More Visual Proof – MCS Swing Theory

OK friends, we’ve been fortunate in the Greater Toronto Area and have missed the season-ending snowstorm with barely a dusting of snow.

For example, a city further to the southeast on the shore of Lake Ontario (Hamilton) got 30-40 cm or 12″-15,” and I sure didn’t want that with spring less than a week away!

I am going to show you something from this morning’s sample swing clip with my work on my MCS swing model – and I’ll prove a couple of things to you.  First, that you don’t have to actually be hitting balls to work on your swing motion, and second, that the swing for maximum power and speed is also the same one for playing golf, if you have the optimal model and motion.

In short, that’s the essence of “E = MCS” as a swing theory – Efficiency of motion equals the Mechanically-Correct Swing of the MCS model.

So, whether what you’re seeking is accuracy and consistency (playing golf) or maximum power and speed with mechanical soundness (long drive and also playing golf), you have what is below:

Above, you see a swing with more speed than any swings I’d ever made with the SwingRite training stick before the last few weeks, which would mean a translation to even higher club and ball speeds than I’ve generated to date (my max ball speed is 195 mph, and with a maximum Smash of 1.5, that would mean a minimum club impact speed of around 130 mph for that ball speed).

But this swing, if you watch carefully, has a near-perfect “floating pivot,” which I’ve used as the term to describe a swing motion where the head remains laterally stable during the swing from address to the top, and ideally down to impact:

I’ll also draw your attention to the vertical line at my left hip – even though I am performing a classic golf swing pivot with a floating heel back swing, look at how the hips never leave that line all the way to the top – the hips are turning in place like a barrel, hence my term of a proper pivot “turning the hips like a barrel!”

So, when you can perform a back swing pivot with a stable head, and not have any lateral hip action either, then you’re in true “floating pivot” country, and this is something that is covered in the MCS Trilogy series videos – there’s nothing new here!

The only thing that is new, is my finally getting to the point where my adjustments to account for my spinal twist and curve are getting me to where a person with a standard build would be able to do simply by following the MCS model as l’ve laid it out.

And whether I’m swinging a standard length driver or a long drive club, my stance and action will largely be the same, except for the adjustments you’d make to your stance with a longer club shaft, which applies from wedge to driver in any case.

The only difference between my regular driver swing and a long drive swing will be, simply, how hard I go after it, and what length shaft I’m using.

I’d done the lion’s share of the MCS Golf Swing Theory work long ago, and it’s only now beginning to come together for me personally because of my physical defects – but I told you all I’m going to be doing something different this year.

This is where I expected to be long ago, having figured out the optimal swing model.  I don’t know if the birth defect was a curse or a blessing, because without it, I’d have learned a decent golf swing motion years ago and never have set out on this journey.

So, the fact that it hindered my personal progress is an irritant to me, but it also made me cover every single aspect of mechanically-correct motion exhaustively to find out where I was going wrong, and it turned out, the theory was bang-on, I had just misinterpreted my personal swing results as the model not working.

So, I’m making daily progress with my own stance and motion, and it’s time for the world to see what a proper golf swing model looks like – it looks like the classic golf swing of the past!

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.

“Dropping The Hammer!”


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




11 thoughts on “More Visual Proof – MCS Swing Theory

  1. Chief Cowpie

    Hello Deej, why have you gone from your duct tape swing stick to the SwingRite training stick? I’ve have the homemade duct tape model and so what am I missing out on?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Why have you gone from your duct tape swing stick to the SwingRite training stick?

      That’s hockey tape, Chief… 😉

      I just needed something to give me some feedback on the swing speed, and the swing stick is great for working on a motion for the motion, but gives you no indication of how fast you’re swinging.

      I’ve had the SwingRite for years but was stuck on a certain setting after a few months so I used it only to swing like the home-made swing stick.

      Now, with the adjustments I’ve made over the winter since the “dropping the hammer” visual breakthrough, I’m tightening my swing, have increased my speed, and I’m back to using the SwingRite to get that feedback.

      It has actually helped me identify which particular way of swinging would produce the click, which essentially means I get feedback on a really hard setting when I swing just right.

      From there, I keep swinging ’til I know what it is I’m doing mechanically, and can click it at least 3 consecutive times. By then, I’m pretty tired, but it’s got me into semi-shape, and awaiting the real swinging in the next few weeks!

  2. Lance

    Hi DJ- I just scored a slightly used SwingRite at a golf shop in SoCal this last weekend. Wow I checked online at the price for new ones…I would say I did well! Now- i see the 97531- is the 9 for wedges and 1 driver? I don’t have instructions on this thing. What is the best way to implement this for MCS swinging? Thanks!

    1. jh32

      Hey Lance, I started out at around 7 and when I get 3-4 clicks in a row, I give it 2 twist and swing again until 3-4clicks. I can get up to 3, but once I can’t click it again I go back 2 or 4 twists until I get a solid click, that’s where I’ll stay for the rest of the swings. I also found that with a little more steep in my swing, like a wedge, it will click easier that if I use more of driver type swing. Just make sure you are MCSing the swing with good pivot. Jim

      1. D Watts Post author

        Thanks for jumping in there, Jim – and Lance – everything Jim says. 🙂

        … when I get 3-4 clicks in a row, I give it 2 twist and swing again until 3-4 clicks… once I can’t click it again I go back 2 or 4 twists until I get a solid click, that’s where I’ll stay for the rest of the swings.

        I’ll just add that the number settings have nothing to do with what club you’d be swinging, they go from easiest (9) to hardest (1), and that’s all the numbers indicate.

        As Jim says, you can make it click any which way, but you really want to make sure you’re swinging according to the model, and then you’ll know where you stand. Granted, it’s easiest to produce the speed to click the device with a proper MCS motion anyways! 😉

  3. Lance

    Thanks guys. I love the click feedback- it’s a solid feel and with that click I actually can feel that I have made a proper move into the ball.

    The only thing is that Tour Velvet style grip is a little slippery from the prior owner. No problem, as this weekend I’m going to regrip with same crossline I like using on all my clubs.

    1. D Watts Post author

      As to grip, you can wear a glove until you get it replaced, Lance – and if you can find a “training grip” to put on, I’d recommend that.

      I have one on the Momentus Heavy Iron that Jim sent me a few weeks back:

      It’s not to train my grip, which actually is the exact same as on the training grip, but to more easily hang onto it when swinging hard… just a thought!

  4. jh32

    Not to advertise but Diamond tour golf ( a knockoff club site) has them for like $.89, that ‘s cents. All you got to do is install them, which I did. Jim

    1. D Watts Post author

      I’m actually going to re-grip the SwingRite with one of those. The Momentus feels “unslippable” with it, and I hate putting the glove on just to swing the SR!

  5. Lance

    Thanks for tip on grip. like the idea of being able to hang on to this thing for when I’m pretending to let the ball fly on a tee shot. This baby is solid- i could see it doing some major damage on drywall if it slips. I like the heavy feel of the swingrite as well.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I started wearing the glove for that reason… I would hate to have to replace the big living room window where I swing it 😉

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