I guess the old saying “Push & Pull” keeps coming back to mind, and it flows off the tongue more easily, don’t you think?
Well, the double-leverage aspect of a properly-leveraged “full body” pivot is that of a “pull” first, followed by the “push” or the “throw” action of the power arm (the right arm in the right-handed model).
That’s why there aren’t a hundred different ways to swing properly, you see. Just as there is one standard walking model or running model, you have the proper way to do it, and all the other ways.
So, there is only one proper way to swing, and all the other ways are just other ways, not equally proper ways.
So if someone wants to swing in the “Stack & Tilt” method of keeping weight on the left side in a right-handed model, there’s no law preventing them from doing so.
It just isn’t the proper way to do it.
There isn’t “a” proper way and then “another” proper way.
There’s simply “the” proper way and the rest are “other” ways.
I haven’t spent ten years studying the swing to invent another way to swing, you see. I’ve been spending all of that time researching motion watching the motions of the most successful swingers.
Then I compared the motions to other swings, like the baseball swing.
Luckily, I’ve played both golf and baseball, so I can see the differences in things like the swing angle and the swing plane and target and stance from the two, but the motion is essentially the same.
So, the way I swing isn’t the way I was swinging two years ago, or four, or six… the way I swing now is simply the optimal way to swing using the body I was given.
So, looking the long drive swings I recorded yesterday, you see the distinct nature of the two actions in a properly-leveraged “full body” pivot.
First, the “Pull,” which you can describe as pulling a bell rope, or simply pulling down at the commencement of the back swing.
Note: This is not the same action as the dreaded “harpoon,” move of Tiger Woods or Jordan Spieth, where the pulling is coincides with a drastic head motion down and to the target (looking as if you’re trying to “harpoon” the ball with your club shaft).
Once that motion is completed, you then transition to the “push” or throw action of the power arm, extending the club and hands into and through impact.
And there’s the dual nature of the properly leveraged “full body” pivot.
Swing flaws come primarily from incorrect or “non-optimal” positioning at address, making the proper motion difficult or impossible.
Compensations are the things the swinger does to get around that positioning flaw.
For example, Jordan Spieth’s extreme ankle-roll and “chicken-wing” swing action are not swing flaws – they are the compensations in his swing that arise from improper positioning at address (and this would include as well, improper mechanical action like restricting hip turn and/or rubber-banding the torso on the back swing).
You’ll see the same thing in a mechanically-correct baseball swing – you see the “pulling” action of the leading side as the swing commences, followed by the “push” at impact, when the power arm extends through the ball and releases the bat head.
Same motion, different sport.
Motion is motion, the only differences are in the variables (target, implement, swing angle and plane, etc.) that make them appear different.