: 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 […]
Mike has an excellent swing that can be helped by improving his rhythm and tempo. As we know, rhythm refers to the ratio of backswing time to forward swing time (3:1 being optimum based on studies of a large amount of great players) while tempo refers to the overall amount of time it takes to make a swing from the moment the clubhead moves away from the ball to the moment it hits the ball. Mike’s major issue in his swing is the slow unwinding of the lower body in the downswing. His left knee does not disappear behind the right from the down the line view until the shaft is all the way down to parallel to the ground, […]
Let’s start Jonathan’s lesson with the email he sent with his swing. I always like to get background info before I do an analysis, just like I would do in a face to face lesson by asking a few questions while the student warms up. “I’ve been playing golf for around 10 years, roughly since my early 20′s. Got down to a high single digit on a very wide open course a few years ago when I was playing 3 times a week, but now am up to a 13.5 HCP and just get trampled by a course that’s tight off the tee. Plenty of distance already but want to strike the ball much better and hit it in […]
This is a powerful individual with a nice flowing swing and plenty of trunk mobility who could greatly benefit from better use of the pivot and better right arm technique. Tim doesn’t gain much depth in the backswing, preferring to maintain his height and keep his right leg pretty much in the same place at the top as it was at address, and the lack of the use of the ground shows up in the transition and forward swing as he separates his knees in the start down and narrows his arms with the shaft moving steeper in the initial movement. The right arm falls behind the body as legs come out from under him and his head backs up, […]
Jason is working hard on his technique, and states in his email that the faster he swings the worse he hits it, which is a problem when you take note of how slow his swing is in general when he hits the ball. It is important for Jason to overcome this and thus he needs to get out the metronome and work on putting whatever ideas he has for the swing into a 3:1 rhythm. Many times this helps sort out which thoughts are useful on the course and what combinations will work. Along with the tempo work Jason can really help himself by learning to use his pivot better, more specifically by bracing his lower body and loading into […]
Ryan Lungstrom sent in his father’s (Jim’s) swings for an online lesson as a Father’s Day gift. I always tell people that it is very humbling to be given as a gift, so thank you Ryan. Here is Ryan’s email to me explaining his dad’s predicament: Wayne- These swings were recently shot of my Dad, Jim Lungstrom. Jim is 57 years old and been golfing for around 30 years. His usga index is currently 11.9. Jim takes pretty good care of his body and is pretty athletic for his age. He can play well at times but is prone to losing a lot of swing speed in his full swings and struggles with inconsistent contact on the club face. Lately, […]
Here is another powerful looking swing from a young player, Connor Thomson. Hey Wayne, I’m 18 years old and have been playing golf for 7 years now. Being a good athlete I picked up the game pretty quickly and began winning local tournaments within the first couple of years. By 15 I dropped to a 2 handicap and started playing fairly well, but within the last few years I have reached a plateau with my game bouncing around between a +1 to 1 handicap. Ball striking and driving have been the weakest part of my game and it has led to only mediocre performances in provincial and national level tournaments. Wanting to improve, my friend and your current student Adam […]
Here is an email from Matthew Latham. As you will see, he has an excellent swing that would pretty much defy naked eye analysis. In other words, it looks good at full speed, and I’m sure Matthew has people telling him that he shouldn’t be so “mechanical” and that it is “all in his head”. Of course, Matthew knows that his swing is not producing consistent results, and that what casual observers note about the swing is usually general at best and not worth much when it comes to offering anything constructive to make it work better. As you will see, I pick out the right arm movement as the culprit, and offer some ideas and some drills to work […]
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