8 fairways, 11 greens, 35 putts: it adds up to 79. Lots of good players struggled today as the wind whipped up progressively as the day went on. My playing partners (Jay Don Blake and Kirk Hanefeld) were both at par or better on our first nine (the back), and Jay came in at even par 71 while Kirk, two time Senior PNC champion, shot 44 on the back, finishing double, bogey, triple, double. I mean, every hole was a challenge. The wind was especially fierce on the last three, strong enough to have the ball oscillating as it laid at rest on the green. As you can see by my stats I didn’t hit it all that bad […]
I have played in 9 major championships now and I have always enjoyed the practice rounds more than anything. It is so educational to play with great players who are preparing for an event that would be huge for anyone to win. It is also a great measuring tool, as I get to see how I stack up shot for shot with the world’s best. There have been times when it was obvious that I was not in the same league as the guys I teed it up with. That list includes David Duval, John Cook, Mark O’Meara, Craig Stadler, Jay Haas, Billy Haas, Jim Furyk, Corey Pavin, Jeff Sluman, Davis Love, Steve Stricker, Fred Funk, Eduardo Romero, Constantino Rocca, […]
2012 Senior PGA: Video From The Practice Range
It was a long day and I got off to a rough start, but it all worked out (except for the mashed rental car and the lost credit card) and I’m good to go for the tournament. I began to have this sick feeling that I wouldn’t get in, even though I was down to second alternate on Monday morning. I figured I had to give it shot at that point, so I cancelled 4 full days of lessons and got an absurdly expensive flight to Detroit which left at 6:25 AM this morning, which meant up at 3:30 AM. I was to the counter at 5:45 AM, which was 5 minutes after Delta says they can’t get the bags […]
Back in October I finished 40th in the National Senior Club Professional Championship, which was 2 shots out of qualifying for the Senior PGA Championship, and one shot out of a playoff for alternate spots. The tournament was somewhat local, so after I finished I drove home and figured my chances to play in another major went out the window with my bogey on the 72nd hole. Then, about 2 months ago, I got a packet of information in the mail from the PGA telling me that I was the 6th alternate among club pros and that if I sent in a $100 entry fee I would be in line if my spot came up. It seemed like a long […]
Robert took an online lesson about a month ago and decided that since he lived in New Jersey he would make the 4 hour drive and come down to see me.
When I use the words “empirical analysis” here it is not to make me look smart: rather, it is a jab at Brandel Chamblee (imagine that), who, in our Facebook debate, rambled on about the beauty of “observational” teaching as opposed to anything having to do with science or using technology such as video cameras and line and angle drawing software. Well, Chamblee is totally clueless when it comes to teaching and what is necessary to help the rank and file golfer, and his love of old school golf instruction and teachers such as Harvey Penick leads him to disparage anything beyond what the eyes can see when it comes to analyzing what a golf swing is doing and how […]
Link to Sally Jenkins’ Article. Wayne’s Response: Sally: I have often read and admired your columns for their depth and thoughtfulness, but I was shaking my head when you gave traction to Brandel Chamblee and his personal war on golf instruction in today’s column. There are a few things you should have considered before taking sides with Chamblee’s notion that no instruction is better than any instruction when it comes to the attempt to improve at golf. First of all, Chamblee is a golf loser, a quitter, beaten down by the game and forced to give it up due to lack of results. He wonders why Tiger didn’t just “keep doing what he was doing” when he had that great […]
Who in their right mind would ever claim that McIlroy’s arms drive his pivot, and that the evidence is a video of Rory when he was 3 years old?
This is John’s second online lesson (the first 3 months ago) and you will see that progress has definitely been made on the backswing. What needs to happen now is a more difficult task, changing the sequencing of the swing in order to get the right arm to start down earlier from a better position and move into a better approach to impact.