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I think I got it!!!!! And it is exactly the way you describe it in your lessons.
It feels so EASY, the ball goes straight almost every time, and there is no
strain on the back. It just suddenly clicked that it's like tetherball- with
the clubhead as the ball, the shaft as the rope, and your SCC like the pole!
This morning I was hitting 103 mph with a smooth 5/8 or 6/8 swing and could
crank it up to 107 with a little more "snap." I'm 5'6" 145 lbs., wouldn't call
myself particularly strong or athletic, and have been playing golf only 3 years
(I'm 39, currently a 9 hdcp). With some more work on flexibility to take the
club back a little farther, and some speed and strength training, I can easily
see getting up to 110ss soon (something that seemed impossible last year) and
dropping my scores consistently into the mid-70s this season - as fun as it is
to see the increased swing speed, the Mike Austin technique has made pitching
the ball so much easier, and enabled me to get up-and-down 7 times my last round
Again, so many thanks .... what a difference this will make to my game if I can
groove this motion. I'm from San Diego originally, so hopefully I can meet you
for a live lesson the next time I'm out there visiting family!"
- David, United States
I would be delighted to write a full testimonial sometime, but in the meantime I do have a question for you. It concerns the weight shift on the downswing: I understand very well the reasons for throwing the club head from the top, why this release cannot be delayed. I also understand that, assuming everything has been done correctly to this point, this throw will cause the weight to move towards the target - i.e. the spine pendulum must go back the other direction - in order for the body to maintain its balance.
My question to you is this: is this weight shift purely reflexive as a result of the throw, or is there a conscious effort to push the navel all the way forward? Are the two inextricably linked, or should there be a conscious driving forward of the weight before or after the throwing motion?
Many thanks in advance,