I coined that phrase to describe Ben Hogan’s pivot action, and another name for it that I like to use is the “Perfect Pivot” action, actually making a video back in 2016 called “MCS – The Perfect Pivot.”
If you put vertical lines up against Hogan’s hips, you’ll see that this is the very thing that the Modern Golf Swing people got wrong about Hogan’s swing – when he said he didn’t want his right hip shifting, it meant he didn’t want the hips to slide, not to restrict his hip turn.
If he ever said he was trying to keep the hips from turning (which I’ve never read for myself, just the claims of others that he was), it was either a complete misreading of his actual statement by others or, for whatever reasons he would have had, an utter falsehood.
As I’ve proven with any video you want to look at of Hogan’s swing, he had a full and free hip turn, both before his car wreck that nearly killed him (the “before” swing) and after, when returned to win the U.S. Open just over a year later and then went on to win 3 majors in the 6 tournaments he played in 1953 (the “after” swing).
To illustrate the “floating pivot” action, I’ve used a clip of Hogan’s “after” swing, which is the one everyone likes to refer to, and you’ll see that, while he’s got a full and free hip turn going on, the hips are “turning in a barrel,” meaning there is no lateral movement during the back pivot.
Add to that the stable head position during the back pivot, and this is why I have used the term “floating pivot” to describe it – the head and hips are floating in place during the pivot!
It was only in the transition to the down swing where Hogan’s hips and weight shifted to the left, breaking the vertical plane of that left hip, and this is why Hogan had the MCS-coined “short stop slide,” where the right foot slides due to the turning hips and weight shift.
Ben Hogan’s “Floating Pivot”
This is completely counter to many modern swingers who anchor the right foot while the left foot flops and flies all over the place.
Look above at Hogan’s feet and you’ll see proper footwork – a stable left foot to bear the weight and a releasing right foot.
This is all part and parcel of the standard MCS Golf Swing model, as you’ll see I get the same action in the hips and head on the back pivot using the “Perfect Pivot” action I got from studying Hogan’s pivot years ago:
DJ’s “Floating Pivot” Action
This swing above is from Wednesday, so it’s as recent a swing of mine as you’re going to see.
“Thar She Be…”
Of course, anyone who repeats the Tiger Woods claim that Ben Hogan couldn’t have swung this way and played on the PGA Tour of today, doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about, because if I, a 49 year old couch potato, can generate numbers like you see below in a swing of mine from last summer, this swing action would more than play on any Tour in the universe:
And don’t look now, but isn’t that Luke List on the PGA Tour using basically the same kind of pivot action on his back swing?
My point is that although the swing secrets of the great classic swingers have largely been lost due to the nonsensical and dangerous swing methods of the “Modern Golf Swing” era, they’re not really lost if you care to seek them out.
Not to mention, anytime you hear or see people talking about Ben Hogan’s swing, they always obsess about the little things like his flat swing plane or his fanning the club face going back, none of which are the things that made his swing fabulous.
What made it so was his pivot, and when the modern analysts and instructors talk about it, they get it so wrong it’s laughable – Hogan lifted his left heel on the back swing, he didn’t restrict his hip turn, and he definitely did not swing the way they’re all trying to tell you he did.
You only have to look to see it!
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