Now, I am looking at one more thing that I have had my eye on for some time.
There are instances when you look at something and have an idea that you later discard for one reason or another and I’ve been looking hard at the role head position plays in the setup and pivot motion.
Once again, I’ve looked at more than one swinger but of course, I always look at the Mike Dunaway model.
I’ve said before that the reason I abandoned certain principle or whole swing models was when I found something in them that either wasn’t mechanically-sound (the Modern Golf Swing method of restricting the hip turn and twisting the lower back for shoulder turn), or because they weren’t optimal (I left the Mike Austin method of swinging because the big head shift to the right from a centered setup on the back pivot).
I have looked at Mike Dunaway in that regard and while he had some shift in the head, there were certain times he swung in a manner that had very little head shift:
In the swing above, which I love because of the fluid motion, Dunaway has a right tilt to the spine, and very, very little head shift on the back pivot, with the head remaining pretty stable afterward throughout the down swing to impact:
When you look at Ben Hogan’s “floating pivot” move, you get the opposite – a very stable head position on the back pivot and then a shift to his left on the down swing transition:
You’ve therefore got a number of ways the head can move or not move during the start of the pivot back to impact:
- Stable on both the back swing and down swing into impact,
- Shifting on the back swing and then shifting again coming down,
- Stable on the back swing and then shifting on the transition (Hogan),
- Shifting on the back swing but stable on the down swing (Dunaway)
There may end up being no hard and fast rule concerning the head movement so long as you’re swinging from a right-biased setup as Dunaway obviously is in this swing gif (just look at the line over his right foot touching the side of the head at address, and the line indicating spine angle on the front of his outfit).
Could be there’s a big difference on how it shifts even slightly or doesn’t shift, and it matters greatly.
This is what I’ve been looking into in the days since my last posting, and I believe I will have the answer soon.
More to come!
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