Hi Wayne, “I’ve been hovering around a 1 or 2 handicap all year, but I can’t put a complete round together to go low. While trying to improve I messed something up and have been hitting the ball bad lately. I was hitting it off the heel of my irons, so I thought maybe they needed bent. So I recently had them bent to 2 degrees flat. Now I seem to be hitting it less off the heel but it still creeps in every now and then. I’m also worried maybe they are too flat. With my driver, (usually one of my strong suits) I feel like any time I try to play a draw it’s a 50/50 shot […]
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“Played golf when I was in my teens and early twenties I could putt and chip but was not a great ball striker. Played again between 30 and early 44 was a decent ball striker with driver, 2 iron up to 6 iron; generally not very good from 8 iron range and inwards also could not putt or pitch !! Now I’m 52 and I am playing again. Target is to get to low single figures, better than 5. I live in Kenya currently and have 20 acres of semi-arid land to practice on and a good amount of time available, plus amazing weather. Forty years playing golf and I really did not know how to cock my wrists I […]
“Alright Wayne I am still struggling. Shooting anywhere from 78 to high 80s. Ball striking is my weakness. In my opinion my sequencing is still off. I know my backswing is a hair under the plane and wrist bowed a touch, also my hands drop straight down and my right arm gets behind me with a release way out to the right. I could be way off but to me it’s still my upper body lean that kills me. During my backswing I feel no weight on my right foot or leg, and actually feel more on my left foot. Thanks again keep up the good work with the website.” Justin has actually done a nice job of improving […]
“Wayne, new to your site within the past few days but I am impressed. Impressed enough to excitedly send you some of my videos. I am a frustrated scratch golfer with a love for the game and a passion for learning and improving my swing and game. I played in college and still play high level am tournaments as much as possible (I own my own business so we have that in common) and I have 2 small children. I find time to practice as much as I can but don’t get to play as much, I save that for tournament time. I am way too inconsistent with my game and I know it’s a result of the […]
Hi Wayne, “First, I’ve really enjoyed your videos, particularly on lowering in the downswing — great stuff. As you’ll see, I’ve been fighting a slight over-the-top move, along with being shut and across the line at the top and sliding forward in the downswing. The last few years, I’ve been working mostly on properly starting the downswing with the lower body, but haven’t been able to consistently keep the club on plane. I greatly appreciate your help”. Colby From Colby’s email you can tell that he has been focusing most of his energy on his downswing. In the video I spend much more time on Colby’s backswing, as I believe that the pattern that emerges from the takeaway leads […]
As you will see in Connor’s second lesson he has made a huge change in his swing based on my recommendations, and has gone from not wanting to play to winning the Oregon State Stroke Play Amateur by 3 shots. Hearing that I may have played a role in keeping the young man from leaving the game makes me feel extra good. Here is the follow up letter from his dad, and then my answer. Wayne, Just got your lesson. It is nice to see concepts turn into success. I am sure sometimes it goes sideways on you. I want to make sure that the drills that Conner is using to get the blade neutral and quiet the right […]
There are two major items in Tommy’s swing that, if improved, will provide an opportunity for massive, rapid improvement. They are major issues in any swing, and for Tommy to make them better he has to change the entire motion pattern of his swing. The two are tied together: in the backswing, from the face on view, we see Tommy slide his hips almost 3 inches to the right while keeping his head relatively still (except for upward movement, which is never good). He has put himself into a difficult position from which to properly initiate his downswing, and as he can’t push off from the inside of his right foot over towards his left heel, he has to include […]
There are those who would say that what I do and the way I approach helping a swing is too “mechanical” or too “technical”, and there are those that say that it’s not technical enough and that the images don’t actually tell the truth. Hey, I like what I do and a lot of people seem to be able to change their swings for the better doing it this way. There is a lot going on here and you actually have to listen intently if you are going to get to the end of it and understand what just happened.
I did Drew’s swing analysis right after doing a “Pro Tip of the Week” regarding soft arms at address. Drew has the classic look of someone who has tried to emulate the picture in Hogan’s Five Lessons where he says that the arms and elbows should be as close to the body as possible all during the swing. Of course, Hogan never did this in real life, and this one instruction has caused as much damage to average players as any one you could think of.
Here is a swing that I’m guessing is modeled after Ben Hogan’s, with maybe influence also from Mac O’Grady. My suggestions start with the posture, and when I compare it to Hogan’s it is easy to see that Grady is way more hunched over with his weight more toward his heels than the balls of his feet. This has a deleterious effect on his downswing especially, as his legs stay under him and work even more under and to the right, causing his head to back up a considerable amount. I would like Grady to stand up and point the butt of the club at his belt buckle while getting onto the balls of his feet. From there he would […]