Tutorial Shoot Today – Almost There! (Updated)

Update – I may as well just come clean with something that’s been weighing on me all day.

I received some sad news today that a Wax Golf reader passed away at the end of May following a vehicle accident.

I only found out because Tony’s wife contacted me to remove him from the “E = MCS” update email list.

Tony was the reader who sent me the news that the Dan Plan was on hold due to Dan’s ongoing back injury issues, and we emailed back for forth on various issues, as many of you like to do.

The last time we conversed, he inquired about Moe’s Master Move, which is going to be in the the video, and he was again the reader to whom I referred in that posting.

Little did either of us know he only had weeks…

R.I.P., Tony. You will be missed.


I am pleased to say that I finally got a chance to shoot the tutorial portion of the upcoming “E = MCS” video today!

Despite the fact that there has been some sunshine in recent weeks, the days in which I had to shoot were primarily cloudy and/or rainy, and I needed a solid set of hours in which to shoot.

Today was that day – not a cloud in the sky, and I was at the range shooting video for three solid hours this morning into the afternoon.

Needless to say, I’m rather spent this afternoon, but I’ll be looking over what I recorded, and will likely be back at the golf academy tomorrow to make sure I have everything I need.

After that, I’ll be into the editing phase – so the critical aspect of this video – the actual tutorial portion – is all but complete, and will definitely be complete after tomorrow.

I’ll be editing by Friday, if not tomorrow, and the video should be finished and out to everyone who pre-ordered, sometime next week!

Thanks to everyone for your patience – the weather this spring and summer has been dismal, in terms of video recording light, and even the golf industry in these parts has taken a hammering with all of the rain days following a cold and wet spring.

Hopefully, we’re out of the woods in that regard, but I am ecstatic that, with everything I’ve been working on during the video delay, I was able to finally get the lion’s share finished.

Updates to follow, but we’re in the homestretch now!



14 thoughts on “Tutorial Shoot Today – Almost There! (Updated)

  1. David

    Sad news when you lose a loyal reader and friend. RIP Tony

    Thanks for the update on the video DJ, the wait will only make the content sweeter!!!

    1. D Watts Post author

      It’s a shame, DK – only 71 years young. 😦

      As for the video – coming along, back on schedule, and should be as sweet as I originally intended it to be, if not more so!

  2. Laser

    “Moe’s Master Move”

    –Good luck with it. I don’t think Moe explained it very well. I think your up-the-line .gif is the best way to present it. Great camera work, as usual.

    So, then there’s that “distance” issue with Moe. The other day I ran across some stats:

    In 1980, the length of the average drive on the PGA Tour was 256.9 yards.
    In 1990, it was 262.8 yards.
    In 2003, it was 286.3 yards.

    So, if Moe said he hit it 250, we’d have to know WHEN he said it. And, even in 2009 the average PGA Tour Driver CARRY distance was only 260 yards. So, it Moe said that he hit it 250, we’d have to know if he meant total distance, or CARRY.

    And, as I looked at my notes on Moe’s Youtube videos, I noticed that in one exhibition at age 72 (3 years before he died) he was estimating his distances at 290 & 310. Much earlier, in a radio interview, he said that his longest drive was 340, downhill.

    But, if you want to believe that Moe was a short-hitter, it’s perfectly OK with me. Really. Personally, I never saw him, and I have to go by other evidence, like what Trevino and Vijay said.

    1. D Watts Post author

      There’s no way Moe Norman drove the ball 290-310. Period. That’s just illogical on its face when you look at how short his swing was.

      I said before he was saying he hit the driver 250, I stand corrected – he says “260” in the clip. “Not bad for a 65 year old,” he also says, which means he was clearly very proud of getting even that much yardage.

      That’s with a titanium driver, at the age of 65. And a shaft nearly as long as he was tall. Oh wait, it’s a standard shaft, he was just a very small man.

      If I know anything about the swing, I know Moe’s swing was not built for speed or power, but accuracy. You won’t find any actual proof that he hit the ball 300 yards, especially with a half-back swing at the age of 60 or 70.


      PS – I’m looking at the SwingRite gif. and I believe you’re correct – that angle shows very well the action Moe called the Master Move – the reason most people don’t get it is, in my opinion, due to the fact that most people move or turn to the target on the down swing.

      It feels, when you do it properly the first time, as though one is falling back and away from the ball, but that’s just the “feel,” and Moe’s demonstration of it at the start of the below clip shows the same thing he felt:

  3. Laser

    “when you look at how short his swing was”

    –Of course, this is all good-natured, but consider this. Moe always hit the sweet-spot. That can add 20 yards (no sidespin).

    Also, Moe used heavy clubs. At the same clubhead speed, that adds distance.

    And, we’ve gotta ask ourselves, why were Vijay & Trevino so bullish on Moe Norman? If they wanted to praise a “short hitter” why not Mike (Radar) Reid, who had a MUCH better PGA Tour record, and he was so straight that he got the nickname “Radar.” From Wikipedia:

    “Michael Daniel Reid (born July 1, 1954) is an American professional golfer who has won two PGA Tour events and two senior majors on the Champions Tour. Reid finished in the top-10 70 times on the PGA Tour and became the first golfer to earn a million dollars prior to winning a single professional tournament. In 1989, Reid came close to winning two major championships, the Masters Tournament and the PGA Championship, leading both of them during closing holes of the final round.”

    You’ve seen the photo of Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Price, Nick Faldo, and another pro all gathered around watching Moe. Short hitter? Did they also stand around and watch Mike Radar Reid?

    September 2004 USA Today interview: “Who’s the best golfer you’ve ever seen?” Vijay Singh answered, “Moe Norman. I’ve hit balls with him lots of times. He was incredible. Whatever he said he could do, he could do. If you talk to Lee Trevino and other greats of the game they’ll tell you how good he was. He could talk it, and he could do it.”

    1. D Watts Post author

      Moe was dead straight. He could hit the ball on any line and fade and draw to any target he chose – provided it was within reach.

      There’s a story about him taking Lee Trevino’s 5 iron and hitting five balls to within a one yard circle, about 170 yards. If that’s long, then Moe was long. That’s a vigorous 8 iron for me.

      But he was straight. That’s what the pros found amazing. I don’t see anything in those quotes about how long he was. Because you won’t find any quotes from these same guys about how long he was.

      If you do, I’d love to see them. And not from the Todd Graves guy peddling his swing method, which it isn’t – I mean the same pros you mention.

      It’s funny though that you think I know so much about the swing (to the point of mentioning HOF), but that I’m so clueless when it comes to Moe.

      I’ve said what I have to say about Moe, and I’ll leave it at that. I’ll let what I’ve already written speak for me, at this point.

      1. Laser

        I’d compare Moe to Lonzo Ball (UCLA basketball, soon NBA). Have you seen how Lonzo Ball holds the basketball for a jump shot? If you were his coach, you wouldn’t try to change that. But, you wouldn’t try to make the rest of the team shoot that way. He’s unique.

        Since Moe was human, chances are, a lot of what he did is applicable to other golfers –even though it might appear to be different. With a shorter swing, I think it’s harder to dissect on video.

        If someone had the same pants and shirt sizes as Moe, maybe trying to copy Moe wouldn’t hurt. However, he said, “Don’t copy me. You’ll be sorry.”

        I wouldn’t put too much stock in Moe’s descriptions. In some ways, he was a genius. However, that doesn’t mean that he could totally explain his golf swing. Some video refutes that idea. However, Moe got one thing right. He told Peter Kessler (Golf Channel), “Just put this dumb guy [club] on that dumb guy [ball].”

        Believing that Moe wasn’t “short” isn’t the same as saying that he was “long.” Average for a pro is still pretty long compared to most amateurs.

  4. Uncle JJ

    Moe’s swing in his later years was quite different from his younger years. I’ve seen stills of his backswing when he was winning tourneys – it wasn’t truncated. He also used overlap grip back then. I’d agree he wasn’t winning long drive championships, but I know he had a LOT of double-eagles.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Correct, Jay – Moe’s swing, the one that made him known, was a classic golf swing action with the lifting heel and all, very much like the MCS swing mode, even had the short-stop slide!

      As for double eagles, sure, he had a bunch of those and holes in one, as well. But let’s remember that before the Tiger Woods era, a par 5 was about 500 yards, some even shorter.

      A driver and 3w or 4w back then would have gotten Moe to the green, and since he hit the ball as straight as he pleased, he holed a lot of second shots into the greens.

      Back when I got my first lessons, I reached a 550 yard par 5 with driver-5i, and that hole was considered a monster. Most par 5’s on the older courses are about a nickel or slightly less…

      It isn’t taking anything away from Moe that he wasn’t a long hitter. He hit it straight enough that it didn’t matter, but let’s not re-write history – he was good enough without doing that.

    2. Laser

      My sources say 4 double-eagles. To evaluate that, we’d need dates, yardages, and Tour averages. Equipment was different back then.

      · Shot 61 four times
      · Shot 59 three times (course records), once when he was 62
      · Won 57 career victories (Wikipedia says 55)

      (I’m saving my in-person Canadian witnesses, so DJ won’t ban me. Or, he might anyway.)

      1. D Watts Post author

        OK Laser, you win.

        Moe was long. He was super-long. With wings.

        He was so long, some of his drives are still in the air, somewhere.

        Now, I hope we can all move on from Moe’s jaw-dropping length and all of those 375 yard drives to actual swing mechanics…

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks Jay. I’ve made a lot of friends through the blog, and it’s humbling to know that the blog is and has been an important part of peoples’ lives. It’s easy to lose sight of that, but I have had people tell me they visit the blog every day.

      I thank all of my readers.

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