The Great News – You Can “Push/Throw” Or “Pull” Your Swing All You Want

I’m sure that, to many people who are dominant in one side or the other, it has been a little disconcerting to read my thoughts on the optimal swing requiring both sides of the body.

The thing is, and this is great news to anyone who is very stuck on the dominant-side action – you can swing all you want using your dominant side and feels, as long as you have built the proper setup to your address before you swing the club.

For example, if you are a very right-dominant swinger who feels as though you’re throwing or pushing the swing with the trailing arm and hand, without any kind of feeling of the “pulling” action of the leading arm – no problem, provided you’ve set up the way the MCS Golf Swing model calls for.

I’ll use this man’s swing:

… to show what I’m talking about, because the “pulling” part of the swing, the initial “Drop” into the “3 O’Clock” position, is the same for both pullers and pusher due to the dual nature of using the body to perform a swinging or throwing action.

That being, if a thrower drops the right shoulder into the throwing action, it’s the same motion, exactly, as someone else pulling the left shoulder up to leverage the hands and club down from the top.

The same goes for the “pulling” swingers – if you have set up properly in your MCS Golf Swing model, the initial move from the top is perfectly suited for the “pulling” feel to leverage yourself down to the “3 O’Clock” position.

It’s a little trickier, and this I know from personal experience being a “pulling” swinger due to swinging right-handed while personally being left-handed, when you are swinging through the bottom and to the finish.

Luckily, I am kind of a cross-dominant person (not ambidexterious), in that I use both sides for various things – I would write, eat, use a saw, hammer, pool cue and pull a trigger using my left hand, but I throw, punch, deal cards, kick and swing right-handed.

Kind of left-handed for fine motor motions, and right-handed for gross motor.

The problem I ran into was focusing almost exclusively on the left or pulling side action when I began to play golf, while still subconsciously trying to “hit” the ball with the right arm action, which led to big, over the top kinds of actions.

You can see the effects of my particular cross-dominance in the slight head shift to the target, ever so slight but still there last summer, as I begin to pull the swing down from the top:

There’s that slight shift and then then fall-back of the head into impact, and that’s the result of my setup being not quite optimal according to the model.

When I post my next video swings, that should be gone, and you’ll see that head remain very stable in its position from the top with regards to lateral motion, if I’ve nailed the setup for the dual-sided action.

Kind of like below:

That was my particular angst with the “E = MCS” swing video, which explains exactly how to set up for the swing whether you’re left or right-dominant.

I would have a computer model if I could to demonstrate the perfect duality of the MCS Golf Swing model because my own execution of the swing, while being the best I could make it, has fallen short of that perfect duality… at least, until now…

So, being cross-dominant caused me issues.

The advantage it’s given me however – to go with the challenge of trying to figure out the golf swing while being cross-dominant – is that, once I determined that the model I built is the optimal one, I’ve been able to swing the SwingRite both as a “puller” and as a “thrower.”

This is how I can tell you that it doesn’t matter which way you think of the swing – as a pure “puller,” “thrower” or even as a “both-sided” swinger, the motions and results should be exactly the same with the proper optimal set-up.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at someone who I would call very right-dominant in the act of swinging, the late Mike Dunaway.

His swing is an optical illusion – if you focus on the right side action on his down swing, you very clearly see the “throwing” action of his swing:

Looks though he’s throwing that club down and through, and giving it a “push” with the right arm all the way to the finish, right?

Well, take a look at another angle and you’ll see something else if you focus on the left side action:

If he told you he was swinging using a pulling action from the top with the left arm and side, and that he was stepping onto his left foot from the top and pulling on that club all the way around to the finish with a passive right arm, you’d likely say, “Yeah, I can see that,” wouldn’t you?

And that’s because if he were swinging with the left side as the dominant side, with a “pulling” action and a more passive right side, it would look exactly the way it does!

Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

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If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

“E = MCS” The Swing Video


8 thoughts on “The Great News – You Can “Push/Throw” Or “Pull” Your Swing All You Want

  1. Mr. McJohn

    I’m a right dominant swinger, and I find myself creeping into the habit of getting my shoulders more level since I’m swinging with my right side. My body wants to setup to the ball open so that I can strike the right hand blow. This is a problem leading to heeled shots. How could I fix this problem?

    1. D Watts Post author

      You don’t want to set up open, MMJ – that is death for most swingers, plus you want impact with the shoulders square to the target line. You want that right hand action to be down and through and to provide power with the extension of the arm, not a turning of the shoulders.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Humbray

    Hi DJ it’s been awhile. Watching your raptors vs. celtics and I thought about you. This might be Toronto’s year!! I’ve been going back and forth with the pushing and pulling for years as you know. We talked about being a hybrid of the two . I feel if I can just keep watching Dunaways action some osmosis will take place. Take care my friend. Humbray

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hello Humbray! Yes, the hybrid type swinger is common, and that’s why it’s crucial to get that setup nailed in order to take advantage of the dual nature of pulling and pushing. If you can nail the setup, then get the mechanical down right, the hybrid swinger will actually thrive, their visual includes both sides of the body.

      As for the Raptors, I’m still not sold on them going all the way yet. They’ve come back to earth after the torrid start and the Bucks/Celtics will be tough in the playoffs. After the last couple of years, I’ll wait ’til they make the Finals before I get excited. 😉


  3. Tom Settles

    I have to pull with left hand and keep left pinky and left ring finger very tightly around shaft (per Sam Snead) into transition and in downswing for max speed, ball-forward bottoming out and best quality shots. I’ve tried many different ways to get right hand & arm involved in power and the result is horrible shots, fat shots, left hand loosening on grip at top of backswing leading to very long backswing and erratic shots, same or lower clubhead speed, etc, etc.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I know exactly what you’re dealing with, Tom.

      I will work on swinging with the left arm only in the weeks before the season gets back underway here, and it’s my hope that seeing the left arm in isolation swinging the club will assist those pure “pullers.”

      Working on it right now, since my cracked ribs are on the right side. I can swing with the left arm only without aggravating the injury. 🙂

  4. targettom

    Another great post, thanks again. I was able to get the Dunaway move working today and it led to a very nice consistent strike and better distance.

    Q: why is setting open death for most swingers, could you elaborate some time? I set up open for holes I need a fade on, usually works. Doesn’t work when I fail to transfer my weight…

    1. D Watts Post author

      I dislike the “open” stance because of what it implies – “open” to what? To the target line? Because the proper way to shape the ball is to swing down the target (or starting) line squarely with the club face adjusted to draw or fade to a secondary target.

      That’s how Nicklaus won 18 majors, the last one at 46, 25 years after his 1st – he didn’t contort his body. He set up on a target line going left of the secondary target (where he wanted his ball to end up), and he swung squarely down his body line, opening the face to fade the ball to the secondary target.

      There’s a big difference, because that way, you’re always swinging down a line square to your body and shoulders (white line below), and the club face determines shape and destination (red line):

      You would do the same in mirror (flip the yellow and red to the other side of the white) for a draw.

      Also, most people who set up open or closed still try to swing on the line to the target, and when you do so with an open stance, you place stress on the lower back through the bottom.

      It’s why I also dislike the “swing left” move of the pros – centrifugal force is taking the club out and away from the swinger as the swinger then tries to yank the club to the left through impact. Bad mechanics and stressful on the lower back.

      Those are a couple of reasons.

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