I made a clip of one of the best face-on swings I have to illustrate the nature of the C7′s role in the swing.
Most people think of swinging an object with their hands and arms, but you are only holding onto the golf club with your hands and arms. You are swinging it from your C7 vertebra.
In the clip below, just watch the action and focus on the area just beneath my chin. Roughly, that is close to where the C7 would be, as it is the lowest cervical vertebra where the neck joins the body.
I’ll be doing some theory work today, because what I saw in the video that I took yesterday at the park sparked a big ol’ light-bulb in my head regarding the down swing weight shift, hip action and how to create the blinding speed that MA did.
First of all, anyone who doubt’s MA’s technical genius simply hasn’t learned enough about the human body motion (kinesiology, basically) to realize what he was doing, let alone talking about.
If you look at this great Jimmy Thomson swing from the face-on view, you’ll see why he was such a long hitter. His swing was modeled as well on the Mike Austin-described of the “ringing bell” hip action.
In the clip below (thanks to my J Thomson material provider J.M.!), you’ll see very clearly the swinging bell hip action, facilitated by the compound pivot.
As you all may have noticed, I’ve been blogging lightly the past few weeks.
I usually don’t do much golf work in the dog days of summer, 1) because I don’t relish hitting balls or lugging myself around the course while drenched head to foot in humidity and perspiration, and 2) because anyone with young children knows that summer is a great time for the family with everyone home until school starts again in September.
I was going through some things that I presented in last year’s MCS project, when I had a “What If?” idea on how to show the compound pivot in the golf swing with regards to body movement and attachment.
I have been studying the golf swing for six years now, and my greatest regret, other than not having heard of Mike Austin until at least two years after my quest began, of course, is not having taken video before of my swing from the rear.