Here is a clip of two swings from the golf course back in September of 2009.
I had decided that summer to focus on the playing aspect of the swing rather than just the swing model motion, so I didn’t do any range work whatsoever that year.
In fact, I probably only went to the range a couple of times, to shoot video, that whole year.
I instead played golf, lots and lots of it, while trying out different variations of swing models.
This swing, you will see, was a center-biased model, not the mechanically-superior right-biased model that the greatest swingers used.
So I was set up with the vertical to near-vertical spine position and centered head at address…
But I didn’t tear up my knees or shoulders and I certainly didn’t break my back swinging this way, because of certain things I didn’t do…
First, I didn’t swing with a planted leading heel and restricted hip action – I swung with a floating leading heel, you’ll see, so I wasn’t going to get stuck on the back swing.
DJ Drives It 345 Yards On the Course – 2009
Second, I didn’t try to tilt my spine to the right on the down swing.
I still reached a right-tilt position as you see below, but I did it by having a very aggressive lower body shift (the lower body drives the swing, always) and a stable head position.
I didn’t try to lean back to the right, which is the back-breaker.
I must say though, if Tiger Woods and Sean Foley had been looking for a way to break one’s back… swinging from a center-biased stance and trying to get a right-tilt to the spine at impact would be as good a way to to do as any I can think of.
So, instead of trying to drop into a right-tilt position at impact, I turned through the impact, breaking the “Line of Scrimmage“ rule that you’ll find in the “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” video.
But as you can see, it wasn’t the address stance that made Tiger Woods’ swing under Foley mechanically-unsound, it was the things he did once he was in motion.
Still, a center-biased swing is problematic because you can’t get a right-tilting spine at impact without risking your lower back, and that means my turning impact (think of the baseball swing) made my ball-striking inconsistent.
I hit a 380 yard drive on the course that summer, and a ton of 350-360 yard blasts, but I was just as likely to precede or follow such drives with a banana-hook or screaming slice OB…
So it wasn’t power or speed I was looking for – I was looking for the keys to consistency and accuracy without losing that power and speed that I had already.
In the six years since, I conquered all of the flaws in this above model.
- I fixed my address bias, to the proper one (right-biased),
- I fixed my posture standing over the ball (from a “squatty” one to the more proper classic one) and
- I finally fixed my downswing plane and club path issues, from steep and outside-in to flatter and inside out.
So, you’re not trying create a swing motion that is different from the one you have now – you want to adjust things in your stance and motion so that your same swing now performs better.
And that’s all I’ve done with my own swing…