May 9th Drivers In Slo-Mo

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on these swings as I still have a change to make (hopefully just the one), at which time I’ll definitely want to discuss every aspect in full detail!

For now, here are slo mo gifs of the driver swing from the two angles I shot on Tuesday, down the line and face-on.

We can compare the Mike Dunaway swings with a modern driver to show where I am in the process:


MD still has a much better position at the top where he just lowers the boom dropping that right shoulder into it.


… and a flatter leading arm position at the top, both better top positions due to my neglecting one thing on the back swing pivot, which I intend to fix next time out.



There are actually two things to adjust, one being the mechanics part of the back swing pivot, as well as one thing with the setup/stance.

I should be back out after the weekend, at which time I hope to have it down.  It was probably wishful thinking to expect to nail it the first time out after 7.5 months off, but I don’t care about that – getting it down is more important than getting instantly!

More to come.

8 thoughts on “May 9th Drivers In Slo-Mo

  1. Roger

    What I see in the backswing of your swing versus Mike is your right elbow flys upward like Jack Nicklaus at the top where Mike’s right elbow at the top stays lower and closer to his body.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Correct, Roger – that is the steep leading I mentioned. Old habits die hard, but it won’t lick me 😉

  2. peterallenby2013

    You may tweak away DJ, but your motion is pretty damn good! Ball is SMOKED! Am I correct in observing that the initiation of the swing down for Mike D. is hips driving forward and to the right? His videos provided a simple notion of hips on a clock dial as I recall. Back to 4 o’clock, forward to 10 o’clock. However, it is very easy to slide hips in the down swing which, for me leads to less than optimal results – Though I have found some great raspberry patches on a few holes of the local course!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hello Peter!

      Am I correct in observing that the initiation of the swing down for Mike D. is hips driving forward and to the right? His videos provided a simple notion of hips on a clock dial as I recall. Back to 4 o’clock, forward to 10 o’clock.

      Absolutely correct! However it doesn’t require a conscious effort, as Dunaway was explaining the action of the right hip – this will all happen automatically as one shifts from the right post into the left. So you don’t really have to think about it, but it’s something to watch for in video to ensure one is transferring and not sliding, as you astutely point out.

      You may tweak away DJ, but your motion is pretty damn good!

      Thanks for the kind words, but I will tweak & tweak some more, my friend – until there’s nothing left to tweak!

      1. peterallenby2013

        As always, your observations and understanding of the mechanics is spot on. You know, I have never videoed my swing! Will have to set up a tripod for my phone camera and see just what it is I am doing when hitting it straight and when i am berry picking!

        Looking forward to your further comments, swing thoughts, and dare we hope for another video?!

        1. D Watts Post author

          Looking forward to your further comments, swing thoughts, and dare we hope for another video?!

          This is the ultimate plan, Peter – I will eventually return to the Classic Swing MCS model for perhaps one final all-encompassing video & eBook, but I would have trouble right now expanding on the last video series & the 1st Edition eBook as I pretty much got it all down in those media.

          Until I find something new to update the eBook, and until I’m finished this current research, I have nothing to add to the MCS Classic Swing model.

          As for the Compound Pivot or Post-Modern model, have been told (and have observed) that people just can’t learn the MD/MA model without having been taught it personally from them.

          Well, if I can get it, as I plan to, then I submit that anyone can. No one was able to explain or demonstrate Ben Hogan’s pivot action in any video or article I ever watched or read, but I was able to figure it out and get others performing the same pivot action, which is the ultimate proof in the pudding.

          It is the barrier of different minds attempting to explain & comprehend a subject that I’m trying to break. So, I certainly hope there will be another video! 😀

          1. peterallenby2013

            It is indeed the barrier of different minds attempting to explain and comprehend a subject that rests as the basis for all manner of teaching.Your friend Robert Johannsen in Sweden would certainly agree on that point, I think…Have you seen this chap over in Great Britain:

            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOmSDzXeSVR2BicmV2X1iYA

            If you look closely at his methodology, he is incorporating a number of the ideas about compound pivot into his approach. The mechanics of a great, mechanically correct golf swing taught here from a different mind..THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!

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