Once Again – The Theory Was Way Ahead Of Me

I have always said that I try to swing according to the MCS Golf Swing model’s principles.

Even though I developed that swing model myself however, I am constantly finding that the theory has always been way ahead of me on my personal evolution.

As far as the last video, “MCS – The Kinetic Chain,” which is a follow-up to the “E = MCS” swing video (as well as a counter-follow-up to “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video), I went back to my video tutorial material for EMCS2 and discovered that if I had been applying the principles properly myself, I would have had that tighter pivot action I’ve been talking about since the early summer.

I used the way I swung the Kettle Bell in “EMCS2” to show the proof of the tighter pivot:

… and the proof is right there when you look:

This morning for some reason, something kept nagging at me, and I went even further back than the “EMCS2” video, all the way to my video tutorial material for the “E = MCS” swing video, and guess what I found?

Only the same tight-pivot action while I explained the “One Major Move” that fits everything I’ve said about the swing since last summer:

It’s a shame that so much of what I shoot for my videos gets left on the cutting room floor, because you can only make a video so long before people begin to nod off or lose concentration.

Here are some demo pivots, taken with a slight off-set angle from dead down the line, that I made while shooting “E = MCS,” and you tell me if it doesn’t match what I was talking about in the latest video:

Driver Pivot

This is the reason I have always said, “Swing according to the model principles, even if I happen to swing slightly differently from that,” because I have never intentionally swung differently from the model.

As you can see above and below, the proper pivot is a tighter one than I’ve showed in my own swings, simply because mine was not syncing to the model’s principles.

Iron Pivot

There is no secret that I’m keeping about the swing – the way I describe and demonstrate the swing is the way you want to do it, and it’s even the way I want to do it, but I have always lagged behind the proper model in my own execution.

What is in play is that it takes time to transform one’s own swing due to the “feel vs real” paradox – I would have felt that my pivot was tight, but it is only upon reviewing how I demonstrate the swing and comparing that to my own swing that I see where I can improve my swing action to better fit the model.

I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to translate the tighter pivot in practice to making it in real time with actual swings, because of my habit of trying to really “crank” it up at the top – that always caused me to hoist the hands up high, losing the tightness.

But when I figured out the “feel” of how keep the pivot tight with the “One Major Move,” is when I revamped the “MCS – The Kinetic Chain” video to really get into that tight pivot move and break it down into the 2 parts I showed you all, the hip & leg action and separately, the “Hitch-Hike” arm action.

Put the 2 together and you get that nice, tight pivot action and a lot of leverage power with no extra effort:


This blog has always been about 2 things – the search for the optimal golf swing action and my personal evolution in swinging according to proper fundamental swing principles.

Most people figure out how to do something properly and then demonstrate it, and where they usually struggle is in the transfer of that understanding to others in the explanation.

I’ve followed a slightly different arc – I figured out the way the proper golf swing is supposed to function, then I explained it to the best of my ability – and only afterwards have I been able to focus on my own swing and bring it closer to the actual model I’ve built.

But that also proves something – you don’t want to swing the way I swing, nor the way anyone else swings – you want to swing according to the model’s principles, and the closer you get to that model, the better you will swing.

That also includes yours truly:

DJ Before – Negative AA, Out-In Path

DJ After – Optimal Positive AA, In-Out Path (Nearly Perfect Neutral)

Drive 2 Rogue


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4 thoughts on “Once Again – The Theory Was Way Ahead Of Me

  1. Bill Swan

    You are one honest guy. No other instructor would take the time to explain that science is more important than feel of what’s happening in a golf swing. I just played my first 18 after studying the MCS system with a satisfying result. I need to improve my swing speed and follow through on 3 wood and irons. But I’m happy. Thank you DJ!

    1. D Watts Post author

      More than welcome, Bill! I love this part:

      I just played my first 18 after studying the MCS system with a satisfying result…

      That makes my day – keep up the good work!

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