Use The “One Exercise” For The “Dunaway Down Swing”

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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If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

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4 thoughts on “Use The “One Exercise” For The “Dunaway Down Swing”

  1. Starr Collins

    I like that I am not the only one that still struggles occasionally with over the top and turning trough impact resulting in a pull or pull hook for me. I do it less and less with my MCS swing but I find when I start to make that mistake, which is also an old forever tendency of mine, I can get out of it by thinking, especially with the driver, of hitting the ball high and on the up swing.

    When I think “high ball” my right side seems to drop in the way it should and I end up striping it straight, high, and long with a good path and a balanced finish. I try to think that thought with my irons too but it is a slightly different feeling and I can’t be as pronounced with it for fear of poor contact. I still like the 45 degree swing angle thought you once put out there, it still works well for me, but alas I do forget on occasion and when I do my miss, my miss is almost always a pull.

    I find I do it more often as I get tired late in a round. I know I could almost eliminate this tendency if I practiced this 45 degree move more on the range but MCS has me playing so consistently that the occasional miss to the left isn’t as big a deal for me as it once was and I practice much less than I once did….I just play. Would this “one exercise” with the kettle bell fix me of this tendency you think?

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    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Starr, long time no see!

      Regarding the “One Exercise,” I would have to say, yes, it will certainly help you to get rid of that tendency to early-turn and pull the ball.

      I noticed when I was on the course that my miss was exactly that, and while shooting EMCS2 and then explaining it, I found myself focusing more and more on that 45 degree swing angle and on keeping the head back as I swung down and through.

      The thing with the Kettle Bell and the “One Exercise” is (and you’ll likely have others chime in if they read this comment and your question), it makes you swing down properly and now early turn.

      Do it enough, and it just helps everything come down from the top.

      Hope that helps 🙂

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  2. Starr Collins

    I think it might.

    Haven’t been up your way in a while but thinking maybe next year, I really hope I get the chance to get together with you again on the range when I’m there, it really helped me last time we did. I felt lucky that day worked out for me as it was such a spur of the moment thing. Meanwhile I am still a loyal blog follower, with out fail.

    I’ll see if I can devote a little time to this exercise as I have a kettle bell collecting dust at home. The OTT pull for me is the only issue that keeps my tee to green game interesting, other wise I’d hit all the fairways and all the greens …lol, not really. Anytime I’ve been close to doing just that this past year I start to pull one or two left and have to scramble for bogey or worse, The pulls seem to come in bunches unfortunately. If I can filx that then all I’d need is to putt closer to the hole and make all my 5 footers….if only. Thanks DJ.

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    1. D Watts Post author

      Time does fly, doesn’t it, Starr? I’ll be here if and when you find yourself back in these parts, and maybe we’ll have time for a beer and a chat. I will expect you to give me a shout when you’re back in the Toronto area! 😉

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