And don’t worry, as I’ve shown there is a way years before to swing in the MCS manner with a planted heel – I just wouldn’t swing that way myself because keeping the heel down is a deliberate thing.
So why talk about a less-harmful planted-heel swing model when it’s not the optimal, and one that I personally wouldn’t use myself?
Well, it’s because of why I’m still around hammering the idea of swinging in a mechanically-proper way – it’s not just performance, but also the preservation of the body.
Let me be clear – if you are already swinging in the MCS Golf Swing method and have been a lifting heel swinger or have converted to being one through MCS – this is the way to swing, and I don’t want you going back.
Not in the least.
You’ve seen the light, and I don’t want you going back to the Dark Side, Luke…
This is for you out there who are swinging planted-heel Modern Golf Swing style, and who know or suspect that you’re hurting yourself swinging this way, but haven’t yet come to a decision to try the lifting heel and completely free hip swinging method:
You Won’t Even Try It?!? OK, So…
I’ve been thinking that if I am only going to insist on one thing in a golf swing – that it be mechanically-sound and prevent or reduce the risk of injury, then there is one problem in all of the potential swingers I’m not reaching based on my adherence to this principle (that being not touching anyone with a planted-heel swing who doesn’t want to change).
There are people out there who unfortunately will never swing in the Classic Golf Swing style, and if I can assist them in at least not damaging their bodies, then I can’t just shrug my shoulders.
The reason I’m going to test my planted vs floating heel swings is because, to repeat myself, I’ve already shown how to do that, in the “Kinesiology Of The MCS Golf Swing” video from 2015:
The key to remember is that, even if I can match my lifting heel swing’s speed and power using the planted-heel swing, I still wouldn’t swing this way.
First of all, any deliberate action in a supposed natural motion is going to potentially cause issues with consistency and repeatability because of the obvious reason that you’re doing something deliberately.
Second, the planted-heel back swing, even one that doesn’t involve a twisting of the lower back to generate shoulder turn, is still going to place more stress on the leading body joints such as the knee and hip unless you’re very careful about how you set up to swing.
The reason I’ve never really tried to put the planted-heel MCS swing out there is because of that 2nd reason – why tell anyone how to swing in a manner that they may misuse or alter in a way that will cause them injury?
Well, the only answer I have, and it’s a reason enough to do it, is that if people are going to insist on swinging with their feet nailed to the ground on the back swing, then I may as well show how best to do this so as to reduce the risk of injury.
I’ve already shown that even a slight heel lift is all some people might need to execute a perfectly mechanically-sound and powerful golf swing:
So the only remaining thing to do in my quest to save peoples’ backs and legs is to say, “OK, if you won’t stop swinging with a planted heel because it’s all you’re willing to look at, then why not do it like this?”
Before I do that, I’m going to see exactly what the planted heel swing does for me personally compared to the natural, lifting heel.
That was the reasoning behind including a way to swing in this manner in “Kinesiology Of The MCS Golf Swing,” and I think I had it right back then in presenting people with more than the option of the optimal swing action.
So, I will see for myself exactly what performance I get out of this planted method, including club and ball speed, differences in accuracy if any, and of course, how my body feels when I swing this way.
So while I wouldn’t swing this way, and while I think doing so automatically increases the risk of injury over doing it the optimal way – that’s not for me to decide, if I know of a way to do it with less risk than the methods currently being taught and promoted.
If physician’s motto is to “do no harm,” then withholding a medicine that may benefit a patient is as harmful as giving them a bad one, or similar, correct?
And if I truly am concerned about the risk of injury to swingers and have been working for years to make the swing as mechanically-sound and safe as possible… I don’t think it would be right to withhold this.
So, I have yet to see what will come of this. But I can assure you, whatever I find with the performance testing, I will divulge.
I’m not doing it to prove the lifting-heel MCS pivot is superior to a planted-heel swing – it is by virtue of being 100% mechanically-sound and optimal in motion and leverage.
I suspect that I might personally have better results than the average swinger with a planted-heel motion simply because I’m a little larger and stronger, at 6’1″ or 186 cm & 220 lbs or 100 kg plus, than the average swinger (look at Dustin Johnson, who is even taller and more athletic than I am), so results may be misleading, but I’ll tell you all what I find.
And if I find that there is some merit in telling people how to swing in that manner (I’m not going to re-release “Kinesiology” as my swing is much improved since I shot it in the summer of ’15, as it should be), then I’ll do so again.
Regardless, what I may be able to do is, if possible, turn a planted-heel swinger into a safer planted-heel swinger, and then perhaps, by miracle of miracles, a swinger finds that I know what the dickens I’m talking about with a planted-heel swing may decide to try the free-lifting-heel method because I say that’s the way to go… then it’s a win-win for everyone.
If they don’t, they’ll at least be swinging in a manner that is the least harmful possible.
More on this following my completion of the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook, which will be on the swing model presented in “E = MCS.”
There’s no where left to go with the MCS Golf Swing model after “E = MCS,” so now I find myself wondering how best to help those who won’t make the change to a Classic Golf Swing method.
And this goes a long way, I believe.
Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?
Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency?
Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?
If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing: