When I began to look at my own “plane” with the left arm at the top and the down swing “slot,” I discovered that not only is the “One Major Move” the best way to make your pivot, it’s also the best way to swing on plane when you do it the way the model dictates.
I’ve been working on this for the upcoming “MCS – Project 2018” video, and I finally clicked on why it’s so simple, other than the obvious fact that there are no extra moving parts in this move – it’s because it all ties in to the action of the hands and wrists on the back pivot.
Meaning, I’ve isolated two separate aspects of the “One Major Move” to better help explain and understand the concept, and I have a feeling that many people who watch the video on release will slap their foreheads and exclaim, as I did a couple of days ago, “Of course, why didn’t I see this before?!?”
The answer, of course, is that you never get to an understanding of something all in one leap – you progress in steps, and each step builds upon the last one, until you get to a point where everything adds up and then the light-bulb goes off.
So, while I’ve been flattening my swing plane and getting my hands lower at the top of the back swing, I’ve been getting closer to that optimal action with the “One Major Move.”
It all ties together – first, you have to build that proper setup, and then you have to perform that pivot action, so that you can make as close to the optimal mechanical move as you can.
Looking at one of yesterday’s swings, I saw a lot of things I really liked:
“Swing A” – June 28, 2018
Just on the facing-camera view, I could see:
- The perfect alignment of the leading shoulder with the ball for the driver,
- The “Swinging Gate” on the pivot that moved the leading knee behind the ball,
- The Ben Hogan-inspired “Floating Pivot” action which not only features the hip & leg action (look at that right leg & hip that created the “Swinging Gate”), but also
- The stable head position on the back pivot that gives you the Hogan “Floating Pivot,”
- The close-to-parallel club shaft at the top, compared to my usual way-past-parallel shaft position before I began to work on it a couple of weeks back and finally,
- The leading shoulder returning to but never breaking the vertical plane of the ball position, ensuring a level-to-ascending strike to the ball as one would want for a proper Attack Angle for the driver.
If you compare that swing above to one from a year ago, you’d see quite a difference:
“Swing B” – May, 2017
This swing above is still an MCS swing, obviously, and still features the “One Major Move” with the Hoganesque “Floating Pivot” hip & leg action – but I would rate yesterday’s swing to be much closer to my optimal action than the one from a year ago.
Setup – 2018 vs 2017
So, as we’ve been discussing in the comments section the past couple of days, you can have a mechanically-correct swing (both of the above swings would qualify as being such), but you can always improve on a swing if you can find the things that aren’t optimal and then address them.
Just a couple of changes from last year’s swing to yesterdays:
- Stance Width
- Ball Position
- Shaft Angle At The Top
The end result – a tighter swing action with the same or more leverage, speed & power, which means more potential consistency in shot-making due to improving my position and pivot action with the same swing model!
The “E = MCS” swing video contains all of the instruction and elements that would allow you to build “Swing A,” by the way – “Swing B” was what I was doing with the MCS model a year ago, and I’ve changed nothing in that model.
What have changed are my interpretation and execution of the principles within that same model – and everything I’ve done to advance my swing since last year is what “MCS – Project 2018” is all about, including all of the technical tidbits that prove the model is the best possible way to swing.
If you’ve pre-ordered the upcoming video, I would advise you all to watch “E = MCS” again if you haven’t in a while, and really focus on the parts to do with the setup and pivot action, so you’re prepared to take it the rest of the way when “Project 2018” is completed and available!
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