Let’s put aside the silly, spread-eagled Moe Norman swing model that everyone is used to seeing.
Instead, let’s take a look at Moe when he was creating the “Pipeline Moe” legend, which would have been when he was winning 2 Canadian Amateur titles in a row and playing at the Masters (back then, U.S. and Canadian Am champs were invited), and making his short-lived appearance on the PGA Tour.
Let’s look at the action which I’ve recreated today at the Dome, and which would be a longer-hitting action than the Moe swing you would be familiar with.
Moe was so dead straight because of his extended-arm impact and pendulum-release action through the swing bottom.
He would have been just as straight, and actually longer, back when he swung with a narrower stance, a longer back swing, a floating heel pivot thus more leverage and power.
Moe With a Floating Heel Pivot & Longer Back Swing
When he began to obsess about NEVER hitting a ball off line, was when he transitioned over years to the half-back swing, wide stance motion that you know well.
He NEVER played on the PGA Tour, at the Masters or won any Canadian Ams with the below swing… but he was just as intriguing with that dead-straight action.
He might have gotten a little more accurate and consistent, but the trade-off was a distinct lack of power.
I would rather swing the way he swung when he made his name as a can’t-miss ball-striker.
Because coming into impact with an extended arm position and low-to-flat right heel – isn’t something exclusive to the Silly-Moe address swing.
DJ “Swings Like Moe Norman” – 5 Iron DTL
You can get it with the MCS model as well by changing your mechanical action slightly:
This was the first time I’ve attempted this, by the way – but after a few swings, the change in mechanical action kicked in and it was a piece of cake.
It’s all in the proper swing angle and the adjusted mechanical action on the down swing, but the address stance and back swing are exactly the same as my other MCS swing action.
If you want to play knock-the-flag-stick-down golf – you want that low heel through impact.
Not because the low heel does anything to the ball, but the manner of release to the bottom with extended arms and the low heel mean less rotary action through the impact, and thus less chance of hitting the ball off-line.
Hey, Moe impressed the hell out of Ben Hogan in the 50’s, and it wasn’t with his Silly-Moe swing – it was with the floating heel Moe Norman swing shown at the top of the post…
Wanna learn the MCS methodology and swing like the greats did in the classic era?