It’s Not The Lifting Heel That Is Important… (Updated)

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It occurred to me that the whole idea of swinging with a lifting heel versus a “planted heel,” as I like to term it (deliberately pressing the leading foot into the ground so that the heel doesn’t lift) has become a tiresome debate.

This may be due to the fact that I don’t think a proper swing has anything to do with whether the heel lifts a lot, a moderate amount or even a minimal amount.

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Remember My Momentus Power Driver?

I hadn’t done this before, but I was shocked by what I found when I researched the standard weight of the Momentus Power Driver to compare it to the standard modern driver.

What I found was that it wasn’t just the head that weighs more – the entire Momentus driver has a mass of – are you ready for this? – 500 grams, which is actually more than one pound of weight!

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Byron Nelson Figured It Out First

Byron Nelson’s only swing “flaw” if I were to call it that, was the shifting of his head on the back swing, although it is related to what I was talking about in yesterday’s posting, so it was really not a “flaw” but a compensation to avoid shanking the ball.

I have said before that “restricted hips means ‘shank!'” and for the same reason – when you swing with the hips and legs, you will tend to shift forward (to the left) and therefore you will come into the ball early – welcome to Hosel City.

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The Address Concept Solves the Moe Norman/Byron Nelson Riddle

There is something that Moe Norman used to do in his setup that fascinated many people – the way he’d get behind the ball, then set up seemingly half-way into his back swing.

“I have to be here,” he’d say, setting the club down about a foot or 30 cm behind the ball, “I want a low takeaway, so I might as well start from here, and I’ll have the perfect takeaway every time…”

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How To Swing “Hard” With Stability – Position

It’s become all too clear to me, while working on this latest video project “E = MCS,” that the fundamental key most people are missing in their swing is of proper positioning.

Even great swingers and players can have a better position from which to begin the back swing, and you see weekly on television the results of improper positioning (and of course, motion, when it comes to the modern golf swing models in use).

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Cameron Champ’s Power Swing

I’m sure everyone heard the buzz about amateur Cameron Champ who played in this year’s U.S. Open, and his driving average of 337 yards.

I’ve found some video of his swing, although the one I can’t find online is the rear view of his swing that showed a separating left heel on the back swing pivot.

It could just as well have been a one-off however because from what I see in other clips I’ve found online, he doesn’t seem to do it all the time, and that is the only concern I would have for a 22 year old who’s driving it 350 yards – that he be doing it with a mechanically-sound swing action.

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Something Incredible Happened Yesterday

I have always said that my swing model work was ahead of my personal ability to execute it – you can’t work on everything at once, and if I was working with others on their swings, and perfecting the MCS optimal model, then something was going to suffer.

For me, that’s always been my personal swing, but yesterday I took the step to what is perhaps the last adjustment I’ll ever make to my swing action, and that was to bring it in line with the model as far as the hand action on the back swing pivot.

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Justin Thomas & His Long Drives

I posted something about Justin Thomas last March, a posting which I’ve since removed because of the grumpy tone (I was annoyed by the constant references to his being “pound for pound the longest driver on Tour”), but what I said about his long distance driving was mentioned by Brandel Chamblee in the post Round 3 “Live From” on Golf Channel.

Chamblee showed a graphic that illustrated how Thomas gets it done, and that has to do with impact conditions over raw club impact speed.

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Driver – 187 MPH Ball Speed Today

I slipped out to the range today for an hour to hit some balls, to see how things would go after having practiced my setup procedure for a few days.

I had just gone out to get some exercise and make some full swings, but I predicted late last winter that I’d be increasing my numbers with the tighter pivot that I had worked on.

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Address Concept + The “Perfect Pivot” = A & Ω (Updated)

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It is so simple when you distill the golf swing to its most basic elements – the proper setup combined with the “perfect pivot” action that Ben Hogan used for his own swing.

Those two basic elements are the Alpha & Omega of the optimal golf swing.  In fact, I can’t think of anything that would cause a problem in the swing that wouldn’t be solved by the grasping of these two elements.

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