One of the things I can’t stress enough is the bias and tilt in the MCS Golf Swing setup, because if you look at the greatest swingers, certain principles are universal.
In fact, I set up a few principles a few years back while developing what is now the final MCS model, when I identified several universal swing principles for effective swinging, whether you want to swing exactly MCS or not.
Take the impact position and spine tilt. If you look at my impact position compared to Mike Dunaway’s, there is no denying that for mechanically-sound power production, you need that aspect:
In fact, I was surprised to see, when I compared the two positions, that Dunaway had even more spine tilt and right shoulder drop into impact than myself, even though my MCS model is the one with the right-biased setup and the right-tilted spine.
But it’s not just Dunaway – if you don’t think that looking at the great Father of Modern Long Drive isn’t enough, then just take a look at Ben Hogan’s and Jack Nicklaus’ impact positions:
Again, a very low right shoulder and the right-tilted spine position at impact.
A few years back, I pointed out that listening to the pundits on TV or taking their advice in the magazines and online publications could lead you wrong, as I found Nick Faldo advising people to swing with level and turning shoulders through impact.
There was only one problem with that – here is Sir Nick in a golf swing at impact:
if you want to look at the greatest Modern Golf Swing player of all time at his greatest (in the ’99 – ’02 period), you will only see more of the same thing at impact with Tiger Woods:
Tiger’s issue of course wasn’t his impact position but rather his planted leading heel on the back pivot which eventually destabilized his left knee after years of strain, as well as the back issues that arose when he began to swing from a left-biased and vertical spine position, which he’s still doing now:
… and you can see the major moving and shifting he has to do to get from his setup position to impact, and the subsequent spine-crunch through impact.
Years of lower back torquing on the back pivot were bad enough, but to then move to a vertical spine position at address, only to slam the head down and right with the hips firing left… I called his swing model the “Back-Breaker” in the years before he actually did the deed, you’ll recall, and it had nothing to do with his impact position but everything that he did before that.
But as you can see clearly, the right-tilted spine and low right shoulder are universal features of a proper and powerful swing, however you choose to get there from the setup.
But the road to injury is paved with improper setup and mechanics, not any one position, and if you really want to get the maximum out of your swing, you’ll start backward from the proper impact position and, I’m betting, you’ll find that the MCS Golf Swing model setup is the optimal way from which to start!
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