Monthly Archives: October 2017

Online Lesson: Peter Procops

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Our old friend Pete is still grinding away, and while his swing has greatly improved he is still fighting tendencies that have been present for a long while as he contends with back issues. The main thing that a stiff, sore, painful back have on the swing is to restrict the separation of the upper and lower trunk movements during the full swing. The brain is wired to avoid pain, and even when the back is feeling OK it is difficult to move the body at full speed into places that previously have caused problems. I know this for a fact because I wrestle with it myself every day, and I can see in Pete’s swing that the things we want to see are difficult to achieve because the body simply avoids the positions, and it takes a huge amount of focus and physical effort to force what you would hope would be more natural.

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Ben Hogan and the 10 Degrees of Shaft Flattening

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

I like to watch my collection of Hogan videos and I am always trying to find things that are consistent throughout his career. In this video I focus on the amount he flattened the shaft from P3 to P5, as well as on the way he pushed his entire pelvis back in the backswing, creating a much more bent over posture and steeper shoulder turn as his arms and hands swing inward and across his chest.

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Online Lesson: John Lamendola Part 14- Loading in Transition

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

John is still looking for more distance with the driver (who isn’t) and in this video lesson I suggest that he try to load back into the right hip more as he gets to the top of his swing, which would be evidenced by a lowering of his head as the hands and arms change direction. After this lesson John received the Swing Catalyst he ordered for his house (anyone can have one for 10 grand), a very cool machine that measures ground force changes during the swing as well as vertical force in the forward swing. As I predicted John found that his use of the ground left something to be desired, and now that he has a tool to measure it will certainly be interesting to see what comes next.

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Tiger’s New Swing vs. 2000: Good News for Tiger Fans

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

It is apparent to me that Tiger has been looking intently at film of his old swings, and for good reason: it was an awesome move. The good news here is that the new swing that he tweeted just a while ago (October of 2017) looks a lot like the old one (I side by side the new one with one from 2000). A couple of things look different: his hand path in 2000 was more out in front of him toward the ball while his new swing’s hand path is more descending from the top, and in 2000 his hips cleared a bit faster and finished more “in the box” with more retention of right lateral bend than now, although with his back issues it is not surprising that he is more vertical and less bent over in the finish. He must find a way to swing with power and not hurt himself, and it remains to be seen what effect his lingering back issues will have on his ball striking when and if he can consistently play competitively. Overall, I think this swing is a hopeful sign, and I am one among many that are rooting for him.

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Wayne D Students Gillespie, Eure Get Through 1st Stage Web.Com Qualifying

By Wayne | blog

Both players responded to the pressure and fired nice final rounds to advance to second stage, where the pressure only increases. Making it to the final stage is a key moment in any professional’s career, and missing guarantees another year of chasing qualifiers and mini-tour events. There really is no getting around the importance of getting through second stage, and there is no pretending that it is just another tournament.

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Online Lesson: Tony Romo

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

This is not a long video for the simple reason that Tony’s swing is improving and he is gaining on the things we have been working on. He tends to push his hands well out away from his body in the takeaway while fanning the face open, which gets the club flatter than the plane at left arm parallel (P3) and leads it to lay off and get a bit stuck in the downswing if he doesn’t rotate fast enough. Tony, like many powerful amateur players, sees a draw ball flight and tends to approach impact from the inside, which is why we have worked on visualizing a straight to left to right ball flight.

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Getting Unstuck – Online Student: Matt Shubley

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

I started playing golf competitively in grade 10, and by grade 12 I chose to play golf over hockey. I have been the number one on my school team since I was a sophomore. I had a pretty good season last season recording a scoring average of 75.6. It continued into the summer I played in some good events, and posted some decent scores however it is rare that I post very low numbers. At the end of the summer I went to see a new coach to produce some lower numbers, I saw him once and then couldn’t get back to see him before the end of the summer and got caught in between two swings. I ended up getting the club very underneath on behind me coming back. So lately I have been working on keeping the club in front of me coming back.

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