Monthly Archives: September 2017

At the Senior PNC: Heading into Round 2

By Wayne | blog

My one-under 71 in round 1 is the first under -par round I have shot in quite some time. My scores have been coming down in general, but I have continued to struggle with my swing, trying mostly to figure out how to play with a move that is not quite my ideal due to my physical limitations. My back has been pretty fired up due to the travel and the play, but it is not affecting my swing as much as it sometimes does. Hopefully I can keep it going, make the cut, and play all 4 rounds. That would be a nice victory for me considering my play in recent years. Even if it doesn’t turn out I feel that I am…

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Picking Up Some Yardage Off The Tee: Online Students: John Lamendola Part 13

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

I use Jordan Spieth and Charl Schwartzel as examples of players who are moderate in physical size but produce tremendous clubhead speed. In both cases we see the upper body begin to back up around P5, with the left leg beginning to push up off the ground and the pelvis elevating from P6 into and past impact. In our lesson before this we focused on foot pressure in transition, and stabilizing the right foot will help this downswing action occur.

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Basement Tapes: Wayne D. on Vacation: General Swing Thoughts

By Wayne | Videos: Basement Tapes

I’ve had 4 days of not touching a golf club but as a certified addict I’ve certainly been thinking about it. Keep in mind that the general ideas I put forth here and the specific body movements I talk about are about my own swing, while it should be obvious that you have heard all of this at one time or another before. One of the huge advantages of being relatively healthy for the first time in a good while is that I can put more time into practice, and as I work by trial and error (the errors coming out in competition) I can work toward being able to focus on the most important and stubborn items and possibly make some progress.

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Wayne D. Working on Depth and Sequence

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

I’ve managed to qualify for the Senior Professional National Championship which starts September 28th (about a week from now) but I still haven’t been striking the ball well enough to feel in any kind of control of my rounds. In this video, I take my two most recently filmed swings, a gap wedge and a driver, and go over (again) the main items I am focusing on. I find the physical task of maintaining my depth in the backswing while keeping the right knee flexed to be the most difficult issue to deal with, and I have been paying extra attention to my foot pressure in an effort to improve my tendency to lift heading into transition and then lean into the front of my left foot as the downswing starts, which delays the opening of my hips and leads to an overly down the line exit.

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Online Students: Conner Kumpula Part 8

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

In this video lesson, I compare Connor’s swing with those of a year ago, before he injured his shoulder and couldn’t practice or play for an extended period. He has a wonderful swing (he has won a major college event and the Oregon State Amateur) but there is still room for improvement, especially in these recent swings, where his approach to impact has gotten somewhat steeper than in the past. I feel that the major difference is in the…

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Online Students: Antti Kauhanen

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Antti exhibits the classic symptoms of using one swing for both balls on the ground and balls up on a tee (tee shots, not par-3’s). In most cases the player either hits the driver well and struggles with iron, hybrid and fairway wood contact, or can’t control the driver while compression the other shots nicely. When you see Antti’s iron swing, you will probably agree with me when I say it is excellent. He is on plane and achieves a very nice forward leaning impact with plenty of sustain past the ball. If you watch his driver swing you will find that at regular speed it looks fine, but given his account of how bad he is hitting it we know to look for some reasons why which may not be so obvious.

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