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Online Students: Shane Barnes

“To give you a flavor of my golf, my best competitive round of the year is 64 (MN State Open qualifier) and my worst was 84 today after shooting 72 yesterday in the MN state Mid-Am. My tournament average this year is 73.5. I’m producing a lot of good golf shots but my bad ones are still costing more than they should.”

As you will see in the lesson, Shane has a good handle on what his problems are. My recommendations include…

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Pro Tip of the Week: Don’t Baby Your Bunker Shots

This Pro Tip of the Week is about not babying your bunker shots. Watch the video to see Rickie Fowler demonstrate it.   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: Scott Neely

Scott is a former online lesson taker who decided to fly from Dallas to Maryland to spend two days with me at Lakewood. The notes you see following this paragraph are Scott’s observations he wrote down during and after the lessons. You may be wondering why there are so many things listed, and whether or not that constitutes overkill and the dreaded “thinking too much” malady, but remember that we spent 2 full days, about 12-13 hours, hitting balls and playing a bit. Scott had the time to pick my brain about every part of the swing, and while he can’t work on it all at once, I thought it was smart of him to get my ideas on a […]

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Playing For Money: David Holmes

Wayne,   Thanks for taking my call earlier. I’ll give you a rundown of my golf in the near past. I played golf at the University of Tennessee from 2006-2010. I Earned All-American honors in 2009 and had a fairly successful amateur career where my highest ranking reached 13th in the USA and 30th in the world. My ball striking was always a strong suit of my game and as soon as I became a good chipper and putter, I was able to contend in major tournaments. I turned professional in 2011 and have played three full seasons on the NGA Tour from 2011-2013. During that time I also Monday qualified for 4 Web.com events. I have really gotten by […]

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Playing for Money: Nick Price

This was a real treat for me, as you can imagine. Nick is a Hall of Famer, former #1 in the world, but has struggled recently with his driver and his results on the Champions Tour have not been up to his standards. I was in Florida at Old Palm with Brad Faxon and Brad, a good friend of Nick’s, mentioned that Nick had been hitting his driver all over the place and had taken a video of Nick’s swing. Brad showed it to me, and as you will see in this video I could tell right away what the problem was. Brad was nice enough to give Nick a call and ask him if he wanted to come over […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Look for the Shaft Plane on Your Approach to Impact

What does it mean to look for your shaft plane on approach to impact? Watch this video featuring Sergio Garcia, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson to find out.   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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Online Students: Gary McGovern

Hi Wayne,   “I’ve been hovering around a 1 or 2 handicap all year, but I can’t put a complete round together to go low. While trying to improve I messed something up and have been hitting the ball bad lately. I was hitting it off the heel of my irons, so I thought maybe they needed bent. So I recently had them bent to 2 degrees flat. Now I seem to be hitting it less off the heel but it still creeps in every now and then. I’m also worried maybe they are too flat. With my driver, (usually one of my strong suits) I feel like any time I try to play a draw it’s a 50/50 shot […]

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Playing for Money: Dick Mast Part 3

Dick stopped by Lakewood a few weeks ago after not seeing me for some time due to various injuries that had him concocting swings to avoid the pain he was feeling in his hips and back. As we do most of the time we get together we spent most of our time working on his set up, especially his posture. Dick has a tendency (and I know what this is like) to get a little lazy at address due to his back issues, and we usually work on getting him out onto the balls of his feet with more angle in his waist. This helps him feel his upper trunk rotation better and also tilts his hips, which helps them […]

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Online Students: Paul Doherty

“Played golf when I was in my teens and early twenties I could putt and chip but was not a great ball striker. Played again between 30 and early 44 was a decent ball striker with driver, 2 iron up to 6 iron; generally not very good from 8 iron range and inwards also could not putt or pitch !! Now I’m 52 and I am playing again. Target is to get to low single figures, better than 5. I live in Kenya currently and have 20 acres of semi-arid land to practice on and a good amount of time available, plus amazing weather. Forty years playing golf and I really did not know how to cock my wrists I […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: The Standard Pitch Shot Technique of Tour Pros

What is the standard pitch shot? Watch Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler as examples. I also show Rory McIlroy hit a non-standard pitch shot for contrast.   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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