I wrote a post about Mike Dunaway’s “Figure 7” leverage last year and just want to expand slightly on the what and why of how it is so powerful in creating that leverage.
The reason is because the body and legs especially are so much more powerful than the arms.
When you disconnect the leading arm from the torso by lifting the club with them, you are losing leverage, and this is why you must work out and lift weights if you are playing golf with a Modern Golf Swing model, due to lost natural leverage.
The lifting of the arms however can be seen in both Modern and the Classic golf swingers when they disconnect that leading arm from the torso.
Even I, with the distances I’ve driven the ball (max was approximately 375-380 yards on the golf course, and I’ve reached a 600 yard par 5 in two shots), I have to this date not reached my full leverage potential because a slight disconnect that I have now, finally, rectified.
In the last posting on this, I likened the leverage factor to a judo throw:
Now, ask yourself what would work more easily for you – throwing someone over your back with the above judo move, or physically picking them up off the ground with your arms and throwing them to the ground?
You’d likely not even be able to pick that guy up, most of us couldn’t. But with a judo throw, when you look closely, there is absolutely no arm action involved other that holding on to the man being thrown.
Dunaway explained it a little differently, but when you watch him demonstrating the action of the left arm in the swing, you’ll see that it isn’t actually moving in relation to the body on the down swing – it is locked in position and it’s the rotation of the torso that moves the arm:
The leading arm will move, but not in the way you think – it moves across the chest during the back swing & then stays there in the down swing – if you perform the action properly.
So when I said in the previous posting that you are using the leading arm as a pry-bar (aka crowbar or wrecking bar), that’s what’s happening – because the left arm doesn’t move from its position from the top to impact, the rotation of the torso leverages the hands and club down in the same manner as a pry-bar.
The key is knowing and trusting that the power and leverage will come from the hips & legs rotating the torso, not in giving yourself a hernia trying to swing the club with the disconnected arms.
This is true “leading side leverage.”
More to come!