Re: The Old “Moving Off The Ball”

If you’ve been around golf for a while, you’ll know exactly what this means, and if you’re new to golf, you may have heard mention here or there about how a player “moves off the ball” on his or her back swing.

I remember a lot of talk when Tiger Woods was tearing up the Tour around the time of his Tiger-Slam in ’00-’01 how he “moved off the ball” on the start of his back swing.

If you look at the below swing gif of George Knudson, you’ll see clearly that he shifts away from the ball at the start of the back swing:

I used to have one as well, back in my early days playing golf and when I began to seek out lessons, and all it is, is that if you’re not right-biased in your address (and even if you are, just not all the way), you will shift on the back swing to a position where the head is where it should be at the top and impact positions.

Nothing more, nothing less!

See here in ’98, less than a year after my first lessons but having built an address stance that was right-biased when you look the yellow line, but not as right-biased as the MCS model dictates:

Aside from the planted-heel back swing that still makes me grit my teeth when I see it, you can see how big a shift I had off the ball with my head, all the way to the red line, but that is in fact where it was supposed to be at impact:

I had a pretty good move on the ball back then – I had a Callaway Big Bertha War Bird strong 3-metal, and I could get 300 yards with it off the tee, so I didn’t bother much with my driver, which I had issues hitting – but when you see the degree to which my head moved on the back swing – no surprise, right?

In fact, wasn’t the driver TW’s biggest issue even when he was at his best?  His highlight package back then was not booming drives down the middle but all of the recovery shots he hit, iron shots to the green and the incredible up-and-downs for birdie or par that he made from the woods and yonder, right?

Head movement is very problematic for accuracy and consistency.

This was one of the fundamental changes I made to the MCS Golf Swing model back around 2013, when I decided that I didn’t like my head moving at any point of the swing, because it really affected my consistency.

I asked myself where the head should be at impact, and we all know now that the proper impact position is with the spine tilting away from the target and the head somewhere over the trailing knee or foot:

So, the solution was simple – if the head is supposed to remain stable during the swing, then shouldn’t it be where it will be at impact, at address?


Fast-forward to November of 2015 and there is yours truly up above, swinging a long driver with the cruder and earlier version of what has become the standard MCS Golf Swing model – no more “moving off the ball” on the back swing, because my head was now more of less where it was going to be at impact.


If you’re center-biased or not right-biased as you could be, there is a necessity to “move off the ball” in the back swing to get the head to where it should be at impact, but if you have a right-biased address position from which to start, your head will be where it should be from the jump.

The Classic Golf Swing era players had great mechanically-sound swings, but something like a shifting head isn’t so much a mechanical flaw as it is not optimal for maximizing performance, and I would bet you that if all of those great swingers of the past had adjusted their address to have a right-biased address as Jack Nicklaus had at his best times:

… they’d have swung even better!

Nicklaus himself sometimes got away from his best swing model, and in the swing gif below, you’ll see what I mean.

Here, his head was way to the left at the top of the back swing, and look how far it had to drop to get to the proper impact position:

So, when it comes to “moving off the ball,” it is a necessary move, either on the back swing or, in Nicklaus’ case above, on the down swing (where it becomes what I used to call the “trebuchet drop”), if your head is not in the required impact position from the start.

Otherwise, you don’t need it, and you can “float your pivot” as the MCS Golf Swing model is designed to do in emulation of the great Ben Hogan above!

So, when you’re doing your “Wall Drill” from the “E = MCS” video (or even the “One Exercise” with the Kettle Bell from the “EMCS2” video), this is why it’s crucial to focus on building that address position so that, even when performing your drills and exercises, that you maintain that stable head for maximum leverage, accuracy and consistency.

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