Molinari Wins The Open With A Classic Swing – “One Major Move”

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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“E = MCS” The Swing Video


10 thoughts on “Molinari Wins The Open With A Classic Swing – “One Major Move”

  1. Brandon

    As a side note, we know that Eldrick and win another major, just have to not shoot even 3 out of 4 days during a major(that would really help). I will say that he will never win a US Open. The Open championship, followed by the PGA Championship, then the Masters are his best bet to reclaim major glory. I take that back, the open and the masters are the best bet. The PGA is a birdiefest and he doesn’t score on that frequency and the US open requires accurate navigation and ballstriking to win and he can’t do that anymore.

    It was a great championship.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I agree, Brandon – if TW is going to win another major, it would be the Open or the Masters, most likely the Open, because his driver is a liability and when you can play a major hitting irons off the tee, your chances will increase if the rest of your game is on.

      That said, it was my opinion yesterday that he was only in contention to begin with because he was able to take advantage of benign conditions on Saturday and make a move before the weather came in.

      It was pretty calm yesterday too when he was making his move, so I thought he might pull it out, but when the wind began to blow in earnest, was when he began to falter.

      It doesn’t take away that he was in the lead after 9 holes but he has struggled in windy conditions before, and let’s face it, most of the leaders were back-pedaling furiously as they teed off later with wind and nerves taking their toll. If TW wins a major, I see him doing it the backdoor way – getting off early Saturday and Sunday and posting a good round while the leaders falter either through nerves or conditions.

      Gotta hand it to Molinari – he didn’t make a bogey, which means he was never more than a stroke back of TW before the double and bogey… and I never even counted him in it. Only because he hadn’t won a major and Spieth, McIlroy and Woods were at or near the top.

      But every major champ had to win his first without being a major champion, and Molinari got his!

      As you said, a great championship.

  2. Uncle JJ

    I agree, Brandon. The question isn’t whether TW has the ability to win another Major; rather, it is whether he can remain healthy long enough (doubtful). It hurts my back just to watch him swing.

    Great to see FM win the Open with that MCS swing. Incredible that he’s the first Italian in HISTORY to win one. He’s now a national treasure for his homeland. And a humble, good guy to boot. Bravo!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hard to root against him with that swing action isn’t it JJ? Great win, and a great guy to win it, by all indications. Best major Sunday for me in some time!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Jack Nicklaus’ swing was “old-fashioned.” So were Tom Watson’s and Ben Hogan’s. Good company, if you ask me.

  3. Terry

    Nobilo mentioned on GC after the round that Francesco in his last 3 wins made a total of 1 bogey on the 3 weekends of play. Incredible!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Pretty solid action and a very simple classic swing pivot. The classic era guys were a lot more accurate with the older equipment than today’s players are with all the modern clubs and balls. That’s not a coincidence.

  4. Jason

    I do find that Molinari lifts his foot a little earlier than ideal, but better to lift than not lift.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Wow. Good eye, Jason! I haven’t actually done a break-down of the entire pivot and swing, but you’re absolutely correct. I didn’t want to nit-pick, but since you bring it up, yes. Perhaps I’ll do that breakdown today. Way to pick that up 🙂

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