Think “Swinging Into A Wall” – But It’s Not There…

The problem you get with the way a lot of people are swinging on television, aside from the fact that the result is very unsightly, is that they’re swinging at the ball (especially with the Driver) as if they’re hitting a wall with a hammer but forgetting it’s not actually there.

In my video last year from “Dropping The Hammer,” you’ll remember the concept that I had where you wanted to feel at address as if you were about to swing a hammer into a wall or impact bag:

I used David D.’s foot above to illustrate my point, and so if you’re swinging your club as if into a wall, that’s not the problem.

The problem is if you forget that there’s actually no wall there, and so you have the issue of momentum and follow-through – I’ve said that if you imagine swinging a hammer at a wall and it disappears before impact, you’d fall on your face with the follow-through if you weren’t properly balanced.

So, you have to swing as if into a wall (to get your maximum “pop” in the “Drop & Pop”) and also as if it isn’t there:

“Hittin’ The Wall…”

If you watch the above gif., here’s a swing at around 120 mph club impact speed, and doesn’t it look both as though I’ve swung into a wall (impact position) as hard as I can, yet my follow-through looks as though there was no wall?

Well, of course, there was no wall, so how do you get this look, as if there is?

This is the whole aspect of why I have stressed the importance of:

  • A proper Address Position,
  • Grip,
  • Ball Position,
  • Back Swing Pivot,
  • Proper Down Swing “Drop & Pop” Into Impact and
  • The Proper “3 To 9” Release Action!

You need all of the above to get that picture you’re seeing, and this below is what you get and see when swingers swing as if into a wall without taking into account the fact that there is no wall:

The dreaded (for those who know better) “flying foot” syndrome, which is, as I’ve said before, can be from either one or both of needing to keep the hips turning on the down swing when they’re stuck (due to the Modern Golf Swing failure to turn the hips on the back swing pivot) or failing to transfer properly into the leading foot (which you can’t when it’s in the air) because of an anchored trailing foot.

Notice how firmly the right toe is dug into the ground on all three impact pictures above.

That would be fine if swinging into a wall and not having to take into account the momentum of the release and follow-through, but when you’re swinging through air and not a wall… you will get footwork issues.

If you build your address the way I’ve demonstrated in both the EMCS videos and the eBook, and you remember to test your Impact Position vs your Address Setup, then you’ll get this concept very quickly.

Then, all you’ll have to do then is perform your “One Major Move” back swing pivot action, then your “Pressure Plate” transition and your “Drop & Pop” with the proper “3 To 9” release action.

Sounds complicated perhaps if you haven’t been doing your exercises, but if you have, just follow the steps above with your “One Exercise” drills using the Kettle Bell, and then do some swings with a training stick, it’s not a lot to remember, because everything flow one into the other.

So, remember, swing that hammer as if into a wall, but remember that it isn’t there!

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4 thoughts on “Think “Swinging Into A Wall” – But It’s Not There…

    1. D Watts Post author

      I don’t advise smash or impact bags, Tom, because of the strain it puts on the tendons in the shoulder, elbow and wrist. It’s like hitting balls and encountering a tree root – the idea is to swing as if into a wall or impact bag, but not to actually do it.

      My “Dropping The Hammer” concept from last year, if you’ll refer to the picture of David D. and myself, was set up with the feeling of being at impact with the right side:

      … but I never swing into anything that won’t fly down the fairway or range upon impact 😉

  1. Uncle JJ

    I was watching a Dunaway video last night, and he was talking about swinging the club like a baseball bat into a rug folded over a clothesline. Apparently it was something Austin told him (I think). He gets into wrist action at impact – interesting video – you can find on YouTube.

    I think it is similar to what you’re saying in this post, DJ, so I thought I’d mention it. Have you seen that video? Comments?


    1. D Watts Post author

      That’s exactly the same concept, Uncle JJ – I’ve got all of Dunaway’s and Austin’s videos, so I know the one to which you refer.

      Some of the things Dunaway said about the swing I would disagree with on a conceptual level only, because other than his setup and shifting head, his mechanics were superb – but the “beating the carpet” one is definitely one with which I agree!

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