Hogan53, Respectfully, I think the persons who could most appropriately and accurately answer Austin-related queries about body positioning are Chuck at Mentoredbythelegend.com (he took lessons from Mike Austin over a period of several years) or Steve Pratt, another student of Mike Austin and Austin swing expert. I favor the interpretation and swing methodology of a supremely talented Canadian devotee of the Austin style, DJ Watts. DJ has taken some of the more mechanical aspects of the Austin swing and modified them resulting in more athletic, easier to grasp and execute golf swing. I would say that there is consistency across the teachers of Austin on that they all believe the swing center is the C7 vertebra and the swing moved around this center point. I have always thought of this swing as the least contrived way to swing the club. Austin I believe thought he had the most efficient and least contorted swing. The idea of manipulating shoulder position may be a tenet
, but seems to run counter to the idea of a kinesthetically efficient and "natural" swing. But check with the sages and look closely at DJ's ideas. You cannot his mechanically correct swing download at his web site..