I had always wondered what Dunaway or his mentor Mike Austin would have looked like hitting the modern drivers with the longer and flatter-lie graphite shafts, and here is big Mike D.
A little scene-setting from A.H. who took the video:
At this time he was recovering from swine flu… Mike said he was feeling about 60-70% on these drives but I can tell you they were absolutely crushed…
…One thing that’s tough to tell from video was Mike was a giant of a man. He was proportionately built but had massive bone structure, huge hands and wrists. There was an extreme heaviness to the hit, like he was compressing the ball to the extreme.
Mike Dunaway – Face On
I’m delighted to inform you all that, having worked on the shift-and-tilt hip pivot action all winter while I was otherwise indisposed to blog about it, this is pretty much what you should look like swinging with Dunaway’s model.
Mike Dunaway – DTL
While he and Austin swung with the same mechanical theory, I would hesitate to say they swung exactly the same.
Mike Austin DTL
That would be due to variations between their address setups – in fact, Dunaway’s own swing looked different over the years as he swung from slightly varied setups, although they all followed the proper setup principles.
I’ve been working on “MCS-ing” the Dunaway model, because that’s what I do. From Dunaway’s basic model, I’ve been going over the setup and the pivot action to optimize them for myself.
For example, you can vary the width of the stance to a certain degree and still produce the action, but it’s a narrow parameter, and you can also do the same with the pivot, from a shift and slight rotation of the hips into the post, to a full shift into the post before any significant rotation occurs – and we’ll see how things go later this year when I’m back swinging!
I’ll have more to say about this swing of course in the coming weeks.