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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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Playing for Money: Ben Silverman Part 5

This is another installment in my continuing work with young Ben Silverman. Ben missed qualifying for the Web.com last year at 2nd Stage Q-School on the final 9 holes, but has been playing excellent golf since, racking up a number of wins on the Minor League tour and some high finishes on the NGA Tour. He has shown the ability to shoot low scores, having won 2 events with rounds of 63, and his scoring average this year is well down into the 60’s. He is doing all this while working on his swing, and we have a very good idea of where we are heading with it. One thing Ben likes is that he has a pretty good idea […]

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Playing for Money: Jeremy Wells Part 2

Jeremy has moved to the Fort Myers area in Florida and is now playing the mini-tours full time. He has had some success so far, but has struggled a bit with his ball striking while getting acclimated with playing and practicing every day. As you will see Jeremy has a technically sound swing, and in this particular lesson I choose to work on his posture and the flow of his swing instead of anything position oriented. Jeremy has a great build for the game and is a wiry strong guy, but it just appeared to me that he was so tight and trying so hard to do what he wanted to do with his swing that there was no freedom […]

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Playing for Money: Len Mattiace Part 5

After earning exempt status on the Web.Com Tour for 2014 Lenny finished out 2013 with a near miss at the Mayacoba Classic in Mexico, qualifying just to play in the event in a 4-spotter and then making the cut with nice rounds of 69 and 68. He was poised to break into the top 10 with 7 holes to play, but a triple bogey on 12 and two more bogies coming in derailed his chances. In assessing the year Lenny would have liked to have played better, but he had a few top finishes and showed signs of generally better ball striking, although the tendency was to miss left under the greatest pressure. I asked him about out work together […]

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Playing For Money: Len Mattiace Part 4

  As you know, golf lessons are voluntary, and the player is never obligated to return for more instruction, nor is there any expectation that there will be any explanation (if the student does not return) as to why the choice was to discontinue the work. A teacher’s career is filled with students who start up with a lesson or two, then disappear for reasons unknown. When it comes to the highest level of player there has to be some measure of success or at least the belief that things are moving in the right direction in order for the player to continue working on what the particular teacher is prescribing. After the 2013 season Lenny secured fully exempt status […]

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Playing for Money: Jermey Wells

  Jeremy’s swing keeps getting better, and our hope is that better ball striking will lead to some check cashing down on the mini-tours in Florida this winter and moving forward. As you can see (and have seen in our videos before) Jeremy has excellent action and produces a nice line of compression at impact, but his accuracy and consistency have been a little off, and at Q-School 1st stage the erratic ball striking led to him missing by a few despite a fine 67 in the final round.   At this level the changes are going to be fairly subtle to the eye, but with the aid of the video and the line drawing software we can see the […]

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Playing for Money: Ben Silverman Part 4

  Ben has been playing some excellent golf lately, but he is on board with continually trying to improve his swing for the long term even with Web.Com Q-School 2nd stage coming up in a few weeks. One reason he is OK with working on new stuff is that he has been able to incorporate what we do and play well almost immediately. We haven’t had any issues where a lesson or a different thought caused problems with his game. Another reason is that I am very consistent with the type of swing action I want Ben to use and when we look at his swing on video he can see what he’s up to and where he can improve […]

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Playing for Money: Brad Faxon

  A couple weeks ago Kevin Streelman called Brad to ask him for some help with his putting, and Brad, knowing that I had done a swing analysis on Kevin, gave me a call to see if I had spent any time with him. I hadn’t, but we began to discuss teaching in general and eventually I asked Brad how his game was going. We had worked together for a day back in 2010 up in New York, but subsequently Brad decided to work with Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer and has been doing so up until last month. He remembered some of the things we had worked on and when I mentioned that I still thought I could help […]

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Playing for Money: Bobby MacWhinnie Parts 1 and 2

This is a good example of an excellent player with a good golf swing who is struggling and looking for help. I teach players of all levels, and certainly this swing as is would be way up there with the best I see on any given day. I have to listen to the player describe his or her struggles with ball control and then analyze the swing in a bit more detail in order to come up with ideas about why the ball striking is less than adequate. Proponents of “keep it simple” would more than likely tell Bobby that “it’s all in your head” and that “your swing is fine, don’t get too technical”. That’s fine if the ball […]

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Playing for Money: Update on Len and Ben

Hey, just an update on a couple of guys I’ve been working with. This past weekend Lenny finished T-7th at the Web.com Tour Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, NC. Ben had a nice finish as well coming in T-6th at the NGA Tour Cutter Creek Classic in Snow Hill, NC. From Ben: Hey Wayno, Just wanted to let you know that I had my best finish on the NGA Tour so far. T6. Shot 71-68-70-68 (-11) and finished 3 shots back of the leaders. The game is coming along nicely and I’m working really hard to try to piece together everything we’ve worked on…especially with the short game and putting. The 30-90 yard shots have definitely improved already so far, […]

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