I’ve also been working, when I can, on the changes that I’m making to my own swing to tighten it and make it more of a playing golf swing than a “just bomb it” motion that I have had until now.
I always tell people that you want to start working on the swing with less than full percentage of effort, and that’s because it’s the opposite of what I did when starting out. I figured that when I was swinging as hard as I could and the ball started going where I wanted it to go, then I would be getting closer.
Instead, if I were to start my research over again, I’d go with the alternative method – hit the ball straight, then start increasing the power and distance.
Anyways, another thing I did when starting out was study a lot of Moe Norman. Moe was one of the straightest hitters of all time, and the problem with this is that much of Moe’s setup was to promote accuracy and not power and distance.
He was always short (don’t listen to people who say Moe was long, he was always a very short hitter, and didn’t care, because he was more accurate with a Driver than most with a 7i), because his accuracy setup didn’t comply with the power moves.
I have been looking hard at my own setup, and I’m still finding remnants of Moe’s influence on my swing setup, and I’m working to fix it up before beginning work on MCS 3.0 for that reason.
One thing I’ve done is had quite a reach to the ball at address. While it’s true that Austin’s (and Mike Dunaway’s) arms don’t hang vertical at address, they still don’t have the reach that I have, which is a holdover from my Moe Norman days.
Looking at where my fingers are placed on the shaft, you would see that Austin’s vertical line from the fingers touched his head, meaning that his hands were entirely within the vertical plane of his head. Mine, however, are outside the vertical plane.
That means I’m reaching more than they did, and that’s another reason (besides the open shoulders habit I had picked up) for my swing path being outside-in, even when I hit the ball perfectly.
Making changes, especially changes to things you have ingrained, takes time, effort and discipline not to revert to the old way after hitting a bad shot or two. It will be worth it however, because my swing should more reflect the principles of MCS when I’m finished.
To recap, the things I am currently changing that will be different from my Address setup from ’09 to now- feet positioned parallel to the target line, rather than in the closed position, standing closer to the ball, and a straighter angle between the right forearm and club shaft.
I’m not making the changes merely for the changes’ sake. Everything I’m doing would bring me closer to the ideal MCS setup, and it will certainly reflect in my ball-striking in the future.