Why The Post-Modern (Compound Pivot) Is Not The Modern Golf Swing

There will be some people who, rightly so, wonder why the Compound Pivot (or the shift-and-post) action of Mike Dunaway is not considered to be a version of the Modern Golf Swing.

That confusion would come from the fact that with the Compound Pivot move, you can make a full and free pivot with hip turn without having the lift the leading heel much or at all.

Before I deal with the Post-Modern swing, what separates the Classic Golf Swing from the Modern Golf Swing is free hip action to provide power (Classic) versus restricting the hip turn and twisting the lower back to create a shoulder turn (Modern).

The fact that Modern Golf swingers don’t let their leading heel come up is simply because nailing it down automatically restricts the hips from turning more than a few degrees.

Some Modern model swingers cheat to get more hip turn while keeping the heel nailed down, the two most common “cheats” that come to my mind being:

  • to set up with a bias over over the leading foot (you can get more hip turn on the back pivot when your weight is over the leading foot) and
  • to shift the hips toward the target and over the leading foot on the back pivot, again allowing the hips to turn more on the back pivot.

Neither of these moves is correct mechanically – the first one is what I call the “back-breaker,” especially for power swingers, and the most famous example of why you don’t want to swing that way is Tiger Woods of the four back surgeries, who never ever had back issues until he started setting up with his weight biased to the left:

Sure, he’s one of the greatest of all time, but he had that ability without swinging in a way that has destroyed his body over the years.

The second move requires more timing and makes one swing much easier than they could normally, so you get inconsistency on the one hand if you don’t practice all day long, as well as lost power.

A lot of lost power, as you witness this a move used by Matt Kuchar who, at 6’4″ is one of the shortest hitters you’ll ever find even close to that tall:

Sure, he’s won a ton of money on Tour but we’re talking swing techniques, not golf skill and ability.

Think how much more money Matt would have won if he swung naturally and drove the ball as long as any other 6’4″ player does.

Compound Pivot

Now we get to the Compound Pivot action that is actually just a branch of the Classic Golf Swing, because it works the exact same way – using the hips & legs to create a  full shoulder turn with full power due to the turning of the hips:

Here above, Mike Dunaway demonstrates how you get that full hip turn using this model, and he would swing with very little heel lift at all, but could drive the ball over 350 yards with a persimmon driver:

The reason I wouldn’t call it “Classic” is because it’s different from the way most full-hip-turn models work – they create the shoulder turn by turning the hips in a barrel, rotary-style that caused a lifting of the leading heel.

Without the heel lifting in a rotary hip turn, you either have to twist the lower back, shift the hips left, set up with the weight over the leading foot or more than one of these tricks at the same time.

With the Compound Pivot, you use posture and setup and a different hips & leg action to create a fully hip and shoulder turn in a way that has the leading heel barely lifting if at all.

You don’t get all of the problems of the Modern Golf Swing because the power is being generated the way it should be – with a full and free hip turn!

In essence, there are many ways to skin a cat, but the variations between Post-Modern Compound and the Classic Pivot don’t remove their one distinction that they both accomplish the same goal – a free and full hip turn that doesn’t rob power or involve dangerous and mechanically-unsound moves like twisting the lower back.

Basically, you’re still skinning the cat the same way – but with a different and just-as-sharp knife.

More on this in a bit…