How Important Is The Setup In The Swing?

The issue of balance and weighting at address is a fundamental one, as I’ve said before the only contact we have with the ground is with our feet during a normal swing, so how we stand over the ball is as critical as… the grip.

There was a time when I didn’t actually swing left-dominant with my golf swing – that was something that happened, as I’ve alluded to before, when I was foolish enough to listen to Moe Norman talk about how he swung with his left arm, back when I began my golf swing research in the spring of 2005.

It may not have been then, as I have had that video since the summer of 1998, but the video I have of some of my swings from ’98 (some in the winter before the season started, others during the outdoor season), where I was set up very well, in my opinion.

Considering I walked away from the game in ’99, and there are no swings of mine to be seen between the end of ’98 until summer of ’05, it’s possible I picked up that habit after purchasing Moe’s video near the end of the ’98 season.

As you can see, these are left-dominant setups below, notice the prominence of the left arm, very different from the way I looked years before my swing research, during which time I would become polluted with the “swing with the leading arm” concept:

Now, take a look at my setups below, both for 3-metal, the first around February of ’98 and the other around August of the same year:

Pretty solid there, and I used my 3-metal more than my driver that summer because I had no idea where my driver was going to go and I could hit that Callaway 3+ Warbird (13 degrees loft) up to 325 yards off the tee.

In fact, the 18th hole on the course where I worked that summer (Royal Woodbine GC) was a 575 yard par 5 from the tips, which I once reached with 3-metal/3-metal (over water for the approach) for a 20 foot eagle putt – I definitely loved that club!

The point is, I was considered a longish hitter in my late 20’s, but I was very inconsistent because I was swinging in the Modern Golf Swing style.

As far as face-on, again a pretty good setup:

Notice how, even as a beginning amateur (this would have been less than a year after my first ever lesson), I had never been told but instinctively knew that the head was supposed to be over the trailing foot at impact.

So I would shift from the position my instructor had me at address with a centered head position, to my right on the back swing.

Little wonder I had no idea where my ball might go on any given swing, but I was still able to score in the 70’s on a championship course (it was the former home of a Canadian Tour event).

This is actually more of a Shift-And-Post swing than a rotary pivot, because I could never have made such a long back swing with my leading foot planted flat the way it was.

No wonder I could hit my 3-metal that far…

Bottom line – the setup is the key to a proper golf swing and every issue I’ve had with emulating the model I built from observing the greats has had to do with the setup.

Motion is motion, at the end of the day.

So, I have been hard at it the past week looking at the weight and balance exactly for the MCS Classic Golf Swing model with an eye to ensuring it is optimal and not just very good.

I have even come up with a variation in the setup that may aid some people in setting up optimally for their own swing, but which is really no different from the standard setup.

If that sounds intriguing, wait until I unveil it after I’ve tested and confirmed that they are the same, but different!

More to come!

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