I never get tired of watching these two swings of Mike Austin. Down the line and up. I don’t know how often people actually look at Austin’s swing, because there’s so much in the action to see. I built the MCS swing just watching Mike Austin clips, so I know…
Anyways, things have been quiet here lately, the weather has been hovering just above freezing most days and raining most of the time when it’s a little warmer. Not many golf days to speak of, but we’ve got a whole season ahead of us, so I’m being patient.
It is a very simple concept that is a little like guessing at a fastball’s location and just swinging away.
Many people who watch baseball (although I don’t know how much baseball my European friends watch) can relate to this concept.
This has been a great week. First, the grass tees were opened today for good (they’ve only been open on the last two weekends only), which is a relief because I hate hitting balls off the mats.
Second, I knew today that I’m ready to start some serious playing. I’ve been hitting the ball great all week, but I have never hit the ball better than I was hitting it today, so I’m now switching focus to short game practice with an hour of hitting balls.
I was at the range today getting ready to start playing this week, when I discovered something with regards to how high I was teeing my ball with the Driver.
Basically, for me, lower is much better. I was hitting the 8.5 degree R7 Quad driver, and once again the range was mats only, as they are still a week or so away from opening up the grass tees for good (right now it’s weekends only for the grass tees).
I don’t like “Tips” articles on how to improve your swing. I think you build a swing from the ground up, and trying little tips and fixes to cure a swing flaw usually is just a band-aid, temporary and cosmetic.
I do know that Sean “The Beast” Fister became a Remax Long-Drive multiple world championship winner in a cool “tips” kind of way. He’d gone and looked through years of issues of Golf Digest, looking for the “Tips” on how to hit the ball longer.
I haven’t done this before, but it’s interesting to look at the driving stats for the PGA Tour, and distinguish how much of driving in the pros is hype and what is fact.
I’ve found that the tendency is for the Tour to over-hype the distances that some players are getting, until you think everyone is driving the ball 320 yards. The tale of the stats book is very much different however.
(Originally posted March 11, 21012 and bumped to honor Bubba’s awesome 2012 Masters victory)
I’ve written before about Bubba Watson (how can one talk about the golf swing and not mention Bubba?), regarding his classic rather than modern golf swing technique.
In the Battle Against the Drivers 2012, I have struck the first blow – my MacGregor V-Foil 9 degree driver came apart today with a swing at 124 mph (I happened to have the SSR out for a few swings when it happened).
I guess that would be the epoxy speed rating for this particular brand of glue (/sarcasm).
I went back to the range yesterday for the first time in over a week, and even after the break, I was hitting the ball great with my irons.
And the driver- well, let me tell you about the driver…
I am hitting multiple drivers while I figure out what is best for me right now, everything from 8.5 degrees to 9.5 degrees.
I have been trying to figure out why people struggle with the concept of the Austin/MCS golf swing, even when they believe that the mechanics are proper, and the modern swing is not for them.
My belief is that the biggest obstacle to getting the swing is the tendency to swing with their “power side,” which would be the right arm for right-handed swingers.