I Said The “One Major Move” Got Simpler – Mike Dunaway Shows It

I said a while back that the “One Major Move” was even simpler than I had originally thought it was when I devised it as the back swing pivot mechanical action.

I am not even there yet in simplifying my own move, because the nature of making swing changes is such that, even when you “feel” you’re making that move here or there in the swing, most likely you’re closer to your old action than the new, when you check the video.

That is also my experience, but I have slowly been transforming my high-hands-flying-elbow top position to one that is more on-plane and tighter.

The barrier to making the change is the “feel,” of course – you not only have to build a new “feel” for the action you actually want, but you have to get rid of the old “feel,” because the old “feel” is what you’re comfortable with, and you are likely to keep making that old move despite your best efforts.

That is why I used to drive myself crazy making a practice swing that was pretty much what I wanted to do, but then I’d get over the ball and make the same old darned motion as before my change attempts – you have to ingrain that new “feel,” and only then will you make the changes.

It won’t happen overnight, unless you are really devoted and have an iron disciple – sadly, I don’t fall into that, although I am pretty devoted to swing research and changing my own swing.

I’ve gone from here last spring:

To here a few weeks back, and while the below pic is the top position with a 5 iron, that’s the position I want for my Driver top position as well:

Looking at Mike Dunaway’s action down the line in this swing:

… is about the simplest “One Major Move,” and the most leveraged and powerful one you can make.

I will tell you the reason right now that I haven’t gotten to this move yet myself – simply, I didn’t trust the “feel!”

I have always had a very long back swing, with the shaft way past parallel, and my right elbow has always been very high in the “flying elbow” manner, and I just didn’t trust that the tighter position was as powerful.  I would try to make that tight pivot but my subconscious continued to make me get longer and higher.

It was while getting data for the MCS Golf Swing model (for “MCS – Project 2018“) to prove that it’s the way you want to swing, that I finally began to make the necessary changes to bring my own swing into line.

Even though I had the proof of the power my personal swing with MCS gives me, in my data from late May, it was the data with the Driver from last week that did it for me personally.

I virtually matched my May swings with regards to speed, power and distance but it was the technical data that opened my eyes.

I “felt” that my swings last week weren’t as powerful or fast as the ones in May, simply because I was swinging tighter – which doesn’t feel as powerful as the longer back swing with the higher hand position.

However, the data was clear:

May Drives

July Drives

… even after a week off, I had the same club speed with the tighter back pivot that I had had back in May with the longer back pivot, even though I was swinging much more regularly in May than now, as I’ve been working on the upcoming video.

And even more eye-opening, how I finally was able to make a natural, unconscious swing and produce an in-out club path through the ball:

… when the best I’d ever been able to get was 1-2 degrees out-in.

The great thing is that everything in the “E = MCS” swing video from last year is absolutely, 100% on the mark with regards to how I explained the model and the theory.

The only thing not perfect – my own execution of the model, but then, I’m not ever going to claim that I have a perfect golf swing – just the perfect swing model according to how the greats of the game swung, and how the body is designed to move.

So, the past year since completing that video has been both a study of what I wasn’t doing exactly according the model specifications, and how to get myself there so I could perhaps bring others along with me.

Luckily for us all, since I’m just a swing researcher and analyst and can’t guarantee I’ll ever make that perfect move – we have Mike Dunaway to look at, because there if you can emulate his back swing pivot looking at it down the line – then you’ll have the optimal MCS Golf Swing pivot action!

That will mean maximum leverage and the best performance you can get swinging a golf club.

Heck – look at what I’ve done in a few weeks just tinkering with my own swing to get it closer to the model.

I predict one thing – if and when I get my pivot looking like Dunaway’s above – the data from my next Driver swings will be better than either of the two data plates I’ve compiled this year – with regards to everything!

Club speed, ball speed, carry distance and total distances, as well as Smash and dispersion.

Let’s see if I’m right!

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6 thoughts on “I Said The “One Major Move” Got Simpler – Mike Dunaway Shows It

  1. Jason

    I think we should be more precise when discussing the elbow and the tight armpit position. They’re two different things that are connected to one another.

    This actually is something Ben Hogan talks about a lot in 5 lessons – Hogan turned his elbows “out” at address so he could clearly see the inside lines of the elbow. This turning action has a reaction: it causes the upper arm and armpit to tighten up to the side of the chest. Hogan said he made a conscious effort to keep armpit-chest connection as tight as possible and it would take considerable effort for someone to untighten that connection.

    Now, from what I understand, it is entirely possible to have a tight connection between the upper arm, armpit and chest, but not emphasize this ‘turning out the elbows so you can see the inner lines of the elbow’ Hogan action. The result will be a swing where the elbow flies out a bit more and, down the line, will look like the club crosses or near crosses the plane.

    Hogan’s move of turning the elbows out, on some level, is a governor that restricts the elbow from flying out so much on the backswing, which is why people who swing this way have shorter looking backswings and look more ‘on plane’ at the top of their swings – the elbow remains more closely tucked to the body. If you didn’t do this, you can have a longer swing, but swinging this way is stabler and more consistent simply because you’re taking some of the variability and freedom of the elbow out of the swing.


    1. D Watts Post author

      You would have loved my “Kinesiology Of The MCS Golf Swing” video from 2015, Jason! Aside from Hogan’s pivot action, I also subscribe to the elbows opinion when it comes to the MCS setup:


      And as you can see, that’s the way I set up, even now:

  2. Jason

    I’ve always loved this Austin swing, even if DJ is right about the head position. There’s just such a wild, free-swinging aura to this swing and the way Austin released the club just after making the lower body downswing move is powerful and authoritative.

    It’s interesting to contemplate why some of the longest drivers in the world (the guys who are winning the Long Drive) aren’t as successful on the PGA tour – most likely that they haven’t made the concessions necessary in their swings for consistency and accuracy, but also putting and short game stuff.

    1. D Watts Post author

      There is a trade-off with long driving on accuracy for sure, Jason. Most long drive competitions, you need only one good pop to place. Misses don’t count, so long-drivers aren’t that concerned with accuracy, only raw speed and power. That doesn’t translate well to golf.

      I could always hit the ball a far way but the inconsistency was what drove me nuts. So I made the commitment to figuring out proper mechanics to combine power, accuracy and repeatability.

    1. D Watts Post author

      It happened before I was around the Austin/Dunaway group so I don’t have much info. From what I’ve read, he played in two events and gave it up because he could drive it 350 yards but the rest of his game was lacking.

      It’s no slam on him however, as he was always a long driver. Playing the Senior would have been a long shot – you’re competing against guys who for the most part played golf at the highest levels all their lives. The fact that they’ve passed 50 means little on shorter courses with no rough!

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