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Lesson of the Week: Arthur Slaven

This series of lessons is an example of the difficulties of making wholesale changes to a swing that has been formulated over many years of play and practice. Arthur is a decent player (an 8 handicap) but plays to that via a nice short game and good putting. He considers his ball striking to be substandard, and has not been able to improve much in spite of real effort with practice and lesson taking. He came to me at the suggestion of one of my long time students, Alan Appelbaum, who went from a 12 handicap to a 2 under my guidance. Arthur, as you will see in the video, possesses the ability to move his body and create enough […]

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Tip of the Week: Staying “In The Box”

The “Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. This weeks tip is: “Tip of the Week: Staying “In The Box”.  

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Swing Analysis: Harris English Demonstrates the “Hands Out” Move

Once again we see a successful Tour player demonstrate the “out” move with the hands while flattening the shaft back in transition. English is one of the best ball strikers and all-around players on the Tour in only his 3rd year, and seems to have the even keel demeanor to go along with his obvious talent and technique to be a force on the Tour for many years to come. He is a big guy, going at 6 foot 3 and 190 pounds, and uses a massive thrust with his lower body through impact along with a fairly wide approach to average 300 yards off the tee and lead the Tour in GIR. Another interesting stat I noticed is that […]

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Lesson of the Week: Chris Lane Part 2

Chris has been coming along nicely with his swing as he is getting used to gaining about a foot in height over the past couple years. He is quite thin, like lots of kids his age who go through growth spurts, and has had trouble feeling the connection between the upper and lower bodies. His tendency is to get the club too deep in the backswing early, and then lift the left arm to the top while laying off the shaft, then coming down from too far away from his body. My goal here in this lesson is to get his backswing deeper at the top while maintaining width by using a different routing, in this case having his hands […]

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As Seen on TV: Chamblee is Dead Wrong Again

I keep wondering where Brandel Chamblee gets his information. Does he come up with stupid statements like “Jack Nicklaus picked the ball, Phil Mickelson picked the ball, Tom Watson picked the ball” in his dreams or does he watch their swings and simply misinterpret what he sees? After watching this video can anyone truthfully say that Chamblee knows what he is talking about when it comes to the golf swing? How about saying that players with “down-set” (apparently his name for adding angle between the wrists and the shaft in transition) forward lean the club too much and thus can’t consistently apply the “right amount of loft” at impact with short irons? Anybody who knows anything about golf, the swing, […]

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Tip of the Week: How Can Baseball Help Your Golf Swing?

The “Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. This weeks tip is: “Tip of the Week: How Can Baseball Help Your Golf Swing?”.  

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The P.A.T. Project: Student Lesson: CJ D’Arco Part 5

The P.A.T. or Player Ability Test for the PGA of America, which is a must if you are going to continue on in your quest to become a PGA Member. Most of the requirements to be a PGA Professional are book learning (you have to attend 3 different weeks of “business school” and pass tests on the information presented, as well as completing extensive course work in workbook form), but one requirement that presents a major hurdle for any aspiring pro who is not a good player is the PAT, which sets a goal of shooting 15 strokes or less above the course rating in tournament conditions. The player must beat or match this score, and if he or she […]

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Major Championships: It’s all about the Course and what it means to win

Watching the Masters this week brings back memories of playing in the 9 major championships I was fortunate enough to qualify for. I only made the cut in one of them, but even that is something I consider to be one of the few great achievements of my playing career. I enjoy watching the majors now more than ever because having experienced the full effect of playing in those conditions I can appreciate more than most what is required to do well, and the herculean effort it takes to actually win one.   I always loved the practice rounds. Just being there and getting to play and practice with and next to the best players in the world was such […]

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“In the box” for Better Impact – With Help From The Posture Pod

“In the box” is a phrase I have coined to highlight the importance of having the hips stay deep during the swing. If the head stays out over the ball the deepening of the hips produces an increase in posture during the swing, which means that the head of the golfer will lower both in the backswing and in the first part of the downswing. The Golf Posture Pod is a device that allows you to train this movement while visually measuring whether or not you are being successful at your attempt to deepen the hips during the swing. If you have watched any of my lesson videos you must have noticed that a common mistake among amateur players is […]

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Lesson of the Week: Justin Duffie Part 6

Here we have our old friend, Justin Duffie, who has been working with me for just over 4 years now. His progress has been phenomenal, but he has developed a serious issue with striking the ball off of the fairway. Looking at his swing from face on you might not figure that would be a problem since he has learned to move his hands into an excellent approach position, but from down the line I noticed right away that his right arm was not straightening at all through impact. I brought up the subject of throwing and commented that you couldn’t throw without releasing the ball, and Justin mentioned that he was trying to “hold” the angle between the right […]

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