It’s one thing to say, “a tight pivot will give you as much power or more than one that is less tight or looser,” and it’s another thing to actually prove it, as I did…
It’s another kettle of fish altogether however to know why and how the tighter pivot is greater than a looser one, and the reason or mechanism was staring me right in the face!
I talked last year about how the 2nd Lever in the 3 Levers of the MCS Golf Swing had to do with the extension of the trailing arm in the elbow, providing the beginning of the “Pop” in the “Drop & Pop” action:
If you look at the trailing arm action from the “3 O’Clock” position above, down and through impact, it’s obvious that the elbow is extending the arm through to the “9 O’Clock” position, no one would argue other, correct?
And the motion is akin to this, if you isolated the trailing arm:
Now, there’s nothing new in any of this, if you’re a WAX Golf reader and MCS swinger – however, I’ve been thinking about the above points while swinging my SwingRite during this off-season.
I noticed that the better I got at making that tight pivot, essentially the “Big Legs, Little Arms” action, the more explosive my extension was into the bottom of the down swing.
From there, as I made the back pivots over and over, looking at everything in the motion from the leg and hip to the trailing arm action, it hit me:
Mike Dunaway Swings Down The Line
Mike Dunaway, of course, had a tight pivot, and this is how he was able to produce long-drive distance with what looked like a regular golf swing and using regular-length shafts, instead of the long-shafted driver commonly used by long drivers today.
So, let’s look at another very long driver in his heyday, John Daly, who was so much longer than his peers in the 90’s that it was almost funny:
Long John Daly Goes After It
I’d have to say, most people would call this a “far from tight” back swing pivot action, with that club shaft virtually pointing at the ground at the top, would you agree?
Well, believe it or not, according to what I’ve been working on, Daly’s back swing was just as “tight” as Dunaway’s, in the manner where it matters most, regardless of where the shaft is pointing at the top.
It’s the reason Daly was able to have a swing plane that was neutral, instead of way over the top, coming down from that extreme top position.
The secret is in knowing how the 2nd Lever works and how to maximize it, because the key factor in all of this is the Push vs Pull concept and…
I actually tried swinging the SwingRite in the same manner as Daly above, and from what the feedback told me, it was no less leveraged than the very short and tight “Dunaway” type of back swing pivot and top position.
More to come!
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