Things Are Proceeding Apace (And As Originally Expected)

Note: This was the posting I had begun the day before yesterday’s posting on how I nearly had the complete deal with my swing theory in 2015.

You’ll see why I was blown away by Keith’s comment in that post where he said:

I’ve watched the MD videos I think about 1000 times (nearly every day for several years) and your swing looks so close to it; ton of lag, maintained spine position, hip movement, motion through the hitting area (hands and release). Great find and thanks for posting it.

Keith didn’t blow me away with the comparison to Dunaway’s swing action, because I’ve been looking at that swing for going on 13 years (my earliest memory of looking at Dunaway would be in ’09), but that I was working on the following post and he made the visual connection between what I feel was my most leveraged action and Dunaway.

Because… well, here’s the original posting which I’m now finishing today:

Things Are Proceeding Apace (And As Originally Expected)

The great thing about building a theory is that, even before you have proven it (or failed to prove it and gone back to the drawing board), you can make predictions on what will happen based upon the work you’ve done and the modeling.

It’s also why I haven’t been back to the range yet since the revelations last Tuesday – I could have just run out and begun to flail away at balls and I may have had it, or I may have wasted a day in the lab.

So here’s why I am delighted that I waited, and why I’ll be ready to get back out there weather permitting (overcast with rain today and rain tomorrow’s forecast).

I have had a visual of the downswing (when perfectly leveraged) that I couldn’t replicate in practice because of my left-dominant flaw in the setup and resulting mechanical action.

I’ve had it for some time, but of course, you can’t fit a key into a lock that isn’t designed for that lock.


I’ve compared downswing leverage to a judo throw and today, I actually found the position and backswing pivot action that actually matched the visual – and it’s likely or very very likely that the visual has been correct all along and I just wasn’t in the proper setup and wasn’t making the proper mechanical action (if I had the setup right) to make it work.

I would see what I was looking for in this particular swing of Mike Dunaway’s on his downswing transition:

That swing was made by Dunaway (according to the WAX Nation reader who sent me the face-ons and dtls of Dunaway that you’ve seen on here) when he was recovering from an illness, so you’ll see a little more vigorous motion but the same essential action here from a younger, healthier Dunaway:

Here’s the thing that escapes most people when they talk about leverage – the hips and legs are involved of course, and the arms play a role – but the leverage is created with the body itself and once you get this concept, you will (or should) immediately begin to re-evaluate your swing action to see how leveraged it is and how to increase the natural leverage the body provides:

The hips, legs and arms are involved, but the leverage is coming from the white Gi’s body.

And here’s the kicker – I’ve probably looked at those swing clips from May 2015 multiple times in the past years, but I only just noticed what I noticed about them because I had progressed far enough in my theory to be able to recognize what I was looking at in the technical terms of how I approach the swing now.

So, I was to have gone back to the range today (Wednesday, as I’m now writing the ending of the post that had already been written up the point of the first Dunaway gif.), but after having some revelations since Tuesday last week, I’ve been working on the visual and the action that best produces that natural leverage.

It must be working, because the most soreness I feel is in my hands, from the grip pressure I must apply on the downswing to avoid my swing aid flying out of my hands and destroying walls, windows and furniture, such is the centrifugal force at the swing bottom.

Because of the nature of pivoting and leverage generation, I think my most powerful swing action will be the quietest one as well, visually.

My hands being sore instead of leg, back or arm muscles would indicate I’m on the right track.

We’ll see how it goes, but I’m definitely in the “light at the end of the tunnel” territory here, swing research-wise.

Once I’ve got what I have regarding the Classic model, I’ll switch over to the Post-Modern and see how close to Dunaway I actually look swinging in the model he used in his later career.

The work continues, more to come!

2 thoughts on “Things Are Proceeding Apace (And As Originally Expected)

  1. neil massa

    i’m fascinated by the recent developments and the intensity of what’s going on right now. I’m genuinely excited to see what you post next. Did Mike D have an overlapping or interlocking grip? And which in your opinion is better?

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      It’s my understanding that Dunaway used the overlap, Neil. I think that’s the better way, having looked at this, interlocking and ten-fingered grips.

      It may seem things are intense because they are – I’ve had the swing model essentially finished since 2017 and have been stalled at about 90% of the way to replicating it perfectly (or as close to perfectly as I’ll be able to achieve).

      The last 10% seems to have begun to fall into place last autumn- but most of it has come in the two weeks since I returned to the range after a ten month hiatus.

      So, it’s buckle up time here because I believe it will all be completed in very short order!


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