I took the month of December off swinging or blogging (although I’m always working on the swing at home even when not hitting balls), to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends, but it’s back to work time.
What I’ve been primarily occupied with when I was thinking about the swing was how to maximize leverage on the down swing, while simultaneously reducing or eliminating altogether the twisting or rotation of the body post-impact.
It is all, as one would expect, in the address setup and of course in the nature of how one performs the pivot and down swing.
If you get the factors and action correct, the only rotation post-impact should be in the turning of the body to the target while supported on the leading foot and the toes of the trailing foot, which will either slide or “step-around” at the finish.
Witness Mike Dunaway performing this action flawlessly:
Now, the model upon which I’m working is not the one above, nor is it the one I was working on last season, seen below:
Dunaway’s model had a moving head on the back swing pivot, with a non-rotational swing through the bottom and a step-around finish.
My model (the standard MCS Classic Golf Swing pivot and down swing), I got as far as I could with regards to making it optimal, but I determined that even the optimal Classic Golf Swing model has too much rotation in it, so that the harder one swings, the more twisting forces one potentially puts on the leading leg, from ankle, knee to hip.
I can even show you something that goes to prove the point, while actually doing it the exact opposite of a swing and step-around finish:
Kyle Berkshire Reverse-Step-Around
Now, look at Dunaway’s action down the line:
Virtually the only difference in the downswings, aside from the violence of Berkshire’s motion, is that KB steps back and around with the front foot and keeping a stable trailing foot, while Dunaway steps forward and around with the trailing foot and keeping a stable leading foot.
They reach the same place via different routes:
Both are remaining in place, but I know which one I’d emulate for a golf swing that combines power with accuracy and consistency.
I’ve said before that rotation is the enemy of gravity, and I would add that it’s an enemy of pure leverage as well – it is nigh impossible to have something drop straight downward when there rotation involved, and it is likewise impossible to purely leverage a downward motion when rotation is involved.
The delayed step-around finish is optimal in a swing through the bottom and to the finish, while a shifting head on the back pivot is problematic.
The solution is to create a stable-headed back swing pivot while creating the position at the top to swing with pure and uncorrupted leverage, down and through to the finish.
That would be the optimal golf swing, not just the optimal version of a particular model.
So, rather than trying to perfect and optimize two different swing type, I’m taking the best of the Classic Golf Swing (stable head position on the back pivot) and fusing it with the Dunaway or Post-Modern down swing and finish (pure leverage, no rotational forces during the down swing).
Things are looking promising in theory, let’s get the practice now that it’s 2023.