My “Most Important” Part Of The Back Swing – Part I

I’ve spent some time talking about the down swing with regards to the “Drop & Pop,” so I thought perhaps I’d go backwards from there to the most important part of the back swing pivot, which is the initial move.

Just as the tendency for something to go wrong in the down swing is the initial move, the “Drop” part of the “Drop & Pop,” the most crucial part of the back swing pivot and the “One Major Move” is the first part.

I have found that the tendency is, especially after years or even a lifetime of having been taught and drilled into the restricted-hip back swing, is to disconnect the lower body (the hips) from the upper, during this initial move.

It is crucial therefore to remember that you are not separating the upper and lower sections of the body on the initial move.

You are simply making that “One Major Move” which involved the power arm and the hip/leg action, because if you’ve watched the “E = MCS” swing video, and if you’ve been doing the Wall Drill, you’ll know that you can’t make that one major move with just the upper body – it takes the hips and legs to perform that move.


As you can see above, there isn’t one single part of the body that performs the “One Major Move,” but rather the entire body from feet to head.

The concept of the one move involves the power arm and hand, but as I explain in the video, you do this with the “Pressure Plate” shifting of the pressure points in the feet along with the power arm.

And this position should look familiar:


Because it is, in essence, the “3 O’Clock” position that you will find in the “Drop” part of the “Drop & Pop,” and the only difference is in where the pressure is shifting in the feet.

Here’s you see the “3 O’Clock” positions virtually matching each other in the back swing and down swing:


A couple of points I can make that you may find interesting, you’ll notice that although I have a classic golf swing with the lifting heel,  you won’t see any heel separation in either parts of the swing at the 3 O’Clock phase, and that the right or power elbow is tight to the right hip as well.

If you watch the above gif. long enough, you’ll probably get an optical illusion effect of seeing the hips and legs controlling both the back swing and down swing pivots, and there is real dynamic motion there, below the yellow line.

That is where you want the action, not above the yellow line but below it, and if you disconnect the hips from the rest of the body at the outset, you’ll just make it more difficult to leverage the swing properly down from the top.

Remember Your “Pressure Plate” Concept!


So, keep that body as one unit going back, don’t try to swing with just the legs or just the upper body – the “One Major Move” consists of the power arm action, as I demonstrate in the video, but it’s essential to remember that your key to the pivot is in the hips and legs, so you need to practice your “Pressure Plate” concept with the “Wall Drill” to really ingrain this if you’re having issues.

This is the great secret to the golf swing – just as with any other athletic motion, be it a javelin throw or a particular move in a martial art disciple – the drills are what train the proper motion, and you’re much better off doing the drills until they are second nature, than you are in just hitting ball after ball on the range.

If your technique is off, hitting 500 balls is just further ingraining the bad technique.

Put the balls aside and do the drills.  That’s my advice.


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“E = MCS” The Swing Video

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