I’ve been going over my swing clips from previous years & have a pretty solid theory (at least from the swing work I’ve been doing during this endless Covid-19 lockdown), that a properly performed MCS Classic Golf Swing motion would differ from the MCS Post-Modern Golf Swing (based on Mike Dunaway’s swing) in only one regard – the pivot action.
For those unfamiliar with my jargon, the Classic Golf Swing is exactly that – the mechanics of pivoting with the hips & legs, used by the greats of the era from Bobby Jones to the 1980’s, after which the horrifically unsound Modern Golf Swing era began.
Classic Golf Swing _ Sam Snead
The “Post-Modern” swing model would refer to the method of swing utilized by Mike Dunaway. Still uses the hips & legs to power the pivot, but a different one (tilting & shifting the hips) than the rotary-action of the Classic.
Because the Modern Golf Swing is not to be used as it is not mechanically-correct (you never produce a shoulder turn by reducing or eliminating hip turn & twisting the lower back), we skip right from Classic to Post-Modern to keep things mechanically-sound.
Post-Modern Swing – Mike Dunaway
The pivot actions of each swing model are markedly different of course, but it stands to reason that if the pivot action is performed to get a full shoulder turn at the top of the backswing, then all else should be the same.
There is one difference in the setup or stance that would require one pivot action or the other, but I can’t see why anything else wouldn’t be exactly the same.
Now, it may be that the difference would lend one swing model more leverage, thereby more speed & power, but that is something I’ll have to test out and I don’t think anyone except a long drive competitor would choose a model based on that.
I would pick the model that is easiest to perform and master, because the name of the game with anyone’s golf swing is usually performance & results-based.
I should be able to get out to my local range sometime in the coming week, with any luck – the first thing I’m going to do, since I’ve been working on it for the past 18 months, will be to see how my Post-Modern swing action looks.
The second will be to hit some balls in the Classic model and I should be able to discern from there whether or not my theory bears out.
When you factor in that the setups are nearly identical in the following way, it’s not that far-fetched:
- Same posture looking down the line, the ever-familiar to long time WAX Golf readers posture of the erect stance, relaxed spine & shoulders & arms hanging naturally,
- Same “kicked-in” trailing leg position,
- Same neutral grip
- Same balance, “pressed” into the leading foot with the spine tilting away from the target
- Same “throw release” action through impact
With all of those identical features and only one real difference in the setup (which I’ll keep to myself until I’ve determined if I’m correct or way off), I am pretty confident that I’ll find myself correct in the theory.
If I’m not, then it won’t matter one way or the other, but if I’m correct, then it may mean I don’t release a “recap” video on the MCS Classic Golf Swing (“E = MCS” et al), but rather a whole new one to update the model concept.
That will make for a very interesting spring & summer, at least to me!
More to come.