You Need Proper Setup To Perform Good Mechanical Action w/o Compensations

I try to drill and drill the point home that the setup is the end-all and be-all of a proper mechanical action without compensations in your golf swing.

All compensations come from either one or both of two things:

a) Improper Setup,

b) Improper Mechanical Action Somewhere In The Swing

If you have an improper setup, you will be making compensating moves right from the beginning of the golf swing, so if the setup is not correct, there goes any hope of an optimal action.

I myself think that the “b” option of improper mechanical action somewhere in the swing coming after you’ve found your proper setup would only come from not understanding either the pivot or the down swing sequences.

From the proper setup, it should be very hard to make a bad swing, although it will happen to everyone, yours truly included.  The main cause of my bad swings is losing my focus and getting sloppy with either my setup or my down swing transition.

I am myself now swinging as well as I ever have, because my setup is getting closer to “perfect,” meaning the exact setup that I need to make an unconscious back swing pivot and then just letting the ball have it, without needing to manipulate or steer anything.

Getting There!


If you can’t make a full shoulder turn in your back swing pivot and you feel it’s because you lack flexibility, then you’re doing it wrong, I can assure you:

From “E = MCS” – All The Action Comes From The Hip & Leg Action


There is very little flexibility needed when you are swinging with a proper setup in the MCS Golf Swing model, because the only flexibility you need is that little thoracic spinal rotation that I’ve addressed in the EMCS videos and eBook.

All of the other part of the shoulder turn, which is what swings the arms and club, comes from the leg and hip action  – so unless you have issues with your leg and hip joints, you should be able to nail a setup and action that you would call your “perfect” swing.

And even if you do have issues with your joints, the proper MCS setup should allow you to make the best swing you can with your particular impediments, just as I’m able to make my own swing work with MCS despite having a spine deformity.

I have a little more work on my swing before I go for my preliminary “Numbers Session” (I would like to do at least two, maybe three, over the season, because I’m sure the numbers will get better the more swinging I get to do before the end of the season), and all I’m working on is that setup.

I know exactly the action I need to make for my optimal swing, and when I can match the action swinging a club on actual balls to the action I make at home with my SwingRite, then I’ll know I’m there.

Of course, you will notice just by ball flight and performance if you’re improving your setup and action, without the need for a launch monitor to give you numbers, but I want to get the numbers for myself and to validate the swing model I’ve built.

As I say, if a swing researcher and analyst can produce certain numbers with only 2 or 3 days of swinging per week, a bucket each time, perhaps two (although it’s been a while since I’ve gone through 2 buckets in a day), then you have to imagine what one can do with regular practice and play if you’re a competitive pro or amateur player.

The great thing is, the better your swing gets, the less work you need on it, and you only have to hit enough balls to be able to nail your distances and of course stay in swing shape.

That leaves you all the other time to work on the other parts of your game!


Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?


If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

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2 thoughts on “You Need Proper Setup To Perform Good Mechanical Action w/o Compensations

  1. David

    DJ, one of the most important additions I made to the swing studio was a full length mirror. On the other side is a flat board with square grid lines. There is no doubt these aid in the setup’s accuracy. We just came inside after an hour of working on the setup even before this blog came out. I know how important it is and am doing my best to get it right. When I play, I feel like I have it only to have a video show me how far off I really was …. feel vs. real.

    Humbray was watched my match play final and saw some accuracy without much distance … of course the putter was hotter than Phoenix at noon …. he and Nick are coming back next Wednesday and I believe they will see the new me. April was good and May has been even better. I am feeling like a player again. Much thanks!!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Very welcome DK, and thank you for your dedication and commitment.

      You were one of the first to step up to learn MCS personally and I know that you have always made your best efforts to implement my suggestions.

      If I’ve had any part in your success competing through the past few years, then that is a bonus for me! 😀

      DJ

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