Before I proceed, I have written a short version of the history of the MCS Golf Swing theory itself which I’ll include below my thoughts on practice finally catching up to theory.
Right now, I’ll say that all of the theory of MCS as it stands now is not going to change. The work I’ve been doing daily on my swing mechanics in preparation for the 2018 season only confirms all of it.
With each swing, each breakdown of the separate parts of the MCS swing, I am finding that the closer I adhere to the model I presented last year in video and this year with the eBook, the better my swing performs.
My ultimate goal for this year is to perform my own “perfect” emulation of the theoretical model, and everyone will be able to judge for themselves once I’ve done it, if a better golf swing model exists out there.
Spoiler – you can have fun trying, but you won’t find it.
That’s because I’m not trying to say the way I swing is the way to swing.
Rather, I’ve figured out the way to swing optimally by looking at the greatest swings of all time and have developed a model encompassing the best of all of them, removing their own flaws or idiosyncrasies, and I’m just trying to swing like that myself…
The model is perfect with regards to comporting to human mechanical motion, and I’ve spent a year trying to find anything within the model that can be simplified, and I couldn’t.
In fact, all I’m doing to work on my swing is to follow the procedures I’ve given everyone, and to make sure that my address position is sound before I swing, then perform that “One Major Move” and then “Step Into It” with a proper “Drop” into the “Drop & Pop.”
When I do that – it is amazing to feel and hear, and aside from the right shoulder and left S.I. joint soreness the next morning from the forces an optimal swing generates and exerts on the body in the down swing, I feel right as rain, physically.
What I want to do now is focus on 2018 and to let everyone know that we’re almost at that time, that I promised:
- First, I’ll be getting back into proper swing shape in the first few days when things begin anew for the season,
- Then I’ll start getting some video of the optimal swing motion as performed by yours truly,
- Then I’ll be compiling numbers to show what kind of results I’m getting with an optimal swing in terms of club and ball speed, distances and the all-important dispersion aspects of consistency and accuracy
Because, we’re nearly there, WAX Nation!
So, here’s the rest of the posting…
The Short Version History Of The MCS Golf Swing
There are three phases that I’d consider my golf swing research to have undergone.
The 1st Phase
The first, from 2005 to around 2008, was pretty much an exercise in hitting thousands upon thousands of balls without really advancing in my own swing or in figuring out any sort of model.
5 Iron Swing – 2007
Only near the end of 2008 did I begin to gain a glimmer of proper golf swing motion, and that was my determination that the so-called “Modern Golf Swing” with the planted-heel back swing and restricted hip turn, was bogus.
The 2nd Phase
That was a turning point and the end of my first phase, as I knew that the optimal golf swing model was going to be a Classic Golf Swing one – so the next phase was my intensive study of the classic swinging greats, spending much of my time on Mike Austin and Mike Dunaway.
That phase lasted until the winter of 2012-13, during which I ended my pursuit of exactly emulating other swingers’ models (because none of them were what I’d call optimal, as great as they were in most parts) and began to do my own model-building.
I would say at this point that both Austin and Dunaway had swings that were near-perfect mechanically, which is why I spent over four years pursuing their models – however, they both were center-biased, which causes a shifting head on the back swing.
2012 – Not Bad, But Not Optimal…
I don’t like to have a shifting head on the back swing, so the result was that I’d set up with a center-bias and my head would remain there going back, then move down and to the right (the “trebuchet drop” of yesteryear) on the down swing, and I couldn’t get myself to shift my head on the back swing.
“This isn’t optimal,” I thought. “My head shouldn’t be moving at any time during the swing.”
But as you can see in the above gif., even before looking at Ben Hogan’s “floating pivot” move, I already know how to make a free-hip back swing with a stable head!
So, I reluctantly let them go and struck out on my own.
The 3rd Phase
This was the “New MCS” phase and my 3rd one in swing research, and while I dropped the “New” after 2013 (it was called “New” then because I was taking a new direction with MCS to build my own model), this was the time in which I believe my understanding of proper fundamental mechanical motion began to really expand.
In the year during which I began the re-tooling (spring of 2013 to summer of 2014), I returned to looking at Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus (and many other classic swinging greats), the next major development was on the bias and head position at address.
That summer of 2014, after shifting my bias and spine angle ever more incrementally to the right, I determined that an optimal golf swing must have a stable head, and that meant putting the head at address where it should be at impact!
The 3-In-1 Golf Swing Model
Eventually, I began to explain the optimal golf swing model as having young Jack Nicklaus’ address stance, Ben Hogan’s “floating pivot” leg and hip action (which allows the head to “float” in place while the body pivots below it), and Mike Dunaway’s down swing, seen above.
The last development was my determination last winter that there is no standard placement to the ball position and swing bottom, due to physical differences between us all, so that one could stand with a parallel stance to the target line and build their stance, from which the swing bottom and therefore ball position would be determined.
And that, my friends, was the end!
There is a way to stand, there is a way to grip the club, and a way in which to position one’s ball in the stance (the “Fundamentals Trifecta”), all so you can make the optimal and simplest golf swing motion that I call the “One Major Move,” as seen below:
This is the phase that came to an end last year with the “E = MCS” golf swing video, with the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video to supplement and trouble-shoot, with the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook to tie everything together.
Now, we begin Phase 4 of the search for the so-called “perfect” (I prefer to say “optimal”) golf swing model.
Let’s see what 2018 will bring!
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