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.
“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.
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.
” And this (the right elbow having dropped to the hip) is the point where the energy you’ve stored in your right arm and the cocked wrists will release the club down into and through impact.”
Are you actively holding the angle and dropping the rear shoulder into position? Or are you starting the release from the top ie Nicklaus ” you cant release the club to early as long as you are moving into your left side.”
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.”
I posted yesterday about the first of the fulcrum/lever aspects of the mechanically-correct golf swing, the C7 and the shoulder assembly.
It’s the most important one, as it is the one that harnesses all of the leverage potential stored in your body mass.
Additionally for those who might ask “but what about the left or leading arm as a lever?” I would say, “that is absolutely correct – and the leading arm as a lever is directly connected to the leading shoulder, and that is powered by the same action as mentioned with the Kettle Bell example.”
So, as discussed in the previous posting, you have two parts to the down swing, but of course they come together as one motion, but the most important phase of the down swing comes with the “Pop” after the “Drop.”
This is the part where the Kettle-Bell drill from the “E = MCS” video comes in handy, as the impact phase is what you’re working on with that drill.
If you can get to the “Drop” position, your down swing is half over – the other half is the “Pop” which, as I’ve stated, includes the motion from the “3 to 9 O’Clock” positions when viewing a swinger from behind.
Although the down swing is a continuous motion to the finish, and although the only things that matter (to the ball) are over at impact, there is a way to break the down swing into two separate components for drilling, I am sure.