Swing Angle Is Paramount For Efficient Leverage

When I talk about the “swing angle,” I mean that you must get the arms, hands and club behind you with the tightest position possible for the most efficient leverage generation.

You can see how efficiently one is leveraging the club when looking at the trailing heel at impact, for example.

While a high trailing heel impact is not a mechanical or swing flaw, per se, what it shows is inefficiency in the down swing leverage, because the high heel means that the hips have had to aggressively rotate the hips to leverage the arms down.

When you get the proper top position with the correct “angle,” then the simple transfer of the weight to the leading heel and subsequent hip turn are efficiently leveraging the arms down to the “3 O’Clock” position with nothing more than the muscle action of the hips and legs!

This is something I needed to work on myself as well – when I couldn’t swing two-handed and could only swing with the leading left arm, I found it took a lot more effort to click my SwingRite (and sometimes I couldn’t get it to click at all), when I didn’t get “deep”into the right hip on the back pivot.

So, if you’re working on your MCS Golf Swing pivot action, here are some steps that will likely increase your leverage immediately:

  • Address Setup – make sure of the right bias and that shoulder tilt, and if you have to, perform the “knee-touch-test” every time you’re practicing the swing. I do that myself, so it isn’t something that is a beginner-level move
  • Avoid trying to stretch your back pivot “up the line,” and make sure you’re getting that right hip and shoulder behind you when you activate your hips & legs
  • Use the hips & legs on the transition to leverage that club, avoid thinking of any “turning” action whatsoever – if you’re turning, you’re failing. I like to think of going from square to the target line at address, to firing the hips and legs but only returning the shoulders back to square into impact!

Those 3 bullet points above are about all I work on when swinging, either one-handed or with both, because I have found that it is almost ridiculously easy to click the SwingRite on whatever setting I have it on when I follow those three principles.

Remember that, if you do it correctly, you will have very little movement in the leading arm with regards to the chest/torso from address to the top – if you were in your proper setup, the arm would be moving across your chest within its natural range of motion, say from where it is to the hand coming somewhere near or over the right knee vertical line.

If you were to stand vertical and hang the arm down the left leg area, it would move across to the right knee area.  Of course, natural range of motion will vary for the individual.

Mike Dunaway was doing pretty this exact thing when he would demonstrate how the pivot did all the work, when he would cock his wrist first before swinging back with his left arm:

He didn’t actually swing like that, but the demonstration is in what the left arm is doing during the pivot – not much at all, with the hips & legs doing the pivot work.

The arm shouldn’t separate, and if you are wondering how on earth you get a good top position with the leading arm only moving across the chest without separating, then you likely have 2 things improperly working, at the minimum – the proper setup with the right bias and tilt, and the proper hip/leg action in the pivot.

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There are of course people who can swing very effectively and play great golf violating one or both of these two conditions, but I’m talking about optimal setup and mechanics here – just because someone else can do something a certain way doesn’t make it the way to do it, and that rule is universal in sports.

Proper and optimal mechanics are things all people in sports and skill games strive for, so if it isn’t important to you, then you’re leaving a lot of improvement on the table when you walk away from the practice area.

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