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Typical and Atypical situations with respect to the MGSS

Typical and Atypical situations with respect to the MGSS

All ‘typical’ MGSS shots (ie full-swing, pitch/bunker, chip and putt shots) are designed to give a golfer an inside path and wide arc (of both the lead as well as trail arms) during the backswing. Both inside path and width during backswing are concepts based on my years of research which have proved scientifically that these two aspects are important.

So, when a narrower arc is required, in order for the club to arrive steeply at the ball and thus ‘pinch’ the ball, a few minor adjustments must be made.

These are described in the video MGS from Awkward/Unusual Lies in the ‘golf videos’ section of this blog.

The bunker/pitch shot used by the MGSS provides a soft-landing, high shot without significant narrowing of the backswing arc. It may therefore be considered a ‘typical’ MGSS shot. It remains basically the same movement as the full-swing, except that it has reduced distance by cutting out the full-swing downswing body-rotation. It is able to achieve that by having the golfer stand closer to the ball.

With typical MGSS movements and not being required to ‘finish’ (stand-up-and-turn-to-face-target through impact), the chances of hitting a ‘fat’ or ‘skulled’ shot are fairly non-existent.

A video for this has also been posted in the ‘golf videos’ section.

Finally, as of November 2012 you can get an on-line video analysis to see how your MGSS is progressing, PLUS new information, not available in the ebook or website or blog. Email for details/suggestions/questions.

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ALMOST MGS but don’t ALWAYS ‘get it’? A common ‘leak’

ALMOST MGS but don’t ALWAYS ‘get it’? A common ‘leak’

MGS golfers sometimes lose a bit of their main (forward) or primary tilt while making the MGS twist. The solution? Make sure you have a good primary tilt or forward bend before you twist.

That way, the golfer does not have an ‘early extension’ of the spine (ie. getting out of posture during the downswing), nor does he/she come over-the-top, with both butt-cheeks showing at impact and a right shoulder forward of the right toe.

Also, the correct pre-twist forward bend allows a lot of room for the MGS backswing to happen.

Unusual Lies using MGSS

For a while now many MGSS followers have been asking about how/if the Minimalist Golf Swing (full-swing) – basically a movement which gives maximum distance and straight direction by ensuring the club always arrives at the ball from the inside and at a shallow angle – can be used for shots from unusual/awkward lies. A new page ‘Unusual Lies using MGSS’ will give details, and video will show how it’s done. Both have now been posted, using my current two best students as ‘models’.

The ‘push shot’ is NOT MGS!

Many ‘MGS’ users complain of a making a ‘push’ shot (straight out to the right, for a right-handed golfer, with no curve on the ball). Firstly it should not be a complaint, because at least they now have just one stock shot, and the earlier low pulls or sliced shots are gone. They’re therefore ‘almost’ but not fully MGS.

Basically, a ‘push’ is NOT MGS, it means the golfer has deviated from the movements required in some small way (hence the improvement of ball-striking to just a push). Their right trunks are therefore still slightly higher than left, which is the exact opposite of what the MGS ‘magic move’ requires.

This golfer has got the MGS set up perfectly, BUT the left arm is so stretched out and stiff, it pushes the rest of the body, so that the left trunk drops slightly, and therefore the left knee drops and the hips get moved (rotated) too.

The MGS backswing needs a very, very soft left arm, climbing steeply up the chest wall, and no other body movement during the backswing.

In the picture above, someone standing behind the golfer should be able to see much less of this golfer’s left arm (green line amount, NOT red line amount), simply because that left arm is climbing loosely and steeply up, and is  not stiff or stretched.

The 'push shot' is NOT MGS!

Many ‘MGS’ users complain of a making a ‘push’ shot (straight out to the right, for a right-handed golfer, with no curve on the ball). Firstly it should not be a complaint, because at least they now have just one stock shot, and the earlier low pulls or sliced shots are gone. They’re therefore ‘almost’ but not fully MGS.

Basically, a ‘push’ is NOT MGS, it means the golfer has deviated from the movements required in some small way (hence the improvement of ball-striking to just a push). Their right trunks are therefore still slightly higher than left, which is the exact opposite of what the MGS ‘magic move’ requires.

This golfer has got the MGS set up perfectly, BUT the left arm is so stretched out and stiff, it pushes the rest of the body, so that the left trunk drops slightly, and therefore the left knee drops and the hips get moved (rotated) too.

The MGS backswing needs a very, very soft left arm, climbing steeply up the chest wall, and no other body movement during the backswing.

In the picture above, someone standing behind the golfer should be able to see much less of this golfer’s left arm (green line amount, NOT red line amount), simply because that left arm is climbing loosely and steeply up, and is  not stiff or stretched.

The Minimalist Golf swing for golfers with injury

A golfer who plays every day since the past 40 years, has limited hip mobility and also recently had pain in his thigh. He was very flexible in his upper-body, however, made a really good MGS set-up ‘twist’, and was so much less over-the-top in just 15-20 shots which he hit, MGS style. See his video on youtube.

Another recent student had been told via an internet lesson to swing just right-handed to sort out some swing problem. He ended up having tendonitis/bursitis in his right shoulder, because no one told him HOW his right arm should/should not rise while taking it back single-handedly. His right upper-arm rose higher than 90 degrees with no right elbow bend – an easy way to get impingement of the tendons and bursa under the acromion process of the shoulder-blade (scapula). All the PGAs should have mandatory anatomy courses before they certify instructors!

Useful Bits and Pieces of Information

Useful bits and pieces

1. Remember the ‘chip’ question of last week? See the answers in the short game  section.

2. One student who’d already being trying MGS through internet resources alone wanted the total MGS ‘package’ – full swing, pitch/bunker, chip and putt, all personalized for him, and he was one of the fastest learners I ever met in my 23 years of teaching. He showed instant success in all 4 departments. The reasons – his body type is very flexible; he has had lessons from so many teachers he is a good lesson-taker and used to making changes quickly; he was already open to the idea of making a non-traditional yet scientific swing, and had been using it with some success.

3. Watch out for his ‘before’ and ‘after’ videos to be posted on youtube over the next few days. Useful for those already following MGS, on how exactly to ‘get it’. Basically, ‘before’, at the time of starting his backswing, John had no twist at all. So, whatever MGS-like moves he was trying to make during the backswing did not succeed as well as they could have. Even after being shown the salient features of MGS for him, he got his best shots when he had enough twist. For him (some golfers have the opposite problem), keeping his right side down and lifting his left arm steeply up were easy, he just did not always make enough  MGS ‘twist’. So, even when he kept his right side down and the meaty upper part of his left arm rising steeply and softly up his chest wall, he would revert to a laid off position. However, he still had fantastic ball-flight because of MGS’s ‘magic move’ for the full swing – keeping the right side down and the body quiet during the backswing.

NO TWIST/BARELY ANY TWIST (‘BEFORE’, even though trying to get MGS):

 

 

 

 

GREAT TWIST (‘AFTER’)

 

 

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