My Most Leveraged Swing Model – The Aha Moment

I have so many swings on file in my archives, it is always a treat to go back to a particular month or year to look at what I was doing in my swing research.

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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10 thoughts on “My Most Leveraged Swing Model – The Aha Moment

  1. Mr. McJohn

    I notice your trailing foot isn’t flared much, which might explain the trailing leg and lifting heel problem. Of course, that’s not what you were working on, but it’s just an observation.

    My right foot does the same thing on occasion, because I orientate my feet open, which doesn’t allow me to turn. I think a closed stance helps a bit with the trailing foot issue of mine, but it’s difficult to change a long-term habit.

    1. D Watts Post author

      It doesn’t have much to do with the flare of the foot, MMJ – it’s more the set of the legs and hips at address. Granted, the flared foot makes it much easier to roll onto the inside edge coming down and through before the heel eventually comes up, but the early lift wasn’t due to insufficient flare.

      I’m working on it and I’ll see if I’ve got it licked next time out!

  2. Roger Blinn

    DJ Your swing now looks similar to Mike Dunaway, Mike Austin I think would of been proud

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks for the kind words, Roger – but I think I have further to go before any comparisons to Dunaway are made 😉

  3. Bill Swan

    DJ-Moe Norman kept his trailing foot on the ground through impact with the lead leg braced, not extended up. Seemed to work pretty well.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Bill!

      Let me say first off, I love the way WAX Golf readers have become analytical in their own right when it comes to swing mechanics. Love it.

      That said, you are correct about Moe, but I also have a flexed leading knee through impact. I never have the leading leg completely straight, even at address, and at impact, I have it quite flexed due to the nature of weight shift and leverage.

      I actually wrote a post about it a while back on how Mike Dunaway had this

      Keep of looking though, and don’t be afraid to share your thoughts in the comments, everyone! 😀

      1. Bill Swan

        Yes, we like to keep you on your toes. I mean off your toes.
        That’s the sangria talking.

        1. D Watts Post author

          That’s the sangria talking.

          It was fish & chips with German beer for me last night! Cheers.

      2. Mr. McJohn

        I think if we use the hips and legs to power the entire stroke, a flexed left knee makes sense in the finish. I don’t know really, but it would seem to me that if you use the arms or upper body to initiate the action, then it becomes difficult for the lower body not to snap into extension.

        My knee was always flexed in my finish. When I swing, it normally just extends enough to turn my hips around, but never more. I think a smooth finish is required. I also feel that when you follow through like McIlroy and most of the modern players, where the club goes around their necks, it’s impossible not to spin out to some degree, or without twisting the back.

        I think in an effort to understand this further, I’ll need to study it more. Any swing models you find are good to study?

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