“Drop & Pop” Part II – Extension

So, as discussed in the previous posting, you have two parts to the down swing, but of course they come together as one motion, but the most important phase of the down swing comes with the “Pop” after the “Drop.”

This is the part where the Kettle-Bell drill from the “E = MCS” video comes in handy, as the impact phase is what you’re working on with that drill.

In fact, before I continue, I got an email just this morning from a Wax Golf reader who said, in part:

Just wanted to say thanks for your kettle bell post.  I am a former ball player like yourself and very much feel oriented (& feel isn’t often real!!!) so the kettle ball with head behind was a great fit and yesterday I was able to find that move with fewer than 20 swings!

Looking forward to the driver today and checking on my swing speed radar tomorrow.

Thanks again!  Kettle bell lift = best left hip drill ever😀

So, just as I said with the “Wall Drill” posting – I’ve developed these drills to help one with the separate components of the swing, and if you’re struggling with the swing itself and haven’t done the drills – you will find it much easier to perform your MCS golf swing if you do them!

So, moving on to the “Pop” part of the “Drop & Pop,” and all I can say is what I’ve been saying for a while, because this hasn’t changed – you don’t “turn” into the impact, which is where many people get into trouble.

The “Pop” part is the extending of the power or trailing (right) arm, using the 2nd of the 3 leverage fulcra (1 being the C7 with the shoulders as the levers, the 3rd being the wrists with the club shaft itself as the lever) to bring the club down and through the impact zone:


As you can see, I’m not “turning” into the impact phase, just continuing the pressure transfer in the feet and letting the power arm extend into the bottom of the swing.

The shoulder reach square at the swing bottom, and only then do they begin to open to the target:



Remember the dual action of the arms (“3 to 9”) that I mention as well, you can see that occurring very well in the face-on view

Notice that there is no “hold off” or “hanging on” to the club, there is a full and natural release – trying to hold off the release doesn’t work anyways, because the impact is at the bottom and all you’re going to do trying to hold the impact angle with the wrists is decrease the actual impact speed!

And that, my friends, is the nature of a fully leveraged and natural golf swing – it allows you to take a club twice as heavy as the normal driver and swing it without fear of injury, as I’m doing below:


Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

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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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4 thoughts on ““Drop & Pop” Part II – Extension

  1. jh32

    I think I may have it now. I tend to push my hips out, slide them, to far left on the down swing, and thus getting my right shoulder coming out instead of down or getting it coming out and thus the shank motion.

    Club is either oTT, or coming from too far from the inside. I will work on the kettle drill, and get more stable with less hip turn/push and see how that helps. I know when I practice with the swing stick and just focus on the heel to heel and let that drop the arms, the pop comes more naturally. Will see this weekend when I get to play and use this thought process. Jim

    1. D Watts Post author

      The key, Jim (and it’s easier said than done, but is possible with determination), is to avoid the “turn” into the down swing, which is the cause of the OTT. Keep those shoulders from going past square until post-impact, and you’ll have everything going great, I can guarantee you.

      Just let the drop happen with the transition leverage powered by the pressure shift in the feet, and hit the ball with the legs and hips, leave the upper body out of it until post-extension! 🙂

  2. jh32

    Will work on it. And I am liking the short instructional pieces that are answering some important questions and explaining in more detail. May not need the what’s wrong with my swing after all. Nah, I’d still like it. Jim

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