The funny thing about watching and trying to figure out swingers’ mechanical actions is that you can go years before you really get it, and then there is the illuminating moment when you capture something that triggers a memory.
This past week, as I was working out on my swing, my right arm action began to feel like something I’ve watched in Daly’s swing, where it always seemed to me that Daly was “pushing” the club grip down with his right hand and arm action.
The swings where I had that feeling, by the way, had the most snap through the “3 To 9” phase.
In fact there are times where I hear the SwingRite tip whizzing past me behind my right ear and shoulder when I get it right, and so… since it was constantly reminding me of Long John’s action on the down swing, I went and took a look at him in slo-mo for the first time in a while.
And there it was again, the “push-down” look of his move from the top to the “3 O’Clock” position:
Daly’s “Push-Down” Move
You’ll notice that the initial impression could be made that JD is turning early and it’s confirmed by the early heel lift in an otherwise perfect down swing, but that JD doesn’t turn to the target early, rather to the ball.
But that “push-down” move is awesome, now that I’m feeling it.
That move above cannot be performed with a planted-heel and restricted hip turn back swing. It requires a full-body pivot, and I have to say that you cannot find anything to fault on his back swing pivot:
John Daly’s “Floating Pivot” Back Swing
And then you get from that great back swing to set up Jd’s “push-down” action, an amazing “3 To 9” phase through the ball:
That, my friends, is a free and full release that, combined with JD’s free and full hip turn, made him one of the longest drivers you’ll ever see – give a 24 year old John Daly the same equipment as today, and I don’t think anyone would be close to him.
As you can see above, the proper “3 To 9” action really stretches out the right side from hand to shoulder, and that is putting more strain on my right shoulder rotator-cuff right at the “9 O’Clock” position.
It’s a matter of easing off when I wake up with a little soreness in the right shoulder, until my body catches up to the increased pop through the “3 To 9,” but that’s a problem I don’t mind having.
John Daly and the optimal MCS swing model have many more similarities than differences between them, the main ones being the stronger grip, extreme shaft angle at the top and the slightly early turn starting down, but ironically these are all things I used to have in my own swing even as I developed the MCS standard model.
So, as I’ve just illustrated, you can’t have a proper “3 To 9” without the proper down swing action.
And you can’t have a proper down swing action without starting from the proper top position…
And you can’t start from a proper top position without the proper “floating pivot” back swing…
And, finally – you can’t do any of the above or even get close, without starting all of this motion from a proper Address Position!
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