be interesting to see how golfers have benefitted from this system vs. the number of golfers who have hurt their back, neck, etc. using the X-factor system.

Comment by Mike Pedersen
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January 8th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I just wished they’d bring up the importance of flexibility and strength in golf, and not so much the ideal positions most golfers cannot ever get in :cry: . Thanks for dropping by.

Comment by Saturday Golfer Subscribed to comments via email
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January 7th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

This is very true. If the average person off the street tried to physically swing like Tiger they would winde up with their body in an “S” shape in be in bed for a while.

If you can’t physically get in the position to make a swing, or any other sporting move all the knowledge of the correct mechanics won’t help you.

Good thoughts!

Comment by Mike Pedersen
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January 8th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Thank you! I’m glad a few of you are on the same page as me :smile: !!

Comment by Steve Wozeniak
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January 8th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Hi Mike,
No doubt about it a ton of instruction out there is not fundementally sound. The golf swing is easy given the correct information. Work on that body/mind and short game a ton and you will get better!!!
One question for you, have you heard of Bikram Yoga? And what do you think about it?

Steve Wozeniak PGA Director of Instruction Bellevue/Lake Spanaway Golf Courses.

Comment by Mike
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January 8th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I’ve heard of it Steve, but don’t know much about it. I’m too “type-A” to hold a yoga pose for that long :shock: .

Comment by Fat Man
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January 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Hey Mike, quick question. What golf exercises would you recommend for a non golfer? I like trying different things.

Comment by Mike
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January 10th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Hey dude! I’ll head on over to your blog and let you know :grin: !!

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January 9th, 2008 at 7:44 am

Well, first of all it looks quite painful to have a tube stuck thru your hips…

As a comment to Steve’s question about Bikram Yoga (also called ‘Hot Yoga’ as it is performed in a room heated to 105°F / 40.5°C): 9 out of 10 yoga instructors see it as nothing but a commercial gimmick. Yoga is about stretching, breathing, meditating and ‘relaxing’, most of which hot yoga doesn’t provide. Many people actually complain about dizziness during workout, and about body aching after the workout. I know this from my wife who is a certified yoga instructor. It is very popular though…


Comment by Mike
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January 10th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Thanks for that bit of great info Frank!

Comment by dfarm
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June 29th, 2008 at 10:52 am

So this is hard?
I’m 67 years old and this move is a piece of cake. What was difficult was McLean’s original and flawed X Factor which told the golfer to restrict the turn of the hips and the lower body to create coil. Physical therapy professionals love that move.
This instruction is sound and natural, allows for free range of motion, and does not strain or stretch your back and rib cage muscles to the point of tearing.
Just try it.

Comment by Scott Kessler
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October 8th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

To Jim’s credit, the article does state “that today’s top players use to maximize power”. This is absolutely true. A lot of amateurs wonder why they can’t hit the ball as far as pros. Jim is explaining what the pros do that in part allow them to hit it so far. So the info is there. The amateur then needs to realize that “oh that’s how the pro does it.”. But gee, I’m not that flexible so I’ll never be able to hit it as far as a pro.

Comment by Mike
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October 8th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Well put Scott! Thanks for stopping by, and by all means don’t be a stranger :wink:

Comment by Jeffery Passage
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April 18th, 2011 at 8:58 am

Mike, I guess I would have to say that your stretching dvd has benefitted me without realizing. This past Saturday (4/16/2011), I began taking lessons from a PGA Tour certified instructor. I didn’t know it beforehand, but he is an X Factor type of instructor. Actually, there was only 1 position he asked me to get in and that was in the takeaway. From there, he told me to make a full shoulder turn, which I did without any strain or pain. I didn’t ask where my hands were supposed to be at the top. I had plenty of turn with my shoulders, perhaps even a little past 90 degrees. I will definitely give you the credit you deserve for helping me get in the proper physical shape to perform this golf swing. And it works! I was able to get off a 6 iron shot that went 162 yards! Thanks for letting me chime in. Jeff P.


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