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Playing for Money: Len Mattiace Part 7

Len has had an odd year, playing some decent golf but constantly missing cuts by one or two shots. I haven’t watched him play, but he reports that his putting has been off in some of the events and in others his proximity to the hole is not allowing him to shoot low enough scores. Here we keep working on the swing issues that I see in Lenny’s swing, particularly his tendency to drop his hands downward in transition and shoot his right leg out from under him. In our last session we focused on the fact that he jams the upper right arm into his side too soon in the start down instead of allowing the pull of the […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Faster is Better

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: “Faster is Better” and features Ben Hogan, Anthony Kim, Martin Kaymer, and Johnny Miller.   To The Premium Members: Click here to check out the Tempo video that I mention.   To Non-Premium Viewers: Please consider becoming a Premium Member today, click here to become one now.   Excellent site, glad I joined. Enjoying the golf analysis of the great players and feel I’m learning quite a bit. Happy golfing Paul D Be glad you joined too, become a Premium […]

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Online Students: Tommy Lau

There are two major items in Tommy’s swing that, if improved, will provide an opportunity for massive, rapid improvement. They are major issues in any swing, and for Tommy to make them better he has to change the entire motion pattern of his swing. The two are tied together: in the backswing, from the face on view, we see Tommy slide his hips almost 3 inches to the right while keeping his head relatively still (except for upward movement, which is never good). He has put himself into a difficult position from which to properly initiate his downswing, and as he can’t push off from the inside of his right foot over towards his left heel, he has to include […]

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Online Students: Scott Neely

There are those who would say that what I do and the way I approach helping a swing is too “mechanical” or too “technical”, and there are those that say that it’s not technical enough and that the images don’t actually tell the truth. Hey, I like what I do and a lot of people seem to be able to change their swings for the better doing it this way. There is a lot going on here and you actually have to listen intently if you are going to get to the end of it and understand what just happened.

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Online Students: Drew Belt

I did Drew’s swing analysis right after doing a “Pro Tip of the Week” regarding soft arms at address. Drew has the classic look of someone who has tried to emulate the picture in Hogan’s Five Lessons where he says that the arms and elbows should be as close to the body as possible all during the swing. Of course, Hogan never did this in real life, and this one instruction has caused as much damage to average players as any one you could think of.

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Pro Tip of the Week: Hogan’s Home Plate

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: Hogan’s Home Plate.   Excellent site, glad I joined. Enjoying the golf analysis of the great players and feel I’m learning quite a bit. Happy golfing Paul D Be glad you joined too, become a Premium member today! Click here to join now!   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Playing for Money: Kevin Streelman Part 2

After the big win Kevin has not played all that great, missing the cut at the John Deere by 2, making the cut at the British but finishing 5 over his last 7 holes to finish around 50th, finishing almost DFL at Firestone, then getting off to a good start with a 69 at the PGA before dropping to a 76 and missing the cut by 2. The idea of bring the backswing more out in front has proven difficult as Kevin has always pulled his arms inward into a deep position at left arm parallel. Our goal has been to get rid of some of the shaft shift in transition and make it easier to bring the hands out […]

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Live Observations: the 2014 PGA Championship

I gave my few lessons at the club and headed home on this Sunday in August to watch the final round of the PGA Championship. I was at Valhalla on Monday and Tuesday with Kevin Streelman, who missed the cut by 2 shooting 69-76. Kevin won the week after we started working together, but has not continued that success with any top finishes. We are still working on the same stuff, and there are some things that are proving to be fairly stubborn. Anyway, I’m home now and there was a delay in the starting times due to rain so I am here for the full 18 holes. McIlroy just teed off a bit ago, so we will pick up […]

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Online Students: Grady Dickens

Here is a swing that I’m guessing is modeled after Ben Hogan’s, with maybe influence also from Mac O’Grady. My suggestions start with the posture, and when I compare it to Hogan’s it is easy to see that Grady is way more hunched over with his weight more toward his heels than the balls of his feet. This has a deleterious effect on his downswing especially, as his legs stay under him and work even more under and to the right, causing his head to back up a considerable amount. I would like Grady to stand up and point the butt of the club at his belt buckle while getting onto the balls of his feet. From there he would […]

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Online Students: Connor Kumpula

Wayne, “Here are videos of my son Conner Kumpula. He is playing collegiate golf at Oregon State University. We have worked together on his swing. He is historically a player that hit golf shots with lots of shape. He would change swing planes and use his hands to accomplish this. He has won at every level without working that hard at it. Now that he is at college the course set ups do not allow for a shot to be that far off line. He is working harder now to incorporate good fundamentals into his swing to try and get his misses to stay in play. The consistency is still not there and I think with the educated eye that […]

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