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 […]
Wayne, “Here are videos of my son Conner Kumpula. He is playing collegiate golf at Oregon State University. We have worked together on his swing. He is historically a player that hit golf shots with lots of shape. He would change swing planes and use his hands to accomplish this. He has won at every level without working that hard at it. Now that he is at college the course set ups do not allow for a shot to be that far off line. He is working harder now to incorporate good fundamentals into his swing to try and get his misses to stay in play. The consistency is still not there and I think with the educated eye that […]
Allie did a nice job getting into a more athletic posture and increasing her tempo after the first lesson, and now needs to concentrate on continuing to try to soften the arms at address, especially the right arm. When the right arm is tight and stiffens as the takeaway starts with the elbow twisting inward, the left arm has nowhere to go except out and around, which is why Allie’s hands still move away from her body immediately after the swing initiates. This sets up a pattern in which the upper left arm disconnects from the chest, and since Allie is very thin this allows the right arm to swing back well behind her at the top. She makes an […]
: Wayne, I am having difficulty hitting my irons solid. Mostly fat contact, some thin, always off the heel… Looking forward to hearing from you. Steve Rogers You might find Steve’s report regarding his poor ball striking as almost unbelievable considering the technically sound nature of his swing as far as conventional considerations go, but when we look more closely at Steve’s pivot action we can see the importance of what is the foundation of this website, pivot compression. As you will see, Steve’s swing looks great to the eye because it functions on excellent plane lines. There is nothing wrong with the way the arms, hands and club move up and back during the swing. The sequence is good, […]
Wayne D, I just uploaded a couple of swings this evening to my YouTube channel and I feel like the downswing transition was finally a little better. I finally got the feeling of really trying to throw out my hands towards the ball to flatten the plane, which as you said is such a counter-intuitive move and still feels alien, but the ball is starting to behave better. It’s great fun watching the improvement….and everyone else on the website. Will be watching with intent the progress of Lenny Mattiace and Kevin Streelman! In this video we see that Matthew is absolutely correct: his swing is getting much better, at least if you believe that what I am trying to […]
This is an email Scott sent along with his swings: Hi Wayne- “I wrote you an e-mail a few weeks ago to get your thoughts on in-person lessons vs. on-line. You suggested we start on-line, so here goes! My primary goal in golf to develop the best golf swing I’m capable of producing. I’ve come to a point where I can only get so far competitively with my current technique, and frankly, I know I’m capable of much more. With your help I believe I can produce a golf swing that is much more efficient and fundamentally sound. So, I’m very excited and optimistic to engage your expertise in my swing development. I’ve watched many clips on your site and […]
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