The Theory Is Proven – Position Is Everything

Of course, with the position comes the requisite mechanical action, but you can’t have the proper mechanical action without compensatory moves unless the starting position is proper.

Think of a basketball free-throw or baseball pitch, for two examples – you can have “perfect” free-throw technique or a “perfect” pitching delivery, mechanics-wise – but if you are not positioned properly, you won’t hit the target.

Think of the Iron Byron machine – if it’s not positioned properly, it doesn’t matter that the mechanical action is perfect and repeatable, you simply won’t hit the target or target line, and it’s as simple as that.


The problem with the body as a machine is that people are so focused on the mechanical action that they neglect the address position as the first part of the action.

If you’re not set up properly, you can’t make that optimal swing action.  Your hand-eye coordination will kick in and you’ll make compensatory moves during the swing after it has begun, just to make contact with the ball.

So, you first have to find that optimal position from which to swing, after which point, the mechanical action largely takes care of itself.

Looking at a swing of mine way back in the early days of my swing research, there’s really nothing wrong with the motion of the swing, but the positioning at address, the grip, ball placement – all of these things were not optimal and contributed to everything that was technically wrong with the swing.

Before – August 2008


I’ve been talking about the nearly-distressing feeling I’ve had in the last couple of weeks, where I can’t remember after a swing what exactly I did during the swing – all of my focus has been on getting that address position established, after which my mind largely goes blank and the next thing I know, the ball is in the air.

If you asked me, similarly, how I perform a drop-step fall-away jumper, at which I was particularly adept when I played basketball, I would have looked at you blankly and replied, “I just do it…”

So, I do most of my thinking now when setting up over the ball, and then when I’m ready to swing, there is perhaps one swing thought, if at all (deep right hip, or the leg, or whatever, I really can’t say unless I’m actually doing it), and position takes care of itself.

So, when you get the proper address, grip and ball placement, as I’ve said, there’s very little that can go wrong:

Now – May, 2017


Nine years apart, you’d think there’s no way the guy up top could ever swing the way I transformed my own swing, and there’s the proof – whatever I have as far as “issues” with swinging, be it my scoliosis, the fact that I’m left-handed, or that I never even swung a golf club before the age of 25 – all of what I’ve been doing is finding the optimal position from which to just swing without thought.

And I’d say, looking at the two swings, if I could do it, then just about anyone should be able to make a decent swing if they simply find that optimal position from which to swing.

There will be people who never get it right, because they will insist on swinging from a position that they feel is “comfortable,” never realizing that the only thing that makes the proper position feel strange is that it’s not the usual one.

If one sticks to it however and performs the due diligence in actually applying the position principles and then letting the body move naturally, then it’s doable.

But nothing – and I’ll repeat – NOTHING comes without work.

Heck – I look at my “now” swing and can hardly believe it’s me.

But it is, and the theory work I did over the winter, even when I thought I was finished long ago, was crucial.

I made myself change positions from what I was accustomed to, and kept at it, because I’m just that stubborn, and to be honest, I wasn’t going to give anyone my 12 years of swing research and not be able to swing the same way myself.

At heart, I’m competitive, and I still want my personal swing to be the best swing, MCS-wise, that there is.

Not there yet as far as how good I can make mine, but the Welshman gave me a great compliment when we finally met and worked together and he had a chance to see me swing in person.

“Yours is the most efficient golf swing I’ve ever seen,” he told me, and I was humbled by the statement.

But I’ve got news for him – he hasn’t seen anything yet, because I’m only just beginning to think my swing is coming around, and that’s only because I was able to devote time over the winter to actually work on it rather than on others’ swings.

 

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10 thoughts on “The Theory Is Proven – Position Is Everything

  1. lupz27

    I’m assuming your lumping the grip in with finding the proper position? Even when I strike the ball well I don’t have the proper grip I’m doing something to compensate, the grip is all I can think about before swinging, and on the days when it’s really messed up I can barely convince myself to even attempt to start the swing.

    I believe I can find my optimal ball position fairly easy if I get the grip right, then it’s just putting in the work to train my mentality to swing AT the ball not the target, and I will be on my way.

    All these years of bad habits in all swinging sports has killed any fundamentals I need to properly swing, it’s to the point I can’t even swing a baseball bat right handed anymore, but when I bat lefty it’s all fundamentally sound.

    Amazing how non proper teaching, and self teaching with out proper knowledge can completely ruin you, and suck the athletic ability from being able to do its thing properly because your wrecked mentally, and mechanically.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Amazing how non proper teaching, and self teaching with out proper knowledge can completely ruin you, and suck the athletic ability from being able to do its thing properly because your wrecked mentally, and mechanically.

      And that is the legacy of the modern golf swing industry, lupz – I myself did very well in various sports until I took up golf and received lessons on the modern technique. It will completely befuddle you and even rob you of athletic intuition until you get away from it.

      The grip is very important and nothing in MCS will work with an improper grip, because it forces compensations in what should be a natural and free swing motion, and as soon as you begin to compensate, you’re adding layers of difficulty and decreasing the the ability to swing.

      So, while everyone will have slight variations in how they swing, the fundamentals are crucial.

      In all of the previous videos, I have explained the standard grip and even shown how to fashion it, but this new concept of the grip and how it can be affected by the stance itself are sure to open many eyes.

      In fact, when I told the Welshman my theory on why many of even the better classic era players had hooking issues while having a proper grip (Hogan the most notorious of them), he was able to later adjust his grip to open up the club face (he has had hooking issues as well), and my explanation of how the stance itself influences the grip and the club face was the catalyst for his understanding the setup even better.

      So… win-win! 🙂

    2. Laser

      “the grip is all I can think about before swinging”

      –A Golf Channel commentator (Arron Oberholzer, former Tour winner) once said, “Your hands are just there to hang onto the club.”

      Golfers have used conventional overlap, cross-handed, baseball grip, and interlocking. (Some top Tour players have used interlocking–but I have reasons why I wouldn’t recommend toying with that until everything else is pretty-much perfect.)

      I can’t point to a reference, but Sam Snead was supposed to have said that the grip should be light, like holding a tube of toothpaste with the cap off…and don’t squeeze out any toothpaste. If there’s any truth to that, then you might be over-emphasizing the grip.

      Maybe your emphasis on grip is tied together with a concept about what the club should be doing. You might have noticed that DJ writes very little (if anything) about what the club should be doing.

      Go luck with your un-learning.

      1. D Watts Post author

        You might have noticed that DJ writes very little (if anything) about what the club should be doing.

        And for a good reason! The less one thinks about the club or face, the better. Swing the swing and the club will take care of itself…

      2. Chief Cowpie

        “Your hands are there just to hold onto the club.”

        Aaron Olberheiser’s career ending ligament damage at the elbow joint finally explained.

  2. The Welshman

    DJ

    Not sure if this a question or just making a point to support this post about the importance of the tilted A stance.

    If the MCS swing is the one recorded in the gif (pivot model) in this posting, it seems to me that this swing is ‘simply’ a rotation around the tilted A stance.

    If this assumption is correct, it follows that, if your initial stance is right, your swing should be should be successful (and repeatable). Hence no need to think after set up

    Conversely, if your initial set up is wrong, you have to compensate through skill to get things right at impact because you have now introduced so many moving parts….

    Look at how little movement there is in the 2017 DJ compared to 2008 DJ, and now you’re probably getting more distance and more accuracy more often.

    Right?

    1. D Watts Post author

      If the MCS swing is the one recorded in the gif (pivot model) in this posting, it seems to me that this swing is ‘simply’ a rotation around the tilted A stance.

      That is correct, Welshman, along with your following points. In fact, I’d say my motion in both swings is the same, but you see the difference that a proper setup makes in the overall swing.

      In ’08, I could still pound that ball (I’ve never been a short hitter after my first year of taking a range membership and working on my swing, albeit in a completely incorrect fashion), but I had no consistency.

  3. Harleyweedwhacks

    I swing without conscious effort, mostly because of muscle memory. I’ve gotten used to swinging properly, therefore I don’t need to think about it. If I just swing, the mechanics, for me, take care of themselves.

    It’s like throwing a ball. When we throw, we just do it, and the mechanics are there, the elbow, the wrist, the shoulder and the body do what they’re supposed to do. I believe its the same in the golf swing, if you simply get rid of the modern swing garbage and swing, you’ll have the optimal action, because the body knows no other way.

    Throwing a ball, at least for most of us, is fairly repeatable and efficient. And we learned it without any real formal training. Get rid of the modern swing nonsense, and you pretty much have an efficient swing if you swing subconsciously.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Throwing a ball, at least for most of us, is fairly repeatable and efficient. And we learned it without any real formal training. Get rid of the modern swing nonsense, and you pretty much have an efficient swing if you swing subconsciously.

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