Nick has been in Florida trying to earn money on the mini-tours and ready himself for Q-School each year, but has not had the kind of success he was hoping for. He played a few times with one of my students, Ben Silverman, and decided to come see me for some help. As you will see, Nick has what most of the young players have these days, a great build for the game and a fluid, powerful motion. When length is not an issue it all boils down to control, and that’s where swing analysis and technique work come into play. The first thing I noticed was the weak approach position at shaft parallel in the forward swing. Some really […]
When I told one of my students about the amazing progress Bruce made in his first lesson, he reminded me that it would be the first swing I saw the next time I worked with Bruce that would decide if the lesson were really that amazing. I thought about that and reflected on how difficult it is to retain what you get in a lesson when the teacher is not always there to correct you when you begin to either revert to old bad habits or evolve into some new form of problem. I had to agree with him, so I pulled the camera out to film Bruce before I made any suggestions at all or even commented on his […]
It’s not always that you get two lefties coming down the stretch in a Tour event and finishing in the top 5, but Bubba Watson and Brian Harman did just that at Riviera. What is interesting is that while they stand up to the ball similarly, as soon as the body and club start moving the swings are, with a few other exceptions, quite different. Bubba is a unique combination of power player and shot making wizard, while Harman is less physically imposing and plays more of a control game out of necessity. While they both have their arms well in front of them at right arm parallel, Bubba has moved his there with a huge upper trunk movement, while […]
If you had been using the proper concepts and still were as bad as you have been, you would have good reason to be depressed about your chances of ever being any good. But since you have never given your body a chance to try it the right way, you don’t know just what your potential might be. So instead of being annoyed at spending so much time on the wrong track, you should be excited about finally getting on the right track. I think you will start to make some tremendous progress once we spend some time incorporating your new conceptions into good mechanics and correct feel.
Bruce is the friend of a good friend and student of mine, John Cherner, and John was nice enough to convince Bruce to take a lesson from me. Bruce is a highly trained marathon runner and is strong as heck to boot, so when I first took a look at his swing I pretty much knew that by the end of the lesson I could get him to hit the ball much better. We started off with a pitching wedge, hitting to a flag that was 95 yards out. Bruce couldn’t get within 30 yards of it, and when you see the first batch of swings it should be apparent why. Weak grip, no wrist cock, no lateral lower body […]
I once played 36 holes in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier with Kevin and his ball striking was impressive. He is a big guy with a thick chest and waist, but his athleticism is obvious when you watch him move. He is a bit fidgety in his set-up routine, and triggers his swing with a slight forward bend on the knee toward the ball. I wouldn’t recommend this to most players, as any tendency to lift or straighten up during the swing tends to cause problems as the swing progresses, but it doesn’t seem to bother Kevin. He is tremendously wide in the backswing with his hands moving slightly away from his body looking down the line, and creating a […]
“…When you throw a ball to me, without thought, my hands go up and catch it. When a child or animal runs in front of your car, you automatically apply the brakes. When you throw a punch at me, I intercept and hit you back, but without thought. ‘It’ just happens. ‘It’ is the state of mind the Japanese refer to as “mushin,” which literally means “no-mind”. According to Zen masters, mushin is operating when the actor is separate from the act and no thoughts interfere with the action because the unconscious act is the most free and uninhibited. When mushin functions, the mind moves from one activity to another, flowing like a stream of water and filling every space.” […]
This is another installment in my continuing work with young Ben Silverman. Ben missed qualifying for the Web.com last year at 2nd Stage Q-School on the final 9 holes, but has been playing excellent golf since, racking up a number of wins on the Minor League tour and some high finishes on the NGA Tour. He has shown the ability to shoot low scores, having won 2 events with rounds of 63, and his scoring average this year is well down into the 60’s. He is doing all this while working on his swing, and we have a very good idea of where we are heading with it. One thing Ben likes is that he has a pretty good idea […]
Jeremy has moved to the Fort Myers area in Florida and is now playing the mini-tours full time. He has had some success so far, but has struggled a bit with his ball striking while getting acclimated with playing and practicing every day. As you will see Jeremy has a technically sound swing, and in this particular lesson I choose to work on his posture and the flow of his swing instead of anything position oriented. Jeremy has a great build for the game and is a wiry strong guy, but it just appeared to me that he was so tight and trying so hard to do what he wanted to do with his swing that there was no freedom […]
Ricky Fowler has decided that if he is to be a great player he can’t do it on his own and he can’t do it with the swing he grew up with, and that he needs the help of Butch Harmon to enable him to achieve his goals. Ricky brought the new swing to Torrey Pines and we have a nice shot of a 4 iron to compare with Fowler’s 2010 swing. Fowler has missed both cuts this year, and before the Arizona tournament he was interviewed by a local magazine. Here are some interesting quotes made when asked about the changes he was working on with Harmon: “Just taking what I have and tuning it and cleaning it up […]
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