It occurred to me that the whole idea of swinging with a lifting heel versus a “planted heel,” as I like to term it (deliberately pressing the leading foot into the ground so that the heel doesn’t lift) has become a tiresome debate.
This may be due to the fact that I don’t think a proper swing has anything to do with whether the heel lifts a lot, a moderate amount or even a minimal amount.
Byron Nelson’s only swing “flaw” if I were to call it that, was the shifting of his head on the back swing, although it is related to what I was talking about in yesterday’s posting, so it was really not a “flaw” but a compensation to avoid shanking the ball.
I have said before that “restricted hips means ‘shank!'”and for the same reason – when you swing with the hips and legs, you will tend to shift forward (to the left) and therefore you will come into the ball early – welcome to Hosel City.
It’s become all too clear to me, while working on this latest video project “E = MCS,” that the fundamental key most people are missing in their swing is of proper positioning.
Even great swingers and players can have a better position from which to begin the back swing, and you see weekly on television the results of improper positioning (and of course, motion, when it comes to the modern golf swing models in use).
I have always said that my swing model work was ahead of my personal ability to execute it – you can’t work on everything at once, and if I was working with others on their swings, and perfecting the MCS optimal model, then something was going to suffer.
For me, that’s always been my personal swing, but yesterday I took the step to what is perhaps the last adjustment I’ll ever make to my swing action, and that was to bring it in line with the model as far as the hand action on the back swing pivot.
It is so simple when you distill the golf swing to its most basic elements – the proper setup combined with the “perfect pivot” action that Ben Hogan used for his own swing.
Those two basic elements are the Alpha & Omega of the optimal golf swing. In fact, I can’t think of anything that would cause a problem in the swing that wouldn’t be solved by the grasping of these two elements.
If you want a simple pictorial illustration of why MCS is the optimal model for the golf swing, let me show you simply how it harnesses leverage over muscle power, creating the effortless-looking swing that you can create with it.
I’ve talked about the “dropping the hammer”concept and how it helps to set up the impact position at address, but when I took it a step further and worked with it a little to combine it with a previous method of setting up the address, something very cool occurred.
Video Shoot Day 2 is now in the books and after reviewing all of the video, I can now say that the initial portion of the “E = MCS” video production is completed, and I can now move on to the tutorial portion.
The weather has been doing its best to spoil the party but there was enough dry weather between the last days of rain and the current cloudy-rainy-thunderstormy stuff to get the job done.
If you’ve seen the jumping and twisting leading feet and legs of the modern golf swing players, you’ll know what I’m talking about here.
There is a tendency for swing analysts on TV, from what I’ve seen, to explain away mechanical flaws in the swing by declaring that the compensations or manipulations in the swing are responsible for power or speed.