Out of the scenarios I pointed out yesterday during the final round of the Open Championship, I completely overlooked one possibility, because he was playing such a quiet and overshadowed-by-his-playing-partner-Tiger-Woods round of golf.
If you watch the gif. I made of Francesco Molinari after he won the Quicken Loans Open just three weeks ago however, you’ll see an example of both a Classic Golf Swing motion and what I’ve called the “One Major Move” in the MCS Golf Swing model employed by the now Open Champion.
Francesco Molinari of Italy Takes The Open Championship
I would agree with GolfDigest writer Matthew Rudy’s assessment of Molinari’s swing as a simple action, because it is, although I find Rudy’s description of the swing itself to be a tad complicated.
The issue is simple – as is the swing.
All Molinari is doing, really, is making a back swing that follows the principles of any swing that is mechanically-correct.
He’s making the “One Major Move” in much the manner that I’ve described and demonstrated in the “E = MCS” swing video.
In allowing the hips and legs to assist him getting to the top in a perfect position:
… he’s able to deliver the club to the ball without compensating moves.
Keep in mind a few things watching his swing:
- First, you’ll notice a very quiet body on the back swing, and that’s because he’s using the hips and legs (mark the lifting leading heel) rather than torquing his lower back and midsection,
- Remember that while Molinari is 5′ 8″ or 172 cm tall, weighing in at a massive 159 lbs or 72 kg, he’s averaging 301 yards per drive,
- And that is without any of the “using the ground” snapping or jumping left foot through impact, as you can see, because his power is generated by proper use of the lower body to pivot and swing
- If Molinari were to swing a 20 lb Kettle Bell as I have done, wouldn’t you picture him swinging it nearly exactly the way he’s swinging that Driver?
So, if you’re keeping score, I mentioned after Patrick Reed’s Masters win that a good percentage of PGA Tour winners this season are swinging in some form of Classic Golf Swing rather than the injury-plagued Modern Golf Swing, and Molinari makes it 2 out of 3 major winners this year swinging with Classic principles.
The proper way to swing is quietly making a return to professional golf, and I have long predicted that the Modern Golf Swing would eventually go the way of the dinosaur.
Molinari put another nail in its coffin yesterday.
Simply, the Classic Golf Swing mechanics are not just proper – they are the way to generate leverage and thus speed and power with greatly reduced chances of injury (because proper motion is always safer than improper), and as Molinari has been displaying with 3 victories in his last 6 events, you will get accuracy and consistency with it.
Hard to argue with that!
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