I get a lot of people saying, “It’s very confusing to talk about the C7 being the swing point,” but the plain and simple issue is that if you’re struggling with stability in the pivot, then you have to make yourself understand it.
When the old instruction saw went “don’t move your head,” this is what they were talking about, whether they knew it or not – likely it was something that was instinctual to the more natural swingers, but it doesn’t mean you can’t understand it because there was a time I myself didn’t get it.
But for a true “floating pivot” golf swing, the C7 is the part of the swing you want to remain stable while everything else beneath it moves accordingly – not to be mistaken with the “floating heel“ pivot, which can have a C7 moving all over the place, in which case it’s not “floating” or stable… the MCS swing model has both, and there’s your key.
So, if you look at the below gif. with a make-shift scaffold drawn into it, you want to think of being hooked through the base of the neck (the C7), where you’re being held up from there:
The blue line is not a wire or rope, it’s a solid rod like the rest of the scaffolding – and you simply swing the body while the hook through the base of the neck keeps you from moving laterally in either direction.
This is not a secret, nor is it even new – take a look at Sean Foley’s swing model which, while I call it the “back-breaker” because of what happens to people who try to use this model for speed and power, has the same stable C7 on the back swing pivot:
Anytime you hear anything about the head not moving during the back swing or the entire swing, you’re talking about the stable C7 concept- even Tiger Woods had a relatively stable head – for him, the problem was what he was doing to his back in order to pivot this way, with a center-biased stance and a planted heel restricted-hip back swing:
So those of you who don’t get it – you can get it, and it’s my humble opinion that it’s virtually impossible to build a sound swing without getting this, which is why the entire MCS swing model is built around creating a full and free hip pivot with a stable C7 on the back swing.
If you get this, then you’ll understand the nature of all the pivot drills I’ve introduced in my swing videos over the last few years:
That above gif. is from the “MCS – Perfect Pivot” video, and this is exactly what I’m doing in the pivot drill – getting a full hip and shoulder turn with a stable C7, and this is the entire function of any pivot drill I’ve introduced.
So, if you don’t get it, I would ask you to read this posting again whenever you find yourself wondering, “What about the C7 again?”
Because it is so important that even most faulty or mechanically-unsound swing models that you see out there have this concept, and it goes all the way back to the classic golf swing era.
It is the root of the “cogged-wheel” concept as well, if you watch the above gif. with regards to the right-tilted spine and the hips, and it’s also part of the “tilted barrel” torso concept, where the torso turns back and forth as a tilted barrel or cylinder would turn around a pole through it’s center.
Again, no secrets here, although the concepts are ones that I’ve developed in trying to convey this principle.
It’s important and it’s no secret – the secret is in how set up your address stance and perform your pivot action in the manner you see me doing in the 9 iron swing – that’s the MCS pivot move based on Ben Hogan’s “perfect pivot” action, and you won’t see it in any modern golf swing instruction, because… well, you’d have to ask them, wouldn’t you?