MCS stands of course for “Mechanically Correct Swing.”
I’ve been writing on the golf swing for years, and anguishing over the swings of purported swing gurus and coaches, but I’ve never looked at former PGA Tour champion Brandel Chamblee’s swing.
So, perhaps what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, but since Mr. Chamblee is a proponent of the classic golf swing, I kinda already knew what I was going to see when I looked him up.
I remember Brandel from the late 90’s, which was when I began to watch televised golf, and I might even have a live swing of his from an event back then, followed by a Vijay Singh swing from a tournament in which they both played.
So let’s take a look his action, which is a very classic action:
Brandel Chamblee’s Golf swing
If you’re looking for a swing that goes back to the classic era, this is it. I’ve already blogged about Chamblee identifying the lack of the floating heel as a major problem with the modern golf swing, and he’s written a book about it as well.
- Address – Almost exactly like the old MCS to MCS 3.0 stance, wouldn’t you say? I’d say a tad more right-biased with the head and spine tilt, and you’re looking at a perfect set up.
- A little head shift because of the initial stance, but notice the breaking left leg right away.
- Classic, great top position with the Ben Hogan floating pivot action of the classic era, nothing surprising here. How nice is that left “swinging gate leg?
- Good aggressive move to the left side, but then with the floating pivot, that’s a trademark and not an exception!
- Staying back very nicely through impact, and finally
- Full & free release
The only critique I have personally is on the stance bias as mentioned in Frame 1, and of course that hitching action on the finish (which has no effect on the already-struck ball) would be eliminated by not anchoring that right foot on the follow, and allowing a Greg Normanesqe “short-stop slide” action…
I gotta say, it’s very strange to see a retired PGA Tour player swinging better now than the current players are swinging today, form-wise.
So yes, Brandel Chamblee knows how to swing a golf club with mechanical correctness, and he certainly knows what he’s talking about when commenting about the planted-heel modern swing.
A refreshing change when watching someone talk swing on TV!