I’m referring of course to compensations, the more of which you have, the harder it will be to make consistently good golf swings, especially under pressure.
When you have a swing with a lot of compensations, you’re relying on fine motor skills over gross motor movements to get it done, and that’s why no one except Ben Hogan could ever swing with his exact swing, which had more compensations in it than a middle-aged man driving a canary-yellow sports car.
It took Hogan years to groove a swing he could repeat, and even with his amazing “floating pivot” move, he still had to beat balls all day, every day, to stay on his game, because of all those compensations.
So, I’d stick with his lower body pivot move and not try to emulate the rest of his swing…
This is why you see people who’ve never won a big tournament sleep on a 3rd round lead and then go backwards in the final round of a major or nearly as important event – nerves come into play, and when you have a golf swing with compensations, they break down under the pressure and you see more 79s than 69s from them in Round 4.
Many of the tips you get in magazines and on TV are nothing more than compensations, which is why they seem to work on the range but don’t on the course.
So, the answer to this is to build a golf swing with as few compensations as possible, and preferably none.
I’m getting closer and closer personally to a swing I would say has no compensations, with a standard grip, a stable C7 on the back swing pivot, and a very quiet down swing without any head drops, lateral motion or jumping feet.
The more natural leverage you employ, and the less muscle, especially the small muscles of the wrists and arms, the quieter your swing will be.
If you see how “quiet” a swing can be, while still possessing the power to drive the ball well over 300 yards, you might wonder what the guys on Tour are doing, driving the ball lesser distances and jumping out of their shoes to do so:
I like to swing with no swing thoughts, because when you have a million and one things to keep track of, you may be able to do it on the range, but on the course, disaster will strike.
I shot my first day of video for the upcoming “E = MCS” and, really, I didn’t have any swing thoughts. That doesn’t mean there weren’t nerves, because shooting swings for video is always a different matter from languidly sending balls out into the range while practicing – it’s for real, and the video camera will show your flaws, especially from certain angles.
You can be certain that if a golf swing shows a lot of movement, either laterally or vertically (swaying or the big head drops or jumps, especially on the down swing), has a good deal of compensatory moves going on.
This is why the MCS Golf Swing model is so simple – you take the classic golf swing, which is the proper way to swing, and simplify and refine the address position and mechanical action until you can’t remove any more parts.
I hear all the time that the classic golf swing has a “lot of moving parts,” which is ridiculous – look at the modern golf swing below and tell me it has less moving parts than my particular golf swing model:
A whole of compensations going on there, and it’s no wonder that the weakest part of the above pro’s game is his full swing, especially off the tee.
Now, take a look at Tiger Woods when he was near his best, and how quiet his swing looked then, compared to what we’ve been seeing in recent years:
Very still head going back, a lot more hip turn than what he’s been trying to do lately, and not much of a head drop on the transition, with a very quiet leading leg – in fact, look at Tiger above with driver and compare it to the head, leading leg and foot with an iron in recent times:
Tiger’s best swing model from the late 90’s and early 00’s was quieter with the driver than with an iron swinging the Como-Foley way, and that tells you all you need to know, doesn’t it?
It’s really hard for me to watch that 2nd gif. of TW, because he really used to have a beautiful move, except for the planted-heel pivot that ruined his left knee. Otherwise, it was nearly flawless.
So, how do you build a “quiet” golf swing with as few manipulations/compensations as possible?
There are two components – the address position and the mechanical action.
Make the address position as mechanically optimal as you can, and then use the basic mechanical action with the legs, hips and the power arm (or, if you’re a “pulling” swinger, the leading arm still doesn’t do much with the proper position and action), and you’ll be there.
And when you’re there, your swing will be the MCS “floating pivot” model, because there’s no simpler action than what I’ll be showing you in the upcoming video!