Day 1 Right-Dominant Leading Leverage – Irons

I am still not posting video of swings as I said previously, because the changes are so significant in the work I’m doing day to day that any video I post would be obsolete the next day.

I do have some gifs however of some iron swings to go with the Driver swings posted on Sunday, from three angles (5 Iron), and I have done some more work since then, so the next swings I show will be even closer to my vision.

Old Swing – Not Enough “Push”

The Process

It’s been a process of 1) getting rid of the dominant “pulling” action to 2) switch to a fully right-dominant swing motion, then 3) re-inserting the leading side “pulling” leverage to the model, to 4) finally ending with the proper and equal “pull & push” action, both of which would be equal to the other action.

Yes, that’s correct – I don’t want to swing with a right-dominant action any more than I have been using a left-dominant action up to now.

What I want is a fully integrated left and right side action, which is the true hybrid action comprising the leverage of the leading side combined with the right arm action from the top down through impact.

And right now, I’m in the 3rd step, working on moving to the 4th.

Step 3

What has happened during this process, I’ve been documenting for the benefit of others, because I found something very interesting happening during this process.

The mind is a strange thing – I have known the proper sequencing, address positioning and proper mechanical action of the ideal MCS Golf Swing model for some time, and have been focused on imparting those principles to others with my MCS video series.

Ironically, I have been neglecting fixing my own swing with the development of the “floating pivot” MCS Golf Swing model that began in late 2014, because it didn’t matter how I swung – I knew how others should swing, and was spending most of my time on that work – helping others swing more MCS.

However, when I turned to my own swing, I found the reasons that people really struggle with their old swing when trying to change to a new model – the mind is used to seeing the swing in a certain way, and the work involved with changing a swing is more mental than anything else.

As a swing analyst and theorist, it was a simple task of observing motion and determining what was proper and what was improper, compared to implementing the changes myself – so if you’re struggling, it’s not you, it’s the way our brains work with conscious and unconscious motion.

Basically, you have to change your visual and conceptualization of what your “golf swing” is, and only when you do that will you really see results.

Note: Keep in mind again that with digital cameras recording at slower fps speeds face-on, the forward “bend” of the shaft coming down is an optical illusion created by the slower shutter speed – my slo-mo camera has met a tragic yet not untimely demise (I got it back in ’11), so I’ll be looking for a replacement that can shoot slo-mo and doesn’t create that illusion.

I have had plateaus where, for weeks, perhaps even months and years, I struggled with a concept and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong or why.

Now however, having completed the theory work and having determined to make my own swing what I set out to make it 12 years ago, I have been keeping track of how I am doing it, so I can explain it later.

The model, I’ve explained ad infinitum – the model is the model, and what I’m working on now is more the what and why it works the way it does.

That, I’m finding out, is as important as the “how.”

I am getting the actual swing action to match the SwingRite swings I have been making the past few weeks, but of course, a swing isn’t just a swing, and you have to translate the non-striking swing moves to the actual ball-striking move, and that takes some mental and positional tinkering.

Still, after just 3 range sessions, I’m nearly there, and that’s the other caveat – it’s my model, I developed it and know it inside out, and it’s still not an “instant” fix the way it would be if you had a mechanical robot and could just re-program it.

The brain is complex, but this is a process I’m enjoying as much as any of the initial research on the mechanics.

More to come!

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2 thoughts on “Day 1 Right-Dominant Leading Leverage – Irons

  1. Laser

    “1) getting rid of the dominant “pulling” action to 2) switch to a fully right-dominant swing motion”

    –These might both be part of the same thing. Look at a baseball pitcher. Where does the power come from? Not his arm. The way a golf swing works anatomically, your left leg obviously has an effect of the left shoulder. But, it also has an effect on the upper right arm.

    Your upper right arm is connected across your back to your left leg. And, your upper right arm is also connected across your front to your left leg. If I look at your dj-utl.gif, I’m thinking that after the transition the power is being transmitted from your left leg. (It can’t be primarily from the right leg because that’s either a shortstop-slide or a step-around…and you don’t roll your left ankle.)

    Maybe it’s like a relay race? Starting down, the right leg passes the baton (upper right arm) to the left leg? (It’s not that the shoulder muscles don’t do anything, but they’re more concerned with aiming, steering, and stabilizing.)

    P.S. You might have missed the Golf Channel series about Jack Nicklaus. So, what do they show this morning on an instruction show (I left it on that channel last night, after watching Nicklaus.) Anyway, this morning’s guru (quickly swithed OFF) was advising people to get some air under the left heel. And, talk about longevity…Nicklaus finished 6th in the Masters at age 58.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I actually mis-spoke in that quote above, Laser, or perhaps was incomplete in my statement – for this stage of my swing transformation, I wanted to switch to a fully right-dominant swing action, only to kill that dominant pulling move – but never to remain just a right-dominant swing action – I want the hybrid action.

      You can’t have the pure hybrid if one aspect is dominant over the other. I’ve shown how the right-dominant swing action is not as fully leveraged as the pure hybrid, and I wouldn’t switch from one half to just the other half – I want both.

      To get rid of that pulling dominant action however, I had to transition to the right-d, or I’d never lose the pulling instinct.

      Now, I’ve tamed it enough to feel what a right-d swing, and I’ll be putting it all back together as a hybrid motion with the high-heel back swing and the low heel impact, which is the hall mark of a truly hybrid and mechanically-optimal swing.

      Stay tuned…

      P.S. – I’ve been looking at Jack Nicklaus’ swing for years (and Hogan’s, Snead’s, Nelson’s, etc…) and there’s nothing the Golf Channel can show me now that I haven’t already seen, unless it’s never-seen-before footage. I trust you’ll let me know when that happens! 🙂

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