Jack Nicklaus Describes MCS Leverage Concept In His Own Words

If you watch the following clip, you’ll hear the greatest of all time, Jack Nicklaus, pretty much nailing in his own words the concept of down swing leverage – even to the part of the hips & legs providing the power for the 1st Lever!

The only quibble I would have with anything he says in his own words is how he talks about a “wider arc,” which is physically impossible – unless your arms stretch (or the club shaft does), you can’t create a wider arc with manipulated action.

You can create a smaller arc by having a bend in the arms, thereby shortening them and therefore the arc, but you can’t make your arc any wider than the length of your straight arms and the shaft – I’ve said that before, and it really is the only thing I’d object to in this clip, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the overall point, I just wanted to make that clear, so let’s continue.

Jack Nicklaus Talks About The Down Swing & Leverage


If I condense Jack’s words, let’s see what he says about the swing and you can compare it to what I describe in the “E = MCS” swing video with regards to setup and mechanics, and to the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video with regards to leverage.

I will number the relevant parts to add my own two cents following his own words:

I keep my head back of the ball (1) and my hands and arms in a straight line with the shaft (2)

As I start down (3), I push hard off of my right leg – this gets my weight through onto my left foot (4) and automatically brings my hands into the hitting area (5) with my wrist still fully cocked…

Then on the follow-through, my club head goes right on through the ball (6) and on to a high finish.

Jack Nicklaus “3 to 9”


OK, so let’s take a look at the numbered parts and where you can find the same thing in MCS:

  1. Right-Bias & Spine Tilt, integral part of the MCS swing model,
  2. The “Measuring The Setup” with the arms as explained in “E = MCS,”
  3. Look at the great “3 O’Clock” position as Jack is speaking (EMCS2),
  4. Well, well, well – “Pressure Plate” pivot concept (from “E = MCS”), anyone?
  5. That is the “1st Lever” action explained by JN exactly as in “EMCS2’s” Leverage section, and describes his own “Drop” to the “Pop” phase at the “3 O’Clock” point and finally,
  6. Swinging through from the top to the finish without worrying about “hitting” the ball…

Jack Nicklaus’ Setup Compared To MCS


It is no coincidence that 12 years of swing research left me with a swing model (MCS) that largely mirrors Jack Nicklaus’ golf swing, with much more in common with his best swings than not – his golf swing paired with his putting were the two factors most responsible for his being the greatest major champion of all time.

So, you can try to reinvent the wheel as the Modern Golf Swing guys have been doing (and failing miserably at it) for some time now, or you can go back to the days of proper mechanics and the Classic Golf Swing, because that’s what the greatest swingers had going for them.

Not to mention, your body will love you for it, in addition to whatever other benefits you’ll derive from swinging the way your body is designed to swing…


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2 thoughts on “Jack Nicklaus Describes MCS Leverage Concept In His Own Words

  1. Jeff

    The thing I find most interesting from this is “I push hard off of my right leg”. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone in golf instruction (if you said it DJ I missed it) to push off the right side, not to mention push hard off the right side. This has always seemed in contradiction to any other sport you play – throwing a ball, push off the trail leg. Tennis – push off trail leg. The list goes on but for some reason, that seems to be a taboo in golf. There seems no better way (haven’t tried it but just thinking it through) to start a transition to the left side from the ground up than to push off that loaded up right side. As long as I keep the C7 is stable, it should be an easier “swing thought” – at least for me. Thoughts?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Jeff, I absolutely agree! You’ll notice that I didn’t underline that part, only what he says about getting the weight to the left foot – good catch on your part!

      I didn’t emphasize that part because most people will immediately begin to push and lift the right heel, which will overturn the hips and get everything out of sync – that used to be an issue for myself, until I changed from pushing to turn the hips to just pushing to get the left hip over the left foot:

      So, if you’re going to think of a “push” without deliberately lifting the heel – then you’re right on the money, and you’re actually just talking about the “Pressure Plate” down swing action in slightly different wording, yes?

      So, what you say:

      There seems no better way (haven’t tried it but just thinking it through) to start a transition to the left side from the ground up than to push off that loaded up right side. As long as I keep the C7 is stable, it should be an easier “swing thought”

      Therefore… yup!

      You would push with the right foot, but if you’re doing everything properly, it’s not a hard push so that you lose your footing and need inch-long spikes on your right shoe – it’s a natural action just as when one pushes off the right ball of the foot to take a step with the left foot.

      Excellent observation.

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