And a revelation on this scale hasn’t happened to me in some time.
I was watching Premier League football with my lad and all morning into the afternoon, I for some reason couldn’t get the backswing pivot out of my mind.
It was to the point that at times I’d find myself swaying in my seat, thinking about and visualizing an arc etched by the hands and toe of the club, combined with the particular angle of the spine from the setup position and what the torso would look like during the pivot.
In the “MCS – Perfect Pivot” video from 2016, I made an analogy of how the Ben Hogan-inspired “Perfect Pivot” action would be like turning a barrel on an inclined axis:
The past few weeks, I’d been working on the optimal setup with the pre-swing trigger move in the technical aspect as well as resuming some speed work to condition the muscles a little.
That’s relevant, but I’ll continue the train of thought before looping back – I wasn’t going to do any fast swinging when I picked up the swing stick.
I just wanted to make some swings to get that image and action out of my mind, because it was going to be there until I did.
I’ll state now that the actual visual of the torso turn during the back pivot is a little different than the one for the Classic Golf Swing action of the past years.
I’m curious as to how it would apply in that particular model, but this is an image I must have tweaked unconsciously, because they’re essentially the same action but different in the mental visual.
So I made some loose warm-up swings and then got into that optimal setup, made the pre-shot trigger move and…
… when I began the pivot action with the arc image with the turning barrel, everything flowed perfectly from address to the top of the back swing.
That would have been great, more than good enough if things had finished there, but I’m going to finish this because this here post is one I believe I’ll look back on as a significant moment, but I won’t know until later.
For now, when I made a few back pivots then began to make full swings, everything seemed to move exactly as a machine would.
It felt like a completely stable yet mobile mechanical action, with the downswing just as stable, kind of like this, where you’d just set the ball in the stance where it’s supposed to be and simply swing back and through:
Pretty sure they were the absolute best swings I’ve ever made, practice or otherwise.
It was a little dizzying, but I’m still not finished – I looked around for my glove, because I just knew things would be different with the SwingRite.
Swingin’ With SwingRite
Here’s where I loop back to the speed work mention earlier.
I jury-rigged my SwingRite with a stiffer spring, because I could snap it on the highest difficulty setting, and this spring is so stiff that snapping the device on the “7” setting is much, much harder than the max “1” setting with the original spring.
I always move the difficulty setting down a bit so that I can build up a little momentum in the speed work, then I increase the spring stiffness when I’m nice and warmed up. Otherwise, I usually spend a few frustrating swings not being able to snap it on the setting I ended on the last session.
Except tonight, I didn’t bother to lower the setting, because I had a good idea what should happen if I was correct.
Sure enough, I took a nice, smooth back pivot to the top and, seemingly with no effort, I stepped into it and “Snap!!” went the SwingRite on the first try, smooth as butter.
Nodding mentally to myself, I muttered, “Let’s go again,” and another buttery swing with the resounding “Snap!!”
I can’t describe the feeling, WAX Nation, that I had swinging that device with this visual of an arc etched by the club head from beginning to end.
I have a couple of questions about this visual and the model I’ve built:
- Is it going to work the way I’m envisioning it when I get back out of doors?
- More importantly, will I be able to prove this coming year that an optimal golf swing model can actually perform like a human Iron Byron, results varying with the quality of execution of course?
Two questions I’m burning to have an answer to.
And let me tell you, after a few years off hitting balls on the regular, I can’t wait to start doing this data research and compiling!
More to come!