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Are you saying you don’t believe he hit 515? Because it has been in the Guinness Book of World Records for 35 years, and was well documented with witnesses. It was done in the 1974 National Senior Open, a pretty big pro tournament.
i mean pepole actually believe that hi hit a 515yd ball, probably on a fielf of concrete, cause in a normal course, with the technology back then ill be surprised if someone came near to a 320 yd drive.
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the clubhead speed looks very impressive on the first shot, would have been interesting if he had a good short game
@DeniedHealthCare I think both you and the others are right. Think about throwing a football. To get real power you need to use your legs and hips. But it won’t go anywhere if you are not delivering that power with perfect timing into your hands with a throwing motion. In the Peace River video mike talks about throwing the swing like you are throwing a football. Only instead of throwing a ball, you are throwing a club head that’s attached to a stick (i.e. the golf shaft) around a circle.
If you look at the stills there are twelve. Look at the distance the clubhead has moved from frame 5 to 6. That is the result of the hip slide. It’s enormous. Then add to that Mike throwing with his power and there you have the huge spead he creates.
Who said anything about him being a racist?
I want to get a Flammer, are they still being sold anywhere?
Tanya had a stroke about a year ago that left her paralyzed on her left side. Tanya is in a care center in West Hills near her & Mike’s home in Woodland Hills, CA. We visit her every week and make certain through phone calls she get to watch all the Golf on TV in her room.
I don’t usually respond or write comments. But, I’d like to add Mike was very nice man who didn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loved everyone, and was a perfect host. Ditto for his wife Tanya
You would have to know and have seen Mike if you don’t believe his swing strength. Mike was extremely strong and huge without being fat at all. At was at his house one day when he was 87 years old, he was wearing shorts. I couldn’t believe it, he had legs like a 25 year old, honest. He was an extremly strong man.
I say that and I’m 6’4 and I used to bench
How is his wife doing? Is she still around?
I asked Mike about his putting and he told me that part of the reason he never managed to perfect his putting was the psychology he associated with hitting long drives.
He would get himself mentally psyched up to hit long accurate drives but when it came down to soft gentle taps into the hole, it was difficult for him to calm his strength and so he often ended up 3 or 4 putting.
As a result, he could never fully take advantage of his ability to drive the green in 1 or 2 shots.
By the way, Mike always felt Snead had the best swing of all time … called it “that sweet swing of his (Snead)”. According to Mike’s biographer, Phil Reed, when Snead got his first set of steel shafted clubs, he gave them to Mike saying, “… take ‘em. You’re the only one I know who can swing ‘em.”
Pros typically swing E0 weighted clubs. Mike purportedly swung E9 weighted clubs! How’s that for power!
with full wrist cock. Hit 50 balls and record the distance AND accuracy. Then hit 50 using a 3/4 swing and 90 deg. wrist cock. Bet you don’t see 50 yds difference.
Right now JB Holmes comes closest with 90 deg. wrist cock and weight shift off his front toes and onto back hip. As I recall, he’s the longest on the Tour.
which is why he can hit it so consistently straight … no timimg problem between the hands and hips. They come together at the back of the ball.
Also, Mike did not ‘cock’ his wrists … only to 90deg. Again, that reduces the timing problem of the hands and contact. Since the lower back/hips are generating the force, hands are there just to hold and guide the club.
Want simple proof? Try your traditional swing ..
To be continued.
Mike would tour with the likes of Mike Dunaway showing his awesome swing and distance (the 350 Club).
Compare that with the traditional swing (Tiger for ex) where it’s all upper body – primarily shoulders. The hips are shot (weakly) forward ahead – a little like a fisherman casting his/her lure – and then the shoulders/arms using the hips as a counter-weight. There NO lag in the Austin swing …
I too was a good friend of Mike’s up until his death. I think of him often. I have been exploring his technique since, including an AS in Exer. Sci & Kinesiology.
Yes … these are early/ier slow-mos of his swing. No inner rotation visible, nor his famous forward press, which has since become the cornerstone of plyometrics and is called “myotatic reflex”. Indeed, Mike was way, way ahead of his time.
Mike could hit +300 yards … IN HIS 80′s
To be continued …
you think so? So how many Majors did Snead win? 3? You can amass wins against weak fields of lower caliber players OR you can win MAJORS when the BEST players are ALL palying…like Jack Nicklaus. He won 18 and had 73 Top 10 finishes in Majors..a record that will likely be unbroken. Tiger has the most talent of any golfer ever but until someone tops 18 majors, Jack is the greatest. That is LOGIC!
I have footage of him using a rope tied to the club and only using his righ arm to make the strike. Mike could hit the ball with only his right arm farther than most using everything they’ve got! His left arm was injured in 1943 in an airplane crash which took him 4-5 years to recover not fully form it. Mike did teach Hogan at Bel Air CC after his car accident to get him to fade the ball and lose the hook. Mike’s clubhead swing speed was 165 MPH during the 515 yd drive era.
I was Mike Austin’s last student and was with him when he passed on in the Motion Picture Hospital. Mike told me “it’s in the haans (hands) man!” 80-85% of the power comes from the upper body. Mike would use his right hand to throw the clubhead around the widest arc he could make with a two handed connection to the club.
It’s so interesting reading the different “opinions” in the comments of this video.
EXACTLY what im wondering, the laws of physics SAY that this swing isnt gonna hit the ball that far. where is the lag?
I’ve studied Mike’s swing off and on for the last 2 years, and it seems like the REAL power comes from his leg/foot/hip action. Everyone talks about the ‘throw’, but it really seems like the horsepower comes from his lower body.
I will say that Snead and Austin have the best swings of all time.
He was using the HAMMER….POOOW!!!
What are the secret physics of the swing that this motion maximally exploits? It looks like your standard scratch golfer swing to me.
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