Figure Out The Motion – THEN Set Your Position

I’ll give everyone a little “secret” tip on the golf swing when it comes to perfecting your motion on the ball.

Call it a secret, but it’s not one I would keep – figure out the motion first, for a proper pivot and down swing, then set your Address Position to permit that motion.

I’ve broached this subject before from a different direction, when people are mystified by how easy and smooth their practice swing seems compared to their actual swing hitting a ball.

That is, as I’ve said, because your motion when not hitting a ball does not give feedback as to how you did, nor does it require you to adjust or compensate in mid-motion just to be able to make contact with a ball.

In short, because you’re just making a motion, it will of course seem smooth and easy compared to actual motion hitting a ball.

So, the thing to focus on first is, “Is my motion even a proper motion?”

Proper Motion

I’ve spent the entire winter swinging my Kettle Bell, SwingRite training tool and more recently actual clubs, all without hitting a ball.

All I’ve been working on is my setup so that I can make the motion I know is the proper motion without having to adjust or compensate when I begin hitting actual balls again in the next few weeks.

I’ve been studying the different parts of the body and how they work in relation to one another, and although I will firmly state that I have changed absolutely nothing in the swing model since “E = MCS” which was released last summer – I have been learning quite a bit about why the swing model works the way it does.

It’s kind of backwards!

By studying motion and the swings of the greatest swingers, I built the model to what it is now, and I’m only now finding the proof of why it is the model it is, rather than having studied how the body works in an educational setting (kinesiology or biomechanics degrees).

I’ve said that all I’ve used to build golf swing models in the past years has been a combination of my own athletic instincts derived from a lifetime of sports participation beginning at 6 or 7 years of age into my 20’s, combined with hitting balls to study the video on my best swings and results, and comparing what I was doing to the greatest swingers.

During that time, the basic motion of the swing hasn’t changed much, as you can see I was performing a very passable “3 To 9” motion over 10 years ago, long before I even came up with the term for it:

DJ’s “3 To 9” In 2007

So, how does it take another ten years to get from the above to now?

Well, it’s what I call the puzzle paradox that comes when you’re figuring things out for yourself without a model already having been built from which to study and work.

Just like trying to create a recipe for something, if you change one thing or procedure, you change everything, and sometimes not for the better.

I changed from a planted-heel back swing which is how I was swinging above, to the classic lifting or floating leading heel back swing in 2008, but you’ll see that where my head is right-biased in 2007, I didn’t know it was a crucial part of a proper swing and went away from that until the summer of 2014, when I made the right-biased address part of the official model.

That’s just one example. I’ve been in the right spot and then left it, many times, changing one thing here or there, and it took all this time to put the puzzle together properly and to be sure that everything was and is where it should be.

This winter, I’ve done nothing but study everything in the Address Position and the back swing & down swing motions to try to find any tiny thing in the model that was not optimal, and I’m both excited and annoyed as a result.

I’m excited that the way I’ve built the model and explained it is exactly the way it should be for an optimal swing – and I’m annoyed that I knew all of this last summer (or I couldn’t have made the “E = MCS” video), and failed to execute it myself.

So, in order to not have the past 9 months be a waste of my time, I’m doing what I would have done if I had had the benefit of a formal kinesiology or biomechanics education – taking what I know is the optimal golf swing model (optimal for producing speed and power in a consistent and repeatable mechanically-correct manner), and understanding every facet of what and why in the manner of the pivot/leveraging.

At the end of all of this, I am left with the unchangeable fact that your motion will only be as good as your Address and top positions will allow, even if you understand the proper motion that you have to make.

If you fail to get your position right, the motion will always be either unsound or if it is, not as good as what you want it to be.

In other words, you’ll have compensating moves in it that will affect your speed, power, consistency & accuracy sometimes if not all the time.

My swing last summer, I’ve said, was 90% to where I wanted it, but that 10% was unacceptable (I wouldn’t call myself a perfectionist, I just like to get things right), so I’m doing the work to get to at least 99% if not 100%.

And that, let me clarify is, 100% perfect for my own body and makeup – there may never be any such thing as a “perfect swing,” but my definition of perfect with the golf swing means that you are making the absolute best possible motion you can make with the body you have.

Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?

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


4 thoughts on “Figure Out The Motion – THEN Set Your Position

  1. turd ferguson

    I agree sensei. I also realized that I need to practise the motion, get a feel for where impact is in the swing, and then I can set up the proper distance and stance from the ball. I will naturally, it should feel instinctively, know exactly where to set up. Does this make sense?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Mr. Ferguson – good to see you, and correct!

      I figured that exact thing out looking at first my down swing position compared to my address:

      … and as well, it’s how I figured out my ball position was going to have to be different from the average person’s (more left or to the target) because of my spine deformity.

      I haven’t been able to swing down and through naturally with a flat trailing heel at impact due to having the ball in standard position – once I moved it, my heel got lower at impact, but it took a re-evaluation of everything in my stance, pivot and down swing to figure out the exact position in order to get that flat-heel impact.

      Only then did I realize that, had I simply followed my own procedure and instructions in the “EMCS” videos and eBook, I wouldn’t have had to do all of that… *sound of head slap*

      I know you just got the download combo package, so yes, what you said, and make sure to follow the procedure in the videos and you’ll be golden! 😀

  2. targettom

    I think the reason my practise swing is “better” is because I don’t try to make a weight transfer in the practise swing. So I just try to copy my practise swing and let the ball get in the way.


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