mgs – one fix for every fault

MGS – One Swing for ANY FAULT

It’s all about joint positioning, so incorrectly placed joints cause all the problems in golf, which is why MGS is one swing system which can cure ANY swing fault.

A more reliable bunker-shot

(see also the youtube video on the bunker shot. In youtube type kiran kanwar golf)

The Minimalist Golf Swing System allows Maximal margins for error, including for the bunker shot!

What makes a bunker shot fail? Hitting the ball directly or too far behind/under it. 


Both hitting on top of the ball or too far behind/under are caused mainly by the mistaken idea which golfers have had for decades, that the club must be swung out-to-in.

EVERY OUT-TO-IN swing comes at the cost of being OVER-THE-TOP, increasing the chance of striking the ball directly; or too far behind/below it.

See this golfer make a traditional out-to-in bunker-shot downswing and a more safe, from-the-inside MGS one, created simply by more effective backswing positions.

MGS forces a more inside path towards the ball, so the club ALWAYS drops down almost exactly where the golfer addresses it (a few inches behind the ball).

Steepness is created by a steep left (lead) arm rise, not by the wrists. It is dangerous to bend them, as they might unbend too early or too late!


A shanked pitch-shot

This excessive hip turn (yellow arrow) combined with a right wrist that bends backwards (green arrow) and right shoulder that rotates inwards (red arrow), will almost always (unless you have excellent timing) force the right shoulder to drop forward and down as seen in the picture on the right (over-the-top!).

So, the golfer can think of ten different corrections, or simply follow MGS for the pitch shot. MGS will automatically prevent excessive hip rotation, and force both the right elbow and the right wrist to set into good positions (right elbow downward, wrists neutral), instead of backwards.


Today’s Golf Lesson with a Playing and Teaching Pro who’s been playing all his life.

Changes as seen over a one-hour lesson.

Simply by making the MGS swing, this golfer’s backswing improves all joint positions which MGS considers are vital to AUTOMATIC DOWNSWING BRILLIANCE:

1. During the first part of the lesson, MGS helps him improve right arm positions (looser right shoulder, wider right arm,      less ‘handsy’ backswing start)

2. Towards the end, by keeping the right side lower than the left, the backswing improves still more (the sign that the MAGIC MOVE of the MGS – right side remaining lower than left all through the backswing – is that you can see more of the golfer’s head!)

The result – majestic ball-striking, usually a baby-draw, even before the swing is fully a ‘habit’.

Even someone simply looking at these shots (with no understanding of what MGS requires the golfer to do) can see that the backswing gets more solid and meaningful.


Separating the Role of the Arms and Hands and of the Body

The golf swing can be most efficient if the arms and hands move the club in a strictly                 frontal plane (almost like a ferris wheel in front of the body), and the body moves in a purely transverse plane (pure horizontal rotation of torso and trunk).

That way, the arms and hands drop the club down to the ground for direction and trajectory, and the body powers the arms and hands to move at greater speed, for more distance.

The MGS forces role-separation, and thus delivers maximum swing efficiency for any skill-level of golfer.

With MGS, the trail (right, for a right-handed golfer) shoulder, arm, forearm and wrist are put into positions from which they do not interfere with the lead arm’s role as radius of the downswing.

At the same time, the body is positioned so that is does not make any up-and-down or side-to-side or forward-and-backward movements during the backswing, which would hinder pure rotation of the body during the downswing.


The body, with feet planted can only rotate for power (it cannot move by running back and through 5-10 steps each way!!!), but the arms must go up-and-down to allow the club to reach the ground at impact. So, by putting the body into a pre-twist, the golfer is DONE with rotation, and now only requires the arms to move up and down. The pre-set position, incidentally, is where the body returns to from top of backswing of a ‘normal swing’ at the acceleration phase of downswing.

The pre-set SETS body weight so no weight shift back and through are needed, which, does not always happen efficiently for all golfers, and rarely happens in correct sequence.

Shoulders closed puts the left scapula (shoulder blade) into a position from which the left arm can lift vertically upwards, with the chest moved out of the way so the club does not start OUTSIDE the arms (this latter would be a big DISCONNECT)

It creates a very precise path along which the left arm must lift and drop, with less scope for variation and inconsistency

It locks in the head and upper-body, so that it becomes difficult for the downswing to start over the top.


The stretch-shortening cycle in golf – comments, anyone?

Here are 2 pictures. One golfer is a long-driver one an MGS user.

The first uses his entire body – upper and lower during his backswing (the arms are not in synch with the body) and every part is stretching itself during the backswing to try to add muscle to the downswing. The golfer could be said to be using stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) principles to produce more power.

With MGS, the magic move is for the golfer to keep the right trunk lower than the left all through the backswing. He can then harness the powerful ‘sequential summation of forces’ (SSF) by sequencing his body parts perfectly during the downswing – in fact, the set-up and backswing prevent the ‘bad’ upper body from mis-cuing itself in the downswing, so the lower body is forced to fire, at the appropriate time.

MGS has the further advantage that the club ALWAYS arrives at the ball from an inside path and at a shallow angle.

In the battle of SSC vs SSF, who wins? Serious, biomechanical feedback welcome!

One response to this post.

  1. “MGS has the further advantage that the club ALWAYS arrives at the ball from an inside path and at a shallow angle.”

    Kiran, I was wondering if you could comment on MGS with shots from heavy rough. A shallower angle is problematic for this shot and i would like to know adjustments. I have some idea but want to see what you have to say. Thanks, kevin


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