Chris came in from Indiana to spend a few hours with me after having done an online lesson about a month before. Chris is a good player but has trouble with ball control, especially under pressure, and his scores tend to skyrocket when he tries to play in tournaments. This is a classic case of a nice motion hampered by less than effective pivot movement, as Chris loses quite a bit of posture in his downswing, and the general effect is to make the release action too complicated for Chris to manage. As you have seen in any number of my videos (including those of my own swing) the addition of height in the backswing or early in the downswing […]
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Ravi is a 13 year old who is just starting his freshman year at my old Alma Mater, Langley High School in McLean, Virginia. Ravi is quite large for his age, and his size 14 shoes suggest he will only get a lot bigger. This is not only his first lesson with me, but his first lesson ever, and what you see to start with is what you would call “homemade”, with a lot of common elements I see in young kids left to their own devices. The beauty of this is the natural fluidness of the movement, and the idea is going to be to hone this down without compromising the nice continuous motion. One of the […]
Elliott is a 90’s shooter (although it looks better than that) who has come to Woodmont for his first lesson with me, and as we have seen before first lessons are always interesting as I have to assess the student in a short period of time by asking a few pertinent questions and then videoing the swing. I usually take a bit of time watching a swing for the first time as I have to formulate a game plan going forward without overwhelming the student with too much too soon, always a juggling match (what is too much or too little?). In watching the swing I see two main areas of concern, the address posture and the flippiness […]
Jason is just over a year out of college and has been struggling mightily with his ball striking, even though his swing would look great to just about anybody watching it. I was wondering myself what could be so wrong with something that looked so appealing, which just goes to show you that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been looking at the stuff, if it’s too fast you can’t see it. If I had said “gee, the club must be coming in underneath your hands which is causing a complicated release action that you aren’t able to handle” then it may have been an experienced guess, but a guess nonetheless. Jason really does have excellent action, but when […]
We are used to seeing pretty good swings in these lesson videos, but as you can see I teach plenty of people who struggle mightily with the essential items needed to swing decently, and yet are out there practicing and trying to incorporate what would seem to be basic and simple to more accomplished players. Whether it is lack of athletic awareness or just a lack of ability doesn’t really matter: it is my job to find ways for such players to first understand the concepts behind swinging the club correctly and then to get them to execute the movements, first without a ball and then of course with one. Jordan has a chronic over-swing with a recalcitrant […]
Jake is a member of my club and has not taken a lesson from me until this past week, although he has been playing there for a number of years. He told me that he hasn’t taken lessons at all for about 5 years, but has still managed to become a scratch golfer. He has become tired of his erratic play in competition, however, and finally bit the bullet and decided to try to fix some of the funkiness that he was aware of but unsure how to go about changing. You will see what I mean when you look at his impact and follow through, and you will also see that he is a talented young man by […]
Jeff is from Louisiana but has been living in China for the past 15 years or so, and stopped in for a lesson last week while visiting friends in the area. To the eye Jeff’s fast, aggressive swing has good lines and seems all in order. Jeff knows from experience, however, that his ball striking is not as solid and predictable as it should be, and also knows that he had a long term issue with sequence. Here we see the power of the video camera, because in a 21/8.5 swing (fairly fast backswing but a forward swing that doesn’t match up to the desired 3/1 ratio) the unaided eye can pick up even less than it does when […]
You have met Chris’ brother Joey and mom Bev, and now we get a look at young Chris. It’s pretty amazing how much Chris has grown over 3 years, and that change in body dimensions has definite effects on the swing. Chris is building up some muscle now but previously he was quite thin, and it isn’t easy for skinny people to feel the connection between the upper and lower bodies that allows the swing to synchronize properly. The disconnect is apparent in the first swings Chris showed up with today, as his right leg and knee overdrive and his hips get fully facing the target before he gets to impact. This leaves his arms well behind him, and […]
Jeremy has been coming to me for a couple of years and has improved to the point where he is going to turn professional and try to make a living playing the game. He won a college event this year and finished high in a number of others, along with making it to the semi-finals to the Virginia State Amateur and finishing 5th in the Virginia Open. Jeremy has become a student of the golf swing and would like his swing to function like the greatest players, which is why he has always been keenly aware of his flaws in the sequencing of his swing, most apparent from the face on view. When I try to figure out […]
It’s pretty flattering when a guy whose business is promoting golf instruction DVD’s and websites comes all the way from Oklahoma to take a lesson. Of course, there are far less tornados in Maryland than in OK, so that could be part of the reason. Anyway, Tim is a very good player who, like many you see here on the website, has an impact problem caused by a recalcitrant right arm. The lesson here highlights just how difficult it is to change this particular habit, as you can watch Tim’s right forearm tip to more horizontal no matter what thought or drill we tried to do. One of Tim’s issues is his inability to swing at less than full […]
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