Dunaway’s “Figure 7” Leverage – Why?

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!


12 thoughts on “Dunaway’s “Figure 7” Leverage – Why?

  1. Bill Swan

    Hi DJ, I think it’s important to note the shift to the left on the Dunaway swing rather than a spinning action that happens with most amateurs. I think the rotation happens after impact. Thoughts?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi Bill!

      You are correct, there is a shift of weight and the hips, however the rotation begins with the down swing.

      You don’t want to rotate and open the shoulders before impact, definitely. I’m pretty sure this is what you meant. But if you look at Dunaway or any other golf swing, the shoulders have to return to square from the top of the pivot… Dunaway’s chest is facing the camera at the top of the back pivot, and the ball at impact, so the rotation does begin on the down swing.

      Great point about the weight shift – the rotation comes from the shift, there is and should be no thought to “rotate” or “turn,” as this will happen with the natural action of the legs and hips on the shift of weight!

  2. peterallenby2013

    Golf courses remain closed on Cape Cod. But this will not deter me from continuing to work on my golf swing! I told a pro instructor about Dunaway’s “figure 7” analogy and he loved it. So do I!

    1. D Watts Post author

      I told a pro instructor about Dunaway’s “figure 7” analogy and he loved it. So do I!

      Excellent, Peter! We’re still under lock down up here but there are rumblings of golf opening within the next couple to few weeks. They’ve been given the green light to prepare to open, so unless something bad happens in between, shouldn’t be too much longer.

      Looking forward to getting back out there and completing that work on the Dunaway “Post-Modern” model – can’t believe it’s been six months since I last hit a ball, rarin’ to go! 🙂

  3. Roger

    DJ Your spot on with Dunaway on the rotating of the lower body. He says it best in the last video he made called Escape Force Motion. He holds a string with a weight on the end. With his hand he turns his wrist in a circle demonstrating consistent arc. The second that you interrupt that force by any tension that force come back at you and will bounce you right off the ball. He demonstrates the importance of a loose limp like upper body and by the rotating of the lower body the club head will maintain that consistent arc.

    1. D Watts Post author

      That’s what it’s all about, Roger – tension-free & swinging without impediment to motion. What the Dr. ordered! 👍😊

  4. Mr. McJohn

    Hey DJ. Been a time.

    The left arm works in conjuction with the left leg as the downswing is initiated? I also feel that the left arm is in control of the arc, keeping it consistent, another reason the left arm works with the left leg. Thoughts?

    1. D Watts Post author

      That sounds about right MMJ. I’ve always talked about the dual-sided nature of the swing. The leading leg and side work in a properly segmented swing action. When the modern swingers then disconnect the legs from the torso is where the bad stuff happens. Correct.

  5. Chief Cowpie

    Easy to do a throw in demonstration. Using leverage, Yasuyuki throwing usually the bigger and stronger opponent. That little golf ball doesn’t have a chance against mastered leverage.

      1. Chief Cowpie

        He uses his lower center of gravity to exploits his opponents bigger size. He has as well an amazing awareness of his and his opponents positions to find a vulnerability. Lots in common with MCS

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