MCS = “One Swing Fits All” Regarding Stance & Clubs

Here is something that will look nifty to some, and shows the proof of how the MCS Golf Swing model fits all clubs with the same stance (adjusted for width with different clubs but otherwise the same).

I took the impact position of the 4 clubs I used for swings in the “E = MCS” video from last spring and, even though I no longer view these swings as the best I can make, you can see what happens when you’re set up in the proper manner.


You can see a couple of interesting things, in that the leading arm is virtually vertical in all of the impact positions, even though I’m swinging 4 different clubs.

Wedge Impact


Other than the stance width that narrows with the shorter clubs, the ball position is really the only thing that varies, isn’t it?

Same stance, same body position at impact, different ball position, and that’s what makes the MCS swing model so consistent.

7 Iron Impact


Once you’re set up, you just swing your swing, and the club does the rest with regards to the ball – even with the irons or wedges, the “descending impact” is taken care of by ball position.

Meaning, you don’t see me trying to “hit down” on the ball, rather I just through with the wedge or iron exactly as I would with the Driver.

5 Iron Impact


I don’t have to say that this is a far easier way to swing with all of the different clubs than to try to create a “wedge swing” versus an “iron swing” versus a “Driver swing.”

Driver Impact


This is why you have to make sure you’re getting the setup right, because once you’re in motion, you don’t want to be making compensations to your motion in order to get pure contact.

It all begins and ends with the setup, and this is why the Address/Impact concept from the EMCS videos is so crucial.

In the upcoming “Project 2018,” I’ll get into this in more analytic depth, but if you’re struggling with your setup, the EMCS videos (and the eBook) have the procedure laid out, so just go back and review things, you’ll see!


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“E = MCS” The Swing Video

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2 thoughts on “MCS = “One Swing Fits All” Regarding Stance & Clubs

  1. Starr Collins

    Hey DJ,
    I have a question that has me puzzled and I was hoping to get your take on it. As you know I have followed you for years and respect your expertise on the golf swing more than anyone anywhere.

    Recently I went to the LPGA event here in LA and I was taken with how smooth and leveraged these girls hit the golf ball and how pound for pound most of them seemed so supremely efficient with their swings. It struck me that the most efficient and elegant “looking” swings I saw at the range before the tournament and the swings that seemed to launch the ball the longest with the least appearance of effort had a common “look” to them. The look was of an almost perfectly straight left arm so much so that the “7” (lever one, shoulders and left arm) looked to almost move away from the ball as one solid piece in their backswings transitioning smoothly and gracefully at the top into their downswing and through the ball to finish without an iota of change until post-impact with the ball. The resulting shots were powerful, consistent, and almost effortless, the pro look of smooth power without the look of effort that baffles most of us that hack away less gracefully on the weekends. The left arm in these girl’s swings was so exaggeratedly straight that if most amateurs tried to swing with such a rigid looking left arm they would probably block everything right. But to these girls, it seemed like a fundamental commonality in their swings that made them different and by “different” I mean better than most of us swinging a club.

    I am finally getting to the question…..Now most of us do try to start our swings with a straight “ish” left arm and try to keep it so going back but would working to keep one’s left arm as straight as possible and in so doing also trying to keep the relationship of the shoulders to that left arm constant going back at least until the transition, given all the other MCS principles, leaning A, floating pivot, etc. are maintained, be a beneficial practice pursuit in your view or just a wasted effort for most of us? This would assume the wrist joint was not frozen solid attempting to do this of course and your right arm folded correctly, etc.

    BTW the overall swing tempo these girls displayed seemed better than others around them and my thoughts while observing them made me think they moved the entire lever one so solidly going back and through that rushing the transition at the top was almost impossible for them. I know that this isn’t probably true but it just looked that way. Done well it looked…. well, just really beautiful…

    Long post but I’d love to hear your take.

    Regards,
    Starr Collins
    Seal Beach, CA

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Starr!

      What you’re talking about actually isn’t new – the whole concept of a mechanically-correct (and definitely optimal) swing is that the shoulder turn and not arm action provides the primary leverage in the swing.

      In fact, that’s the premise of the “Big Legs, Little Arms” concept – you want the hips & legs to do the pivot work, and all you’re doing is performing that “One Major Move” with the power arm.

      The leading arm has a little range of motion where it presses across the chest on the back swing pivot and otherwise does very little if you’ve got the proper positioning and mechanical action.

      Once you’ve begun the transition and down swing, the leading arm provides the leverage as the shoulders begin their return to square, bringing the hands and club along for the ride.

      So, they’re doing what they should be doing, but I’ve never had a ramrod-straight leading arm and I get plenty of leverage (efficiency) out of my swing.

      I hope I’ve understood and answered the question 🙂

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