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Tiger Woods at the Hero Challenge: Old or New?

Let’s get this straight right off: Tiger Woods has a great golf swing. Now, does it do everything that I prefer? No, but then again I’m not teaching him, so no big deal there. However, from what I’ve seen of Chris Como (specifically the video he did with PhD Sasho Mackenzie) they are working in the right direction. I see a taller set up, maybe a slightly weaker grip (although nothing like with Haney), pretty close to the Haney backswing with the iron from down the line with better right loading than I’ve seen in a while from face on, and with the driver more width and a later wrist cock, but definitely not all the way back to the […]

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More Tales from the Tour

Golf is an overwhelming game. The quickest way to find this out is to qualify for a PGA Tour event, play the course for the first time on Sunday, then spend the next three days trying to perfect all the shots that will be needed come Thursday when the first round commences. Among these shots are included long, straight drives, precise irons, deft chipping and pitching, and, of course, good putting. This list sounds as though it came straight out of one of the major golf magazines. You know, the 10 page spreads on “How to Break 90” that provide you with absolutely everything you need to know about improving, until the next such article in next month’s edition. But […]

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Wayne D. Back in Action (Sort of)

Well, I had my 4th back surgery last Tuesday the 9th, and now a week later I am able to sit up and get some things done for the website. For those of you who were unaware of my condition I will give a little background.   My back began to give me trouble way back when I was playing for the team at Wake Forest in 1976-77, but the problems were short lived and didn’t seem like much of an issue at the time. After I transferred to LSU I suffered a bizarre injury to my sternum which cost me 6 months of playing time. Luckily those 6 months were during the year I had to sit out after […]

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Why “Those Guys” are on Tour and The Rest of Us Aren’t (Although That May Not be Such a Bad Thing)

74 – 74–148. Miss cut. While a lot of interesting things happened at that year’s Kemper Open, that’s the bottom line: 148, six over par, miss cut. I may have been the low PGA Club Professional, but I got beat by about 120 guys. “So, I guess you’re disappointed with your play”, friends, students, and members say. And while in years past that statement would have been very true, I now have a much clearer understanding of what it takes to be good enough to compete successfully at golf’s highest level, the PGA Tour. And having arrived at that understanding, I can say honestly that my play was respectable given what I do on a daily basis. It would almost […]

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The Right Kind of Practice

As you begin to read this article stop for a moment and think about where you are with your game. Things could be going very nicely, (you may have recently shot your best-ever round), or you could be mired in a dreadful slump, your handicap stranded on the “up” elevator. Most of us are probably somewhere in between, vacillating from good trend to bad. Whatever the case, we all have questions relating to the same subject- practice. How much should we be practicing? What should we be practicing? Where should we practice? How should we divide our practice time? How can we find time to practice at all?   While my present job is that of “teaching professional”, I have […]

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Return to Hogan

It’s not a great feeling when you know in your heart that you are overmatched, that a golf course and the conditions are too tough and that the true level of your game will not be enough to bring about a positive result, and that you will ultimately fail. I’ve had these feelings a few times in the past, almost every time at the PGA Championship after I have qualified through top 20 finishes in the National Club Pro. It is disconcerting to know that I am not good enough to compete in a major championship, but it is another thing altogether to feel that way at a tournament I have always felt capable of winning.   At the 2007 […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Where Should the Shaft Point at Left Arm Parallel in the Backswing?

This week we focus on the shaft position at left arm parallel in the backswing using Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Kevin Streelman, Ben Hogan and Nick Price as examples.   WD I just love  that I finally have a place to come to and get what the best players in the world are doing from a clean perspective. I have always known if I could learn just what the best players are doing, that I would get better. You are the first and ONLY one who is presenting this knowledge to the everyday player for a reasonable fee. Keep it up, you are the very best that I have had the privilege to study. It’s just so much fun for […]

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Online Students: Phil Pfeiffer

Hello Wayne! Greetings from Myrtle Beach. I’d like to do a video lesson.   A bit of background for you first. Overall I’m a decent player and my handicap is usually in the 1-3 range. I’ve qualified for my State Am several times and won a couple of club championships and small local amateur tournaments. However, I’ve always fought my golf swing. If I could bring my long game up to the standard of my short game I think it would allow me to reach my goal of being a true scratch.   I miss in both directions a lot and I lack a consistent shot pattern. That said, the most common, destructive, scorecard-wrecking miss is a big pull to […]

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Online Students: Scott Campbell

My name is Scott Campbell from Wollongong Australia and this is my submission for an online lesson. I currently play off a handicap of 6 and have been as low as 3. I have been playing golf for about 8 years now and have come from a cricket back ground. I have a flat swing, and as you will see, it is something that I have always had as a golfer. I try to swing like Ben Hogan but as you can see I am nowhere near it. With my irons I struggle with contact quite a bit and generally hit it thin when I’m hitting it bad and my ball flight is usually a fade. With the driver I […]

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Online Students: Tyler Neff

Watching Tyler’s swing you get the feeling that you’ve seen this before: it’s fluid and powerful, and at full speed would seem as good as any Tour player. But Tyler has not been getting the results he wants and needs to be able to make a living playing the game, and the slow motion analysis tells us why. It is a pattern that has been showcased on this website many times in the past, and both his friends (Jason Gandy and David Holmes) exhibit the exact same tendencies. It starts with the tight and straight right arm at address. As the swing moves into the backswing the upper right arm stays well in front of the body, and this lack […]

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