Category Archives: Impact

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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Matt Wolff’s Excellent “3 To 9” – But About That Left Foot Action

If you have been looking at repeat NCAA Div 1 Champion Matt Wolff’s swing, you’re sure to be distracted by his funky-looking back swing and top position, but when you look at the part that really matters, it’s pretty darned good.

I’ll show you his down swing after the club has reached the plane of a more orthodox-looking swing, and you can see an excellent “3 O’Clock” position (other than the high trailing heel, but that’s an optimal matter, not a mechanically-unsound one), and a pretty good impact:

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I’m Learning From My Own Model – The Trailing Heel

We recently had some convo in the comments section regarding my frustration with how the optimal MCS Golf Swing model has a flat-to-very-low trailing heel at impact (for leveraging and “using the ground”purposes).

Once again, my failure to execute the swing to achieve this stems from my not following my own dictates with the model.

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More Proof On Acceleration & Peak Club Speed

I am still shaking my head about the ridiculous claim by Peter Kostis on CBS’ Masters Saturday broadcast, claiming that top club head speed will occur well before impact, and if you still need proof of this, I have it below.

He showed a clip of Brooks Koepka, if you’ll remember, claiming that the analysis machine had B.K.’s top club head speed at 126 mph about 18″ or 45 cm before impact, and an actual club impact speed of 120 mph.

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Sam Snead Proves Mike Dunaway’s Flat/Low Impact Heel

I sometimes struggle with finding ways to prove things about Mike Dunaway, because he never played competitive golf and his long drive days (of the sort that inspired Art Sellinger, founder of Long Drivers Of America) were long before the advent of YouTube.

Therefore, you don’t see a lot of “proof” of how powerful and long Dunaway was other than things like LDOA naming him the Father of Modern Long Drive and awarding him a lifetime achievement prize for his pioneering work.

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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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No Turn In The Down Swing – Driver & Iron

As I’ve been saying with regards to optimal technique for power production and accuracy/consistency, the tendency to turn toward the target during the down swing makes it very difficult to build a repeating swing without years and hours of practice and swinging.

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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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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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