GC’s Morning Drive Messes Up The “Baseball” Analogy

baseball-analogyIf you record the “Morning Drive” show on the Golf Channel, or you’re watching it now on TV – beware the segment on the “golf is like a baseball swing” analogy, because they completely screwed it up.

The baseball swing is NOT like the golf swing in one major aspect that was never touched upon, if you’re going to try what the lady instructor just did (apologies, I didn’t catch her name as I was writing my morning posting and just happened to catch it – I had TGC on to see what the players are doing at this week’s Honda Classic).

And what is that aspect?

The shoulders are completely open to the field of play in the baseball swing impact, and they must be square in the golf swing impact.

Not a minor difference.  In fact, it makes all the difference in the world.

I watched very closely when the lady delivering the analogy was swinging the baseball bat, and she indeed swung correctly, with her shoulders completely open to the imaginary “field of play” at the impact part, as you would see below in a real swing and impact:

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She did NOT look like this:

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Taken From “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” Video


The lady in question then went on to say, “now just swing your golf club like a baseball bat,” and proceeded to hit a ball using some baseball swing analogy, and she left out the most important part – that her shoulders did not open to the target at impact, but were square.

And if you’re going to leave that crucial part out, then both the analogy and the drills are useless.  In fact, they’re worse than useless, they’re very harmful to the notion of performing a proper golf swing.

I wish I had known this was coming so I could have recorded it.

So, if you’re going to try to follow that analogy, remember the crucial difference between the baseball and golf swings – that the shoulders must remain behind the “line of scrimmage” until impact, something I stress in all of the MCS swing videos in the MCS Trilogy.

Beware what you watch and copy on TV when it comes to the golf swing!

This concludes DJ’s public service announcement for the day.


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5 thoughts on “GC’s Morning Drive Messes Up The “Baseball” Analogy

  1. lupz27

    Nice info DJ! If it were me, and I was gonna try, and tell someone who never swung a golf club, and was going to try to hit some balls, using the baseball swing analogy I would tell him to swing at the ball like your baseball swing BUT swing like you were trying to hit the ball to the opposite field (which if done correctly should keep the shoulders closed), take some swings at a ball, and adjust to just how far to the opposite field your aiming, 2nd base position, or down the line to keep the shoulders behind the line of scrimmage.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Lupz, you described your visual of the golf swing baseball-style, nearly exactly how I do. You said:

      I would tell him to swing at the ball like your baseball swing BUT swing like you were trying to hit the ball to the opposite field (which if done correctly should keep the shoulders closed)..

      And I would say:

      Swing like you’re trying to hit a low-outside pitch down the right field line (which if done correctly should keep the shoulders closed)…

      Pretty good, buddy! Nice to see you back in the comments 🙂

  2. Mike Divot

    There is one thing that is plenty good about swinging like a baseball swing, even if just for a drill or just to get a different feel.

    It’s that most everyone knows how to sock it to a baseball ball. (Even if they don’t do it well, they still have the instinct.)

    Go to the driving range and see how many people have forgotten how to HIT the damn thing. They’re tying themselves in knots and have forgotten the number one thing is to give the ball a hard WHACK.

    Get them to hit an imaginary ball off of an imaginary tee that’s two feet high and suddenly they’re HITTING it again. That’s the beauty of the “baseball swing” in golf.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Get them to hit an imaginary ball off of an imaginary tee that’s two feet high and suddenly they’re HITTING it again. That’s the beauty of the “baseball swing” in golf.

      You mean something like this, MD? 😉

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