Why Swing Tips Are Useless & Why Everyone Who Tries MCS Loves It

Still working on the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook, and this is kind of a dual subject post tying two things together.

The first is, I’ve mentioned before, you will not achieve long-term benefits from a simple “swing tip” that you hear or see on the television or read in magazines, and that reason is the very simple one – the people giving the tips don’t have the same swing model as their audience.

Unless you’re taking lessons from and carbon-copying their particular swing model, then a swing tip from that person is kind of like taking a car part from a Ford and slapping it into a Honda.

They aren’t the same model, so if the vehicle even works, it’s not likely to do so for long, before it all goes to pieces, right?

Same thing with a swing tip – telling someone who slices the ball to strengthen their grip, for example, may make their slice even worse – a strong grip may help someone coming into impact with an open face, but if they’re slicing because their club face is closed slightly at impact with a very outside-in club path – that will either worsen their slice or take them from slicing the ball to pull-hooking it.

That last thing – I experienced it personally when I listened to a tip from a line-walker at the range (you know, the pro who stalks the range trying to drum up lessons by offering unsolicited advice to anyone who will listen) and tried to fix my over-the-top slice by swinging out to the right and strengthening my grip.

At first, I was able to hit draws that started right and came back to the target beautifully on the range, relaxed and confident in my new move – but on the course?

Even though I was swinging out to the right, I was still coming over the top and now my slice was a pull-hook that was as bad as or worse than my slice.

I went back to my over-the-top fade that I could at least still play golf with, living with the bad swings that came with it.

That’s one example, but you get the idea. The very notion that someone who hasn’t even seen your swing can give a tip on TV or in a magazine that will cure your ills is magical thinking, and I don’t believe in magic.

Not to mention, have you ever noticed that if you watch a certain person on TV (say, someone who has their own show on the Golf Channel or who gives swing tips on TV during tournament broadcasts), if you watch long enough, they will eventually come full circle back to a swing problem and give you the completely opposite advice from what they had given a while back?

It’s called “I gotta keep coming up with stuff,” so how do you know that the tip you’re getting is even a valid one, or simply something to fill up the time or the pages?

There’s an old saying that you usually get exactly what you’re paying for when accepting something for free.

It’s also why I don’t like to offer swing advice to people who aren’t already swinging in the MCS system – incompatible models, and I’ll likely do more harm than good if I do.

Why Is MCS Like An Old Friend?

My second point is an observation (and several people reading this will smile, and yes, I’m talking to you and a bunch of others) that so many people who take up the MCS Golf Swing theory feel like they’re bumping into an old friend they haven’t seen in years.

And the reason for that is, if you’re my age or older, you’ll remember your early days playing golf with a swing that was, for all intents and purposes, in the same ballpark as MCS.

MCS is simply the return to the Classic Golf Swing principles that guided golfers during most of the 20th century, before someone decided that round wheels might be nice, but they had a better shape for them.

And what happened to the vehicles with those better-than-round wheels, otherwise known as the “Modern Golf Swing?”

To use a pun, “The Wheels Came Off…”

And that is why people love MCS when they try it (and this would apply to many people who’ve never tried the full-hip pivot) – it’s the way the body is built to swing, and while the Classic swingers still had idiosyncrasies and flaws in their swings, the best ones universally did the proper thing with the pivot, and that is to swing using the hips & legs instead of the upper body and arms.

Watch the golf telecast today and just try to keep track of all the million little things that go into making a “proper” modern golf swing.  And see how many times they contradict something they said just minutes before:

“XYZ does a great job getting up on his toes through impact, using the ground and jumping up to get that power…”

Then on another swing, “ABC stays down with that trailing foot so well, look how that right foot is flat through impact, delivering a lot of power…”


Which one is it?

Disclosure – I used to swing with a high right heel at impact, and of course, that’s what I recommended, because it’s what I did.

Having advanced in my swing research over the years however, I figured out why a flat or low trailing heel at impact is more powerful and will give you more consistency in your swing (high heel means over-turning of the hips and requires timing to strike the ball well, so you will have good and bad days depending on your timing that day), and since I only deal with optimal modeling, I don’t recommend it anymore.

But what I don’t do is praise both high and low heels at impact, which is having it both ways.

And what that tells me is where these swing analysts and gurus are in the process of figuring out proper swing theory – somewhere that I was a couple of years into it and when I knew practically nothing compared to now, and no further, unfortunately.

OK, enough of that, and I’ll leave you all to enjoy your Sunday!

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6 thoughts on “Why Swing Tips Are Useless & Why Everyone Who Tries MCS Loves It

  1. targettom

    In addition to the observations you made above, I notice that our old friend Peter Kostis – on the same day – described Luke List and Jon Rahm as both being “the prototypical golfer of the future”. List is fit and athletic; Rahm appears to favour ice cream and potato chips over the gym (and looks like he’s in his 40’s). I recall PK said the same thing two years ago about another guy at Torrey; can’t recall his name because I havent seen him again since then.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I hate to grouse, but Golf Channel and CBS are just awful.

      I was watching the Golf Channel feed early on the Sky Sports stream (same on-course coverage but much better analysis and other things during the talking head and commercial segments) and when I switched over the CBS for live coverage at 3:00 pm, they came on air to proclaim TW’s par putt on Hole 6 a “birdie.” I thought I was dreaming since he’d laid up, hit his 3rd short of the green and… of course it was a tap-in par.

      The best though was when TW hit his shot on the green, way right, to 35 feet on Hole 3, and the exchange from the Golf Channel crew went something like:

      Announcer 1: Well with these conditions, have you seen anyone do better?
      Announcer 2: Nope!

      I thought, “Wait, didn’t Jason Day just birdie this hole a few minutes ago?!?!” Aaaaand….

      Nope, no one did any better than 35 feet!

      Just awful announcing.

  2. targettom

    LOL. Sometimes I like Dottie Pepper; she lives up to her name, usually so candid and actually critical. Someone needs to send her the “politically correct” memo again.

    TW, fewest fairways hit in 13 years LOL. Not great advertising for TM’s new driver(s) (although the other TM guys seems to make them work.

    p.s. I admit it, I am tired of Rahm’s act. And of guys like Baker-Finch saying they “love his passion”. The guy is a foul-mouthed baby – missed a putt WAAAAAAAHHHHHH! LMAO

    1. D Watts Post author

      I don’t watch much golf on TV so I haven’t seen Rahm in action other than when I take a look at his swing on video. And no, TW’s tee game did not inspire visions of TM commercials featuring him!

  3. FAS

    One of the best takes I got from your teachings is – don’t consciously try to spin or fire the hips through the hitting zone. Now I find that if, after gravity drop, I post on the left leg (not a rigid standup, retain some flex) then this automatically brings the hands to the hitting zone + creates a nice steeper shoulder angle, without any conscious hip action as you say. From there you release lag and kiss knees through impact which brings the hips around anyway through momentum.

    So I guess you get more consistent results if you release through a stable body rather than trying to hit an object (the ball) from a moving train. And a stable MCS action sure beats the standup leg snap Elvis Presley move of a modern swing, which is like jamming on the brakes instead of swinging on through in a fluid motion. Correct?

    1. D Watts Post author

      You’ve got it right, FAS! If one is properly set up to the ball and makes a proper back swing pivot, all that needs be done is returning the weight fully to the leading foot, which shifts the leading hip over that foot – the old “stepping into it” move, and not one that requires “shooting” or “firing” or “spinning” the hips.

      Good stuff! 🙂

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