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Student Lesson: Joseph Barr

Joseph is a solid Division 1 player, having played in the starting 5 in every tournament for the University of Kentucky and ranking 37th in scoring average in the conference. Joseph has designs on pursuing golf after college, and between he and his father, Jack, have decided that in order to have a realistic chance at success he would have to improve, which his record, while not shabby by any means, definitely indicates. The problem is that these days (just look at Q-School scoring) shooting 73 gets you lapped (both Lenny Mattiace and Camilio Villegas shot 73 in the 5th round of Q-School and lost over 30 spots). When Joseph and Jack assessed what would have to be done to […]

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Student Lesson: Kenny Engel

This is an interesting view of how I initially look at a swing, decide what items need the most attention, then go through different shots and drills to try to narrow down what the root causes of the problems might be. It is obvious from the first swings I show here that Kenny has issues with his sequencing, his path and his impact alignments, but it appears to me that the impact is much worse than the rest of the swing leading up to that point would suggest. In other words, I see many players who achieve an approach position like Kenny and hit the ball much better, with more forward lean and sustain and less “flip”. This leads me […]

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Student Lesson: Steve Bohreer

It is both surprising and gratifying when a student exhibits improvement in a short period of time. I never expect to see full swings incorporate the kind of major changes that are many times called for and suggested by my instruction. I like to see evidence of change when we use the video multiple times, but when there are combinations of things to fix up it is extremely difficult to put them together and make swings that show a large improvement in the overall motion and technique. That is what makes this video so special, in that Steve showed up on day 2 and started off with a swing that was dramatically better than the one he showed up with […]

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Student Lesson: Zach Verses Part 2

I’ve been working with Zach for some time and we thought we were getting some good progression with his swing, but as he got closer to the time he was going to get back to competing he began to regress a bit and return to some of his old habits. Zach is tremendously strong and flexible and produces a lot of power for a smallish frame. His main problem is control, and we have concentrated on getting the shaft not to cross at the top in order to simplify his downswing and improve his approach to impact. He produces a stellar line of compression well past the ball, a hallmark of great ball strikers, but he comes in high with […]

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Student Lesson: Jared Kenworthy

Jared has been a member of the web site for a while now and has created a nice series of videos that he posted in the forum documenting all the hard work he’s done on his swing, check them out if you haven’t seen them yet. Jared used the information on this site, a few online lessons, a lot of motivation, some self-analysis and plain old hard work to build himself a very nice swing. In this video Jared actually made the trip out from Kansas for business and decided to drop by Woodmont for an in-person lesson, which was both fun and productive. I like much of Jared’s swing technique and for the hour we had I decided to […]

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Student Lesson: Justin Duffie Part 2

Justin has been working with me for around 2 years now and is the most improved player I teach on a regular basis. He was a 13 when he came to me and with his swing as it was he was short-gaming it to shoot around that. He is now a 5 and hits the ball so much better it is pretty astounding. His swing technique has improved consistently (not that I haven’t had to talk him down from the ledge a couple of times) and here you will see us working on another major aspect of his swing in our quest to make him competitive in local amateur events.  

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Student Lesson: Jessica Fernandez

One of my very best friends likes to “gift” me a subscription to “Golf Tips Magazine” every year as a joke, since we both have a great time going over some of the instructional articles found inside. I recently read one that “exposed” certain “Myths” in the game, one of which was the supposed myth that impact was the “moment of truth” in the swing. The point was not that impact was not important, but that it was really everything that led up to that point that created whatever that impact was. Now, I can see that as an argument, I mean, sure, just about everything that comprises a golf swing contributes to the eventual impact, but the fact is […]

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Student Lesson: The Meyers Sisters

When I saw these three young ladies on the range at my club I immediately went over to their father and told him that I would love to teach them. He was a bit overwhelmed with trying to help them himself so he thought that was a good idea, and the swings you see on this video are the product of about 2 hours of instruction apiece. I think you will be as amazed as I was to see these swings, especially when you consider that they have never played more than a couple of holes on the golf course. At ages 12, 12 and 14 they all have a great opportunity to be fine players. Hopefully I can keep […]

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Lesson of the Week: Juniors make Impressive Improvements with only a Half Hour Each

You may like this video, or it may annoy you to no end. It is always remarkable when someone takes an idea or ideas given to them by an instructor and puts them into immediate action, producing motion and positions that are far advanced from what they came with only minutes before. Here we have two such players, and the fact that they are 14 and 11 years old may have you saying “Oh well, no wonder”. But I can assure you that what you see here is not the norm, even for youngsters of this age. What seems to be more important than age is athletic ability. When I saw Jonathan and Jenna hitting balls for the first time […]

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Student Lesson: Mark Long

Mark has a ton of experience with great players as he has been a Tour caddy for over 20 years. He has seen them all and been right next to most of them, but as you can see his swing does not reflect what he knows he would like to do. The big problem areas have been the same for years: his backswing gets vertical and lifted, while his downswing gets majorly steep and exits way out to the right. I had a feeling that the stuff I was working on and teaching in my day to day lessons and on the website would fit in perfectly with what Mark needed to work on, and that has proven to be […]

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