One of the most searched golf terms on the internet is “consistency” but few people know what being consistent really means.
From my perspective, consistency is synonymous with simplicity especially when it boils down to how you move your body during the golf swing. The goal of all golf swings is to achieve impact. Just ask the golf ball – all it knows is the moment that the club makes contact. Reaching impact where the club is square with ideal speed and direction is the real goal of anyone who swings a golf club. Common sense says that if you have twenty movements to swing a club to impact and I can make the same motion with fifteen, I can certainly be more consistent. Therefore, simplifying and eliminating the movement is what consistency really means. I also believe this was Moe’s gift to golf, if you are willing to listen. Here are the ways Moe’s swing simplifies golf and can make you more consistent.
- Same Spine Tilt, Address, Backswing, Through-swing
Unlike conventional golf, Moe established his spine tilt at address. This tilt “presets” the spine for the tilt in the backswing, downswing and impact. By establishing this tilt at address Moe eliminated unnecessary movement of the spine. Less movement means more consistency.
- Trail (Right) Shoulder positioned on plane
Due to his address spine tilt, Moe’s trail shoulder (Right), moves up and down as opposed to around (conventional golf). We call this “planning” the shoulder. Moe would refer to this up and down movement of the shoulder moving on the same plane as the golf club as “like a pendulum”. Moe was great at simplifying the motions into understandable concepts and feelings.
- Trail (Right) hand non rotational
Moe’s trail hand grip was placed on the club in a “non-rotational” position. Non-rotational means from address to the backswing all the way to impact, the hand does not turn. Less rotation of the trail hand means less rotation of the clubface allowing you to more easily return the club to square at impact.
- Lead knee flexed, trail foot on the ground.
If you study Moe at impact, you immediately notice a major difference in his position compared to most conventional golfers. Moe’s right foot is on the ground and his lead knee is flexed. This positioning of his foot and knee reflect the perfect biomechanics of his spine position into impact. By keeping his trail foot on the ground and his lead knee flexed, Moe kept his spine exactly in the same tilt as he started. By keeping his spine tilted, he could move his shoulders on plane as the movement of the shoulders always follow the tilt of the spine.
- The Pivot Point and Mid-spine body/club relationship at address
The simplicity of Moe’s mechanics and the simplified movements began from Moe’s address position. Moe’s setup is a platform of geometry, kinesiology and biomechanics that create what I call a club to body relationship. What exactly does this mean? If you fast-forward Moe from address to impact, you see that at address and impact there is a certain distance from the ball. To be consistent, this spacing must be maintained throughout the swing. Moe accomplishes this from proper spine tilt at the beginning of the swing and proper lower body (leg and hip) movement. The club also references the lead side of Moe’s body – we call this the pivot point. This is where the club starts and impacts and can be referenced throughout the golf swing