I said I would give everyone a chance to just look at the down the line swing action of Mike Dunaway’s superb mechanics, so let’s take a look at the longest driver of the ball on Tour, young Cameron Champ.
Now, there are more differences in their swings than similarities, which is why Dunaway never hurt himself swinging the club while Cameron’s had back issues since his teens.
This is not, I will say off the bat, any comparison between skill level or ability – people are always confusing swing technique versus the overall game or ability of a swinger and the two are not the same.
I have been looking at Cameron Champ’s down swing to impact however and have compared it to Brooks Koepka’sand this is the thing:
File this under “it was going to happen sooner or later,” although I’m a little surprised by how quickly it has occurred – in his first season as a pro and at age 23, Cameron Champhas WD’d from the Players Championship with a back injury.
I was following his progress yesterday during the second round to see if he could improve on his 78 from Thursday when I glanced at the Leaderboard shortly after posting my piece, to see a WD beside his name.
I wrote a post about Cameron Champ’s prodigious length last week and made the point that he could indeed get even more distance out of his swing with better impact conditions.
However here is a point un-made that I think is even more valid: he doesn’t really need more distance, but with an improvement to his impact conditions (and shall I say, swing model), he could get the same distance with less effort.
Now, there’s no reason that a kid hitting it 350 yards carry distance would need any more distance, but find me one person, even among the longest hitters, who didn’t want more distance with their swings.
I’m sure everyone heard the buzz about amateur Cameron Champ who played in this year’s U.S. Open, and his driving average of 337 yards.
I’ve found some video of his swing, although the one I can’t find online is the rear view of his swing that showed a separating left heel on the back swing pivot.
It could just as well have been a one-off however because from what I see in other clips I’ve found online, he doesn’t seem to do it all the time, and that is the only concern I would have for a 22 year old who’s driving it 350 yards – that he be doing it with a mechanically-sound swing action.