So, I Was Banging My Head Against The Wall & It Hit Me…

Not a concussion – I wasn’t banging it that hard, but what hit me was the simplest, most effective way to illustrate the “floating pivot” action of the MCS back swing.

It was a “drill,” if you will, complete with that “one major move” meme that has come to life with the mechanics.

This wouldn’t be the same wall as the one you saw in “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing,” either…

It has everything, actually – you can’t perform the drill properly unless you’re in the proper MCS address position, which is the “Leaning A” bias with the right set to the legs and hips.

I even proved how easy it was if you know the MCS fundamentals – I was having a Skype chat with Welshman, who happened to be in Bristol, England, and who has been assisting me in the development of the tutorial concepts for the new video, when the concept “hit me,” I told him about it.

Back To The Wall… But Not This Wall…

He promptly got up and tried it while I watched, and he looked great – how else are you going to look when you make that flawless “floating pivot?”

We had been talking about how the terminology will change with the upcoming “E = MCS” video, because I no longer like the words “shift” and “weight,” which makes some people think of and do things that cause lateral motion.

Let me put this to you all right now – the body’s weight doesn’t “shift” during pivots, either back or down swing.

The only time the weight shifts, really, is on the follow-through and finish, to end up on the left foot and leg when you had begun the swing on both feet.

What you need to be doing is “transferring pressure” from parts of the feet to other parts of the feet.

Sample Diagram Of Sectioned Feet

And, while performing the drill I told him about Welshman only had to think of the pressure transfer and the “one major move,” and bang – he was pivoting back flawlessly.

His issue, because we haven’t had much time to work on his swing due to the video project and the fact that he has his own life and business, is actually in the down swing sequence (sound familiar, Wax Nation?).

This time, while at the top, instead of saying “shift the weight to XYZ” or something similar, I said, “Now transfer the pressure to XYZ,” and bang – there was the down swing action without the high trailing heel or the early shoulder turn!

So, even as I’ve been working on what I had originally planned for this video, the delays in completing the shooting have been golden opportunities to keep coming up with ways to conceptualize the swing action.

It’s getting simpler and simpler, and even the concepts are getting pretty basic here.  If you can find a wall, if you can think of holding a serving platter up with one hand, and if you can understand how the pressure transfer works – you’ll be there.

But it all begins and ends with that most crucial part of the swing, which is the foundation – the stance and setup before you begin to move at all…

Another rainy day, and perhaps tomorrow I’ll get that final shooting day in.  I’m continuing to work on the tutorial however.

I have to say though – if I had finished and released the video already, it wouldn’t have the two things I’ve just written about this morning.  So, it would still have been the best video I’ve made to date – but it’s getting better by the day!

If you haven’t pre-ordered “E = MCS” but plan on getting the download upon release, you can make sure not to miss release day – let me know and you’ll get a shout-out email on release day with a link to the download!

Won’t Be Long Now…



12 thoughts on “So, I Was Banging My Head Against The Wall & It Hit Me…

  1. Laser

    The kinesiology probably follows the concept of “functional lines.” As shown in your cricket game .gif, the speed is developed along a diagonal line from left foot to right hand. (Same as in your stone-skipping .gif) It’s probably the same in golf–but you have to be using the other diagonal in a helping mode.

    Surveying the golf teaching on the “windup,” especially from you and Bobby Jones, the windup is mostly from right foot to left hand. You say that you want your right hip moving behind, and Bobby Jones said to leave the right arm out of it. (Actually, the left foot to right arm connection was active too, but in a “helping” mode–and that’s why the left heel lifted, and the right arm folded…more or less automatically.)

    It there’s any validity to this, then the shift in pressure comes from switching which diagonal is dominant, and which is in the helping mode. And, that would confirm one of the things that put you in the Golf Hall of Fame: you can’t separate the upper & lower body.

    1. D Watts Post author

      You’re the first person to have commented about the diagonal relationship of proper motion, Laser.

      I usually only go into that when consulting in person, where I can illustrate it in 3D reality. Harder to bring across on a flat screen. But you’ve spurred me to give it a shot, since I haven’t actually shot the tutorial yet – another piece added to a bulging bag of puzzle pieces!

      1. Laser

        Kinesiology-wise, your body is always doing things behind your back.

        If you consciously wind-up with a DJ – Bobby Jones combo, mostly with attention on right foot to left hand…

        …then, at the same time (unconscious helping mode) the opposite diagonal (left foot to right hand) is active in a functional line across the back of your body. (Muscles work by contracting.)

        The whole enchilada is far beyond micromanagement. That’s why pros have no idea what they’re doing. At most, they have just a “swing key” that makes it happen for them.

        And, there might be different ways of perceiving the same thing. Maybe some people are more conscious of the diagonal that I call the “helping mode.” Bobby Jones said to leave the right arm out of the wind-up…but, I seem to recall that Big Toilet said that he was more conscious of the right arm.

        1. D Watts Post author

          The whole enchilada is far beyond micromanagement. That’s why pros have no idea what they’re doing.

          That was pretty good, but…

          Bobby Jones said to leave the right arm out of the wind-up…but, I seem to recall…

          This, Laser.

          I was going to say something about this when you originally said it in the first comment, but decided not to – I was going to say that some of the things Jones said might not apply in a transfer from the hickory to the steel-shafted era, and I believe this is one of them.

          You’ll recall that I went from not being able to click the SwingRite with my hardest swings past the 5 or 4 setting years ago, to being able to click it all the way down to 1-2 setting – what I did was switch from the left-side pull to the right-dominant action.

          Moe Norman, a dead-straight but short-hitting ball-striker, also said to keep the right hand out of it and to just pull down and through with the left arm.

          Seems to me that the hickory shafts were too whippy to swing hard with the dominant arm.

          That solves the mystery of why Jones had such a high leading heel lift as well, as the more right-dominant you swing, the lower the heel lift, which we’ve actually discussed recently.

          So, I disagree with Jones’ statement on the right arm, and I would have gone so far as to say he was wrong – except Jones was from the hickory era and it is very likely that at the time, this was correct, and so it’s not wrong but just out-dated.

          Once again, you surprise me with something out of the blue, first with the diagonal relationship, then with the observation on Jones’ statement re: the right arm.

          This all fits in, of course, with the fact I discovered that, given the proper position and the “one major move” that I’m going to unveil in the new video, the swing is virtually the same for left or right dominant swingers.

          I can’t wait ’til this rainy weather gets out of the way so I can shoot the last portion and get it out!

          1. Laser

            “Moe Norman…short-hitting ball-striker,…said to keep the right hand out of it”

            –Well, we each have our own witnesses about Moe. I’ve got a couple (from Canada) who claim that he wasn’t short. (And, on Youtube, did you ever see anyone from the spectators drift away from watching “short-hitting” Moe? Watch his clubhead speed.)

            But, the main point is words, and what they mean. EXPERIMENT: take your right hand, and move it back & forth with muscles. Not too fast, is it? Now, just shake your arm and watch your hand. It moves so fast that it’s a blur, when you take the muscle action out of moving your hand.

            Moe DID hit with his right hand, but he used it like cracking a whip. It was the tip of a “whip” that went all the way down to the ground, it a diagonal manner. A right-hander hitting with the left hand will kill the follow-through (and I could tell your about some physical problems that result from a right-hander hitting with the left hand).

            As Bobby Jones said, he DID use his right hand, but was only conscious of it right before impact. Again, it was the tip of the “whip,” snapping into the ball.

            Moe & Bobby didn’t consciously guide their right hand…but it was the RADAR for the hand-eye coordination. THEY didn’t guide their right hand…their brain did.

            1. D Watts Post author

              In my Pipeline Moe video, he’s hitting driver for the crowd and one of them asked him, “How far are you hitting that driver?”

              Moe replies, “250 yards.”

              That was with a titanium headed metal driver – he was actually longer in his later years with the modern drivers and balls than in his heyday.

              If he was hitting the modern driver 250, he would have been woefully short with a persimmon.

              “With a titanium driver I’m hitting it farther now than when I was 35”

              Golf Digest, July 7, 2007

              You only have to look at his half-swing back swing to know that he was no long driving monster. He preferred accuracy over length, and said when he tried to swing hard, he’d hook it.

              My second and last instructor played a little Canadian Tour in the 70’s and actually roomed with Moe a couple of times, as he was a rookie player and no one else wanted to bunk with Moe due to his poor hygiene and general strangeness (and I love Moe, just telling it like it is) – he told me emphatically that part of the reason Moe never played the PGA Tour more than half a season was because he couldn’t hit it long enough.

              I’m pretty comfortable saying Moe was a short hitter. Those who disagree will disagree. Nothing wrong with that!

  2. peterallenby2013

    Jack Grout used to instruct Jack Nicklaus to roll his ankle inward to the inside of your other foot – A right-handed golfer rolls left ankle inward toward the inside of his right foot to initiate the back swing weight shift/transfer and vice versa for the forward or downswing..Nicklaus said he practiced this movement at Grout’s insistence for a very long time before Grout allowed him to really rip it.The weight moves within the confines of the insides of each foot according to Grout..Gotta go find my Grout instructional book to get the exact quote..

    I LOVE this refinement DJ! Keep ’em coming!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks Peter! I said that this video would surpass all, and I wasn’t joking. Whether it does or not won’t be for my lack of trying.

      Although, LOL, you’ve already pre-ordered the video, so if you forgot that when you filled in the form – surprise! Your email will contain download links to the video you’ve already bought! 😉

      PS – I appreciated the plug on FB today – I just wasn’t going to “like” something referring to me 3rd party. thank you though 😀

  3. lupz27

    Speaking of walls, I might have the wrong name to this story, but I think it’s Sam Snead who when he was a young kid wanted to get a pro to teach him to play golf, and the pro told him to go over to a clay wall, and swing a hickory stick 100 times a day, or something like that, and he would teach him how to play golf when he could take those 100 swings, and not have a spec of clay on his left sleeve, or something like that.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Right idea, wrong gentleman, Lupz!

      It was actually a story told by Mike Austin (it was once in his Wiki Page, but was removed when it turned out to be a tall tale), when he said that as a boy, he took a lesson in Scotland from a pro who told him to go stand beside and swing his club into a mud bank (similar to the sod walls in the links bunkers) and to not get any mud on his sleeve, which taught him the proper release action.

      That story was de-bunked, as Austin was born in Alabama and grew up in the South, but it’s still a great visual – the club passes the hands at the bottom, and you don’t “hold” onto the the angle, so you should be able to swing your club into a mud bank without soiling your left arm.

      Most people try to swing through the ball with the hands, but the hands should just be holding on and hinging at the bottom.

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