New MCS Formula Was A Single-Plane Swing Setup

You’ll remember, those of you who were around the blog back in 2013, that my first post-Mike Austin group swing model was what I called “New MCS” and which featured “The Formula” setup.

Well, I never really looked at the swing model as a “single-plane” one but when I did take a look this week out of curiosity with all the “single-plane swing” talk out there, it was actually a nearly-perfect single plane action when it comes to that particular criterion.

Witness the setup shown down the line with the impact shaft plane superimposed:


You can see that, although my shaft isn’t on this plane at address, it’s only because I’m resting the club head on the ground pre-swing.  If I were to have hovered the club behind the ball, it would have been just about perfectly on that line.

Now, I’m not in love with certain things about this swing (for example, the leg action could have been far better), but this was about a year before I began to look at Ben Hogan’s near-flawless “floating pivot” action, which I then incorporated into the MCS Classic Swing Model in 2015 and beyond.

So I would be right on the impact plane at address if I didn’t rest the club on the ground and then, when you look at the swing, the hands and club head, once they touch the plane line coming down, basically ride that line down to impact:


In fact, if you slow things down as my hands and shaft reach the plane line, you can see the club head ride that plane not only in impact but all the way through to the top of the follow-through:


That of course is not a deliberate action, as there is no way I could have known what the plane was while swinging, not to mention that I was launching drives with 7 to 8 seconds of hang-time… no steering or manipulation here:


It was the setup of course that allowed me to swing on that plane in this manner.

I have good memories from this swing model as it was the first one I developed after years of studying and trying to emulate Mike Austin’s model, to which I’ve ironically returned in the form of Mike Dunaway’s swing model.

Just thought it might interest some of you who are into single-plane swing mechanics – this was a powerful swing action and I loved going after the ball with it, holding nothing back!

2 thoughts on “New MCS Formula Was A Single-Plane Swing Setup

  1. Adam Tarbaux

    Hey dj what are your thoughts on the single plane motion I know done right its mechanically sound but is it optimal.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hey Adam:

      You’re correct, it is a very sound action, nothing mechanically incorrect in it, no, it isn’t optimal.

      There can be only one action that is optimal & for that you need the tightest action to produce maximum leverage.

      BDC was a very short driver for his size up to last season & he had a single-plane swing then as well.

      His increased distance comes from his added mass & strength, changes to his pivot & of course the driver that allows him to swing out of his shoes & still keep the ball in play when mis-hitting.

      None of that has anything to do with single-plane or not. The better your swing model, the better you’ll swing.

      I hope that helps 😊

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