I took a super slo mo of the Mike Dunaway “stick-man” swing to show his down swing transition and the “drop” that he made into the “3 O’Clock” position.
This is where I have recently mentioned that this is where gravity will give the down swing a turbo-boost if one’s action doesn’t interfere with it.
Keep an eye on Dunaway’s leading hip while the down swing begins, and you’ll see what I’m talking about:
There is no missing it if you’ve been reading along, especially if you know that the leading arm is part of the 1st or Primary Lever in the 3 Levers of the swing – and guess what is powering that Primary Lever?
You got it – it’s the legs and hips. That leading hip pulls the leading arm and shoulder, and that is what powers the “Drop” action to the “3 O’clock” position, at which point you continue to leverage the swing into the “Pop” with the 2nd and 3rd Levers, aided by gravity.
It’s a pure leverage move – the body and weight shift are powering that drive through the leg and hip action, and you don’t feel any “effort” whatsoever when you get it right.
That’s the “pull” in the “pull-push” of the down swing of course, and by the time you get to “3 O’Clock,” you are engaging the active phase of the “push” (or, for the old crew, “throw”) with the aid of gravity.
Notice as well, Dunaway has no need for the “flying foot” to leverage his swing – that leading foot is as stable through impact as it can be, and that’s because of two things:
- He has adequate leverage with the hip turn because of the proper pivot action using the hips & legs instead of the lower back twist and,
- He releases the trailing foot when the hip turn makes it necessary, rather than hanging back on that foot and flipping/twisting that leading foot around
There, in a nutshell, is an awesome swing action for the down swing, and the better you get at it (through proper address setup & then mechanical action) the less effort you will feel.
I actually have quite a bit more to say about all of this, but I’m waiting until I’ve confirmed through some swinging and analysis that I (really and truly) have got my optimal action through the down swing.
Once I have that, then…
2019 and the fun will truly begin!
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