I Was “This Close!!!” Updated

Update – I actually did “get it,” but I had two sets of swings recorded and looked at the wrong one before posting.  Full details in the July 25 posting. /update

I’ve talked about my obsession with swinging as close to I can in accordance with the MCS Golf Swing model.

While adding the “full body” aspect to the right-only swing action from my last session postings, I came oh-so-close.

I did see some great things such as the best pivot top position I’ve seen in my own swing both face on and down the line, as well as the action through the ball.

The only thing I would critique, the thing that made the swings “oh so close” rather than “that’s it” was my ball position, a little too far left in my stance – at least, that’s what I’m seeing in my review of how my setup looked fact-on.

That caused a slight shifting left on the down swing (not the hips, which are supposed to shift, but the whole body and head), which in turn brought my trailing heel up a little earlier than is optimal.

Other than that one thing however, I was very pleased with the swing overall.

Looking down the line, I was pleased with the setup and the pivot action, a lower left arm at the top (my left arm touching the plane line rather than above it with visible space), the down swing through the ball, everything except the teensy early heel lift:

If you are familiar with my action down the line, you can see more of a “drop” to the club and shaft as I get down to the “3 O’Clock” position, which is due to the following:

I got more of the “under” feel to the pivot going back with regards to the left arm, where you want to feel that left arm going under you rather than above and with an adjustment or two, I think I can get it even tighter.

The reason to want this is that the higher the club is coming down, the more you need to turn to leverage it down and through.  When you can get that shaft lower but still on plane, the natural shift provides huge leverage.

I will probably always have a little higher heel at impact than I did with the right-arm-only swing, because I’m naturally left-handed and even swinging right-dominant, I tend to add a little pull – however that remains to be seen, as I am still working on it.

All in all, very, very close to where I want to be with a full-body swing!

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9 thoughts on “I Was “This Close!!!” Updated

  1. Adam Tarbaux

    I’m curious about this thought I had for awhile now ever since switching to the mcs swing. What happens when we combine the right leaning A address position and use Mike Austin’s compound pivot, will the head stay still or will it shift.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Funny you ask, Adam – absolutely nothing will happen that isn’t happening already, because the MCS model is virtually the same as Mike Dunaway/Austin, except for the right-biased address.

      Take away the center-bias of the other two swingers, and give them a right-biased address – the compound pivot becomes the Hogan pivot because the hips don’t have to shift from the center to the right.

      I spent years trying to swing in the MA model and gave up around 2013 because of the center bias – you have to shift the head to the right with that model and my athletic instinct wouldn’t allow me to pivot with a shifting head because anyone who has played other sports knows that a shifting head affects accuracy and consistency.

      Years later, after building my own model from scratch looking at Hogan, Nicklaus and others, I scratched my head and said, “Well, it’s essentially the same swing as Austin/Dunaway, but with a right-biased address…”

  2. Adam Tarbaux

    Huh very interesting and makes perfect sense to me because the body is already on the right side so there’s no need to shift the weight to the right side.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Now you’re talking.

      Does a pitcher shift going into the windup? Nope, weight is already there. For accuracy and consistency with power, you don’t shift the weight on the windup/pivot, but on the down swing/delivery.

  3. Adam Tarbaux

    Same goes for a batter on plate the weight is already where it needs to be on the pivot but shifts on the swing at the ball. Much simpler than the center stance back shift

    1. D Watts Post author

      Even better example, actually. But if you look at any type of action, even a tennis serve, the same applies. No one wants to be shifting during the wind-up for accuracy/consistency reasons.

      It’s hard enough to do anything with power, accuracy and consistency without the weight and head shifting.

  4. Adam Tarbaux

    That’s very true I don’t understand why pro golfers are swinging the way they do now instead of what their forefathers did in the past.

    1. D Watts Post author

      There was never any reason to re-invent the wheel. Which is exactly what Modern Golf Swing methodology tried to do, with the same predicted results – blowout and disaster.

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