Why The Stable Head Really Works

Other than the universally proven fact in all types of sports that a stable head or position improves accuracy and precision where they are needed (would you rather throw a ball at a target while standing still or on the back of a moving truck?).

Below you’ll see a gif. of some positions that jumped out at me while I was making stills for the upcoming video, and remember that these are static pictures of me in motion, and are not positions that I’ve tried to “hit.”

Rather they illustrate how, while swinging at around 120 mph impact speed, the stable head is a boon to consistent ball-striking:

DJ’s Stable Head


We’ve discussed how the stable head is a result of keeping the C7 swing point (which you can just visualize as the back of the base of the neck) stable, and that doesn’t mean freezing it, but making a pivot so that the body and shoulders turn beneath it without it moving significantly to either side or vertically.

In the above gif., I would bet that you could easily visualize the club swinging from the left arm like a pendulum with a hinge in the middle, with the right arm powering the swing as would a piston.

Notice how, with the stable swing point, the transition from half-way into the back swing pivot to half-way down to impact from the top, you can see how I’m using my body mass to leverage the swing.

There’s almost a rocking-horse effect when you watch things go back and forth.

Those two stills were taken from an actual swing, but the club shaft, when parallel to the ground, is virtually in the same slot in both, showing how I don’t have to manipulate the club when swing down.

Now, imagine what it must be like trying to hit balls effectively with one’s head moving all over the place while swinging, especially during the down swing:


All of that head motion you see above comes from the address position whence begins the swing, coupled with iffy mechanics, and while it’s obvious some skilled and gifted golfers can play golf this way – it doesn’t have to be that difficult or convoluted just to get from the top to impact.

The stable C7 or swing point allows me to swing back to the top and then really “step into” the down swing, which is actually just the transferring of pressure from parts of the feet to other parts of the feet.

And a benefit of this is that I don’t have to contort my body to produce efficient power and speed, which means I will not only be more consistent, I won’t be risking injury due to improper technique, swinging at high speeds:


The positioning is the way you do this, not any particular magic moves as are sprinkled throughout any golf magazines or television shows or tournament broadcasts.

When you swing from a proper address position, the club virtually swings itself once you get settled into the proper mechanics, but you’ll never perform the proper mechanics unless you start from that proper position.

I’ve said that the address position or Fundamentals Trifecta (stance, grip and ball position) are 90% of the golf swing, and the mechanics are the other 10%.

The MCS “Leverage Machine”


And that is how you transform your body into a flesh & blood “leverage machine,” using a stable swing point as a machine would have, and the body, mostly the hips and legs (with assistance from the trailing or power arm), to power the swing as a machine motor would.

It doesn’t matter which of your arms is the dominant arm, either – I’m left-dominant, but if I were to swing with a right-dominant motion, you’d see basically the same thing.

I’ve sent updates to everyone who has a pre-order in for “E = MCS,” shooting will resume this week, with the return of sunny conditions after the weeks of cloud and rain (I actually went to the range yesterday to try to shoot while it was sunny, and of course the clouds and rain moved in).

Won’t be too much longer, and if you haven’t pre-ordered but don’t want to miss release day, you can just send me a request for notification on release day by filling out the form below, and you won’t miss out!

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10 thoughts on “Why The Stable Head Really Works

  1. Laser

    “which of your arms is the dominant arm”

    –Chances are, different arms are dominant at different points in the swing–if things are optimal. Of course, there is no requirement that people understand what is actually happening under the skin.

    There’s a Youtube feature where pros give their swing-thoughts. I haven’t watched all of them yet, but mostly they follow this pattern (nothing mechanical): “smooth rhythm…
    set-up, align & don’t micromanage…hit the golf ball solid…commit to the shot…
    think as little as possible…remember a good shot…smooth takeway…keep it simple…visualize the shot…look at something on the ball …”

    So far, I’m only encountered 2 swing-throughts that could be considered mechanical:

    -Tim Burke = left side of face behind ball at impact
    -Boo Weekley = on backswing, left shoulder to hit your chin

    1. D Watts Post author

      There’s a Youtube feature where pros give their swing-thoughts. I haven’t watched all of them yet, but mostly they follow this pattern (nothing mechanical): “smooth rhythm… set-up, align & don’t micromanage…hit the golf ball solid…commit to the shot… think as little as possible…remember a good shot…smooth takeway…keep it simple…visualize the shot…look at something on the ball …”

      Pardon my thickness, but if all that was needed was this… people would all be playing scratch golf, wouldn’t they?

      Not trying to be flip here, but most of that above is the equivalent of a Bob Rotella golf lesson – long on vagueness & encouragement, short on tangible specifics.

      These instructions would help someone who already has a golf swing from which to work… but as far as helping someone needing assistance with their swing… not so much.

      “Hit the ball solid…”

      Well, without specifics, that’s like saying “write a great story,” in Creative Writing class. How to do that… well, that requires a little more than what’s in the Youtube video.

      I’ve broken the swing down, as far as major swing thoughts, into a couple of really simple instructions:

      Back Swing

      – Pivot the hips & body (the shoulders) with the pressure transfer in the feet,
      – Combine the pressure transfer with the “one major move.”

      There’s
      your back swing.

      Down Swing

      – Initiate the transition with the Moe’s Master Move concept,
      – Combine with the pressure transfer in the feet to “Drop & Pop.”

      End scene.

      Anyone who can build a golf swing with just those thoughts and the Youtube instructions, congrats! you’re on your way.

      For those who require a little more… there’s the “E = MCS” video, coming shortly…

  2. Laser

    “Pardon my thickness”

    –I’m not trying to minimize what you’re doing, just a comment on sports at the TOP level. Those people probably didn’t learn the way modern golf is taught. Probably the closest teaching method to the way THEY learned is your Swing Stick.

    It probably works like this, for those at the top level. Those who just naturally “get it” progress from Pee Wee leagues. Those who don’t do as well drop out. Same thing, through junior high, high school, and college. Finally, those who “get it” and have enough athletic and mental ability to back it up turn pro.

    Looking at modern golf teaching, it seems like players are succeeding in spite of their coaching, not because of it. Butch Harmon endorsed TW’s knee-snap, and Led-worser seems to have been a factor in Michele Wie’s health problems.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you ended up as a coach at the top level.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well I apologize if I got your comment wrong, Laser – to be sure, the suggestions aren’t bad suggestions, but only apply if there’s nothing wrong with the swing. Most people have something wrong with their swing if they’re looking for advice, and the tips provided do nothing to help them fix anything.

      I was just remarking on that. Nothing wrong with them, but they’re only going to help those with already built and working swings.

      And end it seems we’re agreeing more than disagreeing.

      1. Laser

        There are at least 3 comments that have earned you a place in the World Golf Hall of Fame:

        1) You can’t separate the upper & lower body.

        2) If you listen to anyone talk about the swing, even the best ball-strikers ever, you’ll do so at your own peril, as many of the greatest swingers had no clue exactly what they were doing.

        3) The thing that made them [the all-time greats] so accurate and repeatable was not apparent or readily visible – it was their internal machine, working along it’s intended design.

        1. D Watts Post author

          If I ever need a catalog of quotes, I think I know who I can call on. 😉

          Happy 4th

  3. targettom

    That “Stable Head” gif is really something. I’ve never seen these backswing/downswing comparisons anywhere else. This seems like a real advance in instructional videos

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks Tom – you know that MCS is no joke, I’m just setting out to prove it.

      And you won’t see things like this anywhere else because no one else has developed this model. All of the best parts from the greatest swingers, without the personal idiosyncrasies.

      In short – the Fosbury version of the golf swing 😉

    2. Mike Divot

      The “stable head” used to be something that was considered a fundamental, along with a decent grip, roughly parallel stance, etc.

      Olde timer pros used to say, keep the head still. (Students would then proceed to freeze their heads and introduce tension, and the pros had to free it up again.)

      Somewhere along the line it seems to have been thrown out. Probably about the same time as restricted hips came into vogue.

      I guess if you’re going to die on a hill for some principle you have to throw out anything that contradicts it, even if that thing makes sense.

      1. D Watts Post author

        The “stable head” used to be something that was considered a fundamental, along with a decent grip, roughly parallel stance, etc…

        … Somewhere along the line it seems to have been thrown out. Probably about the same time as restricted hips came into vogue.

        I guess if you’re going to die on a hill for some principle you have to throw out anything that contradicts it, even if that thing makes sense.

        I’d say that just about does it, MD.

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