Killing The “Using The Ground” Myth – Project 2018 & The Flat-Footed Impact

Thanks to WAX Nation and everyone who has already reserved your Advance copy of the upcoming “Project 2018” video!

Here’s just a tidbit of some of the real yummy things we’re going to be exploring in “Project 2018,” which is still as yet un-named.

I’m not too concerned with the actual title of the upcoming video, so it very well may just be “The MCS Golf Swing 2018.”  Who knows?  Let’s continue…

One of the counter-intuitive things about the optimal impact position is that, like its counterpart (the Address or starting point of the swing), you want to be flat-footed!

You’ve actually seen many analyses of the golf swing on television where the lower the trailing foot at impact, the better it is judged to be – the problem is that with many of these same players, they have no stability in the leading foot at or through impact.

You’ve seen my personal journey from a very high-heeled impact swinger (talking about the trailing heel, always, when referencing the heel at impact, just as any mention of the heel on the back swing references the leading heel) to a pretty low-heel impact swinger:


… but my last difficulty with the MCS Golf Swing as far

as the optimal model was the flat trailing heel at impact.

I could do it with a contrived or consciously-manipulated swing:


But in real time, with a free and unconscious swing, I was very “close but no cigar” even last summer:


Of course, the issue was not the actual mechanics I used but rather my setup with the ball position.

I’ve said that most issues are in the setup, and that was certainly the case for me.  When I had no ball to hit and could just swing, a flat heel at the swing bottom was no problem:


And if you think I was able to do that by swinging slowly, here’s the same swing in real-time:


So, the last “aha” moment that I’ve had with the mechanics of the optimal MCS Golf Swing is that you must set up to come to impact with a flat trailing heel or you will have to manipulate the down swing to do so, and that’s a very bad thing for playing golf.

Not only, you will actually be decreasing your speed and power when you manipulate the swing.

It is one thing to say, “You want a flat or very low impact heel because Mike Dunaway or XYZ Player does it,” or “because that’s what they say on TV,,” but it’s another thing to know why it’s important.

While I knew that it had to do with maximizing leverage on the down swing, I couldn’t quite articulate it until I figured out what was causing my own heel lift into impact.

This is the thing I’ve talked about with my Theory work outpacing my own progression with the swing – I knew certain things were important, but the exact explanation of why would escape me.

Sure, I did explain in the eBook that it has to do with the hip turn and that an early hip turn caused the early heel lift, but imagine my chagrin when I realized that the proper MCS setup procedure would eliminate that particular flaw, and I that I had simply missed it in my own setting up, time and time again!

It has to do with the same reason I was able to eliminate the angled foot line with the stance.

That’s something that is not incorrect, as you need the angled foot stance if you insist on a certain ball position that isn’t optimal, such as on the heel line with the driver when that isn’t your optimal ball position.

When I determined that my scoliosis made me unable to address the ball with it on the heel line unless I angled my stance, I changed the setup procedure to the one in the “E = MCS” and “EMCS2” videos, so that one can set up with a stance and foot line parallel to the target line, but again, I wasn’t doing it quite according the model last summer, hence my early heel lift.

So, here it is in a nutshell, and I’ll be expanding on this with regards to both the Address setup procedure and the mechanics of the down swing:


A flat-footed impact position means you’re Using The Ground With 100% Of Your Maximum Leverage Capability!

This is the “Using The Ground” that makes actual sense, not the silly “using the ground” stuff you hear on TV because the analysts can’t admit that this below is a ridiculous impact position with regards to proper mechanics:


Ask yourselves why Justin Thomas can go from shooting 59 one day to not being able to hit a fairway or green, missing miles left time and time again – the answer is in that impact position above.

Simply put, the “Flying Foot Syndrome” is not a creator of speed & power, but simply a compensation built into the swing because of a lack of optimal setup and mechanics, and to prevent injury coming through impact.

Nothing more, nothing less.  You can swing with just as much speed & power and much more efficiently and consistently with a better setup, mechanics and impact position.

It’s “swing-saving footwork” if you want to call it anything, but not a creator of anything to do with power, as you can see Jordan Spieth, not the longest or most powerful hitter by any measure, dong the exact same thing:



Likewise Tiger Woods with his driving issues – he nailed the drive you see above, but looking at his footwork (in addition to that “swinging left” business), it’s not hard to see why he struggles to hit fairways most days (some days he’ll drive it long & straight, and that’s always possible with the best players in the world, but most times not):


So, look forward to “Project 2018” finally killing and putting to rest this whole myth of what the analysts on TV call “using the ground” or “great footwork” when the swingers they analyse are unable to keep a stable hold on the ground through impact.

This will be accomplished with a simple demonstration of the proper use of the hips & legs to produce power for the down swing leverage, so you can prove it to yourself when you watch the video!

More, so much more to come…


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2 thoughts on “Killing The “Using The Ground” Myth – Project 2018 & The Flat-Footed Impact

    1. D Watts Post author

      You found that out too Tom? The first “step” I took towards the flat-heel impact was looking at my SwingRite swing and comparing it to my actual swing, both shown above.

      When I noticed the difference, I was on the case 😉

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