With the one exception of having figured out Ben Hogan’s pivot action simply by watching him in video clips and then mimicking the action, I haven’t ever figured out a swing move in any way other than having performed the action and then having seen that it was like someones else’s.
Case in point – I found the late Mike Dunaway by switching to a right-dominant down swing and then by tightening my back swing pivot to really leverage the down swing, and voila!! the action of one Mike Dunaway appeared:
It’s not the exact same action, of course – my stance is wider than his in this comparison, and I’m right-biased in my stance where he was center-biased, so my step-around is bigger than and occurs a little before his, and you’ll get a little different action from me when I’m swinging an actual club rather than just the SwingRite, but it’s the same action.
It wasn’t anything I deliberately tried to do, either – when I made the adjustments to my stance to account for the spine twist, and when I began to use the right arm as the driver instead of the pulling left arm and shoulder, the action appeared.
And the proof of what I’ve been saying about Mike Dunaway’s down swing action being the ultimate – of course, that I’ve gone from my usual “5” setting on the SwingRite all the way down to “1.5” or so in a matter of days, raising my top stick-tip speed from 90 mph to 104 mph in that time.
All of what I’m doing, you’ll find in the “Dunaway Down Swing” section of the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video, if you’ve got it, and in fact the proper down swing action with the right arm is explained in all three “MCS Trilogy” videos, but of course, I took extra time in the latest video to explain the down swing mechanics.
I don’t know how much more proof you would need, but that’s enough for me.
And there you have it – you want the MCS or Jack Nicklaus stance, the back swing action of Ben Hogan, and the down swing action of Mike Dunaway which will give you the ultimate golf swing, whether for playing golf or competing in long drive.
So, as Laser observed yesterday, I’m in the home stretch of my personal quest to figure out a proper golf swing, a journey that began all the way back in the summer of ’97, and which was interrupted by my quitting the game in frustration in ’98, and which began anew in 2005 with my vow to “figure it out once and for all.”
I still have my Callaway Big Bertha driver, and in honor of his contribution to my swing theory, I will definitely be taking some cuts this spring with it – after all, Dunaway was the club-tester for Callaway when they developed the original Big Bertha driver!
I also still have the head of my beloved Big Bertha Strong 3 metalwood, the shaft of which I destroyed back in the summer of ’06, and I think I may just go ahead now and see if I can get it re-shafted.
I just don’t know if club makers can still re-shaft the bored-through Callaway heads, but I’ll find out shortly, I guess.
Want to learn more about the MCS Golf Swing Theory? Try one of DJ’s “Secrets of the MCS” video shorts available via download.
“Dropping The Hammer!”