Athletic Instinct Proves The MCS Tilted Setup

I’m still not ready to show video of my swings, because believe it or not, I am moving ever closer to the optimal model and even Tuesday’s swings will likely be obsolete by the next range session.

Actually, let’s change “likely” to “definitely,” because I already know my adjustment for that and that it will change my address appearance (down the line more than anything) and likely the entire swing and impact, but that’s for another day.

Today, while we’re on the subject of setup, I want to show how, having participated in various sports during my youth, I had an athletic instinct even back in the early days of my golf life, to adopt the “Leaning A” spine tilt that is standard in the MCS swing model.

Rewind to the summer of 1998, a little more than a year after my first ever golf lessons (spring of ’97 following Tiger Woods’ Masters win), and I was being taught a modern golf swing move with the standard neutral or even left-biased address.

Notice that when I get over the ball, I am fairly well in that modern setup, but watch what I happen to do before I make my back pivot:

Hitting a Callaway Warbird stainless steel headed strong 3 (13 degree) metal-wood, I could get up to 325 yards off the tee with it and, since I couldn’t hit my Driver consistently, that’s what I used as my standard driving club.

You can see pretty well why it was that I could hit that 3 metal up to 325 yards (usually 280-300 yards) even just a year after my first lesson:

The answer, of course, is because I was in the proper impact position with the right-tilting spine and, even though my instructor was having me get over the ball in the standard setup, my athletic instincts told me after a lifetime of sports that I couldn’t hit the ball properly from there.

So, I made an unconscious shift to the right until I felt comfortable making the swing from the position in the middle pic of the sequence, and there you have it – my head was nearly in the same position at impact that it had been when I began my actual swing motion.

The reason I was doing this is the same reason I’ve never hurt myself swinging a golf club since I began my research – I grew up playing various sports and learned proper technique along with developing some athletic instinct, and one of those instincts is “don’t do something that hurts or is going to cause injury!”

Something in that setup just felt wrong to me, because I struggled with being able to even get solid contact from that vertical-spine setup until I began that shift.  Having played some baseball back in the day, I instinctively knew that the impact position was not in that setup.

I also don’t swing in the Modern Golf Swing style because I figured out pretty early in my research days that it’s not a safe way to swing.

I developed a sore left knee in the summer of 2008 when I was working on a model that was Modern planted-heel style, and within a week, I had sworn never to swing that way again – and the knee pain quickly disappeared.

“Swinging A Golf Club Shouldn’t Hurt!”

There are people out there who are swinging in the modern style and dealing with back pain and/or other physical ailments, and let me tell you right now – just as it’s the title of the podcast interview I did with Fred Greene of GolfSmarter, I’ll say it again.

Swinging a golf club shouldn’t hurt…


Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?

If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

6 thoughts on “Athletic Instinct Proves The MCS Tilted Setup

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi MS! Strong grip could be… problematic, as the hands will be returning to a neutral position on the down swing unless you make an effort to prevent that. That then requires timing and if you’re off, you’re looking at hooks and pushes depending on how you get it wrong.

      I wouldn’t recommend it, especially if the only reason is that you’re used to a strong grip. All changes feel uncomfortable or unnatural when you make them, until you get used to the feeling.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

    2. msattler2013


      What is the reason for the ”
      Most Leverage Swing Model ”

      Is it the A leaning spine tilt ? More hip turn ? Or a combination ?

      1. D Watts Post author

        It’s the whole thing, MS.

        Stance + Mechanical Action powered by the hips and legs. You can’t get more power than with the hips & legs powering the swing, as they’re the largest and strongest bones and muscles.

        The stance is crucial, which is why I harp on it to the degree that I have. As important as the mechanics. They go hand in hand, so if you are missing something in the stance, the mechanical action won’t be what it should.

        1. Mr. McJohn

          I notice this, where if my setup is incorrect then the entire action is off. Setup creates the mechanical action, around 90 percent. Then all you have to do is swing the club.

          I’ll use flared feet as an example. If the feet are square, then the action become restricted on the lower half, and you’ll have a hard time turning regardless of what you do. If you flare both feet, then the hips are almost forced to turn, you really can’t get away from it.

          Setup creates the swing action, at least, that’s what I’ve discovered.

          1. D Watts Post author

            Setup creates the mechanical action… Setup creates the swing action…

            This, MMJ. It is absolutely the truth. You said it twice in one comment, but it bears repeating a thousand times. Nail the setup and the swing will swing itself. Anything wrong in the setup will show up in the mechanics.


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