I had discontinued the concept of the “MCS Swing Angle” after the “MCS – Perfect Pivot” video of last year, but I think it’s still a very good concept to keep in mind when you’re trying to swing with the MCS Golf Swing model and especially when performing the Kettle Bell “One Exercise.”
Jeff asked a very good question yesterday after viewing the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video that directly relates to this (the Kettle Bell “One Exercise”), and I’m going to put this concept back out there for public consumption, as my answer to him brought to mind the nature of the Swing Arc.
The mind is a curious thing in that it creates imaginary “feels” that aren’t real, but certainly feel that way, and the Swing Angle is one that has been lost with perhaps the advent of Ben Hogan’s “swing left” concept, which he implemented to solve his hooking issues.
He would have been better off figuring out that he simply had either too strong a grip or that he was using his hands overly much coming into impact, because the only thing that causes a hook is a club face closed or point left (in a right-handed swing) at impact.
First, let’s establish that no one has elastic arms or club shafts, correct? So, if you swing a club with a stable swing point (without drifting towards the target, in other words), you will swing it in an arc.
From Secrets Of MCS – The “Swing Angle”
If your path is optimal, you’ll get a standard hook. If your path is rightward impact with a closed face, you’ll get the snap-hook or push-hook, and if your path is leftward at impact with a face even more left, you’ll get the pull-hook.
None of these really have anything to do with failing to “swing left” but rather mechanics problems.
So, if you “feel” like you’re going to hit the ball way right if you “swing to right field,” that’s because you’re neglecting to remember that whatever goes right on the down swing eventually has to come back left:
The left arm can’t stretch, so when you reach a certain point of the down swing, the left arm will pull the hands and club left – so there’s no need to “swing left,” it’s going to happen on its own.
Just as you see below in swings with either an iron or driver, I swing “to right field” and yet, my hands never pass the vertical line where they will be at impact, and that means my arc has reached it maximum point and is now going to swing inward, and that’s nothing I’m doing consciously but through my setup and mechanics:
If you swing without thinking, you’ll swing in a natural arc, and there’s no other way to swing naturally than in this manner, and the Classic Golf Swing players knew this instinctively – Jack Nicklaus didn’t try to “swing left” with his power fade – he set up a primary target line that went left of his actual target, then swung naturally on that line with a slightly open face, and that produced his powerful fade – when you swipe across the ball going left, you’ll still fade it, but it will be a weak fade, and you’re liable to pull it and pull hook or slice the ball under pressure, depending on what your hands do.
So, the “Swing Angle” concept is the 45 degree angle I have talked about for years, and I’ll just bring it back and leave it out there for anyone needing that reminder that feel isn’t always real, and the only way you’re going to send the ball to the right swinging the proper way is if your path and club face are going right, and that mean you need to fix your setup and ball position, and not how you’re swinging!
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