Ben Hogan once remarked that Mickey Wright had the best swing he’d ever seen. Looking at her swing myself, I can see why he would have said this.
Mickey was of course a classic swinger from the ’50’s era, where proper mechanical swings were not as rare as they are today. The golfers from that era just swung so much better than the players today.
If you gave the average pro golfer from today a 50’s era persimmon driver and old forged irons, how ugly would it get as far as fairways hit and distances? I’m betting it wouldn’t be a pretty sight.
I didn’t invent the MCS swing. There are proper athletic principles in any sound motion and all I’ve done with the MCS is look at how the best swingers did it and try to explain the same principles in my own words.
Mickey Wright’s Classic Swing
That said, Mickey Wright has what you’d have to call an MCS swing, meaning it was mechanically-correct. Look at what she did in her swing that my MCS method would call for:
1. The upright, bending-at-the-hips posture at address,
2. The full body turn around the spine on the back swing, with the classic heel-lift,
3. The “left-foot stomp” action of leading with the weight and hip shift to the left rather than turning into impact.
This third aspect is what I love the most about Mickey’s swing. You can really see that aggressive weight shift and “stomping” action with the left leg and foot as she transitioned into the downswing. Awesome left-side leverage to the swing, leaving her completely relaxed at the finish with the high hand position.
A great swing from one of the most prolific winners in the history of the LPGA, with 82 wins, second only to Kathy Whitworth’s 88.
Update: I thought I’d re-post this today as yesterday was Mickey’s 80th birthday. And what a timeless swing. This appears to be nearly completely 100% MCS, and from over 50 years ago.
Mickey Wrights Show Some Awesome MCS Principles
Not only, take a look at that first Youtube swing in the original posting – her flexibility allowed her to finish without a “short-stop slide,” but if she had performed it – what would she have looked exactly like, swinging?
Her swing puts every male player on the PGA Tour today to shame.