Category Archives: Golf Swing Biomechanics

Kinesiology/Biomechanics Specialists – Where Are Your Swing Models?!?

This is the thing that really aggravates me whenever I hear about a kinesiology or biomechanics specialist who is working in the field of golf – they are always looking at golfers’ swings and telling you what the swinger is doing, but they never tell you what the golfer should be doing better or what the optimal mechanical action is or should be.

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How Bad For You Is The Modern Golf Swing? Bad As A CONTACT SPORT Study Reports

Thanks to David D. for sending this to me – more bad news for the Modern Golf Swing industry, as it seems more medical researchers are catching up with the snake-oil and bad science of restricted-hip back-torquing.

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This Is Big – Golf Digest Publishes The “X-Factor” Study

Well, I had just told Mr. McJohn in a comment yesterday not to hold his breath on any major golf publications or channels discussing the results of the so-called “X-Factor” study we read about in the BBC

And lookie here, friends – Golf Digest through GolfWorld courtesy of Joe Beall has just published a piece online doing exactly that:

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Science Now Says – Modern Golf Swing Destroys Your Back

Thanks to everyone who emailed/messaged about the following news piece, as I hadn’t yet seen it when I began getting your forwards!  Once again, WAX Golf readers are on the ball.

While the title actually says, “X-Factor Golf Swing Linked To Back Pain,” you can’t have pain without damage, and if you’re damaging your back doing something repeatedly over a period of years – you’re going to destroy it.

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Why You Aren’t “Flipping” With A Proper Release

I hope everyone in the colder regions is staying warm and toasty, as a snowstorm closes in on our own area.  It isn’t the snow but the temps that are getting crazy.

As for the post title, let me wonder out loud or online how exactly the Modern Golf Swing figures things out, because almost none of it makes any sense when you think about it.

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The Right Bias & MCS Pivot Load The Leverage Machine

I wasn’t kidding around when I wrote on the weekend that the leading side leverage are provided and powered by the hip and leg action in the optimal golf swing.

I’ve been doing more exploration of the MCS Golf Swing model swinging with the left arm only while I rehab the rib injury and the more I focus on the hip and leg action with the “drop” action, the easier it is to click the SwingRite on increasingly lower settings.

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Leading Side Action – Recommended Drill

I would recommend the following drill whether or not you are a left-dominant swinger or right-dominant – in other words, swinging with the leading arm only will definitely aid your swing mechanics, whichever side you’re dominant.

In fact, I remember when John Daly had his “Daly Planet” show on the Golf Channel back around 2005 or so – he showed his warm-up one time, and he always warmed up hitting wedges with his left arm only.

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The Leading Side Action (Left Handed Only)

I’ve been looking for a good left-handed swing action to illustrate the isolated arm swinging the golf club, and I remembered seeing Mike Austin’s demonstration of it in the Pico Rivera video.

Now, I’ve been saying for years, since I finished the MCS Golf Swing model especially, that the only real difference between the Mike Austin swing model and that of MCS is in the stance and head motion during the back pivot.

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Leading Side Leverage = Pulley/Winch/Gears

Because of the nature of the difference between the body and actual machines, it’s not a perfect analogy, but you can consider this – when used properly, the leading side produces leverage for the down swing that is akin to a pulley or winch, which emulates the gear action of a machine.

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Mike Dunaway’s Leverage

If you think think that being a right-dominant swinger doesn’t require you to use the left or leading side equally, think again.

I took a super slo mo of the Mike Dunaway “stick-man” swing to show his down swing transition and the “drop” that he made into the “3 O’Clock” position.

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