It will become pretty apparent to anyone who reads my posts that I am no stranger to “stirring the pot”…rather, I enjoy the opportunity to really egg someone on enough to see what they really think. In recent months, my favorite subject has been the golf swing. In particular, the “Modern Method” versus the “Classic Method”. I will share with you the three methods that I took some time to try and see how they worked for me and share my final thoughts on what worked best and why I think that is. Keep in mind, this is my own opinion and your mileage may vary…but this is what I found to be best for me.
The reason why I mention this is because I spent a lot of time over the last 2+ years working with a couple of different “methods” and inadvertently pitted them against one another. I hadn’t initially planned to try things for as long as I did, it sort of happened that way. What happened was simple: I picked up the game of golf and found that I needed some instruction to better understand the mechanics and just couldn’t find the time or the will to part with the amount of money that local coaches were asking. I figured the next best thing would be to find something on the internet, because that’s just how we do things now. If we can’t find it cheap enough, we look on the internet.
I found Me and My Golf first, via YouTube. I signed up for their site and worked on their plan for just about 6 months. By then I wasn’t really happy with the progress and the constant need to try and find a new way to fix my swing. This site utilizes a simple strategy: teach the basics and then use their “Shot Fixer”, which is an interesting matrix that helps provide drills that help with the current swing issue that you have. I found that I was able to get rid of my swing problems, the only problem was that it required a ton of maintenance and a lot of drilling to make it.
That led me to the next internet coach: Top Speed Golf.
Their platform was rather interesting and, at the time, seemed rather tedious and time consuming. It was a lot of practice and working on things step by step and that made it feel like I wasn’t really getting much of anything done. I felt like some things were coming together but the way the program was progressing made it feel like it was far more complicated than it needs to be. They used a method that was like reading the alphabet from A to Z. You practiced step 1 the prescribed amount of times before moving to step 2 and so forth. The idea is sound, it just seems to take quite a long time to get through.
YouTube brought me to the last one via Mike Austin. DJ Watts of WaxGolf.com was where I ended up and I’ve been very happy with the results so far. This “method” was pretty straight forward and really spelled out what should be happening in a Classic Golf Swing. This was a great advancement for me and after a couple months of working on the movement passively, I was finally able to feel the “move” properly and the ball was doing exactly what I expected it do be doing.
I’ll go into a little more detail on this particular swing method because it is the one that I have stuck with and that has worked the best for me. I gravitated towards this once I read a little about DJ Watts, the man behind the method. at this point he is at 14+ years of swing research and he suffered from back issues, which I can sympathize with. I have mentioned that I herniated the L5 disk in my own back, leaving me walking on a cane and in pain for nearly two years. It took patience, a good Chiropractor, yoga and a caring woman to help me get everything working again. I still have some minor back issues, but I certainly didn’t want something fun and recreational like golf to create a much worse issue for me.
E=MCS (Mechanically Correct Swing) is the name of the program, and it seemed like the right match for me. After working with it a bit and experiencing a dramatic drop in the pressure and tension in my lower back, then soon after, seeing an increase in distance and accuracy as I crafted my swing…I was sold.
Let’s get to the bottom line here…is one better than the other?
First, I’d like to mention that while Me and My Golf and Top Speed Golf are taught by gentlemen that come from the more modern golf swing school of thought, they both have recently begun to share videos and drills that have included incorporating my classic swing elements into their teaching. Lifting the lead heel, utilizing the lower body to drive the swing and not doing the “release left” (vice versa for the left-handed among us) thing is bringing them more in line with the way the classic swing works. This is a good thing, I think, as the only person on the PGA Tour that is jumping into the air and not really risking much injury is Bubba Watson…everyone else is a back injury waiting to happen!
With that being said, I personally prefer how simply the E=MCS method was taught as well as how easy it is to maintain. You can work on your setup, pivot and “One Major Move” (which you will learn about when you get to the website) all without a club in your hands. If I am standing still, I am probably working on my pivot. My wife thinks I’m crazy to be trying to work on my golf swing while I’m standing next to her in a store, but it’s been helping my game, so I think I will keep doing it! Both Me and My Golf and Top Speed Golf are deserving of a look and will work for most everyone. My personal opinion is this: If you want to work on a simple golf swing that you can easily maintain and will make getting your distance and accuracy up…MCS is the way to go.
Stop by http://www.waxgolf.com and get into it!