Hmm… Something About Jack Nicklaus’ Hammer Position

nicklaus-hammerI was going to title this posting “Best Modern Golf Swing Fail EVER,” because I’ve been getting some feedback on a certain swing people have noticed in the new “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video.

Now, I’m not one to make fun of people hitting balls at range – they’re all trying, but the guy who photo-bombed a certain segment of my video has to be seen to be believed.

From among the sharp-eyed viewers, I got an early morning (or late night) email from Larry S, who has been to the Salem Ridge range and who also mentioned the swing I will show below (and I told Larry that this particular person has made me move my location in the past to avoid showing him), and I didn’t notice him behind me on the video shoot until it was too late.

So, he gets a starring role in the “Dropping The Hammer” segment (for those of you who didn’t catch him, or who have yet to watch your downloads, he shows up in the “Release & Finish” segment in Part II, and he makes more than one funky swings from 22:00 on, but the featured swing is at the 28:15).

Before I get to that though, I was just going through some of my blog media files, and when I came across the picture I made of Jack Nicklaus’ address back in the classic golf swing era, I was struck by something – I’ve always stressed the importance of the address position and especially the arms at address, but look at Jack’s right arm, and my right arm as I’m explaining the “Dropping The Hammer” concept to David D:


If you want to know why Jack Nicklaus was such a bomber, then all you need to know is that there is a reason he is featured in “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” video (Part 1 of the MCS Trilogy Series) for my demonstration of how to pivot with the “floating heel” for maximum leverage.

Young Jack Nicklaus vs DJ In “Dropping The Hammer”

I have also said that Nicklaus’ face-on address position from early in his career is nearly identical to the MCS address position, and you can see that clearly when you look at them together above – as I said, I didn’t really invent the MCS “floating pivot” swing model as much as I compiled it from the best parts of the greatest players’ swings from the Classic Golf Swing era.

So, as I also said before, the “Dropping The Hammer” concept is not a new swing component – it’s a concept I came up with to explain how I and other power swingers are able to hit 350 yard drives without breaking our backs (not talking about the modern guys here, but the classic swingers) – the conceptual explanation is new, but it’s nothing new to power production.


About that other thing…

Ian Poulter Shanks

Thanks to targettom for sending me the link to Ian Poulter’s 2nd shank in the same event, apparently (he shanked one the day before) – gotta be a record for Tour pro, but I think I have a swing that has this one beat, hands-down:

Best Modern Golf Swing Fail EVER…


From the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” Video

All I can say about that is… “Wow…”  But let’s go to the checklist for a modern golf swing:

1 Wide Stance – Check

2 Planted Heel Back Swing – Check

3 “Using The Ground…” CHECK!

Thanks to everyone for your awesome feedback on the video – I was delighted at the reception and I was thinking last night that as great as the “Ultimate Leverage” video was for everyone when I released it two years ago – its replacement to make the “Kinesiology,” “Perfect Pivot” and “Dropping The Hammer” videos the new MCS Trilogy Series makes perfect sense.

I would actually, if watching the Trilogy for the first time, say that you can watch “Kinesiology” first and then, really, you could watch “Dropping The Hammer” before “Perfect Pivot” if you wish, but there really is no right or wrong order – they are parts 1, 2 and 3 based on the chronology of their production.

And with that, I am happy to have finished the video project in time to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday – happy weekend to everyone!

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

“Dropping The Hammer!”


Or you can download the very latest MCS  video “MCS – Dropping The Hammer , Part 3 of the MCS Golf Swing Trilogy**

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19 thoughts on “Hmm… Something About Jack Nicklaus’ Hammer Position

  1. targettom

    LMAO that made my day. I haven’t watched the video yet so that will be a nice gem to check out later.

    BTW I suggest you send that GIF to Kostis; wouldn’t be surprised if he declares it the latest “Swing of the future”.

  2. lupz27

    Oh wow! DJ please help that poor soul, donate 30 minutes of your time to just straighten him out if not for charity, but for the sake of anyone else who has to watch him at the range, or god forbid play a round with him.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I wouldn’t touch that fellow with a ten-foot driver, lupz – plus, he keeps hitting balls behind me when I’m shooting video clips…one time, I had to stand at a 45 degree angle hitting balls to the far range corner so he wouldn’t be in the shots…

  3. jh32

    I would think that he is doing this more on purpose just to be annoying. Some people are just like that. Guess he needs a new hobby, golf isn’t one of them.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I would think that he is doing this more on purpose just to be annoying. Some people are just like that.

      Ah, that would be a “no” on your speculation, Jim – he first got in my way at least two years ago, could even have been three (the 45 degree angle to keep him out), and I’ve come to the range and seen him all by himself flailing away… he ain’t looking for a new hobby. 😉

      1. targettom

        seems to be a lot of people with very limited body awareness, or awareness of others. I would think that would make them very difficult to teach

        I have a friend who is quite hopeless. Lunges but not as bad as that guy. He doesn’t practice at all but he expects to play great on the course. Drives it terrible, say 150? Sure if he applied himself, taped his swings and saw where improvement could be made, he could be okay possibly. But he won’t invest any time in his swing. Instead he’s always talking about getting a new driver because he hears just that is needed to give him super long drives!

        1. D Watts Post author

          That was me, my first two summers playing golf. Then in ’97 TW won the Masters and I immediately went out and bought a season membership at the range, with five lessons from the pro.

          That’ll be 20 years ago this coming Masters!

    2. D Watts Post author

      I found the first time I saw this individual.

      August of 2015 – if you just watch behind me on the below clip (notice the extreme angle at which I was hitting balls), even though I got him out of the picture, watch the flying sod as he went after some irons…

      And yes – his iron swing is exactly like his driver swing…

  4. Mike Divot

    What’s there not to like?
    Open stance like Trevino
    Holds the lag
    Slides the rear foot like Norman (well, kind of)
    Digs out that sinkerball like Papi
    Walks through it like Player
    Wild follow through like Palmer
    Beaufiul balanced finish
    Throws the club away like Woods

    1. D Watts Post author

      Sounds about right, MD! And I thought of Moe, watching that swing – if that’s who he’s trying to emulate… I would recommend taking another look at Moe. 😉

    1. D Watts Post author

      He actually, if you watch closely, hops to begin making the back swing. But the heel is definitely planted once he’s in motion. Perhaps if he swung a little harder…

      1. larry.s

        Maybe on the Planet Dufus this guy’s swing is the prototypical MCS.
        Unfortunately, on earth, one must take a handful of gravol, in order to be able to watch this monstrosity of a swing.


        1. D Watts Post author

          The problem is what happens when there is no standard in the golf swing, Larry. During the classic golf swing era, there was a certain way to swing from Bobby Jones on (if you watch anything from Bobby Jones’ instructional material, he was stunningly prescient on technique when you consider he played a century ago).

          So, with the modern swing era, it’s the Wild West and there are no Sheriffs in town. I don’t think this gentleman suffers from anything more than trying to figure it out for himself and having the modern swing junk on which to go.

          I just don’t want to go near him – people don’t appreciate being told what’s wrong with their swing unless they are asking, and even then, they may get prickly… I just wish he’d hit balls on the other side of me! 😉

  5. David

    As wild as the photo bomber looks, we have a member at our course that is almost his duplicate from the right side. He moved from San Diego with a 4 handicap and has quickly moved to a 13. He was hitting balls last week and I said WTF Bruce!!!! He had his own analysis of what was wrong and could not fix it. I asked where he was aiming as I got behind him. He was at least 50 yards too far right. In one swing he was hitting it like a 4 again with the proper alignment. I saw him yesterday and he has not lost balance since he got his alignment correct. I told him simply look over his left breast or logo which will look 40 yards left. The number 1 flaw in golf in my estimation is aiming too far right for right handers and the left for lefties.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I would add one thing, DK – people who I classify as “pullers” can also get trapped setting up with the shoulders open (David D.), so it can get really crazy at times trying to straighten things out.

      BTW, how is my old friend Luigi, has he been keeping up his game? I really enjoyed the time I spent chatting with him last April at Estrella.

  6. David

    Luigi has limited MCS to his driver only. He is the greatest 12 handicap in the world. Fromy the fairway he can decide the score he wants to make lol. He wants to start the swsga when I finish physical therapy. James Cagney is now a 5 handicap. Truly amazing to have seen his progress.

    I am going to try and play Sunday with JDL and Nancy at our new course in Verrado. Looks amazing and hard.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Good for Luigi – but Cagney’s a 5 now?!?!

      Please, you have to give him a big high-five from DJ, and let him know I said “Well done!”

      Hi to JDL when you see him. Make sure he shows up before the tee time, though…lol…

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