We recently had some convo in the comments section regarding my frustration with how the optimal MCS Golf Swing model has a flat-to-very-low trailing heel at impact (for leveraging and “using the ground”purposes).
Once again, my failure to execute the swing to achieve this stems from my not following my own dictates with the model.
Sometimes, you really need to step back and ask yourself, “Am I doing this properly, or do I just think I’m doing it properly?”
I did that after my 2nd range session last week and having been off for 9 months is no excuse – I simply wasn’t setting up in the very manner I describe in the “E = MCS” video with regards to Impact vs Address.
There’s nothing wrong with the setup, if you’re speaking mechanically, but it was a setup that, when I checked my “Address vs Impact,” was inevitably going to have the trailing heel coming up during the down swing prior to impact:
I’ve gone over it and over it, and that’s all it has been – I was setting up and expecting a result that was not going to be possible with the setup, unless I did something to manipulate the swing.
And you all know how I feel about swinging with compensations and manipulations, however well you’re striking it – courting disaster!!
Not only that, I found that the same setup would cause a pull or pull hook if I did try to come into impact with a flat trailing heel, because the natural impact position with the setup I was using has a raised heel.
In case you’re wondering what in Hades all of this is about, I will explain it once I’ve verified what I’m pretty sure was the issue, in my next swing session.
The name of the game, as with any other sport, is to make your technique as natural and unconscious (un-manipulated) as possible, because that’s what happens when you’re in competition.
The more mechanically-sound you can make your swing, and the more you practice it, the more unconsciously you can swing on the course. Because, we all know what happens when you start thinking about your swing mechanics while playing – absolute mental chaos…
My personal issues with the golf swing have always been that, as someone who played numerous sports in my youth, I learned to practice technique until it became 2nd nature and just react while on the field/court/diamond/track.
With the golf swing, I could train myself to swing very well in terms of ball-striking, distance and accuracy, while on the range, because that was my focus – the problem was that the Modern Golf Swing principles I was taught are nothing more than a series of compensations, one after the other, to get around swinging naturally with a free hip turn and lifting leading heel.
The minute I got into a “game situation,” that is on the course, trying to bring home a score, everything would either go very well or fall completely apart, or a combination of both – you know, when you go even or under par on the front nine and then can’t break 45 on the back because your swing fell apart with the first iffy shot.
So, I should know soon if I’ve learned my lesson and made my setup what it should be according the MCS Golf Swing optimal model!
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