How To Swing “Hard” With Stability – Position

It’s become all too clear to me, while working on this latest video project “E = MCS,” that the fundamental key most people are missing in their swing is of proper positioning.

Even great swingers and players can have a better position from which to begin the back swing, and you see weekly on television the results of improper positioning (and of course, motion, when it comes to the modern golf swing models in use).

I spent years upon years looking at motion and trying to figure out how to make my motion what I wanted it to be, and to be honest, it never really had anything to do with improper mechanics.

I’ve never been a long-time adherent to the planted-heel, restricted-hip pivot, and even then, if I had had proper positioning, I would have had no problem swinging that way until I eventually hurt myself some way – this is just not a mechanically-sound way to swing.

So, for most of the years of my swing research, I’ve been swinging with a free hip turn and lifting heel, but it was always the positioning that was the problem, even when I nailed the basic model of MCS down in late 2014-early 2015.

To compound the problem was my own physical issues made it impossible for me to swing according to the basic model until I spent the last winter breaking everything down and seeing where I couldn’t match the model, and what to do about it.

Once I took the basic model apart and reassembled it so that I could swing the way I wanted to, it became obvious – it’s all in the position, and the mechanics are the mechanics, for the most part.

5 Iron – Impact

Get the position and the mechanics will follow.

So, it is easy to think that when I swing, I’m not swinging very hard at the ball, because I remain stable in my position in the most important areas – in the head location and the leading foot.

Most guys you see swinging “hard” will have a dropping head (the harpoon), and/or the head moving severely back to their trailing side, or you’ll see the flying left foot or snapping left knee, and yet look at this:

DJ Hits 5 Iron

From a couple of weeks ago, and you tell me how a 47 year old guy who doesn’t play golf for a living, nor compete in long drive, can hit a 5 iron about as long as any pro you can find on Tour, if not longer, yet doesn’t do all of the compensating things you see them doing on TV…

It’s in my positioning, as well as my mechanics, but the position is key.

With proper position, you can make a proper, stable and leveraged pivot with no compensations, and that creates great acceleration into the bottom, all without jumping out of one’s shoes or throwing the head around on the down swing:

So, if you want to swing “hard” and still be under control, then the key is not to hit the gym, nor to keep trying to find some magical move on the back swing or the down swing.

The magical move comes when you build your stance, and from there, a simple pivot action creates what you want in your mechanics.

And that, my friends, is “E = MCS.”




4 thoughts on “How To Swing “Hard” With Stability – Position

  1. Harleyweedwhacks

    Jack Nicklaus said in his book that if he didn’t keep his head still as hard as he was swinging, he couldn’t break 80. Stable head is crucial.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Stable, not absolutely still… you can have some movement, but it’s the big lateral and vertical moves you want to avoid…

  2. Harleyweedwhacks

    I have a slight shifting head on my backswing. It’s not massive, but noticeable. I took a video, and noticed that on my backwing, my head moves back, then on my downswing, it stays there.

    So it’s a Mike Austin type swing, even though I’m not a long hitter. Is this MCS, or should I stable the head? And if stable is better, how could I do that? More right bias? I’m more centered to slightly right biased in my swing, very slightly right biased.

    If I increased this right bias, it might stable my head. But how do I become more right biased in my swing without putting strain on the sides of my spine? And what is the mechanically correct way of becoming right biased?

    1. D Watts Post author

      I’m actually going to explain the difference between the MCS and the MA swing models in this upcoming video – why he set up that way, and how there is something similar in the MCS model, where I’ve just eliminated the head shift with the set up position – you should like it, HWW! 🙂

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