It Was The Ben Hogan Project…

????????????????????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.

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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?

It isn’t.

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…


Ha… funny…

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?

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5 thoughts on “It Was The Ben Hogan Project…

  1. major tom

    so what do you think of this guy DJ?

    sounds pretty much like a giant misconception of the whole golf swing. he’s saying classic swingers had left biased setup (none that I’ve observed).

    I’ve been searching for the origin of the planted front heel. can’t find any rhyme or reason. golf is a conforming sport and little idiosyncrasies go viral for no apparent reason, e.g., tucking your glove in your back pocket with fingers hanging out while putting! also derision for anything outside the norm (delaet and weekley’s duck dynasty look).

    some other examples, reference to avoiding “happy feet” in oosthuizen’s swing tips, constant reference to bubba’s “unconventional” swing even though he drives it a mile past most tour pros.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Tom, I would say that the classic era players were “more left” in their bias, but they weren’t left in their bias.

      For example, the MCS setup is most assuredly right-biased, but if it is right-biased to a slightly lesser degree, that setup would be “more left” but it would still be right of center.

      The classic players had different equipment with the persimmon wood clubs. Even the driver had to be swung to have a more descending angle into the ball (perhaps barely, but still…), whereas today’s driver is designed to impact the ball level or ascending.

      The proof? Just look at Jack Nicklaus, a classic era player, and with the modern equipment, his setup was virtually identical with my MCS model – because it’s the modern era with modern equipment.

      Part of the reason Tiger always struggled with his driver, in my estimation, as he tried to swing the modern driver like the old persimmons. You can find old articles from the early to mid-00’s where swing gurus were saying “Hit down with your driver too…” and you wonder why modern pros struggle with basic things.

      And yes, conformity is the scourge of many things, including golf – if people were obsessed with conforming to a mechanically-sound swing, as with other sports, then I wouldn’t mind. Unfortunately, everyone is conforming to the worst sports theory I have ever seen – that of the Modern Swing concepts and mechanics.

      PS – you can listen to people such as the gent in the clip above, but my research has consisted of not much listening and a good deal of looking… and JN looks pretty right-biased here…

      1. major tom

        you gotta give it to jack for consistency, he has the same setup over a span of maybe 30+ years. Snead is a little more left with legs but spine tilts right and he’s still definitely behind the ball. hitting down with persimmon was common in the old days. I recall as a kid watching the pro at our local muni hit driver and the balata took off low and straight then climbing up before landing softly in the fairway. anyway, this guy’s explanation of the lifting heel can safely be tossed into the bogus bin.

  2. David

    DJ, I hit 3 drives today in places I have NEVER been. All over 290 yards. I just focused on the “perfect pivot” and it was so easy. Funny, it has been easier with the driver than the irons but after yesterdays session with you things are coming together. Now to perfect it time after time. THANKS!!

    1. D Watts Post author

      It never fails to amaze me DK – you take a casual conversation on the swing and use it to make changes! Awesome – see you in a week 😀

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