I mean, I did after all change my own outside-in club path to an inside out path by tightening my back swing top position, but I discovered something today while checking out my “measurement” in my setup practice (which is as important to practice as actual swinging).
I can say that, yes, you will improve your swing path and striking by making your setup as close to optimal as you can make it.
Yes, you will eliminate a lot of swing path problems with a tighter top position, however…
I found that I could easily get the club head outside of the target line while swinging back if I did it deliberately, and not only that, I had no problem creating an outside-in down swing path into the swing bottom even if I had made a perfectly tight back swing pivot.
The issue here is a physical one – without the proper sequencing from the top, even a “perfect” top position won’t get you to impact properly.
Proper Sequence Required!
There is always a hazard that someone who does something long enough will eventually get to a place where it seems so “easy,” for want of a better word, that they will overlook the many ways in which one can still “mess it up” if one hasn’t reached that level oneself.
This is a reason many people who are very good at something fail at teaching, or struggle at the very least.
Just because someone has figured something out doesn’t make it easy – all it means is that they’ve figured it out.
I fall into the same trap myself, having obsessed over the golf swing and mechanics for over a decade – now that I’ve figured out the optimal model (and if it isn’t, I have a standing challenge for anyone to point out the mechanical flaw in the MCS Golf Swing model or to explain how to make it function better with the human body), doesn’t make it “easy.”
So, when I bang my own head against the wall asking “how could it have taken me so long to get this?” I am falling into the same trap – others have spent a lifetime working on the golf swing and never figured out whatever was giving them personal fits.
There’s an old story about how, when Moe Norman played a few PGA Tour events in the 60’s, people would gather to watch him hit balls on the range. Ben Hogan, having declared that you could only hit the ball dead straight by fluke, checked him out one day for a few moments and every ball that Moe hit, Ben said, “fluke…”
Eventually he walked away, telling Moe to “keep hitting those flukes, kid…”
So, the moral of that story for me is that even Ben Hogan didn’t know everything there was to know about mechanics, or he would have solved his hooking problems in a manner other than how he did.
I hope that doesn’t make me a hypocrite when I criticize well-known “swing gurus” – the very reason I would fault them on something they don’t understand is because they are so-called “swing gurus.”
In that regards, I would expect them to know what I’ve figured out in 13 years of part-time research (a few of those years full-time, admittedly), while they’ve done nothing else their entire lives and command teaching fees that cross the line into ridiculous.
I mean, if I as a white-belt had to explain to my Brazilian Jui-Jitsu instructor how to perform a competent side-mount escape, I might question his credentials!
Great Release… No Flip…
So, when a well-known “swing guru” calls a perfectly good swing release “flippy,” I hope I am forgiven if my critique of said guru is what some might call harsh.
But I digress – the point of this blog posting is to tell anyone who swears they are following the proper procedures and still not getting good contact or speed – if you’re not doing something improper in your setup, then it’s in your mechanics, and that should give you hope.
I’ve been able to drive the ball prodigious distances even before I ever set out on my swing research journey – I reached a 550 yard par 5 hole with Driver and 5 iron my first summer taking lessons (1997), just two years after picking up a club.
That same summer, I drove through a 325 yard par 4 hole with a generic 3 metal, and I scored an 80, and broke 80 the next summer… but those were highlights.
1998 – Work, Work, Work…
Side Note: Am I ever glad that I didn’t swing the way I was in 1998 for many years, because I would surely have hurt something…
It took me 13 years of swing research to iron out all of the things I wasn’t doing properly in my swing – because as long as I could get the ball out there, I never knew where it was going to go until it was in the air, which was what set me on the journey to begin with.
For some, it might come quickly, for others, it may take longer – but I don’t believe it’s impossible to learn how to swing a golf club in a mechanically-sound manner.
What it takes is the commitment to make the changes, and to not give up when it seems you’ll never get it.
I had resigned myself, even as short a time ago as six months, that my particular quirks with the golf swing would always have me swinging a little steep and a tad outside-in, however well I struck the ball.
But guess what? I looked at what I was doing and I wasn’t following my own model in the back swing pivot to the top, and as well, on the transition coming down.
I still swing sometimes for what seems like hours when I’m working in my home office and get up to stretch out – even with my cracked ribs, I swing as easily as will allow me to still do it, and I am still marveling at the changes I’ve been able to make the past few months to get closer to the MCS Golf Swing optimal model.
If I had given up, I’d never have got it.
I have done very well in other sports and performed better than or as well as people who had much more athletic ability than I – but once I put my mind to something, I was determined to do it as well as I possibly could.
So, I would say that persistence and determination are much more valuable tools than talent.
And that’s all I have to say about that!
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