Before I shard a snippet of an email I received yesterday, I’ll say that I’ve written before about the rewards of having made this golf swing theory journey which began back in the summer of 2005 and is ongoing.
The irony is that I began it for my own benefit, because I couldn’t figure out how to swing a golf club in the modern age due to the fact that the Modern Golf Swingof any variation is not a mechanically-sound nor close to optimal golf swing model.
In the past, I’ve always looked at golf swing models that already existed, like Mike Austin’s swing model or the Classic Golf Swings of various legends, and tried to determine first, if they were viable models and second, if they were “optimal,” lastly if there was something to improve upon them.
I did exactly that with the Classic Golf Swing, taking the most successful Classic swingers & building a model based on the commonalities (stance, pivot action, etc) of these players.
I wrote earlier about the lack of hip shift in some of Mike Dunaway’s swings we’ve seen in his Mike Austin collaborations, so I decided to see how much if any actual hip shift I got myself performing the shift-and-post move.
I’ll say this – it is very difficult to make immediate swing changes as most of you who’ve really dedicated yourselves to improving your swing, but I was able to make a passable impression of a pivot where my head had to shift.
I remember 2 videos that really affected me early in my golfing life. It was the spring & summer of 1998 & I was working at the Driving Range & Instruction Academy at Royal Woodbine Golf Club.
It was my second season taking golf seriously – in the spring ’97, I got very enthused about golf after Tiger Woods’ ’97 Masters win (I went out and bought a season membership at my local range, got some lessons and shot 80 that summer).