I’ve been exploring the pivot since my rib injury left me unable to swing two-handed for most of the post-New Year winter, but as I said a few weeks back, there’s a silver lining to that cloud.
Unable to swing right-handed, I was swinging for a few weeks left-arm-only, which made me really focus on the relationship to the leading side and the hip action on the back pivot.
Having now recovered sufficiently to swing two-handed, I’ve discovered that I may have a “3 Gears” system for the pivot:
- The first one being a “stock swing” action for playing golf,
- The second a more vigorous, “crank it up a notch” action for when you need to let it out a little either on the tee or from the fairway (but still a “playing” swing),
- And the 3rd – an all-out long-driving type of action.
Now, one might be tempted to say, “there are gears for everyone in a golf swing,” and I agree – however most “gears” when people talk about this have more to do with effort level of the same motion (75% vs 90% full swing effort).
For the first two gears of the MCS model I’m currently working on – there is a different action of the hips & legs for each (both within the MCS model of mechanics of course), which serve to get a certain degree of hip and shoulder turn with a controlled “playing swing” action, and I can dial either of these separate actions up and down with regards to effort level within each one!
The 3rd of course is a more long-drive type of pivot action, taking the extra gear of the second swing action and adding even more hip and shoulder turn with yet another tweak to the pivot, for maximum speed and leverage – and I can’t think of any reason to swing less than 100% with this 3rd gear when you would simply use the 1st or 2nd gear to swing easier.
All of this came about as I was exploring my new concept of what comprises a “tight” position at the top of the back pivot, and from there, I discovered that I could create different “gears” in the pivot using the hips & legs, all while keeping that top position tight.
Remember my discussion of how John Daly, even with that super-long back swing, has a very tight top position, which allowed him to play and win on the PGA Tour instead of just dabbling in long driving:
Daly – Tight!
I should therefore theoretically get 3 different yardages swinging full-out in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears, all without having to manipulate the swing mechanics or effort level, which I think is pretty nifty!
I will have more, including hard numbers, when I can get back out swinging, which I imagine will be in the next week or two (no snow remaining, the ground is thawed and temps next week should be in the double-digit C or above 50 F which, in Canada, is golfing weather).
Right now, I’m just going over the gears and waiting for the ranges and facilities to open up so I can myself back into some semblance of swing shape, and then the fun will begin in ’19!!
Of course, the better one’s technique, the less physical conditioning is required to be in “swing shape,” but as always, with high-speed swinging, you don’t want to risk injury, no matter how good the technique may be.
Won’t be long now, my friends, and I’ll soon be getting into the nitty-gritty of my winter work with real-time swings (and the discussions thereupon)… can’t wait!
More to come.
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