Originally Posted by LongballGer
I'm thinking of making a swing change to learn the Mike Austin Method.
For those not familiar with Mike Austin here is a link about Mike Austin:http://www.jmlongdrive.com/philosophy.htm
There is a guy called Dan Shauger who is teaching the method.
Is anyone familiar with this method?
Digging up this thread, because I wanted to know if you tried this method.
I just took a book out of the library by Philip Reed "In Search of the Greatest Golf Swing". It is very entertaining reading, and brings out quite a few good points about golf swings.
While reading it, I could not help but to think back two years ago when (started learning golf) that is the method my body used naturally. All the coaches tried to fix it, and I ended up with a shoulder injury several months ago. This was because I tried to use the more PGA method and needed to torque my shoulder and elbow to do a full swing.
Now, I am using the PGA taught method and getting about 240 yards drive, and finally can hit my irons again. Not really far, but good enough. My rotation is very limited to avoid repeating injury.
However, out of curiosity, I tried the counter rotating forearm turn that Dan taught to Phil Reed and nailed a drive against the a fence 250 yards at the back of the driving range. I tried this a couple times with roughly the same results, I stopped because I thought I caved in my driver head. It made a really loud ear piercing sound as I hit a range ball. It was doing this earlier with normal swings at another range, but I was only hitting 240 yard drives at the time. So, I stopped. Checked it out again, no problems with the driver.
I plan to try it out this afternoon on the course.
Here is my question, is the counter rotating (non-baseball) forearm turn not taught because of potential injury? It seems like there is less stress on my wrists, and I can take it back a whole lot longer (though I don't need to do so). However, I don't know enough about human anatomy to determine this myself.