I’ll tell you all what got me to the point where I can emulate Mike Dunaway’s near-perfect down swing leverage and low-heel impact position – it’s the Kettle Bell “One Exercise” that I gave you all in “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video.
That, and working on your address setup, are the two things that will train your down swing to provide maximum leverage and efficiency.
If you watch the below clip from the “Austinology” DVD (Mike Austin’s swing video featuring Mike Dunaway swinging), you can see on the down the line view of Dunaway that amazing impact position as he uses his lower body to leverage the arms and club, instead of the upper body and jumping-snapping all over the place.
Again, a down the line or up the line view of Mike Dunaway is the best, as it doesn’t show his shifting head on the back swing, and so without that visual distraction, if you can copy his move, you’re going to kill that ball.
He’s set up beautifully (if you don’t see the center-biased aspect that you’d see face-on), and the center-biased stance is not so much a flaw as it is not optimal.
Note: You can swing perfectly fine from a center-biased position if you have the coordination to do so, but that’s like saying you can shoot free-throws with your back to the basket if you’re coordinated enough to do so – just because you can doesn’t make it the best way to do it, but I wouldn’t call it a “flaw” because there’s nothing mechanically unsound about it – it’s just un-optimal.
But that setup looking down the line, awesome. The position at the top, just gorgeous, with the straightened supporting leg, the swinging left gate and the full hip turn.
Then, at impact, you can see that nearly-flat trailing heel and the trailing arm nearing extension – it doesn’t get any better or more leveraged than this, my friends, and you can get that too – you just have to have the proper setup and to use the hips and legs on the back swing and down swing pivots.
So if you can use the “measuring” process I gave you in the “E = MCS” swing layout, to get your address as close to your impact position as possible, and you then use your Kettle Bell “One Exercise” (the transition transfer of the pressure plate concept to the leading foot & the “3 To 9” parts in particular), you’ll be able to swing this way.
I’ve already adjusted my setup, as I mentioned before the New Year, to be able to replicate the down swing and even though I’ve been explaining the action since the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video & have been able to replicate the action roughly through conscious effort:
I’m looking for the replication in an unconscious and natural swing action. That effort above was mechanically close but not what I want – I want the “Full Dunaway,” as it were, because it doesn’t get any more efficient that what you see Dunaway doing coming down and through.
I will see in the spring if my work has paid off, though from my practice swings:
… I’ll be there if I’ve figured out the adjustments to account for my scoliosis.
I’ll be getting into this again, of course, in the eBook, with regards to explaining this action, but the leveraging exercises will really aid you in resisting that urge to turn into the down swing and instead to “drop & pop” that action from the top to post-impact.
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