As I said myself in the comments section, the challenge in conveying something is at times knowing what people already know vs taking for granted what people have to know but don’t.
This latest issue pertains to “loading the scapula,” to use Brandon’s terminology, in the later part of the back swing. The issue came up when I made reference to this action in my own back swing for the first time, which was a revelation to some not so familiar with the Mike Austin theory of swing.
Reverse Angle – The Right Scapula Loading At the Top
I have referred to this action in both the original MCS and the 2.0 Videos, however I was using the term “lifting to the top” with the right hand or arm for right-handers. So, let’s explore this a little further…
“Loading the scapula” means contracting the muscles in the back of the shoulder that control the movement of the scapula or shoulder blade (scapular muscles or trapezoid) so that the shoulder blades slides toward the spine. If you hold your arms in front of you horizontally or even bend upwards at the elbows, and press your elbows back as far as you can (reverse butterfly), you are loading your scapula(s).
If you do it with the right arm only, that’s loading the right scapula. And this is what I refer to in the later part of the back swing when I talk about “lifting” to the top with the right hand.
Here’s an online article I found on scapular motion.
This is another reason to make sure of your proper Fundamentals Trifecta component three (Address Stance), because the proper stance, with the bending from the hips, with the legs not in the squatting position, as well as the right spine tilt (for right-handers) – all of these facilitate the scapula loading when maintaining the pure pivot of the shoulders around the 7th cervical vertebra (the base of the neck) during the back swing.