Responding to longtime WAX Nation citizen Goose’scomment yesterday on the concept, here is the “Figure 7” that Mike Austin and Mike Dunaway used to explain the nature of the leading arm and leading side leverage.
I have said before that, even after I stopped trying to model the MCS Golf Swing after Mike Austin’s model, that there is still probably 90% commonality between his and Dunaway’s and the MCS models.
I’ve been talking about the difference between a “flippy” or “casting” release and a proper, powerful and mechanically-correct release action.
Let’s take a look at the late great Mike Dunaway, the “Father of Modern Long Drive,”demonstrate and and explain what I’ve been saying about the release action, more specifically with the left or leading head release.
Before I address today’s topics, I took a look at my site metrics yesterday and was pleased and gratified to see that WAX Golf has passed the 900,000 views mark and will pass One Million Views in the next few weeks!**
** In fact, I would have well over 1 Million views already for WAX Golf but I had it on a different server than the WordPress server for about 4 months in the first year, which views aren’t recorded by my current server.
I’ve been talking about how, using the proper MCS Golf Swing model principles, I’ve been able to increase my left-arm-only swing to click the SwingRite on lower and lower settings.
The reason for the increase in speed is because I’ve improved my adherence to the same model principles I’ve laid out – you can do it in varying degrees of adherence, and the closer you get to the model, the better you will swing.
I wasn’t kidding around when I wrote on the weekend that the leading side leverage are provided and powered by the hip and leg action in the optimal golf swing.
I’ve been doing more exploration of the MCS Golf Swing model swinging with the left arm only while I rehab the rib injury and the more I focus on the hip and leg action with the “drop” action, the easier it is to click the SwingRite on increasingly lower settings.
I would recommend the following drill whether or not you are a left-dominant swinger or right-dominant – in other words, swinging with the leading arm only will definitely aid your swing mechanics, whichever side you’re dominant.
In fact, I remember when John Daly had his “Daly Planet” show on the Golf Channel back around 2005 or so – he showed his warm-up one time, and he always warmed up hitting wedges with his left arm only.
Because of the nature of the difference between the body and actual machines, it’s not a perfect analogy, but you can consider this – when used properly, the leading side produces leverage for the down swing that is akin to a pulley or winch, which emulates the gear action of a machine.