The swing model Mike Dunaway showed in the clip I’ve been showing is a nearly flawless one, and it’s too bad that it changed over the years, because I can’t see all that much in it that would have prevented him playing tournament golf.
I’ve been looking at it from all of the angles and there’s not much head shift at all, compared to some of the other swing variations he showed over the years.
In the Peace River video, you can see clearly how much his head was shifting on the back swing pivot:
And while the head shift in this swing from the Sybervision clip shows how little shift he had here, it’s still there, and that’s about all you could say that wasn’t optimal in Dunaway’s swing:
Now, this is usually not a problem if you’re a long driver or even if you’re hitting balls or playing golf most of the time, but under pressure, that is a real problem for delivering the club face to the ball squarely.
Granted, you will have players who have a lot of head motion on the back swing and still can win tournaments, as Rickie Fowler recently showed with this pretty awful-looking swing model (I’m sorry, I have to be honest, and this looks really bad):
The difference is that Fowler is a tournament player and has lots of time to work on getting something out of this cobbled-together action, which Butch Harmon actually praises in the Golf Digest piece from which I got the gif., and Dunaway was a long driver who never played tournament golf until his attempt to crack the Senior Tour back in the 90’s.
If you’ve never had to play scoring golf for money, in your 50’s is not the optimal time to start, and if there is anything in your swing that is not optimal, nerves will affect the shot-making.
If you have followed Fowler, in fact, you’ll know that he went into the Honda Classic this year with the lead and hit some really loose shots trying to bring it home, and looking at his swing, you can see that even a great talent like Fowler will struggle under the pressure of final round action with a move this erratic.
Mike Dunaway’s Excellent Action
So, under normal circumstances, you can groove a swing with head motion, but under pressure, you’re going to get some iffy shots, and Dunaway didn’t last long in his tournament attempts, when he was blading wedges from the fairway under the glare.
So, Dunaway could have made this swing work for tournament golf, I have no doubt, if he’d had more time to learn how to play tournament golf (casual golf and tournament golf are two different animals) instead of jumping in at the age of 50, and he might have succeeded if he’d stuck with it, but that shifting head is always a problem, however good you are.
Out of all the slightly varied swing models I’ve seen from Dunaway however, this one was the best, in my humble opinion.
In fact, give him a little more right bias so that his head at address was where it moved on the back swing, and you’re looking at a swing model that would be a killer, both in long driving and playing golf.