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Lesson of the Week: Jonathan Wolff

I did a good job of filming the progression of what I worked on with Jonathan so I think you will find this lesson interesting. The neat thing is how he responded to the analysis and incorporated my ideas almost immediately. Jonathan has an athletic, aggressive move but the fairly sizable lower body slide in the backswing was derailing any opportunity for him to get his upper and lower body to synch up, eventually causing him to back his head away from the ball and pull backwards at impact. As you will see as his swing progresses through the lesson he does a nice job of stabilizing his hips and loading his upper body slightly to the right, which makes […]

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Lesson of the Week: Don Tutt

Don is now almost fully recovered from being sick for a while, and thought it would be a good time to come out to see me since he had joined the website and loved the content. He thought he might have lost some strength since he was not hitting the ball with much force, but I saw right away that his pivot was aggressive and that he had the ability to move the club fast enough to hit the ball a long way. I figured there was a serious technique issue involved, and I could pretty much pick out the throwaway move with the hands and wrists even without the camera. That said, if I tried to give a lesson […]

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Lesson of the Week: Marty Russo

Marty, a former congressman from Chicago and now a prominent Washington lobbyist, can still play some solid golf in his mid- 60’s. He has a tendency to miss-hit his iron shots (mostly thin) and would like to be able to compress the ball and to take a consistent divot in front of the ball (who wouldn’t). As you will see, Marty slides a bit in the backswing, and then gets a bit out of synch with his sequence by leaning forward with the upper body to start the forward swing. With pressure on the front of his left foot in transition his rotation is slowed and his legs fail to clear in a timely fashion. The result, as you have […]

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Lesson of the Week: Lee Vetterl

This is an essential lesson to watch. It is a great example of a number of issues that we regularly address on the website. Lee is an interesting subject in that he is a mid to high 80’s shooter with a swing that has the sequencing and angle retention that you would see on a Tour player. From down the line, however, some major flaws emerge. The posture is poor, hunched over with the weight favoring the heels, and as the swing starts and progresses it is obvious how the initial posture is affecting what comes after, namely moving forward and upward. When Lee lags the club with this pivot problem going on he winds up in a classic “stuck” […]

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Lesson of the Week: Austin Lyons

Austin Lyons is fascinated by the golf swing. He doesn’t get to play as much as he would like, but the attempt to master the technique that only a few are capable of drives him to practice, and to explore means of improving. Austin has been to other, more well- known instructors, but has found his way to my site and is happy to drive the 4 hours from New York City to come down for a face to face. Austin’s problems stem from a fairly typical pattern of movement wherein he keeps his upper right arm up and back with his right forearm tipping to more horizontal in transition, the combination of which almost guarantees a steepening shaft in […]

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Lesson of the Week: Arthur Slaven

This series of lessons is an example of the difficulties of making wholesale changes to a swing that has been formulated over many years of play and practice. Arthur is a decent player (an 8 handicap) but plays to that via a nice short game and good putting. He considers his ball striking to be substandard, and has not been able to improve much in spite of real effort with practice and lesson taking. He came to me at the suggestion of one of my long time students, Alan Appelbaum, who went from a 12 handicap to a 2 under my guidance. Arthur, as you will see in the video, possesses the ability to move his body and create enough […]

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Lesson of the Week: Chris Lane Part 2

Chris has been coming along nicely with his swing as he is getting used to gaining about a foot in height over the past couple years. He is quite thin, like lots of kids his age who go through growth spurts, and has had trouble feeling the connection between the upper and lower bodies. His tendency is to get the club too deep in the backswing early, and then lift the left arm to the top while laying off the shaft, then coming down from too far away from his body. My goal here in this lesson is to get his backswing deeper at the top while maintaining width by using a different routing, in this case having his hands […]

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The P.A.T. Project: Student Lesson: CJ D’Arco Part 5

The P.A.T. or Player Ability Test for the PGA of America, which is a must if you are going to continue on in your quest to become a PGA Member. Most of the requirements to be a PGA Professional are book learning (you have to attend 3 different weeks of “business school” and pass tests on the information presented, as well as completing extensive course work in workbook form), but one requirement that presents a major hurdle for any aspiring pro who is not a good player is the PAT, which sets a goal of shooting 15 strokes or less above the course rating in tournament conditions. The player must beat or match this score, and if he or she […]

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Lesson of the Week: Justin Duffie Part 6

Here we have our old friend, Justin Duffie, who has been working with me for just over 4 years now. His progress has been phenomenal, but he has developed a serious issue with striking the ball off of the fairway. Looking at his swing from face on you might not figure that would be a problem since he has learned to move his hands into an excellent approach position, but from down the line I noticed right away that his right arm was not straightening at all through impact. I brought up the subject of throwing and commented that you couldn’t throw without releasing the ball, and Justin mentioned that he was trying to “hold” the angle between the right […]

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Lesson of the Week: DeWayne Keith

DeWayne is an avid player who makes a nice living caddying and working at the Old Marsh Club in Florida in the winter, and at Hudson National Golf Club in New York in the summer. He would like to get back into playing competitively, but up to now has not been satisfied with the way he is striking the ball. He has watched the website quite a bit and is friendly with recent student and mini-tour player Nick Antonelli, so he decided to make a visit.   A couple of things that struck me right away as I watched him hit a few were the overall slow tempo of the backswing and the lack of “catch” in transition. Instead of […]

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