I’ve of course been spending a good deal of time pursuing that end on my part, but that’s because I’m a swing researcher and what else am I going to do, having set out 13 years ago to “figure it out once and for all?”
Part of the problem was that, even though there are players out there who had swings close to perfect, they had their idiosyncrasies or just plain flaws in their mechanics or stances that kept them from being the model of perfection.
So, rather than figuring out the perfect swing out of thin air, I found the stance and mechanics that make the optimal swing by studying those greatest of the greatest swingers, and then trying to figure out what was proper and what was a flaw.
Once I found the similarities in what made them great, I then winnowed out the flaws and what remained were the stance & mechanics for the optimal swing model.
So, there was the original goal of figuring things out for myself, as my original journey was a personal one.
But now, the journey I undertook also helps me assist those who are interested in fashioning the best possible and most efficient swing action for themselves, to know what is involved in the stance & mechanics of the optimal swing action.
You may never get to the “perfect” part of the optimal model, but of course, the closer you get to it, the better you will swing, and the better you should play, all else being equal.
You can choose to spend hours per day trying to groove a swing with flaws, or you can develop that optimal swing action which then leaves you lots of time to work on the other aspects of the game without hurting the long game.
So, I will never say that one needs a perfect swing to play good or great golf.
With today’s equipment actually, the need for a mechanically-sound action seems to have lost importance – there are players today, even multiple event and major winners, who wouldn’t last a season on Tour if the equipment were rolled back to what it was 25 years ago.
That’s because they rely on very forgiving equipment and high-performance balls to get close enough to the green or onto it to conjure magic with their short games.
But for the average person, or even the player who doesn’t quite seem to shine in the short game department – you will never suffer if you’re finding fairways and greens in regulation.
So, that leads me to what I’ve been doing with my own swing, which is working on the “Pivot, Drop & Step” action that I’ve isolated as being the optimal action.
… and the only thing that remains is what you see here:
That tiny little heel separation you see at impact with the 5 Iron and Driver (which is a little past impact but the heel did separate prior to impact), is all I’ve got to remove from my action for the “perfect” pivot, drop & step action.
What that would mean for me personally is that I would be at the limit of what I can do to generate speed and power with repeatable accuracy (consistency) with the swing alone.
To get more speed and power, I’d have to then look at equipment improvement and actual weight training to put more muscle power into the leveraging mechanics.
But that is what you naturally do in any other sport – you get the technique as good as you can get it, then you work on strength and conditioning with equipment tweaks to increase performance.
Working out to get stronger, when you have flaws in your swing, can actually be counter-productive and dangerous, as you’re putting more muscle power and therefore force into a swing that has flaws in it which increase the likelihood of injury.
That’s backwards, and you see the fallacy of this in the “stronger & fitter” golfers today in the Modern age, with ever more lower back and knee (and other) injuries than you ever saw in the Classic swing era.
It’s not the strength training that’s hurting them – it’s the flaws in their mechanics that are an injury risk, and swinging faster & with more power just increases the chances of injury and the severity of the actual injuries that are incurred.
It’s also why I’ve never hurt myself swinging a club, even after taking months off and then coming back and swinging all-out… I have very low injury risk due to my mechanics so it would take a freak occurrence for me to hurt myself swinging.
And that’s the way it should be!
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