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!