I’ve said since my early days in golf swing research and analysis that modern golf instructors and “gurus” seem to be trying to tell people that the rules of athletic motion are somehow different in golf as opposed to other sports.
That of course is so wrong as to be laughable, but I’m not the one trying to sell it, I’m just saying that athletic motion is athletic motion.
Take the proper action of the power arm and extension with release – modern “experts” will say that a proper release is “flippy” or “casting,” but if you look at the closest thing to a golf swing in another sport, you’ll see that the proper extension and release are what I’m saying you need to do for proper golf swing technique.
First, I noted that any good baseball swing coach will tell you that the power in the baseball swing is generated by the hips and legs. Any swing coach who would tell you otherwise isn’t coaching the best swingers in the world, I can assure you.
Now, take another look at Giancarlo Stanton, whose baseball swing I used to illustrate that you don’t jump into the air to “use the ground,” and his swing will show you something else if you’re not convinced of proper extension and release.
Taking a look above, first of all you’ll see a nice tight back pivot position – the elbow is “flying”, yes – but that’s just a shoulder rotation of the humerus (the upper arm), and before the actual swing, the shoulder rotates to drop the elbow into that nice tight position.
The part of extension I want you look at is what the right arm is doing after Stanton’s elbow reaches his waist – does he jam that elbow into the hip and try to swing by turning into the ball with it like that, or does that arm extended and “pop” through the ball?
The above gif. and this picture will give you the obvious answer:
Second question – does Stanton “stiff-wrist” the ball with the wrists locked, or does that right wrist “roll” over the left, turning the barrel and not keeping it from rotating?
Watch any baseball swinger and you’ll see the same thing. Watch the best in the world, and you’ll see MCS action, plain and simple.
So, the most important part of getting that great extension and release through the “3 To 9” phase of the swing, the “Pop” in the “Drop & Pop,” is of course getting your setup right.
That’s actually more important in golf than any other sport where you’re reacting to a moving ball.
I would liken it almost but not quite the same as a tennis serve, where you’re hitting a moving ball, but the setup and toss are equally important.
After that, the back pivot is crucial, as is getting a nice “tight” position at the top, so you can simply “Drop” that upper body into position in the way a baseball player rotates the shoulder to drop the humerus and elbow into the hip:
Then you extend and release through the swing bottom the way a baseball player extends and releases through the ball.
Most of this is in the hips & legs of course, but the principle of the “One Major Move” that I introduced in the “E = MCS” swing video is the part you want to make sure you’re getting, and it is exhaustively dealt with in the entire video series.
Example: If you’re unclear on the exact nature of the extension and release, refer to that part of the video and of course, you can enhance your understanding by re-watching the part on the “3 Levers” in the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video.
And if you’re not quite sure you’re getting the top position nice and tight, and what “tight” means, of course that is all covered in the simplified “One Major Move” section of “MCS – The Kinetic Chain,” the 3rd video of the series in which I break the move down part by part.
My personal issue with the swing has to do with the fact that I’ve had to research, analyze swinging and motion (since the Modern Golf Swing industry is more interested in trying to re-invent the wheel instead of sticking with fundamental and proper motion), build the proper swing model and explain it, which I do in my blogging and videos.
That means my personal execution is always lagging behind my theory, but all of the stuff I’ve been discussing in recent weeks, again, is nothing new to MCS – I’m just catching myself up in my own swing with the model in theory, and using the same principles I’ve outlined in those videos.
I’ll know I’m there when my down swing looks like this man’s:
That of course is Mike Dunaway, the smoothest swinger I’ve ever seen, and the father of Modern Long Drive in addition to being the prototype tester for the eventual Callaway Big Bertha driver.
I’ve done some pretty cool things with my swing, but I still think my best swinging days are ahead of me, and all I have to do is bring my setup and motion to match those of the MCS Golf Swing model theory!
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