Let’s Look At the Drop & The Pop (Part 1)

If you can get to the “Drop” position, your down swing is half over – the other half is the “Pop” which, as I’ve stated, includes the motion from the “3 to 9 O’Clock” positions when viewing a swinger from behind.

Although the down swing is a continuous motion to the finish, and although the only things that matter (to the ball) are over at impact, there is a way to break the down swing into two separate components for drilling, I am sure.

The “Drop” component obviously ends at the part with Uncle JJ confirms that Harvey Penick’s “Little Red Book” also alludes to the same action, where the right elbow (in a right-handed swing) drops to the hip:


As you can see from the rear, you have full leverage occurring right from the beginning of the down swing, where the left shoulder comes up and the right shoulder subsequently drops.

So, as laid out in the “E = MCS” video, you don’t do this with any conscious manipulating of the upper body, but with the transfer of the pressure in the feet (explained in the “Pressure Plates” portion dealing with the pivot).

DKondo had the distinct pleasure of “getting it” after watching the video and affirming that the pressure shifting alone will cause the above action without doing anything else, and you end up here:


This is easiest part of the down swing, which means it’s also the easiest part to mess up due to the improper moves from the top that most of us develop over time in our swinging lives.

Therefore, in order to really extract maximum benefit from your swing, it is imperative that you get this part correctly, because any incorrectness here will lead to bad contact and then compensations trying to fix something at impact that went wrong from the top.

So, if you’re having problems with your down swing – go back to your Address Setup, then make that “One Major Move” pivot back swing to the top, and then practice that “Drop” move, concentrating on the initiation after you’ve reached the top.

When you’re working on this – don’t try to hit balls, just practice the pressure shift in the feet and get so that you feel that “dropping back and away” sensation in the head.

Then, when you can get to the 3 O’Clock position above without having done anything more than shift the foot pressure and allow the right elbow to drop – you’ll be ready for Part II of this posting tomorrow!

Note: All of this is actually in the video, so if you have it and you’re not quite getting it, I would recommend re-watching the relevant part – I’ve had people watch my videos 10 times and suddenly see something that was there the whole time, and that they simply missed each time watching it previously!


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2 thoughts on “Let’s Look At the Drop & The Pop (Part 1)

  1. Harleyweedwhacks

    The plane will always be a little from the inside, even on the downswing. When I swing on the proper plane, my elbow naturally brushes my side during the downswing. The weight pressure shift happens without me thinking about it…as a matter of fact, my whole swing is done without thinking. All of the concepts in your videos that I have bought, I already had in my swing. I guess it’s natural now.

    The elbow to the side is more of an effect of swing plane rather than pressure shift, at least, from my own personal experience. If your plane is over the top, the elbow will be disconnected from the side.

    Maybe pressure shift causes swing plane, but I doubt it. Just my opinion.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Maybe pressure shift causes swing plane, but I doubt it. Just my opinion.

      Well, I said that the pressure shift creates the “drop,” but I never said anything about the plane.

      The swing plane should be what it is, and a steep or flat plane would be caused by doing something improper in the transition.

      Over the top is because the shoulders are turning rather than the trailing shoulder simply dropping. I’ve had it, it’s a maddening thing to change until you realize what you’re doing wrong and stop doing it.

      If one keeps the motion simple, less is definitely more, and most people get into difficulty adding unnecessary movements to the simple action.

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