As I’ve looked deeper into the Post-Modern Golf Swing model on which I’ve been working the last year in addition to making sure my Classic Golf Swing model was optimal, I took a turn this past weekend while continuing the work.
As you all know, I do a lot of tinkering with the models while trying to determine what is optimal, so I’m constantly changing balance, weight distribution etc., to make sure I’m not overlooking anything.
I’ll preface my analysis to say, right here and now, that Mike Austin the person is no one I’d have wanted to know, nor do I believe any of the mythology around him.
This has to do with swing research and to ignore or dismiss his work on studying the golf swing as 100% balderdash is silly and foolish – there is merit in his swing work, I’m just no longer a personal admirer, but that won’t stop my own work considering everything of relevance to the golf swing.
So, take that or leave it, but to the point where some may feel I lose credibility in talking about Mike Austin in any situation, I don’t care what they think. I’ve made my thoughts on MA the person very clear, so if one thinks they know enough about the golf swing to scoff at my continuing to study his work, one is more than welcome to.
The man was Mike Dunaway’s mentor, in the end, and the things Dunaway accomplished that made him famous were all done after he’d sought out Austin and asked for his assistance. You can’t have one and leave the other, I’m afraid.
With apologies for the clarification, let’s continue.
It may just be that all of the work I’ve put into the setup and pivot actions of both models, I simply fell across the Mike Austin setup and pivot – but this time, it seems a flawless reproduction, from left weight bias (not to mean the “Tilting A” setup by any means) to the more Classic-type leading heel lift (compared to Dunaway being flat or nearly flat with the leading foot at the top), to the higher trailing heel and post-impact foot slide:
Now, Austin’s own model, while perfectly mechanically-correct, was not optimal, or he’d not have had the reputation for being monster-long but playing his second shots out from the trees, as one person who knew and admired him had to say about him.
I’ve always said that a shifting head on the back pivot is problematic for accuracy in any swinging action, but it may not have been the model itself that required the shift, just his own personal version of it.
A overly wide stance, perhaps:
I’d say it would be impossible to perform a stable-headed shift-and-post pivot with a stance as wide as above, but it’s not as wide here in a demonstration of his “Flammer” device (of which I had been gifted an original but gave to someone who wanted it much more than I did):
Here, you see very little head shift, because he’s not straddling the Grand Canyon in his setup.
I’ve gotten the impression in the last couple of days that Austin’s particular swing model theory, while still a shift-and-post action like Dunaway’s was actually in between the traditional Classic golf swing and what Dunaway eventually developed beneath his mentorship.
Almost as Austin had a thought about it all and had said, “if I had to do it all over again, this is what I would build,” or perhaps Dunaway just added things of his own, who knows for sure?
It could simply be that with different stance widths and balance/weight bias, you get different looking pivots with the same shift-and-post action.
All I know is that while looking at the setup and pivot last weekend, I went to make a Classic Golf Swing pivot and found myself performing Austin’s pivot action, much to my surprise.
I’d fiddled with the above (stance width, balance/weight bias) and there it was as if it were still 2012.
It may very well be the same old bloody saw about how I had understand and grasped the concept and theory of his swing model all the way back then, but simply fell short of duplicating it perfectly because of my massive left-dominant setup and swinging flaw.
And that, the minute I took another look at it, if even by mistake, after having switched to right-dominant setup and swing action, it fell into my lap.
So, I’ve got a little research to perform over the next few days at TracerGolf, and I’ll know more about what’s going on.
More to come.