Mike Austin often spoke to me about Babe Ruth. This guy wasn’t call the “Sultan of Swat” for nothing. He’d shift his weight to the back foot and then shift it to the front. Here’s the Babe playing hand ball. Look familiar? He’s certainly not keeping both legs flexed and twisting his upper body against his lower body.
Guys and gals, I will get to the release but I really want to you to get down the pivot. You can kill it just with the pivot.
Really study this video. I can’t tell you enough that it’s a shift AND a turn. Look at my first swing. Looks fine. But if you really look closely you can see that I stopped my body ever so slightly near the end. I cut off the swing motion. Mike Austin yelled at me all day to keep the stomach and right knee going. Look and LISTEN to the next swings. See the flow and HEAR the high pitched, lively hit? That’s what you are looking for. Actually, that’s what you are listening for. It provides your very own feedback. Hear the sound and look at the flight.
“That’s killing the ball”.
I went back to my mission statement and recalled that I started the blog because I was quite upset at those who were espousing incorrect versions of what Mike Austin taught and claiming that they had figured it out or had taken lessons from Mike (more likely one lesson) and consequently could enlighten Mike Austin fans as to what the great man taught.
Prime example – Here is a student shifting his weight by rolling between the insides of the ankles.
Mike Austin’s response? “Pick up the heel! Pick up the heel!”
To teach otherwise and call it Mike Austin, is, as Mike would say, “A bunch of crap”. Note too, Mike explaining the benefit of a narrow stance enabling you to work with the hips. With a wide stance you are working “against the hips”.