Build The Leverage Into Your Setup – Proper “Using The Ground!”

I have got some good stuff coming when our spring that won’t come finally gets here.

We’ve had no snow on the ground for weeks now but the temperatures stubbornly refuse to climb above freezing, so we hold…

Still, it’s been worth the wait…

With each passing week, I have taken the MCS stance apart and re-studied it, not to find any flaws in it (there aren’t, and in fact, it gets better and better the more I look at it), but see how to maximize my leveraging with it.

I can’t stress enough the importance of getting the stance metrics or Fundamentals Trifecta down – if you’re going to swing freely and with no compensations (which are both speed brakes and mess with consistency), you have to have it all together.


It is the difference, really, between having a pretty good or great swing motion and having a truly awesome one.

The tighter you get everything at address, ironically, the looser and freer you feel while swinging, yet that action will be incredibly leveraged and so will look effortless, just as Mike Dunaway’s swing did:


Although Dunaway had the shifting head on the back swing pivot because of his center-biased setup, he still set himself up to deliver effortless and irresistible leverage with his method.

This is a leveraged swing…


So, the only compensation you could say Dunaway had was that head shift (because he didn’t begin his pivot where his head would be at impact, it had to move there on the back swing), and while it would have affected his consistency when he was off, it wouldn’t have interfered with his speed or power coming down.

Coming down, there was nothing held back.

And in the impact position that Dunaway displays below on the diagonal view, you see just how power he was getting in “using the ground” in the proper way.

You see the flat trailing heel and stable leading foot, allowing him to leverage the club with his hips and legs.

This Is Using The Ground…


This is proper “using the ground,” not in the way they talk about on TV when guys are jumping and hopping all over the place through impact.

And if you look at the way Dunaway’s trailing heel comes up right at impact, not before or after – I’ve been feeling that same move in my down swing through the bottom, because this is the optimal down swing move with maximum leverage:


As I’ve said, Dunaway could likely have been even longer and more powerful with a little more hip turn and a more visible leading heel separation on the back swing.

From his top position however, there is no increasing the leverage he had on his down swing other than what I’ve said about the pivot action.

And when the spring finally gets around, I’m looking forward to that same action and showing it on the blog – if I’ve got my setup right, it’s a done deal!


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6 thoughts on “Build The Leverage Into Your Setup – Proper “Using The Ground!”

  1. targettom

    You nicely shred the Modern myth of “using the ground”, well done. Weather starting to clear up here, although it’s still cold and windy (and the range balls are ancient). Can’t wait for them to bring out the new balls so we can judge if we’ve gained in distance. I was getting sloppy with ball position; by moving the ball forward in the past two sessions, it is going very straight again and very high. I think I am getting some of that Dunaway/DJ extension through the ball at impact because of the better ball position. TY

  2. Ralph Hagelbarger

    DJ I notice in the videos and commentary that you do not seem to be concerned about the length of the backswing even going beyond parallel.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Ralph,

      You are correct. If there is any concern I have in a swing, it’s that it be mechnically sound.

      I’ve had a longer to longish backswing for years and while it is getting shorter, it’s because I’m getting closer the optimal. Past parallel isn’t perfect but would not be an injury risk.

  3. buddhabob

    Dunaway had an amazingly easy looking swing. Hard to believe he was the longest back then but he was.

    Watching Tiger off the T. His swing does not look good, its so forced. I would be afraid of standing in front and off to the side. He could shank something fierce with a swing like that.

    No way he wins the Masters. He may be back playing excellent garbage and touch golf but with accuracy and dependability off the T he can’t win a major imo. God some of his follow thru’s are awful. He’s trying so damn hard.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hey BB,

      I think similar to your line, in that TW could very well win a tournament, but not a major at the moment. The way he’s having to get up and down for par half the holes… like Jordan Speith, if the putter isn’t red hot, he’s not going to win anything at all.

      This whole ‘swinging left’ thing – it’s a two-way miss all day, because he either double-crosses the fade or over-cooks the draw (not a great thing, to be swinging left and trying for a draw at the same time), or he bails because there’s trouble left and dumps it right.

      I’ve said it before, I’ll keep saying it – the club will go left all by itself, and ‘swinging left’ like that is tough on the back, not to mention that it makes hitting anything other than a hard fade very difficult to pull off with any consistency.

      I don’t know if you and I are the only two people in the world to think he’s insane to swing like this after four back surgeries, but everyone else seems to think the way he’s swinging is awesome, unless of course he hits it OB and then they have all sorts of opinions on what he did wrong.

      I’ve run out of things to say about him at the moment, so I just watch the events and marvel at the gushing praise from the pom-pom crews on TV. I’m wondering how long they can keep it up, but it will likely be longer than I would hope 😉

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