I had reached a cross-roads point of sorts back in the summer of 2014.
It was a little over a year since I had given up on ever figuring out how to make a swing model with a significant flaw (to me) work – it was another person’s swing model, and that one included a shifting head on the back swing pivot, due to the center biased position and square-to-the-target-line stance setup.
For those who know of which I speak, fine, but I am not talking about that other model, only that I gave up on figuring out how to make it work with a shifting pivot and built my own swing model, which included a stable head position in theory.
That was the “New MCS,” because all of my previous swing models had been built around the study of that head-shifting model, and as any athlete can tell you – it won’t work.
So, in the spring of 2014, I returned to Ben Hogan’s pivot action after having spotted something in it (I can’t even remember what it was now) that I hadn’t observed before.
Before long, I was elbows-deep in the Wax Golf “Ben Hogan Project,” and the idea I had that a pivot must include a stable head position on the back swing was reinforced by looking at Hogan’s model.
To my shock, the “floating pivot” action that is now an integral part of the MCS swing mechanics was the same thing Ben Hogan was doing, and that I myself had done before trying to convert to a shifting-head pivot.
It is a natural move, in other words, and one that has been lost in the years of the Modern Golf Swing insanity.
A natural way to pivot. And it was very natural and easy to return to it once I adjusted my stance to perform it the way he did:
And it was clear that, while I knew how to do it – the Tour players on the PGA circuit weren’t even close:
That was Ben Hogan’s action. What Tiger is doing above there is nothing more than a rubber-band torque of the torso, and is why he’s not playing golf right now – you could never get me into this position above, nor would I even try it.
So, the summer of 2014 – that was where the MCS swing theory became more than just a way to swing athletically and with mechanical-correctness – getting rid of the shift in the pivot and returning to a natural, stable-head and “floating” pivot is what has brought MCS the rest of the way.
If you’re watching golf this weekend on TV, take note of how tortured and contorted the players who plant their leading heels are on the back swing pivot, and ponder why…
Why must the leading heel be planted? No one can answer that question satisfactorily – the long drivers swing for power, and they don’t swing like the Modern Golf players, they swing like the Classic era players did, with a big hip turn and floating heel:
They sure as heck don’t swing with just the upper body turning on the back swing, so how is the upper torso-only pivot more powerful?
And it’s not more accurate and consistent – the best Tour players of 50 years ago were more accurate off the tee than today’s best players, and with far inferior equipment.
More accurate and consistent than Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus?
Feel better, Tiger…
So, why the restricted-hip pivot?
For its own sake?
That’s just… a shame….
Wanna learn the MCS methodology and swing like the greats did in the classic era?