You can distill the swing down to those three pillars (if you don’t want to, then don’t, but my point is that you can), because of the simple purpose of the golf swing.
You have one over-riding purpose of the swing – and that is, to propel the golf ball.
Now, you have purposes within that primary purpose – to propel the ball on a certain path, a certain distance (usually, and even “as far as I can drive it” is a certain distance, to be honest), and of course, the MCS purposes, which are to do it efficiently and with mechanical-soundness, in order to maximize performance and to eliminate the risk of unnecessary injury.
You could look at it in this way:
Now, watching the pros on TV, you will know that they have the first primary purpose down pretty well.
What most modern instructors are either neglecting entirely or, even worse, messing up completely due to ignorance of how the body actually works, is the “other” primary purpose of the golf swing – which is to do it properly, so as to avoid un-necessary injury.
It goes without saying that if your golf swing isn’t mechanically-sound, that you will suffer reduced efficiency and therefore will not be maximizing your performance, but the part I really focus on is the injury aspect.
You should not be hurting yourself swinging a golf club, however hard you wish to swing it, if you are doing it in a mechanically-sound manner.
Now, if you are one of the few, those at the highest level of performance, you may very well injure yourself because of physics – elite baseball pitchers will suffer injuries at times simply because they are throwing so hard, the generated forces exceed their ligaments’ abilities to withstand those forces even though they’re using proper technique.
But not many of us are going to swing so hard that we injure ourselves even using proper technique – you’d be in world class long drive territory before that happened, and even then, it would likely be some minor flaw in your technique that leads to the injury.
Neither are any of us going to make so many swings that even with sound technique, our bodies break down.
Moe Norman hit millions upon millions of balls in his time, as did Ben Hogan, and neither of them ever had to take time off because of injuries due to the number of balls they hit.
I could mention Vijay Singh as well, but he has had recurring injury issues in his career – because he not only hit millions of balls, he had a maniacal physical fitness and workout regime that burned his personal trainers out (yes, Vijay went through multiple PTs due to the intensity, frequency and length of his workouts)… and that is not the same scenario, but you’ve probably heard that Vijay in his 40’s hit more balls than guy half his age, and he could do that because he had a very mechanically-sound swing, if not completely MCS…
Your average Tour pro hits a lot of balls, and you’ll hear that this is the cause of injuries, but again – that’s not the price of playing pro golf, that’s the price of swinging with less than sound technique, and I won’t argue that if that’s how you phrase it!
If the technique is sound and they’re in such great physical shape (as we keep hearing the laughable claim that today’s golf pros are in better shape than, say, Sam Snead and Arnie Palmer were), then this shouldn’t be happening.
So, when someone tells you that all that matters in a golf swing is the Impact, then they are misleading you.
The only thing that matters to the golf ball is impact, and that point, I will never argue – it doesn’t matter how you got to impact, when it comes to the ball – the ball will do the exact same thing with the exact same impact speed, club path, loft and whatnot, however you’re swinging to get there.
However, it matters a great deal to the swinger, for consistency of performance and injury prevention, how you get to impact, and that’s where I come in with my research.
I could drive a ball over 300 yards with a 3 wood when I began my research.
I wasn’t looking for power or speed, I had that in abundance thanks to having a little athletic talent – what I was looking for was consistency, because I never knew where that ball was going to go until I watched it in the air following impact, and that’s no way to play golf.
Now, a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum – I not only figured out how the body works, I came to realize that the same technique for maximum performance is also that for the secondary objective of avoiding injury.
In short – efficiency and maximum performance come from mechanically-correct swinging, as does reducing the chance of injury while doing so.
And that brings us to the 3 Pillars of the Swing – I’ve already addressed the Fundamentals Trifecta, which have to do with setting up to swing the club and which are the Address Position or Stance, Ball Position and Grip.
So, the Pillars are similar but different in that the Trifecta describes how to set up in order to trigger the 3 Pillars of the actual swing.
So, the Fundamentals Trifecta are how to set up for the swing in order to engage the 3 Pillars of the actual swing.
So, I’m getting into some cool stuff now that I’ve figured out how to overcome my own physical deformity, and while my personal Fundamentals Trifecta will differ from yours with my adjustment – the 3 Pillars are the 3 Pillars and are the same for everyone who swings or wants to swing with maximum efficiency and mechanical-correctness.
The 3 Pillars are How You Get To Impact in the most efficient and the simplest manner possible, and that’s why there are only 3 of them.
And why are they what they are?
That’s what “E = MCS” the equation is all about!
More to come!
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