I could consider the 2018 season to have been a complete waste of time if I went by my posting from December of last year where I said I’d found my “leverage niche.” using the SwingRite training tool in my off-time.
It wasn’t a waste however, even though the “feel” I was describing didn’t translate into my actual swing once I got back out of doors – that would have been a waste if not for the fact that the tighter pivot concept from last summer was my traveling the road from “feel” to “real.”
I had a “feel” in the pivot and action with the SwingRite last December that was giving me the down swing sequence with the flat trailing foot through the swing bottom à la Mike Dunaway:
If you’re wondering about my obsession with the flat-foot impact position with the trailing foot, it’s because I know what the mechanics mean – full and complete leverage and application of “push” power with the 2nd Lever or right arm.
Of course, while swinging the SwingRite, I was able to duplicate that right arm and foot action through the swing bottom, but I wasn’t tight enough in my right side pivot action, which leads to the trailing heel coming up prior to impact.
As you can see below, even when I got tighter with the pivot and turned my outside-in natural power fade impact club path to the nearly-perfectly neutral in-to-out club path, I was still lifting early with the trailing heel:
Granted, I got tight enough in my top position to get these kinds of results, as alluded to above:
Now, if you look at the actual theoretical pivot that I demonstrated in the “E = MCS” swing video last year, I had no problem making it that tight on a demo swing:
So, if I had taken the time to actually look at and study my top position with the SwingRite last December, I might have noticed that when I made my SwingRite swings and even on practice or demo swings with a real club, I was nailing the “tight” pivot top position:
Dunaway vs DJ At The Top
Aside from the fact that my still shot was taken at an angle and Dunaway’s from directly down the line, you would see almost no difference in the two positions if viewed from the same angle, except I have a bigger hip turn than Dunaway with his very low leading heel.
To repeat, it wasn’t a planted heel, just a very minimal lift:
… and I’ve even mused that Dunaway could have been even longer than he was, with a higher heel lift (and thus more hip turn on the pivot).
Getting back to this year’s work – I was frustrated at season’s end that I hadn’t yet got my swing mechanics to where I knew they could be based on my SwingRite work, but then I did something I should have done a year ago.
I went over and over the pivot action that I felt was the most leveraged, “in the niche,” if you will, and this time, I actually looked at what my right side and arm were doing.
Then, I took the feel and began to make swings without trying to do anything other than duplicate the feel, and that’s when the revelation hit me on exactly what “optimally tight” actually was for me in my pivot action.
Now, some swingers never solve their personal issues, whether it’s a steep down swing plane or an outside-in club path, a hook or flying foot at impact – I have, in the course of my swing research, solved every problem that arose in my own swing and this last issue of the early lifting trailing heel was the last one.
So, now that I’ve isolated this issue, I can put it all together and understand why my actual swing action never duplicated the practice and training swings.
And that, my friends, was well worth the year’s wait, considering that for some, that solution never comes!
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