27 thoughts on “More Swings Under The Watchful Eyes Of Mike Austin

  1. Generally, just inside the front heel. He played it back when hitting a “low boy”.

  2. Glad you found us! Enjoy. Much more to come. New website launch expected in July.

  3. I do have the parachute shot. It’ll be part of the short game membership content.
    New website launch is expected in July.

  4. Do you have any video of Mike Austin demonstrating the ‘Parachute Shot’ using the Honda grip?

  5. The sound is awesome, I never heard anything like that before and I played quiet some pro-ams in germany.
    However, this really caught my interest again, I have read the book on how to kill the ball hence not being able to perform in an acceptable way through self-study.

    This is why I made an appointment over here with a pro who teaches the swing like Mike.

    I do think there is a lot of valid information on this website, and I feel sorry to put my “pga” – pro down but the common desire I assume most of us drives is hitting balls with ease and joyful pleasure, and of course once in a while with sheer force ;-).

    Nevermind, I keep reading, thanks alot for your efforts so far.

  6. Mike Austin generally had me position the ball near the heal or instep of my leading foot. The exception was if we were going to hit a “high boy” or a “low boy”.

  7. Thanks Denzil,
    Glad you stumbled upon us. My guess is that you will enjoy. Feel free to ask any questions and/or send any video.

  8. hi, i brought my handicap from a 30 down to a 15 last summer by just focusing on weight transfer from leg to leg and throwing the club head. I’ve spent the last 4 years studying and trying everything. I stumbled on to Mike Austin yesterday and i’m going to give it a go. I like how its along the same lines of what i was doing last summer. Awesome blog and glad to be a part of it.

  9. Hmm. Feel free to send me some video.
    Mike and I never got too caught up in the plane.
    The back elbow retracts backwards and the club head follows goes on a circular path. This is coordinated with straightening the back knee.
    It never goes straight back. Mike “went off on me” many times for that – see videos.
    From there the hand spins above the elbow.
    Hope that helps!

  10. Hi Mike,
    Feel free to expound.
    My plane is set up by the address and then the take away but letting the back elbow move in the proper sequence and movement.
    I will try to find some video for you.

  11. There was no sidespin. The ball spun along the north pole/south pole longitudinal line.

  12. Hey Chuck,
    What move was he referring to when he said “that gives it the maximum amount of under spin?”

    Also I am trying to understand the action of the hands. I have the pivot down but I often find myself unsure about the hands. I have heard Mike say in other videos that he gives the hands a throw and that’s how he gets the jump on most anybody. I am wondering if I am really suppose to be actively throwing the hands? If so, at which point does this occur and how does one perform this action.

    I often find myself going back to to Mikes original videos of him in the skeleton suit trying to capture this motion. Could you please point me in the right direction. Thanks so much!

  13. Hi Chuck,

    Can you drop me an email? I was wondering if I could ask you some questions. Also, do you know where I can get a Flammer?


  14. Dave,
    We did. I was there from mid-1990’s to early 2000’s.
    We need to have a Hollywood Three Reunion.

  15. We must have just missed each other. From 79 to 84, I was a fixture at Studio City. Mike at one end, Joe Norwood at the other with Alan Hale, Gilligan’s skipper taking up the slack. The center of the golf instruction universe. My mentor, Count Yogi, would wait for me in the parking lot, laying on the horn of his showcar. He was banned by George McCallister.

    I could tell Mike was fond of Yogi being they had history all the way back to Chicago. Thanks for posting these gems. Mike never wanted to die anyway. You’re keeping him alive for thousands of us who’ve been inspirered by him calm and violent nature. I loved him awful. See you at “18”.

  16. Ah, but this is just the beginning.
    The initial clips were to provide a window into how Mike taught, to debunk some of the inaccurate statements made of him (like those that claimed his teaching was cryptic) and to reveal some video of a student under Mike’s tutelage. Other than that of the great Mike Dunaway, I think there is very little clear video of Mike teaching.
    Thanks for the comment.

  17. Stephen,
    I intend to have a section on that very subject – the sound of the clubhead meeting the ball.
    It was very important to Mike and is a good check on ball striking.
    Mike desired a “lively thwack” not a “dull thud”. The former evidenced the “center of the clubhead meeting the center of the ball” and the fact that “all the energy was in the clubhead”, key points in Mike’s teachings. More to come on the subject.

  18. Ben,
    Thanks for the comment.
    This is just a start. Many had never seen a swing under the tutelage of Mike Austin other than perhaps that of the great Mike Dunaway.
    The initial clips were designed to show the swing in action, provide a small window into Mike’s character and to debunk some of the inaccuracies put forth about Mike.
    For example, I’ve read so many posts in other forums incorrectly stating that Mike only provided “cryptic” instruction. (To me that was simply an excuse for not possessing limited information about MIke or for lack of taking actual lessons with him. ) Mike was far from cryptic. (And I bet that comment bring wry smiles to the faces of former students.)
    Mike’s lessons were intensive and “hands-on” to say the very least.

    Mike was a master at how the body moved. During a lesson he would twist you, pull you, enable motion and disable motion, all with one arm and at the age of 80+.
    In a moment’s notion you would find him on his feet, club in hand, illustrating an essential aspect of the swing.

    If I can generate enough interest, my hope is to go step-by-step through the entire swing. Interspersed will be Mike’s notions of timing and tempo. We’ll cover short game and specialty shots. (Another topic of misconception. MIke didn’t focus on long driving.)
    It helps greatly that people are starting to provide specific input.
    Thanks for the interest.

  19. Stephen,
    Great observation. In fact, I planned to present a little section on that very theme – the sound of the clubhead meeting the ball. I never heard anyone explain the desired result like Mike. He often commented on the sound of a good hit and it provides a good check for ball striking.

    Mike’s swing, done properly, resulted in a “lively “thwack”, not a “low thud”.
    The desired sound evidenced that “all the energy was in the clubhead” and that you were “hitting the center of that ball with the center of the clubhead”.

    Thanks for the comment!

  20. Thanks for posting your videos. Humbly, I feel I should tell you that they don’t do what I think you want them to do. Simply on account of not enough visual information. I think all of us biomechanic obsessive golfers would love to see more!


  21. As much as I like to watch your swing, it’s the the sound of your seven iron that gets my attention the most,
    mine don’t sound like that , thats for sure.

    Tell us a bit more of yourself , what is your golf game like these days , stuff like that

  22. Dave,
    Greatly appreciate the comment. I intend to give out a lot more.
    It really is great that people have such a continued interest in such a great man and teacher.
    Spread the word! Thanks again.

  23. Great stuff! Thanks so much for sharing. I would like to see as much of the video as you are willing to offer as well as any of your insights regarding his teachings.


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