Watch Dunaway’s “3 Levers” In Action (Plus The Right-Biased Setup)

I have loved the swing gif. of a Mike Dunaway swing for years since I made it from a video clip showing his model in motion, and here’s another reason – you can see clearly the “3 Levers” at work in his down swing.

You can watch the three separately and the reason Dunaway was so effortless in his action is because he synced them flawlessly.

First, the actual motion:

And because the one thing I disagree with regarding Dunaway’s model is in his centered bias and shifting head (for consistency and repeatability reasons that have nothing to do with leverage and power), let’s take a look at just the down swing from another angle:

You’ll remember that the 3 Levers consist of 1) The shoulders and leading arm, 2) The power or trailing arm and 3) The wrists, all of whose functions I went through with you in the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video.

Here’s the gif. I have like so much over the years:

So keeping them in mind, watch them separately in the gif. that I like so much, slowed down and from the top to the “9 O’Clock” position:

With the 1st Lever action, it’s exactly what I’ve described with the hips & legs actually driving the shoulder and leading arm action as Dunaway transfers and sets into the leading leg, and from the “3 O’Clock” position, you see the 2nd and 3rd levers coming into play to take the club to “9 O’Clock.”

Very simple, incredibly leveraged and the ironic thing about this gif., in comparison to all of the other Dunaway video swings I’ve seen over the years, this particular swing of his has the MCS right-biased setup!

You can see clearly the tilted rightward spine and the head position where it is… that, my friends, virtually mirrors the MCS setup, would you not say?

It’s not as right-biased as Nicklaus and I are below, but I would say that if Dunaway had a little wider stance in the above setup, it would look like this:

That right-biased setup of Dunaway’s in the stickman swing gif. is likely why it has appealed to my eye all of this time, because that’s how you really are supposed to set up to swing a golf club with mechanical-correctness.

So it’s ironic to me that the only nit I’ve ever picked with Dunaway’s swing model was the center-biased stance and shifting head, but there was at least one of his models that nearly nailed the MCS setup, at which point the swing models are now practically the same.

I swing with a higher heel lift than did Dunaway, but the model I’ve developed has the same down swing action in theory as Dunaway’s swing gif., and of course, anyone can swing this way if they master the concept.

The huge breakthrough for me this year was the development of the “3 Levers,” the “One Major Move” & of course the “One Exercise” concepts which have taken the swing model to its optimal conclusion.

I also personally solved my issues with swinging along the lines of the model with my scoliosis and left-handedness, to swing not too badly myself according to the model:

Close… Very Close…

The below swing gif. is as close as I’ve come to Dunaway’s actual action through impact and that was last July.

The only complaint I have is that the swing was a consciously performed swing, and it wasn’t unconscious – since then, with my work on the Kettle Bell, the SwingRite  and the “One Exercise” from EMCS2, I predict that I’ll be able to replicate his exact action through the swing bottom as a natural and unconscious action when it comes to the low-heel impact and step-around finish.

I’m not after this action for the sake of doing it, but because it is the taking of the MCS Golf Swing theory to its ultimate and optimal action, which as I’ve said has Jack Nicklaus’ described setup (see above compared to mine in the setup pic), Ben Hogan’s “floating pivot” action with the hip & leg action and Mike Dunaway’s down swing action from the top to the finish.

Get that right and you will have the MCS Golf Swing model as I’ve developed it, and while I’ll never let good be the enemy of perfect, I’m after the personal goal of making my swing as mechanically close to perfect as I can.

Like I’ve said, a model can be perfect, and while no person will ever swing perfectly, the closer you get to the model (and you can get close enough that the naked eye wouldn’t be able to tell the difference), the better you’ll strike the ball, and the better your golf game in that regard will be.

Next year, I’ll be closer than I was this year.

How close?

Well, not to give out a secret… but we’ll know in a few months when golf season re-starts for the ’18 season!

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2 thoughts on “Watch Dunaway’s “3 Levers” In Action (Plus The Right-Biased Setup)

  1. JS

    Hey DJ, I also like this gif of Mike Dunaway in the dark. Points that always stuck out for me are, the circle on his right knee doesn’t turn toward the target until well after the ball is gone, also the stripe on the outside of his right leg isn’t seen until the same time.

    He stated that it was like a modern field goal kicker or soccer kicker. I agree but I think it’s being more drug into that position then using that leg to kick a ball. One question I have though is. On his video about the clock drill explaining the compound pivot he states that when his right hip is going from 4:00 to 10:00, at impact his shoulders are lined up on 1:00 and 7:00 this is well open. Personally I think this is correct.

    Your shoulders look like that also. The question I have is on your video about coming in at 45 degrees you say that your shoulders should be parallel with the target line at impact. I’m not sure if you figured something out or if like you say “what you feel isn’t real”

    I thought I remembered one of your articles that said you believe your knees,hips, and shoulders should be more in line with each other but well open at impact. Hopefully you can help me with this. Thanks DJ, I always enjoy checking your website for your insight. JS

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi JS!

      The question I have is on your video about coming in at 45 degrees you say that your shoulders should be parallel with the target line at impact. I’m not sure if you figured something out or if like you say “what you feel isn’t real”

      Good questions and comments, let’s look at the 45 degree issue and the shoulders at impact.

      The whole “45 Degree Angle” concept is only that – the swing is an arc, but the visual perception you get is that the hands either move back on the take-away on a straight line or one that goes inside the target line – since the swing is an arc, there can only be one proper way to swing back, and that is what everyone calls “inside.”

      There are no straight lines in a circular arc, so if the club is swinging away from the the ball, it should be following an arc that curves inward.

      Conversely, on the down swing, if you’re coming into the ball from the top and not coming across the line at impact, there’s only one direction from which to come, and that’s from the inside curve:

      This isn’t me, it’s geometry – I just chose the “45 Degree” number for the concept because if you watch your hands when you swing back, the visual perception is that the hands are moving away from the ball on an angle similar to that.

      As for Mr. Dunaway, I believe you answered your own question about feel not being real at times. Looking straight downward at Dunaway’s shoulders at address and impact in the Sybervision video clip, I would say that his shoulders are pretty well aligned on the same angle in both pics, so his feeling that the shoulders were more open at impact was exactly that, in my humble opinion:

      As for this:

      I thought I remembered one of your articles that said you believe your knees,hips, and shoulders should be more in line with each other but well open at impact

      I don’t recall ever writing what you’re saying here – I do say in “E = MCS” that there is the natural separation of the shoulders from the hips that you get (but not enough to try swinging by just separating the shoulders from restricted hips, which is disastrous and what we call the “Modern Golf Swing”), so the hips will be more open at impact than at address, while the shoulders return to square.

      If you look at Dunaway above and myself below, we have the weight into the left leg and side more at impact than address, but the shoulders have returned to square:

      The whole nature of the leveraged swing means that the hip & leg action pull the shoulders on the down swing, and you should have more open hips at impact than address, but not so much that the shoulders are open.

      This which would mean the arms and club head would be moving left or inside at impact, causing a pull or slice depending on the face.

      Even if one wanted to play a fade, I would advise swinging squarely on a set target line and having a slightly open face so that the ball starts down the target line and then fades to an actual target right of the line – that’s a power fade, and it’s how Nicklaus played and swung.

      For a draw, you’d do the same thing but with a slightly closed face to start the ball down the line and curve or draw left to an actual intended spot. This way, you’re always swinging the same, whether you’re trying to shape a shot or not.

      I hope that clears things up for you! 🙂


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