I Solved The Scoliosis/Adjustment Problem

I don’t know how many of you are into math, but I will make a comparison with a problem that’s been bedeviling me for years upon years, no matter what I did to try to adjust for it.

That issue was the scoliosis, wherein in my spine is bent to the left and twisted in a staircase-type spiral, making me bend to the left with open shoulders when I stand naturally with my feet parallel to what would be the target line.

Well, those days are apparently over, because look at what I was doing on Wednesday:

If you look at the demo driver swings I made while Welshie and I worked on the camera stuff, as well as the Momentus Heavy Driver swing he got on camera – every drive I hit was near flawless.

It could very well have been a fluke, but I kept teeing up a ball for another angle and after every drive, I would remark to Welshman, “Can’t hit it any better than that…”

He was chuckling to himself after every swing, until I asked him why and he replied “I can’t see where the ball is going because of the camera, but the impact sound…”

If you watch the below clip, you’ll see we were just setting up, I wasn’t taking a long time to hit each ball over the white flag in the distance – I was making a swing, and then grabbing my tee for another swing with a different angle.

I’m actually saying at the end of that clip, “That’s about as good as I can hit it!”

This is part of why I know that the “E = MCS” video will solve some mysteries for others, because there are a couple of nuggets therein, that I have never presented before

I had to really leave the “box” on this one, because everyone has a “natural” and comfortable stance that they use to address a ball, and I have for years been adjusting that stance by dropping my right foot back from the line (even more than on the angled stance), to get my shoulders squared.

I found that just turning my open shoulders to square didn’t work, because remember that our lower spine is fixed to the last lumbar vertebra, so when I got to the top of the back swing and began my down swing, the natural twist would reassert itself I’d be open-shouldered again at impact.

The only thing I could do (at the time) was to stand with a more angled stance to the target line to square my shoulders:

But a funny thing happened as I was working out a few last things over the winter and began to play around with my feet and legs while swinging the SwingRite, and then it hit me – the secret to the foot/shoulder alignment is in the MCS address stance itself!

It has always been there, but I just didn’t see it, but when I began to really look into the adjustments I’d have to make with my spine deformity, I made myself really let everything go and tried to come at it from a different perspective.

And it seems that the “Leaning A” stance with the “kicked-in” supporting leg is the equivalent to the mathematical imaginary number known as “i” which is the theoretical answer to the square root of -1.

I watched a lecture on astrophysics a while back where it was mentioned, and this imaginary number known as “i” really stumped me, until I went beyond the lecture and watched another one on that subject alone.

What you get with “i” is that you can now solve any mathematical problem using “i” and that’s what the MCS stance, once you understand how it works, seems to do – solve any alignment problem that exists, at least for me!

I mentioned this change in my stance when I was working on the left-side/right-side aspects of the swing earlier this spring, as I had noticed that the acutely angled stance had disappeared from my swing:

But I really had to be sure about this before I really made it part of the MCS Swing Theory model.

I’d say, looking at my driver swing from Wednesday when the Welshman and I were testing out some camera and angle things for the new video, that I indeed have found the imaginary number for adjusting the stance to have square shoulders at address and impact, even with a twisted spine.

Will it work for everyone?

I can’t say yes or no, but if it works for me, and I’ve had this issue (the deformity) since birth, then I can’t imagine how it wouldn’t work for others.

I’ve said before that the Address Stance is so crucial to a proper swing that the swing itself is nearly over once you have that.

I even said to the Welshman, “If you have the address position nailed down, you really can’t do much wrong with the pivot to the top, and if you make a proper pivot, there is very little that can go wrong from the top down to impact.”

And, I’d say my impact is looking pretty on point, even at 120+ mph:

This goes back to the concept in the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video, which to my surprise, has become one of the favorite videos of the “MCS Trilogy Series,” when I thought it would be the “MCS – Perfect Pivot” video.

I guess that the Dropping The Hammer concept was so helpful to people that this video instantly became many peoples’ favorite, and the good news is that I solved this problem by solving another problem of ball placement for me, since I have that slight spine bend.

What did I figure out and how did I do it?

Well, you’ll have to wait until the video is out for the explanation, but you’ll know next month!

So, everything is just getting better and better with the upcoming video, which is still available for Advance Ordering ’til the end of the weekend – this is the video that takes all of my previous videos going back to the first in 2010, and boils everything down, distilling the MCS Golf Swing theory to its barest essentials.

And the barest essentials means the simplest, and the simplest means optimal.

When you can’t simplify anything further, you have the optimal.

And Wax Nation, we’re there!

More, much more to come.

Wishing everyone north of the border a happy and safe May Two-Four weekend!


8 thoughts on “I Solved The Scoliosis/Adjustment Problem

  1. Harleyweedwhacks

    That sound at impact is different than before. Is it just the camera or were you striking it with around 1.50 smash with 125 chs? Damn it sounds clean

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks HWW! To be honest, I did remark to Welshman during the shooting that my right ear was ringing from the impacts, but I didn’t notice any difference in the actual sound.

      It could have been the camera mic reacting with the external noise, of which there was a lot with the wind and passing traffic…

  2. Laser

    “stand naturally with my feet parallel to what would be the target line.”

    –I’ll have to re-read this a few times, but my initial thought is that I don’t really know where the “parallel” idea came from. Sure, I see lots of modern pros on TV with what looks like a parallel stance…but then, a lot of them are having physical problems after a few years of that.

    If someone sets-up with feet, knees, hips, shoulders parallel to the target line…then their head is going to move backward with the backswing. The angled stance lets the body make a backswing with less head movement, from a face-on view. Less swaying.

    I’m pretty good with an axe, and I’d never tell someone to set-up with feel parallel to the target line, while using an axe. Baseball? I don’t believe that it’s recommended there either. Hockey? You’re the authority on that.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Here is the thing, Laser – it seems right now that you can stand any which way you want, feet-wise, because it’s the shoulders at impact that will determine your path.

      Open, it’s outside-in for a pull or slice. Closed, and it’s extreme inside-out for a block or hook… but I have never been able to stand square to the line and swing without a big open-shoulder impact.

      So it’s a big thing for me, because I haven’t even been trying to stand differently from my angled stance. It’s just that if you can stand square to the line, it’s that much easier to align oneself.

      It may be a nothing-burger to most or all, but I love that I am finally able to do it, and it’s all in the hips and legs.

      If it doesn’t interest you – carry on, there’s more coming anyway! 😉

  3. lupz27

    I’ll never completely figure out the dropping the hammer concept till I crack the proper grip, the grip is seriously my number one enemy right now, and if I can’t figure it out soon I’m going to throw my clubs in the trash it’s so frustrating.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I have it lupz – just working on how to present it, but I showed the Welshman the grip concept and his eyes opened wide when he saw what I was talking about.

      Won’t be too long, my friend! 😀

  4. jh32

    I think that some of what has helped you get to the squarer stance is also the slight delay of the right foot rising into impact. This will tend to make the shoulders more on line, the line of scrimmage, and I know for me it will produce more of a draw or slight push. If I get too quick with the shortstop slide then I tend to pull it. Just my thought. Jim

    1. D Watts Post author

      Certainly a related issue, Jim – a higher heel into impact is due to increased hip turn and you can over-turn the hips which will cause the shoulders to want to open early.

      So it occurred to me – instead of trying to reduce the hip turn into impact (which then decreases power), why not look at my hip and leg position at address?

      So that (lower right heel) is not a cause of less hip turn but an indication that I’ve now adjusted my hips at address to a proper angle. Now, everything is properly synced rather than synced out of position.

      That way I can still transfer my weight and get onto that left side with as much if not more aggression without everything turning early and opening up.

      Good point, Jim!

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