Now, I’ve been very consistent in how the swing applies from the wedge to Driver using the Formula. Some of you however may have problems with the Driver, which I’ll call the modern Driver.
The modern driver has a much longer shaft and a steeper lie than the old persimmon clubs had. The old drivers, you could swing in the same manner as the other clubs. This was because of the old design – you truly struck the ball with a level angle, but the modern clubs are designed to impact the ball past the swing bottom and quite a ways past the irons.
I have been saying for some time that I have no idea when and why the PGA Tour players (and Tiger Woods especially) began to swing with this exaggerated over-the-top swiping-dead-left Slap Chop move that we see every week.
Here’s the video I was referring to in my previous posting, on my usual warmup routine. I don’t do anything special, and to prove it, I recorded what I would usually do when getting to the range.
I don’t find that I hit the ball any better after about ten swings than I’ll do the rest of the day. You don’t really have to warm up in the athletic sense, you won’t be taking a tackle or throwing a 90-mph fastball, but you want to get the muscles loosened up and firing.
Yes, friends, this video is going to be better even than the Formula, which I think is to date my best video so far. Now, I’ve taken the next step to ensure that I can deliver an MCS 2.0-style tutorial while also outside and swinging!
Just as when someone gives a golf swing clinic or seminar, the new equipment I’ve gotten will allow me to do even more than what I did with MCS 2.0 Video. I’ll be able to move and swing without worrying about the camcorder picking up my words.
It is a long way from the first video I produced back in the summer of 2010 (Smash Golf’s MCS), and I’m making even more improvements to the upcoming New MCS – The Full Swing video that will be out at the end of next week.
Yes, it will be out before the U.S. Open weekend, and then you can spend that entire tournament watching the tortured swings of the best players in the world as they turn hitting a 125 yard wedge shot or 170 yard 8 iron into disaster upon disaster.
I was drooling to have some English-style Halibut & Chips for lunch today, and I snuck out to the range before the extreme heat and humidity hit, just to hit a bucket of balls and burn some Friday morning energy.,
Now, when it comes to the Driver, most people go crazy trying to figure out how to hit it. I did too, at least with the modern driver, as I had begun my swing research using a Callaway Big Bertha Warbird from the 90′s… so getting a modern driver was a switch, both in feel and technique.
I am going through all of the vintage drivers I’ve collected and had donated to the “cause,” to how they perform with the New MCS swing methodology.
I gotta tell you all, I have never hit my driver or drivers better in my entire life. My Formula has given me in the short few weeks of its existence, better and better swinging and ball striking with each day.
I said yesterday in my Member section posting that I had got a couple of swings on video hitting my Geek DotCom This driver, but it was in fact the Titleist 975D driver that Kid Charlemagne captured me swinging on Friday when we spent the day together..
It was cold, and the lighting is bad, so you don’t see much of the body motion due to the heavy hoodie. But I was still getting 120-125mph on all my driver swings, whatever the driver, and the 975Dwas no exception.
Just a little clip showing a Drive with my TaylorMade RBZ Tour driver, 7.5 degrees stiff flex (I’m going to need X or XX shafts, this thing felt like a wet noodle when I swung itat the range yesterday).
I will try to get some more video of the Driver, both RBZ and Geekdrivers, either today or tomorrow (raining right now). But this is the first video of my swing using the “formula” I’ve developed for the Address Stance in the New MCS model.
I sneaked out to the range this afternoon before the week-long rain and thunder show commenced (currently in the opening refrain), and I took some video of the down the line swing with the New MCS swing with wedge and 6 iron.
To my members, that footage will be up sometime tomorrow in the Section. For now, let me premiere the New MCS motion for the modern-built Driver, and now my work is truly complete.
(Update -I’ll be making sure to get some more current video of this young man on the weekend at the Masters, and I’ll have more up-to-date comments on his swing from the New MCS angle.)
(Originally Posted November 15, 2012)
With all of the recent commotion regarding Guan Tian-Lang’s winning the Asia-Pacific Mid-Amateur championship at 14 years of age (thereby becoming by far the youngest golfer ever to receive a certain Masters’ invitation),I thought I’d take a look his technique.
I haven’t been able to see much of his swing on the internet, but the night he won the tournament, I did see a swing shown on the golf newscast, and what I’m posting today is a snippet of a clip from Youtube that is basically the same swing action I saw that night.
I went to the range today to give my Members a look at what the New MCS swing looks like with the alignment changes. I hit three different irons, the 4, 7 and P Wedge.
I couldn’t stop looking at my 4 iron swing when I got home and uploaded the video. I can’t see anything wrong in that motion or address. I’m studying every detail of this swing – it’s my “proto-type” swing for all irons.
I have some Driver swings as well that I’ll post later, but I’m going to be spending much more time on the shorter clubs and shots now that the Theory is what it is and I’m moving on to golf itself and not just the full Driver swing.
OK, second day at the range, and I’m ready to play some golf!
I made some amazing personal progress today in my theory work concerning the swing, and this is the challenge I’m facing – for three years, I based everything I did on Mike Austin – his swing, his videos, what he was said to have instructed – and now, I’m moving on with my own initiative and figuring out what’s best for me based on my MCS Motion Theory.
And, today was a great example of how I believe MCS is just a better philosophy for the modern golf swing – I don’t swing like anyone you have seen on this video, likely – but it’s my swing motion, it’s mechanically-correct, and I kind of like it.
I actually got out to the golf academy late this morning, and the conditions were glorious. It got up to at least 9 or 10Cbefore I left, and the bright sunshine just lifted my spirits after the long winter.
You’re probably wondering how I hit the ball. Well, let me tell you about that…
I haven’t hit balls seriously in about six months (since late September of last year, with a couple of days to finish my video shoot and then a dozen balls or so with Tony P in January), and I was hitting the driver at 118-123mph – there was a 131 and another 134, but I am not counting them – although the ball I hit with the 131 reading seemed to sail forever.
Sergio Garcia is held up as a guy who generates a lot of clubhead speed through the ball for someone his height and stature. He’s not the biggest guy in the world.
Now, there’s nothing extra-ordinary in Sergio’s strength or speed that allows him to do so. It’s in his technique, to a large extent. His swing is not perfect, but he does the right thing in the right spot and it allows him to do two things – drill the ball, and hit it pretty consistently, because of how little effort he has to put into that phase in the swing I mention.