Hogan/Dunaway/MCS – The Optimal Swing

dj imp dtlI’ve been talking about the “perfect pivot” action with regards to the back swing action, but you know, I have kind of mis-named  the whole thing.

The perfect back swing pivot, in my view, is that of Ben Hogan’s leg and hip action, although you really have to perform it from the address position laid out in the MCS “Fundamentals Trifecta or “Formula.”

Not only that – it’s the back swing pivot I’ve talking about, but there’s a reason I’ve been mentioning Mike Dunaway from time to time – and that’s because I view his down swing leg and arm action to be what you’d have to call mechanically-optimal.

There’s a reason Dunaway could drive the ball 375 yards with a stainless steel Callaway Big Bertha – the first reason being that he helped Callaway develop that club as a test swinger!

The second reason is that his down swing was superb through the ball – he couldn’t make it on the Champions Tour when he turned 50 and gave it a shot because he couldn’t actually play golf with his model – it was built for long driving.

But if you’re going to make a Frankenstein swing, I would build it with Ben Hogan’s back swing pivot from the MCS address position (which would then have eliminated Dunaway’s head shift on the back swing), and Dunaway’s down swing action through the ball.

Kind of like what you see below, where I make a throw and step and BT is performing the traditional slide akin to Greg Norman’s:

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Now, as HK noticed with my 7 iron swing posted yesterday, there is no short-stop slide with Dunaway’s down swing, more of a throw and step-around, but remember we’re talking about a model.

In a perfect model, you make a Hogan back swing pivot and leverage the swing down to impact with a flat heel (ideally), the way Dunaway swung through.

And yes, this is all in the upcoming “MCS – Perfect Pivot,” as I’ve been talking about the low-heel impact since last autumn…


So, if you slide through the down swing impact phase instead of throwing and turning, you’re still using the same action, only you may have a bit less extension of the right arm at impact due to the right hip moving closer to the target line than when you delay the step-around.

Think of the extended-arm impact and a flat right heel until the moment of impact as the perfect model, and the closer you can get to that on the down swing, the better your swing will be, just as the closer you get to Hogan’s pivot action on the back swing – the better your swing will be…

Details, mere details – there are a million ways to swing, and you can find endless variations in the MCS swing model because, even from the same positions and using the same action, no two people will ever swing alike.

The MCS swing model is like a snowflake – nearly every one is different with regards to individual flakes, but they are all nearly alike in that they are formed through water vapor crystallization, have six sides, etc…

Dunaway’s Excellent Down Swing


So, I have been pre-occupied with giving people the Hogan back swing pivot, but remember that the down swing has certain principles to which you must adhere – such as not crossing the line of scrimmage before impact, and properly shifting one’s weight to apply full leverage, and swinging on the correct angle.



2 thoughts on “Hogan/Dunaway/MCS – The Optimal Swing

  1. targettom

    Excellent clarification of this move. Question: I see on Daly’s backswing he is doing what they call “crossing the line”. But it seems his club shaft is parallel to the proper swing angle, so isn’t that desirable as long as one maintains the swing angle on the downswing?

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