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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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Lesson of the Week: Bruce Gross Part 3

I’ve had quite a few people suggest that I post more of the hands on work I do with students, so here I include a segment of me trying to get Bruce to feel the timing, amount, and direction of the lower body movement and how his arms should not only trail but aim themselves to approach from more across his body. The instinct to hit at the ball with the upper body moving in front of the lower causing the club to approach from out to in was evident in Bruce’s first batch of swings, but that was to be expected given that he had no wrist cock and no lateral leg movement to shift his weight. Now that […]

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Lesson of the Week: Bruce Gross Part 2

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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Lesson of the Week: Bruce Gross

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 […]

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Lesson of the Week: Rokki Rogan

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 […]

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Lesson of the Week: Chris Mauer Part 2

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 […]

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Lesson of the Week: David Eaton

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 […]

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