June 18th 2005 – April 19, 2017 – The Day I’ve Been Awaiting

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,Β 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!


18 thoughts on “June 18th 2005 – April 19, 2017 – The Day I’ve Been Awaiting

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thank you, Steve!

      I was thinking about you this morning, funny you show up today! πŸ˜‰ Couldn’t have made it this far without your support through the years, my friend – ’til we meet again, thanks for everything.


    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks, DB – what comes next? Hmm…well, there’s the issue of the long drive swing which I want to now optimize, but that’s just a longer shaft with the driver.

      I’m just beginning another journey, which is what I would do once I finally got everything together, and I’m going to take some time to think about that. The blog isn’t going anywhere yet! πŸ˜€

  1. Donal Mooney

    DJ your motivation inspires us, keeps us trying, you are a swing coach extraordinaire.
    I battle with all parts of the game, like you found today was the first day of the rest of your swinging life, Monday was my day, it all came together and I had my best game in years.
    The long game set it all up and at last MCS didn’t mean Mooney Can’t Swing (LOL).
    I wish you well with your future pursuit and thank you for your indulgence which is now the foundation of my golf game.
    Have a great year and all the best to you and yours

    1. D Watts Post author

      Monday was my day, it all came together and I had my best game in years.

      Thank you, Donal, and I’m delighted to hear that your own work is beginning to pay dividends! Cheers,


  2. David

    Congratulations DJ!! You tackled the seemingly impossible from an athletic point of view and proved your results. If they taught driving a car like the golf swing is done, there would be even worse drivers out there. Your technique can turn us into Mario Andrettis’ πŸ™‚

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thank you, DK! I’ve been working on this since the New Year, and I’ve always had all of the pieces, just kept dropping one here or there whenever I would take time off from swinging to work with others.

      Well, the theory work is done, the personal work is done, and now it’s time to have some fun, put up some numbers and let the Pro 1s fall where they may! πŸ˜‰

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks JohnB – this is the “starting point,” everything previous to today was prologue. πŸ˜€

  3. Laser

    drv-diag.gif…I wouldn’t trade it for 1,000 face-ons, or down-the-lines.

    It reminds me of this: “The perfect golf swing is not complicated to perform, provided you know what you have to know about the human body and athletic motion. The perfect swing is not just a golf swing. It’s a swing using the body the way it’s naturally created.” ~ DJW

    It would be neat to have a complete set…45 degrees back from face-on, and then the two corresponding views from the butt-on side. (You already published up-the-line.)

    1. D Watts Post author

      Oh, have no fear, Laser – I will be upgrading my video equipment this season and plan on getting multiple angles like the one you like so much and the others to which you’ve referred.

      It’s the end of one chapter, but the next one is sure to be doubly fun – for me, at least! But I’m confident that mechanics aficionados will enjoy 2017 with Wax Golf πŸ˜‰

  4. humbray

    Almost 12 years. I guess you have equivalent of PhD in swing mechanics. Congrats on results and the your tenacity to persevere through good and bad. Humbray

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks Lumberjack – looking forward to seeing you again, got some good stuff for you and Jr. See ya soon! πŸ˜›

  5. larrys2013

    Hi DJ,
    Through your posting today, one can feel the absolute exuberance you experienced at the range today. I am so happy for you. Might I say that you deserve it so much, and certainly earned it through all you dedicated research over the years.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thank you, Larry! Here’s to sharing some swing thoughts on the range in the coming season πŸ™‚

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thank you, HK! I hope that Wax Golf Asia Summit will happen sooner or later – ’til then! πŸ˜›

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