I have been transforming my own golf swing for years, of course, during the time of my swing research and the one thing I was always looking to emulate was the so-called “Dunaway down swing,” which for me is the extension through the swing bottom with the low trailing heel.
Now, this posting has to do with using the Kettle Bell “One Exercise” from the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video to train the swing action from the model I presented in the “E = MCS” video to emulate the late great Mike Dunaway, but I’ll also discuss the difference between making a motion with conscious effort vs unconscious effort
The reason for this is that I was always an open-shoulder-impact guy, due to two things – first, I have scoliosis, which twists my spine so that my shoulders would be open at impact before I figured out how to adjust for this in my setup.
Second reason, and my bugaboo even into the later years of my research, and the bane of many swingers who pull the ball or slice, or simply who come over the top – the tendency to want to “turn” through the impact, likely due to my baseball days as a youth.
Mike Dunaway’s Swing Model
This is what I love about Dunaway’s model swing – he was a long driver with a golf swing and look how relaxed that action is!
With the low trailing heel at impact combined with full extension through the bottom and no turn, you get the maximum leverage and thus a very effortless swing that produces more power than guys who jump out of their shoes:
As an aside, I’ve been talking about the “3 Levers” and discussed the primary lever with the additional two levers in the last video – watch this in slo-mo and you’ll see what I was talking about:
So, I have myself been able (and so you can too if you work on it) to tame that instinct to turn through impact so that I can swing without opening the shoulders, and even perform a passable “Dunaway down swing” where I keep the trailing heel from coming up high into the impact zone.
Earlier in the summer, when I was addressing Padraig Harrington’s swing quirk with the delayed step-around into the finish:
I demonstrated the way to swing in the same manner, but properly, along the lines of Dunaway’s model:
So, if you’re looking to emulate the excellent Dunaway Down Swing, you first have to make sure of your address position as laid out in the MCS Golf Swing model, and then you have to make sure of your transition and down swing leverage, and especially the “3 O’Clock To 9” part of that down swing, so that you don’t turn early and have that high heel or big short-stop slide** through impact.
**Note: The short-stop slide is a proper part of swinging with mechanical-correctness, bear in mind – I’m talking about optimal action, the absolute best and most efficient, and the low-heel delayed step-around vs the short-stop slide is just that little much better in terms of performance and repeatability.
Having developed the model myself, I can tell you that, and if you’re well-acquainted with the MCS swing yourself and still struggle with getting that perfect “3 To 9” action that will give you that Dunaway Down Swing – get that Kettle Bell and re-watch the relevant part of the “EMCS2” video, it’s the key!
As I’ve been told through feedback, I will repeat what I said when I was producing EMCS2 – the “One Exercise” cures virtually every ill with the swing, once you’ve mastered your setup. And it will help you nail your setup as well, because the only way to really do the “One Exercise” is with the proper setup.
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