It’s All About Using Leverage Over Muscle Power – Part I

I would ask someone, “Could you throw someone who weights 220 lbs or has a mass of 100 kg?”

The answer would be, “I don’t think I could, in fact I couldn’t even lift someone that size, let alone throw them…”

Now, if you asked a judo expert the same question, whatever their size, you’d get a different answer – they might not know exactly how far, but if you asked for a personal demonstration, you might regret it while in mid-air…

The reason for the different answers is that, asked the question, most people would think in terms of sheer muscle power and whether they could or couldn’t throw someone with a mass of 100 kg.

The judo expert would know from experience how easy it can be to throw even a large person over their shoulder, given the proper grip, body stance and leveraging technique.

Now, contrary to what people may think, there is a good deal of leverage going on in the golf swing, but you can do it properly or improperly, and when you see perfectly fit young men in their 20’s and 30’s injuring themselves swinging a golf club, you know they’re doing it improperly.

I can generate 160 mph ball speed, nearly the average PGA Tour ball speed (which is 165 mph), swinging a Momentus Power Driver, which is twice as heavy as your standard modern driver, and that’s because I am using leverage to swing it, and not muscle force:

In fact, if you saw my swing with the Momentus versus my swing with, say my feather-light TaylorMade RBZ driver before I broke it this summer, you’d be hard-pressed to see a difference in technique, because the proper way to swing is the proper way swing, whatever club you’re using:

There are actually three major fulcra in the proper golf swing, and the reason many people don’t see the “leverage” in a golf swing is because they’re either unaware that there is more than one type of fulcrum/lever or just don’t see it.

Most people think of this:

What you see above is a Class 1 Lever and Fulcrum, and there is one in the MCS golf swing – the C7 vertebra is the fulcrum and the “lever” in this case would be the entire shoulder area from the upper arm across to the other upper arm:

If I’m not using my biceps to lift that kettle bell, what exactly is lifting it?

The answer is the leverage generated by my action to raise one shoulder and drop the other, so if you imagined a teeter-totter bar and my right shoulder dropped, what happens to the left shoulder?

It has to come up, of course, and there is your Class 1 Lever – most people are trying to swing the club with the shoulders simply turning (you’ve seen the articles and television instruction pieces where they advise you to turn the shoulders through impact), and that’s just not efficient, when you can do it the way I’m lifting the kettle bell, but everyone who has watched the “E = MCS” video already, knows that!

So, there is the first of the three Fulcrum/Lever aspects to the mechanically-correct golf swing.

Tomorrow, I’ll deal with the other two!

Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

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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