Monthly Archives: June 2017

Online Students: Mark Armstrong

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

This is a good example of how important the set-up is in how the golf swing functions, and how posture and balance can determine how the body moves once the swing gets started. Mark has exaggerated knee flex for sure, but most importantly he starts with his weight well back into his heels. As soon as I see a set-up like this I expect the general movement of the pivot to be forward toward the ball, and keeping the hips in the box almost an impossibility.

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Lesson of the Week: Tony Romo Part 4

By Wayne | Videos: Lesson of the Week

A few weeks ago, I met Tony up in New York where we played 18 holes and took some shots of his swing on the course (you can watch that video on the website). Since then Tony had me come down to Dallas where we met and worked at the new Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of next year’s Byron Nelson Classic. Tony was excited about the suggestions I had made after our first encounter (we actually met four years ago but he has been injured pretty much the whole time since then) and had started hitting the ball better.

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Online Students: Ben Leon

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Ben has an excellent swing that appears to have everything in order, except that he can’t seem to figure out why he can’t get his hands more forward heading into impact and feels like he is not compressing the ball the way he would like to. It would be a normal reaction to this feeling to try to drive the right elbow further and further forward so that the hands would be driven in front of the ball and the shaft would lean more forward as well.

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Online Students: Rick James Part 4

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

It is not surprising that Rick is having a bit of a struggle with the idea of how to square up the face after he opens it more in the backswing as the face is still starting back well closed. I believe Rick needs to concentrate on opening the toe of the club immediately in the takeaway with his left hand and wrist. This is of utmost importance to Rick’s pattern

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Online Students: Stuart Keay

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Stuart’s swing gives us another classic example of the overuse of the right upper arm and shoulder to complete the backswing turn. I have always favored a toe up position for the clubhead at P2, but after years of analyzing swings and watching closed face backswings produce multiple right arm positions I can now explain more succinctly why. If you get into a mirror with a club from down the line and take the club back to left arm parallel with little rotation in the forearms you will find that the right palm will continue to face more toward the ground and the right shoulder will begin to stress as it tries to gain height.

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Online Students: Scott Sayre

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Scott has a great looking swing that is well sequenced, but it runs into trouble in transition when he flexes his knees toward the ball after twisting his hips toward the target. His upper legs get so bent under him that to get his right arm in front of him his hands and arms must move well out away from his body and thus approach impact from an extremely high position. My suggestions are to set up with his balance a bit more out over the ball toward the balls of the feet, and then to create a station with shafts set up as obstacles to encourage him to change his downswing pattern.

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Online Students: John Krystynak Part 4

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

John is having a great deal of trouble changing his takeaway, and he is not alone. Trigger mechanisms are a bitch to change and when you watch John’s swing here versus his last online lesson you can see that while he has made progress with his pivot movement his takeaway is still a big problem. I focus the slow-motion video on John’s hands as he prepares to move the club into the backswing: he grips, then lets go, then grips again just as he moves the clubhead back.

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