In fact, before anyone accuses me of stealing his swing model, of course I didn’t – I don’t really watch instructional videos from even the game’s greatest players because I felt that watching their swings was good enough.
I might have saved myself time from the 12 years of my swing research however, if I had watched certain swingers’ explanations… thanks to Terry who posted a couple of Tom Watson video clips in the comments section of another piece on the swing in response to Jim’s “Aha” moment!
Of course, Tom Watson is one of the greatest swingers ever to play on the PGA Tour, and his 8 majors bear testament to that. And of course, he has a Classic Golf Swing action as I noted a couple of years ago.
With that in mind, and many of you who have followed the progress of my development of the MCS swing model will certainly recognize the phrase “the hips turn in a barrel,” so listen to what Watson says about the pivot here below (thanks again to Terry for the below clips):
And as you can see below, in a swing of mine from some time ago after I adjusted the MCS Golf Swing model to better emulate Ben Hogan’s “floating pivot” action, the hips in fact do turn in a barrel with this manner of pivot.
My hips are rotating because I’m using the hips and legs to pivot, of course, but watch the red line to note how the hips themselves, while they turn, do not move laterally one way or another:
So, Tom Watson would, if you ask him, agree 100% with the concept of the Hogan-inspired MCS “floating pivot” action because… he did it himself!
As for the second clip, here we go with the pivot action involving the shoulders and the plane:
Again, a virtual agreement in the piece above on the action of the shoulders on the back swing pivot (if one shoulder goes up, the other goes down, and vice versa, and you do not swing and turn with flat or level shoulders as the Modern Golf Swing school is always trying to get you to do).
They only difference is that my swing model has a right-bias and right-tilt to the spine to more emulate this guy’s address position:
But there’s no denying that the same concept from MCS is at play where Watson demonstrates his pivot action once he’s in motion:
There is a reason Jack Nicklaus won a major at age 46 (including 17 more) and why Tom Watson came within a putt of winning the Open Championship at age 60 back in 2009 – they both had excellent Classic Golf Swing models which MCS virtually mirrors on everything from stance to mechanics.
So if you have any issues with your pivot action at the moment and you’re not doing both of the above (the “barrel-turn hip action” & the “switching sides high-low”), then that is something you can start working on right now.
And of course, it’s in any of the MCS Golf Swing videos from “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” right through “E = MCS,” the last swing video from early summer of this year.
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