I’ve been doing more exploration of the MCS Golf Swing model swinging with the left arm only while I rehab the rib injury and the more I focus on the hip and leg action with the “drop” action, the easier it is to click the SwingRite on increasingly lower settings.
While this doesn’t surprise me, it does show me how much room I had myself to improve my MCS Golf Swing – and my big point for the day is that the right bias of the model setup, combined with the “floating pivot” action that keeps the head stable on both the back pivot, or both perfect for creating that optimal leverage with minimal muscle effort in the upper body.
Notice I said “optimal,” there.
Anyone who swings a golf club is using leverage, but the less mechanically-sound the swing, the more muscle effort is needed to provide that leverage, whereas when one uses the optimal setup (that includes the right bias) and mechanical action (“floating pivot” with the free hip action and proper weight transfer on the transition), the less muscle effort is required.
What you see above in the “Drop” action on the transition is the role the inclined spine is playing – I can think “Hips & Legs” when transitioning down, but I can also simply think “Drop the hand!” as I shift the weight to the leading foot.
The reason I can use either or even both thoughts to achieve the same result is because of that tilted spine – if you long-time readers remember my describing the torso as a “barrel turning on a pole,” then you’ll get it.
A barrel turning around a pole through its center would be a make-shift winch, if you attached a rope to it.
Just listen to that “snap” action with what looks like a short and easy swing action:
That is the essential action that leverages the leading arm down with no effort through the hip and leg action, so no matter if I’m thinking of dropping the hand from the top or just firing the hips and legs, both thought produce the same action.
When you look at a judo throw, you see the thrower using his torso as a barrel to turn it and pull the opponent over that barrel, essentially “pulling” him up one side and dropping him down the other:
As the person reaches the point at the top and begins to descend, the thrower then can use the trailing arm to “push” him to the ground as he falls.
That is the “pull” and “push” of the golf swing.
This is the reason it’s important for even right-dominant “pushing” or “throwing” swingers to get the setup and pivot action right to use both side of the body together.
If you’re not in the optimal setup with the requisite mechanical action, you’ll then be forced to use more muscle effort in the “push” or “throw” action.
If you think of a heavy object that you want to toss sideways, say a metal bar – would you try to throw it with a two-handed action that is more “pushing” with the trailing arm, or would you trying to toss it with a turn of the torso to leverage it, again two-handed, but with more of a leading-side leverage action?
If you answer the latter, then you’re on the money!
If you’re a leading side “puller,” then this posting of course also applies, because the main source of issues with “pulling” swingers is that they’re not in the proper position to make that action without lateral motion.
If you can swing a club one-handed with your leading arm in the manner that I’m doing above, and you can do it with a stable head, then you will be able to engage your trailing arm through impact, even if it’s something you’re not used to.
Do it a few times correctly and then swing two-handed, and you’ll see what I mean.
Lastly, if you’re a hybrid swinger such as myself, who is primarily a “puller” to begin the down swing but a “pusher” from the “3 O’Clock” position through impact – this doubly applies!
The reason – you will transition seamlessly from pulling to pushing or throwing in the down swing, because even though you’re using two separate swing thoughts, you’re swinging with the whole body.
And it doesn’t get any simpler than that, my friends!
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