I’ve been working on my pivot in the down days of the off-season and once again, because I’m always lagging behind the MCS Golf Swing theory in practice, I’m only now beginning to really get into the “tight pivot” aspects of the leveraged down swing.
It’s something I’ve learned to live with – because of the nature of studying motion and analyzing swings, I always figure out the mechanics first with regards to the way I would tell people to do it, and it takes a while before I get around myself to applying the principles properly.
Since I don’t play golf for a living, that suits me fine – I don’t mind if people get the benefit of my research for their own swings before I do, because I eventually get there myself.
Right now, I’m looking at the “Push” or “Throw” part of the “Drop & Pop” but it all goes back to the setup and the back swing pivot to set this move up properly.
I think that those of you who have been here throughout the years and know all about the “throw” release concept (you swing the club as if throwing it with the power or trailing arm) will be as excited as I am about this!
Here are two different “Throw” motions, the first of which is a “skipping stone” motion:
You’ll find that the “skipping stone” motion I am using above is not very different from the “throw release” action demonstrated by Mike Austin back in the 60’s:
So, what does all of this have to do with the concept of the “One Major Move” and the “tight pivot,” since those are back swing concepts and the “throw release” is a down swing concept?
I introduced the concept of the “tight pivot” this past season, which I discussed in the “MCS – The Kinetic Chain” video, and as with all of my discoveries on mechanics, I like to break everything down and re-assemble it, to see if there’s anything else I can find therein, or even if I can simplify a motion or sequence further.
That’s what happened with the “One Major Move” – I had figured out and explained the concept behind the “One Major Move” last year before getting around this year to distilling the concept and action to its basic form.
There is mechanical-correctness, I’ve been saying, and there is mechanical-optimal, and why stop at simple correctness when optimal gives you better performance?
Therefore, the only way to improve your “throw” or “push” action in the “Pop” segment of the “Drop & Pop” is to optimize your back pivot and top position.
As for throwing motions, here is a motion below from a video on the MCS swing motion that goes back to 2013, in the “New MCS” series on the swing action:
Notice that I was able to nail a ball sitting on the ground in the rough area it would be for the driver, throwing another golf ball at it.
I went back this morning to look at the two latter gifs (and I made the “skipping stones” gif today) because I had an “aha” moment swinging the SwingRite yesterday.
What I saw in those “throw” gifs this morning made me go back and look at the Father of Modern Long Drive, Mr. Mike Dunaway, and what I see in his swing confirms my “aha” moment:
I will be doing some more mechanical analysis and then some personal testing at the TXG Golf facility in the coming weeks, and I’ll have more for you all then if my suspicions bear fruit.
I have no doubt what I’ll find however – my personal journey (figuring out, creating a model and then performing the ultimate and optimal golf swing) is taking yet another step to bring me closer to fulfillment!
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