So…Where’s The Leg Snap In MCS?

dj imp new mcsNote: Phil Mickelson is leading the AT&T at Pebble Beach going into the final round today.

He’s a natural, MCS type swinger with a “floating heel” swing model – watch his leading leg today and see what you won’t see…

And where’s the leg snap in the MCS swing models?  Well, it isn’t there, so don’t bother looking for it.

The “leg snap” so popularized by Tiger Woods has been around forever, he didn’t invent it.

All it is, is a compensation when the hips are out of the position for optimal leverage, in which case the swinger hyper-extends the leg to get the leverage that would have been there naturally if the swing had been performed with more mechanical soundness.

Now, we see more and more players swinging this way, and obviously, it’s because of the modern golf swing method of restricting the hip turn on the back swing, leading to insufficient leverage at the top of the back swing and coming down to impact.

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So, Snap! goes the leg.

Now, it’s fascinating to watch people actually destroy their bodies trying to swing a golf club, but not much fun.

So, here’s a solution to the leg-snap – fix the flaw in your swing that causes you to make that move to recover the leverage and power you’ve lost with your modern swing move, and save your knee while you’re at it.

And if you think the leg snap adds power to a swing that is already mechanically-sound – wrong.  It adds power to a flawed swing, while incrementally damaging the knee joint with all that snapping.

Here’s 50 year old Jerry “Big Toilet” Crowell swinging a driver, and he exceeds 124 mph now on his top club impact speeds… no leg snap there, but obviously lots of power and leverage!

Jerry “Big Toilet” Crowell

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“How about DJ?  Surely the 350-plus yard drives involve a knee-snap move?”


Even with scoliosis, a right leg shorter than the left, and swinging right-handed even though I’m naturally left-handed – here’s a drive I hit a while back that had 8 seconds of hang time and was 350 yards or more (it was at the range, so I couldn’t get an absolute measurement).

Where’s the leg snap?

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Surely, I would have had to snap my leg when I was working out at the end of last season and hit some drives that generated over 190 mph ball speed with a 45″ shafted driver, the fastest being 195 mph!

Nope… No Leg Snap


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Tiger Woods was having left knee surgery as far back as his college days, a fact that many people don’t mention when they say that Navy SEAL training wrecked his knee – that just finished the job he’d started as a kid with all of that leg-snapping.

So, if you want to save your leading knee (and by the time you realize you’ve damaged it, it will be too late, think about that for a minute if you’re shrugging and saying “My knee is fine…”), then get rid of that restricted-hip modern swing move and start swinging with your entire body, the way nature intended.

I can’t make people change their swings, I can only tell them why they should…


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2 thoughts on “So…Where’s The Leg Snap In MCS?

  1. bigtoilet

    If anyone is “Lead Leg Snapping” then one reason may be you are backshifting your lead hip into the downswing.
    Why would somebody do that? Well, you may be out of the formula address position 1st of all. If you get center spined at address, you may in lead leg trouble.

    1. D Watts Post author

      If you get center spined at address, you’re in a world of hurt with not just the leading leg – remember the “Trebuchet Drop?”

      Nothing more than a compensation to achieve the proper impact position from a center-biased stance…

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