However, if Phil Mickelson is a genius for swinging that way, then maybe all of you MCS Golf Swing followers owe yourselves a round of applause!
All kidding aside, I’ve noted Classic swingers in the past who do it that way in the Modern Golf Swing era, the most notable being Phil, Vijay Singh and Bubba Watson as three examples of pure Classic Golf Swingers.
Here is a setup-top sequence made from two pics in the article:
The piece about Phil by Guy Yokom in the online Golf Digest is rather long-winded, but I can give you the relevant pieces that I think are what matter, in a little summary quote:
It’s time to recognize the swing that has enabled his longevity…
He also became one of the best examples of longevity in tour history…
… What are the reasons for that longevity? And what made him great in the first place? Could it be that his full swing, generally regarded as too long, loose and inconsistent, is an underrated cornerstone of a game built to last?
… Says Smith: “In the early years, Phil allowed his right heel to rise to accommodate that huge turn. That went away for a time, but I’m not sure that was the real Phil. His heel now is coming way up again.
WHAT TO COPY FROM PHIL… DON’T RESIST
Allow the knee of your front leg to move away from the target and the heel to rise. Also let the hips turn as far as they’ll go without causing you to sway excessively, or cause your weight to drift to the outside of your back foot. Freedom is a source of Phil’s timing, speed and power and will help your swing’s longevity, too, says Rick Smith.
That’s really all you need to know with regards to what has made Phil Mickelson one of the longest-hitting pros in the game, even at nearing 50 years of age, and why he’s lasted so long in the game, despite having a degenerative arthritic condition.
And if you want to know, “if MCS Golf Swing’s model is so effective, why isn’t it being used on the PGA Tour?” then just look at Phil in reverse and check off how many of his setup and swing points match MCS:
In the setup, how about the “Leaning A” tilted stance, the location of the hands in relation to the leading thigh, and ball position?
At the top, what’s going on with the head location, free hip turn/“Swinging Gate” and the floating heel, if that isn’t all standard MCS orthodoxy?
In short, remember that MCS simply stands for “Mechanically-Correct Swing,” and Phil’s career has been built on those principles.
Simply, he’s not destroyed his body swinging in the Modern Golf Swing style, and he’ll be able to play as long as he wants to be out there.
Vijay Singh swung in the same Classic method until after he turned 50 (and then bizarrely began to plant his leading heel, at the end of a Hall of Fame career swinging Classic), and he has the record as the winningest over-40 player ever on the PGA Tour.
So ask yourself, why aren’t people making the obvious connection to the fact that two the game’s longest hitters over their careers, with multiple majors, both winning majors in their 40’s, and one with the most wins over the age of 40… both swing in the Classic Golf Swing style?
It’s not a coincidence.
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