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Lesson of the Week: Ozzie Newsome-Overcoming Old Habits

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I’ve been working with Ozzie on and off for years but haven’t seen him since 2015 until this month when I returned to Woodholme where he is a member. Most of Ozzie’s issues stem from the way he is built, 6’4” and 250 lbs. of muscle with emphasis on huge shoulders and almost no neck. Ozzie has long legs and fairly short arms, and thus feels like he needs to bend over quite a bit to get down to the ball at address. We are working on standing taller and closer to the ball with the hands higher (that keeps the chest more up), while trying to get his backswing not to get laid off at P3 and P4. I would like him to strengthen his grip and maintain the cup in the back of the left wrist throughout the backswing, and I want the clubhead not to lift so quickly in the takeaway. If he keeps the club outside his hands going back it invariably works sideways as it gets to the top, and from a laid off position he always steepens the shaft and pulls on the grip. Speaking of grips, we are trying to strengthen Ozzie’s so that when he bows his wrist at the top the face gets super shut and he hits it dead left, a nice incentive to keep that wrist cupped. He also need to focus on keeping his right-hand pressure points throughout the backswing and transition. If we can get the shaft more vertical at P3 and continue that to the top where he is more on plane I think his athletic ability will eventually allow him to flatten the shaft, which will give his lower body incentive to open quicker so that he can get his hands forward and achieve more extension through the impact area.

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Lesson of the Week: Joe Shull- Posture, Setup, Routine, and Takeaway

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Joe came to the lesson with a specific wish: he wanted to fix his backswing, which he knew was putting him into poor position at the top and making the downswing difficult to manage. I first suggest a less slumped posture with the hands a bit higher and looking at him face on I wanted both his weight and his hands more centered. Joe’s grip had gotten quite strong, but he couldn’t see it because his hands were so forward at address, and even more forward after squeezing the grip and forward pressing. Getting into this setup position is crucial for Joe to be able to get the club up on plane and the face less closed in the first part of the backswing, as he needs to maintain the bend in the back of his left wrist from address to the top of the swing. Joe’s overly closed clubface and low to the ground takeaway cause his right shoulder to eventually crunch up and get stuck at the top, and there is no way the right arm is going to work properly from there. We also go over a routine that will get him into the proper setup each time, an important item many players disregard even though the prospect of changing their swing for the better depends on it.

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Lesson of the Week: Paul Tibolla 2- Still Working on Right Arm Pullback in Transition

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Paul is a great example (he would rather not be) of an intractable swing issue grooved in for years into his neuromuscular pathways. Paul’s swing is notable for the pullback of his right shoulder in transition, and his upper right arm simply cannot advance far enough forward once the scapula is pulled back at the same moment he is starting his lower body forward. He has seen this over and over and knows what he would rather be doing, but the timing of his swing is dependent on the time it takes at the top for the right shoulder to feel fully turned. We have tried just about everything to change this pattern, and to his credit Paul has made some progress and hits the ball much better than he used to, although not nearly as good as he would like to. In this lesson I decide that we need to eliminate the part of the backswing that pulls the shoulder backwards by getting the lower body starting forward sooner. I had Paul visualize that his backswing ended at P3 (left arm parallel) and that he would “catch” his backswing while his hands and arms felt like they were still moving away from his head. If we can make this timing change (no easy task) then I believe it will be possible to keep the upper right arm in front of the chest and to flatten the shaft while the right elbow moves forward instead of down and back.

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Lesson of the Week: Michael Patz- First Lesson Ever

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Having done this job for as long as I have I’m usually the most experienced (and expensive) instructor wherever I am working, and thus do not get many beginners in my book or give anyone their first lesson ever, although I certainly don’t avoid the prospect. The general perception is that a beginner would start with a less accomplished teacher, and I have heard the statement more than a few times that “I am not good enough to take a lesson from you”. Of course, if you give that statement a bit of thought it makes no sense, but that’s the way most people feel. Michael did not feel that way and chose to take his first ever series of lessons with me, and this is a revealing video in that regard. Unless the student has never picked up a club or hit a ball before they already have built in tendencies as their mind and body tries to make sense of what it takes to propel the ball straight ahead, up in the air, with enough distance to play the course.

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Lesson of the Week: Andrew Kaye- Getting Started

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Andrew is a newly addicted golfer. He’s young and strong, and his athleticism shows in his high-level tennis. He is pretty much a weekend golfer but likes to get some ball hitting in during the week. He has committed to taking a lesson every week or two this year, and this is our first go-round. I enjoy these lessons, as I must make up my mind as to where I want to start and how much I want to go into in the first lesson. Some people want a bunch of information about what their swings are doing and what needs to be fixed, especially those who are experienced in the game and have been through the taking lessons process. Others have no idea how to get better other than to play and hit balls, haven’t taken any lessons, and once they decide to try to learn about what they are doing it is imperative that they get good information right off the bat.

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Lesson of the Week: Mark Armstrong 2 – Posture, Width, and Impact

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Mark was referred to me by his friend Derek Gillespie, the Latin Tour Professional from Canada. Mark is a good player but seeing the improvement in Derek’s swing he was inspired to first send in his swing for an online lesson, then come down to see me at the club in Boca. Mark feels that it is his ball striking that is holding him back from reaching his next level, and he is looking for advice on how to improve it. When I saw his first swings I immediately focused on his posture. I think it is a huge deal to have a stance that promotes the things you would like to do with your swing, which is why I’m so against heel-oriented set ups. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m moving forward in the direction of the ball, and if I set up with my weight in my heels and I’m a normal person I’m going to gravitate toward my toes during the swing.

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Lesson of the Week: Chuck Winograd 3-Seeing Nice Improvement

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Chuck lives in Canada and I won’t see him again probably until December, so this video is a summary of our work over the 3- month period at Boca Rio in Florida from Jan.1 to April 1, with reminders for things Chuck needs to focus on when he practices and plays this summer and fall. Chuck wasn’t doing so well when we started, and it was a real struggle at first, but he really started showing signs of coming around by the end of our time together.

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Lesson of the Week: Mike Barile PGA- Trigger, Tempo, Impact

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Mike is an assistant professional working in Orlando who has watched the Wayne D. website for years and has now taken advantage of me being in Florida to come down and see me in person to hopefully change his swing for the better. His reporting on his play in general has the usual focus points: inconsistency and overall below standard ball striking leading to scores that don’t garner high finishes in the professional events in which he plays.

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Lesson of the Week: Jimmy Farina-Why is it so Different When the Ball is There?

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“Why Can’t I Just Do That?”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question when a player looks at a practice swing, or a drill swing, and compares it side by side with the one that has to hit the ball. Jimmy knows what his issues are and is consciously trying to avoid doing what you see him doing here, but unfortunately for Jim his swing is an engrained pattern and if he gets off to a bad start the bad pattern will always be close to the same. Here we see Jimmy on the course (the Medalist Club- what a great place! Greens were glass, so much fun to play) sabotaging himself with his trigger, not an uncommon thing. Anyone with an early extension, right hip thrusting, goat humping issue simply cannot afford to have a “sitting” trigger where the knees bend towards the ball and the foot pressure moves towards the heels. He must become more aware of what his pelvis is doing, and the best way to get the brain to remember what to tell the muscles to do is to set up and start the club back with the midsection muscles engaged enough to either maintain or increase anterior pelvic tilt.

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Lesson of the Week: John Krystynak Part 6

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John decided to come to Florida to see me in person after seeing his last video lesson from a month or so ago. He has worked hard on changing his swing but there are too many issues to concentrate on, and the pattern that has been ingrained is a particularly difficult one to alter. Our first issue is John’s takeaway, which triggers with a tightening of both arms and a pull back of the upper body. We want to quiet his first move by keeping his elbows soft and utilizing the upper trunk to move the arms back instead of rotating the left arm outward and pinching the right elbow in. Changing a trigger is a tough deal and requires a lot of focus and concentration, and that is only the beginning of what John needs to do to get his swing to be where he would like it to be. John also tends to slide his hips a bit to the right going back, another item to try to fix up. We work with stop and goes to practice hitting with the backswing changes, also raising the grip up at address to make it easier for him to swing the hands and arms more deeply across his chest getting to P3.

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