I May Just Be An Idiot (Probably) – On The Swing Model

I’ve made mention this week that, having investigated the grip issue extensively for two weeks, the notion of a super-weak grip for the MCS Classic Golf Swing model was more than likely a red herring.

I also said that there was an issue in the setup that kept coming up and which I kept discarding, and wouldn’t you know that it wasn’t that issue, either?

Turns out I’m probably just an idiot.

The only things stopping me from being very, very annoyed with myself at the moment are:

  1. The Grip – I hadn’t extensively explored this aspect before, simply assuming that the standard grip was likely the proper one, so that I took a couple of weeks near the end of this project to ensure for 100% what the proper grip is, makes it not a total waste of time and,
  2. The Model Is The Model – If I’m looking at all of this correctly, it’s a matter that only confirms my contention that if one strays from the model in any way, problems will arise like Whack-A-Moles, which is what has been going on with me since I got back to work this season.

Right now, I’m of the opinion that there were things I needed to fix after I had finalized the model (completed in the winter of ’16-’17 and presented in the summer of ’17), such as my faulty grip and my setting up and swinging left-dominant, both of which I’ve discussed at length here on the blog.

Somewhere along the way between my figuring out the left-dominant issue and getting back out of doors, my address became faulty.

This was manifesting itself first in the early turn and trailing foot slide, which I then interpreted to possibly be a grip issue, because an over-strong grip will also cause an early turn to prevent the club face closing before impact (Azinger).

This is what happens if you lose focus on the proper bias and balance (what I did), which then sets everything else loose to go wrong.

With the incorrect bias, the ball position becomes an issue, which then leads to more adjustments and even considering a grip problem, when it all stems from one thing that I didn’t notice.

But it’s always the setup, friends.  It’s nearly impossible to make a bad swing from the correct setup, and it’s impossible to make an optimal swing from a flawed setup.

It’s a simple as that.  Get it right, very little can go wrong. Get the setup wrong, you’ll never get the swing right.

In a way, I’ve been creating problems to trouble-shoot which in a way, saves me investigating all of these issues later if they ever come up, either for myself or someone else with whom I’m working, but the head-smacking frustration of knowing the model has likely been set in stone for five years now while I’ve chased problems like the proverbial dog and its tail…


This is bound to happen, however.

By having the near-perfect setup but for the grip and left-dominance, I began to tinker with the setup when those two issues prevented me from performing the swing the way I know it has to be performed.

So strange, to be able to spot at a glance what the issue is with other swingers when analyzing them, only to be completely myopic on one’s own foibles.

It comes with the territory, though – a journey like this is not for the timid, because as I’ve always told my kids on the issue of making sure you know what you’re talking about when entering a discussion or argument, “If you’re afraid to be wrong (or to admit it), you’ll never be correct.”

There was a time in my life, long ago, where pride and stubbornness would have prevented my admitting I may be incorrect about something, but a funny thing happened – I used to hate losing arguments or discussions, so I would make sure of my stuff before opening my mouth.

I then began to “win” my arguments because I never argued before checking my facts, and another funny thing happened – the more sure I became of my stuff before arguing, the less angst I would feel if I turned out to be mistaken!

It was as if, having the confidence in myself in a discussion meant that being wrong wasn’t the end of the world, rather an opportunity to correct myself immediately and without shame or embarrassment, accept the fault and move on.

So I currently feel about the same amount of chagrin as Rusty Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” where he wired the house perfectly with holiday lights and forgot to turn on the electricity at the source in the utility room:

In the end, Rusty had it right all along, but for one crucial part at the very start.

Kind of like the setup.

If I’m correct that I was correct all along and have been on a snipe hunt for 7 sessions, I’ll live.

If I’m wrong, I’ll find the issue.

Either way, it’s getting done.

More to come.

5 thoughts on “I May Just Be An Idiot (Probably) – On The Swing Model

  1. Mark

    I came for the swing instruction. I stay for the humble self-awareness. 👍
    Just keep pluggin’ away at it!

    Many years ago I decided I needed to know everything about my newish riding mower. So, I completely disassembled it right down to the last little part. Engine and all. Inspected it. Studied it. Cleaned it. And then carefully, painstakingly reassembled it. Proud that I now owned an acute understanding of my mower, I jumped on, cranked it up and headed onto the lawn for a mow. 30 seconds later it burst into smoke and shut off. Dead as a doornail. I’d forgotten to fill it with oil.

    I feel your pain. We’ve all been there.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      Yes, indeed, Mark! Your Gif. link wasn’t loading so I hope you don’t mind I inserted a working gif. of Jim Carrey for you.

      And that is me, every time… every time…

  2. Alex

    I think the key with the 4 photos is to remember that each grip is neutral relative to the address position adopted to allow that individual player to execute the chosen shot at that point in time. In doing so it may appear “strong” or “weak”, but it will be neutral for that shot. With that in mind I agree with your conclusion DJ re’ weight bias at address as that would be a factor on grip position.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      They even go hand-in-hand, Alex – change the grip and the setup will be affected, change the setup and the grip will be affected.

      In the end, I will view this detour more as having provided some interesting insights rather than having been a waste of time.


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