When The Hips Control The Pivot…

I want to thank everyone who has pre-ordered the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video.

Today is the last day it will be available to order before next month’s release, so you can still get the discount on it now or get the discount on the combo deal until midnight tonight EST!

Now, as to today’s posting, for those who are anticipating the follow-up video to “E = MCS…”

You will find (when you properly use the hips and legs) that certain things happen, such as an effortless shoulder “turn,” which is a term I don’t like use to because of the problems that image creates.

But let’s go with it – keeping in mind that the shoulders turn not on a horizontal plane (level with the ground) but rather around an inclined plane (because of the right-biased setup with the tilted spine), you get an effortless shoulder turn using the hips.

So, let’s take inventory.

Easy Shoulder Turn – 90 Degrees Plus


What else do you get when the hips control the pivot?

Well, I’ve talked about leverage in the swing, and how the less muscle power you use in relation to using natural leverage, the better off you will be, haven’t I?

Natural & Effortless Leverage


Again, keeping in mind that with the same technique of any kind, the stronger and more muscular person will have an advantage over others, we know that leverage is far more efficient than muscle power – you can work out in the gym all your life and not be able to lift and throw a 220 lb (100 kg) man, but with a judo throw, someone much smaller could easily lift and throw that same man.


In that same vein, if you’ve been following the setup and positioning laid out in the “E = MCS” video, you’ll know that the leverage can be something that is built into your swing, meaning that you don’t really have to think about it consciously during the actual swing.

That means, if you’re focusing on making a proper pivot using the hips and legs, you take out of play many of the things that interfere with your swing (such as the “hit impulse” at the top of the back swing), but there’s one problem:

You can know what the proper position and mechanical and still have issues with performing the actual swing because of the many mental things that interfere with your swing over-ride what you know to be the proper way.

With that in mind, I had several exercises devised to assist with different trouble areas of the mental side of golf, but as luck would have it (as I’ve mentioned already), I realized while working on the different trouble areas that one simple implement such as a the Kettle Bell I introduced in “E = MCS” will suffice to help with all aspects!


I had introduced the Kettle Bell in “E = MCS” to show how the leverage works with the primary lever (the shoulders around the C7 vertebra, and you can see that leverage above when I lift the Kettle Bell), but what I’ve developed using the same Kettle Bell, as I mentioned in a prior posting, will help with all of the following problem areas:

  • Properly beginning the back swing pivot,
  • Sequencing the back swing pivot with regards to the hips & legs with the dominant arm action in the “One Major Move” concept of the MCS swing,
  • Properly sequencing the down swing from the top,
  • Getting “Stuck” at the 3 O’Clock position half-way down,
  • The “flying foot” syndrome of improper weight transfer and
  • Getting the proper “full-body” leverage 

And just as an added bonus – you can use different weights (starting with a lower weight and moving up) to build strength and endurance in the entire body using the Kettle Bell Pivot Exercise that I’ve developed.

In fact, I had shot a two-minute demo video for some WAX nation citizens to view and try this exercise out, and just in the two minutes it took me to explain and demonstrate the different ways to train either the back swing or down swing pivot, I was out of breath and perspiring profusely.

So it works, even when you know how to pivot, because it not only helps train the proper motion, you use the same exercise to build strength, speed and power – you’re going to love it, trust me.

Best thing of all?

This exercise will quickly show you that the lower back has nothing to do with a proper golf swing, and that you really need to use the hips and legs to power your pivot.

So, I’ll be doing some more field-testing today with yet another WAX citizen regarding these pivot exercises, and after tonight, the countdown begins to release day, which I had originally set as in the October 7-14th time frame, and which as of now is still on target.

More to come!


Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?


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

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6 thoughts on “When The Hips Control The Pivot…

  1. David

    Good stuff DJ!! The exercise you mention does so many things to fix faulty moves. Wanted to send an updated video this week after working with you and the phone died, replacement on the way. Nancy loves the move as well and see her doing the move during the Cleveland Indians run of 22 game win streak. If they keep winning, she is going to keep doing the kettle bell 🙂

    1. D Watts Post author

      I can’t believe Cleveland’s streak, DK – insult to injury that EE is a big part of that – now you know why I vowed to boycott the Jays after they let him go (after a 42 Hr/127 RBI season!!!), and I haven’t watched one game this season! 😦

      Good to know you and Nancy are getting some benefit from the exercise, today I’ll be seeing how it works with a higher-handicap golfer than yourself. It’s quite the workout.

      DJ

  2. Bill in WA

    Did you happen to see the golf swing of the pro am partner of Steve Wheatcroft that he posted to twitter? For some fun you need to do an analysis because that woman’s swing if priceless! Amazing hand eye coordination. I saw it on the Shackelford site.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, there’s not much to say about that swing except that it shows you swing back and away from the ball, and not up the line…

      She’s pretty square shouldered at impact, so down the line it goes!

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