Monthly Archives: May 2014

Jimmy Thomson, Monster Long Driver

Originally posted on DJ Watts Golf blog Feb 15, 2012

I dug this old post up from the former blog, as looking at JT’s address and swing motion here are nearly bang-on with the MCS model and address position, especially the current MCS as shown in the MPS “B” or Playing Swing video.  

Hello to JM, who sent me this book to look at back then!

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Mike Dunaway’s Shock Absorbers

Mike-DunawayIf you look at this video compilation of Mike Dunaway’s swings back when he was the dominant driver on the planet (John Daly said MD was longer than him, Greg Norman called him the best driver of the ball that ever lived, etc.), you’ll see what I was talking about in my posting on the knees being “shock absorbers.”

I want to also mention Mike’s website Dunaway Long, for those who weren’t aware that he has returned to golf after a lengthy absence.

It has always been a mystery to me why Mike Dunaway wasn’t a household name in golf from the ’90s going forward.

Swing techniques have improved over the years, but you still won’t see a better swing action than Dunaway’s from years ago.

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Gary Woodland’s Swing

????????You should have an opportunity to see lots of Gary Woodland today at the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson, as he plays in the 2nd-to-last group and starts the final round one shot off the lead.

Woodland is a pretty long hitter and a very good athlete, so let’s take a look at what he’s doing in his swing, why don’t we?

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The Knees Are the Swing Shock Absorbers

CIMG6691 (1)One of the problems I think you’ll find in the modern golf swing methodology is that whole “straightening the left leg” concept for generating leverage and thus speed and power in the impact phase.

This is leading, I’m afraid, to a generation of golfers who will suffer from knee ailments as they inflict incremental damage on that leading knee with the hyper-extension you see in many power swingers.

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Hogan Knew the Secret

HoganOriginally Published Sept 19, 2013 – This is something that should be emphasized – the lower body driving the swing /update

Ben Hogan, one of the greatest ball-strikers in pro golf history, had a “secret” that he kept mentioning cryptically.

Many different theories evolved as to exactly what the secret was. Let me give you the real secret of Ben Hogan’s swing. Continue reading