Category Archives: Modern Swing

Who Said It – Harvey Penick… Or MCS?

I received some quotes from Uncle JJ taken from Harvey Penick’s “Little Red Book” (20th Ed.), and I have to admit, just about every one of them would nail some MCS principle or concept.

I don’t think there are two better-known books about the golf swing than Hogan’s “Five Lessons” and the “Little Red Book.”

Especially interesting is the quote about the down swing you’ll see in there, which is pertinent to the down swing “Drop & Pop” treatment from earlier in the week.

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Dustin Johnson Proves MCS Theory Beats Modern Swing

**David D. sent me this Youtube clip…

How does he do that, when I’ve never met Dustin Johnson, who has likely never heard of DJ Watts or MCS Golf Swing theory?

Well, Dustin Johnson proves the MCS Theory by producing the same kind of ball speed numbers that I can – but he’s a 6’4″ PGA Tour player, ranked #1 in the world, and a far better athlete than I am!

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Is The Tide Turning On The Modern Golf Swing?

I ask that question, and of course I don’t know if it is or isn’t, but I fervently hope so, and I read something this morning that gives me this hope.

For a long time, I can remember being very lonely in my insistence that you don’t want to restrict the hip turn on your back swing pivot, because the lower back is nearly fused to the hips – I found this excellent description of the range of twisting motion you can expect from ┬áthe lower back or lumbar region:

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Updated – I’m Wondering What It Will Take (Michelle Wie)

**Update At Bottom – MW has WD’d From U.S. Women’s Open /update

targettom sent me the latest installment of “What will it take for Michelle Wie to change her swing, which is literally breaking her body down?”

Actually, the title to the GolfDigest online piece by Keely Levins is just as wordy: “Michelle Wie, battling neck pain, says she’s lucky she even played the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open”

It’s been about four months since I took a look at her latest swing iteration, and at the time, I remarked that she only had half a swing, due to the shortness of her Continue reading

Modern Golf Swing = NO Natural Leverage

targettom and David D. both sent me links to an article on Golf WRX regarding the golf swing and the back.

It’s written by Jim Alberry and asks, “If Your Golf Swing Hurting Your Back, Or Is Your Back Hurting Your Golf Swing?

He makes an excellent points regarding the lack of hip turn in many swings, but as to the title question, I’d answer the following:

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Steph Curry’s Not Too Bad Modern Golf Swing

There’s been some buzz about Steph Curry receiving an sponsor’s exemption to play in a Web.com event next month, so I thought I’d take a look at what I could find with his swing on the internet.

Now, he’s very fortunate to be an athlete, and a pretty gifted one, with hand-eye coordination anyone would kill for (those treys, those treys), and standing at 6’3″ or 1.91m in height – Steph Curry gets away with his modern golf swing model for one reason.

That reason?

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It’s Not The Lifting Heel That Is Important… (Updated)

**Updated At Bottom

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.

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Remember My Momentus Power Driver?

I hadn’t done this before, but I was shocked by what I found when I researched the standard weight of the Momentus Power Driver to compare it to the standard modern driver.

What I found was that it wasn’t just the head that weighs more – the entire Momentus driver has a mass of – are you ready for this? – 500 grams, which is actually more than one pound of weight!

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Byron Nelson Figured It Out First

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.

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Here’s Why MCS Is Optimal – Address vs Impact

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.

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