There is a reason that the late Harvey Penick’s quote about the down swing’s first move (it’s all one move from the top to the finish, really, but there are stages to it when you break it down) is the same as how I describe it in the “E = MCS” video and why Moe Norman’s “Master Move” as he described it is the same as mine and Penick’s…
And that’s because… it’s the best way to swing efficiently due to the energy you’re storing on the way down, to be released into the bottom, what I call the “Pop” in the “Drop & Pop.”
I’ve talked about the “Drop,” and this is where you’re storing the energy (I like to call it potential energy) as you’re simply using the leverage stored in your leading side with the proper “top” position:
And when you look at my top position above, once that pressure plate shift occurs in the feet, the left leg or “gate” swings shut, the left shoulder comes back and up, and that leverages the left arm, the hands and the club down so that, in Penick’s exact words from his Little Red Book:
“… to start your downswing, let your weight shift to your left foot while bringing your right elbow down to your body. This is one move, not two…. Your head will stay well back.” p.96
You can take the utility pole in the background of the above gif. and see that my head stays back of it on the down move.
And this (the right elbow having dropped to the hip) is the point where the energy you’ve stored in your right arm and the cocked wrists will release the club down into and through impact.
So, you can take Moe’s “Master Move,” or Harvey Penick’s “Magic Move,” or my “Drop” in the “Drop & Pop,” and they’re all the same thing.
As I’ve said in previous postings, if you work on your drop move and can get to this position:
And that position entails the weight planted firmly into the leading foot, the head having stayed back in its “top” position, and the right elbow having dropped to the hip with the arm and wrists still fully cocked…
You’re halfway there!
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