I have a simple gif. I created a little less than 2 years ago to demonstrate the role of gravity in the down swing, but I can’t find the posting for which this gif. was created, so let’s just do it here and now.
I’m not saying you can’t swing forward, but that is not mechanically-optimal and can actually lead to mechanical-correctness issues, which of course means you’re sacrificing performance and raising injury risk.
One of the main issues of trying to swing at the target with the golf swing is that the ball is located near the bottom of the swing arc… so trying to direct force and energy at the target with the club when the ball is nowhere near that point means wasted energy and inefficiency.
It boggles my mind that, whatever I’ve managed to do with my golf swing motion in the past 13.5 years since beginning my research, my longest drives and highest club speeds may actually still lie before me.
At 48 going on 49 (next March), that is pretty heady stuff. However, knowing what I’ve been working on and the breakthroughs I’ve made with my own motion to get even closer yet to the MCS Golf Swing model theory – it could be true, even with the decline brought on by Father Time.
I may have mentioned a little while back that I’ve just begun to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
While I’m just getting into it (I started at the behest of my good friend The Welshman, who is enthused, to say the least), I’m already getting some valuable insights on the nature of leverage and how important the hips & legs are in producing the same.
I’ve said since my early days in golf swing research and analysis that modern golf instructors and “gurus” seem to be trying to tell people that the rules of athletic motion are somehow different in golf as opposed to other sports.
That of course is so wrong as to be laughable, but I’m not the one trying to sell it, I’m just saying that athletic motion is athletic motion.