MCS = Two Clubs – One Swing (PW vs 5i)

To illustrate how the MCS Golf Swing model should work when you’ve got your setup and mechanics going properly (not perfectly, but properly), you can see my point that you swing from the same setup with essentially the same mechanics no matter what club you’re swinging.

The only difference you’ll see are perhaps the stance width and the length of the back swings, as I’ve made a synchronized gif. of a Pitching Wedge swing beside a 5 Iron swing.

First the stances:


And then the swings themselves, and bear in mind that this is not manipulated either, except that I slowed the wedge swing down by about 7% just to make the two swings sync up from the start to impact.

These are from the session where I recorded the swings for the “E = MCS” video last spring:

Pitching Wedge vs 5 Iron


The most difficult thing you can do is to try to create different swings for different clubs, because the only difference really are the lofts and lengths (and ball position when you follow the MCS swing theory method).


We are not adjustable when it comes to our physical makeup – so the proper way to swing with one club is naturally the proper way to swing with any other club.

As I said, this will work if you’re setting up and swinging properly – it doesn’t even have to be perfect, as you’ll notice I’m past parallel at the top with my 5 iron swing at the top below:


The whole point of my swing research has been to develop and perform the optimal golf swing model, which is why you’ll see me nit-picking everything about my own or anyone else’s swings – but you can be short of optimal as I am with the 5 iron, and still put great swings on the ball.

My philosophy is, “You may never get to ‘perfect,’ but the closer you get to your own optimal stance and pivot, the better you will swing, and the better your ball-striking, accuracy and consistency.”


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2 thoughts on “MCS = Two Clubs – One Swing (PW vs 5i)

  1. Jeff

    I’m assuming that the difference in back swing lengths is caused by the momentum of the longer club and not conscious? The feel for both swings is the same (hands, shoulders, whatever gives you your amount of backswing feel) and it’s just club momentum that makes one longer than the other? When I am hitting the ball well, my swing feels short, but I don’t think it is as short as it feels. especially with longer clubs.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I can’t say scientifically for sure why the difference, Jeff – but I can hazard a couple of guesses:

      1) Narrower stance with the shorter clubs will produce a smaller hip pivot,
      2) You will make a shorter back swing pivot with a shorter club than a longer because the shorter clubs require less club speed through the ball.

      I have always had a longish back swing myself and when I’m swinging optimally, I don’t believe I’ll have any past-parallel back swings, but that remains to be seen 😉

      Our facility is still closed in the aftermath of last weekend’s ice and snow storms, but I’m hoping to be out by next mid-week.

      I would say that the month between my first and second days at the range were frustrating, but I’d be over-stating things – the time off has given me good work on the upcoming Project 2018, so things are still basically on course!

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