I mentioned yesterday that one of my Wax Nation citizens paid me a visit on Monday and was blown away when we worked on and talked about the pivot (Jack Nicklaus-style) and he then hit his 7 iron with his first swing of the day, at least a club longer than he is used to hitting it.
By session’s end, he was hitting his 7 iron two clubs longer than than before.
And it’s all in the address position and the pivot.
Look how Larry2013 is standing, then compare his stance to Nicklaus’ and Hogan’s viewed down the line… and yes, all we did on Monday (our 1st session, we had worked on his address position to get it completely in line with the MCS model) was work on the pivot action.
The pivot action, especially with the left and right sides synched, and the address stance that are explained and demonstrated fully in the upcoming “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” video, I might add…
As I’ve said and you will note, the UMCS stance matches Ben Hogan’s nearly exactly, and is very close to Nicklaus’ when viewed dtl. When viewed face-on, I can make an argument that both Nicklaus and Hogan are nearly identical at address to the UMCS stance.
And when you have the proper stance, you will then have a solid pivot provided you know the mechanics involved.
This was Larry2013’s back swing pivot (Nicklaus-style) on the first day we worked on it, and our second session together in total:
Now, the pivot above is very solid mechanically, and I don’t care how “graceful” it looks or doesn’t look because of how you make swing changes.
The good swings he put on the ball, very very good things happened. So now, it’s a matter of getting used to the new “feels,” but he will be much smoother his next practice, and in a week or two, he won’t remember swinging any other way…
I’ll discuss that at a later time, but when making changes, the focus is not on ball striking quality or results but simply making and feeling the proper mechanical action for the first time.
Take away Jack’s flying elbow… and there you are. Now, that is a back swing pivot, and Larry2013 is 66 years old…
Larry2013 vs Jack Nicklaus’ Back Pivot
This is not a “young man’s” swing only, nor a “power swinger’s” swing only – but Larry certainly felt a lot younger and more powerful than he’d felt in some time when he started smacking that ball out there with his enhanced leverage.
I asked him how it felt to be hitting his irons 1-2 clubs longer with the same effort, and he stated that he was actually swinging with a little less effort than before… because proper mechanics truly are effortless compared to improper mechanics.
We took stock of where he was at the end of the session, and I’ll see Larry2013 again when he’s worked out the things I’d like him to work out… and he’ll be that much closer to his optimal swing.
He did mention the word “gratifying” a few times when describing his swing and our work together the past month.
And while I’m on that word, nothing is more gratifying to this swing researcher than to have someone who had caddied on the Canadian Tour a time or two as a lark – come to this swing researcher to retool his golf swing.
it’s a shame more of my Wax Nation Citizens don’t live in my corner of the world – you can do quite a bit with Skype lessons and videos and email swing analysis – but when I can get my hands on someone… then things really take off…
Good work, Larry2013, and I’ll see you again later this summer!