Something Strange About The Two Pivots

I’ve got back to doing speed work and something strange happened while I was getting into the standard Classic Golf Swing action with the raised leading heel back pivot.

When I would swing normally, such as when you’d be putting a nice, controlled driver swing on a tee shot, I’d get the mirror-image pivot/impact situation – raised leading heel on the back pivot, raised trailing heel at impact.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

And yes, if you’re wondering, I have two types of swings with each of the Classic and Post-Modern models, the first being your standard playing-golf swing which you can gear up and down in terms of intensity level, the second being the out-of-your-shoes action with no gear, just a full-on, maximum-speed swing.

I don’t even try to click my speed work tool when doing the standard swings, because the focus there is on technique, even if there are different gears.  Only when I move on to the all-out swings with either model do I then begin to gauge speed.

So, as I mentioned earlier in the week, I’ve been getting back to the speed work.

However, when I got into the hardest swings, going for maximum swing speed with the Classic model, I found that my impact position was a flat-footed one with both feet, exactly like the impact position is with the still-Classic but different pivot-actioned Post-Modern or Shift & Post model.

I haven’t made any hard swings with the Long Drive model for a while, because that’s going to be a side project for me while I finish business with the Classic model.

While I’m doing that, I’ll be working on the Post-Modern model as well, and I think two models at a time are quite enough.

When the Classic has been wrapped up and finished off, I’ll then be working on the Post-Modern and Long Drive swings.

You’ll remember that in 2017, I used three swingers as models for the Classic Golf Swing video “MCS – Dropping The Hammer,” with Jack Nicklaus’ setup, Ben Hogan’s back swing pivot action and Mike Dunaway’s downswing:

At the time, I theorized that the flat trailing foot was the optimal impact position, although I myself wasn’t able to completely replicate it, which I eventually came to believe was because the rotary action of the hips which pull the leading heel up on the back swing also influenced the raising of the trailing heel into impact.

However, and it’s a big however – I was still operating with the major swing flaw of having a dominant left arm instead of right, which is the reason (I’m fairly confident) for my inability to completely flat-heel a hard driver swing at impact.

So I’m wondering now (and I’ll have to wait until I’m out of doors with balls and real swings with video) if the only difference between the two models is the back swing pivot, with both coming into impact exactly the same.

A most intriguing proposition, I must say – and I’m loving the process, because this is research!

I may have my theories and expectations with regards to the swing, but I’m not invested in anything other than getting to the truth of the matter, so I’m not afraid of or resistant to the idea of being “wrong” about anything.

In fact, the greatest research results are the ones you don’t expect, because then you’re into ground-breaking territory.

So, I’m just curious about what I’m encountering right now with my absolute hardest swings using the Classic Golf Swing pivot action.

Whatever I discover this spring and summer, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Between this and finally having a launch monitor to compare the two actions (three, when you throw in the Long Drive model) in terms of ball and club speed in real time instead of having to book launch monitor sessions (I believe the SC300i will pay for itself the first week out if I get out more than twice), I’m absolutely champing at the bit to get started this season!

More to come.