Before I shard a snippet of an email I received yesterday, I’ll say that I’ve written before about the rewards of having made this golf swing theory journey which began back in the summer of 2005 and is ongoing.
The irony is that I began it for my own benefit, because I couldn’t figure out how to swing a golf club in the modern age due to the fact that the Modern Golf Swing of any variation is not a mechanically-sound nor close to optimal golf swing model.
Having spent my life to that point (the first golf swing lesson in my late 20’s) playing and competing in other sports, sports which actually focus on and teach development of mechanically-sound technique, the Modern method just didn’t work for me.
Imagine as well, I’d spent my youth playing pickup and organized baseball, so I knew fully well how to swing a baseball bat properly, which absolutely didn’t help when being taught a swing that made you eliminate or severely restrict the hip turn in the back swing pivot…
It was no wonder things went sideways for me whenever I thought I “had it” then promptly had it all fall apart once I got out on the course and attempted to swing naturally and freely.
I recall clear as day being -2 through the front 9 on a tough course (formerly home to a Canadian Tour event), playing great – only to get to the elevated par 5 tenth hole and put two consecutive drives OB left on a dogleg right tee shot, then getting onto the fairway lying 5, finally scoring a 10 on that hole, and just walking off the course in a rage.
It wasn’t the first nor the last time I’d have a great round absolutely shattered by a couple of “what was that?!?” swings out of nowhere, caused of course by the complete disaster that befalls Modern Golf swingers if they get even a tiny bit out of sync trying to piece this impossible puzzle together under stressful conditions.
You’ve even seen the absolute best in the history of the Modern Golf Swing players (Tiger Woods) completely befuddled mid-round by having had his swing sequences fall apart and seeing him pantomime parts of it trying to get it back:
Golf Tai Chi??
Something that should never happen – it’s like seeing Michael Jordan forget how to make a proper jump shot – it just doesn’t happen with the best at anything if they’re doing it correctly to begin with.
I eventually walked away from the game even after breaking 80 (which I did fairly quickly after a few lessons and tons of practice hitting balls on the range), because I could never get this bloody swing business under control to the extent I expected, having taken to other sports and mastered the fundamentals with hard work and practice.
That was the reason I began my swing research. It simply couldn’t be that difficult to swing a golf club, and I proved that it wasn’t with my own research and modelling.
So, back to the gentleman who wrote me yesterday, whom I’ll call “R,” I was delighted to read what he sent me, part of which I’ll share:
I wrote you a thank you for the two vids you sent me awhile back. Great information.
I keep up with your website and found your articles are outstanding, I make copies and keep a notebook. I am hitting ball better than I have in quite some time, coming out of Covid having not being able to swing slowed me down.
Besides a big thank you I wanted to tell you about Mike Dunaway. I had every tape he made…
Mr R goes into some details about how he found the Austin/Dunaway teachings inconsistent (they changed over the years in some principles even though these changes had never been proven as they came after Mike Austin could no longer swing a club following a stroke), and his frustrations with parts of the swing that didn’t work for him at all.
He continues and the bolded parts are my edits:
… after over a year of being stubborn and determined to get this swing down, I finally got smart and gave it up.
… I am getting older and have a bad back – started looking for a swing to give more some distance and not hurt my back.
Happily I found you and have really improved distance and no back problems with swinging, can hit a bucket of balls with no pain.
Now for the rest of the story – I am 81 years old and still able to play golf and hit practice balls. I have kettle bells and a Swing Rite I use daily, and try to hit practice balls at the range weather permitting.
So I hope you don’t go away from what you have been teaching…
… I am looking forward to your new videos on what you have been working on. Again, am so grateful I found you and have the two videos you sent me. Have used them over and over. (and some more over again and again). I use a 15 lb kettle bell with full swings and 20 lbs for 3 to 9 swings. No problems with back with these. Keep up the good work.
81 years old!!!
Now, if you’re in any type of endeavor in any field whatsoever and an email like that doesn’t make your day, you’re in the wrong business!
I am, again, delighted that R was able to keep playing and enjoying golf without back issues, due to the fact that he took the time to seek out and then learn a mechanically-correct golf swing action, in this case the MCS Classic Golf Swing model.
I tried to allay his concerns about pursuing anything related to Austin/Dunaway by assuring him that I’ve been able to replicate (in theory) the actual swing model of Dunaway (or at least one of the variations, as his swing changed slightly in parts over the years as well), and that if people have trouble replicating it, there is always the MCS Classic Golf Swing model to go with, once I update my video library.
A parting shot at the Modern Golf Swing, as R replied to my email back to him (I asked him if he’d mind my sharing some snippets of his inspiring email), and he had this say about the only problems he’s had with swinging Classic:
Last time I hit balls it was hot and humid, I was finishing up the bucket of balls and
was getting tired so I went back down from driver to a 7 iron. All of a sudden all I
could do was hit the ball fat, couldn’t figure it out. On the drive home I think I figured it out, my legs and body were tired and my arms and hands were taking over. Proof that body and hips, legs are what make good swings.
I can tell R that he hit the nail on the head – when the legs & hips get fatigued, you find out very quickly that they are essential for swinging properly, because the hips & legs are what power a mechanically-correct golf swing.
I thank him once again for sharing his thoughts with me.
Great stuff, isn’t it?