Moe Norman Mechanics ‘Specifics’ no 2.


maxxsee - June 1, 2015

I think this is a fun project and A+ for effort but I really think you
should make it clear this is your interpretation about Moes swing. From the
headline it sounds like you’re some kind of expert about his swing. Nothing
wrong with experimenting and talking about the swing, just think you should
put some more effort into explaining this is your oppinions about his swing
and that you’re not actually doing his swing, which you are not. You’re
ofcourse doing a hybrid version of his swing. To swing like him for example
you need ofcourse to set up exactly like him. But fun stuff this apart from
this detail, fun stuff keep going =)´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - June 2, 2015

    +maxxsee If you have seen some of my other videos you will see I ‘always’
    make the distinction of everything I do is personal ‘explanation’ and
    opinion of the swings or mechanics… not a definitive absolute descriptive
    understanding of any mechanics or swing processes.
    I have never met ‘anyone’ who knows precisely what any great player
    ‘actually’ did in his swing process…
    if i might add to your comment .. ”To Swing like him for example you need
    of course to set up exactly like him’… alas that can never happen for any
    of us.. because we do not have Moe Normans body components / flexibility
    factors/ limb segment lengths or vertical and horizontal centers of gravity
    … and more importantly his ‘Timing Barrier’ factor.
    I have never seen ‘anyone’ swing ‘as’ Moe Norman did… nor have I seen
    anyone swing ‘as’ Ben Hogan did… clearly that is the case because both
    those players had absolutely ‘specific’ individual body component makeup
    that created their swing types…
    As well because I personally spent time with Moe Norman and I am astute
    enough to know how difficult it is to try and emulate his swing dynamics I
    never advocate trying to swing ‘as’; he did… I just try and give some
    insight into the mechanics of his swing as I understand them.. and as Moe
    explained them to me.
    It is at the end of the day something to look at… and if you can get
    something from it great, if you dont or cant you havent lost anything….it
    is for me just part of my attitude to researching the Golf Swing from my

    maxxsee - June 2, 2015

    +1atomicgolf Okay cool. I didn’t know you made this clear, perhaps add some
    information about this in video description?
    I for one do not believe people can not swing like Moe. I try to swing like
    Moe going 13 years now (was 18 at the swingchange) and as I said it’s the
    puzzle of puzzles to solve but I belive strongly it’s about getting the
    angles correct at setup like Moe did it. No one knows these angles at
    setup, they speculate. And most ignore his setup altogether and explain it
    away as if it has no meaning. It is actually the main part about this swing
    in my oppinion.
    Like Moe says, “if you don’t have the correct setup forget it”. It
    especially applies to Moes setup when doing his move I believe.

maxxsee - June 2, 2015

Interesting info at 4:00 !! It’s great to hear inside info like this since
I never met the guy unfortunately´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - June 2, 2015

    +maxxsee I believe that some of the stuff Moe told me he may never have
    mentioned to anyone else because no one may have asked him the specific
    questions I did with the intrinsic points of reference that I did, we will
    never know that of course…. but its kind of cool to think there is some
    possibility those little tit bits I mentioned could have been only extolled
    to me.
    I guess the only thing that supports that is the lack of other reference to
    the descriptive’s by anyone else to date that I have seen or
    heard….anyway its info that if you apply it correctly does make a big
    difference to your ball striking… even in conventional swing mechanics.

    maxxsee - June 2, 2015

    +1atomicgolf Awesome you asked these questions. I heard he only answers
    questions he deemed worthy an answer. Judging from the answers you got
    seems like you did a pretty decent job. ­čśë
    Very important for the future of golf, these tidbits of information might
    be important parts of the puzzle. Almost like finding ancient relics that
    change the way we understand the world.

secretbelowthegrass - June 7, 2015

Very nice done ´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - June 8, 2015

    +secretbelowthegrass Thanks for that. JH

drjlo1 - June 10, 2015

These are very informative videos, to look at Moe’s swing on people with
different physical build than Mo, or Graves, etc.
Would appreciate any thoughts or video’s on Moe’s short game, however,
which seems missing from most places. With wedge in hand, or in greenside
bunker, did Moe still keep the shaft parallel to right arm? I tried that
in bunker and it simply did not work, for example… And how did Moe putt?
Never seen videos of that sort of thing.´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - June 17, 2015

    +drjlo1 I will do a video next week explaining what Moe told and showed me
    about his short game process, he didnt have the extreme single axis
    geometry in his arms that he had with the full swing, his putting was
    fairly conventional in its mechanics but had the same quick ignition move
    that his Golf swing had.

    Dum-1 - July 11, 2015

    +1atomicgolf Please do show us the short game process as people
    underestimate its value.

Lea Pustetto - July 25, 2015

Hi jh. Great videos as I have said before. Maybe you need to write a book
on moe’s technique and on the things he talked about with you. I would buy
it. Cheers.
He must of been great. Can you describe just quickly how good he was. How
his ball flight was etc. cheers´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - July 30, 2015

    +Lea Pustetto Hi Lee,
    Sorry for the delay in replying..I missed you comment some how.
    How good was ‘Moe’…when I first met him he was 64 so I saw him at a time
    that he must have lost some of his striking capabilities you would think,
    he still at that age was the best striker of a golf ball that I had ever
    seen and I saw Jack/Sevy/Greg Norman/Tom Watson/Faldo at their best and
    they simply were not in Moe’s class relative to the level of consistency of
    ball flight and strike he had .
    I had heard all what I thought was myth and exaggeration of Moe’s ball
    striking and I was prepared for a letdown especially when I saw him in the
    flesh and he wasn’t exactly what you would call a highly tuned physically
    looking athlete.
    What followed that day will live with me forever because I was so shocked
    to see a ‘human’ hit a golf ball like a ‘machine’…I was really stunned
    that any person could make a bio mechanical move with the replication Moe
    did time after time…like for 1 hour with every club.
    My mind went into overdrive contemplating what he must have been like at
    his peak of physicality and in his playing prime…I believe Moe was the
    greatest ball striker in the history of Golf by a wide wide margin…
    someone who knew him really well and myself had a conversation about his
    playing stats etc and the guy said he thought Moe’s greens in regulation
    career average would have been around 16+ per round.
    Ken Venturi said he thought Hogans career average would have been around 14
    … the best ever on the PGA tour I think is 13.45..and that was only for 1
    year, so Moe’s GIR is off the scale compared to anyone else, to have “1”
    penalty shot for an errant shot in 7 years of Tour playing beggars belief.
    My honest opinion of Moe’s potential is that he could have been the
    greatest player of all time if someone had taken him under their wing and
    molded his personality to the requirements of World Tournament golf at the
    time he played, if he could have had a mechanism psychologically that would
    have protected him from distraction and what he thought was criticism I
    believe he potentially could have won every tournament he wanted to, he
    simply was that superior in his golf ball control to everyone else..
    Moe Norman today would have been a phenomenon … his consistency of ball
    striking would have mesmerized world golf galleries … its a tragedy the
    world of golf never got to see what could have been the record book of
    tournament golf …he was that good.
    regards JH

    Lea Pustetto - August 5, 2015

    That was a great reply, J.H. and thank you very much for answering my
    email and giving me a little bit of an insight into this truly amazing
    individual, Moe Norman. Some of those stats are amazing. I just had a week
    of golf in queensland with 11 buddies. i have never driven the ball so
    straight and so far. I keep looking at the videos and i keep learning
    little things but it would be great to have someone who knows moe look at
    my swing in person. thanks again for the reply J.H. i really do appreciate

Tim Flaherty - August 3, 2015

I like the last shot from behind; thats where the camera should be 90% of
the time. I can tell you really took things out of the swing-just like Moe
did. My instructor lived with Moe for 5 years then taught me. I had a
stroke last year and have fully recovered now and i still play great thanks
to Moe and Mr. Hogan as examples. What is your name sir?´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - August 4, 2015

    +Tim Flaherty Hi Tim,
    Glad to hear you have recovered from the Stroke and that you can still play
    good Golf..if your instructor ‘lived’ with Moe for 5 years he would have
    been exposed to some amazing insight into the Golf Swing and as well how
    Moe perceived the neural side of the game’s application .
    As I have said many times the Golfing World truly missed being exposed to
    the greatest exponent of golf ball striking excellence in the history of
    the game, if again as I have said many times before Moe had had someone or
    a company promote him to the World of Golf and nurtured him to playing at a
    regular World Tournament level it could well have been his name that would
    have been at the top the records for most Major tournaments ever won.
    Jack and Tiger have achieved incredible results in their careers but
    frankly they could never match the incredible consistency of swing
    repeatable mechanics that Moe had for 50 straight years..he never ever lost
    his swing mechanics perfection at anytime in his lifetime after the age of
    19, Jack and Tiger certainly cant boast that.
    I know people will say Moe cannot be considered in the same realm as Tiger
    and Jack because he didn’t compere at their World level of competitive
    play, and he didn’t.. but that was only because he chose not to, not
    because he couldn’t have competed at that level.
    regards cJH
    PS. My Name is John Hensby

    Tim Flaherty - October 16, 2015

    Hi John, Yes, my mentor won on the PGA Tour-The Bridgestone in Japan and
    shot the course record too back in the 70’s. I can remember him grabbing my
    arms at the top and saying, “That is Moe”…that’s where I put it every
    time now after 2 years of practice. I’m easily the straighiest guy in my 4
    some and beat guys putting it 40 yards past me. It’s still a target game.
    This is the best swing for the average guy to learn. While nobody is Moe,
    it’s nice to get approximate results. I have not lost a ball in 2 years
    swinging like Moe. Appreciate your comments and video.

    Ashley Parish - November 29, 2015

    +Tim Flaherty Impressive and good to hear. As a long time (10 yrs+) natural
    golfer, am curious about who your mentor is/was and how moe’s swing fitted
    in with his golf, during and after the pro tours?.

murtbuggy1 - August 12, 2015

Hi JH….you are a legend m8 and thanks for all the great videos.
Particularly these 4 gems on Moe insights. I appreciate your advice even
more on the Moe swing when i see how many more other swing types you have
developed and studied.
I’m a beginner golfer and trying to pull together a single plane (‘moeish’)
swing right from the start. With irons i’m having good success, pure
straight strikes with soft hands. But with the driver only 2 of every 10
shots go somewhat straight. This is confusing in itself because u deem the
driver as the best club to get the Moe move feeling with. Anyway, I have 3
questions I would really appreciate your advice on.
1. Should I use my 10.5 degree loft regular flex driver or my 9 degree loft
stiff flex driver. From what I’m aware, Moe advocated a stiffer and heavier
driver. I certainly get more distance from the 9 degree and practically no
slices. But I do get a lot of left to left low pull shots and hooks. On the
other hand with the regular flex 10.5 degree I slice viciously almost every
time I try to ‘pitch elbow’ and put some load on it!?
2. I have been trying to absorb the Todd graves and Kirk Junge information
as they are also Moe based and in my opinion, for what that is worth given
my experience to date, they conflict with your messages somewhat especially
in the areas of body rotation. You are saying it is a slice across, then a
hit firing the trail arm, then a consequential rotation/natural release.
They are endorsing almost a lower body across the plane roll lateral
rotation and this is where the power comes, with less emphasis on a
straight slide or the right hand firing at the strike. There methods are
messing my thought process up. I believe your method is the best to follow
and they are what gave me my straight iron shot base in the first place,
which I will try now to apply to driving again. Do you believe I’m right to
think there versions of the Moe swings are too much away and off from the
original when compared to yours?
3. I saw your video on release then club head, thanks for teaching me how
to do that properly by the way as I’m sure it will make a big difference to
my swing. But is that release process the same when applied to your
conventional golf swing and your Moe version swing? It wonder that with so
much more lateral and sliding, no rotation, in the Moe version swing that
this might have to be compensated for in the Moe swing….i.e is there a
different release required for the Moe swing than in your ‘Release the club
head’ video….if so could you give some advice on how it would work. Or
maybe I’m just over thinking things and creating problems that are not
Thanks again,
Up Shane Lowry for the PGA!´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - August 16, 2015

    +murtbuggy1 Hi Martin,
    Wow, there is an awful lot of thought processes going on with your
    application mechanics , way to many in fact.
    You just need to work on setting up precisely the same every time with your
    hands in the same position at address relative to where they are positioned
    in relation to your body center line, that is you should just feel your
    hands are directly centered right in front of you and you only move the
    ball position back or forward as the club length changes.
    The reason for this is that any changes of hand positioning will effect the
    alignment angle of your shoulders which will have an enormous effect on the
    delivery line of your club head at impact, which I think could be the
    reason you are having difficulty with your driver, as the ball position is
    moved forward you may be moving your hands forward to accommodate the ball
    position which will open your shoulder girdle and cause you to get the
    right shoulder moving ‘out’ coming into the ball as apposed to keeping it
    ‘back/closed’ ‘ at impact.
    It is virtually impossible to slide your lower body laterally if your
    shoulders are not closed coming into impact, just hit a few shots with an 8
    iron and your right foot pulled back a foot or so at address and keep it
    there at impact and keep your left knee bent at impact, you will ‘feel’ the
    shutdown hips/shoulders effect that you need to have on every shot .
    Any slices or pulls that you hit are never from a closed shoulder girdle at
    impact, they are always a result of the club head coming ‘across’ the
    target line, a straight pull left and a big slice are the same club head
    direction problem, both are the club head moving in the same direction but
    the pull has a ‘closed; club face and the ‘slice’ has an ‘open’ club face .
    The type of shaft you should use is relative to your swing speed, swings
    over say 98 mph should be firm to stiff, under that speed should be regular
    flex, loft is again relative to swing speed , unless you have a swing speed
    of over 110mph your should be using no less than 9.5 degs loft, you may
    have seen me hitting low lofts of 7.5 and under on occasions with x flex
    shafts but I only do that in practice to keep my concentration on centered
    hits , my play driver is just a normal soft stiff flex, sometimes even a
    regular/firm flex because at my age I only swing at 95/100mph most times.
    Watch some youtube videos of Moe and look closely at how he keeps his hands
    in exactly the same place at all times when he addresses the ball, it was I
    think one of his major facets of his swing repeat-ability.
    regards JH

    murtbuggy1 - August 19, 2015

    +1atomicgolf What can I say JH….you were spot on buddy!! The further ball
    position was messing with my head and therefore my hands were way too far
    out in front instead of being in line with my body center. Have been
    working on not letting my hands escape from the body in the swing, from
    address to impact, and keeping the hips and shoulders closed at impact with
    my driver.
    I guess I never noticed it as much with my irons because you can get away
    with the hands in front more at impact.

    But the result is my driver shots are straightening up rapidly!! I see it
    from the ball flights and I hear a way better late ‘swoosh’ and release as
    this technique improves….and the distance is crazy. Anyone who says this
    is not a complete swing is crazy.
    I think it is interesting that to counteract the hands going forward too
    much my body actually told me that I needed to keep the hands and club back
    further/longer from the start of the downswing. Then i remembered that
    pushing/keeping the club back in the downswing is pretty much a principle
    you validate in your Reverse Rotation Swing, this really helps.
    Anyway, my swing thoughts are down to 3 with the driver. That with keeping
    my eye on the ball at impact has made a massive difference. Thanks very
    much JH.
    No wonder you Australians are the best drivers, past and present.
    P.S. Hope you don’t mind if i get in touch again as the swing progresses.

    murtbuggy1 - September 29, 2015

    +1atomicgolf Alright JH, how’s she cutting?Said I would update you and
    things are going well, very well indeed.I think something else I was doing
    wrong was not being conscious enough of the trail foot position in terms of
    its connection with the ‘dirt’ as it really helps me to initiate
    and automate the slide. Now that I know how and why to hit the Moe shot
    correctly, I’m starting to focus my mind on areas like consistency of swing
    speed and how to tailor my first proper set of clubs to suit my swing. I
    would it say it was only last week when I realised I finally had it down,
    to the first basic level stage of competency I mean, and the feeling was
    amazing, kind of soul satisfying. I’m so buzzed up with it all that I’m
    determined now to start working on my athleticism again and play golf
    for life. I’m 35 and started golfing last May. Anyway, where I’m from
    there is literally nobody who will teach you this swing, no one. In fact I
    would imagine most club pros would laugh you off and probably never even
    heard of Moe. Those that do know of the swing, whether pro or amateur,
    adopt a very defensive approach to it all because it credibly
    challenges the conventional golf they were thought in my opinion. Id
    be defensive too if I had started on the conventional route myself. But I’m
    so glad I didn’t and I picked this one instead. Anyway, as I was saying
    with no teachers most of the stuff I have picked up is from youtube and in
    that respect your videos which I have watched countless times over and over
    and over again were invaluable. Not only that but you also took time out of
    your day to answer some of my questions. I really appreciate that and
    thanks very much, you are a good egg. Hope your golf is going well over
    there in the cow paddock and all the best. Martin

Jaime Cevallos - November 25, 2015

you took a divot with the driver on the last one and called it a perfect
shot. Confused.´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - November 25, 2015

    +Jaime Cevallos You are seeing something I cant see, there are with all
    these videos frame bleed because the videos are compressed for uploading, I
    can see the aberration that looks like the club is bleeding into the ground
    before impact, I can assure you that didn’t happen, the guy that scored the
    shot is a very high profile teacher and if he calls it an 11 out of 10 you
    can bet it was.

    Ashley Parish - November 29, 2015

    +Jaime Cevallos As JH states in the video, the tee is still in the ground
    after the shot, unmoved. Dont think you could possibly take a divot and
    have that,

stewart grieve - March 3, 2016

Do you grip the club the same way as mo ? I have todd graves video showing
me mo.s grip is yours the same

    1atomicgolf - March 3, 2016

    +stewart grieve Hi Stewart,
    I dont grip the club as Moe did after he joined the Natural Golf guys in
    1990, I grip it as he gripped when he was playing, which is the std Vardon
    type grip, the split grip frankly was more of a Natural Golf/Jack Kuykendal
    promotional tool for the Natural Golf method, Moe told me he used that grip
    not because it was better but because Natural Golf paid him to use it.
    Moe could use any grip and hit the ball great, the single axis address
    process was his secret, not the split grip, he won all his tournaments with
    the Vardon grip.
    cheers Jh

stewart grieve - March 4, 2016

Where do you put the ball placement do you move it about or just play the
driver off the inside left foot and the irons five inches in approx

    1atomicgolf - March 4, 2016

    +stewart grieve Hi Stewart,
    If you look back at my stuff you will not find anything that pertains to
    ball position as such, I believe you must experiment with ball position to
    find out what suits ‘your’ swing mechanics/dynamics etc.
    I have always just moved the ball position forward or back with students to
    arrive at a position that gives them the correct type of ball
    flight/direction that they need.
    We all are built differently relative to shoulder widths
    flexibility/rotational capabilities etc so we are never going to move or or
    rotate the same, hence the ball position must accommodate the individual
    aspects of that difference.
    The general rule for me is to just move the ball back oi forward until you
    achieve good contact and direction, for myself because I like to arrive at
    impact with closed shoulders I invariably play the ball further back with
    my irons than most, with the driver I play the ball up a ways because again
    I have my shoulders closed at impact and because I am around 7 degs in to
    out with my attack path I rotate the club ace pretty hard to achieve the
    little high ‘push/draw that I like to hit.
    If I want to power fade the the ball I just aim left somewhat and and play
    the ball further back in my stance, I still rotate as hard with the
    clubhead but because the ball is further back the face hasn’t had the time
    to close on its inside to out path and the result is the push power fade.
    As a guide … just experiment with ball position until you get the ball
    flight you want.
    cheers JH.

stewart grieve - March 4, 2016

im also hitting them dead straight but im hitting them a bit thin
sometimes,i take it i must be lifting up coming into impact????´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - March 4, 2016

    +stewart grieve Hi Stewart ,
    Could be as simple as your ball position being to far forward at address,
    or your shoulders opening to early coming into impact, , with the Moe
    method you have to slide the hips a lot but keep your head/shoulders back
    and closed while doing that , and don’t forget top rotate the club face
    through impact, the club face still has to go to the inside after impact,
    don’t hold it ‘down’ the line, that’s a mistake a lot of people make when
    trying the Moe swing, he rotated the club head through impact just like
    every good ball striker, he just pulled it back to in front of him ‘after’
    impact, which makes it look like he keep the club going down the line
    through after impact, he didn’t do that.
    cheers JH

Hubert Macachor - March 10, 2016

How can you have power when you don’t turn your shoulder fully?´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - March 10, 2016

    +Hubert Macachor Hi Hubert,
    Personally I develop reasonable power with a short swing and a 70 odd
    degree shoulder turn because I develop a lot or torque and reflex action
    against the shaft ‘ early’ in the down swing, if you look at any of my
    swings you will not see virtually any angle retention of the wrists when
    they are at hip height and after coming down and almost the look of
    ‘throwaway’ coming into impact, but you will see some good angle right at
    the ‘start’ of my downswing.
    Because I try to get the club head travelling on its biggest arc coming
    down I dont try to hold my wrist angle and ‘narrow’ the down swing arc….I
    do the exact opposite, I try to release the back swing wrist angle as soon
    as I can on the down swing, the same as Count Yogi does, you can get good
    power with a less than 90 deg shoulder turn but you must have significant
    support stability in your legs against the shoulder turn at the top of the
    cheers JH

    Hubert Macachor - March 12, 2016

    Good shoulder turn creates the arc. The longer the arc the more time you
    can creater momentum and that’s physics. You can not argue correct physics
    principle. You can ask any physics professor about the length of the swing
    arc as related to momentum.

CakeCraft20 - March 21, 2016

Great demonstration of Moe Norman’s swing mechanics. Thanks JH, very
helpful in improving my single plane swing´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - March 21, 2016

    +CakeCraft20 Hi CakeCraft,
    Glad that video was of some help, as with all my swing stuff its only ‘my’
    take on a particular swing process or mechanics, with Moe I do have the
    advantage of having been exposed to the great mans swing up close and
    personal and discussed its nuances with him, all I try to do with any
    explanation of Moe’s mechanics is to lift the veil of difficulty which so
    often is portrayed in some explanations of his swing mechanics, keep going
    with the ‘ Single Plane’ direction, its the way to go.
    cheers Jh

Gertrude Martins - April 20, 2016

I would like to see a more front view camera setup (perpendicular) to the
ball. I have no idea how u are setup, looks are deceiving. A good video is
worth a thousand words.´╗┐

    1atomicgolf - April 20, 2016

    +Gertrude Martins Hi Gertrude,
    Setup is a very individual thing, my personal setup positions for most
    people would not be relative unless they had the same body component
    lengths and body balance mass distribution etc.
    Generally speaking I try to get players to setup at address with no
    particular pressures on specific parts of their bodies , that is just
    standing with the arms body centered and the weight distributed in such a
    way that a person would not easily be able to push me out of my address
    position either backwards/forwards etc.
    Ball position is just a product of how the ball goes direction wise , I
    just position it where it produces a straight direction ball flight, that
    is because we all move a bit differently to and through the ball at impact .
    The general rule is just work on setting your body at address in a position
    that allows you to swing to the top of the backswing and finish of the
    through swing without any undue compensations of your balance , the best
    feeling to get is that of your weight being equally distributed vertically
    down like that of a Pyramid type construction, the base needs to be solid
    and distributed with the most emphasis of the mass distribution.
    cheers JH

Comments are closed