A Tale Of Two Pivots (DJ & BT On The “Hogan Pivot”)

hogan-dj-top3So, we have the swing researcher (DJ), who builds models, and the playing pro (BT), who is enjoying a resurgence in his game and speed/power that he never possessed before, using the MCS “floating pivot” swing model.

We’ve been working together on his pivot and he has implemented the setup and mechanical action that turns the standard MCS back swing pivot to more closely emulate Ben Hogan’s awesome action.

I went back to Hogan’s pivot in the summer of 2014 when I looked more closely at it and realized – he didn’t anything close to what his swing had been described as doing for years and years!

Thus followed the summer of intense focus on Hogan’s pivot, culminating in the Wax Golf “Ben Hogan Project” where I laid to rest the many Hogan swing myths and broke down for my readers the actual Ben Hogan pivot mechanics.

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This is the thing about Hogan’s swing, you see – you don’t have to copy Ben Hogan’s every move and idiosyncrasy – all you need is what he was doing below the belt.

To whit, the pivot is the thing, and that’s all you need from Ben Hogan’s swing.  Granted, to pivot that way, you’ll also need to stand much the way he did, which is of course the way the MCS address stance is built, and is similar to the way most of the great classic era swingers stood over the ball.

And what you’ll get when you “Hoganize” your MCS pivot is, the best swinging you’ve ever experienced, whether you are a swing research like myself, or an actual playing pro as BT demonstrates below:

BT’s MCS “Floating Pivot”

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I will be shooting the upcoming MCS “Perfect Pivot” video in Arizona in a couple of weeks for release in the spring, and it will explain exactly how to “Hoganize” that MCS pivot and get the same action you see above.

All you have to do, if you are tired of being misled by incorrect interpretations of Hogan’s action, is simply listen to the man himself (at your own risk on anything other than the stance and pivot action, of course), and he will tell you that his swing was not a restricted-hip modern swing type but the classic hip-and-leg-driven action of the floating pivot:

Hogan Talks While DJ Pivots


That is how you generate effortless power and speed, friends – not with a membership to your local gym and a doctor on speed-dial, but with the full-body pivot using the body the way it is designed to move and the way you would move in other sports or day to day actions.

DJ’s MCS “Floating Pivot”

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Q: Now, do the three of us look exactly alike in our swings?

A: Of course not – no two people will ever swing the exact way.

I am left-handed swinging right-handed and I have scoliosis, both of which influence my stance and swing.

BT is right-handed and doesn’t have my spine deformity, and Hogan, while right-handed, swung to the left through the ball for  a pull-fade, which would have influenced his ball position and swing action.

Neither BT nor I do those things – but if you look at our pivot actions, the three are exactly the same.


Wanna learn the MCS methodology and swing like the greats did in the classic era?

You can start with the “Secrets of the MCS”video shorts series or jump right in to the whole thing and pre-order the upcoming “MCS – Perfect Pivot” video.

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2 thoughts on “A Tale Of Two Pivots (DJ & BT On The “Hogan Pivot”)

  1. Laser

    “no two people will ever swing the exact way”

    And, even if they use the same BIO-mechanics, they still might not look alike. Hogan had long arms. Then, look at someone who has long legs that end just under his chin, like Leadbetter. Then, somebody chunky.

    Big butt? Broad shoulders, or narrow?

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