Meaning, if you are concerned about your exact “angle” taking the club back, you have no reason to worry provided you do two things:
- Let the hips turn freely and
- Keep your swing point stable
Of course, that always goes with the requisite caveat “provided you’ve set yourself up properly to swing.”
One of the great things about finally getting to write this eBook “The MCS Golf Swing,” which I was not going to write until I knew I had covered every base with the swing research aspect of it, is that I finally get to expand on many points.
For now, let’s just say that if you keep your swing point stable and let the hips and legs work naturally, it doesn’t matter exactly which angle you think you’re swinging back.
I have said that it’s virtually impossible to take the club back too far inside, just as it’s impossible to open a door on its hinge “too far inside.”
The door will swing back on the angle upon which it swings, whatever that may be, in an arc, and the same goes for the back swing pivot.
I wrote last year, actually about this, and I showed some swings with a more outside takeaway than my usual, but I never expanded upon it, and the eBook will be a perfect time to explore it in greater depth.
Note: The swings you see below are obsolete, as they were shot nearly 18 months ago, and I don’t think you’re ever going to see as long a back swing as I’m showing here (this has to do with my “leverage niche” posting from a few days ago), but what you see is my taking the club back on a little more outside path than my usual swing:
I am eagerly anticipating updating my personal swing catalog here on the blog in the next year, but even with the outdated swing, you can see that it didn’t matter that I took the club away on a more outside path than my usual, as I had no plane or path issues coming back down:
There was a comment from DKondo as well, a while back, who gave his observation (and a very good one) that you will naturally swing the Kettle Bell more inside on your “One Exercise” drills than an actual club simply because of the mass of the Kettle Bell.
DKondo has actually told me just last week about a swing revelation of his on the back swing pivot that I’ll share with everyone in the book, but with regards to the back swing pivot and “angle” or “path,” just bear in mind that as long as you keep the swing point stable and don’t restrict the hip turn, there is no wrong “angle” for taking the club back.
All roads lead to Rome, in that regard!
I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the eBook because there are going to be a lot of little tidbits and “aha” revelations that aren’t a necessary part of explaining the swing model in the videos, but which make up an excellent reference guide to check if you get off track with your swing and wonder what’s going on.
It’s not a state secret so I’ll tell you that for me, the more outside takeaway is not something I’ll be doing because it’s more “correct,” but merely because I find I tend to “snag” the club head a lot going back on the path or angle to which I have been used to.
The last rounds I played, it drove me crazy and ruined more than a couple of shots when I snagged taking it back and had it disrupt my timing and balance.
It was either changing the path, or hovering the club, and neither one is better, it just depends on which you prefer.
So, it’s not more mechanically-sound, but it helps me with the beginning of the back swing when you’re actually playing and find yourself on uneven lies or even tee grounds.
More on this in the book!
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