Category Archives: Golf Swing Biomechanics

Tony Finau – “Short Back Swing, Low Impact Heel Power” Exhibit A

If you are looking for a great example of how someone can generate power with a short back swing and proper leverage evidenced by a low trailing heel impact, then look no further than one Tony Finau.

Yes, he’s a very tall player with long limbs (levers), but when you look at how ridiculously short his back swing is and how effortlessly he’s leveraging the club, you will realize that Finau could be monstrous-long, a good deal longer than he already is, with an adjustment or two.

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Here’s Why I Do What I Do – PGA Instructor’s Email To Me…

I like to share uplifting stories, and you’ll remember WAX Nation that I mentioned to Fred Greene during our interview for his “Golfsmarter” podcast that when people tell me that I’ve helped them keep playing or begin playing golf again after back issues or other, it makes it all worth while.

I’ve corresponded for a time with a PGA of America instructor out in Arizona, and earlier in the week he emailed me with a great story about the MCS Golf Swing.

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Rory McIlroy Discovers Shoulders Follow Hips & Vice Versa

I wrote a few years back that Rory McIlroy might have discovered the key to increasing power through technique when he was spotted letting his leading heel come up during his back swing, but it turned out not to be a permanent thing.

Now, it seems he might be back on a right track, with his apparent discovery that the hips and shoulder are connected.

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If Brooks Koepka Lost 6 mph Into Impact, Here’s Likely WHY

Here’s what I saw when I went looking for Brooks Koepka’s 6 mph decrease in club head velocity between 18″ pre-impact to impact, and it should be plain to see for anyone who analyzes motion.

I’ve said before, been saying for years, actually, that when you squat into the address you will restrict hip turn, and when you restrict hip turn on the back swing, your hips will reach impact position before the upper body.

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More Junk Science From CBS & Modern Golf (You Won’t Believe This)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier with Modern Golf Swing concepts and junk science, I saw something this weekend that literally had me shaking my head and laughing during the segment.

I had actually forgotten about it, so silly was the premise, but Walter brought it back to mind yesterday in a comment.

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Using The Ground – Right Idea, Wrong Execution

J.S. sent me a clip of European Tour winner Van Phillips explaining his take on the “using the ground” meme so prevalent and so misapprehended in the golf world.

First of all, he does get it right in the beginning when he talks about shifting weight, because that’s exactly how one applies force to the ground.

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“Using The Ground” = “LOL”

I am betting you’re going to hear a lot of the “using the ground” and/or “vertical lift” nonsense this coming weekend during the television coverage at the Players Championship.

This of course refers to the insane rationalization the analysts are making trying to explain why certain swingers’ leading feet are flopping and flying all over the place through impact.

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Universal Principles Apply To Proper Mechanics

One of the things I can’t stress enough is the bias and tilt in the MCS Golf Swing setup, because if you look at the greatest swingers, certain principles are universal.

In fact, I set up a few principles a few years back while developing what is now the final MCS model, when I identified several universal swing principles for effective swinging, whether you want to swing exactly MCS or not.

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Fred Couples – More Proof On The “Tight Pivot” Concept

I love when something I see online sparks a “hmm” moment, making me go back to check what I’ve written about this thing or that – and I end up being validated.

I have talked extensively this past autumn and winter on the nature of “tight” when it comes to the pivot and top position before the transition, and I showed John Daly as an example of how one can have a tight position even when way past parallel at the top with the club shaft.

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Why The Cupped Leading Wrist At Address But Straight At Impact?

I was chatting with Jason today on his swing and we went over a couple of things to do with his setup.

I noticed that he was pushing his hands a little too far to the target at address, with a straightened leading wrist, and when I mentioned to him the way to fix this, we got into a discussion on the difference between impact and setup and why they are so.

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