If you’re wondering why I’ve been working so long and seemingly without progress on my new swing model, it’s because it’s the simplest action one can make with a mechanically-correct swing model that maximizes both power and accuracy combined.
And that means, if one thing is off, it won’t work the way it’s designed to.
Mike Dunaway’s action in his swing motion below was the closest, in my estimation, to being that motion.
The model upon which I’m working differs from Dunaway’s slightly, in that I insist on it having the “Leaning A” stance which provides a stable head position on the back pivot and into the down swing to impact, where you’ll see Dunaway above has a basically vertical spine angle.
The problem is that it is not vertical at impact, with quite a tilt away from the target, so again you get the situation where Dunaway’s head is in motion from the beginning of the back pivot and even during the down swing.
Another difference is that my model definitely has a leading heel lift, although a very minor one, but the pivot action requires it in order to not put strain on the leading leg components from ankle to hip.
There is a reason, we all know, that the rehab trailer in pro golf is always very busy – the Modern Golf Swing is not sound and the more you swing that way, and the longer, the higher the risk of injury until it’s virtually 100%.
Now, Dunaway did get away with little to no heel lift, and we know he never injured himself swinging, but you’ll see in the swing Gif. above, if you look closely, so instability in the leading foot through impact and the finish, where with an optimal swing action, you would have all of your weight on the leading foot through the swing bottom.
I’m not going to nitpick Dunaway’s swing, just sharing my observations and philosophy on athletic motion.
I’ve never thrown a ball hard without all of my weight transferring to leading foot and I would never swing a hammer, axe, baseball bat or golf club without doing the same.
So, as I poke and prod my own model to see where I’m falling short in replicating the one I see in my mind, I’m not minding so much the length of the journey as much as the little careless errors I’ve kept making along the way that have prevented me from completing that journey by now.
That issue with the pulling, I’ve had probably since I came back out after the pandemic lockdown closed the golf facilities in my part of the world for a good part of 2020.
During that time, I got away from setting up to the ball in the manner I’ve laid out in just about every video since the “MCS – Ultimate Leverage” video back in 2015.
Even now, while working on my pivot action and down swing leveraging, I am meticulously using that same setup procedure and sighing inwardly at the thought, “Had you been doing this all along, you’d likely have nailed this some time ago…”
But better late than never, and I keep reminding myself that if I can indeed get to the finish line, it won’t matter how long it took, because it’ll have been completed.
And the great thing about this model is that it is a Classic Golf Swing model, so I will be able to again focus on one model and one model alone – this one.
I think I’ll drop the “Classic” however, because this action is certainly not one that was seen and utilized in the Classic Golf Swing era.
So, perhaps just the “MCS Golf Swing.” Because if I’m correct about what I’m working, I would certainly not ever wish to swing any other way.
On the other hand, it is simply the optimal model of how to swing with free motion in the hips and legs, which does make it a “Classic” action.
So, back to the lab after the weekend and I’ll update in due time.
More to come.