One Kettle Bell – So Many Proofs!

I’ve got a segment in the upcoming “E = MCS” video that proves, with just one thing (a 20lb or 9kg kettle bell), so many things about MCS and why the analysts on TV, for the most part, don’t know what they’re talking about.

I’ve said before that the “flying foot” that gets so much praise on the telecasts is something that the analysts either don’t know is wrong, or that they know it’s wrong and are being incredibly dishonest in praising it as a power move.

I mean, it sounds harsh, but is there another option when someone is praising something that is mechanically-incorrect?

Once again, here’s the thing about which I speak:

Now, we know why Justin Thomas’ head drops drastically to the right from his address position through impact, and that’s because his head isn’t where it’s going to be at impact when he’s at address, so it has to move there at some point.

Justin Thomas is a skilled golfer, having shot 59 earlier in the year at the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Frank Nobilo pointed out that “flying foot” and referenced a conversation we’d had over it, and how you see the same thing in Jamie Sadlowski’s swing:

Now, you didn’t hear Nobilo praising that move, because he knows better – in fact, he highlighted that move after Justin blew a drive nearly out of play off the 18th tee in the 3rd round.

However, some analysts just won’t admit that the move is a serious swing flaw, either because they don’t know, or… well, you tell me.

But if you see me in this gif. made from a clip in the upcoming video, you don’t create leverage by jumping off your leading foot, which is actually supposed to be bearing the transferring weight into the impact and follow-through – you create leverage like this:

So, because I’m not swinging a club with my biceps, I’m lifting the kettle bell using my hips and legs, the way you’d swing a club if you did it properly, and you’ll see that I’m not using any arm in the lift, other than of course to hold onto the kettle bell.

Now, for the analysts who claim that the “flying foot” is what creates power and leverage in the swing, I would love just one of them to assert that the way I’m lifting the kettle bell is incorrect, and that I should actually be leaving my weight on the right foot and “jumping” off the ground with the left.

Just one…

But of course, they won’t say that.  And yet, each and every week, you’ll see that “flying foot” and watch analysis praising it.

I’ll leave it at that for now, but if you watch that gif., you’ll see something else that may remind you of this:

The secret to a mechanically-sound and powerful swing is in proper leveraging, and this is why a 47 year old couch potato (yours truly) can generate club and ball speeds to match the longest hitters on the PGA Tour.

It’s because I’m leveraging properly, and the modern golf swing players aren’t.

It’s that simple!

PS – That new concept I had told you all about, to help one find the optimal address position, in a similar fashion to what I called “Dropping The Hammer” in the previous MCS video?

Well, you can call the new concept “Lifting The Kettle Bell,” and I’ll be showing how to do so in “E = MCS.”

Back to work on the video!


4 thoughts on “One Kettle Bell – So Many Proofs!

  1. Lance

    Hi DJ. Question about the Swing rite. I really like it on the easier settings, but today I was swinging away and set it to a harder setting with an unpleasant experience. Maybe I was overdoing it, but I felt a pull on my right elbow. Now, I did stop immediately and the pain went away after a few minutes, but nonetheless I was concerned. Was I over ambitious in my swinging? Was I throwing at the top before lead leg? I don’t know. Have you experienced any right arm pain?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Lance,

      No, I haven’t had any issues from swinging the device. It may be that you hyper-extended the elbow trying to extend through, or perhaps tugged the bicep tendon a little, but I’m no doctor, nor do I play one on TV 😉

      If it was just a twinge, I’d give it a day or two and see how it feels. You want to go slowly on the settings, as the muscles take some time to adjust and strengthen if you’re going past normal performance demands.

      Of course, you’ll want to have it looked at it if it hurts. My uneducated guess is that you got a little over-enthusiastic extending before the bottom, and the SwingRite does have some mass – I wear my glove when swinging it past a certain setting, as it feels as though it’s going to fly out of my hands.

      I hope it’s nothing serious.


  2. Lance

    Thanks DJ- I think I got frustrated trying to make the lil b click at the second hardest setting that I was really swinging out my shoes. Easy settings I can really get in a nice groove. Walk before I run I guess.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I think you’ll get a lot out of the segment on the “one major move” concept in the upcoming video, Lance – I didn’t start really getting lower on the settings until I adopted that, and it’s worked wonders, both for getting that effortless power production (more so than before, that is), as well as really tightening up my MCS swing action.

      Working hard on it! 🙂

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