The Leading Side “Pull” Should Be Built-In – No Need Think About It

I’ve talked about the golf down swing consisting of a “pull” and “push” sequence, but it could be misleading, so I’ll clarify the first part about the “pull” aspect – it is or should be built-in from your position, back swing pivot and top position.

You don’t have to think about the “pull,” even if you’re a leading-arm-dominant swinger.

I’ve talked about how I’m left-handed and swing right-handed, and how I’ve always been a “pull” swinger, feeling the swing with my leading side and arm coming down from the top before I engaged the right hand for the strike at impact.

Well, thanks to the work I’ve been doing on perfecting my setup at address, I can tell you all that when you’re set up optimally (there are a million variations in your setup that can prevent it from being optimal while still mechanically-correct), there is no feeling at all of “pulling” the swing down from the top.

Everyone, I’m sure, has some sort of feel of the impact involving the power or lower hand, even the pullers, and for me, the swing now feels all power side (or right-handed), not because I’ve quieted the leading side or made my right side more dominant.

It’s that with the optimal position, the weight shift (think “Pressure Plate” concept from the videos and eBook) takes care of the leading side and the Primary Lever as well!

the 3 levers

So, when I’m at the top of the back swing now, I just think of the gravity drop that the optimal action produces with the Primary Lever dropping the hands and club, and BAM! I’m at and through impact without any pulling feel at all.

It’s still there, trust me – any soreness I have at any time involving having swung my training implements vigorously usually involves the leading side muscles in the hip, but when you set up for the optimal swing action, it’s a full-body swing.

Check That Setup…

Those of you who feel or see their head moving toward the target on the down swing, or who have a steep down swing and come over the top – check your ball position with the Impact/Address procedure I’ve given you.

I used that exact same procedure all winter and have now built in the feel of what I believe will be my optimal setup when I get back outside soon, to the point I can now setup in this position without going through the procedure – every once in a while I check, and I’m there alright!

So, I feel completely right-handed now swinging, but that’s what will happen if you focus on the “One Major Move” with the power arm and focus on the hip & leg action – as you return the pressure to the leading foot, you’re suddenly halfway down with the leveraged “Drop” and at the “3 O’Clock” position, ready to “Pop” it through to “9 O’Clock.”

They say sometimes that the first 90% is much easier than than the last 10%, and I can attest to that. I’ve had the 90% of the optimal MCS Golf Swing myself for quite some time, probably since early 2015, and I’ve been working on that last 10% for three years now.

Granted, I actually figured out the optimal setup last year and that’s why it’s in the videos and eBook – I’ve spent much more time helping others with their swings than working on my own, which hampered my own progress in getting it right, but this winter break, I was determined to take care of it.

So, once again, it all comes down to position at Address leading to the optimal motion on the back swing and down swing – if you don’t start your journey to impact from the proper track, you’ll not get there, even if it’s pretty close.

I don’t want to be close...

I want to be there

To be continued.

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6 thoughts on “The Leading Side “Pull” Should Be Built-In – No Need Think About It

    1. D Watts Post author

      By “too far forward” do you mean too far away from you, or too far to the target? If the first, no. If the second, believe it or not, the exact opposite!

      Most people – it is now my theory due to personal experience with the problem of both head shift to the target when right-biased in the early days, or with the over-the-top from which I suffered years ago – if they have a ball placement issue, it is too centered in the stance.

      You have to give yourself room to complete the down swing before impact, and many people don’t.

  1. targettom

    Thanks for your reply and sorry for the confusion. What I meant was “too far forward” towards the target, IOW too far past the point where the club bottoms out on the downswing.

  2. targettom

    Ok, I tried this adjustment today. As usual your analysis was spot on, from the very first swing (7 iron) the ball was going straighter and longer. I use the SSR to compare swings; the raw numbers might be inaccurate but the relative numbers tell the story. With the ball more centred before today my 7 iron CHS is usually low – mid 80’s. Today the CHS jumped to high 90’s. So relatively speaking the CHS had an enormous jump according to the SSRadar. Same with the 5 iron.

    I had a little more difficulty making the adjustment with the 3 wood and driver, but as long as I get the “swinging gate” working the tee shots were very solid and straight. Strangely enough though the CHS with the 3 & driver didn’t register any significant increase. Great results overall though, I didnt have one bad outcome with any of the irons, that’s never happened before. Thanks again

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