Mike Dunaway’s Impact/Release Concept (Similar To The Wall)

I found the video from Mike Dunaway in which he talks about an Impact/Release concept (if you still like and need concepts, they work ’til you don’t need’em!), and it’s very similar to the “Swinging Into A Wall” post from earlier in the month.

So, Uncle JJ mentioned it in the comments, but I couldn’t find it at the time, even though I agreed with him on the similarity.

I actually ran across the clip looking for Dunaway’s address procedure which is also similar to my “Measuring The Setup” method from the “E = MCS” video and eBook on “The MCS Golf Swing.”

Here it is:

Mike Dunaway’s “Clothesline Release” Concept

The only difference between the two, really, is that Dunaway’s concept has you thinking on a horizontal plane, as if swinging into a carpet or rug on the clothesline, and my concept has the visual of the actual angle down to the ball sitting on the tee or ground.

The whole point of both of these concepts is that you shouldn’t be trying to “drag” the club through impact with the hands and arm, but releasing through the bottom.

This is the essence of the “3 To 9” concept I’ve been hammering since last summer.  If you get this concept, you’ll have a great “3 To 9” phase in your “Drop & Pop.”

Justin Rose “3 To 9” Type of Drill

If any of you watch golf on TV,  you’ll see Justin Rose doing a sort of “3 To 9” drill himself before he swings – the only difference is that he has a “swing left” thing going on with the extension and release part, but there’s no mistaking what he’s practicing.

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6 thoughts on “Mike Dunaway’s Impact/Release Concept (Similar To The Wall)

  1. Uncle JJ

    DJ – I just read Philip Reeds book on Mike Austin. Fun read, but not a lot of instructional stuff that made sense. They do talk about the Austin takeaway, where the right wrist actually pronates over the left on the way back (in contrast to most PGA teaching, where the left rolls over the right). I struggle to understand this concept. Have you heard of this? Confusing.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Uncle JJ,

      I’ll tell you exactly what I think, having been in the Mike Austin golf swing camp from 2009-2013 (and I’ve got Philip’s book on Austin, which he sent to me in 2010 when I was doing most of my blogging on the Mike Austin swing method).

      The Mike Austin swing model is virtually the same as MCS – in fact my original MCS golf swing model and earlier videos (up to MCS 3.0 in 2013) were based on Austin’s, until I left that school of thought in 2013 to develop MCS based on what I was researching, and not on any other people’s models.

      The only difference between Mike Austin’s swing model and MCS is in the address setup.

      MCS has the right-biased setup and Austin/Dunaway were center-biased, which produces a shifting head on the back swing.

      There is virtually no other difference. That’s why I spent five years on his model – it is mechanically-correct, just not optimal due to the shifting head, but if you took my model and center-biased the setup, or took Austin’s and right-biased it – you get the same models and swing mechanics.

      NOW… the part you’ve mentioned, is something Austin came up with after a stroke that left his right side nearly completely paralyzed. It’s even in his Wiki bio:

      … there seems to be confusion and controversy as to the hand action that Austin used and/or advocated. Apparently, different instructors were told different and/or multiple things. Thus depending on the instructor or source, you will either hear about a more conventional rolling type of hand action versus one that keeps the blade more square to the swing path through the hitting area…

      It is believed that after Austin had his stroke and he could no longer make normal swings, he changed his view on the teaching of the hand action to remove any rolling over action.

      So, he never actually swung this way himself, and it wasn’t part of the swing model of his that he taught for decades, it was an add-on, so take it for what it’s worth.

      The problem with Austin (other than the setup bias) is that most of what he talked about in minute detail happens anyway, so there’s no need to think about it – the simpler the concept and thoughts, the better. The way he explained things sounded very impressive and clinical, but doesn’t really help one understand the swing any better, IMO.

      Can you imagine a baseball pitching coach trying to explain how to pitch properly by describing in minute detail every muscular action from the beginning of the stretch to release? Good luck with that!

      As I’ve been hammering upon for the last few months, you can’t perform the proper actions from an improper setup without making compensating moves – it’s better to nail the setup, then the actual proper mechanics will reveal themselves! 😀

      I hope that helps.


      1. uffe66

        I must take my hat off for DJ and the way you teach a golf swing.

        Ive been into Mike Austin for some years now and you are the only one that made me understand what he was doing.

        The video you did a few years ago about swinging a stick for speed made it very simple.

        Its easy to get things to complicated when you look at different sites about Austin, people talk about throwing from the top and all sort of things that makes everything confusing.

        Every time im lost I practice with a swing stick. Thanks Ulf

        1. D Watts Post author

          Ulf, thanks for the kind words, and yes, you’re talking about “MPS – Finding Mike Austin,” the video I based on the simple action of swinging a stick!

          Thanks as well for the memories – it will be 5 years at summer’s end when I began that video project 😀

    1. D Watts Post author

      Yes Tom he’s got quite the harpoon going there… I have also noticed that he’s no longer letting the leading heel separate and that could be it there.

      I blogged before on the harpoon being a result of beginning the down swing having made a restricted-hip pivot.

      Take away the harpoon and the left move through the bottom, and he’s got it. 😉

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