My Best Setup Yet… And The Action Followed

I did one thing yesterday when I went to work on my setup and swing yesterday, which was to get as tall and upright as I could.

It made a dramatic difference, as you will see when comparing my setup down the line with earlier this summer.

Here is the comparison, and while there’s nothing terribly wrong with my June setup other than the thing with the arms I’ve been talking about (being left-handed, I’d be unconsciously extending my left arm slightly while having an angle in my right elbow), you can see the big improvement in yesterday’s setup down the line:

So, to bring myself closer to the standard model, the differences are:

  • Of course, the fixed aspect of the arms,
  • Tall, more erect stance, putting more of my body mass over the feet instead of over and past the toes,
  • Arms now hanging more vertically, thereby reducing the centrifugal force that wants to pull you off balance when swinging at a more extended outward angle.

I’ll show two angles of the swings below while I discuss a thing or two.

Some might ask, why on earth am I obsessing about following my MCS Golf Swing model’s instructions to the letter?

Because, it’s a recipe.  I’m sure you all know what happens when you mess up the recipe.  You may be lucky and still bake a nice tasting cake or pie, but it certainly won’t be the one the recipe intends.

As with golf swings.  You can be lucky to break certain rules of mechanical-correctness and still be a great ball-striker, but the majority of people who break the rules will end up with an inedible cake.

There’s also my desire to be my own model’s model, so to speak.  I am:

  • 49 years old,
  • overweight,
  • I have scoliosis and
  • I swing right-handed while being left-handed,
  • I only swing once or twice per week, and yet…

if I can match the model as prescribed, while driving the ball over 300 yards with ease, that means just about anyone should be able to replicate the model, more or less.

The fact that I don’t hurt myself doing so, is because the MCS Golf Swing model is mechanically-correct, and while any mechanically-correct golf swing model will do, I’m searching for optimal results, which is why I’m in pursuit of this.

Looking the face-on swing above, you can see:

  • how smoothly one can perform the “One Major Move” from a good setup position,
  • all the way to the top with a full shoulder turn using the hips & legs to power the pivot,
  • keeping a perfectly stable head position through the entire back swing and then
  • a good, vigorous “stepping into it” move down from the top, into the “Drop & Pop.”

I have a couple of irons swings down the line as well, which have to be edited, and I hope to update later this afternoon with live video.

More to come.

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6 thoughts on “My Best Setup Yet… And The Action Followed

  1. Ralph

    Standing more upright moves the ball closer to you which is advocated by Jim Furyk to improve accuracy.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Among a number of reasons, Ralph, yes!

      Others include being able to better leverage the club with a tighter arm arc, the aforementioned lessening of outward centrifugal force and better balance through the swing.

  2. Bill Swan

    As usual, your tweaking of the MCS totally makes sense. Upright setup for better balance and less room for the clubhead to move off the target line.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Not actually tweaking “the MCS,” Bill – more precisely, tweaking my MCS to more align with the way I described it in the “E = MCS” video.

      When you look at how I explain and demonstrate the setup, this is the way I did so, it is just that my own execution of said model was not where it should be.

      The great thing about the model is that I haven’t changed a thing in it in the two years since that video, just how closely I can come to it.

      Looking at a still pic above from the video compared to Friday’s address, which isn’t perfect because I was moving & talking, hence the cocked head aspect, you can see nonetheless that my current setup is much closer to how I explained in the video:

      So, tweaking, yes! But not of the model, rather my swing using that model 😀

  3. Uncle JJ

    I haven’t had time to practice lately, but I played a round Sunday. The only thoughts I had for the round were this upright stance, basic setup/tilt, the “hitch hiker” move, and the weight transfer to the leading heel on follow-through.

    The upright posture made a huge difference – just felt more relaxed and controlled. The feeling of staying back with my head, while still transferring weight to the left HEEL really clicked. I hit the ball solidly.

    The deep rough got me a few times, otherwise I’d have broken 80, which is a rare occasion for me!

    Thanks, DJ, I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of this!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Great to hear, Uncle JJ – especially the part where you’re getting the hang of it! Excellent 🙂

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