Category Archives: Mike Dunaway

How To Improve Your Swing After 3.5 Weeks Without Hitting Ball (Improved Pivot)

I had a hunch, I wrote a couple of weeks back, about something I had been looking at 12 years back with regards to the relationship between the back pivot and the down swing involving the concepts of “push” and “pull.”

Seems I was right on the money back then, and it took looking at Mike Dunaway’s “Peace River” video demonstration of his own back pivot concept to spur me to check it out once more.

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You’ll See Action So Much Better AFTER You Do It (Ben Hogan & Mike Dunaway)

That sounds very counter-intuitive, I know, and it’s a little like the conundrum of the chicken versus the egg, but it’s been my experience.

Do you want to know why so few people understand or even get Ben Hogan’s pivot action?

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Closer To Dunaway, But Not There Yet…

I can tell that I’m getting closer because my down swing plane is shallowing out even more, and I can show some visual proof in the form of one of my better swings last year vs the last time I was at the range.

I went from a very steep plane that appeared at some point in my swing research years, to a fairly neutral plane, to one that is actually getting “under” the plane that is my shaft angle at impact.

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How About Tony Romo’s “Step-Around” Finish?

Have you noticed that so many athletes who excel or who have excelled in other sports tend to have much more athletic-looking swings than the ones who play the game for a living?

I saw a swing of Tony Romo’s on the PGA Tour’s Twitter feed, and there is some good stuff to look at there.

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Sam Snead Proves Mike Dunaway’s Flat/Low Impact Heel

I sometimes struggle with finding ways to prove things about Mike Dunaway, because he never played competitive golf and his long drive days (of the sort that inspired Art Sellinger, founder of Long Drivers Of America) were long before the advent of YouTube.

Therefore, you don’t see a lot of “proof” of how powerful and long Dunaway was other than things like LDOA naming him the Father of Modern Long Drive and awarding him a lifetime achievement prize for his pioneering work.

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The Austin/Dunaway “Figure 7” Concept With The Leading Arm

Responding to longtime WAX Nation citizen Goose’s comment 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.

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Mike Dunaway’s Left Arm Swing & Proper Release

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.

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Swing Angle Is Paramount For Efficient Leverage

When I talk about the “swing angle,” I mean that you must get the arms, hands and club behind you with the tightest position possible for the most efficient leverage generation.

You can see how efficiently one is leveraging the club when looking at the trailing heel at impact, for example.

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The Great News – You Can “Push/Throw” Or “Pull” Your Swing All You Want

I’m sure that, to many people who are dominant in one side or the other, it has been a little disconcerting to read my thoughts on the optimal swing requiring both sides of the body.

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