That 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.
Larry2013 vs Jack Nicklaus – Back Swing Pivot
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.
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.
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.
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!