I dug my golf clubs out of the closet on a Saturday back in 2005, after watching some of the 3rd round of the U.S. Open (won that year by Michael Campbell of New Zealand), and when I got home from the range, I remarked to my wife that I was going to “figure this out, once and for all…“
Those of you who have been reading my blogging on the golf swing (I first began posting back in the late summer of 2007, about two years after that) will know that I had dumped those clubs into the closet, where they’d gathered dust for years, out of frustration with the golf swing.
So, if no one could show me how it was supposed to be done, by golly, I was going to figure it out for myself.
And today, I reached that moment, when for the first time since that day back in 2005, I swung my driver and pelted that ball high, long and straight, and felt that this way, this exact way that I had just swung, was the optimal way for me to swing that golf club.
After I had worked up from the 9 iron to the driver and hit that first drive the way I was supposed to do it, I knew it.
I felt it.
No compensation, no manipulation, just a pivot back and a step into that left leg, and POW…
The journey was over.
At least, this part of it.
It’s been nearly three years since began the rebuild of the MCS Golf Swing model into what it is now, a right-biased model with the “floating pivot,” and although I completed the model work some time ago, I personally struggled with hitting my optimal swing form for several reasons.
That’s The Stuff!
First, because my primary concern after completing the model work was to make sure all of you had it, and I used different swingers with whom I worked along the way, to show how someone might swing with this model, but I have been waiting for years for today’s moment.
There was also the issue of being left-handed while swinging right-handed and, the ultimate and greatest barrier to overcome, my scoliosis, a congenital twist and bend of my spine in the lower back that meant I couldn’t stand and swing exactly the way the standard model is designed, and I had to find my personal adjustments to make it work the way it should.
But I did it.
Letting It Go…
And I have every swing I made today, on video, because I knew that today would likely be the day, after my work from last week’s range session to today.
So, I can finally close the book on my personal story of using the greatest swings of the greatest classic era players (from Bobby Jones to Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and of course Jack Nicklaus and some others) to studying the swing models of Moe Norman, Mike Austin and Mike Dunaway and, of course, using my own athletic intuition after a lifetime of sporting pursuits… I got there today.
The Feeling Of Purity
It may not be perfect, because this is the first day of the rest of my swinging life, but this action, this stance, this way of doing – this is my optimal swing, and it’s only going to get better from today!
It’s a great day in Wax Nation.
I almost didn’t go – I was struck down by allergies on Saturday and I’m just getting around to feeling non-zombie-like, and it’s been raining all day, off an on.
In fact, the skies are darkening again, so it seems I managed to hit that window of opportunity today when I glanced outside and saw that it wasn’t currently raining.
I was itching to get video, so I packed up and left with fingers crossed.
Right now, I’m getting cleaned up, as I literally got home from the range and transferred the video from my camera to the computer (and took the time to whip up these 3 swing gif.s with the driver), but I have video that I will show later of different clubs from the 3 angles I’ve been using this spring.
I’ll see you all later.
More to come!