Double Leverage – The Ultimate “Push & Pull”

impact ldI don’t know why I like saying “Push & Pull” instead of saying the term in its proper sequence, which should really be “Pull, then Push…”

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 thoughts on “Double Leverage – The Ultimate “Push & Pull”

  1. DB Coop

    I don’t know how you can do that any better DJ but I’m sure you will let us know if and when 😉

  2. xyz459

    great analysis.

    I’ve found that once you’re at the top with all of that stored potential energy, the most efficient way to deliver it is with a smooth release, and as you’ve mentioned before, allowing the leverage to develop and build in the cascading kinetic chain.

    You definitely don’t want to yank it from the top (usually resulting in harpoon, over the top action, or, God forbid, a Barkley!).

    The beginning of the downswing is fluid and then if you have a tendency to muscle it, the throw is where this should happen coinciding with cracking the whip.

    KAPOW!!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks wxyz – I think the single greatest problem for most swingers is the breaking of the kinetic chain trying to get the club to impact from the top.

      You can get there a hundred different ways, but there’s only one mechanically-optimal way, and that’s to allow the chain to work as designed.

      DJ

  3. Tom

    The push & pull seems to work well for longer clubs (43″ shaft and longer) but not for the shorter clubs. I use your push & pull on my 46″ driver to get 118 – 125 swing speed, but it slows down my shorter clubs.

    With irons I get highest swing speed and best quality of shot with a 95% left arm/hand swing. My max speed with pitching wedge is 92 mph with left arm swing. If i use my right hand, no matter how, my max speed drops to 84 mph, and the hit is lousy. Hook, slice, top, etc.

    1. D Watts Post author

      That definitely sounds right, Tom – thanks for dropping in!

      With pulling/hybrid swingers, the lead arm is usually the dominant arm in the swing, so there is a definite possibility of what you’re describing.

      I swung almost completely left-armed for years, with hardly any right hand at all, and when I tried – dead hook, and I mean snipe… usually when I would try to “give it” a little extra.

      Now, your shorter irons will almost never be swung full at 100% like a driver, so there is a danger in a less then full shot in over-using the right hand and creating a hook, especially with a pulling/hybrid swinger.

      Sounds like you’ve found your niche – if it’s going straight, you’ve gotta be doing it right! 🙂

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