Here’s The Deal – A Tight Arc Beats A “Big One.”

First off, I’ve already dealt with the fictional premise of “creating a larger arc” in the back swing.

This is something that you’re told when players make a big shift off the ball in the pivot, or when they swing back keeping the right arm from bending until later in the back swing.

None of this increases the size of the arc.  As I said in a comment not long ago:

… the only way to “create a larger arc” is if something is making your arc smaller than it should naturally be, such as not completing the shoulder turn or bending the left arm extremely, shortening it.

There is no such thing as a larger arc than the straight leading arm and the club will create. Anything else is manipulation to make the arc appear bigger (like swinging back with the right elbow straight).

Bottom line is, the arc is the one you make swinging down, and unless you can stretch the club shaft or your leading arm… there’s no such thing as creating a larger arc, only shortening it.

And I’ve got two real-world incidents of proof in this.

First, when I was working with Jerry Crowell, PGA, on his swing for his tournament golf, he had a back swing pivot where he kept his right arm from bending in the pivot, and I was all over it.

Remember, this version of the MCS Golf Swing was actually developed for him to use in tournament play, and he missed out on qualifying for the Farmers Insurance Open by 2 measly strokes in 2016 at the PGA qualifier, during which I carried his bag – and he turned 51 that year!

Well, I kept riding him about that arm, I wanted it breaking as soon as he began his pivot, and he looked like this when we had done some work on his pivot:


The proof that the “smaller” arc was better?  How about him reaching 120 mph in club impact speed at 50 years of age, when he had never reached that number even in his prime years?

Jerry’s Swing Data – December 2015


The only reason he wasn’t carrying it over 300 yards, if you look at his spin over 3,100 rpm – if he’d had a driver that day that gave him, say, 2,200 rpm… he’d have been well over 300 carry.

If having a “bigger” arc created more speed and power, then he’d have been able to hit 120 mph club speed easily in his younger days, but it was only when we tightened his pivot and his arc that he was able to use his natural ability to swing that club and, at over 50 years of age, exceed 120 mph club speed.


Second item of proof?

I’ve already posted about that, when after a minimum of practice (not having swung for an entire week with barely any swinging even the week before that, perhaps once or twice), I was able to record a smidgen higher top club speed with the tighter swing pivot that I had worked on after my first test session at the TXG Golf facility.

May Data


In May, I had been hitting balls 2-3x per week and was rounding into decent swing shape, but that swing was “longer” than the one I worked on afterwards, and two months after the first session, I used the tighter and shorter swing to match and exceed my club speed from the first time, even after a week off swinging.

July Data


The only reason my ball speed and average drive distances were better in the May session is because, with regular swinging, I was getting purer impacts, where after a week off, my ball-striking was not as sharp, even though my average club speed went up with the tighter swing.

Another factor would be having made the changes and not having had time to groove the swing before hitting balls again.

So, I like to show things to prove what I’m talking about when it comes to swing theory, instead of throwing a bunch of mumbo-jumbo out about “bigger arcs,” or “vertical lift” and “using the ground,” all of which make absolutely no sense when you sit and think about them for a minute.

And back to the video project I go!


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6 thoughts on “Here’s The Deal – A Tight Arc Beats A “Big One.”

  1. Mr. McJohn

    The arc also tends to come inwards after shaft parallel in the backswing, right? That’s what mine does. Since the club is on a tilted arc anyway, and not pure vertical or horizontal, it would make sense for the arc to move in this manner.

    1. D Watts Post author

      That’s correct, Mr. McJ. The arc is circular and if one doesn’t try to manipulate the club during the swing, it would naturally come inside going past parallel.

  2. Jason

    lol, this was from our discussion DJ. I was thinking when I read your comment that you had more to say on this subject. This is a meaningful post – thanks for taking the time to address it.

  3. Jason

    Great action/swing from Big Toilet.

    To my eyes, the only things are maybe the right elbow (which could be tucked in more?) and wrist action (which looks slightly delayed or not fully cocked and somehow a little restricted at the top). The left elbow also breaks a bit on the downswing. But I think it also helps Jerry get to the ball square a tad earlier.

    Again, great action.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I agree, a great action. Even better seeing it in person.

      As for the things you note, that is a much earlier elbow break than what we started with, trust me. Could it have been earlier? No doubt.

      And I have a slightly bent elbow myself at the top of the back pivot. We all have idiosyncrasies in our swings, which is why I always point to the model theory and not any one individual swing. The model works perfectly, and we can only strive to get as close to the model as we can. The closer, the better the results!

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