Here Is Some “String Theory” For You

The first time I heard or saw this was when the late Mike Dunaway came out with his last video, and although I never watched it, you don’t have to have watched it to grasp the theory.

I have made reference to the stable swing point being like balanced car tires – they will turn purely around the axis but if they’re off-balanced, you’ll get vibration something fierce when you go above a certain speed.

I got an email from a Wax Golf reader (thanks Joe!) who linked me to a video that would show the same thing I imagine Dunaway was doing when I read about his twirling something on a string:

Now, what that demonstration shows you is that when you spin something in an arc, you have a swing point, and in our instance, you want to think of the swing point being the back of the base of your neck, and that the arms and club are “spinning” around that point.

Of course, you have two arms, but remember that the whole upper part of your body (the shoulders themselves, the clavicles or collar bones and the C7 vertebra) form the primary lever of your flesh and blood “leverage machine.”

Meaning, the shoulder will move in unison – the right shoulder drops, so the left shoulder rises, and vice-versa.

So, if you really want to get the feeling if you don’t know what it’s like, of swinging the club using your hips and legs instead of trying to muscle it with your upper body, think of an imaginary string coming through your throat that extends to your club butt end, and that when you’re swinging, you’re “twirling” the club around the stable C7.

If if moves a good deal during the swing, you’ll still be swinging around it, but it will be very extremely difficult to achieve consistency, as everything will depend on your coordination that day, and expect things to get really hairy under intense pressure in competition.

So, if you get used to thinking of the hips and legs being the primary drivers and motors of your swing machine, the less you’re going to think about the arms and upper body, and the less you think of that, the better off you’ll be.

There is something I came up with to even further illustrate this concept, and I’m currently hashing it out for the next video, which won’t be a “new” swing video but will be a supplementary guide to “E = MCS.”

As I said, “E = MCS” is the simplest way I can describe the golf swing, and I would challenge anyone to come up with a simpler swing model than this, and have it still be mechanically-correct.

Good luck, and while you’re searching…

I’ll be working the supplemental video, a “study guide,” if you will, to delve more deeply into the swing model I presented in “E = MCS” as far as why you need to do certain things, why bad things happen when you don’t, and the whole “you know you’re getting off track when this happens…”

The work continues!

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6 thoughts on “Here Is Some “String Theory” For You

  1. Chief Cowpie

    This string theory has been with me throughout the year and the concept and the practice of feeling it has integral in getting to the promised land.

    There have been old time trick shot artists hitting with a club loosely attached to a rope or chain and I wonder if such a tool could be helpful to those trying to find their MCS? Having not such an implement, I would gguess though that such a club would severely expose any non-MCS also known as MISS (mechanically incorrect swing system).

    1. D Watts Post author

      There have been old time trick shot artists hitting with a club loosely attached to a rope or chain…

      Chief, that is exactly the concept that illustrates Dunaway’s string demo – you can’t force a rope with a weighted end to move like a stiff shaft, but you can swing it from where you are holding it..and that is the feeling you want when swinging a club.

        1. D Watts Post author

          Not likely, Chief! For the reasons that 1. I have no idea where I’d find one, 2. I’m certainly not going to try to fashion one myself and 3. I don’t fancy killing myself with one before I get the hang of swinging it. I’ll let the trick-shot artists do that… 😉

  2. Brandon

    Orange whip trainer, SKLZ golf flex or Whippy Tempomaster might work. I remember reading that Dunaway was at a long drive contest and they had the Whippy driver at the contest and he was able to hit it pretty long and consistent. The only video I found is of another long driver but at the end of the video, Dunaway looks like he is about to take his turn.

    1. D Watts Post author

      The whippy driver would be a great tool, provided one doesn’t wrap it around one’s neck on the follow-through 😉

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