From there, you likely got the Modern Golf Swing mantra of restricting the hips on the back swing, which is completely off-base when you look at Hogan’s actual swing.
I coined the term “floating pivot” to describe Ben Hogan’s pivot action because, with the proper setup and hip/leg action, you should have the hips and the head “floating” in place during the pivot.
Witness the Hogan “float” below:
That, people, is a “Classic Golf Swing” action with free hip rotation, and there is nothing “Modern” about it.
It’s true that Hogan kept his hips from shifting to the right on the down swing, but looking at the hip motion in addition to position, they rotated very freely, as you can tell by the “Swinging Gate” action of the left leg.
I took a look at a drive that I absolutely pummeled yesterday while getting in some swings, and it was no wonder it was a mile long and dead straight (with a little draw):
If you put some lines in the relevant place, you’ll see that, with the MCS Golf Swing model’s “floating pivot” action, you should get the same effect as Hogan:
… because that’s of course whom the “floating pivot” was taken from in the summer of 2014 when I was re-building the MCS swing model.
So, the head is absolutely stable in position – that doesn’t mean it doesn’t turn with the shoulders, but it doesn’t wander left or right – and the hips are turning as if in a barrel.
What you get is a down swing transition that lets you “step into it” with the weight transfer, as Hogan did:
If you’re doing the pivot drills from the “E = MCS” swing video and you’re having difficulty with this pivot, it could be that you’re trying to keep the head frozen – my head turns, as you’ll see above, but it doesn’t shift, and those are two different things.
I would re-visit the video’s pivot section, and if you’ve got the supplementary “EMCS – The Follow-Up” video, then you have everything you need – the Kettle Bell “One Exercise,” which you then combine with the pivot drills from the swing video:
Swinging A 20 LB Kettle Bell? No Problem…
I’m moving closer to completing the “MCs – Project 2018” video which, as I said before, will take the basic and “simplest golf swing action” possible from the “E = MCS” video and break it down in greater detail.
The crux of it all remains however, that you have two things to get down – the setup, and the pivot action.
The pivot action comes from the setup, and when you have them both down, then you will be on your way to a powerful, accurate and repeatable golf swing action!
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