I made a tongue-in-cheek reference to a “Formula” for the golf swing in responding to a comment from Mike Divot, but in actuality, there is a “formula” for what we call the “golf swing.”
And that is, what I put above in the title – “Efficient energy = a Mechanically-Correct Swing.”
And if you can’t swing with mechanical-correctness, you won’t be producing effortless energy.
Let me give you the visual for this – if you can’t swing a heavy golf club in the way you’d normally swing, without hurting yourself, or if you wouldn’t even try for fear of snapping something (do you think a modern golf swing Tour pro would try this, when they can barely make it through the season with regular weighted clubs?), then your swing is not mechanically-sound.
Now, to head off the inevitable argument of, “What if someone has a physical condition blah-blah,” then aren’t you really proving my point? That unless someone has a physical or medical condition that causes them to injure themselves whatever swing they use, then they really aren’t part of this discussion, and that’s just blowing fog to confuse the issue?
So, let’s take the general view and not look at the hulking swinger who doesn’t hurt himself swinging incorrectly, nor the fragile soul who strains a ligament just looking at a golf club – let’s talk you and me…
There are two instances from my travels last year that bring this sort of issue to mind:
1) The first was when I’d tweaked my back before flying to the inaugural Wax Golf Southwest Summit in Goodyear, Arizona, and my host and friend DKondo, an inveterate tinkerer, showed me a Titleist 975D driver whose shaft he’d filled with shotgun shot (2.6 lbs) and a solid aluminium bar upon which he’d fitted golf grips, and it also weighed a ton (1 kg or 2.2 lbs).
Update: Thanks to DKondo for clarifying that there were two heavy swinging implements, and you can actually see the solid aluminium bar lying on the ground below, when DK and I were shooting some “MCS – Perfect Pivot” video footage!
He uses them to swing, to limber up, I believe, but I was able to swing those things as hard as I wished, without a care in the world – using the same swing technique I would use for a golf driver. I could have swung it a hundred times, no sweat. I even brought that aluminium bar to the Summit and swung it for everyone there.
2) Later in the summer, while in Texas, I took a Momentus heavy driver and, at a range with limited-flight balls, and while wearing sandals, I was having no problems hitting balls with it, out to and past 280 yards. I probably hit a half-bucket before I got bored.
Now, think of that – a guy with a bad back, overweight and who doesn’t work out, wearing sandals, hitting limited-flight balls 280 yards and beyond with a Momentus driver.
And you wonder why the numbers the pros generate don’t really impress me… but this isn’t about DJ – I’m not a physical specimen, just a guy who knows how to swing an object so that he doesn’t wreck himself, and that goes double for the golf swing.
I know that many if not most Tour pros swing a “heavy club” to limber up, but how many could or even would try, swinging them as hard as they would swing their regular driver?
Remember how the golf industry was trying to make Rickie Fowler’s 290 yard drive with a persimmon club a big deal?
Give him that Momentus and have him take some cuts – I’ll call for the ambulance in “3, 2, 1…”
Or better yet, give these “using the ground” guys with the twisting torsos that aluminium bar, that must have weighed at least a couple of lbs (1 kg)…I’ll get DKondo’s estimate on that, perhaps it was less, but it was a bar filled with solder, which is lead.
This brings us back to when Brandel Chamblee called the promise of the modern golf swing “the big lie,” and he was right then, he’s correct now, and I’ve been calling modern swing orthodoxy garbage nearly since I began to figure out proper swing mechanics (as far back as ’09, I condemned it, and I began blogging in late ’07).
This is the problem – the gurus are either completely clueless about proper swinging mechanics (frightening), or they are flat-out lying (despicable).
What is the other option?
My point – no matter your size, no matter your physical stature, no matter your level of fitness (unless you’re actually falling apart, in which case I recommend chess or poker at a hobby), you should be able to swing a golf club without injuring yourself.
So, remember the equation – if you can’t produce effortless energy with which to propel that golf ball, or if you think you are, but you’re hurting yourself swinging – then you aren’t using a mechanically-correct swing!
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.