I’d say that Sam Snead has the best self-taught swing of all time. It would be hard to argue, because I would actually rate his swing as on par with Jack Nicklaus’ swing, just that Nicklaus had a better over-all game to go with the swing.
But when you look at Snead’s swing, which he taught himself hitting rocks in the fields of Virginia, I would challenge you to find a better swing, period, let alone a better self-taught swing.
Of course, because he learned it by himself, it was a Classic Golf Swing action, because that is what you will do when learning how to swing naturally.
Here he is at 51 years of age, and imagine a Modern Golf Swing player being able to put the club on the ball at that age:
Aside from a slight bias complaint from a pure point of optimal mechanics, you can see Snead’s swing is a near-carbon-copy of the MCS swing model:
So many good things here:
- The free-swinging hips and lifting leading heel,
- The “Swinging Gate” of the left knee and thigh, past vertical,
- The head over the right side (a little more bias would have made me proclaim this a perfect setup and swing),
- Full and free release through impact and the swing bottom
Let’s look at the “3 To 9” phase, or just after the “Drop” going into the “And Pop,” and it is particularly tasty:
What some swing “gurus” might call “a little flippy,” is the proper mechanical action for releasing the club down and through – and this “flippy” action got Sam Snead 82 PGA Tour victories, including his last Tour win at the age of 52, meaning it was after this swing was shot on video!
All in all one of the greatest all-time swings and by far the greatest self-taught swing action you will ever see.
I didn’t invent the MCS Golf Swing model, you’ll all remember – I built the current model taking the swings of Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Mike Dunaway and other great swingers:
Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus
… and simply taking out their personal idiosyncratic things – what was left over was the model.
You will find all of the greatest swingers swinging more or less the way the MCS Golf Swing model has been built – because motion is motion and the principles of motion are universal.
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