After watching David’s swings I was interested in finding out more about his golf history before I did the analysis. The following came from David in an email: “I appreciate the quick response. I started playing golf at age 15 and am currently a 21 year old college student. (I do not play organized collegiate golf, just independently) I never had any decent coaching when I played varsity golf in High School; my coach was very anti-mechanical and told me not to change anything in my swing. But I still practiced several hours a day. I would hit hundreds of balls on the range (probably the wrong way) under the assumption I would get better. I often would […]
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I think it would be interesting to go back to watch Derek’s other online lessons either before or after this one to see the progression in the first three and then the bit of regression here in the fourth. Derek reported in that he had been playing and scoring quite well a few months prior to shooting these swings but after getting busy with work and life and not having time to practice or play much had run into a poor stretch of play. In analyzing the swing we see Derek’s usual fluid move and stable lower body from face on, but note some asymmetrical leg movement from down the line, with the right knee and leg holding so stationary […]
If you ever wanted proof that perfect tempo does not make a perfect swing this would be it. I counted Laurent’s tempo at 24/8, a perfect 3/1, and yet his mechanics have a lot of room for improvement. Here is an email Laurent sent along with his swings, and as I mention in the video he does a great job of self -diagnosis: Hi Wayne first I want to mention that I loved your site and really enjoy my weekly dose of video golf analysis I few word about me : iam currently around 9hcp and still going down I have been working a lot lately to avoid my head deeping forward on the back swing (very visible on […]
Wayne, I really appreciated the assessments you made of the videos I sent in. I wanted to take a little time to absorb the information you discussed and to work on a few things before I reached out to you to set up a time to chat. Please let me know a day and time that works best for you. I realize the pga show is this week upcoming. I will not be attending but if you are and your schedule is restricted we can certainly wait until after the show. With that said, there are a few thoughts/ideas I had regarding my swing and your analysis. Having viewed a great number of your videos and posts over the past […]
Chris’ swing is one more example of good lines and excellent sequence and motion being compromised by lack of pivot depth. If you are wondering why I call my general teaching method the “Pivot Compression Golf Swing” it is because there are so many swings that fail to approach their potential due to substandard body movement. Chris does a great job with his aggressive tempo and great rhythm, and for the most part keeps the club right on plane until the approach to impact, where his lack of hip depth causes his arms and hands to come in high and shoot out to the right after he hits it. My first suggestion is to change the set up to […]
This is a good one to watch as there are some essential items that we go over that I think will really help Stuart’s swing, starting with his balance and posture at address. Stuart sets up with his knees flexed towards the target and a lot of space between the back of his butt and his heels, and as his swing unfolds this has a tremendous impact on the entire ensuing pattern. He demonstrates almost a perfect takeaway, but as the hands reach the top of his swing his arms collapse somewhat, indicating that his “extensor action”, or the feeling of pushing the right palm into the left thumb while cocking the wrists (which in effect straightens the left […]
Justin sent his swing in last year around this time and then came down for an in-person lesson as well. In that time he’s been working hard on what we went over in the previous lessons and he has vastly improved. Improved sequencing, improved impact position, lots of good stuff. In this lesson we see Justin setting up with his hands a little too close to the ball, he combines that with dropping them from the top more than I like to see leaving him stuck with an in to out approach to impact. See Justin Baker part 1 Join the forum discussion on this post
Nick is an 8 handicap who is dissatisfied with his ball striking, suffering from general inconsistency with pull hooks and weak block fades being the most prevalent bad shots. We see here a solid set up and a pretty good looking move, but the first thing that jumps out is the slow backswing tempo. I count the swing out (to 40/8) and suggest using the metronome to add pace to the backswing. One of the reasons that the 3/1 rhythm is so common amongst good players is that it encourages an athletic transition, and that means that the lower body initiates the forward movement from the ground under the right foot and that as that movement (45 degrees diagonally […]
If you watched John’s first online lesson you can readily see that he has made great improvements in his swing simply by normalizing his setup, which was pretty radically tilted back and to the right initially. Here he looks nice and square and centered, and it makes a huge difference in the overall path of his swing. Now we can move on to other important items, namely his tendency to overswing and to spin his hips rather than driving them laterally. The concepts I go over here are the “early catch”, wherein I encourage John to experiment with trying to start his legs moving forward way earlier in the backswing, along with “extensor action”, where he would achieve structure […]
Tom has taken more online lessons than anyone, and has also come to see me face to face at least twice. I am proud of the improvement he has made in his swing, as it is obviously apparent that he makes a much better overall move than he used to, and he is getting better all the time. Of course, there are always things to work on, and in this lesson we focus on improving his leg work in order to get the hands to continue to move more out toward the ball and less down, and eventually more forward and closer to the body when the shaft is parallel to the ground in the forward swing. Tom’s right […]
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