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.”