Video – Driver From Wednesday (1st Set)

Here is a video clip of two angles I took with the Driver swing, and this is from the 1st set of swings before I unfathomably changed my setup slightly – the 1st set, I nailed it.

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?

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27 thoughts on “Video – Driver From Wednesday (1st Set)

  1. Adam Tarbaux

    Hey dj me and my father got into a heated argument about my swing,I’ll spare the details but in short I am not allowed to swing the mcs anymore because he says I have to much spine tillited and I should not copy a swing from a guy who has scoliosis. I need proof from the pga now or past to show he’s wrong because he is making me swing in a way my head shifts.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I should not copy a swing from a guy who has scoliosis. I need proof from the pga now or past to show he’s wrong…

      Far be it from me to say Pops is wrong, Adam – but wrong he is.

      How about the two greatest players ever? Would that do?

      Perhaps Jack Nicklaus? beside yours truly, for comparison?

      Or Tiger Woods when he was the best amateur in the world, and before he started leaning left and wrecked his back?

      Just a couple you could go with… you could mention to Pops that perhaps the reason a guy with scoliosis can drive a ball 350 yards and not end up in traction is because…that’s the way to swing???

  2. Adam Tarbaux

    Thanks, but shortly after I posted I showed my father a photo of you beside jack nicklaus and that made him eat crow. But now hes egging me to set my hands like Paul Azinger.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Why on earth would you do that?!?

      Here’s a helpful hint, Adam – don’t take one quirk from one player who had success with it, because he’s the exception proving the rule. Neutral grip is optional, and the fact that Azinger had success with his super-strong grip is the exception proving the rule.

      If quirks translated to success for the average person, there would be 50 players swinging like Jim Furyk. Turns out, nearly 20 years after his U.S. Open win, no one ever has, or does. Same with Azinger’s grip. Where are the other players who had success doing it that way?

      And so on…

      Take the things that the greatest swingers had in common, and leave out the quirks. I did that…and ended up with the MCS model. 😉

  3. TheWelshman

    I think anyone looking for a swing for a lifetime would be judging by 3 :

    1. Distance
    2. Consistency
    3. Longevity

    I’d say that some of the modern swingers will give items 1 and 2, but none (with exceptions) will give you all 3.

    The classics swingers were the older swingers too. Note Watson retiring today at 69.

    DJ is right. If you’ve a dodgy spine, almost 50–and you’re smacking drives @ 350 yards with a tight dispersion on a less than a bucket a week….that’s more impressive than Azinger.

    I’d rather be visiting the range than a surgeon any day of the week.

  4. Adam Tarbaux

    Thanks guys for the support because at one point my father tried to make me swing modern I flat out refused because I always was a classic swinger ever since I picked up a golf club.

    1. Mike Divot

      Every time he has you do one of these “golf digest” moves, shank it or hit it OB. “Gee Pops .. it sounds good on paper but just doesn’t seem to work for me”

  5. Adam Tarbaux

    Don’t worry I have been, hell he says the modern swing is better because people are longer with it, not only that but he judges a swing on how many wins the person has not on distance and accuracy. But he doesn’t want me to swing like sam snead.

    1. D Watts Post author

      With all due respect, Adam, your father is simply wrong. The Modern swing is not longer, it’s the equipment today that makes players longer, as well as the course conditions that allow players to run the ball 50-75 yards after carry.

      If the Modern swing were longer than the classic, that’s the way long drive competitors would be swinging, and they don’t. Their technique is Classic all the way. Modern is not more efficient, it’s not more consistent or more accurate, and I’ve outlined it all in this posting here.

      To say Modern is longer than Classic is like saying race-walking technique is faster than sprinting… who are the fastest runners and how do they run? Who are the longest drivers with a golf club – how do they swing??

      People are entitled to their own opinions, and your father certainly is, but opinions are not facts. The fact is, the Classic Golf swing is the proper way to swing, and the Modern method is flawed and dangerous, and won’t be around forever.

      Jack Nicklaus condemned the Modern Swing all the way back in 1974, does your father know that? Or that medical experts are now ringing the alarm about the danger of swinging this way? Ask him why he would want you to swing in a way that will wreck your back in years to come…

  6. Adam Tarbaux

    I said I’m not going to wreack my back while swinging a 14 oz culb and that’s the last time he tried to make me swing modern which is about two or so years ago. After that he started to make me do all sorts of weird things like having the club face super closed and address or really strong grip etc. Finally I just said its my swing let me figure it out for myself and not long after that I found the mcs swing and now I out drive him.

    1. D Watts Post author

      These things with club face, grip, etc, are all compensations that other golfers adopted because they couldn’t figure out how to swing properly.

      Compensating moves do not make a player great. They simply allow a player who can’t figure it out to do better. Far better to learn a proper, mechanically-sound technique.

      Most players today wouldn’t be pro golfers with the swings they have now, if persimmon and balata were re-introduced and they had to compete against players like Nicklaus and Snead in their primes.

      Most would wreck themselves in short order trying to hit the ball longer, since if you don’t hit the sweet spot, the ball doesn’t go anywhere with persimmon and forged blades, and many of today’s pros can’t hit the sweet spot, which is why driver heads are the size of shoe-boxes. Heck, even with the equipment today, the players can’t hit fairways with the same percentage that the old time persimmon players did!

      What you’d find is that if a time warp occurred, the players who could figure it out would very quickly go back to the Classic technique, because they’d have to, in order to compete.

      Equipment has eliminated much of the need for proper technique to play golf and make money, but it hasn’t stopped the Modern swing from destroying backs. I can’t wait for it to go away forever.

  7. Adam Tarbaux

    I hundred percent agree additionally I dont like to swing the large headed drivers because it’s way too big to my eyes so use clubs from the late 90s that are a bit smaller, hack sometimes I bust out my father’s old persimmons.

  8. The Welshman

    No one with a modern golf swing will beat Jack Nicklaus’ record. They won’t have the bodies. Their joints will have crumbled and their ligaments will have snapped. They’ll be getting weekly shots of steroids and stem cells just to keep going.

    And all the data suggests ALL recent increases in drive length can be attributed to club technology, ball design and fairway composition. The drives with the Senior Tour are getting longer as players age. For them it’s technology, not technique.

    If somebody would have told my 20 year old self…..

    “Would you like a swing that will drive your golf ball 290 yards with a (yes, $5 persimmon) driver, be the envy of the other old blokes in your 4 ball and do it with a body that’s endured 40 years of desk work and long haul flying…..I’d bite their hands off.”

    Well they didn’t.

    The longer you swing well, the longer you’ve a better chance of winning.

    1. D Watts Post author

      The longer you swing well, the longer you’ve a better chance of winning.

      Well, said, Welshman! I said in the “Golf Smarter” podcast with Fred Greene that Tiger Woods, had he been taught the Classic swing, would be on 25 majors and counting right now if he hadn’t lost all of that time to injuries and recovery, all related solely to the way he swings.

      Oh, and lest you happen to have not heard, Liverpool is playing Napoli right now (kicked off top of the hour) in Edinburgh, penultimate friendly before the start of the new campaign!!

      1. The Welshman

        What.

        Scousers playing Italians north of the Border–in July!

        Right.

        Next things you’ll tell me are:

        Gareth Bale is staying at Real Madrid…
        Geraint Thomas won’t retain the Tour De France…

        1. D Watts Post author

          Bale is news to me, and I don’t watch cycling… and I can’t wait for these friendlies to end so we can enjoy some real footie.

  9. Adam Tarbaux

    Well just got back from the range and I’m more confused because I hit textbook short irons but my long clubs just went right and more right the driver is the worst offender. I put 7 balls over the catch net in the same place on the first fairway in a row. No matter what I did to try to fix it it didn’t change the ball flight.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Likely something in your setup. Your motion looked fine, but you know what I say, setup, setup, setup! Do you still have the pic I sent you of my 4 iron setup? Take a still shot of your current setup and compare them. I bet you’ll find something or more to adjust 🙂

  10. Adam Tarbaux

    Set up is fine for all the clubs possibly might be a little too wide for some of the clubs. But what I think is I’m sliding and blocking with my hips on the downswing because I push it.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well if the stance is too wide, then you very well could be sliding due to that. The stance needs to be wide enough for balance but not so wide that you slide back and forth shifting the weight.

  11. Goose

    DJ,
    To your point, the bedrock principle of the great teacher, Alex Morrison, was to keep the chin behind the ball until the right side brought the chin forward (ball was well gone) on the follow through. If you do this all the correct muscles and movements will happen involuntarily if you have a good set-up.

    In Austinology, Mike Austin spends probably 20 minutes with Mike Dunaway correcting him to swing “under” not around and “cut off the wheel”. He wanted Dunaway’s right side to bring his head up well after the ball was gone. The only way to do that is plant the chin behind the ball and swing under it. The whole body body swings under it.

    For me, it keeps the C7/Sternal notch solid throughout the stroke. I feel the detachment of the heels and the rhythm it creates in a classic swing.

    At set-up, on shorter shots especially, it feels like the my left cheek is on the back of the ball and I just leave it there until ball is gone. Also, this has helped a ton with my pitching and chipping, I’m much better with tight lies.

    Everything swings under the head. Austin called the head a “nut” and George Knudson said the head has nothing to do with golf swing, so forget about it…

    1. D Watts Post author

      Great stuff there Goose. I like to think “under” as well, on the back pivot, even to the point you want to feel the left arm swinging “under” where the right shoulder is at address when you go back. The tilted spine keeps everything on plane.

      And as you noted on my pounding the “setup” drum, I’m working on something right now, which I’ll test this week at the range, and it could be exciting stuff. That’s all I’ll say for now until I’ve seen what happens!

      1. Adam Tarbaux

        I cant wait to hear about your thing about the setup your working on sounds exciting.

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