One thing I always look for, because I coined Ben Hogan’s action the “floating pivot,” is a stable head on the back swing, but if you really want to unlock leverage and power whilst preserving accuracy and stability, you want as stable a head throughout the entire swing for a true “floating pivot.”
As you can see below, my head drops as I shift pressure to the leading foot and swing through, but it never leaves the circle I put around it for the beginning of the back pivot:
The reason I don’t “jump” back up out of that drop is because I have set up properly, I’ve pivoted with full and free action, and I shift fully into the leading leg, which stays flexed as a “shock absorber” instead of snapping twisting.
If you can swing a club at 120 mph more or less and keep that head stable, you know you’re more likely to make solid contact than not.
Just as I demonstrated in early 2017’s “MCS – The Dropping The Hammer,” you get an action that is both a “throwing” action with the power arm (the right arm in a right-handed swing), which is the same motion as dropping and releasing a long-handled hammer into the ball.
It is essentially however the “One Major Move” from the “E = MCS” video series, which is both moves combined into the most simple action possible.
So if you look at the gif. again, you can see a bunch of things I’ve talked about last winter:
- The One Major Move pivot action,
- The aggressive “Stepping Into It” that begins the “Drop & Pop” from the top,
- The “Throwing” or “Hammer Drop” action into impact,
- All of this with a “floating” or stable head!
And to think, this was just the first day I put all of the pieces together the way the model dictates, which means I should be able to improve on this action with increased speed and power as I get used to the different feel of what I was doing compared to before.
The key to making a swing change that sticks is to make sure, of course, that the action is mechanically-sound (no sense repeating an action that isn’t, only frustrating you and raising the risk of injury significantly), but also to keep swinging that way even if it feels “weird” or you’re not making great contact at first.
If a swing or setup change doesn’t feel weird at first, then you’re not really doing much different from what you were doing before, and the biggest mistake you can make is to say, “the other way felt more natural/better…”
Because if that were the way to swing, why were you trying to make changes to begin with?
More to come!
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