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Getting to the Next Level

Some years back I played in the Michelob Championship at the Kingsmill Resort, the PGA Tour stop in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I shot 68-74, even par, and missed the cut by one stroke. My intent as I thought about the subject for this article was to recount my second round in detail, and I will get to that in a bit. But as I thought about the lessons learned from my experience I saw a larger theme that runs through all of my day to day dealings with the game as well as those of the people who take lessons from me, the idea that we all want to reach the next level of ability, to graduate to a game […]

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Swing Analysis: Charl Schwartzel’s Driver

I got some great shots of Charl at the Barclay’s this year when he, Luke Donald, and Sergio joined Kevin Streelman (I work with Kevin) for a practice round. It’s rare to be out on the course with a camera and tripod but as I like to take shots of Kevin that I can use the V1 to analyze I happened to be prepared to get some nice footage. The down the line view was from the par 5 3rd hole (I think) and the face on was on the drivable 5th. The one on the 3rd was one of the most amazing drives I’ve ever seen. Kevin crushed his out there 305 (perfectly flat fairway, no wind) and Charl’s […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Hip Rotation in the Forward Swing

This week I discus hip rotation in the forward swing and use Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh to demonstrate.   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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Playing for Money: David Holmes Part 2

This video pretty much speaks for itself. When you compare David’s swings from the initial online lesson to these it is easy to see the tremendous change in technique. Every now and then I meet someone with the ability to change quickly, and David is certainly one of these lucky folks. He was so happy to hear that what he was working on (and wasn’t working) was antithetical to my own views on how the swing should work that he took to my suggestions immediately and not only made the changes but starting hitting the ball way better right away. Even more impressive is the fact that he took this swing to First Stage Web.Com Q-School and made it through […]

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Online Students: Sven Engler

Hi Wayne,   I’m really excited to get your opinion and analysis of my swing. I’m 52 years old and have played golf since I was 10. I grew up in the US (Connecticut, and then college in Washington DC), and subsequently moved to Sweden, where I’ve been living since the mid-eighties.   I have always taken the game very seriously; I played some college golf at the George Washington University*, and even gave the pro level a shot one season on the national tour of Sweden. But now I’m a reinstated amateur and enjoy the game as a hobby.   I’ve always been a shortish but steady and straight hitter. Unfortunately, my search for improvement and experimentation has resulted […]

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Online Students: Conner Kumpula Part 3

Wayne, “Here is an update. Conner has qualified as #1 for two weeks in a row at Oregon State. Hitting the ball well, but still not hitting the driver very often due to inconsistencies. It has not hurt him much because the 3 wood off the tee is going 290 and staying in play. He has been focusing most of his effort on trying to quiet down the right leg on the down swing. The two drills he is using to accomplish this are standing on two 2 x 4’s and hitting balls and your one 2 x 4 under the front foot and hitting balls. He has not drilled as much rehearsing a neutral blade lately which might have […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Wayne D’s Analysis Lines Explained

This week I go over the reference lines I draw and what I look for in the swing relative to their position. I use video from working with Kevin Streelman to demonstrate.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Online Students: Jim Spalding

Wayne:   “I have struggled with early extension, have tried to stay in the box. Recently have tried a drill with the stick (shaft) in ground between my legs, with some improvement. Also worked on getting the shaft on the downswing below the backswing plane. I am still inconstant with solid contact.”   Thanks – Jim   Jim has a nice setup his weight looks forward on the feet and in a good position to start his swing. The first thing I notice is that Jim’s swing is a bit slow at a ratio of about 40/10 which works out to a 4/1 and instead I’d like to see it a bit faster and a 3/1 ratio. I suggest adding […]

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Improvement: David Holmes

We’re going to start posting notification of improvements and this is a great one to start with, and make sure to send in your own stories of improvement too.   Wayne,   Just wanted to let you know I just made it though 1st stage of Web.com Q school in Atlanta, GA. I shot -7 for the week and hit the ball substantially better than I have all season. There is still a good bit of room for improvement to be made in my swing, but I really like where we are headed with everything. I had a consistent miss/ball flight pattern and I had no penalty shots or errant drives for the whole week. My short game sunk a […]

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Playing for Money: Joey Latowski

I think you will find this an interesting lesson as you watch the unique shaft progression in Joey’s swing. He starts a bit on his heels, and then moves much deeper into the heels by rocking backwards at the start of the takeaway. This leads to a radically laid off position at the top, and he is left with steepening the downswing immediately from the top. This movement leaves his right upper arm well behind his side, and as a result he can’t really get his hands far enough in front of the ball to deliver a blow with enough forward lean. The following email came to me after Joey received the lesson, and I follow that with my response. […]

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