OK, since it was Mickey Wright’s 80th birthday yesterday and I didn’t get her anything, I thought perhaps I could do a little swing analysis on her action back in the 60’s, just in case she’s thinking of teeing it up with the ladies any time soon.
Even at 80, my money would be on Mickey. The clip from which I obtained these pics and the gif., contains a drive of hers in a Shell match where she hit a drive over 300 yards.
Sure, it was an elevated tee, and sure, there was a strong following wind – but we’re talking about a woman swinging a persimmon driver on a balata ball – and knocking it past where many guys would hit it today with the same equipment. I bet you anything.
But back to Mickey’s swing – first, here’s a gif. of her action, and let’s take it from there.
I only have one thing to nitpick, and that would be the stance width she employed:
For the people familiar with the UMCS stance specs, you’ll see that her extra wide stance (looking at the right side…perfect…left side and foot, you can see the width on that stance) will cause a shifting to the right with the head on the back swing, to where it should be at impact…
A little narrow stance with a little more spine tilt, and she’d be in the MCS address position. The head shift is predictable when you look at the stance, as well as the “following the swing” move she performed to get over the left foot on the finish (which she doesn’t quite, because of that too-wide stance and the anchored right toe on the finish, but still a very athletic move, and nothing improper about it).
Down the line, how sweet is this address position? How many things do we see here, from the angled stance to the extended arms, the relaxed spine, the weight over the feet, the kicked-in right leg…
Wow – that is the closest to the actual MCS stance that I’ve seen from someone on the professional circuit, and this is the LPGA’s second-most winning player of all time. Not hard to see why.
Someone would surely accuse me of stealing Mickey’s address stance if it weren’t already MCS orthodoxy:
And not only that, my friends! I noticed something in Mickey’s right foot action on the address and back swing. I’m telling you, I nearly fell out of my seat when I first noticed it:
*Note September 2017 – If you look at my Pivot Drill in the “E = MCS” Video, you’ll see my “Pressure Plate” drill is something that Mickey Wright appears to actually be doing on her swing!
And this, my friends, goes to show you that you can’t invent a golf swing model. All you can do is swing the way your body is designed to move. And the closer to that absolute model you get, the very obviously the better golf swing you will have.
MCS is nothing more, nothing less than the exact way most people should stand and swing. And the better swings you run across, the more their setup will resemble the setup I’ve identified in the MCS swing model.
Who cares how cold it is inside, watching these classic era golf swings really gives me a warm glow…
Mickey Wright – Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf