Blast From The Past! MCS Drives From April 2013

dj-imp-13I was looking through some archived clips from my swing research years, and I ran across a startling series of swings from April of 2013.

2013 is the year I will always view, for whatever reason, as the year my swing research really began to pay dividends – I even told targettom in an email exchange that I don’t consider myself having made any meaningful breakthroughs in swing theory until that year.

Not that the years 2005-2012 were a waste – it just takes a certain amount of time to really start to progress with anything, and from ’05 to ’12, I was basing much of my research findings on simply observing and attempting to emulate other peoples’ swings and models.

In ’13, I declared my belief that I hadn’t yet still seen the perfect swing model in theory, and so I stopped trying to emulate swing models and began to reconstruct my own, which is why 2013 was the year of the “New MCS” modeling.

What was startling to me yesterday was that, in April of ’13, I had just devised what I called the “New MCS” swing model stance with the right bias and stable head, which was a departure from anything I’d done to date.

And this is what my swing looked like at the outset of my independent model, which would be the first “DJ Watts” model, if you will, and not one emulating others’ models:

DJ’s 1st Swing Model – “New MCS”


So, there are differences from this model to the current MCS swing model, but many more similarities.

Face On – ’13 – ’16


Aside from the slightly wider stance in the current model and my addition of the head position and attitude after ’13, they are virtually alike.

It took three years, to think, to get from the ’13 address stance to the current!

’13 – ’16 – Down The Line


There’s a little difference in the angle view in the dtl positions, but if you rotate either one to match the other’s exact alignment, you’ll again see very little difference, aside from the thickness I’ve gained in 3.5 years.

Perhaps a little more outward extension in the arm, where I now like to see a vertical upper arm, but again, not much difference to speak of.

Where you will see a big difference is in the pivot action, because when you take Ben Hogan’s “perfect pivot” action, which I figured out in late 2014, then you will see the difference beside a standard type of pivot action in the lower half of the body:



So, as I was saying before, there are infinite variations in what you would call a mechanically-correct swing (both of the swings above are that), but you will see fundamental similarities in them as well.

That goes with all motion – if you watch baseball, you will recognize certain pitchers by their silhouette alone when throwing – they will have variables that make them individually distinctive, but the similarities in their mechanically-sound pitching actions will also be there from pitcher to pitcher.

Just thought it would be interesting to show, after an additional three years of research from ’13 to ’16, how little has changed…


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4 thoughts on “Blast From The Past! MCS Drives From April 2013

  1. Beuf77

    DJ, great post, besides the huge difference in the right leg flex at the top, the move down to the ball is much improved over 2013. Is that because of your set up, or maybe the more relaxed right arm?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks Beuff77! Hope you’ve been well 🙂

      You’ll know about the problems I’ve had with my setup, due to the spine deformity – see in ’13 how you immediately keyed in on the right arm?

      Well, you nailed it – my setup now takes into account the adjustment I need for the scoliosis, and you’ll see in ’13, I hadn’t figured that out yet, my impact position had that bent right elbow when it should have been more extended.

      So, it was the setup change.

      Good eye! 😛

  2. Justin Case

    You once said that swings are unique to the person and whatever model being used you can always see the swinger. Looks like a DJ swing to me! Still working on my own and it’s nice to know that even you feel you’ve improved over years. Nice post.

    1. D Watts Post author

      You once said that swings are unique to the person and whatever model being used you can always see the swinger.

      That would be correct, JC – at least that this is what I’ve said – TW has always looked like TW, from before he turned pro thru today. The variables of a swing model may change, but the raw motion has a fingerprint to it that will always stand out if you’re familiar with someone’s action. 🙂

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