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Swing Analysis: Rickie Fowler Modifies his Changes

It is great to have the opportunity to study how Rickie Fowler is going about changing his swing with the idea in mind to become one of the top players on Tour. While he has had great results in the majors so far this year (a 5th and two 2nds) the changes he has made have not improved his ball striking statistics, and he appears to be in a Jason Day type mode with high finishes in big events but few wins otherwise. He can putt the eyes out of it, however, and raising the level of his ball-striking is how he is going to make the jump to consistent winner. It’s pretty cool to see the significant changes he […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Right Arm at Address and it’s Action in the Backswing

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. This weeks pro tip is: Right Arm at Address and it’s Action in the Backswing.   This is a great site! I just made the cut in our state senior open 150+ players cut to low 55 and ties. I am getting a better idea of my weaknesses and how to improve. WD has some great insight to the golf swing and with his help I have a game plan on how to improve. With the golf swing so many of us just […]

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Online Students: Allie Economou Part 2

Allie did a nice job getting into a more athletic posture and increasing her tempo after the first lesson, and now needs to concentrate on continuing to try to soften the arms at address, especially the right arm. When the right arm is tight and stiffens as the takeaway starts with the elbow twisting inward, the left arm has nowhere to go except out and around, which is why Allie’s hands still move away from her body immediately after the swing initiates. This sets up a pattern in which the upper left arm disconnects from the chest, and since Allie is very thin this allows the right arm to swing back well behind her at the top. She makes an […]

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite Part 2

I was extremely happy when I saw the swings that Tom sent of himself back in 1992. As you will see, he was doing almost exactly what I prescribed in his first online session last week, which is great news because it is much easier to get back to something you used to do (although never really easy) than it is to create all new neural pathways and change into something you’ve never done. I told Tom that if I had had these particular swings in my computer I would have shown them as examples of nice pivot movement and the hands out sidearm throw delivery with the right arm perfectly on plane. It is no wonder he used to […]

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Online Students: Steve Rogers

: Wayne, I am having difficulty hitting my irons solid. Mostly fat contact, some thin, always off the heel… Looking forward to hearing from you. Steve Rogers You might find Steve’s report regarding his poor ball striking as almost unbelievable considering the technically sound nature of his swing as far as conventional considerations go, but when we look more closely at Steve’s pivot action we can see the importance of what is the foundation of this website, pivot compression. As you will see, Steve’s swing looks great to the eye because it functions on excellent plane lines. There is nothing wrong with the way the arms, hands and club move up and back during the swing. The sequence is good, […]

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The web.com Tour – 2014 Midwest Classic

Some important news regarding the web.com Tour – 2014 Midwest Classic

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Pro Tip of the Week: Flat to Steep

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. This weeks pro tip is: Flat to Steep.   This is a great site! I just made the cut in our state senior open 150+ players cut to low 55 and ties. I am getting a better idea of my weaknesses and how to improve. WD has some great insight to the golf swing and with his help I have a game plan on how to improve. With the golf swing so many of us just go in circles, with this site there […]

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The 2014 Canadian Open

Some important news regarding the 2014 Canadian Open.

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite

I thought one of my buddies was pulling a prank on me when I got the text that Tom Kite had called over to my old club to try and contact me. They gave him the number to Lakewood and sure enough he called here and told me that he had been trying some of my ideas he had seen on the website and wanted me to view a few swings that he took last week at the U.S. Senior Open (he finished 14th) and send back some comments and recommendations. I did so (you will be watching the video I sent to him), then he called after viewing it and we had a nice 40 minute conversation about his […]

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Online Students: Matthew Latham Part 2

Wayne D, I just uploaded a couple of swings this evening to my YouTube channel and I feel like the downswing transition was finally a little better. I finally got the feeling of really trying to throw out my hands towards the ball to flatten the plane, which as you said is such a counter-intuitive move and still feels alien, but the ball is starting to behave better. It’s great fun watching the improvement….and everyone else on the website. Will be watching with intent the progress of Lenny Mattiace and Kevin Streelman!   In this video we see that Matthew is absolutely correct: his swing is getting much better, at least if you believe that what I am trying to […]

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