Leading Side Leverage = Pulley/Winch/Gears

Because of the nature of the difference between the body and actual machines, it’s not a perfect analogy, but you can consider this – when used properly, the leading side produces leverage for the down swing that is akin to a pulley or winch, which emulates the gear action of a machine.

The closest analogy would be a pure pulley action, but you could also think of winches and gears.

Here’s the deal – we get a lot of swinging and swingers with good use of either their leading or power side, but they do not use both sides in the optimal manner.

So, while you can produce good power and even consistency in ball-striking by becoming adept in using one or the other side for your swing – when you get them both going properly, it’s game, set and match.

Using Both Sides – Optimal


The leading side is the pulley or winch that powers the down swing and combines with the “pushing” or “throwing” action of the power or trailing arm to super-charge that swing in the manner of kicking up the gears.

I have myself always used leading side leverage, being a lefty swinging right-handed.

Where I’ve struggled has been, first to implement the right side to begin with, and then how to combine it with the leading side.

Now that I’ve found my stance and positional niches in the MCS Golf Swing model (remember, the closer you get to the model, the more machine-like you will become in your mechanics), I am actually seeing and feeling the pulley/winch/gear effect of using both sides optimally.

I’ve got pretty good swings on video, but none I would rate A-1 – they’re the best I could make at the time, but the best one can do, can always be improved upon until, theoretically, you can go no further.

Pretty Good… But Not The Best…


And let’s face it – who can’t get better over time if they work on perfecting their technique?

Ben Hogan was obsessive about his technique and ball-striking, and I’d bet that even he felt that he could do better – it was why he spent all day, every day, practicing, when he wasn’t playing.

In fact, if you look at Cameron Champ, who is wowing the golf world with his power and length, you can see that even he could improve his swing, and not by a little – that is not an insult, just a fact when I look at his swing:


It’s never a question of my saying “I can do better than this fellow,” it’s always a matter of my assessing a swing based on mechanics and offering my opinion on its efficacy.

f you’re going to ask me, “Why would Cameron Champ want to improve his golf swing, having already won an event in his rookie season and out-driving his peers by a country mile?”

I would answer, “Because natural ability declines with age, and not only will your performance suffer as you get older, you’ll be at higher risk of injury than if your swing was mechanically-optimal.  So, you can play at a higher level as you age, with a better swing, and you will avoid or decrease the risk of unnecessary injury!”

Two reasons right there, if you want them.

Now, there will be those who will get to a certain level and say, “Good enough,” and there’s nothing wrong with that, other than it would be an attitude that very few of the greatest champions have ever had in any endeavor.

If “good enough” is good enough for you, then you are fortunate, because you’ll never know the acid taste of dis-satisfaction when you’re doing something and, no matter how good others may feel you are, you know it’s not the best, and that’s what you’re striving to attain.

For me, “good enough” is never an option, because I have always worked, whatever sport in which I was competing, at being the best, and “good” simply was never good enough.

And that’s where the golf swing model and working on one’s swing comes in – if you think you’re good enough, you get to go out and play, but you really have no cause to complain about not being better if you’re not going to work on it.

If being the best or getting as close to perfect is what you’re after, then I have good news for you – I’m on it, and while the MCS Golf Swing model has been completed as a model for a couple of years now, I’m still working on my own swing within the model, and I’ll be continuing to explain and show what I’m doing to improve, and what you can do, and how to do, to travel this journey with me.

Right now, I’m just waiting on my wrist and ribs to heal from the falling injuries I’ve incurred over the Holiday Season, and then we’ll get a little further down this road together.

More to come!


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8 thoughts on “Leading Side Leverage = Pulley/Winch/Gears

  1. Mr. McJohn

    Cameron looks like he won’t make it into his late 20s with a swing like that. He’ll be in a wheelchair before we know it

    1. D Watts Post author

      He’s made a little change from the first time I saw him in the U.S. Open ’17 time-frame, but yes, I am concerned for his lower back with that swing. Especially knowing he already had some back issues even while in college.

      As with all modern swingers, and especially the power swingers – the clock is ticking…

    2. Chief Cowpie

      Hopefully in a few years the PGA Tour will end it’s idiotic repression of not not allowing golf carts on tour and so Cameron will be able to continue his involvement with golf as a caddie.

      1. D Watts Post author

        He could still last a while before injuring himself – I don’t think he’s on the verge of catastrophe. Just that, the older he gets, the more incremental damage he’ll be incurring where he’s putting strain body.

        TW swings as hard as anyone else but he was 38 before his back injury occurred. Of course, that was a result of all the compensations he was making in his swing due to the main problem for years – the left knee, which required multiple surgeries from college onward.

        So, I’m not predicting CC is going to cripple himself and I certainly am not rooting for it – it’s the risk he is taking as well as the potential injuries to those who try to emulate his particular style of action.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Apologies for the delayed response, JJ – I haven’t traveled abroad since my half-dozen trips Stateside back in ’16, now that I’ve returned to running the blog on a part-time basis.

      I’ve been working since then on examining the model to optimize it rather than just having it be a mechanically-correct model – if and when I get back to the swing full-time, I’ll be sure to swing by the Atlanta area if demand makes it feasible! 🙂

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