Austin/Dunaway – It’s All In The Pivot!!

I worked all weekend on the proper “shift & tilt” pivot action and nailed it with the SwingRite.

I had it on a setting so difficult that I couldn’t come close to clicking it unless I got into the right hip properly to create the “post” that is required to tilt and then reverse tilt into the down swing.

Today, I also nailed it at the range.

SwingRite Practice Pivot & Swing


Lots of video to get through, but here are two back swing pivots with the Driver & the 5 iron face-on – I have multiple clubs, multiple angles, so stay tuned!

5 Iron Back Swing Pivot


You’ll be able to see better on the other angles such as reverse, down the line and diagonal, but there is barely any leading heel lift on the pivots, Dunaway-style.

It’s not actually all in the pivot, on second thought – you have to nail the setup first, then it’s all in the pivot.

Driver Back Swing Pivot


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3 thoughts on “Austin/Dunaway – It’s All In The Pivot!!

  1. Goose

    DJ,
    I think a big key to understanding the Austin/Dunaway pivot is to focus on the thought of the spine being on the back of the body, not in the middle, Dunaway brings this up in Austinology. This changed my whole attitude on how to swing. The swing is UNDER your spine both ways, backswing and downswing.

    This is the only way the arms can truly fall and create the centrifugal force. This will also help eliminate sway and the keep the spine/C7 as the center of the swing. No tension, no compensations, just heavy momentum. Shoulders, arms and wrists the conduits of the energy coming from the ankles, knees and hips (pivot/shift).

    1. D Watts Post author

      The swing is UNDER your spine both ways, backswing and downswing.

      Goose, there’s the key swing thought that may help people, right there. The light-bulb moment for me to really get the pivot going with the shift, tilt & post was first to get the proper setup – hips over the feet. From there, it’s definitely an “under” feeling, even more than what I was talking about a few weeks back about feeling with MCS like you’re swinging under the chest instead of around it or over it.

      What I’ve been working on is actually seeing how much shift & tilt I can make and still be able to get consistent flight and line with the balls. I know there are people interested in long drive using this type of swing, but I’m still approaching this project with a mind to optimal performance. Right now, things are looking good!

  2. Goose

    Yes! Keep that Figure 7 position from start through finish. This will give you plane and a consistent swing bottom. Also, it will give you speed. It will keep the club head near the the swing center/ C7 for as long as possible. When you can sync up the hand release, Figure 7 intact, with the pivot, serious speed. You are slinging the lead arm and club from your chest….

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