Moe was not a guy out on the range with a video camera filming himself, and I don’t think he spent much time looking at his own swing.
Everything he said was in relation to how the club felt within his body, and his birds-eye pulpit vantage point.
Moe was just an unbelievably pure striker of a golf ball. He was not a short hitter. He was in his 50’s when I played with him, and he was strong as an ox. I would say had he been playing on tour every week in the late 80’s he would have been average length even with all the young guys then.
Moe was always a great showman at his unofficial clinics, where he would just show up and start hitting balls, people would start to gather around, and within 5 minutes he had a decent gallery. At the end of the session that would often go on for an hour, one of the veterans would go around with a hat and try to collect money for Moe. He was homeless literally, living out of his car. He needed money for food and gas, and driving across Canada was a lot of gas, and gas was very expensive with Canadian taxes even back then.
He would shoot a lot of 70 to 74 rounds when he played which was not often. If I remember right I think when I played with Moe he shot 73. Mostly because of three putts and just careless play. You would get the feeling he absolutely couldn’t care less what he shot. Didn’t seem like he would even line up… just walk up to the ball with one look and smack it. I didn’t and still don’t think that approach works all that well inside 50 yards and not so good for putting.
Moe hated playing slow, and just thought the guys on the Canadian Tour were silly taking so long to hit their shots. Everyone on tour had more of less the same cautious mindset about each shot… so Moe was really coming from somewhere else. Even the legends we looked at from long ago, Hogan, Nicklaus, all seemed more than slightly meticulous.
The main things that I learned from Moe where the importance of developing a feeling that golf is easy, and I learned how to rapid fire golf shots on the range like he did… and eventually over time I learned to bring that feeling with me to the course. In other words, once I made up my mind about a shot, I would send it on it’s way quickly.
I learned about stance and posture, and working a straight right leg as a post to turn on … during the backswing. I learned not to discount taking the club back flat, laid off, and inside on the backswing, and not to fear that.
I learned that hitting into a bent but firm left knee through impact is an excellent procedure… and I learned why.
I learned the importance of pulling with the torso long after the ball is gone right into PV5
I learned that if you are going to swing, then setting yourself up to work off a shoulder plane swing is ideal to avoid the post impact off plane clubshaft moving into an equal angular spiral.
Moe beat a lot of balls… everyday… so I am still not convinced it is the kind of swing that would be practical for a guy who plays once a week.
My own intuition is that if I stood farther from the ball, and extended my arms out to full radius, and used that to sense the club and it’s relation to the golf ball, it would not be as reliable for me compared to a swing that is much more tighter in arc and rotation where the sensations in my body are very easily identifiable… but I can’t claim this with complete conviction because I have never tried swinging like Moe for any extended amount of time.
As far as Moe’s grips… they were only built up slightly, but he used these wrap ons… that he could just peel on and off, and they were a bit thick and he would wrap them on and leave 3/8 inch spaces in between the wraps for his skin to sink into giving him fantastic connection to the club. I have never seen those grips sold or promoted anywhere, even back then. Unique from what I remember.