I got the adjustments down correctly, tightened the arms so that they weren’t extended at address, and I have my new swing model!
Also, yes – it looks like a Mike Dunaway swing model.
I don’t know what else to say about things right now because it’s not perfect yet, but I smashed enough drives pretty well straight down the line that I know everything is working as it should.
The misses of course would have come from not being completely set on the exact details of the setup and pivot action, but when I got it, things were cooking.
I shot a clip of the swing but, as I said before, the lighting is just too dim for my iPhone to pick up and I’m not a photographic specialist who can tinker with saturation and whatnot – but of the little things I can make out are:
- the head shift on the back pivot,
- a slight drop of the head on the downswing
- a perfectly extending right arm through the impact zone with the left arm folding in sync and
- a delayed foot release and step-around finish
I was delighted to see the right arm action and the step-around finish, because I wasn’t thinking about anything at all when I shot the clip other than to hammer that ball.
Another exciting prospect is that, without even being in the optimal position to really got after it, I was getting into the low 120s mph club speed and up to mid-180s mph in ball speed – so, whether the numbers are actually accurate, I was only 5 or a little more mph slower in speed than my best numbers working on speed before I began this latest model project.
That foreshadows the same speed as or even higher with this new model than I was getting just going after the ball!
So, with a swing that was not thought out through the various phases, just a natural pivot and swing, all of the elements of what I believe are in an optimal right-dominant golf swing are there.
Mike Dunaway’s Right-Dominant Swing
That means I arrived today, after 71 days of work, at my own from-the-ground-up golf swing built using athletic intuition to guide the setup process, and it’s only going to get better as I get comfortable with this swing action.
The head motion is still the issue, as I have to consciously avoid trying to pivot with a fixed and stable head position, but when I caught myself doing that and losing the ball left, I would focus on that pivot and things would get back on track.
I believe there is likely a little adjustment to be made regarding ball position (a little too much to the leading or left heel, is my hunch based upon looking at the grainy footage), but everything else seems to be in order.
One more thing to check on is whether I can make a minor setup adjustment in order to swing with a stable head on the back pivot.
Failing that, I’ll live with what I have, because it absolutely rocks.
This week is still not good weather wise for outdoor work, so I’ll be going back to Tracer Golf for one more session with an eye to nailing everything down, but I know I’m there, theory-wise.
Good weather is due back next week, at which point I’ll be back outdoors and video should be following close behind the switch.
It took 17 and a half years from the start of my journey to get to the point where I decided to build my own swing model again, and then only about 70 days or ten weeks to get it built.
Things are about to take off, WAX Nation.
More to come!
Ii like this direction. Working on my own MD swing and seeing what you are doing with it will help me see where I need to focus more. And yes I am still around DJ.
Delighted to know that, JH! I hope you’ve been well.
Hey if you need a crash test dummy, I can tell GM I need some time off(lol!). Would love to get my swing to instinct level.
Hey Brandon, good to see you – this is something I either should have done long ago or am now able to do after all these years of studying different models. Stay tuned! 🙂
My first encounter with Mike Dunaway was many years ago via Mike Austin and an ad, I believe, I ran across in a golf magazine touting the swing motion of Mike Austin. I ordered one of the first Austin tapes (yes, TAPE) and from there dove into Austin and then Dunaway and of course, found DJ Watts on the internet trolling around for more information the Austin swing. It was a discovery that has been a fabulous journey – And now the person who explained and then questioned many of the assertions of the Austin method way back when has embraced his version of Austin’s prized pupil Mike Dunaway. What a journey! I look forward to your continued journey and videos, DJ. It is so fascinating to see all of the variations of the golf swing out there. What keeps me focused on your work is the ease with which the swing can work, avoiding injury. Let the sun shine so DJ can film and share his Dunaway motion! Thanks, my friend for your clarity, transparency, honesty, and importantly, your curiosity!
It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it Peter? You’ll recall that as early as 2010, I was saying that Dunaway didn’t swing like Austin did, and that is certainly my position now after all this time!
I would say that the principles were likely the same but that Austin had a wider stance and more left-bias in the address, which is the reason he had a significant leading heel lift on the back pivot and a raised trailing heel and sliding foot release through impact. I’ll likely look into this at some point or another.
Thanks for being there through the good times and the low, PA. I have a feeling there is more fun ahead! 😉