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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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Testimonials: Tamim Mohammad

Mr. DeFracesco, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you yet, but just wanted to let you know I shot 79 yesterday for the first time breaking 80 thanks to the information and analyses of golf swings you have shared online, combined of course with my background in basketball, football and baseball. I’ve had more practice than I should have had this past winter here in Boston, as I was so excited to learn about Mr. Hogan’s swing, and your validation of controlled lowering of the head through the back and down swing, as well as the initial movement of hands in the down swing. I’ve never hit the ball so solid, the compression principles you speak of are really […]

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How to Play Golf Without Thinking

“…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.” […]

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Tip of the Week: Sink More Putts Under Pressure

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: “Sink More Putts Under Pressure”.  

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Swing Analysis: John Senden

The winner of last month’s Tour event at Innisbrook, Senden has been one of the Tour’s best ball strikers since he got his card in 2001. Surprisingly he had only one win prior to his most recent, so it’s not hard to guess that he is not one of the best putters out there. Ironically it was his putting and short game that drove him to victory in Florida, capped off by a wonderful pitch-in on the 17th hole. Last year was his worst as far as ball striking goes in almost a decade, but he managed to hold on to his card by improving his overall short game. If he hits it like he’s proven he’s capable of and […]

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