Fascinating Stuff – Head Stability & Impact Trailing Heel Link

I’m getting closer to resolving both issues of the head stability (shift or no shift?) and the trailing heel impact position, and I made a link today between the two, believe it or not.

It’s all due to the way the body is built to move and, from where I can see things at the moment, there is a direct link between having a flat or low trailing heel at impact versus one that is higher and whether or not your head shifts on the back pivot.

The real issue here, is that we all know (or many of us do) that a steady head promotes better accuracy, so those who play golf for score will prefer to have that.

There is also the question of power production and leverage, and is some degree of head shift occurs during the swing, where do you draw the line between acceptable and too much, thereby interfering with accuracy and consistency?

I’ve been conducting some experiments with throwing, since the throwing motion of the trailing arm has the same action as in the MCS Golf Swing, and that was where I discovered the correlation between head movement and trailing leg (and heel) action in the down swing.

Not only that, I duplicated the head motion of Mike Dunaway’s “stickman” swing from a right-biased position, showing that even with a very right-biased position, you can get some head shift with a certain motion and weight transfer:

Just as with Dunaway’s swing in the gif., I got a small shift to the right and then the head remained more or less in that position, with a slight drop:

I have a little more looking into things to do before I begin to lay it all out for you, but do not worry about confusion – the way the MCS model is currently, has nothing mechanically incorrect about it, or even something that isn’t “optimal.”

Right now, it seems to me that this issue is nothing more than being able to add an “extra gear,” as it were, to the existing model, and that brings us right back to the old days of the Austin/Dunaway assertion that there was a swing with little or no head shift to maximum accuracy, and then the motion with a head shift for maximum power.

The difference, of course, is in the setup and the degree of head shift, as you can see that with Dunaway’s “stickman” swing and my throwing motion, there is not a huge or significant shift, just a slight one.

Another big difference is in exactly how you perform one pivot and down swing over the other. It’s not just “slight shift vs no shift,” of course there’s more to it.

The how and why, I will be able to explain when I have finished looking into it!

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2 thoughts on “Fascinating Stuff – Head Stability & Impact Trailing Heel Link

  1. Mr. McJohn

    To me, the trailing heel is a factor that I feel is more or less this way: As long as you’re not jumping or flying off the trail foot at impact, it should be optimal. I think a low trail heel could be better described as, “stable trail heel,” or, “passive trail heel” as if you’re not jumping off of it, regardless of height (to a point) it shouldn’t be an issue.

    To be honest if there is any hip clearance on the follow through, there will be some heel raise, as anatomy requires this release to be unrestrictive. I just think that regardless of degree of raise, the goal should be the proper use of the trail heel, and not necessarily the “low” idea. I think the less someone thinks about something in motion the more passive it is, and the more naturally it works in said motion in response to what is consciously focused on. The key for me in my swing is to find out what to focus on, and let everything else happen passively as a result of setup, and natural motion response.

    1. D Watts Post author

      To be honest if there is any hip clearance on the follow through, there will be some heel raise… regardless of degree of raise, the goal should be the proper use of the trail heel, and not necessarily the “low” idea.

      I would change edit this great part just slightly, MMJ – ” the goal should be proper mechanics, and not necessarily the ‘low’ idea…”


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