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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