Shorter Back Swing, Flatter Plane – Irons Gifs

As promised, I had some 8 iron and 5 iron swings from various angles to show how the work is going with my decision last winter to shorten my back swing pivot and to make sure I my swing plane is on the shallower side of neutral rather than on the steeper side.

I based my expectations on being able to do so on the MCS Golf Swing theory itself which, after I had completed it, said that you should be able to swing any way you wish if you follow the setup principles in the “E = MCS” swing video and then performed the mechanics that way.

I’ve been doing so, and while I discuss the process, you saw the Driver gifs yesterday, so here are the irons swings below.

8 Iron DTL – Slo Mo

In “EMCS2 – The Follow Up,” I introduced the distillation of ensuring proper mechanics from the swing video so you could trouble-shoot your motion and swing the Kettle Bell in the “One Exercise” drills in the proper way.

As I did with applying setup procedure, I was neglecting to nail the proper back swing pivot precisely as the theory dictates one should do so, and I made the decision on the weekend to finish the job I had begun last winter.

8 Iron Rear Diagonal

So, the first thing I did to make the changes was to ensure that I had my setup taken care of, and that went very well the very first day out making that change.

Then, I looked at my back swing pivot and realized that my steep arm angle at the top was not according to the model theory specs, and I took care of that yesterday.

8 Iron

Taking care of certain things that aren’t optimal in your swing, such as the setup or a particular mechanical action, simply serve to make your swing that much more leveraged and consistent so that one you are where you want to be, you can get to a great impact position every time:

5 Impact – DTL

Above, you see what you want to see at impact – shoulders square to the target line, power arm nearing full extension, low trailing heel… it all falls into place when you put the pieces together.

5 Iron DTL – Slo Mo

I’ve been making notes on the certain “feels” that have changed in my setup and action in order to share it all with everyone in the “Project 2018” video, which is progressing nicely along for the end of the month.

5 Iron – Rear Diagonal

The process I undertake is of interest to keen students of the swing, but of course, everything I’m applying now is from the EMCS video series – nothing new, aside from the insights I’ll be sharing in the upcoming video, along with the technical stuff that I couldn’t include in a video called the “simplest golf swing video possible,” of course!

5 Iron

I’m not finished yet – when I break down my swing to make a change, there is usually something removed in order to work on the actual issue, and I wasn’t making complete pivots with the full hip & leg action.

That’s the “Big Legs, Little Arms” concept of the lower body action, so the next time out, I’ll get that component back into the swing, and then I’ll re-evaluate the entire thing from setup to finish!

The work continues, with more to come.

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2 thoughts on “Shorter Back Swing, Flatter Plane – Irons Gifs

  1. Ralph Hagelbarger

    I noticed the swing shortening. I also noticed that you do not finish the swing with weight totally on the left foot since your right foot does not end up with just the toe on the ground?

    1. D Watts Post author

      I also noticed that you do not finish the swing with weight totally on the left foot since your right foot does not end up with just the toe on the ground?

      It’s not necessary to finish on the right toe, RH – every single one of those swings shows a full weight transfer to the left foot through impact (you otherwise wouldn’t see the right foot releasing in the impact-follow-through phase), so I’m simply balancing myself on the finish. 🙂


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