Using the Body & Not The Arms (Updated)

batmcsOriginally Post April 16, 2015 – very relevant with the upcoming “EMCS2 – Follow Up” video, updated at Bottom

If you are wondering how to build your speed and power in a golf swing, the solution does not necessarily lie in the gym and building more muscle.

That is something you need to do if your swing is not mechanically-correct and you would rather go that route instead of simply improving your technique.

Tiger Woods broke his back by building his musculature to a degree that he was going to swing the club the way he wanted to, regardless of whether it was mechanically-sound or not, and his muscle strength eventually caused a good deal of damage to his body.

So, if swinging a 13 oz club seems something you do not feel strong enough to do, then it is likely a technique problem.  I can throw a shot-putt a certain distance with the correct technique.

The solution, if I am throwing it incorrectly, is not to get stronger – that will help with the right technique, but with an improper technique, getting stronger will only make the subsequent injury to your shoulder joint more significant.

Makes sense…

Here is a cricket bowler coming into the release phase:

power-wheel

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He is not throwing that ball with such speed due to his arm motion.  Watch his upper back and shoulder region as his arm reaches vertical in the throw release.

That is where the speed is coming from – his body, more specifically his spine and hips, not his arm.

And notice as well that he is not jumping off of or snapping his left knee, which he would do if he were a golfer and swinging in the modern style. Because jumping or thrusting against the ground adds more speed and power…

Only in golf, apparently.  In the real world, you do not jump from your supporting leg while transitioning from the other leg to add power to a swing or throw.

Update October 12, 2017

I have over 1,200 previously posted blog pieces which I have removed and through which I go through periodically to see if anything I have removed is still relevant or has become so.

When I read through the above piece, I felt that it really enforces the theme of what I’ll be presenting in the upcoming “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video, which isn’t a new swing video but rather a supplemental to the “E = MCS” swing video.


I showed in “E = MCS” how leveraging works, demonstrating with the Kettle Bell that will figure largely in the new video, because if you swing properly, using the entire body, you will get the best results and have the lowest risk of injury.

I’ve demonstrated that earlier in the summer when I achieved ball speeds in the 160’s mph with the Momentus Heavy Driver (the average PGA Tour ball speed is 165 mph), and when you look at my swings with both a regular driver and the Momentus, they are nearly identical:

DJ Swings Momentus Heavy & RBZ Drivers


The point I’m making showing the two swings above is that if a 47 year old man who doesn’t work out, and who doesn’t even hit balls that regularly anymore, can achieve ball speed in the 180’s mph with a regular driver and in the 160’s with a heavy training club (the Momentus has twice the mass of a regular driver), and do so without injuring myself – the way they’re swinging now with all of the injuries they’re incurring is simply not the way to do it…

And when you all who’ve ordered the “EMCS2” video see how it is I apply my leveraging to a Kettle Bell – you’ll know that you can do it too, using the swing model and mechanics I’ve been explaining in videos in the two and a half years since I presented what is now the standard MCS swing model in “Ultimate Leverage.”

Almost there with the new video, and I’ve sent update emails to everyone on the reserved list!

DJ


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If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

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4 thoughts on “Using the Body & Not The Arms (Updated)

  1. Laser

    This edition of your blog is a bit of a masterpiece. “He is not throwing that ball with such speed due to his arm motion.” Or, with arm effort, anyway.

    As I look at Tour golfers, just about none of them have muscular arms, or even muscular forearms or shoulders.

    I don’t know if this will LINK up, but when no golf instruction worked for me, I did a lot of research into how the human body works. I’m not going to try to explain it (that’s your job), but notice how this javelin thrower (LINK) matches your cricket player.

    The blue line is called a “functional line.”

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    1. D Watts Post author

      Pretty good diagram, Laser – and here, you can see the actual motion described – when I saw this video, I about fell out of my seat…

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  2. Uncle JJ

    Not sure if this is the right place to post, but I have a question, so please bear with me.

    I keep struggling to understand how I can do a full weight shift from right heel to left heel while keeping the right tilt. Moving to the left side seems to produce a lunge that eliminates the right tilt. Am I thinking about this all wrong? Is it leverage, rather than a weight shift, that I’m trying to accomplish?

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    1. D Watts Post author

      Actually, it is the perfect place to ask your question, Uncle JJ!

      I keep struggling to understand how I can do a full weight shift from right heel to left heel while keeping the right tilt. Moving to the left side seems to produce a lunge that eliminates the right tilt. Am I thinking about this all wrong? Is it leverage, rather than a weight shift, that I’m trying to accomplish?

      This issue is going to be in the video… you’ve got the address laid out in “E = MCS,” as well as the mechanical action and the concept of the shifting of pressure in the feet.

      What is happening is that you’re pivoting back properly and then losing the plot on the down swing transition.

      Not to worry, I have this covered with the Kettle Bell. We discussed your swing in July, if memory serves, and you were looking good except for that head movement. I have been working since the “E = MCS” video release on solving issues like this, so… right place, great question, and I’ve got the cure – hang on a little longer and you’ll see 😀

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