It occurred to me that the whole idea of swinging with a lifting heel versus a “planted heel,” as I like to term it (deliberately pressing the leading foot into the ground so that the heel doesn’t lift) has become a tiresome debate.
This may be due to the fact that I don’t think a proper swing has anything to do with whether the heel lifts a lot, a moderate amount or even a minimal amount.
Byron Nelson’s only swing “flaw” if I were to call it that, was the shifting of his head on the back swing, although it is related to what I was talking about in yesterday’s posting, so it was really not a “flaw” but a compensation to avoid shanking the ball.
I have said before that “restricted hips means ‘shank!'”and for the same reason – when you swing with the hips and legs, you will tend to shift forward (to the left) and therefore you will come into the ball early – welcome to Hosel City.
It’s become all too clear to me, while working on this latest video project “E = MCS,” that the fundamental key most people are missing in their swing is of proper positioning.
Even great swingers and players can have a better position from which to begin the back swing, and you see weekly on television the results of improper positioning (and of course, motion, when it comes to the modern golf swing models in use).
I’m sure everyone heard the buzz about amateur Cameron Champ who played in this year’s U.S. Open, and his driving average of 337 yards.
I’ve found some video of his swing, although the one I can’t find online is the rear view of his swing that showed a separating left heel on the back swing pivot.
It could just as well have been a one-off however because from what I see in other clips I’ve found online, he doesn’t seem to do it all the time, and that is the only concern I would have for a 22 year old who’s driving it 350 yards – that he be doing it with a mechanically-sound swing action.
I have always said that my swing model work was ahead of my personal ability to execute it – you can’t work on everything at once, and if I was working with others on their swings, and perfecting the MCS optimal model, then something was going to suffer.
For me, that’s always been my personal swing, but yesterday I took the step to what is perhaps the last adjustment I’ll ever make to my swing action, and that was to bring it in line with the model as far as the hand action on the back swing pivot.
I posted something about Justin Thomas last March, a posting which I’ve since removed because of the grumpy tone (I was annoyed by the constant references to his being “pound for pound the longest driver on Tour”), but what I said about his long distance driving was mentioned by Brandel Chamblee in the post Round 3 “Live From” on Golf Channel.
Chamblee showed a graphic that illustrated how Thomas gets it done, and that has to do with impact conditions over raw club impact speed.
It is so simple when you distill the golf swing to its most basic elements – the proper setup combined with the “perfect pivot” action that Ben Hogan used for his own swing.
Those two basic elements are the Alpha & Omega of the optimal golf swing. In fact, I can’t think of anything that would cause a problem in the swing that wouldn’t be solved by the grasping of these two elements.