Swinging Like Dunaway – Day 3

Well, I have to say that the adjustments I made were exactly what the doctor ordered, having had a look at some swings I made yesterday!

Right now I have a lot of video to edit because I hit some irons as well as the Driver, but here is a little taste of what I got.

I couldn’t have got much closer to Mike Dunaway’s setup looking down the line, when you look at the difference in our body types:

… and that today’s Driver shafts are a good deal longer (I compared my stainless steel 90’s era Callaway Big Bertha driver to the modern driver shafts).

I would wager that if I took that old Callaway and set up with it, I’d be able to nail Dunaway’s stance, but with the longer shaft of the modern club, I’d have to grip down about 4″ (10 cm) at least, to get the nearly-vertical arms.

I would like a little more weight behind the heels so I’m not finished yet however, stay tuned.


On the setup, I give myself at least 8 to 9 out of 10 on the improvements, just 12 days apart and only the second time out since the 9th of October:

October 9th vs October 21st

There’s nothing actually wrong with the X’d setup, from a mechanical-soundness point of view, but the checked setup just looks so much better to my eye.

As for the swings… here are some gifs while I sort through the videos:

As I had written earlier on the weekend, I wanted to use a little press with the adjustments and you can see, in the slo-mo swing, how effective it is in getting that “one-piece” takeaway going with the hands and hips working together on the drawback:

I got a little more tilt action in the hips and should get even more next time out, as this particular day was concerned more with the setup and the beginning of the back swing…

Still, was pretty pleased with the changes and can’t believe how different my swing is beginning to look at the top and down through impact.

On the frontal view:

… is where the need for a little more tilt action in the hips and shoulders is more apparent.

Luckily, the setup changes and swinging closer to the ball are beginning to iron out – remember, with a swing change, you’re not going to just go out and change everything at once.

It takes time to get used to the change in feel, and I’m probably able to make changes a little quicker than the average person because this is what I’ve been doing for years in my search for swing mechanics.

Back to the video editing.

More to come!

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6 thoughts on “Swinging Like Dunaway – Day 3

  1. Roger

    Looking good The only difference is feet. Mike D is slightly more open than your feet is more square to the down the line

    1. D Watts Post author

      Correct, Roger.

      In the Sybervision video it is mentioned that Dunaway set up square shoulders but feet just slightly open to get through the ball more aggressively.

      There are still a couple of things I will be adjusting- just can’t it all at once.

  2. Brandon

    looks alot more relaxed at address & it is in the swing as well. you’ll be driving 380 yard greens by spring.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Brandon, as you’ve been around since the early days and remember all of my research into Austin, I can tell you I’m having a blast right now.

      And you’re right on the money – I want to see how far I can drive the ball with Dunaway’s mechanics compared to MCS.

      Is it a swing for just killing it, or to play with after my doubts about that for years?

      Stay tuned! 😁

  3. D. Moriarty

    You know, I’ve vacillated between MCS and Austin teachings since I found this site. You were the way I found Austin to begin with!
    It would appear to me that MCS and the Dunaway swing really are one in the same, just with an extra level to jump to when you need it.
    I might have to go play around with my swing a little more.

    1. D Watts Post author

      My mission, DL, has always been to figure out the best possible way to swing.

      MCS is the model I built for an actual playing pro, and it has a certain pivot action built around Ben Hogan’s.

      The only caveat I would offer is that neither Mike Austin nor Dunaway ever produced a student who played tournament golf with these mechanics.

      I want to go back over Dunaway’s swing with a mind to seeing if it’s possible to play tournament golf with this swing type.

      I have nothing riding on this except to get it right. I present my findings and explain techniques.

      Right now, I’m seeing things in Dunaway’s swing with regards to Modern instruction regarding swing planes and other things that will blow some minds out there.

      It’s going to be an interesting winter for both MCS Hogan pivot swingers and acolytes of the Austin/Dunaway school.

      Stay tuned!!

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