Mike Dunaway’s Machine-Like Stability

I was looking at the swing arc tracer gif. of Mike Dunaway (produced for me by an old friend & reader JM) and I noticed for the first time something I’ve never seen before on a swing arc.

Although the back swing arc is different from the down swing arc (due to the weight shift in both directions, you will see something about the entire arc if you pay attention:


Do you see it?


Here it is if you don’t – Dunaway’s club head on the forward swing, once it passes the bottom and comes back around, follows the same arc as the one created on the back swing, forming a near-perfect oval arc when you combine back and forward swings.

There is a reason people find MD’s swing motion to be hypnotic – we as humans love congruity and symmetry, and when you actually see the arc line of his swing, it doesn’t get more symmetrical than that!

This can’t be done with a swinger who is swaying, dipping or lunging his way either to the top or down to impact, or both… you have to be completely stable from the starting position to the finish in the swing arc, and this is incredible.

Almost like a human Iron Byron.

The father of modern long driving had a swing that was smoother and more balanced than the majority of today’s pro tour golfers.

That’s because his swing was purely leveraged and poetry in motion.

Quite a feat.

2 thoughts on “Mike Dunaway’s Machine-Like Stability

  1. Mike Divot

    Hey there DJ.
    I awarded myself 10 points for spotting this.
    Is there meaning to this beyond the symmetry? Golfers like to get hung up on things like parallel shaft at the top, so I’m curious to know if this move of Dunaway’s is something that looks pretty, or is it something for golfers to aspire to?
    From memory, you’re not one for meaningless beautifying of a swing, ie, if it doesn’t make it more effective.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Very good, Mike! And you’re right on the money – it doesn’t mean anything if it’s just an aesthetic thing we’re looking at. I would venture to suggest that being able to transcribe a perfect oval arc as MD does here, shows that the swing point is not moving in the swing.

      I can only venture to speculate right now but this wouldn’t likely be possible if there were any shifting of the body during the swing, either back or through.

      We know that the leading arm creates the arc going back & coming down from the top to impact, shortly after which the trailing arm reaches extension and becomes the arm causing the post-impact tracer.

      I’ll certainly, if and when I determine that I have nailed this model, be looking to see if my swing creates the same oval. If it does, we’ll know where on to something with regards to swing analysis!!

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