Having worked on the MCS Post-Modern pivot over the winter while the blog was on hiatus, I eventually came to the conclusion that, other than the pivot action, there should be no difference between the principles driving the two swing models.
Here’s why – the setups will vary only slightly in the below-the-waist aspect, and that’s the action of the hips & legs.
Above the waist, the two swings should look nearly identical, and this is why I’ve been holding off any more publishing with regards to video or eBooks on the Classic swing version.
I said before taking a break that looking at the Dunaway model (what I call “Post-Modern”) improved my own MCS Classic Golf Swing action, because certain things are interchangeable between the two models.
For example, Jack Nicklaus had a move in his swing that I never emulated in my MCS model of the Classic swing, but the minute I began modeling Dunaway’s swing while watching his last videos (in addition to returning to Mike Austin’s videos in the parts pertaining to the pivot), I instantly saw what Nicklaus was doing.
By that, I mean here from address to where his club reaches parallel on the back swing:
Now, looking at my last swings when I was on Dunaway’s trail, I was getting there due to changes I’d made in my setup, but the swing was still a Classic Golf Swing and not the “shift-and-post” or Compound Pivot move:
If you look closely, you can see that the hips are still turning and the right hip moving behind me in that Hoganesque move, even though I had made changes to my setup and back swing move.
I was still getting more power and speed out of the model because, as I’ve said, the model is the model and your success will depend on how close to the theoretical model you get – the model I described in the “E = MCS” video.
I myself have not perfectly replicated that model, though I have gotten closer and the swings above are the closest I’ve come yet. I am pretty confident I’d be even closer right now, were I to pick up a club and hit some balls, but that will have to wait until my region is out of Covid-19 lockdown.
When I get the season underway, I’ll be able to show how, if you follow the principles of “E = MCS,” you can maximize your MCS Classic Golf Swing action to optimal form, as well showing how, with one little stance adjustment, you can transition right into the MCS Post-Modern pivot action based on Mike Dunaway’s compound pivot action:
Of course, I’ll also be testing what I can do with both models with regards to speed, power & accuracy using the exact same equipment.
And before anyone wonders which model I’m betting on being better, I’m not – I don’t have a dog in this race, as neither model is mine.
One is a model of optimal method in swinging in the Classic Golf Swing way, the other is of course the model Mike Dunaway adapted from his mentor and used to become the Father of Modern Long Drive.
I am confident that Dunaway’s method will produce more speed, power & accuracy, but that remains for me to prove to myself and to WAX Nation. Rest assured, I won’t be holding anything back with either model when I go for it.
I don’t know about you all, but I’m rarin’ to go!