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Playing for Money: Len Mattiace Part 7

Len has had an odd year, playing some decent golf but constantly missing cuts by one or two shots. I haven’t watched him play, but he reports that his putting has been off in some of the events and in others his proximity to the hole is not allowing him to shoot low enough scores. Here we keep working on the swing issues that I see in Lenny’s swing, particularly his tendency to drop his hands downward in transition and shoot his right leg out from under him. In our last session we focused on the fact that he jams the upper right arm into his side too soon in the start down instead of allowing the pull of the […]

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Playing for Money: Kevin Streelman Part 2

After the big win Kevin has not played all that great, missing the cut at the John Deere by 2, making the cut at the British but finishing 5 over his last 7 holes to finish around 50th, finishing almost DFL at Firestone, then getting off to a good start with a 69 at the PGA before dropping to a 76 and missing the cut by 2. The idea of bring the backswing more out in front has proven difficult as Kevin has always pulled his arms inward into a deep position at left arm parallel. Our goal has been to get rid of some of the shaft shift in transition and make it easier to bring the hands out […]

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite Part 3

This is another in the fascinating series of lessons with Hall of Famer Tom Kite. He sent these swings in from the range after the first round of the 3M Championship in Minnesota, along with another fabulous look at his swing from 1992. The two things I picked out this time are the angle of the shaft at left arm parallel in the backswing, and the aggressive thrust and rotation of the hips through impact. Tom’s club is now flatter at left arm parallel than in ’92, and my thought is that the pattern of moving the shaft from flat approaching the top to steep immediately in transition is being caused by the fact that since the shaft is laid […]

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite Part 2

I was extremely happy when I saw the swings that Tom sent of himself back in 1992. As you will see, he was doing almost exactly what I prescribed in his first online session last week, which is great news because it is much easier to get back to something you used to do (although never really easy) than it is to create all new neural pathways and change into something you’ve never done. I told Tom that if I had had these particular swings in my computer I would have shown them as examples of nice pivot movement and the hands out sidearm throw delivery with the right arm perfectly on plane. It is no wonder he used to […]

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite

I thought one of my buddies was pulling a prank on me when I got the text that Tom Kite had called over to my old club to try and contact me. They gave him the number to Lakewood and sure enough he called here and told me that he had been trying some of my ideas he had seen on the website and wanted me to view a few swings that he took last week at the U.S. Senior Open (he finished 14th) and send back some comments and recommendations. I did so (you will be watching the video I sent to him), then he called after viewing it and we had a nice 40 minute conversation about his […]

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Playing for Money: Ben Silverman Part 6

Ben has been doing nicely on the Canadian Tour with a top 20 and a top 10 in his first two events, but he missed the cut last week and sent me a few of his swings. As you will see the swing is looking great going back, but still needs work in transition and in the release. I would like to see Ben keep the cup in his wrist a bit longer in transition and get his hands working more out toward the ball so that the right arm can move more in front of his chest and his hands can get further forward by the time the club is parallel to the ground in the approach. Ben has […]

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Playing for Money: Len Mattiace Part 6

If you’ve been following Lenny this year you can see just how difficult it is sometimes when you’re playing pretty good but just not putting things together. Lenny just missed another cut by a shot, shooting a poor 77 in his first round but coming back with a 32 on his second nine for a 69 the second day. We spent 3-4 hours together a week before at Lakewood (where the swings in the video were taken) and I felt like we are getting to the bottom of his ball striking inconsistencies. Lenny is a relentlessly positive guy (you really have to be if you are going to try to play for a living) but I know how frustrating it […]

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Playing for Money: Kevin Streelman

I had already been working with Kevin a bit online and when he missed the cut at the Open he called me to see if I had some time on the weekend. I did, and we spent the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday going over some new stuff. In addition to the swing stuff you see here we also went over his pitching technique and his putting. He had a tendency to pull his left arm behind him when he hit short to medium pitches, and liked the feeling of driving the right arm and wrist more forward through the ball. I suggested a change in his putting grip to one where the right hand wasn’t as much on top […]

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Playing for Money: Canadian Tour Qualifying School

If you’ve been following some of the the “Playing for Money” videos you’ll know these players are trying to make a living playing competitive golf. Here is some great news regarding the Canadian Tour Qualifying School.

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Playing for Money: Nick Antonelli

Nick has been in Florida trying to earn money on the mini-tours and ready himself for Q-School each year, but has not had the kind of success he was hoping for. He played a few times with one of my students, Ben Silverman, and decided to come see me for some help. As you will see, Nick has what most of the young players have these days, a great build for the game and a fluid, powerful motion. When length is not an issue it all boils down to control, and that’s where swing analysis and technique work come into play. The first thing I noticed was the weak approach position at shaft parallel in the forward swing. Some really […]

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