I have always been pretty good at generating power, most likely due to having participated in half a dozen different sports in my life (organized soccer, baseball, hockey, track & field, basketball and volleyball in school and then golf as an adult) and having to learn proper motion in all of them.
Golf was the most difficult to master, but only because I came to it in my mid-20’s and began my instruction in the game with the Modern Golf Swing model, which ran completely against everything I had learned before then.
Even then, I had my first instructor look at me halfway through my first lesson with him and say, “I told you to grab your 7 iron,” to which I replied, “This is my 7 iron…” due to the fact that I was hitting the ball between 150 and 160 yards in the air.
He’d grabbed my club from me and looked at the loft on the bottom, and said to me, “I can’t hit my 7 iron that far…”
It was later that summer that I borrowed his titanium driver to go play nine holes with another student of his, and when I returned with the news that I had reached a 550 yard par 5 hole in two with his stick (330 yard drive, 5 iron to the front quarter of the green, about a 210 yard pop out of the first cut), to which he had said in disgust, “Give me back my #%&* driver…”
That summer, I also drove through a 325 yard hole with a 3 wood (and surprised the heck out of the group putting out when my ball rolled through their group and over the back of the green into the rough) – so the problem I had that led me to my swing research was never that of lacking power.
It was consistency and repeatability that I was after, because while it may be fun to drive the ball these kinds of distances, it was never fun to have the next drive banana-slice or boomerang-hook off the tee, or to shank an iron from a perfect lie in the fairway.
But a funny thing happened when I began to straighten out the mechanics through the development of the various MCS swing models that became complete with the “E = MCS” video – the straighter and more consistent I got, the longer I became as well!
Driving Hole-High 350 Yard Hole – 2009
I always had a theory – that the technique for maximizing one’s efficiency and therefore power and speed would also be the one that gave you maximum consistency and repeatability.
A long drive swing doesn’t play in scoring golf because it is very inefficient – most long drivers are happy to get one and would be delighted with two good drives in a 5 or 6 ball series, and that just wouldn’t work playing golf.
Conversely, a planted-heel plunking swing that is dead straight (say, like Moe Norman’s later years swing) wouldn’t get you very far in long driving, and it certainly wouldn’t play in today’s pro golf circuits where the players are knocking the cover off the ball – and in case you think it would, Moe Norman’s playing success and reputation were established when he was swinging with a Classic Golf, lifting-heel swing, not the very short plunking swing he built in his later years, with everyone is familiar:
Moe Norman’s “Real” Swing – 2 Canadian Amatuer Championships
Moe Norman was able to be a short hitter in the days of persimmon because he hit every shot on the sweet spot, which made him longer in comparison with longer hitters who didn’t hit the sweet spot perfect every time.
Kind of like Byron Nelson, who famously quipped that the modern equipment wouldn’t have helped him at all because they give more distance to off-center strikes, but he always nutted the sweet spot.
So with today’s balls and metal drivers, Moe Norman would never had the power with his later-years crowd-pleasing half-swing to play competitive golf, even in the mini-tours.
What you need is the golf swing that maximizes efficiency, which gives you then the speed, power, consistency and repeatability that everyone desires.
So, the point I’m making in a round-about way is that most of my research has been on making the golf swing a consistent and repeatable motion, because I’ve never lacked the power components.
I’m telling you all right now that if you want more power in your swing, even if you’re already using a variation of the MCS golf swing models I’ve developed over the years – the leveraging exercise I’ve developed for the MCS swing with the Kettle Bell “One Exercise” will give you that power.
I have said that if I were to go to train for long drive, in fact, that the only power-training tool I would use would be the Kettle Bell and the “One Exercise.”
I would of course do gym work, but on the training tee, just the Kettle Bell (with progressively heavier Bells as my own strength and leverage increased) and the “One Exercise,” which I would supplement with the SwingRite click stick for speed training.
Because the “One Exercise” uses the entire body, so it doesn’t matter what part of your swinging you’re trying to strengthen, be it the hips, legs, back, arms… you need the entire body to do the “One Exercise,” and so nothing else is required.
If You Missed The Pre-Order Window For “EMCS2 – The Follow Up…”
I am busy at work completing the video, but I’ve had inquiries from both people interested in the combo of “E = MCS” and the follow-up video and rest assured, it will be available with “E = MCS” upon completion.
If you already have “E = MCS” and missed the early-order window, just contact me after release day (hopefully next week) to obtain it, as it won’t be available by itself, only as a supplement – but if you’ve already downloaded “E = MCS,” you will certainly be able to get the download when it is ready.
And with that, a good Sunday to all.
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