There, I said it. I’ve sat back for years now reading forums, blogs, and the like on Mike Austin’s golf instruction. My blood has boiled. Some of the commentators and self-proclaimed gurus never met the man, yet alone took lessons from him. Several sought him out in the twilight of his life when his health limited his teaching to his front yard and in later years to his living room Barcalounger or motorized hospital bed.
My face reddened while reading mischaracterizations that his teachings were “mystical” and “cryptic”. I grew disgusted by those who claimed that they discovered the secrets, yet never studied under the man. My blood pressure sky-rocketed by unsupported and self-serving assertions that Mike’s teachings were only aimed at long drivers.
My name is Chuck, president of llenroc enterprises LLC, and for over 5 years I spent dozens of hours with Mike in one-on-one instruction. I was also fortunate enough to be allowed by his side while he gave hours of lessons to numerous other students.
We sweated together, challenged each other, and had a lot of laughs. We became the closest of friends. Mike was gracious enough to permit me to document those lessons and witness and document the small miracles that he worked with other students.
I promised Mike that I would, when the time was right, make sure that his teaching legacy would not be abused or forgotten. That time is now . . .
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