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Live Observations: the 2014 PGA Championship

I gave my few lessons at the club and headed home on this Sunday in August to watch the final round of the PGA Championship. I was at Valhalla on Monday and Tuesday with Kevin Streelman, who missed the cut by 2 shooting 69-76. Kevin won the week after we started working together, but has not continued that success with any top finishes. We are still working on the same stuff, and there are some things that are proving to be fairly stubborn. Anyway, I’m home now and there was a delay in the starting times due to rain so I am here for the full 18 holes. McIlroy just teed off a bit ago, so we will pick up […]

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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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The 2014 Canadian Open

Some important news regarding the 2014 Canadian Open.

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Not Just another Day in the Life

Sunday June 22 was a truly crazy day. I had been in Myrtle Beach since I drove down from DC Thursday afternoon, and had played a nice practice round on Friday at the Grande Dunes course. Saturday morning was the Sponsor Pro-Am, and I teed it up at 8:15 feeling OK, but a little dicey after the warm-up. The last 3 months had been off and on with what I thought were hip problems, as the pain that I felt in the mornings was located in the right hip and glute area, and at one point it got bad enough to convince me to see an orthopedic and get an MRI. The results showed that it was not my hip, […]

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Wayne D. Finds the Winner’s Circle Again (first time in a while)

Going into the Middle Atlantic Section Senior-Junior Two Man Team championship I had no particular reason to believe anything good was going to happen. I had been practicing more at my new job since the weather had been spotty and my schedule was not full, and I had seen some good things in practice, but my driving was still inconsistent and I was sporting two new Taylormade TP wedges and a new counter-balanced Spider Si putter which had not been tested in competition. I would not have played at all had it not been for my good friend Pat Coyner calling me and asking me to play. Pat worked with me at my old club in Baltimore for 3 years […]

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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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Happy Holidays 2013 from Wayne D.

I wanted to wish all the members and other subscribers to WayneDeFrancesco.com Happy Holidays, and thank every one of you for taking the time to watch and listen to my posts. The game has played a huge roll in my life, and I find it fulfilling to be able to share my knowledge and experience with more than just the people who come to me for in person lessons. By now you should have figured out that I don’t even attempt to sugarcoat the fact that it is a difficult game, and that there are no magic methods or easy shortcuts to being a better player. I figure that honesty is the best policy, and I try to stay consistent […]

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My Beef with Brandel: Article on Golfwrx

I’ll be writing an occasional article for Golfwrx. An excerpt of the most recent one is below and links to the full article are included too. DeFrancesco: My beef with Brandel, and why I criticize TV announcers After reading through the GolfWRX forum thread “Brandel Chamblee Says Some Idiotic Things” (http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/815743-brandel-chamblee-says-idiotic-things-ongoing-thread/ ) and seeing my name come up multiple times I thought I might take a moment to explain why I take the time to challenge Chamblee in video commentary available on my website. It is important to note that, at least in my mind, I did not pick this fight; rather, Chamblee instigated it when he singled out “modern instruction” (the “cookie-cutter, scientific approach to teaching”) as a “cancer” […]

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Interesting Forum Topic: New Moneygolf Statistics (Strokes Gained Ball -Striking)

Tom Kirkendall: Following on the popularity of his strokes gained-putting statistic, the MIT prof is adding more advanced statistics for PGA Tour players.   Wayne DeFrancesco: Great stuff.  Thanks for posting that.  Everyone should read it  In fact, I’ll have John post it on the front page.  I’ve been telling people this for years.  For the poor to average player who wants to get better (which means being able to shoot lower scores on harder golf courses) ball striking is the first priority, and driving is the most difficult task of all.  No one on the PGA Tour is a weak ball striker.  Almost all of them have excellent short games and are decent putters, and it is the streaky […]

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Ask Me Why I Do This (with video)

As I write I’m sitting in the car in the parking lot at the Creighton Farms Golf Club just outside of Leesburg, Virginia in the midst of a rain delay at the beginning of the first round of the Senior Professional National Championship. It is 51 degrees and pouring, as it was when we warmed up (?) and teed off on the 10th hole at 8:17. By the time we got to the fairway there was pretty much casual water everywhere, and when we got to the green we were barely able to hit a putt without water interfering with the roll of the ball. The hole plays 410 yards slightly uphill, and it is usually about a drive and […]

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