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Date Posted: 17:31:20 07/21/00 Fri
Author: Remington
Subject: I'm Getting There

For anybody reading these posts, please understand that I have taken it upon myself to hit range balls everyday, in an attempt to discover the Moe swing. There could be a lot of error in these thoughts so take them with a grain of salt. I am sure there is nothing new here; nothing not in the tapes. However, maybe it will help from a student's perspective.

First, let me explain some personal beliefs. I pursue this swing because I think that the swing is MECHANICALLY SUPERIOR. A lot of golf professionals hit several hundred balls a day, and don't attain the accuracy of Moe. I know that if I am not repetitive and accurate, that I haven't gotten the heart of the swing.

Part by part. Piece by piece it is slowly coming together for me.

Here is what I have learned so far. The address has to be square, and I constantly want to line up right. I have no problem with the wide stance, and playing the ball, as Moe plays the ball position.

The grip. The right hand is under. This is tricky to explain. The easiest way is to take an overlapping grip, and just make the right hand about as strong as you can, with the club gripped in a position so that the clubhead is several inches behind the ball. This grip allows for the hammer motion, and facilitates the backswing.

The rest of the swing had too many variances. Moe is just dead one swing. There was a lot of talk about the pull down, and other moves that I thought shouldn't be up for discussion. I thought once properly executed the power into the swing would be pretty much there.

MISSING INGREDIENT FOR ME. I couldn't master the short backswing. I even tried to take the address position, hold that to waist high, and take that whole unit to the top, and deliver it back to waist high. Too much variance. I knew this wasn't right.

The one thing I wasn't doing was to take the hands inside. Jack K used to talk about this as the magic start-up move, and he was right. Moe talks about this in the Pipeline Moe video.

At the address, with the clubhead behind the ball, the hands take the club very much inside.

BINGO. There is the short backswing. Bingo. There is the proper shoulder turn, with each club. Bingo, there is the shallower plane into the hit. Bingo, there is the hammer motion. Bingo, there is the feeling, with the shoulder still turned, that you swing down to the right heel. Bingo, much more effortless power, but, MOST IMPORTANTLY, it repeats and repeats and repeats.

I hate to tell you this folks, but I think that I have it, or, as Peter would say, "...at least for today."

Anyway, what I learned today, is that I can repeat by taking the hands inside. The hands really move inside from the get-go. No problem with the swing at the shoulder level.

Now, the rest of the swing just flows. I feel almost to the point of Moe's comment of "capturing" the swing.


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