Right Arm Dominant Action & Power

I want to show everyone who is right-dominant or not, how effective and powerful it is when you maximize the right arm action in the down swing.

I haven’t yet got out to see if I can complete that last step of my personal swing journey, where I just last week managed to isolate the purely right arm action of the pivot and swing, to the full-body yet right-dominant action.

However, the swing below, being completely a right-arm action (the “One Major Move” from the “E = MCS” video), shows you just how powerful it is, because I mentioned last week that I’d never experienced such power with such little seeming effort swinging with just the right arm, and doing it properly.

Don’t be fooled, as I also said that my left back muscles were aching afterwards, which shows that even swinging or throwing with one arm, you really use the entire body to do so when doing it correctly.

If you look closely at the right arm from the top down to the “9 O’Clock” phase, you can see that the weight shift and the “throwing” or “pushing” action of the right arm is powering the entire motion:

Notice the absolute absence of any type of compensating moves such as a flopping left foot or otherwise – this is because I nailed that setup so that I could essentially “throw the club” down from the top with a “pushing down” action ending with complete extension of that right arm.

This, my friends, is the nature of fixing something mechanical in your swing action – more than likely, whatever is going wrong in the action stems or arises from setup miscues.

If you’re out of position in any part of the swing, it would highly unlikely that you started from a perfect setup and then did something wrong in the action.

It’s possible, but not likely, in my humble estimation.

There would be one notable exception to this, and that is anyone swinging in the so-called “Modern Golf Swing” style will be hampered by the very thing they’re doing deliberately – restricting the hip turn by keeping the leading heel nailed down.

You then get all manner of compensations to get around the loss of leverage and power by restricting the hip turn, and then you start making adjustments to the setup, and a chain-reaction of cascading tinkering occurs.

With someone swinging in the Classic Golf Swing method however, you will usually find swing flaws arising from improper setup, the most common being the center or left-biased address that even many of the greatest swingers did (and overcame), although it wasn’t so critical an issue in the persimmon days when even the driver was swung to hit the ball on a descending angle.

I figured out this spring and into summer that it wasn’t any lack of being able to make the requisite motions in the golf swing to match my MCS Golf Swing model – it was my setup not being optimal to the action desired.

Once I fixed the setup, the action was there all along.

And the reason improper setup will make you change your swing action is because of hand-eye coordination – anyone who has enough coordination to hit a ball sitting on a tee will possess enough hand-eye to make changes while in motion in order to make contact.

With the improper setup, which could even just be ball position, one could make a perfect swing and either strike the ball very badly or miss altogether.

It’s like the Iron Byron – no amount of perfect mechanical action will save a shot where you aimed the machine on the wrong line or placed the ball improperly, right?

Well, we aren’t machines, so will make adjustments while in motion to save that shot.

The problem lies in being able to repeat an action that has compensations in it or, even worse, having injuries occur because of those compensations.

I said years ago that Tiger Woods’ swing model with Sean Foley was a “back-breaker,” because the nature of his compensations once in motion, starting from a very left-biased address setup with a planted-heel back pivot put a lot of stress on his lower back through impact and swing bottom.

Sure enough, he injured his back severely working with Foley and has never been the same since.

Compensations don’t just make it difficult to repeat a swing action consistently – they could cause you injuries and far more problems than it’s worth to simply swing a golf club.

The harder and faster you swing (power swingers, take heed), the higher the risks.

But if you can make a swing like I was doing above with no compensations to the motion, it’s amazing the speed and power you can generate (and get solid contact) swinging with even just one arm.

My next step – of course, to make it a full-body swing using both sides fully, with that right arm action!

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5 thoughts on “Right Arm Dominant Action & Power

  1. msattler2013


    You talk about the set up , and if you don’t have it correct the whole swing can fall apart.
    Is your current set up different from the ( Formula)

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi msattler – the Formula setup is from the ‘New MCS’ model back in ’13, and while there is nothing mechanically-unsound in it, yes my setup is much different from that. It’s the way I explain and demonstrate it in the “E = MCS” video, but although I explained it perfectly (according to the model), I myself have been working to actually swing from that setup, which I haven’t been doing 100%

      It’s one thing to describe any motion or position in theory, and yet another to actually do it. I’ve been fixing flaws in my setup since I made that video, so I setup exactly as explained.

      I wasn’t as tall as I should be, my arms were too extended, the left arm was favored over the right, which wasn’t straight as the model demands… I’ve been setting up and swinging in the MCS model, to be sure – just not as perfectly as the optimal model requires.

      Just as I said in the interview with Fred from “GolfSmarter” podcast, you can swing with mechanical-correctness without being ‘perfect,’ but the closer you get to the theoretical model, the better you’ll swing, as I prove to myself every time I find something to adjust or fix 🙂

  2. Adam Tarbaux

    Hello dj i was watching my swing evolution the other day and he talked about having the hips tucked under the spine so its inline with the spine, instead of having a anterior tilt to them. What your thoughts about it.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Adam.

      I don’t know about his phrasing, but here’s mine – you ideally want the weight centered above the feet while standing as tall as possible. In this regard, the hips would be more or less directly over the feet, although the backside will stick out more behind the feet as you adjust height for the shorter irons and wedges.

      When the weight sinks down through the legs into the feet, then you’re truly “using the ground,” unlike many of the players you see on TV who squat into the stance and lean out over the toes – both of which will restrict hip turn and are no-no’s in the world of MCS.

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