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Playing for Money: Derek Gillespie and Why He Struck the Ball Poorly at 2nd Stage

By Wayne | Videos: Playing For Money

I probably shouldn’t use the word “poorly” in the title of this short paragraph as for most people the way Derek hits the ball would be other worldly, but in trying to qualify for the Web.Com at 2nd stage you either have to have your ball striking in order or you must get it up and down constantly and make every putt, which doesn’t happen very often. Derek’s own assessment of his performance was that he just didn’t hit the ball at a high enough level, so we did pretty much what we always do, which is look at the swing he brings with him and try to figure out what it’s doing, why it’s not working as well as it needs to, and get it to improve.

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Playing for Money: Nick Sherwood Part 2

By Wayne | Videos: Playing For Money

Wayne, “I just wanted to give a quick update. Over the past two weeks in Palm Desert I have made and seen lots of progress. I am hitting lots of golf shots I’ve never seen. Specifically talking about speed and distance. I am encouraged about the road we are heading down. That was Nick commenting on his feelings about our first online lesson, and this video is the second.

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Playing for Money: Chas Narramore Part 2

By Wayne | Videos: Playing For Money

After watching the video I sent him with suggestions regarding his first batch of swings Chas worked on it a couple days and then sent back these swings. It’s amazing how much difference there is between keeping the face shut on the backswing and trying to open it. You can see that he doesn’t really get the toe up when the shaft is parallel to the ground in the takeaway, but he does continue to try to open it to the top which completely uncrosses the shaft.

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Playing for Money: Chas Narramore

By Wayne | Videos: Playing For Money

Chas came to me through his friend and my long-time student Jason Gandy. Chas played well enough to earn his Web.Com card for 2016, but only made 8 of 21 cuts with 1 top 20. Jason encouraged Chas to send me a few swings to look at and that is what you will see here. Chas obviously has a powerful and fluid swing with excellent rhythm and tempo.

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Playing for Money: Josh Eure Part 2

By Wayne | Videos: Playing For Money

Josh is another young, strong, talented player who has been trying to qualify for any kind of tour since he got out of college a few years back. I taught Josh as a junior (he won 3 straight Maryland State Junior Championships and 2 State High School Championships) but lost track of him when he went off to the U. of Arkansas. He spent some time with other instructors and came back to see me about a year ago. And now for the good news: Josh just qualified for the Latin American Tour!

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Playing for Money: Derek Gillespie Part 5

By Wayne | Videos: Playing For Money

Derek is about to start another season on the Latin American Tour, and his swing is really rounding into shape. By opening the clubface more aggressively in the backswing and all the way to the top Derek gets the club right on plane instead of crossing the line, which makes a big difference in his downswing and approach to impact. The rotation of the club with the left hand and wrist serve to externally rotate the right shoulder from left arm parallel to the top, which puts both the shaft and his upper right arm in better shape to initiate the sidearm throwing motion that will allow his hands to advance more forward at impact. As you will see this simplifies an already clean, simple looking motion that is powerful at the same time. I fully expect Derek to play well and continue to advance in his attempt to make the PGA Tour.

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Playing for Money: Nick Sherwood

By Wayne | Videos: Playing For Money

“I am currently about to go play a practice round for final stage of Asia Tour school. I look forward to talking with you more and learning how I can improve. “

As you will see in the video Nick has an excellent swing that I believe could be improved by opening the clubface in the backswing, which would improve his right arm action and give him more wrist cock that he could retain in the downswing to produce more forward lean at impact with his irons and more clubhead speed with his driver. I did not want to give Nick new swing thoughts right before his qualifier, so I waited until afterwards (he shot 10 under, which finished 61st and earned him conditional status).

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