The reason for the increase in speed is because I’ve improved my adherence to the same model principles I’ve laid out – you can do it in varying degrees of adherence, and the closer you get to the model, the better you will swing.
So, what did I do with the left-arm-only swing that made it pop after a week or two? I’ll give a brief list below:
- I made sure of my spine tilt,
- Ensured the proper tight left arm position at the address or pre-swing,
- Got a really tight pivot action with the shoulders using the hip & leg action and most importantly,
- Performed a pure “drop” instead of trying to turn with the shoulders to swing down and through!
So let’s unpack it all.
The spine tilt is crucial to the address/impact correlation, because what the Modern Golf Swing gurus don’t seem to understand is that a proper impact position, all the way back to Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan before him, is a low trailing shoulder and a high leading shoulder:
And the first thing I noticed when I took my first video shot of my left-arm-only swing after posting on it was… not even tilt before the swing:
You’ll remember my demonstration showing that a proper spine and shoulder tilt are what leverage the club down and through, instead of the inferior method of trying to swing the club by turning the body and shoulders.
It takes far less effort and produces more leverage power when you use that hip and leg action with the spine and shoulder tilt rather than a turning action:
So I adjusted that, and then I began to focus on raising the hand and arm with the pivot action instead of physically raising the arm itself.
Remember that with a mechanically-optimal pivot and swing, the leading arm moves very little during the back swing and down swing to the bottom.
So far so good, because the 3rd bullet point above is only possible with the 2nd bullet point having been addressed.
Then, I really focused on the “drop” action, which I mentioned earlier was powered by the hip & leg action with the shift to the leading foot.
All of that made the swing pop, because when you put it all together properly, you get tremendous leverage using the legs and body instead of upper body and arm muscle exertion.
The reason I can’t swing two-handed with the cracked ribs has nothing to do with muscle exertion – it’s the simple raising of the right arm in the back pivot, and then the resultant strain of the momentum post-bottom that pulls on the right side that are the issue.
The fact that I’m able to swing at all, even with just the left arm, with cracked ribs on my right rib-cage would tell you how little upper body muscle exertion I’m using to swing!
The proper pivot moves the left arm and the same hips and legs leverage it back down, and the tighter the pivot, the more everything is taken care of by proper lower body action.
Do it from a proper and optimal setup, with the requisite tight arm and adequate spine tilt you start feeling that it takes very little effort to make the SwingRite click.
That’s because we stand, walk and run all day using our hips and legs, so a simple proper golf pivot should be effortless compared to anything else we do with our muscles.
There are some really cool things I’ve uncovered with the MCS Golf Swing model simply by studying the model itself and what I personally have been doing and adjusting.
There is plenty of biomechanical proof behind the model that I built using the study of the greatest swingers and my own athletic experience and instincts.
I’m just now uncovering the hard proof, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with WAX Nation when I’m back in swing shape!
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