Changing mechanics so drastically takes a little time to get used to, but today I got a much better setup going and also got more of the “ringing the bell” hip tilt going with the back swing and down swing.
It’s been years since I swung in the MA/MD style and as I wrote yesterday, MD was swinging a very different way, almost all leverage (think of the judo throw) and while I’m not there yet, the setup change allowed for the hip tilt action.
The next adjustments will be a little more right knee flex on the setup and, now that I’ve got the feel for it again after years of not doing it, even more hip and shoulder tilt on the back and down swings.
Another thing will be the “drag takeaway” that you will have seen in some of Dunaway’s swings:
Some call it the “one-piece takeaway” or the “drag,” and in conversation with someone with whom I discuss the Austin/Dunaway mechanics, he revealed to me that this drag action helps get that tilt going right off the bat.
So, I’ll definitely see how that goes. I’d definitely like to get a little tighter at the top with the elbow a little closer to the body.
You’ll see that I do just fine on that until just before I get to the top, and then there’s a little lift with the hands. After being way steeper than that for many years, it isn’t that bad and I shouldn’t complain but I want the action as good as I can get it.
Needless to say, on my better attempts, the ball was pummeled, and I’ll have some video edited soon to post different angles.
If anyone is wondering how a swing can be so powerful while looking like any other type of swing, it’s in the leverage created by the “7” that Dunaway explained:
You just make your pivot to the top with the hip and shoulder tilt, and then reverse the action.
Seems simple, and it actually is once you grasp the concept!
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