I’m Going To Try Something Next Time Out…

I’ve spent the weekend clarifying for myself exactly why Mike Dunaway had the back pivot shift with a stable down swing head position and found something very interesting in the process.

I’ve been saying that for maximum accuracy and consistency/repeatability, you want to swing with a stable head position throughout the swing, but that you might sacrifice some power/speed doing so.

The MCS “Model”

The issue for me right now for personally seems to be, does one absolutely require a slight shift on either the back pivot or down swing for a full-on power swing, or does it again come down to setup?

Dunaway – The Power “Shift”

Without predicting anything, I will conduct the following “experiment” my next time out, probably this week sometime (I wasn’t able to get out last week due to it being “end of summer” time with the kids).

I will see how well I can perform Mike Dunaway’s swing according to his own model, complete with the head shift on the back pivot… and I will also attempt the exact same swing mechanics from the top of the back pivot but without a shift of the head.

Sounds like one saying one is going to walk and stand still at the same time, doesn’t it?

I don’t have any axes to grind.  I began my swing research years ago because no one could explain to me or teach me a golf swing that worked mechanically from A to Z.

I don’t care who figured out what or when, other than being sure to attribute something to the proper person i.e. naming the MCS pivot action after Ben Hogan’s own mechanical action, the low/flat impact heel after Dunaway’s impact position, and of course, the setup over the ball after the Classic greats like Jack Nicklaus.


All I care about is building the best possible golf swing I can and explaining/showing exactly how it works.

I’m not a world class athlete, though I may have been considered above the average when it comes to sports in my time, nor am I completely unable to perform an athletic motion, so I’m pretty sure that what works for me works for just about anyone else to wants to learn the same method.

I also don’t mind saying that I’m fairly confident that I can replicate Dunaway’s swing mechanics – and I could be wrong, but it would be far from the first time I have been – I just haven’t wanted to try to up to this time because I concluded years ago that head motion is not conducive to consistency.

Once you’ve said to yourself, “that looks great but I don’t think it’s optimal,” then why would you?

Could be I made a huge blunder, but I’ll know soon enough.

For argument’s sake, I will actually try it in good faith, and if I can perform a passable replication, I’ll then try Part II, which is to have the same mechanical action from the top down but with no head shift on the back pivot.

Either way, I have the utmost confidence that whatever the result, it will bear fruit in explaining/demonstrating the standard MCS Golf Swing and possibly a variation or two.

I will be sure to update everyone!

Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?

Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?

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


2 thoughts on “I’m Going To Try Something Next Time Out…

  1. FAS

    My humble thought is that it is quite ok to have a slight wee head movement away on the backswing (a lot of fine players do this) but then when you do the left foot stomp (weight transfer) the head automatically returns to the starting position. I figure this allows a tad more looseness in the swing rather than trying to be too rigid and static over the center. I would suggest the important thing to avoid is bobbing up and down with head movement.
    BTW, on Fri we take the red eye (14hours) to your fair country, Vancouver, then the usual rail trip over the Rockies + cruise to Alaska. I look forward to it. Canada is one of the few worthwhile countries to visit these days.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Vancouver, then the usual rail trip over the Rockies + cruise to Alaska.

      Sounds like a great time, FAS – remember what I said, if you’re ever on the opposite coast, give me a shout!

      As per your comment to do with the shift vs no-shift, you are correct that you don’t want bobbing. As for the rest, I’m on the case!

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