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Lesson of the Week: Wayne D. Looks at his Own Swing (First Time in a While)

Here it is the middle of November and I haven’t played a competitive round since May due to ongoing back issues. I am scheduled for surgery December 9th to open up space for the nerves on the sides of the two discs above my fusion, but oddly enough it has been feeling a bit better lately so I have been playing some and hitting a few balls. I figured I might as well film it and check it out in order to have something to compare my post- surgery swing to, so I took a couple of 6 iron shots I filmed and drew the lines to see what was up.   The first thing I noticed is that my […]

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Playing for Money: Brad Faxon Part 3

I went down to Jupiter to spend a couple days with Brad at Old Palm and we got some nice work in. I have always told Brad that given his problems with the approach being high and sometimes stuck he should strive to get the club on plane at the top (less across the line) so that he can have the shaft flatten early in transition and then steepen the rest of the way down, which will give him the chance to get the right arm straighter as he approaches impact and his hands as a result passing by closer to his body. You may ask why that is so important, and it would be a very good question. When […]

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Online Students: Steve Kirsop

Here is a little run down on my golfing history, not sure this is how I’m supposed to send it, but here it is.   Wayne D: I’m 62 years old and started golfing when I was about 40 after my buddies that I played squash with started playing golf when their joints wore out. I’ve had a knee and a shoulder replaced and in general my joints are stiff and I have limited flexibility overall, although I’m in pretty good shape and have been a competitive athlete all my life. I’ve taken golf lessons from four different instructors over the years with minimal results and have recently resorted to watching every free instructional video on the internet, which is […]

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Lesson of the Week: Scott Johnson

Scott drove down to Maryland all the way from Boston at the suggestion of Nick Antonelli, a professional that I gave a couple of lessons to in Florida last spring. As you will see in the video of Scott’s initial swings he set up with his hands extremely low and his spine angle severely bent over, then took the club back with his hands working away from him, and completed the reverse-loop pattern by dropping his hands and arms straight down behind him, hitting the ball with a radically in-to-out path. It was apparent to me right away that we had to change the initial set-up position so that he could break the pattern early by taking the arms, hands […]

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Just Trust It?

How many times have you heard or been told, especially after a poor shot, to “just trust it”, or “just swing the club and don’t think about it so much”? Quite a few, I’d be willing to bet. Think back on how that advice affected your next shot, or series of shots for the rest of that round. Perhaps you started hitting it better, at which point you might have come to conclusion that mindlessly swinging was the way to go, and that complicating matters with swing thoughts was detrimental to your ability to strike the ball effectively. You probably liked the feeling of not caring so much how you swung the club, concentrating instead on a sense of rhythm […]

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Online Students: Paul McCrorey

Wayne,   “I am an engineer and I own my own 3D visualization (animation) business (http://mccroreydigital.com). I have played golf for 30ish years (I am 45). I have always had a ‘decent’ swing but have never really ‘got it done’. I want to improve my swing to the best it can be and I’d like to play in more tournaments but have a legitimate chance to compete. I can’t do that now as my swing is way too inconsistent.   I absolutely love the mechanics of the swing and love to video and look at it. I have researched the Golf Machine some along with various other theories. All of that can get things confusing as you know.   My […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Keep Your Head Out Over The Ball

This week the Pro Tip focuses on where you should strive to keep your forehead positioned during the swing and features Anthony Kim and Ben Hogan.   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. Please consider becoming a Premium Member today, click here to become one now.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Lesson of the Week: Brian Urlacher

At 6’4 and 260 lbs. of solid muscle (no discernible body fat) Brian, future Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is an imposing figure, especially in shorts and a tight golf shirt (seems like everybody looks big in a football uniform, at least on TV). The amazing thing about Brian’s golf game is that his short game is absolutely amazing. He gets it up and down like a Tour player, and that’s any shot from anywhere around the green and inside of 100 yards. I wasn’t surprised when Kevin (Streelman) told me that Brian has built substantial short game areas at both of his main residences, Chicago in the summer and Scottsdale in the winter. As you can […]

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What I Would Do with Tiger’s Swing

This is, of course, hypothetical, but since I’ve been asked a number of times I figured I’d do a short video on how I would approach teaching Tiger. The things I suggest here are combination of my own swing preferences with things I think have worked for Tiger in the past. I focus here on 5 items; first, setting up in a more athletic stance, taller at address with the weight distributed more toward the balls of the feet. Second, the hands and arms should have more space away from the body, and the takeaway should be straighter back and less inward. I think Tiger functions better with freedom and space, and I don’t think his left arm should be […]

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From the Archives: Tiger Woods

Today we take look back at a few Tiger videos from the early days of this web site. If you haven’t seen these important Tiger videos before you need to and if you have seen them before it’s worth your time to watch them again.   Ben Hogan vs. Tiger Woods – Swing Analysis – Part 1:   Ben Hogan vs. Tiger Woods – Swing Analysis – Part 2:   Tiger at the Chevron: New Swing, Same Pivot Compression:   Tiger Woods in 2000: The Myth of the Perfect Swing: Join the forum discussion on this post

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