Besides having figured out how Dunaway’s stance was different from what you usually see with the golf swing, I’m seeing right now how vital the pre-swing “press” that Dunaway used in his 375 yard drives demo was.
It works much the way I built my setup for the New MCS swing model from 2013 after I had left the Austin/Dunaway camp.
No surprise either that I think my longest average drives ever were with the New MCS model, but it wasn’t optimal, so I made changes to it.
The standard MCS model from right now however still uses a press, but the Dunaway press is what I’m looking at right now.
I am looking at something that I have a hunch about, with regards to the left wrist and arm versus right wrist and arm, because I feel that one may suit people more than the other.
If it doesn’t pan out, I’ll go with the Dunaway press – however, doing it slightly differently (I’ll explain what that is when I’ve confirmed it’s the same, just with the other arm), I’ve had the same success with speed generation using the SwingRite.
Most people use the forward press as a “trigger,” making the body move from a static position so you’re not yanking or snatching the club away to get moving, but the purpose of the Dunaway press is much more important, in that it sets the impact position for the leading wrist before the swing even starts:
Dunaway’s Setting The Impact Angle
That’s what I was doing with my setup for the New MCS swing model, pressing into the impact position for my left arm and wrist before beginning the takeaway:
And it was there at impact, and in the drive from which I took this impact still, I launched a drive with a range ball that had 8 seconds of carry:
… but in looking at the New MCS swing with different intentions, I can see that if I had only adjusted my setup down the line:
… to get the arms vertical (or as close to vertical as I could) and the weight more over the feet rather than out over the toes, I might have begun to drift right into the Dunaway model just as I was leaving the Austin/Dunaway camp.
At any rate, I can attest that the press action combined with the hip shift and tilt from Dunaway’s stance… getting me the best speed I’ve had this season, with the SwingRite as my gauge.
I have a confession as well regarding my favorite swing training aid – I found an even stiffer spring than the one it came with, so that I can barely click it at the 8 setting – but I’ve been clicking it today at 7.5 with the Dunaway setup and the press!
Where am I going with this?
I’m simply curious, as I said before, to see how fast I can swing with any model, and how far I can launch it in my declining years (50 next year), because the long ball has always been my joy.
Very interesting stuff, and I’ll be out soon to take some swings and see how things go.
More to come!
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