Something strange happened with my Skype with The Big Toilet last night. It was the first session during which I freed myself from following other templates, methods and what-have-you’s and just said to BT, “Let me show you something about the pivot…”
Wouldn’t you know it that for two years now, Big Toilet has been trying to reconcile the “Mike Austin” method of learning the swing (watching Mike Austin videos, watching his swing, listening to other Mike Austin ‘experts’) and was unable to reconcile what he was being told to do with Trackman.
I’ve heard it said many times that there are more ways to swing a club than just one. I’d agree, if I could add one more thing to that statement – there are more ways than one, but there is only one proper way.
It’s like saying there are more ways than one to remove an appendix. Sure, I can think of more ways than the proper method, but I’d like the proper one to be employed, thank you very much. Something could go wrong in any event, but still…
Here’s an example with Tony P, of a great swing, actually, that is lacking just one element, and that is the power-generating leverage on the down swing motion.
Tony’s back swing is solid, his position at the top, nothing to complain about. His back swing is flatter than mine, as I’m a few inches taller than him, but I wouldn’t change that top position at all.
Continuing where I left off in the previous posting, here is some video that I took out of the footage when Tony P and I just hit balls and discussed the pivot move.
Tony is already a really straight hitter, and his driver speed is currently around 100 mph. After two sessions last winter, he actually popped a couple of swings at 110 mph, but we didn’t get to work together again until yesterday.
David D., as I mentioned on Wednesday, came out from Toronto to discuss the swing with me and we had quite a chat.
I said that he had taken some video with his own personal camera and David was able to send it to me. There were several clips of less than 10 seconds in length, but put together, they show quite a bit.
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.