OK, Wax Nation – spring is fast approaching and what I’m going to show you all is important, because I won’t be swinging the way most of you should be swinging, when I get back to swinging in a couple of weeks.
I posed a question a few weeks back (answered by DB Coop, who has a free copy of the upcoming eBooks with his name on them as the prize), regarding my personal adjustment to the standard model because of my physical handicap.
In that post, I talked about having figured out one adjustment that you can see when watching my swing down the line (the angle of my foot line, so that I could have square shoulders at impact instead of them being open, due to my spine twisting to the left from my hips).
I also mentioned having figured out that I would need a face-on adjustment, due to the bend in my spine, which I hadn’t taken into account (and that is, my spine also bends to the left, which means when I stand normally, my left shoulder is lower than my right).
This causes a problem that had been driving me crazy, because I seemed to be doing everything properly and still would struggle with a negative Angle of Attack, and that’s because of the bend, not the twist, I discovered.
Over the past winter weeks, I hit upon the solution, which was to move my ball position to the left, so that with the Driver, the ball is more to the left of the left heel line, and you get this difference between the standard model and my adjusted one:
The black line indicates the standard ball position, the red is the adjusted position, keeping everything else in the stance according to the MCS model.
So, I was trying to figure out if I’m on the right track with this, and it struck me – there had to be video of myself making practice swings behind the ball, and my hand-eye coordination would likely tell me where my ball should be, instead of it being where the standard model says to put it, and sure enough:
Now, here is where it gets good – my hand-eye coordination, after a lifetime of sports with a twisted spine, tells me exactly where I should have my driver ball, which is exactly where I figured out it should be by thinking about the model and the effect my spine would have on my own stance.
But look at where I was putting the ball when setting up to swing:
Notice how much more comfortable I look over the ball with the practice swing, and how I am suddenly looking a little contorted and bent in the actual address position.
That is the result of setting up with a standard ball position but my spinal bend not wanting it there.
Now, I’m not saying that the ball will be in that exact practice swing position, I’ll have to find that spot when I’m back hitting balls again, but look at my hand-eye coordination position for the ball, compared to what I figured out over the last few weeks:
The practice swing is at a slight angle, but when I took the picture in my office, I made sure it was perfectly head-on, which is why one set of lines is angled and the other isn’t.
The fact remains, I just proved my adjustment theory, at least, to myself, and since it’s my theory…
This is another reason and answer for the question, “why does my practice swing look so good, but my real swing isn’t?”
Because, a practice swing is exactly that, and very obviously in the pics above, my practice swing has different conditions from my real swing – one condition being, the standard position for the ball doesn’t work for me with my scoliosis.
So, I have to remind people who follow the MCS swing concepts to keep this in mind when you see my personal swing starting when I get back outside and post swing clips – you can’t just look at what I’m doing and think “aha, DJ’s holding out on us, he’s doing something different from his model.”
I don’t hold anything back, and I’m explaining this now, so I can link back to this posting when I get the inevitable, “DJ, why aren’t you swinging the way you say to swing?”
The answer is, “I actually am, but with minor adjustments, because I have a profound anomaly in my physical make-up, and I can’t stand and swing exactly the way the standard model is set up to do it…”
But this is why I keep saying that the model is finished, and the theory has been, when it comes to a standard golf swing, for some time.
All I’m doing right now is finding my personal version to fit my physical issues, working from the standard model.
All of my adjustments prove the standard model.
So, if you’re following the standard model exactly and you’re having issues, stop and ask yourself if you have any physical anomalies, and what that might be doing to your swing arc and path – mine moves my swing arc toward the target and, if I stand with even the normal “angled foot-line,” makes my plane steep and my path outside-in.
So, I’m finding my adjustments.
More to come!
Want to learn more about the MCS Golf Swing Theory? Try one of DJ’s “Secrets of the MCS” video shorts available via download.
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