What’s Your Favorite Swing To Watch?

Personally, I’ve always been partial to Ben Hogan’s swing, going back to the summer of 1998 when I worked at a golf facility.

I used to watch my 2nd and last golf instructor’s Hogan video tape in his teaching trailer.

He had a video that is likely on Youtube now, of Hogan hitting balls in the 60s at Augusta National, and I was mesmerized by his silky action and move through the ball.

I watched that and another rare video at the time, a PGA of America presentation of Moe Norman’s swing given by Craig Shankland:


Today, 20 years later, I still love to watch Hogan swing – after all, the MCS “floating pivot” is Hogan’s pivot action, and has been part of the MCS Golf Swing theory and the standard model since I figured it out in the summer of 2014.

Can’t get enough of it.

I love Mike Dunaway’s swing action as well:


But for pure aesthetics, I’ll always love Hogan’s the most, until someone else takes his place.

Ben Hogan – Diagonal


Ben Hogan – Rear View


I could watch that swing forever, even with its idiosyncrasies.  The pivot alone and the move through the ball were second to none.

I considered Hogan to be the greatest ever for a long time, until my study of mechanics and of course, his 18 majors and 73 Tour wins made me accept Jack Nicklaus as the G.O.A.T.

But that Hogan swing… I look at that pivot and wonder how on earth the Modern Golf Swing people can ever point to Hogan of all people as an example of a great swing – his leading heel came up, it wasn’t nailed to the ground, he even had a little trailing foot slide as he released it, and had a very stable leading foot through impact – so whatever they say about his swing now is usually so off as to be laughable.

Any swingers that WAX Golf readers like most, other than Hogan or Dunaway?


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If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

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20 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Swing To Watch?

  1. peterallenby2013

    Snead, Hogan, and MIKE DUNAWAY for me. Actually love to watch old footage of a young Mike Austin. Sooo fluid! Like Snead, Hogan, and Dunaway.. Hmmm a pattern emerges…a pivot like no other!!
    ..

    1. D Watts Post author

      Listening to Payne Stewart describe the stance and mechanics of his swing between 3:30-6:00… if that’s not MCS, I don’t know what is…

  2. Brandon

    Mike Austin(yellow shirt, green pants), Dunaway, Stewart, Greg Norman, Nicklaus, Hogan, Snead, older Freddie Couples and Dustin Johnson.

    My absolute favorite that is just incredibly hypnotizing to me is none other than Ms. Mickey Wright. That woman’s swing was more precious than rubies and finer than gold.

    0:45-1:50

    1. D Watts Post author

      It was her pivot going back, Brandon – what awesome leverage she built with that hip & leg action. I recognize it instantly because I’ve been working on the same move for weeks practicing my “ultimate leverage” back swing.

      You can hone it by working on the “One Major Move” with just the arm and not club – that will get you into the position to pivot back like how Mickey was doing it.

      Doesn’t get any better than that. That’s how she was so fast and strong through the ball – it all starts with that back swing pivot.

    1. D Watts Post author

      None other than Jack Nicklaus called Knudson’s a “million dollar swing.” Another great one!

      1. peterallenby2013

        I have the original Knudson instructional VHS tape and his book.You can find his instructional tape filmed in Bermuda on You Tube…Great swing!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Tom Weiskoph, Mike Austin….and of course D J Watts

      Hold on there, FAS – I appreciate the high compliment, but I’m just a swing analyst! Plus, my personal swing work is not yet completed. Nearly there… hold your opinion until it is, then I’ll ask you to get back to me on that 😉

  3. Andrew Moline

    Coincidentally with a win this week, but no doubt Bubba Watson. A near 40-year old bombing drives 350+ still while others 2 decades younger than him can’t match the swing speed or not-having injuries and back problems galore.

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