He calls it his “vertical drop and horizontal tug,” and while the first part of that description is very, very correct, I would not suggest paying any attention to the second part about “horizontal tug.”
Before I continue, I had a brief exchange with Brandel Chamblee privately the day before yesterday, when I told him the people who are trying to help him push the concept of a return to the mechanically-correct Classic Golf Swing simply aren’t getting any oxygen in the golf media.
It was nice, of course, to get the shout-out from Frank Nobilo during the Sony Open broadcast last January, but most people trying to effect a change just don’t have the public forum that these former Tour winners and now golf analysts have.
When I Tweeted yesterday’s posting on this, with a recommendation to to read his GolfWRX piece on Jack Nicklaus, he gave the site a little boost by liking it and responding:
So, thanks to B.C. for that little nod – and here’s to hoping things are going turn around with regards to Classic vs the terrible Modern Golf Swing industry, because as I responded to him, it’s not just a matter of style, but the physical health of many golfers depends on it.
OK, let’s get to the Moe Norman “Master Move.”
It’s actually not Moe’s move alone, just what he happens to call it.
Moe’s “Master Move”
I explained the same concept in “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing,” calling the move the “drop and pop,” and it has to do with the first move of the down swing transition.
This is something that most swingers either get naturally or struggle with, and if you struggle with it, the term “horizontal tug” is something you need to hear Moe say, and then forget about it, because that visual is exactly the opposite of what he’s doing with the “Master Move.”
If you know anything about Moe, then you’ll know that he was very sought after in the 90’s, and a lot of people put words in his mouth that weren’t necessarily his.
There’s no way you can combine his “Vertical Drop” with “horizontal tug” without turning early and coming across the line (and very likely over the top).
So, the “horizontal tug” was either some crazy visual of his that isn’t “real to the feel,” or someone suggested that term to him – forget that term… write it down and burn it if you must, but the true concept of his Master Move was what I’ve been calling the “drop and pop.”
I’ve also called it the “gravity drop” at times, and it’s possible that Mike Austin said something about that, as I recall his discussion on gravity and the down swing and my mentioning it in the 2013 “New MCS” video series.
I returned to the “drop and pop” concept in the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video in describing Mike Dunaway’s down swing move, and everyone who has a proper down swing sequence does it.
Moe talked about how he and Ben Hogan were the only ones who had the move, which is incorrect – not that Ben Hogan had it, which he did – but anyone who properly sequences the down swing will be able to do it, and a good many people do it without ever thinking about it:
But I will agree with him that it is indeed the Master Move to the down swing, and I will warn that, whatever he meant by “horizontal tug,” I will advise – no, plead with you all, don’t try to visualize or do whatever the concept was about, because again, that’s the opposite of the vertical drop, by its very definition.
In fact, the very nature of a proper release action means there is no horizontal anything… but Moe was bang-on with the vertical drop!