MCS Long Drive – “Using The Ground” (Video)

You all know that one of my pet peeves on golf swing analysis is the ridiculous “using the ground” excuse the analysts use when they simply have no clue what’s going on and still want to sound knowledgeable about what you’re seeing on your screen.

Simply, launching one or both feet into the air while swinging a golf club does nothing to add speed or power, rather it is an anti-injury move because the swinger is either not using a proper weight shift to the leading foot and/or doesn’t want to damage the leading leg or hip.

That’s it.  There is no increased speed or power, and you’ll even hear analysts/gurus talk about how a pitcher “pushes off the trailing foot” to deliver a pitch – but there’s only one problem here, and that is… which foot leaves the ground when they do this?

Is it the leading or the trailing foot?

That was rhetorical, of course – we all know that the pitcher’s leading foot plants to receives the weight shift on the delivery and that it’s the trailing foot that leaves the ground to continue the motion to completion.

Next, you’ll hear analogies of how baseball players jump into the air at times when throwing.

This is even more egregious, because anyone who has ever jumped into the air to throw a ball knows that there is very little power and even less accuracy when doing do compared to being on the ground to throw the ball.

The jumping only occurs so a thrower can release the ball while throwing against the direction of his body’s motion:

Not For Speed or Power…

You would never do that on purpose in order to increase the throw’s speed or power or accuracy, it’s a throw with a fraction of the speed, power and usually, accuracy, of a ball thrown from the ground.

Really, do we have to explain this to the modern swing guys?

So, once again, modern golf gets it wrong.

I know – shocking, isn’t it?

Not to mention, the pitcher is throwing the ball on a horizontal line from the mound to the plate, while the golf swinger is swinging the club down from above and behind him to the ball sitting at ground level – how does leaving the ground increase the downward force and power?

It doesn’t, but you’ll never see the modern swing guys letting logic or physics get in the way of their spouting absolute nonsense on TV or in the magazines.

Now, if you want to really leverage the club, you need a firm plant into the leading foot on the transition, and if any foot moves during the swing after that point, it should be the trailing foot, as the hips turn through impact to the finish.

DJ’s MCS Long Drive Swing – Dropping That Hammer!

I’m not finished yet, but these long drive swings from yesterday are technically the best I’ve ever made, and you can see clearly that there is not jumping or twisting leading foot, because I’m “using the ground” properly by planting that leading foot and transferring the weight to it through the down swing.

So, the work continues, but it’s not on theory – rather, I’m finally getting the opportunity to improve my own MCS swing, probably for the first time in a couple of years, as last year was taken up by travel, Wax Golf Summits, video production and consultations.

And how do you like the way my Ben Hogan “Perfect Pivot” action on the long drive swing is coming along?

I’ve just got a few little tweaks to work out, as I compare my “optimal” swing motion without hitting a ball compared to the actual striking swing.

It’s a matter of finding the proper position from which to swing, and it’s a little alien to me, being left-handed, to set up for either a right-dominant swing action or even the dual hybrid, which is my goal.

Truth be told, the best way to work on your regular swing is to get a 50″ shafted driver, because once you get proficient with one of those, the regular swing with normal playing clubs seems like child’s play.

More to come!




10 thoughts on “MCS Long Drive – “Using The Ground” (Video)

    1. D Watts Post author

      Could be, Laser – I am looking at what happens over the spring and summer, and a trip to compete in the Masters division (45 and older) wouldn’t be out of the question.

      It’s early yet, and I’m working on the technique to see how tight I can get it before I start making any plans.

      Still, fun to think about! 😉

  1. Harleyweedwhacks

    I notice the better classic swingers turned their heads to the right on the backswing. Ive always kept my eyes on the ball with no head turn, so my neck often aches. I notice you turn your head on the backswing.

    Any idea as to how this would increase distance and ball striking?

    1. D Watts Post author

      The head will turn with the shoulders on a full pivot back swing, it’s lateral or vertical movement that you want to avoid. Trying to keep the head from turning on a full pivot will lead to… an aching neck… 😉

  2. The Welshman

    This from Bubba on how to hit long

    10. Turn Your Hips Back, Too

    I’ve heard guys talk about making a big shoulder turn on the backswing but a modest hip turn. I say that’s bogus. The farther I turn my hips, the farther I can turn my shoulders, and the farther I can hit the ball. Don’t restrict your backswing in any way. Turn everything, so you have as much windup as you possibly can. Extra motion means a longer swing, more clubhead speed and big distance.

    Earlier in the post he notes that ‘when Tiger wants to hit long, he flairs out his front foot.’

    1. D Watts Post author

      I remember writing about this exact article 7 years ago when it came out, Welshman! True then, still true now… good find. 🙂

  3. The Welshman

    I first became interested in golf when Faldo and Woosnam were in their prime. I followed them both at a British Open and was staggered how 5′ 4″ Woosnam was using always 1-2 club less for the same length compared to the 6’3″ Woosnam.

    Now I know.

    Have quick scan here at the pre- and post- Leadbetter Faldo.

    And look here:

    At 1:00 min where he gives you a drill ‘to prevent hip rotation!’

    Contrast this with Woosnam:

    In a titled A stance and throwing a discuss (not a hammer), left foot flared, lifted left heel…

    Interestingly, Faldo not playing any longer because of chronic bad back (, and pulled out an invitational in Dec 2016 because of severe pain.

    Woosnam continues to swing but will not participate in further Masters because doesn’t have the power. Not because of a problem caused by a poor swing, but ankylosing spondylitis, a condition which runs in the family

    1. D Watts Post author

      The Wee Welshman had a great swing, he was before my time (began watching TV golf in ’96 with the Masters and President’s Cup) so that’s probably the only reason I’ve never featured his swing, but it is nearly flawless MCS type action.

      Faldo is another victim of Leadbetter, and had to retire from golf in the late 90s when titanium clubs made everyone so much longer than him. I saw him win the ’96 Masters and then I believe the next year, the Nissan Open, and then he was done. Very, very short hitter for his size and physique.

      Good points!

  4. hkgolf

    DJ, I note the hands at set up look more extended away from the body, not dropping straight down from shoulders. Is this a result of the longer club shaft, or a more MCS position of the hands? It looks a little Moe-esque??


    1. D Watts Post author

      Correct, HK – the longer clubs will make one stand with more angle to the forearms than with a wedge or mid-iron, I have found.

      The club head is more “under” you with a shorter shaft, and the angle flattens, the longer the shaft:

      Good eye! 🙂

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