Do you want to know why so few people understand or even get Ben Hogan’s pivot action?
I can tell that I’m getting closer because my down swing plane is shallowing out even more, and I can show some visual proof in the form of one of my better swings last year vs the last time I was at the range.
I went from a very steep plane that appeared at some point in my swing research years, to a fairly neutral plane, to one that is actually getting “under” the plane that is my shaft angle at impact.
Update: The podcast episode is now out, you can find it here!
Hey, WAX Nation, I told you there would be things happening this year that were a little different, and here’s the first part!
I want to thank WAXGolf reader Paul Cervantes (who is himself a writer and golf enthusiast) for referring me to Fred Greene of the the “GolfSmarter” podcast (the highest rated and longest-running golf podcast, by the way, so Fred is a true pioneer of the modern era), and of course Fred for granting me an interview on his show.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to get a much better impact position than I did today with regards to the footwork, but while I continue to look at video, you can have a look at a drive that I absolutely slammed.
We recently had some convo in the comments section regarding my frustration with how the optimal MCS Golf Swing model has a flat-to-very-low trailing heel at impact (for leveraging and “using the ground”purposes).
Once again, my failure to execute the swing to achieve this stems from my not following my own dictates with the model.
Thanks to WAX Nation, and the nearly 10,000 comments that you’ve all contributed to the discussion on mechanically-correct golf swing principles.
I would also break my research progress down into at least 2, if not 3 separate phases.
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 am still shaking my head about the ridiculous claim by Peter Kostis on CBS’ Masters Saturday broadcast, claiming that top club head speed will occur well before impact, and if you still need proof of this, I have it below.
He showed a clip of Brooks Koepka, if you’ll remember, claiming that the analysis machine had B.K.’s top club head speed at 126 mph about 18″ or 45 cm before impact, and an actual club impact speed of 120 mph.
I am still waiting for conditions in this area to allow some good swinging and video-taking, but while doing so, I’ve been getting my swing muscles back into shape after a long season off (I haven’t hit a ball in about 9 months to date), and I discovered something surprising today.
I’ve been working on the speed aspect of the pivot, just trying to get raw speed with the SwingRite, and take a look at the top position of my absolute fastest swings through the bottom: