2 Birds With 1 Stone – Spine Tilt & Ball Position

I’ve told you all that I’m working out swinging again and that I’ve been pleased with the adjustments I’ve made to my setup – well, here’s something for the MCS swingers regarding two important parts of the setup.

I’ve harped and will continue to harp upon the importance of proper right bias and spine tilt and I’ve never seen anyone overdo their spine tilt – rather, it’s always not enough tilt when I evaluate a setup looking face-on.

While taking a break from the eBook writing, I was once again working on the setup, the “One Major Move” back swing pivot and then the “Stepping Into It,” I realized that if anyone is struggling with your setup and/or ball position, I’ve got a concept for you.

Below, you can see a still taken from my shoot for the “E = MCS” video, and before hitting the ball, I would pause so the the photog could make sure of the light and contrast, as it was a sun/with/clouds day.

As you can see, I’m just standing relaxed in my setup until given the “Go Ahead,” after which I’d put my right hand back into the grip and then swing.

Balanced & Relaxed In The Setup


You’ll remember in the “E = MCS” video I returned to the original method of “Measuring” the right and left sides to the ball, and the “Knee-Touch” method of establishing your setup.

So, with that in mind, I’ve just today struck upon how the manner in which I solved the concept of my improper ball placement and perhaps (I am suspecting), a little issue of inadequate spine tilt in my setup when playing some round of golf to finish the season.

I was definitely adhering to the proper principles during the shoot when I made the best video swings I have to date – it was that I got out of what should have been a part of my established setup procedure.  Sometimes, I likely got pretty close and made good to great swings, and when I didn’t, bad things happened.

“2 Birds With 1 Stone”


The above stills are from the section in the “E = MCS” section on setup, and if you keep the two separate concepts I meanIf you therefore have been struggling to nail your setup even having followed the Address setup principles in “E = MCS” and mentioned again in “EMCS2 – The Follow Up,” then the “Kill 2 Birds With 1 Stone” concept I’ve been using should help.

I’ll explain in the upcoming eBook how combining the “Measuring” & “Knee-Touch” concepts will solve both your issues of spine tilt and ball positioning and how getting these two correctly will help you unleash your maximum leverage and improve your consistency into the bargain.


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2 thoughts on “2 Birds With 1 Stone – Spine Tilt & Ball Position

  1. targettom

    With the irons I struggle with the compromise between ball position and spine tilt. If I get the amount of tilt I think is right, I hit the irons thin with the ball in the generally recommended position. No problem with the woods on a high tee though.

    1. D Watts Post author

      If you’re hitting the ball thin on your proper setup, Tom, then one of two things is the issue – your head is moving during the swing causing your swing bottom to move, or your ball position is off.

      Remember that the “generally recommended” position is only that. Mine is not the same as yours because of my physical deformity, and your swing bottom should determine where you place that ball.

      Just a couple of points!

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