When I told one of my students about the amazing progress Bruce made in his first lesson, he reminded me that it would be the first swing I saw the next time I worked with Bruce that would decide if the lesson were really that amazing. I thought about that and reflected on how difficult it is to retain what you get in a lesson when the teacher is not always there to correct you when you begin to either revert to old bad habits or evolve into some new form of problem. I had to agree with him, so I pulled the camera out to film Bruce before I made any suggestions at all or even commented on his […]
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Bruce is the friend of a good friend and student of mine, John Cherner, and John was nice enough to convince Bruce to take a lesson from me. Bruce is a highly trained marathon runner and is strong as heck to boot, so when I first took a look at his swing I pretty much knew that by the end of the lesson I could get him to hit the ball much better. We started off with a pitching wedge, hitting to a flag that was 95 yards out. Bruce couldn’t get within 30 yards of it, and when you see the first batch of swings it should be apparent why. Weak grip, no wrist cock, no lateral lower body […]
It’s always neat to see major changes in the course of a 2 or so hour lesson, and this one certainly qualifies. Rokki is a high level senior amateur who would like to compete on a national level, but has found himself falling just short of his goals due to erratic ball striking. He had been watching my videos for some time when he met Jeremy Wells, a student of mine who graduated college and is now living in Fort Myers and making his way on the mini-tour with designs to play the PGA Tour. Jeremy encouraged Rokki to accompany him over to Boca Raton to have a face to face lesson, and from the looks of things it will […]
This might as well be a commercial for the Posture Pod, as Chris is a prime example of a good player who can’t quite get to the next level because of his up and under lower body movement, the exact thing that the Posture Pod was designed to help. All the familiar patterns are here, with the right leg going forward toward the ball and the head backing up, while the right arm falls behind the body and releases out to the right through impact. A lot of what separates this website and my teaching from others is that we put a lot of focus on body movement and the use of the ground to drive the swing, and this […]
David is a senior PGA Professional from the Middle Atlantic Section with whom I have played many tournaments. I don’t usually watch the people I play with very closely, so I had no real opinion on the state of his game, but he has been struggling for the past 5 years or so (kind of like me) after hurting his lower back. His main complaint is a major loss of power and a “slappy” feeling at impact, and when you watch his full swing you can see why this might be the case. His pivot is barely functioning even though he has been able to work out of most of the pain of his original injury. I know first -hand […]
You have heard me talk about the importance of right arm action in the swing, and in this case it’s especially important because that’s all Darren has. He has earned an 11 handicap by shooting between 82 and 86 20 times in a row, prompting a call from the USGA. Turns out that no one with that handicap shoots scores with so little variation, so they were prompted to give a call (someone who lost in a handicap event probably complained). When they were apprised of the fact that Darren plays with one arm they quickly dropped the inquiry. As it turns out, Darren was an All –American field goal kicker in college, but wasn’t drafted in the pros because […]
Not all lessons go smoothly or end up with a major change in technique. There are time constraints to begin with (this was an hour lesson) and some issues are particularly stubborn. After all the lessons I have given and all the experience I have amassed I can usually get a swing on tape, even if it’s a drill or a stop and go, that looks significantly different and suggests that the student is on the right track and has the right stuff to work on. In this case we run into a major headache with Justin’s difficulty in flattening the shaft in transition. He can do it fairly well without the ball in front of the club, but put […]
Kayla is a 13 year old member of my home club and has pretty much just started getting serious about playing competitive golf. It is always gratifying to work with talent, and when you watch Kayla swing the club with fluidity and speed you know that she has it. When we started her biggest issue was sequence, as she tended to start her downswing by leaning her upper body to left and compounded the problem by releasing the club early, a big cause of erratic club/ball contact. As you can see here, she has made tremendous progress in both respects. I was out on a playing lesson with her back in October and watched her absolutely flush a drive 250 […]
As you may know, Justin is a great athlete (offensive tackle for the U. of MD and an AAU caliber basketball player) who tackled golf after football was done with and who spent his first few years developing a swing so technically challenged that even his athletic talent couldn’t overcome the difficulty he created at impact. He has worked as hard to change his swing as anyone I have ever worked with, and I always show his original swings side by side with the newer ones so that the obvious results are there for all to see. He still struggles on the course hitting his irons off of tight lies, and we are constantly working toward getting him to build […]
Joey, now a freshman at Virginia Tech, has made tremendous progress as a player during the time we have worked together. He was a late starter as a junior, and then had a big win at the Optimist World Junior in 2012. He was close to taking a gap year after high school due to being late in the recruiting mix, but a spot came open on the Tech team and the coach thought enough of Joey’s potential to give him the spot. There was talk of redshirting Joey after an injury sidelined him for a few weeks, but he came on strong in qualifying and surprised everyone by earning a spot as a starter in Tech’s last 3 fall […]
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