My Original Theory – Proving It With The Dunaway Model

I had a theory when I first began to really get into swing mechanics, and it’s a simple one from a lifetime of observation/participation in various sports.

It is, simply: the technique for producing maximum power with mechanically-correct motion will also be the technique that provides maximum accuracy & repeatability.

It’s something that is borne out in every other sport – you’ve never heard of someone breaking performance records with unorthodox technique.

The world’s fastest runners from sprints to marathons have proper technique, the one to which everyone strives.

Power-lifting, baseball pitching – there will always be outliers in motions that are possibly reliant more or less on hand-eye coordination and you’ll find the odd duck here or there who performs well with unorthodox technique, but when it comes to finding a ceiling in any performance, the best is always the closest to mechanically “perfect” technique.

So, the golf swing, while others may do very well with technique in the game, should follow the same rule or law.  In that golf the game is a game, requiring hand-eye coordination, you’ll find people who have grooved unorthodox swings and found success, but they are the exceptions who prove the rule.

I did that somewhat with the MCS “Classic Golf Swing” model that I completed a couple of years back – the closer I got my own swing to the model I had built using research of the Classic Golf Swing greats of the past, the better my performance in distance and accuracy.

Now, having decided to take another look at Dunaway last year, I have a thought…

I left the Mike Austin/Dunaway school of swing research back in 2013 after concluding that, even if you could produce more speed and power with the model, it wasn’t an optimal model with which to play golf, which made it little more than a novelty, really.

But the more I’ve looked the mechanics, I’ve come to conclude that I I simply hadn’t done with it what I am doing now – instead of relying on myths and legends about what the swing could do, to simply break it all down and try to rebuild it from the ground up to see what, if anything, to discard or adjust or keep exactly the same, to build a functioning model from the theory of the mechanical action.

As I’ve worked on the Post-Modern model of Mike Dunaway’s swing mechanics, I’ve found that there is indeed a mechanical model within it.


Meaning, once you have built your optimal stance and make the proper mechanical action with regards to the pivot, you should be able to produce the most speed and power possible, as well as being able to repeat this action over and over again with precision.


Of course, there is the caveat as with everything else – it takes building that optimal stance and making the proper mechanical action, and just because one may think they know how to swing with this model doesn’t mean they’ll be doing it optimally.

Ben Hogan built his perfect “floating pivot” action but his swing in itself, while very effective for him, wasn’t optimal.  That’s why the only thing I took from Hogan mechanically was the hip & leg pivot action.

Trying to build a working swing exactly like Hogan’s is useless – it was as unique to him as Moe Norman’s was to himself, and while there are excellent swing principles in both swings, neither was optimal.

If they were, people would be able to replicate those swings just as with optimal throwing or running technique, people are taught and are able to produce good imitations of that proper technique.

This has never been about “I’m going to create the perfect swing model.”

The MCS journey has always been about researching the swing to find the perfect swing model if it exists, and to try to build one if it doesn’t.

It would serve me no purpose whatsoever to be able to replicate Mike Dunaway’s action or an optimal version thereof if no one else could learn and apply the principles – I’m far too old at 50 to think of playing professional golf now, as the swing is only one facet of the game, all which require too much time to refine for me to flatter myself I could do it.

But that isn’t my intent.

What I’d like would be for others to learn this swing model and apply it so that, with the other parts of their own golf game, they could increase performance and, if young enough, strive to play amateur or professional golf with power and precision unseen in today’s game of bomb-and-gouge.

I’m looking out the window and seeing the spring weather improving and, although it’s impossible to get out now for some swing work, everything I do is with the mind to passing this on to others.

First things first – I have to take my model for testing, then I have to be able to prove it with verifiable numbers, performance-wise, then I will go about seeing if others can learn from what I’ve dug up over the winter.

Time will tell how successful I am!

DJ