As my long-time readers know, I looked at Hogan’s pivot action back in 2014 and discovered to my amazement that no one on TV or in the magazines actually knew or could describe what he was doing!
I like to share uplifting stories, and you’ll remember WAX Nation that I mentioned to Fred Greene during our interview for his “Golfsmarter” podcast that when people tell me that I’ve helped them keep playing or begin playing golf again after back issues or other, it makes it all worth while.
I’ve corresponded for a time with a PGA of America instructor out in Arizona, and earlier in the week he emailed me with a great story about the MCS Golf Swing.
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:
With all of my personal angst regarding finding and building an “optimal” golf swing, I would like to stress in this posting that “optimal” simply means to me, the best possible swing action you can make with regards to efficiency, speed production and accuracy/consistency.
That doesn’t mean that a swing that isn’t “optimal” is bad – when I say a swing is mechanically-sound, but not optimal, I mean that I fully endorse a swing action like that but that it could be even better.
First off, I made adjustments to my action as I have been writing about, during the winter layoff, and when I got back out there, I was trying to do it all at once.
I wasn’t expecting to swing perfectly my first day hitting balls again after nearly 9 and a half months off – the last ball I struck had been at the TXG Golf facility back in late July of last summer – but I was pretty happy with what I saw after I got the video home.
It’s been a very late warm-up after the winter so the facility is still on mats until at least next week, but the weather again will be cold and wet so I likely won’t get back out until next week again anyways.
I wrote a few years back that Rory McIlroy might have discovered the key to increasing power through technique when he was spotted letting his leading heel come up during his back swing, but it turned out not to be a permanent thing.
Now, it seems he might be back on a right track, with his apparent discovery that the hips and shoulder are connected.
I had actually forgotten about it, so silly was the premise, but Walter brought it back to mind yesterday in a comment.
I’ve been exploring the pivot since my rib injury left me unable to swing two-handed for most of the post-New Year winter, but as I said a few weeks back, there’s a silver lining to that cloud.
Unable to swing right-handed, I was swinging for a few weeks left-arm-only, which made me really focus on the relationship to the leading side and the hip action on the back pivot.