The Astonishing Simplicity Of The Optimal Model

The main problem people have with most issues is one of over-complicating or over-thinking them.

The golf swing is no different.  The reason, in fact, that I have removed all of the MCS video material from Wax Golf is not because it is incorrect, in fact, you won’t find any better golf swing models out there, I believe than the MCS model of previous video project.

In fact, if you have the MCS Trilogy video series, especially the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video,  I actually explain the optimal model and perform it in my explanations to David D., I just didn’t explain it the way I would now and I didn’t execute the MCS swing in its purely optimal form at the time.

So, the optimal model is explained in the previous video series.  That’s not why I removed them.

No, I removed them because there is an even simpler method of swinging with Mechanical-Correctness within the MCS model, and an even simpler method of explaining and demonstrating how to do it.

It is so much simpler, in fact, that I can describe the mechanically-optimal swing action in less than five minutes.  In fact, if you need longer than that to explain the golf swing, then you are over-complicating it, or you don’t know what you’re trying to explain.

Now, the upcoming “E = MCS” video, of course, won’t be five minutes long, because first, one has to understand and then build the stance that allows for such a simple mechanical and physical action that is a golf swing.

Not THE golf swing – there are a million ways in which to swing a golf club, and all I’m talking about here is the optimal model.  There are a hundred ways to swing with mechanical-soundness, as the greatest players of the classic golf swing era had similar but different swings, all of which were mechanically-sound, but just not optimal.

Those who were closest to the optimal way (Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, etc.) enjoyed immense success, because they had an advantage over everyone else in that, when they swung at their best, golf was ridiculously simple to play.

So, “E = MCS” would describe the golf swing, basically the way the Fosbury Flop technique explains the art of the high jump in its optimal form.

You can try to jump over a high jump bar any which way you please, but you’ll notice that there is only one technique being used at the highest levels, and that is the technique devised by Dick Fosbury:

I have brought MCS the golf swing model from simply mechanically-correct (in order to maximize speed, power and accuracy while minimizing the risk of injury) ever closer to the optimal with each successive MCS video that I produced, especially with the right-biased model that you first saw in “MCS – Ultimate Leverage.”

Each time, I said that this was the best way I could see, in my golf swing research, in which to swing a golf club to achieve the multiple aims listed in the preceding paragraph.

Now, I can simply say,This is the optimal swing action, whether you are right-dominant, left-dominant, or wish to swing in a pure hybrid style.”


The end.

If there is a better way, it would be the standard of “optimum,” but I can assure you, friends – there isn’t and won’t be a better way, unless the human body evolves going forward.

This is what simplicity is.  You remove every extraneous part of something and eventually you arrive at the basic core of whatever you’re simplifying.

So, with the “E = MCS” presentation, I will show what the mechanically-optimal way is in which to swing, and you won’t find a shorter line than that straight one between two points.

The back swing has always been a relatively easy motion to perform, because you’re not hitting anything with the back swing, we can agree on that. If you are, you’ve just incurred a penalty, or you’re some place from which you really shouldn’t be trying to hit a golf ball to begin with.

So, the back swing, we’ve covered ad nauseum – it’s the down swing that has forever befuddled swingers, and that’s because the didn’t have the optimal position at address, from which to make that back swing pivot and then to transition to the proper down swing sequence and action.

I’ve probably had the right stance and back swing for some time, to make an optimal swing, but I myself have been stymied by the down swing part of the swing, especially when I have spinal deformity that opens my shoulders when I stand normally, leans me slightly to my left, and then fact (perhaps caused by this condition) that I am inherently left-handed.

I’ve explained the down swing in the MCS model and have performed it passably, but it no longer matters how I myself swing – that is not to say I won’t show you all a golf swing in the coming weeks that is better than any swing action I’ve performed to date, to be sure.

What I do going forward has little more to do with the optimal golf swing model than any one track and field coach’s personal performance of the Fosbury Flop proves nor disproves the theory of Fosbury’s mechanical model.

If you have someone who can explain it and demonstrate the model… then you can produce high jumpers who can (given the requisite talent) compete at the highest levels.

Am I going to go out tomorrow and play professional golf or enter the nearest long drive competition?  Of course not – you need a lot more than a technique to do that, namely the time, resources and motivation to work to that goal.

I have had more enjoyment showing others how to swing better, to be honest, than anything I’ve done with a golf club, and that is likely not to change going forward – now, my competitive instincts make me want to get out there and do it, but I know what my intentional goal was when I set out – simply to figure it out, and then to see what happened following that.

Well, I’ve figured it out, and what happens next for me is irrelevant.

What matters is that I have seen the model, and I can explain it, I can perform the action, and I fully intend to implement it to my own best capability, but I will certainly demonstrate how, whichever way you want to swing (left-dominant, right or hybrid), there is only one optimal way to the ball from the top, and it is the same for anyone.

The swing itself… will be a piece of cake to demonstrate.  The hard part for me, and one on which I’ll be working for the next six weeks or so, will be how exactly to convey how simple it is, when you set up properly to make the swing.

That involves having the proper grip, the proper stance over the ball, and the proper ball position – the Fundamentals Trifecta rears its head once again!

Or call it the Formula, as I did with the New MCS series.

Whatever you call it, this all begins and ends with the setup, and from there, you’ll see how ridiculously simple (not easy, but simple) the golf swing action in its optimal form can be.

MCS has made the quantum leap from simply mechanically-correct, to the optimal model, and you’ll see in six weeks what I’m talking about!**


6 thoughts on “The Astonishing Simplicity Of The Optimal Model

  1. targettom

    My own ball striking has improved immensely in the past two weeks. I believe this is a direct result of working with the Swing Rite. Thanks for bringing this excellent device into our awareness.

    1. D Watts Post author

      My pleasure, Tom – if something works, I certainly want to share it with everyone. Glad you’re finding success with it.

  2. Laser

    “Once you ‘see it,’ you slap your forehead and say, ‘Are you kidding me? It took me that long to figure this out?’” ~ DJW

    1. D Watts Post author

      Man, I might have slapped the old forehead a time or two in the last week, going over it, Laser. It is clear as day when you see it, but getting to that point always seems longer and harder than it should have been once there.

      But I’ll take it!

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