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U.S. Senior Open Qualifier: Good Start, Bad Finish

It’s always nice to start a tournament round with a couple of birdies, like I did at the Arcola Country Club course in New Jersey for the U.S. Senior Open qualifier. It’s never nice to end with a couple of bogies, like I did at the end of the round on holes 16 and 17, which took me out of a playoff at 72 and left me driving home with nothing to show for my efforts. The course was quite challenging, over 100 years old with fast poa annua greens, juicy rough and tight green surrounds. I was not able to play a practice round as the course was closed to other than member play on the Sunday before the […]

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Swing Analysis: Webb Simpson, 2012 U.S. Open Champ

Webb utilizes quite a few of the swing techniques that I talk about in my teaching and on my website, but he also does quite a few things that differ from what I prefer. I will let you watch to video to find out what those things are, but one really interesting item in his swing that I just noticed is the movement of the right heel toward the target at the start of the downswing, part of a very interesting and quirky use of the pivot and the right leg and hip especially in the forward swing. As I suffer from right leg issues in my own swing (inability to create depth in the backswing due to age old […]

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Online Student: Chris Ellis

Chris is a good example of great instincts impeded by poor mechanics. Chris’ backswing is fraught with problems, but his forward swing recovers nicely and finds an approach worthy of a top notch player. Watching this I couldn’t help but think that if Chris could clean up some of the major issues in the first half of his swing that he could really come up with some good ball striking. Usually players have to pay more attention to the downswing than the backswing, but I think in this case it will be far more beneficial in the short and long runs to get the backswing on plane so that his forward swing instincts will not have so many obstacles when […]

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Heading to Senior U.S. Open Qualifier, Then the PGA Professional National Championship

If you’re wondering why I haven’t been commenting on the U.S. Open this week it’s because I am swamped with lessons, family, and trying to prepare for a big week and a half of golf, with the US Senior Open Monday in New Jersey and the PNC (formerly known as the CPC) to be played out in Seaside, California at the Bayonet and Blackhorse courses. I have always opted, when given a choice, to play and practice my own game instead of sitting inside and watching, even when it’s something as compelling as this week’s US Open. I have just started playing well again after 3 ½ long years of struggle, mostly due to a combination of physical improvement along […]

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Student Lesson: Mark Long

Mark has a ton of experience with great players as he has been a Tour caddy for over 20 years. He has seen them all and been right next to most of them, but as you can see his swing does not reflect what he knows he would like to do. The big problem areas have been the same for years: his backswing gets vertical and lifted, while his downswing gets majorly steep and exits way out to the right. I had a feeling that the stuff I was working on and teaching in my day to day lessons and on the website would fit in perfectly with what Mark needed to work on, and that has proven to be […]

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Online Students: Rob Kane

I think it is so cool to be able to try to help someone from the other side of the world. Just thinking about the advances in technology over the last decade can make your head spin. Rob is from England, and here we see a classic right arm action issue, one that if you have watched a bunch of these lesson videos you find crops up quite often. Rob has a bunch of good stuff happening in his swing, and does a great job of returning the shaft pretty darn close to the original shaft plane on his approach to impact, so that the down the line view seems to indicate that Rob would be a great ball striker. […]

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Swing Analysis: Tiger at the Memorial 2012

So you tell me: how cool is it to hear Peter Kostis and Gary McCord talking about “compressing into the ground” during both the backswing and the forward swing? I have to think that there’s no way they are not watching my videos. I know Peter is for sure, because my head pro told me Peter was pissed at me for calling him out in a few of my previous videos. If that’s the case then I say OK, because that bit on Tiger on Sunday was the best thing Kostis has done maybe ever. My goal all along is to have these announcers do good work. How could I make any of these videos if the stuff they were […]

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As Seen On TV: Once Again TV Announcers Ignore What Is Right In Front Of Them

Every time Tiger plays the announcers simply have to come up with something. If he’s playing good, they’ll tell you why, and if he’s playing bad, they’ll tell you why. But how often do they actually get it right? Always seems that whenever Tiger is playing good they seem to think he’s not dipping as much.  

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Tiger Wins One for “Academic” Instruction at the Memorial

I thought it was quite interesting that Tiger Woods, former victim of “over-teaching” and the “cancer” that is “academic instruction” won the Memorial Tournament while “natural” swingers Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy missed the cut and another “grip it and rip it” star Ricky Fowler shot 84 next to Tiger’s 67. The point is not that one is better than the other (teaching methods or non-methods); the point is that on any given week anyone can win and anyone can play horribly, and it says nothing in the long term about how someone goes about trying to be good. It should be obvious: golf is so hard and is such an individual sport that it really is about the player […]

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Swing Analysis: Tommy Bolt

Tommy Bolt, the 1958 US Open champion, didn’t join the Tour until he was in his 30’s, after serving in the army in WWII. He won 15 times between 1951 and 1961, and was known as one of the best ball strikers in his era, along with Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Middlecoff and a few others. There are not many swings of Bolt to be found anywhere so I was fortunate to find these, and they serve to give us a good idea of what Bolt’s swing was all about.   After watching him swing you should not be surprised that it is one of my favorites. He pretty much does everything I prefer to teach in a golf swing, and […]

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