I Improved Someone’s Quality Of Life??

larry before & after dtlThat is a humbling experience, because as we go about our daily business, do we ever really give credence or even passing thought to the possibility that we, in that course, may actually change someone’s life?

For the worse, it’s pretty easy.

But helping to improve one’s quality of life?

Hey, if I could do that for even one person, I’d be delighted, is what I’ve always said about my golf swing research.

It is a past-time, to be sure, and for a tiny segment of the population, an occupation.  But does that make it any less significant?  I am not one to say.

I received an email on the weekend from Larry2013, who you may remember from our work on his swing plane & pivot and how to achieve meaningful change.

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I had spent some time with Larry and he was most pleased with the results.  The message he sent me a couple of days ago however floored me.

I asked him if I could share a bit of it and he generously agreed, so here is what he said, in part, and those of you who have any of the MCS video materials will recognize much of what he speaks right away.

I’ve bolded myself the parts that touched me particularly in their significance:

Hi D J,

A week ago yesterday while on the range, the proverbial light went on:  I finally understood how closing the gate with the left knee, from of course a floating pivot, can  act as a  lever, to harness the  immense force of deliberately shifting the weight fully back to the left side…

The above understanding was precipitated by your exercise of throwing a golf ball at a golf ball on the ground…

As you know  DJ, golf has been a part of my life, for the great majority of my life.  With the above light going on I now, in association with hopefully maintaining  good health, have the opportunity to enjoy the game of golf so much more, in my later years.  For this I cannot thank you enough.

Through your incredible hard work, which  has resulted in your vitally important research, and ultimately your vitally important teachings  on MCS, you have very significantly enhanced my quality of life…

There was a good deal more, explaining his enhanced understanding of what he’s talking about – a proper floating pivot using the hips and legs to power the swing.

From what I know about Larry2013, who has been an avid player, watcher and participant (having caddied at times in his life one a pro tour), I believe what he says about his quality of life improving with a deeper understanding of the golf swing, and I am grateful to him for letting me know that I had something to do with it.

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I imagine the quality of life for, say, Tiger Woods, would be a little higher, were he still about to play in the dominating fashion that is lost to him now with his Modern Golf Swing injuries.

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I imagine I will be saying the same thing about Jason Day in the not-too-distant future, and there you get into the crux of the issue – the Modern Golf Swing is not only impossible to master, it is incredibly damaging in the physical health sense.

The Classic Golf Swing is the way to go, both for ease of use when you’ve learned how to swing in this manner, and in the reduced risk of injury you’ll enjoy, because doing anything with mechanical-correctness will either significantly reduce or even eliminate any risk of the injuries we say weekly on the Tour and even in college golf.

So, if you are a professional golfer all the way down to an avid amateur player, anything that significantly improves the way you play the game, or that gives you added years to enjoy playing (Larry2013 is 67 now and to hear him talking about enjoying years of golf to come is just delicious to me), is I guess going to improve the quality of your life.

Everything is relevant, but I remember taking up basketball in my sophomore year of high school, and however quickly I developed into a top player regionally, my life was just that much better when I acquired the ability to slam dunk.

Simply, I was unhappy when I couldn’t, and nothing made any difference to me about it until the day I could do it.

What felt better – the first slam I ever threw down in a game, or the first 350 yard drive I ever hit (back in ’09)?

I’d have to go with the slam, but that 1st 350 yarder felt pretty good, especially considering I did it twice that day!

In fact, the 11 years of my golf research came about because, as a former athlete, I was frustrated (and not a little insulted on a personal level) that I couldn’t, after Modern Golf Swing lessons, figure out how to hit a ball long and straight consistently.

A personal thanks to Larry2013 for both the uplifting email and his permission afterwards to share a portion of it, and I hope it has earned me a double-double coffee from Tim Horton’s, the next time we meet!

The best part, actually is his PS:

P.S.  I now understand when you have written about not hitting a golf ball for an extended period of time, and then being able to go right back to swinging well.

As the saying goes: MCS RULES.

I’ve been saying that for some time, and I’m glad someone else agrees with me on that point!


Want to learn more about the MCS Golf Swing Theory? Try one of DJ’s “Secrets of the MCS”video shorts available via download.

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Or you can download the very latest MCS Golf Swing video “MCS – Perfect Pivot based on the flawless pivot action of Ben Hogan.**

**”MCS – Perfect Pivot” is Part 3 of the “MCS Golf Swing Trilogy,” now available for download!


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10 thoughts on “I Improved Someone’s Quality Of Life??

  1. Lance

    Before MCS, I was a quivering mess on the tee box with a driver in my hand, wondering if I’m gonna banana slice a 175 yard tee shot. After MCS, I walk up confidently knowing I’m gonna put one out there straight 250+ with my ball IN PLAY. So yeah, I can say my life has improved with DJ’s help also.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thank you Lance. Hard to imagine when I started out that I could make a difference to anyone save myself! 🙂

  2. Starr Collins

    DJ.

    I have to echo this sentiment. A big part of my life these days is centered around golf and as such the improvements in my golf swing and my golf game as a result of your MCS teaching has improved the quality of my life as well. I can fully relate to Larry2013.

    I just had the best round of golf of my life last Saturday. I went around my 6800 yard home course so effortlessly with so very little thought or concern. i never even considered I might bogey, Everything was doable,everything. It was complete, relaxed, utter joy for me.

    When I found your site years ago I was a struggling lifetime 11 -12 handicapper with a bad back earned from my crappy inconsistent mechanically incorrect golf swing. I was playing golf because I was too stubborn and too invested to stop. Today my handicap index as a 57 year old out-of-shape, working, desk jockey, playing only on the weekends was 4.7 last month. I’d like to say I just started practicing harder but that frankly isn’t true. The truth is I don’t practice near as much anymore. I just go play. I often go to the first tee on Saturdays, not even warming up on the range, and stripe my driver 275 down the middle.

    Really, to be honest, that is the norm anymore when i play, rarely do my playing partners even say “nice shot” to me these days. I just crack a shy smile to myself each and every time i see that ball flying straight and long down the fairway. I smile because I know what kind of golfer I once was and where I am now. I am not bragging or shouting my own praises because I know it’s not really anything that others can’t do who simply study and practice what you teach.

    My lifetime best round last weekend was a one under par 71. Granted it was a one-off thing for me, I’m not that good, I had 26 putts and chipped lights out, but really it was the consistent body friendly MCS golf swing, set-up, and pivot that made a score like that a possibility in my life. I realize that before I knew what I now know, I could have had 20 putts in a round and still not scared that score. .

    I’ve never met you personally and don’t participate much in this forum, maybe a once a year question or statement, but a large part of the pure happiness I enjoy on the golf course these days and in my future days I know I owe in very large part to you.

    Take that for what it’s worth.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Starr Collins
    Seal Beach, CA

    1. larrys2013

      Hi DJ,
      As you know, the subject heading of the above email that you so nicely wrote about in your blog article today, was entitled, “thank you thank you thank you”. I very much would like to reiterate this sentiment in this reply today.
      DJ and MCS RULES!!!
      Larry

      1. D Watts Post author

        Thanks again for making my day with that email while I was finishing the MCS Short Game video, Larry!

        I should be at the range for a last time tomorrow with David D…if you can make it on such short notice, I’d be delighted to see you again!

        Best,

        DJ

    2. D Watts Post author

      Thanks for that tribute, Starr – it’s a shame you weren’t able to make the 1st Wax Golf Meet-up in Riverside last January…

      Perhaps the next time I’m in the L.A. area we can meet up to hit a few balls and enjoy a cold one!

      Keep up that good work – I’m sure there’s a 60-something score with your name on it out there! 🙂

  3. targettom

    congrats to all you guys and many thanks to DJ. I can echo Starr’s comments as well. It’s awesome to hit the ball where you’re aiming. I had 7 birdie putts on my first 7 holes last week, nearly holed out three times on the front. Sure I still make bad swings and hit a crappy tee shot occasionally because I haven’t got the downswing perfect yet. But my bogeys for the most part are because I got my yardage wrong or muffed a chip. I just need more practice.

    BTW in addition to the “throw the ball drill”, I find the beach towel with a knot in one end to be a fantastic drill too.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Bravo, Tom. I have myself found that, while the little short game things around the green are fun when you can get the ball up and down, I prefer to play “Nicklaus golf,” which means getting the ball from the tee to the fairway to the green, and getting out the putter.

      When you know where your ball is going (or, at least, you are confident of where the ball is going as you stand over it), the game is so much more enjoyable and stress-free!

      I’m out there to enjoy myself, after all, not to go home frustrated because I don’t know where my ball is going to go after I strike it. 🙂

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