I have said for awhile that the swing model presented by the Mikes Austin & Dunaway is a Classic Swing Model because of the free hip action as contrasted with the Modern Golf Swing model which uses back-breaking shoulder-turning against a restricted hip turn.
I have to however amend this as I now look at the MD model being distinctly different from both the Classic & Modern models.
There is of course no restricted hip principle, but the nature of the “posting” as it’s referred to, on both legs, along with the spine tilting with the motion of the hips, makes it a unique model that I would now call a third one, whatever one wishes to name it.
Ben Hogan – Classic – Rotary Hip Action
Going all the way back to my first attempt in 2010 through the last in 2013 (Smash Golf MCS to MCS 3.0 & MPS “Swinging A Stick”) to explain the swing principles of this particular model, I remember all of the terminology I used that would have illustrated the difference between it & the Classic Golf Swing.
Tiger Woods – Modern – Restricted Hip Turn
It really isn’t that big a deal except for when one really grasps the nature of the difference, it makes it easier to learn & implement the pivot action that creates the speed & power more easily than either of the Classic or Modern models.
Mike Dunaway – Shift & Tilt Pivot
So while there is no restricted hip action in the MD model, the hips (as all the old-school readers here will know) shift & tilt to create the turn with the shoulders also tilting, both actions creating the hip & shoulder turn in the pivot.
Problem With Learning This Model & The Solution
It is my belief that the problem with learning this model lies in the explanation/demonstration aspect of it.
If people so accustomed to having swung in either the Classic or Modern Golf Swing (and both for those old enough) have trouble grasping the concept of the shift & tilt versus rotation in the pivot, then it’s not likely they’re going to be able to perform the action required.
While I created videos attempting to explain the concept, I likely wasn’t any more successful in transferring it than the Mikes did, even though I’ve gone through everything they taught in their materials & everything they said was correct.
I was much happier with Dunaway’s explanation of the pivot action than Austin although Austin did explain a couple of things better than did Dunaway, but I’m still of the opinion that having it explained in a way people can readily understand is the barrier to learning this model.
I Even Found A Golden Nugget In This Picture!
When I recently looked at the above picture, in which Dunaway is explaining the release as if into a rug on a clothesline, something jumped right out at me because I had developed a concept on the swing this winter which will blow some longtime MA/MD studiers away.
In that regard then, my focus will be, in the coming months until I can return to the range & course to demonstrate my rebuilt MA/MD swing action, on working with different visuals & thoughts on what best worked for me as I reconstructed the model forwards & backwards.
I’ve already incorporated some of the visual concepts I used in being much more successful transferring the action of the Classic Golf Swing pivot perfected by Ben Hogan.
If this works, there should be many more people swinging like Mike Dunaway in the coming years!