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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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Online Lesson: Mike Watson-Great Swing, Weak Impact

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

You might wonder how a “great” swing can have a weak impact but in Mike’s case he does everything technically correctly except deliver the club to the ball with the hands forward and the shaft forward leaning. His wide release (hands well away from the vertical line up from the ball at P6) leads to a sweeping type strike with a throw release that does not compress the ball that a drive/hold type release would. My go to when I see good players with throwaway is to have them learn to hit a proper punch shot, played with the ball forward in a narrower than normal stance, a backswing that only gets to P3, and a finish that ends with the shaft parallel to the ground in the follow-through. The idea is to hit the ball as low as possible with a 6,7 or 8 iron from that set up. I demonstrate the shot and then show Mike a drill that pre-sets the wrists and lower body before the backswing starts. Much of the ability to get the hands forward at impact when the ball is hit off the ground is having a clear picture of where you want to be at P6 and P7. I find that those who tend to release the club early don’t understand how the club manages to square up when the hands are already moving past the ball when the clubhead is still well up in the air. The attempt to hit a low shot with the ball left of center in the stance encourages a more descending blow, and the lower finish suggests the feeling of the low point of the swing being in front of the ball.

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Online Lesson: Guillermo Cepeda- Closed Clubface Affecting Everything

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Guillermo sent in his swing with the main complaint of losing his posture and early extending, causing a severe loss of power and shanking. What I saw right away was Guillermo’s hips turning to start the backswing instead of starting with the upper trunk, along with him keeping the clubface extremely closed in the backswing, which completely robbed him of any semblance of wrist cock. Since Guillermo turns his hips so early they are pretty much done by the time he gets to P3, and with his wrists unable to cock at all he finishes his backswing by bending both elbows and pulling his left shoulder behind him, which in turn initiates his downswing by leaning his upper body toward the target. With all this going on it is almost inevitable that he will lose the tilt in his pelvis in transition and drive his legs out from under him. I believe that if he can start his swing by turning his upper trunk and have that pull his hips into play, while at the same time maintaining the cup in his right wrist (he is left handed) and gaining some vertical wrist cock earlier in the backswing, that he can totally change his pattern for the better.

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Online Lesson: Austin Kendziorski 4- Bracing the Right Foot and Centering Balance

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Austin had a great fall season at Marquette but fell into a bit of a slump this winter. Here I spot a loss of brace in Austin’s right foot as a culprit in multiple issues with his swing, and when you produce 185 mph of ball speed with the driver you can’t afford to get too far off. You will find more than a few great ball strikers who appear to have “give” under the right foot where the right loading of the backswing stresses the lower leg and the pressure under the foot shifts from the inside to the outside of the foot, but in their swings (obviously since they are already on Tour) the loss of brace (see Sergio Garcia) does not cause what Austin’s mistake causes. Austin’s swing tweaks slightly across the line at the top as his foot gives way, causing it to steepen slightly in transition. This issue, combined with the fact that Austin is leaning a bit left at address (especially not good with the driver), causes his sequence to be off and his approach to impact to be erratic and the driver to have too wide a dispersion. Austin’s swing has come a long way and he has developed the kind of power that would make him one of the longer hitters were he to make the Tour, but as we know control is everything.

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Online Lesson: Taylor (TJ) Reser: Young Golfer’s Tendency to Overturn

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

TJ is now 9 years old and has performed well in the U.S. Kids championships for his age group the past two years, finishing in the top 30-40 both times. TJ’s father watched some of my videos, liked my ideas and methodology, and sent in TJ’s swings to get some ideas and a direction for what to work on. At TJ’s age I don’t think it’s a good idea to get into too much in the way of mechanics, so here I address what I see as two major items that are common among thin, young players, the grip and the tendency to swing the arms back too far behind the head.

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Online Lesson: Harley Holohan – Heel Heavy Posture Leads to Arm Lift and Hands Dropping in Transition

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

It’s obvious why Harley is a low handicap player: he has an excellent swing. In this lesson my suggestions focus on posture and transition, where I see Harley raising up from P3 to P4 and then dropping his hands and right arm behind him from P4 to P5. I trace this issue back to Harley’s initial posture at address, where being a bit heavy in the heels and not really out over the ball leads to the right side of his lower body not deepening in the backswing, and as his pelvic motion works into his left hip heading to the top he lifts his arms and comes off his tush line. The usual pattern follows where you can see the butt end of the grip work backwards behind his right side while his hips continue to drive out toward the ball.

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Online Lessons: John Krystynak Part 5

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

In this video I compare John’s swing from April of 2015 to now, and while we see some improvement it is also obvious that John has swing patterns that are hard to change. My sense of John’s takeaway is that both arms get too rigid just as the club moves back, and the left arm is forced to move out and around a right arm that won’t bend enough to allow the left to move more across the chest. At the same time there needs to be more vertical raising of the clubhead from the beginning by adding wrist cock. The larger issue here is the failure to deepen the pelvis and the overuse of the right shoulder to extend the turn as he gets to the top of the swing.

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Online Lessons: Phil Pfeiffer Part 4

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

My actual game on the golf course is telling me that we must be making some real progress. My handicap index is down to 0.6 (the lowest of my life), I’ve had a couple nice tournament results, and I almost never shoot anything higher than about 75 in casual rounds anymore. I still don’t really strike it with consistent solidness, but I just don’t seem to hit very many damaging shots either. It’s like we’ve gotten enough good stuff in there so that I can at least play.

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