Category Archives: Pivot

Modern Golf Syndrome – The Hip Action Has Been Lost

It seems to me that, due to the modern golf insistence on using a twisting torso-against-hips type of back swing pivot with a turning action through the impact zone has done more than cause physical issues for the many golfer swinging this way – it has led to the loss of the concept of hip action altogether.

I have said before that even modern golfers swing around the C7 point of the neck – it’s just that they are doing it in a mechanically-unsound manner (trying to rotate the upper body only with restricted hip action) and also in an un-optimal manner.

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Back Swing Pivot – From 3 O’Clock To The Top

“From 3 O’Clock To The Top” sounds kind of like a 50s rock song, but whatever – this is the second part of the back swing after the initial move, and you will see that, once again, it is mostly lower body action.

There is the right arm action of course, which is the only major action in the upper body as you lift the hands to the top, but look how stable the head is, the upper body in general, and how it’s the lower body driving the pivot move.

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My “Most Important” Part Of The Back Swing – Part I

I’ve spent some time talking about the down swing with regards to the “Drop & Pop,” so I thought perhaps I’d go backwards from there to the most important part of the back swing pivot, which is the initial move.

Just as the tendency for something to go wrong in the down swing is the initial move, the “Drop” part of the “Drop & Pop,” the most crucial part of the back swing pivot and the “One Major Move” is the first part.

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The Down Move – Stored Energy

There is a reason that the late Harvey Penick’s quote about the down swing’s first move (it’s all one move from the top to the finish, really, but there are stages to it when you break it down) is the same as how I describe it in the “E = MCS” video and why Moe Norman’s “Master Move” as he described it is the same as mine and Penick’s…

And that’s because… it’s the best way to swing efficiently due to the energy you’re storing on the way down, to be released into the bottom, what I call the “Pop” in the “Drop & Pop.”

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New Video – Are You Doing The “Wall Drill?”

If there is one thing you can do to improve your pivot and you haven’t been doing it – I can’t recommend the “Wall Drill” in the new “E = MCS” video enough.

Everything that matters in the golf swing, when it comes to the pivot, to speed & power production, is found below the belt – this is the power area, in the hips & legs, and the “Wall Drill” was developed to aid people in getting to that area.

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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  the lower back or lumbar region:

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Have You Noticed Something About The “One Major Move” Gif?

I don’t know if anyone has noticed the very interesting thing about the “One Major Move” gif. or the “Machine Model,” as I call it.

It’s not something that will jump out at you, but once you notice it, you really can’t “unsee” it.

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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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Padraig Harrington’s Mike Dunaway Move

Thanks to W.C. for sending me the link to this – has anyone seen PGA TourEuropean Tour player and 3-time major winner Padraig Harrington’s interesting new swing move?

There are actually two things he’s doing here, one of which isn’t really necessary – on the back swing, he’s lifting his entire leading foot off the ground, when all he really has to do is lift the heel, but that’s how discombobulated the modern swingers are at this point.

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