Category Archives: Mike Austin

On The “Swing Angle” – Moe Norman & Mike Austin

moe-mike-dtltargettom asked a question in a previous posting and I kept editing my response, making it longer and longer… it was getting to be almost post-length.

So I’ll just make a new posting regarding the subject of his question.

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Mike Dunaway’s Swing Mechanics

Mike-DunawayThose of you who have been around for the past few years might remember my constant harping on my view that Mike Dunaway’s swing was not the same model as Mike Austin’s.

If you aren’t familiar with Mike Dunaway, he is largely regarded as the father of modern long driving and who passed away last year around this time.

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Why Jack Nicklaus Is The Best of All Time

inar01_nicklausswingAnd this isn’t a personality or popularity contest.  I base my opinion on the following things:

First of all, it’s because he won over 70 PGA Tour events, including 18 Majors, while married and raising kids with his wife Mrs. Nicklaus.

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Byron Nelson, the Swing Machine

byron nelson topByron Nelson is the greatest ball-striker ever on the PGA Tour, though not many would know it or even remember his name as something other than the man for whom the “Iron Byron” golf swing machine is named.

I would ask anyone who says Byron Nelson wasn’t the greatest swinger ever, why did they name the machine after him?  Tom Watson had said once that Byron hit at least two flag-sticks every round he played.

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Mike Dunaway’s Shock Absorbers

Mike-DunawayIf you look at this video compilation of Mike Dunaway’s swings back when he was the dominant driver on the planet (John Daly said MD was longer than him, Greg Norman called him the best driver of the ball that ever lived, etc.), you’ll see what I was talking about in my posting on the knees being “shock absorbers.”

I want to also mention Mike’s website Dunaway Long, for those who weren’t aware that he has returned to golf after a lengthy absence.

It has always been a mystery to me why Mike Dunaway wasn’t a household name in golf from the ’90s going forward.

Swing techniques have improved over the years, but you still won’t see a better swing action than Dunaway’s from years ago.

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You Want Proof? Golf Industry Scam Or Not? (Updated)

imperfect lies coverUpdated with this comment from me in response to a comment from David:

PS – I’m not saying today’s instructors are all deliberately selling snake oil. But when you get to a certain level, you should know this is a bogus swing method.

So I can break modern golf instructors down into two camps: They are either A) Guys who don’t know enough about a proper golf swing to teach the swing at all or B) Guys who know better but want to complicate it so they’re never out of work.

I don’t think much of either group, but at least one of them is honest… in a way…”

I had said that I couldn’t think of a passage off-hand to reference John Christensen’s new book “Perfect Swing, Imperfect Lies” about the life of Mike Austin.  I have thought of the perfect passage, and not because it relates to Mike Austin, but as it relates to the state of modern golf instruction.

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