In the summer of 2014 I had begun my “Ben Hogan Project,” which gave me so much insight into Hogan’s true pivot action (not the one presented on television and in print or online from clueless pundits) that I implemented it into my model orthodoxy.
This was the birth of the “floating pivot” concept which is or should be standard in the Classic Golf Swing – that you pivot with free and full hip action while keeping the head stable (or “floating” in place) on the back swing, and once I confirmed it in Hogan and the other Classic Era greats, it went into the MCS model.
I made a video the following winter, released in early 2015, which was titled “MCS – Ultimate Leverage,” and I didn’t even swing in that video!
I had been working with California teaching/playing pro Jerry Crowell or “BT,” and the swings I shot of his when I visited him in Cali that January were so good with regards to the model, I just went with him to present the new model.
I was able to present my own iteration of the swing in May when I got back outside for the season and here’s what it looked like 7 years ago:
The only change I’ve made to the model since those days has been the option of standing with an angled stance line à la Hogan or standing square to the target line, which I now do.
The angled stance line actually served a purpose for me with regards to my problem of swinging left-dominant – with an angled stance with the driver, I didn’t swing over the top:
The problem was that I was still left-dominant so, while the angled stance allowed me to swing on a neutral plane and keep the club below the plane line, the pulling with the left arm caused an outside-in club path and I would still produce big misses left and right.
So, problem not solved.
Again, I was able to solve the issues of plane, club path and attack angle by working my butt off and swinging under control, as the swing specs show in this session from July ’18:
… But it wasn’t truly fixed and I knew that my footwork through impact indicated I was still missing something in replicating the model.
Of course it was the left dominance and you can see it in my left arm and takeaway action in the face-on swing gif., and in the early trailing heel lift and foot slide through impact, both of which indicate over rotation.
Now, the trailing foot does have to slide or step around to complete a mechanically-sound golf swing, but when the slide begins before impact, you know there’s a ton of left side pull and over-rotation going on through the swing bottom.
But of course, when I managed to put a good swing on the ball and connect like this:
… I was still killing it.
I could have just created the golf swing model and left it at that but I began this whole journey to fix my own golf swing issues.
The part where people said they benefitted from my work and the discussion of it, as well as the making of my swing videos, came purely from circumstance!
All that aside, you can see that over the years, there was no real change in the model from 2015-2022 – the videos during those years introduced new concepts, explanations and swing drills or exercises, and of course my own swing was evolving during that time.
Even the angled stance was something I left the option of retaining but, in my opinion, an optimal swing will likely require a square stance to the target line – but I’ll be checking all of that out once I’ve assured that I am now swinging right-dominant as should be the case.
So, if you have those old videos, the content is spot-on and the only issues are my personal execution of the swing model, which I found so odious over time that I had to kill those products.
There’s nothing worse than telling people, “do as I say, not as I do,” when explaining something. I have always had to be my own model in my presentations, not to mention I wanted to fix my own swing flaws.
This may be the year I can declare the models sound and match them exactly action for action, which would be a cause for much celebration on my end!