I Brought Up “Big Legs, Little Arms” Before The New Year…

It was back in December, and ironically, it was about how Mike Dunaway produced so much leverage with such a “short” back swing.

The “short” part meant of course that his back swing didn’t produce a club shaft way past parallel or even pointing at the ground the way long drivers have.

And I say “Ironically” because I just finished writing a post about how Dunaway could have been even longer, and it’s not so ironic because what I was talking about was his very-low-to-flat leading heel on the back swing:

Yes, I’ve said you can swing with very little heel lift depending on your body make-up, but the fact remains that if the hips & legs provide the power for your leveraging, then the more hips & legs, the more power, and that would have gone for Dunaway as well.

Now, before I continue, this posting is really for those of you who are getting comfortable with your MCS swing action but still feel you’re lacking the maximum leverage and power – if you’re happy with your power and distance, then carry on, by all means!

First, as I promised, everything I’ll be discussing this year can be found in the “E = MCS” & “EMCS2” swing videos, with the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook – there was a reason I couldn’t kick off 2018 until the 1st Edition was complete!

If you want to see a great example of the extreme when it comes to “big legs, little arms,” then you can refer to the lady about whom Brandon posted a comment this morning, Mickey Wright!

Mickey Wright With Huge Legs, Little Arms

If you look at Mickey there above, you’ll see her club shaft is not quite at parallel to the ground, but her hip turn and leading leg action are huge… big legs, little arms.

So, what I said to Brandon about her in response to his comment:

It was her pivot going back… what awesome leverage she built with that hip & leg action… that’s how she was so fast and strong through the ball – it all starts with that back swing pivot.

In a nutshell, that’s it – and it’s exactly why I said Mike Dunaway could have been even longer than he was, if he’d had more action in the hips and legs on the back pivot.

There was a guy you might know about, how had the hugest legs and littlest arms you’ll see on the PGA Tour:

I told Brandon I’ve been working on the same move and what I’ve been doing is to practice my “One Major Move” in between swinging the SwingRite stick in my home while the winter passes slowly by.

I have been doing my work (aside from the Kettle Bell “One Exercise” leveraging work that I’ll throw in) with these steps:

  • Practicing the “One Major Move” while feeling what the hips & legs are doing, and seeing how “deep” I can get that right hip,
  • Setting up using the “Measuring To The Ball” method, which you can do without a ball and even without an actual club – I visualize where I’d place the ball using the setup method and then,
  • Making that “big legs, little arms” back swing pivot then “stepping into it” and letting it fly:

DJ This Morning

You can do really good swing work with the training aids and Kettle Bell, all without an actual club or hitting balls, if you stick to your setup routine as provided by MCS methodology, visualize your ball and target line, and then do your drills.

I was on the trail of this last winter when I made the last breakthroughs in my own swing, which led to the “E = MCS” swing video from the summer, but it wasn’t until I devised the “One Exercise” with the Kettle Bell that I realized I wasn’t performing my setup the way I explained it should be done.

You see, even I can fall victim to bad habits or just plain negligence when working on my own swing with my own swing model.

However now that I’ve committed to setting up for every swing the way I describe in the swing video and in the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook – I am where I should have been at the end of last winter.

Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?

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

4 thoughts on “I Brought Up “Big Legs, Little Arms” Before The New Year…

    1. D Watts Post author

      Agreed, Humbray – with the amount of leg and hip action, his top position is actually much shorter than a lot of long drivers who don’t have that much hip turn.

      Things are slowly warming up here, so I guess the same for Ohio – spring can’t get here soon enough though! Best to you and family big guy.


    1. D Watts Post author

      Notice what he says about the elbows and what I describe as the proper address position in the EMCS videos and eBook!

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