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Online Lesson: Chip Zabatta- Lower Body Instability Leads to Faulty Backswing

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Chip is a good player (we played a round together with Tony Romo at his other club, Wykagyl) who is a member at and regularly plays one of the hardest courses in world, Winged Foot, which puts extra demands on his ball striking. Chip’s main tendencies are to lose his right leg brace in the backswing and turn his shoulders too flat, get his right arm and shoulder behind him at the top while he loses depth in his right hip and lets both knees flex toward the ball, then approach impact with his right arm in a push or punch position and his legs out from under him, all of which leads to a weaker impact than he would like. To correct some of these issues I want him to concentrate on his backswing first by widening his stance a bit and making sure to brace his right foot to the inside and to load his pelvis more to the center instead of letting his right knee rotate outward and his hips slide to the right. At the same time, I want him to try to widen his backswing (which would probably shorten it) by using right arm extensor action to keep his left arm straighter and to keep his right arm more in front of him at the top while increasing the pitch angle of his shoulder turn. At the same time, (I know this seems like a lot, but he can pick and choose what to concentrate on) he needs to make sure he does not let his knees drift toward the ball as he gets from P3 to P4. Using the shaft between his feet will help remind him to stay deep with his hips and to finish in the box. The idea behind these technique changes is to put his right arm in a better position at the top and at the same time help create space in downswing so he can take advantage and eventually have his upper right arm more in front of his chest and his hands more forward approaching impact.

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Online Lesson Antti Kauhanen: Early Loading Leads to Lifting at the Top

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Hi Wayne, thanks for the previous lesson, it has really helped me with my game. My misses with the driver are not as bad, but driving is still holding back my scoring. I have not been able to get rid of the lifting at the end of the backswing and it seems to me that the lifting is the key problem in my swing. The feeling I get at the end of the backswing is that my left shoulder is moving too much to my right and it causes me to lose sight of the ball and makes the transition much more difficult. If I manage to keep the left shoulder more to my left, I usually hit it much more solid. However, I really don’t know what the best way would be to try to fix this problem. I am sure you can help me sort this out.

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Online Lesson: Trent Tessler 4- Lack of Right Forearm Supination from P3 to P4 Causing Issues

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

In this video I focus on Trent’s right arm, forearm and hand action from P3 to P4. It appears to me that the lack of right forearm supination approaching the top of the swing causes Trent to cross the line, which is not optimal but certainly not catastrophic, but more importantly to leave the right forearm pronated and the right wrist in a position that makes finding his lag pressure point on the right index finger quite difficult if not impossible, in addition to sequence problems caused by right shoulder tension and pullback.

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Online Lesson: Erik Johnson- Trigger Affecting Right Arm Movement Throughout the Swing

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

One of the things I find regularly with good players who don’t quite hit the ball as well as they would like is an overactive trigger. Erik is a good example of this and I spend a good bit of this lesson discussing in detail what he is doing to get his swing underway and how that affects everything else. One of the reasons why these online lessons aren’t shorter in length is the degree to which things that happen early in the swing complicate what comes directly after, and as the swing unfolds each complication makes it less likely that a consistently strong impact position can be achieved.

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Online Lesson: Jamie Kilmer, PGA Part 3

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Jamie, the Head Professional at the Wheatley Hills Golf Club on Long Island, started working with me this January in Florida where he came to see me three times before heading back to his job in March, with the idea of improving his ball striking so he could be competitive in his local section PGA events. (You can watch Jamie’s past lessons on the website). Since then we have done a few online lessons, but as Jamie got into the busy part of his season we didn’t connect for about 5 months. Recently he sent me some swings after having poor tournament results, which is what you see analyzed here.

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Online Lesson: John Lamendola- Looking for More Distance with the Driver

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

I have done more online lessons with John than I have with any other student. If you watch them in order (you can skip a few) you will see that my teaching philosophy is to analyze the swings I am looking at and give my best advice according to what I believe will be most helpful. John is great at giving me feedback on what he feels is working and what is not, and while some of the lessons seem repetitive it shows that I am pretty stubborn when it comes to my ideas about his swing. We have made great progress over time (John just won the Winged Foot Club Championship), but John knows that he has the ability to gain more speed and distance with the driver, which is what I concentrate on in this lesson. I have always felt that John could utilize his pivot better to load up in the backswing by right loading more than center loading his hips, and by gaining more width at the top by rotating his upper trunk more efficiently.

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Online Lesson: Matt Shevland- Lower Body Stability, Sequence, and Right Arm Positioning

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

While Matt pinpoints his biggest problem as his release, I see some things that make releasing the club properly problematical, especially the instability of the lower body in the backswing. Matt has a large amount of hip slide to the right from P2 to P4, enough so that his pelvis is not in position to initiate the forward swing properly with the rotation of the right -side hip rotator muscles. Because his pelvis has so far to go just to get back where they started it is no surprise that his upper body leans to the left to begin transferring pressure from right to left. In addition, from an on -plane position at P3 Matt stops rotation his forearms and pulls his right upper arm and shoulder back behind him, causing the shaft to cross the line and pushing the upper body to the left before the hips have a chance to lead the movement. I suggest to Matt that he work hard on keeping his hips in the face-on box in the backswing by first concentrating on keeping pressure on the inside of the right foot by pronating the arch of the foot against the ground, and then by placing something heavy like a bag stand or a chair on either his left hip or his right hip to try to feel what it is like to not slide the hips. If the hips stay more in the box Matt can improve his backswing plane and not cross the line by supinating his right forearm (rotating it clockwise) continuously from P3 to P4, which will cause the right shoulder to begin external rotation and the upper arm to stay more in front of the chest. Another benefit of stabilizing the hips is that it would make keeping them deeper in the forward swing much easier to work on since they wouldn’t be so busy trying to slide back to the left after losing so much ground with the slide.

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Online Lesson: Phil Pfeiffer – Problems with Posture, Right Arm Movement, and Pelvic Movement

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Phil certainly knows what’s going on by now, and he is exactly correct, his old habits are still in there causing problems. For anyone with tendencies to early extend and hump out from under themselves in transition it is death to set up with any appearance of sitting back in the heels. Phil needs to exaggerate the feeling of being up and out over the ball with less knee flex, flare the right arm more in the backswing, and concentrate on creating more tilt in the pelvis in transition.

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Online Lesson: Tyler McAdams- Keys to Stop Lifting in the Backswing

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Tyler only had a down the line view for me to analyze but he wanted to see what I said anyway, so I gave it a shot. My suggestions here are to stand up taller at address with more weight toward the balls of the feet and less knee flex to feel like he would want to create space for the right arm in transition, which means he wouldn’t be losing angle in the mid-section as he moves from P2 to P4. Instead, he could try to create more hip flexion (mostly concentrating on the right hip, which would take the left hip with it) once the swing gets started and especially as he gets to the top of the swing. Also, I suggest that he try to open the face a bit more with forearm rotation almost immediately after the club starts moving so that the right arm might stay in front of him and take some of the stress out of his upper trunk turn. The feeling of adding hip flexion and tilting the pelvis more downward (anterior tilt) while changing direction against the brace of the right foot and leg should cause his head to lower a bit more as he starts down.

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Online Lesson: Corey Stepanek-Early Extension Due to Posture Issues and Lack of Mid-section Control

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

In this video I explain to Corey how I believe his loss of posture during the swing is mostly due to his posture at address. It’s rare that I see a non-tour player set up back in the heels with a lot of knee flex and not move the pelvis toward the ball during the swing. I suggest to Corey that he set up more like Adam Scott (more out over the ball) and then work on keeping his pelvis deeper in transition. The good news is that Corey does a great job of keeping his head out over the ball all during the swing, so if he uses the stick between his feet to get feedback on his right leg thrusting out to the right in transition I think he could make some real quick progress on getting his right arm room to get more in front of him and further forward at impact.

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