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Lesson of the Week: Scott Johnson

Scott drove down to Maryland all the way from Boston at the suggestion of Nick Antonelli, a professional that I gave a couple of lessons to in Florida last spring. As you will see in the video of Scott’s initial swings he set up with his hands extremely low and his spine angle severely bent over, then took the club back with his hands working away from him, and completed the reverse-loop pattern by dropping his hands and arms straight down behind him, hitting the ball with a radically in-to-out path. It was apparent to me right away that we had to change the initial set-up position so that he could break the pattern early by taking the arms, hands […]

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Lesson of the Week: Brian Urlacher

At 6’4 and 260 lbs. of solid muscle (no discernible body fat) Brian, future Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is an imposing figure, especially in shorts and a tight golf shirt (seems like everybody looks big in a football uniform, at least on TV). The amazing thing about Brian’s golf game is that his short game is absolutely amazing. He gets it up and down like a Tour player, and that’s any shot from anywhere around the green and inside of 100 yards. I wasn’t surprised when Kevin (Streelman) told me that Brian has built substantial short game areas at both of his main residences, Chicago in the summer and Scottsdale in the winter. As you can […]

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Lesson of the Week: Yoshinori Shirakawa

Yoshi traveled all the way from Japan for some in-person work with me. Amazingly enough I’ve had a few local students say it’s too far for them to drive to my new location which is only a few minutes away from where I was teaching. If you haven’t watched it take a look at his online lesson that was posted Wednesday. As you’ll see in this video some people have a bit more of a struggle than others when making swing changes. Yoshi was up to the challenge and by working hard he made some nice progress during our time together.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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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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