I just receive this from JM, who has contributed so much to my blogging in the past years, such as the old vintage swing magazine from Jimmy Thomson and who also sent me his SwingRite years ago, the same one you’ve seen in the “E = MCS” and “EMCS2” videos.
This time, he took the Mike Dunaway “stickman” gif. that I created a few years back from a clip of Dunaway swinging, and he added a club head tracer to it.
I had mentioned to him in our email conversation that I’ve been working on my swing to get that Dunaway down swing with all of its effortless leverage on the transition and the flawless extension through the ball, and that’s when he sent it.
Check it out:
As I’ve said, I’ve been working on my top position (but really, on the whole swing, because the top position is only the midway point between address and the finish, so one thing involves everything) with the view to duplicating Dunaway’s action through the ball:
And yes, I’ve been able to replicate the action at times through conscious effort… first with the SwingRite last winter and continuing to the present:
And I’ve even been able to do it swinging for real while hitting balls:
… but I’m looking to swing this way naturally and without conscious effort – and you might not believe it, but it required adjusting my address position using the same “measurement” method I demonstrate in the “E = MCS” swing video from last summer, and also my back swing top position, as well as my down swing move from the top.
This is what the analysts and instructors don’t tell you – there is no way you’re ever going to build the swing you want with simple little “fix” tips and compensations – all they do is put band-aids on a flawed motion when what you need to do is look at the entire swing to see what needs changing and why.
For me, I’ve always been a “turning” swinger, meaning I had a very big and vigorous hip turn through the ball (leading to an early lifting and high trailing heel at impact) and for years, an early turn that opened my shoulders early, causing (in addition to the high trailing impact heel) a steep down swing and out-to-in or OTT path.
Much of that was due to being a lefty swinging right, who had played baseball as a youth, which gave me the tendency to pull and turn with the left side, but there was also the ball position issues caused by my left-tilting spine in addition to the “spiral staircase” twist in it.
See below a swing with a standard-ish ball position, but how far past the ball I would get with the left shoulder coming down, forcing an early turn:
The above gif. is from a swing in 2016 and I adjusted my ball position this past year, but it seems not enough…
So, I’ve talked about the issues I’ve had establishing a proper ball position for my body to swing through naturally because of my scoliosis, and the past few weeks have been occupied by my going over my down swing transition, transfer to the leading foot and swing bottom, only to discover that I was still not in my optimal ball position.
When a ball position is too far back (to the right on the target line for a right-handed swinger), what happens is hand-eye coordination will cause you to spin the hips and turn through the ball to avoid shanking it or sending it straight right (big block or slice) because you get to the ball early.
So, after all of the years of research, I’ve been able to focus on my own swing and 2018 will bring a lot of interesting things from WAX Golf in the realm of data and stats – if my swing is where I feel it should be!
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