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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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Online Lesson: Trent Tessler 3- Still Working on Sequence

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

We have identified Trent’s #1 problem, his leaning toward the target with his upper body at the same time the legs are shifting, but, as is evident by the swings he sent me, he hasn’t figured out why he does it and how to stop doing it. That’s where I come in, of course. After studying his swings and trying to imitate them in the mirror I found that when I held my left leg to the left and tightened my left hip flexor I had a hard time loading onto my right side and feeling like I could start the downswing by counter rotating the right-side hip muscles against the right foot’s brace into the ground. My suggestion to Trent is simple enough: pinch the left leg inward at address so that the foot feels a bit to the inside, the knee feels knocked toward the right, and the inside of the leg feels activated. When the upper body triggers the backswing, the hips will respond by swiveling more freely as the left leg will be rotating instead of trying to hold its position. This will allow the right hip to deepen as it rotates, and the right side will feel loaded enough into the ground to be able to initiate the forward swing with both lateral and rotational pelvic movement while the head stays relatively still. Producing secondary axis tilt while retaining or gaining posture is essential if the upper right arm is going to be able to drive inward instead of tipping over, and when the sequence is better the lag will increase as well. The lower body must pull the upper body into the forward swing. When the sequence is good the hands can get much more in front of the ball at impact.

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Short Game Work with John Lamendola

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Wayne D! Apologies if this email gets long. Tee to green I haven’t played with anyone all year who has hit it as good as me. My ball striking has become really really good. What’s been really holding me back is my chipping and pitching from 30 and in. I think it gets a little flippy and the follow through gets long. My miss is thin not fat. Shot 79/75 NYC am both rounds could have easily been in the 60’s. If I can sort this shot out I am very confident I can start winning. Thanks, as always. You have transformed my golf swing!!!!

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Online Lesson: Fuad Sulayman- Width and Sequence

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

All the things that Fuad would like to do with his swing are good ideas, but as I will show in the video he is already doomed by the time he gets to the top. The key word here is “width”, which is another way to say, “extensor action”, in which the trailing arm attempts to straighten by pushing into the thumb of the leading arm while cocking the wrists. The governor on how much extension can be achieved is the connection between the lead arm and the chest, which must be maintained. Fuad has some trigger issues that should be dealt with, and I would imagine that if he stops leaning back and sitting as he starts his swing it would make extending away from his center much easier. His left arm needs to be bent and away from his body at address, and he must make sure to keep the space intact all the way to the top and in transition down to P5. If he can accomplish this he must then get his lower body to initiate the forward swing while he keeps his head from moving forward of its starting position. When he feels the proper sequence, his shoulder will be pulled by the body and he will have a chance to move his upper left arm in a totally different fashion to where it can pitch in front of his ribcage and shallow the shaft instead of hanging up and back with the shaft getting steeper.

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Online Lesson: Trent Tessler- Pelvic Movement in Transition and Sequence

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Hi Wayne, Recently joined your website. I like a lot of your ideas and think you can provide some help for my game. I’m still a scratch player but my best golfing days were about 15 years ago when I was consistently ranked as top player in Northern California. I know my swing decently. I tend to run away from club and have never had a lot of lag. Somehow, I still get hands at or even which I think allows me to play pretty well at times. I’ve never been able to fix the runaway problem and have always wondered if I was able to change that would lag would show up. Biggest part of game that plagues me is driver. If I drove it better, I could still compete at a pretty high level. Any ideas w props or other things would be appreciated to help me with this process. Thanks for taking the time.

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