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Playing for Money: David Holmes Part 2

This video pretty much speaks for itself. When you compare David’s swings from the initial online lesson to these it is easy to see the tremendous change in technique. Every now and then I meet someone with the ability to change quickly, and David is certainly one of these lucky folks. He was so happy to hear that what he was working on (and wasn’t working) was antithetical to my own views on how the swing should work that he took to my suggestions immediately and not only made the changes but starting hitting the ball way better right away. Even more impressive is the fact that he took this swing to First Stage Web.Com Q-School and made it through […]

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Playing for Money: Joey Latowski

I think you will find this an interesting lesson as you watch the unique shaft progression in Joey’s swing. He starts a bit on his heels, and then moves much deeper into the heels by rocking backwards at the start of the takeaway. This leads to a radically laid off position at the top, and he is left with steepening the downswing immediately from the top. This movement leaves his right upper arm well behind his side, and as a result he can’t really get his hands far enough in front of the ball to deliver a blow with enough forward lean. The following email came to me after Joey received the lesson, and I follow that with my response. […]

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Playing for Money: Scott Neely

Scott is a former online lesson taker who decided to fly from Dallas to Maryland to spend two days with me at Lakewood. The notes you see following this paragraph are Scott’s observations he wrote down during and after the lessons. You may be wondering why there are so many things listed, and whether or not that constitutes overkill and the dreaded “thinking too much” malady, but remember that we spent 2 full days, about 12-13 hours, hitting balls and playing a bit. Scott had the time to pick my brain about every part of the swing, and while he can’t work on it all at once, I thought it was smart of him to get my ideas on a […]

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Playing For Money: David Holmes

Wayne,   Thanks for taking my call earlier. I’ll give you a rundown of my golf in the near past. I played golf at the University of Tennessee from 2006-2010. I Earned All-American honors in 2009 and had a fairly successful amateur career where my highest ranking reached 13th in the USA and 30th in the world. My ball striking was always a strong suit of my game and as soon as I became a good chipper and putter, I was able to contend in major tournaments. I turned professional in 2011 and have played three full seasons on the NGA Tour from 2011-2013. During that time I also Monday qualified for 4 Web.com events. I have really gotten by […]

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Playing for Money: Nick Price

This was a real treat for me, as you can imagine. Nick is a Hall of Famer, former #1 in the world, but has struggled recently with his driver and his results on the Champions Tour have not been up to his standards. I was in Florida at Old Palm with Brad Faxon and Brad, a good friend of Nick’s, mentioned that Nick had been hitting his driver all over the place and had taken a video of Nick’s swing. Brad showed it to me, and as you will see in this video I could tell right away what the problem was. Brad was nice enough to give Nick a call and ask him if he wanted to come over […]

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Playing for Money: Dick Mast Part 3

Dick stopped by Lakewood a few weeks ago after not seeing me for some time due to various injuries that had him concocting swings to avoid the pain he was feeling in his hips and back. As we do most of the time we get together we spent most of our time working on his set up, especially his posture. Dick has a tendency (and I know what this is like) to get a little lazy at address due to his back issues, and we usually work on getting him out onto the balls of his feet with more angle in his waist. This helps him feel his upper trunk rotation better and also tilts his hips, which helps them […]

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Playing for Money: Brad Faxon Part 2

I’ve known Fax for a long time and have worked with him 3 or 4 times, but only one at a time with lots of time in between. I have always thought that if he could uncross the club at the top and simplify his release action, with his wonderful fluidity, rhythm, and ability to get the ball in the hole that he would be one of the top senior golfers anywhere. Up to now he has chosen to work on different things, or at least different ways to get to a better swing, but this year he reached the bottom of the barrel with his ball striking and had a total of one top-25 in 16 events. Thus I […]

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Playing for Money: Tom Kite Part 5- Face to Face at Liberty National (with bonus clip)

I can’t tell you how cool it was to meet Tom after working with him on line for a few months. I was visiting my good friend Mark Diamond at Liberty National on my way to Ridgewood and the Barclays to work with Streelman when Tom asked if he could meet me there on Monday morning. Tom had been in Endicott for the Champions Tour event and drove down Sunday night. We had a great 4 hours together in which we worked on increasing the “catch” in Tom’s swing and trying to get the feel for that move to help deepen the hips and flatten the shaft more in transition. Tom is in great physical condition and could do anything […]

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Playing for Money: The Putting Stroke of Brad Faxon

About 4 years ago I had the pleasure of spending the day working with Brad Faxon on his golf swing at the Old Oaks Golf Club in Long Island, NY. Before we spent time on the range we went out to play the course which was to be the site of Brad’s attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open that year. Armed with my trusty camera and tripod I filmed Brad hitting different shots, and although we were not going to work on his putting (for obvious reasons) I had enough presence of mind to film his putting stroke front and back just to log it in for future reference. Brad has been regarded as one of the best putters […]

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Playing for Money: Jason Gandy Part 2

Jason’s second lesson finds him still struggling with the high approach, and Jason reports in that his divots are steep and left and the contact glancing. He describes the hit as a “swipe”, and is frustrated that while improving his hand path he still has not been able to shallow the approach to impact. I think you will find this lesson interesting as I talk about maintaining width in the downswing, and the effect that narrowing too soon in transition has on the eventual routing of the arms and hands into impact. I put Jason side by side with Adam Scott, and it is evident how Scott uses the forward and leftward movement of his lower body to engage the […]

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