I would also break my research progress down into at least 2, if not 3 separate phases.
The first phase was when I was looking solely at other swing models trying to figure out if they were the “perfect” model to emulate in terms of address, mechanics, etc.
That would have been from ’05 to the spring of ’13, when I stopped looking at any one model as the one to emulate and began my own modeling.
There would be a second and short phase from then – the “New MCS” era and video – to a little over a year later when I began to really look closely at Ben Hogan’s pivot action (the “Perfect Pivot”), then the last phase of late 2014 to early 2015, when I built the model that is today’s MCS Golf Swing model.
Very little in it has changed since the “MCS Ultimate Leverage” video, other than minor adjustments and of course the evolving methods of explaining the address and pivot/down swing actions.
The swing below is from that second era, and from the first truly separate swing model that I build using my athletic experience and years of swing research to that point, and some of you out there still follow the “New MCS” method of swinging, because it was very, very leveraged and powerful:
I have omitted the address and primary pivot move because they are so different from what the MCS model looks like now, it can be distracting, but looking at the above, gif., it is very easy to see that, even before I studied Ben Hogan’s pivot action, I was performing the “Perfect Pivot” action, more or less, with the hips and legs.
You can also see the seamless leveraging from the top down to impact, with no loss of position or level or any jumping/snapping legs or feet – and I was able to get that leverage action because of how I had set up the New MCS address position.
That position was not optimal, which is why I’m not showing it above, but the only things really making it not optimal were the pushed-forward hands:
Aside from the address, when you look at the swing from the “3 O’Clock” position on the back pivot to the end, there are only a few things I would change – the top position with the arm angle and over-cocked wrists, the very flexed right knee, and the impact position with the very high heel:
All of these things fall within the purview of the way I have set up the existing MCS swing model – in fact, my frustration with the impact position and the lifting trailing heel, stem from my not following my own model closely enough.
Here is where I am at the moment while I work at home on the change I’m making to my setup before my next swing session:
The lifting heel at impact is not a swing flaw – I was doing nothing mechanically incorrect in the above swing – it’s just not optimal, and I’ve moved beyond wanting a mechanically-correct swing action to wanting to see how close to optimal I can get it.
So, I am saying that the way I leveraged the club in the above gif. is perfectly doable without the things I don’t like about how I swung the club back in the summer of 2013, and all I have to do is what I’m doing below, with an adjustment to my address position!
It is possible to have a very powerful swing action with a back swing that isn’t as long as the one from 2013 – what made that swing so powerful was not the length of the back swing, but the leverage I was able to apply from the top to impact.
If you compare the position of my left arm at the top, in spite of the way-past parallel aspect of the shaft, the arms aren’t that much further behind me in ’13 than in ’19.
Not only that, when I get that flex out of the right knee on a proper pivot (as I said last posting, I was working on one particular thing and the leg action wasn’t it), which will disappear with a better address leg setup before swinging, I will likely have the arms as far behind me as in ’13, but with a better top arm and wrist position.
That’s my supposition, at least. So, I’ll be back out next week putting together my puzzle pieces in quest to combine all aspects of the MCS Golf Swing model in its optimal form.
More to come!
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