I briefly mentioned Welshman having an “Aha” moment in his journey to building a mechanically-sound golf swing swing, and he told me something else with excitement that amazed me – not that it hadn’t occurred to me before, but that he’d noticed it at all.
I take a great many things for granted, I suppose – I figure that if I know something that has to the do with the swing, then everyone else must as well, but here’s something you may never have noticed, even though I talk all the time about a “full body” motion with the Classic Golf Swing and pivot action.
The reason the Modern Golf Swing is so problematic is because the things that make it difficult to master are the same things that greatly increase the risk of lower back injuries (as well as to other body parts, since we don’t swing in isolation with regards to any one body part or components).
I noticed this back in the summer of 2014 when I was working on the “Ben Hogan Project,” which seems a million years ago – can you imagine the MCS Golf Swing model today without the right-biased address and stable head concept?
Well, it was back during the Ben Hogan Project that I noticed the following correlation.
Take a look at the below swing, from an angle that allows you to see it – when you’re watching this swing, take special note of the left shoulder and knee, and the right shoulder and knee:
If you don’t see it, then focus on the left shoulder and knee during the back swing pivot, and the right shoulder and knee on the down swing and follow-through.
See it now?
Yup – you’re seeing it correctly – with a proper Classic Golf Swing action, the shoulder and knee of the same body side move in unison, and that’s why it’s so powerful, as it’s harnessing the entire body into the leverage action, and also why it doesn’t require any twisting of the lower back.
Here it is, in a nutshell, if you’re not yet convinced that the proper way to swing goes back to the Classic era – when you use the hips and legs to swing, each side of the body from shoulder to foot will work together.
Just look at George Knudson, whom Jack Nicklaus described as having a “million dollar swing,” below:
This is lost when you nail the leading heel to the ground and separate the shoulders from the hips with the restricted hip action.
And if you don’t think the old guys knew about this – whether they did or not, they sure swung as if they did, if you watch the legendary Tony Lema warming up:
“Shoulder, Hip & Knee…”
Watch again from the opposite diagonal, where I’m swinging the Momentus Heavy Driver, which has double the mass of a modern driver.
Again, look at the left shoulder and knee on the back swing pivot, and even on the down swing:
You can’t get more power out of a swing than if you’re swinging in this manner – sure, someone bigger and stronger than you can generate more power and speed with muscle force, but that’s because they’re bigger and stronger.
Let the same bigger and stronger person swing in the same manner as above, and now you’re looking at the world’s longest long drivers, with very few exceptions.
Now, make that full-body pivot action turn around a stable C7 swing point (the reason my swings look so “relaxed” or “effortless,” which I’m constantly being told, is that my head remains pretty stable and doesn’t jump and bob during the swing), and you’re really getting some good leverage.
So good that, even without hitting balls regularly or working out, I can generate nearly the PGA Tour average ball speed (I’ve hit 161 mph vs the 165 mph Tour average) with the Momentus Heavy Driver.
When you give me a modern featherweight driver… all bets are off…
DJ Hits 187 MPH Ball Speed With Range Ball & Ben Hogan C7-3 Driver
And while doing that, I’m not injuring myself swinging a club with twice the mass of the drivers that have the pros killing themselves to swing.
Momentus Driver (left) vs TaylorMade RBZ
And in case you’re wondering – yes, the same technique that produces effortless leverage to enable one to swing the Momentus Heavy Driver is the same technique you use to produce the speed and power you need even with the lighter modern drivers, as seen above.
Something that should make the industry say, “Hmmmm….”
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