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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