You all know that one of my pet peeves on golf swing analysis is the ridiculous “using the ground” excuse the analysts use when they simply have no clue what’s going on and still want to sound knowledgeable about what you’re seeing on your screen.
Simply, launching one or both feet into the air while swinging a golf club does nothing to add speed or power, rather it is an anti-injury move because the swinger is either not using a proper weight shift to the leading foot and/or doesn’t want to damage the leading leg or hip.
OK, you can probably tell I’m having some fun working out the last little details on my long drive swing action, but today was extra fun when I got home to look at the video.
I hit some awesome balls today after struggling through the first half of the bucket, all because I got sloppy with my posture – but when I realized what I was doing and straightened back up to a taller address, it was game, set and match.
Some of you have been around for more than the past couple of years, so I bet you’ll remember the video I made over 3 years back (released November ’13), when I said I had figured out the concept of the Mike Austin swing model, and it was as simple as “swinging a stick.”
Well, not to my surprise, because I fully know how to swing a stick, that concept was correct, and the only problem I had with it was the same problem I had with the MA model.
I have four different pivots to show you, and they are all from the MCS golf swing model.
You’re going to see the pivots of yours truly, the swing model developer, and two very good low-handicap players, DKondo & MWehrman, and of the resident pro, Jerry Crowell, PGA.
We would use the swings for slightly varying purposes – Jerry of course is a tournament player and wants to maximize his scoring potential, and can’t afford any big misses or weird shots that come out of nowhere.
I went back to the Dome after two weeks to think over the mechanical action of the MCS“Perfect Pivot” move styled after Ben Hogan’s pivot, and the results were much, much better.
That’s because my positioning was much better within the MCS model, and I was very pleased with the changes – I’m not quite over the moon yet with the Driver swing, but swinging twice in four weeks, it’s a passable enough action to show.
I’m working with Jerry “BT” Crowell, PGA, on his swing model which we’ve nearly got to the “cruising” stage where he simply keeps swinging the same way without anything to adjust or work on for better performance.
With him, it’s getting that pivot as tight and leveraged as possible.
So, I have said that you can make adjustments within the MCS matrix, if for some reason you have a physical situation or impairment which prevents you from swinging along the standard model.
I have just proven it – I figured out my own adjustments to the MCS address stance (creating more angle in the stance line and varying the flare degrees of both feet), and my pivot looks exactly the way it should, now… finally!