I mentioned in January that I was going to re-shoot the MCS video in HD when the spring arrived, and this is still the plan. As promised, everyone who has already purchased the MCS 2.0 download this winter will get the MCS HD Video download as a bonus.
When I am ready to release the HD Video, everyone with the MCS 2.0 will receive a news update from E-Junkie, at the email address you used to make your 2.0 Download Purchase, requesting you to send an email request to me for the download code, again from the same purchase email, as proof of your original purchase. It’ll be as simple as that.
Phil Reed recently played a round of golf with an old friend of Mike Austin’s, who goes by the name of Walter “Smiley” Jones.
Smiley and Austin were friends for over 20 years before Mike passed away, and he had a captive audience in Phil when they got together for a round of golf, a day that Phil recounts in his Hiking & Golfing blog.
Adam Scott was once regarded as the “next one,” and is also known for having a swing that most resembles the one first swing type that Tiger Woods brought to the PGA Tour before his endless “changes” began.
As a modern swing, it’s a beautiful action, like Charl Schwartzel’s, but also one which is not feasible for most people without the flexibility of warm chewing gum to try to emulate. It’s easy to swing in the manner of Adam and Charl if one is so blessed, and has unlimited practice time, but the majority of people will never achieve the positions in Adam’s swing.
I found a good clip of Jimmy Thomson hitting the driver with Bing Crosby looking on, and Bing’s comment about sums it up… “Pow!”
You can see where Jimmy got his amazing club head speed through the ball where I’ve slowed his down swing at the end of the clip- he had a vicious “left foot stomp” that basically whipped his left side into the swing, creating amazing leverage with the left arm and causing that driver to scream through the ball.
I was delighted to receive an instructional book yesterday from a friend who sent it to me on loan.
It’s a vintage (and by vintage, we’re talking published in 1940) magazine-type book (kind of the size of a Rolling Stone magazine) called “Hit’Em a Mile!” on the long-driving Jimmy Thomson, with tons of photos and sequences taken from the four major angles (front, back, up the line, down the line).
(Update: Thanks to everyone who has purchased the download!)
The MCS 2.0 Video is now available for downloading. The 2.0 expands on the Mechanically-Correct Swing concepts explained in the orginal Smash Golf MCS Video, with updated drills and exercises to help both those new to as well as those familiar with the Mike Austin/MCS method.
I have made a couple of clips from my pre-Austin golf research, namely from the September-October of 2007 time.
Both clips are of a 5 iron swing in real-time and slo-mo, and you can see clearly who I was studying for my models of swing research – Moe Norman and Ben Hogan.
I almost forgot in my enthusiasm over Tony P’s progress with his MCS sessions to mention that I had brought my own clubs to the range on Wednesday.
I hadn’t brought them to our first session because a) I’d never been to that facility before and didn’t know if I’d like the hitting stations, b) I hadn’t swung a club in over 3 months, since late October and c) more importantly, I wanted the first session to be all about T with no distractions from my end.
I had my second session with Tony P of Sportmask earlier today, and we had some great results once again to build on top of last week’s work.
First thing, I had brought my Swing Speed Radar device to this session, and we were using it to gauge Tony’s 6-iron speed as he hit easy-mid effort shots, again while we continued on the back swing theory work.
There has been some discussion in the Payne Stewart posting regarding a part of the back swing of which some people may have been unaware.
As I said myself in the comments section, the challenge in conveying something is at times knowing what people already know vs taking for granted what people have to know but don’t.
BT sent me a clip of one of his students. BigToilet, as he goes by on this blog, is a golf instructor in So-Cal who is trying to spread the methodology of the mechanically-correct Mike Austin swing.
For those who are wondering, he got his nickname from the way he belts his drives, better known as “flushing it.” Just saying…
I got together with Tony P. today for a one-on-one swing session, and I must say that things went excellently.
After making two swing videos and giving email coaching feedback, I wanted to move on the next stage of the MCS, which is personal coaching.