This excerpt is from the section entitled “MGS versus The Classic Swing – A Comparison”. In this excerpt I write about the X-Factor and point out how different MGS is from the teaching of modern golf instruction and bio-mechanics “experts”. It is not a small thing and should be noted and studied carefully. MGS is a huge departure from the “conventional wisdom” (sic) of how to generate club head speed and make a powerful golf swing.
The Non X-Factor
World renowned golf instructor Jim McLean teaches the concept known as the “ X-Factor ”. Basically, Jim McLean recommended that golfers should attain a certain differential in the degree of shoulder turn versus pelvis turn (certain degree of torso pelvic separation) during the back swing, and he believed that if a golfer optimized the degree of torso-pelvic separation at the top of the back swing, that it would enable a golfer to maximize swing power.
He further refines this later on by stating that the start of the downswing if the golfer would increase this differential even more power could be generated. And that is the way the modern golf instruction has gone including the Blueprint to a large extent.
The problem with this instruction (and that includes the Blueprint) is that many regular golfers simply are not in good enough shape, nor have they taken the time (nor do they want to take the time) to groove good sequencing to allow them to take advantage of the X-Factor stretch. Additionally, it has been shown that virtually the same club head speed can be generated without having to make a huge X-Factor type swing. Here’s a picture of Jim McLean demonstrating the X -Factor concept and, as you can see it is very similar to what is taught in the previous pages of the Blueprint.
And as I have said, and as you can see in the pictures above there’s a lot of movement going back up and coming down to start the downswing. That’s a lot of things that have to happen correctly in order to get back to the ball and achieve a good impact position.
Now let’s look at the top of swing position for the MGS swing and compare it to the positions demonstrated in the classic swing.
If you look at the red lines you see that in the classic swing there is much more shoulder turn and the left shoulder is pointing down and the right shoulder is high. In the MGS swing we can see that the right shoulder is below and behind the left and much more tilt of the back away from the target.
Also with MGS the golfer is already ”behind the ball”. Mr. McLean is going to have to make a good Vital Move with his lower body starting first in order to get back to the ball, and stay behind it. With MGS all the golfer has to do is simply allow his arms to drop back down along his chest line to achieve a good impact position.
This no doubt will ruffle most all teaching professionals’ feathers who subscribe to this modern X-Factor approach. It is, after all THE bio-mechanically correct way to swing ( according to McLean and several well-known bio-mechanics experts ), and who can stand against a golf instructional authority like Jim McLean?
But remember, for now I am not saying MGS is superior to McLean’s approach, I am just pointing out the differences between the classic instruction of the day and MGS. As you will see below, it may turn out that MGS offers a better way to get “back to the ball” and make a consistent and repeatable swing.