“3 O’Clock To 9 O’Clock” Is The Power Zone

Everything about the MCS swing model, being mechanically-correct, points to one thing, over and over – efficient power & speed production using your own body’s mass and leverage rather than muscle power when swinging the club.

There’s a point in the “E = MCS” swing video in which I talk about what happens after the “Drop” in the “Drop & Pop,” which is the down swing to and through impact, and let me show you all something here.

I demonstrated in the video the “3 O’Clock To 9 O’Clock” concept where it’s important to let the leverage of the pressure shift assist in the “Drop,” whereupon the “Pop” is a natural releasing of the right arm – here it is in a couple of swings shown from the rear:


Before I continue, please remember, you don’t swing by position, it is a dynamic action and there’s no intent on my part to look any particular way during the swing – however, this is what you should look like, roughly, if performing the “Drop & Pop” correctly.

This 3 to 9 Concept is the same one in which I advise people to practice their 3 to 9 in the “cocking and releasing” action of the down swing section in the video.

There are a few things that you can see clearly in this view angle:

  1. At the 3 O’Clock section of the “Drop,” you’ll see how simply the hands and club have dropped to this position,
  2. The effortless release through the ball with both iron and driver, and notice at the 9 O’Clock position where I stop the swing again, the stable leading foot, and there is no lack of speed and power through the ball with my swing,
  3. How you really do “swing in place” during the entire swing from address to finish, and the only things that really shift are the pressure points in the feet,
  4. Everything is powered by the hips and legs.

One thing I have proven, I believe, is that this whole jumping foot phenomenon is nothing more than a fad, where players see other players not getting off the trailing foot through impact, so the leading foot has to dance or jump, and once again:

It Is A Swing Flaw


And it’s a swing flaw that will leave you unable to properly leverage the club all the way from the top through impact, and you can see how this way below is the actual method of “using the ground” to generate power and leverage:


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If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

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9 thoughts on ““3 O’Clock To 9 O’Clock” Is The Power Zone

  1. Laser

    “3 O’Clock To 9 O’Clock”

    –Here’s one to ponder before you make your next video. Is it 3-to-9…or 3-to-6? Well, there is precedent for claiming 9:00. After all, Moe Norman said, “What’s the fastest part of the swing? The follow-through.” But, I think he was wrong.

    My authority? DJ Watts, of course. In my DJW Top Ten: “The swing is over at impact, but the motion continues, obviously, to the finish, as the ball doesn’t possess sufficient mass to arrest the inertia of the swing motion.”

    At address, the club is at 6:00, roughly. That previews impact. I’m not sure where 9:00 would enter into the scheme of things. (Maybe it would…for a righty who tries to HIT with his left hand…but, I’d call that a bio-hazard.)

    1. D Watts Post author

      I do believe I answered your query pre-emptively:

      … please remember, you don’t swing by position, it is a dynamic action and there’s no intent on my part to look any particular way during the swing – however, this is what you should look like, roughly, if performing the “Drop & Pop” correctly.

      The swing is over at impact, however it’s a full and fluid motion from the top to the finish, and as I quote my original post above, that is what someone should look like, roughly, if they’re performing the down swing properly.

      Nothing more, nothing less.

      Get from 3 O’Clock to 9 O’Clock looking roughly like I do, and 6 O’Clock takes care of itself… the worst thing you can do is worry about the impact, which is a 1000th of a sec in duration. I advise one to focus on the entire motion, and that 3 to 9 is where it matters.

      1. Laser

        “the worst thing you can do is worry about the impact”

        –On that, I agree with you, Hogan, and Bobby Jones. However, I suggest some consciousness might be appropriate about what your body is trying to accomplish in the…er, pre-impact zone (not at the actual teeny-weeny part of a second that is the actual impact).

        On the other hand, for people who just plain “get it,” it’s not really necessary to know much of anything about the golf swing. Just get the address right, and go.

  2. Terry

    Great post DJ

    Been doing a ton of 9 to 3’s lately in the living room ha ha, An important aspect I’ve found that may be overlooked by some is that the grip may be firm but the upper body ie. wrists. forearms. shoulders. scaps, need to remain nice and relaxed in order to feel that speed of the “POP” through the bottom.

    Enjoy the Open!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks Terry, and I really like this:

      the grip may be firm but the upper body ie. wrists. forearms. shoulders. scaps, need to remain nice and relaxed in order to feel that speed of the “POP” through the bottom.

      The grip, you’ll find, has to be firm, in order that the club doesn’t fly out of your hands in the 6 to 9 area, as has happened to me on a particularly hot and humid day when I wasn’t wearing a glove – the rest of what you said, +1!

  3. Terry

    I just realized I posted “9 to 3” instead of “3 to 9”. This however will make perfect sense to any of my fellow lefty Canuck/Yank hockey playing brethren LOL!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Got a lot of lefties in Canuck-land, that’s for sure! To avoid confusion, one could always think “parallel to parallel” with the club shaft in relation to the ground 😉

  4. Uncle JJ

    A little off topic, but wanted to post a comment. I feel like this swing is very similar to George Knudson’s, with the exception being the right tilt at set-up and the stable head / C7. I say this because I’ve been modeling my swing after Knudson’s to some degree, and I’m feeling like not much has to change to get me to the E=MCS. Am I wrong?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Uncle JJ – you’re right on the money there – George Knudson’s swing was basically the MCS model with a center-bias and a shift into the right pocket, instead of being there from address:

      And so, you don’t have to change much in that swing to arrive where we are with MCS – good eye! 😀

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