Modern Golf Swing = Lost Leverage

All you have to do is watch the “down move” or what most people call the transition at the top from back swing to down swing, to see how the Modern Golf Swing has lost the natural leverage that the Classic Golf Swing models contain(ed).

I used to talk about a “left foot stomp” (for right-handed swingers) years ago, to try to convey the leveraging aspect of beginning the down swing, but you really could just call the move “stepping into it,” just as you’d phrase it for throwing a ball or punch.

“You have to really step into it,” you’ve probably heard a million times if you’ve played certain sports, and the golf swing should be no different.

First, take a look at how the Classic Golf Swing enables one to “step into it” during the transition:

The Hogan Step


The Nicklaus Step


The Bubba Step


And then, if you look at the modern swinging players trying to generate leverage, you see the lack of the natural leverage and the attempt to get it back in the jumping/twisting leading feet of many players today:

The Tiger Jump


The Spieth Twist & Jump


The JT Twist & Lift


You’ll notice that there’s no “stepping into it” move from the modern players – and that’s because they’ve frozen or restricted their hip turn and have no “step” to make back, because that train never left the station!

As I’ve said, it’s not the amount of heel lift that makes a swinger leveraged, but the full and free hip turn on the back swing pivot, and some swingers can generate a great hip turn and thus powerful leverage without a big heel lift to speak of:

Mike Dunaway – Minimal Heel Lift, Max Power


I’ve described the twisting/jumping leading foot as being the product of different things at various times, such as

  • The weight not shifting properly to the leading foot coming down (which actually can happen to Classic swingers as well, if you look at Bubba’s footwork, but he’s still getting a free hip turn and a big “step” into the down swing, so his lack of proper shift is more aesthetically-distressing than anything else),
  • Or from not having anywhere for the left hip to go, because of the lack of initial turn away from the ball (you’re getting to impact with the hips and legs before the upper body),
  • And from what I’m talking about today, which is the lack of down swing leverage and the necessity to manufacture it with compensations in the lower body, however…

These are all problems that can and do arise from the Modern Golf Swing method of using the upper body to turn the shoulders rather than the hips and legs.

You can get any of the above three problems with a Classic Swing, if you fail to properly transfer to the leading foot coming through the swing bottom (and the Kettle Bell “One Exercise” with the “3 To 9” drill will alleviate this problem if you have it), but it’s almost guaranteed to happen with a modern swing model, however powerful a swinger you are.

And it all stems from the modern method of “Big Arms, Little Legs” rather than “Big Legs, Little Arms.”


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4 thoughts on “Modern Golf Swing = Lost Leverage

  1. FAS

    Yes I always think it’s a bit like walking. Step in, step out, step in – as Mike Austin describes it.

    1. D Watts Post author

      It’s exactly like walking, FAS!

      Or dancing. I cannot understand how in this modern age, the best players of the game can’t figure this out, nor their swing “gurus.”

      It’s a crying shame, really.

  2. targettom

    maybe it’s the fluoride in the water

    I like this post today, I have to get back to that thought more aggressively, but have to avoid the slide. IIRC didn’t Nicklaus suggest to keep the pressure between the inside edges of the feet (to limit sway and slide)?

    1. D Watts Post author

      IIRC didn’t Nicklaus suggest to keep the pressure between the inside edges of the feet (to limit sway and slide)?

      He did indeed, Tom, and that’s the same thing I recommend with the “Pressure Plate Concept” in the “E = MCS” video before beginning the actual pivot action.

      Worked for Nicklaus, works for MCS! 🙂

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