The Lower Six Joints

Here Mike Austin and I are working on the lower 6 joints – the ankles, knees and hips.
The body shifts via the first part of the pivot, then turns. Note the complete turn. I found that I often did not complete the turn, so check yours. Also, note how Mike is interested in the resultant lively “click” at impact – not a dull thud.
Finally, check out Mike giving grief to a buddy of his in the next stall who is hitting the ball with only his upper six joints.
That’s the banter common to one of Mike’s lessons (along with his devious laugh). Hopefully, this gives you a sense of being there.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Copyright llenroc enterprises LLC November 23, 2010

8 thoughts on “The Lower Six Joints

  1. Looking for ward to additional input.
    Best of Austin information. Let me know when you are going further with membership.

  2. Pete,
    Thanks for the comment and question.
    Mike Austin refined his swing and did not rotate his arms or hands, contrary to a lot of the information you will see out there.
    So as to not confuse people, I am carefully putting together clips.

  3. Kris,
    You’ve hit on a major principal of the Mike Austin swing: “I never swing my arms. My arms move because my body is moving.”
    Once Mike Austin took that address position the arms never moved independently. It was only well after impact that the lead arm separates from the body.

  4. Great demonstration. Do you have anything you can share with me by Mr. Austin regarding the motion of the hands in the Austin Swing. There seems to be some difference of opinion in my research regarding this.

    Did Mr. Austin promote a counter rotation of the hands on the way back and through?

    Can you demonstrate the positions of the hands & arms from face on and from the back in slow motion as well as the follow thorough?


    Pete Dooley

  5. Hi Chuck,
    I have a question about arms. There is a lot of action in the lower joints in the swing and the hands are the other piece of the puzzle. But what do you do with your arms? Are the arms rather passive in the swing?

  6. This was great…. what a devilish little laugh Mike had. Must have been fun. This is why many of us would love to sit and listen to Mike during full lessons and tapes. I would anyway.
    I am never sure after RT knee extension to start swing, exactly what to do. Chuck, is completing the turn just as it sounds. After the hip bump to four o’clock and a steady head how would you desribe completing the turn. Is this how you achieve nice high hands and position at the top without as Mike says raising the arms or swinging them? Keep em coming.

    Thx Steve

  7. It’s always beneficial to be strong (and flexible) but it’s the precision of the motion that’s important here.
    Let me repeat: It’s the precision of the motion.
    Precision includes whether the motion is complete. As I learned, if you are continuously not making a complete motion, maybe your motion isn’t quite precise enough.
    If the motion isn’t smooth and complete, you are either tearing up the wheel of the swing or stopping the circular momentum.
    It’s not effort and strength. As Mike Austin would often say when demonstrating a particular position in a lesson, “It doesn’t take a heck of a lot of effort to get here.”
    What you are striving for is a well working, efficient machine.
    So, hold and check your finish while practicing (at the range or in front of a mirror) and occasionally while on the course.

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