Thanks to everyone who is supporting the effort with your Advance Orders, and I will be leaving the window up for a week or two longer.
There is a reason that the most efficient leveraged golf swings look nearly effortless – it’s because the bulk of the work is being done with simple leverage.
You hear a lot of talk about leverage on television, but I never see very much of it.
What I see is a lot of muscular effort, which means that little actual leverage is being applied.
If you’re wondering what the big, mysterious secret to leverage is, it’s not even all that mysterious.
I’ve talked in the past about how you use leverage to swing the club much as a judo throw works:
… and in the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video, I showed everyone the “One Exercise” with which they could work on generating proper and natural leverage through the use of the address position, the pivot and then the transition move with the hips and legs.
There are the 3 Levers that I’ve discussed, but they will only work together with maximum effect when you nail down the optimal Address Stance as described in the EMCS videos & eBook.
The position is as important as the action, and when you get it all together, the results can be spectacular.
This is why Mike Dunaway was a prodigiously long hitter and yet looked so smooth and effortless in his action:
What created that power was the simple rotation of Dunaway’s torso on that inclined plane over the ball, which had the same effect as winching a cable by turning the cylinder around which the cable winds.
I will be delighted when I can show my own swing as an example of that “ultimate leverage” I’ve talked about with the MCS Golf Swing, and I’ve come close, probably 90-95% of what I would call maximum leverage generation.
But as small as a 5-10% difference in leverage may seem, it is huge if you translated it into a 5-10% increase in metrics.
If I had an average ball speed of, say 180 mph, a 5-10% increase in metrics due to maximizing the leverage (with the same effort before and after) would translate to an extra 9-18 mph in ball speed, and that would be an incredible increase of around 18-36 yards in one’s average driving distance (scientific research has shown that, all else being equal, a 1 mph increase in ball would give you about 2 yards extra distance).
And to think, this would be accomplished without extra work in the gym and without better or different equipment – you’d get that extra performance simply due to increasing the efficiency of the same effort you put into the swing!
So, I’m very interested to see what happens when I get back into action and start putting my maximum leverage into my swing – I don’t really need an increase in speed or power, because my search has always been how to harness the speed and power I create (I was driving the ball over 300 yards in the late 90’s when I took up golf and hardly knew what I was doing then, I just never knew where it was going to go after impact).
That said, if I could drive the ball and hit my irons just as far as I have been, but with an increase in consistency and accuracy, that would be something in itself.
However, if I also saw an increase in power and therefore distance… then all bets would be off, because I’ve already registered ball speeds in the upper 180-mid-195 mph range!
That would mean cracking the 200 mph ball speed barrier, and that would mean equaling the ball speed of Jason Zuback when he set a world record in ball speed back in the 2000’s:
Granted, that speed has been surpassed by the long drivers of today (who routinely get into the 210s to 220s), but bear in mind that Zuback would have done it with inferior equipment and balls to today’s long drivers, and it was his incredible long drive performance (5 Remax World Long Drive titles, four straight from ’96-’99 and one more in ’06) that put long drive on the modern map.
So, for a 48 year old swing researcher who doesn’t work out to even be contemplating hitting that mark… would be interesting, would it not?
The fact that I’m now getting ready to gather some statistical info on my personal swing metrics should be a clue to everyone – I could have done so long ago but I always felt that I could do even better.
So any statistics I gathered then would be obsoleted, just as every time I compile swing clips to feature on my blog, I end up obsoleting them, as I have once again since last spring and the last compilation effort.
So, I am just interested to see what I will be able to do with my optimal swing action with the maximized leverage if I’m there, and I should know in the next few weeks how close I’ve gotten to it, if I’m not quite there yet.
Based on the work I’ve done over the winter, I’m pretty confident, but I’ll wait to see what the results bring, because results are the only thing that matter.
More to come!
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