Day 2 at Emerald Dunes: Wayne D’s Swing (with video)

By Wayne | blog

It is always a test to play in a heavy wind. Today it was blowing 15-25 mph, and that means that no shot can be taken for granted. Every shot has to be struck well in order to end up well, from the drive with water left and a hard left to right crosswind, to 130 yard shot into the wind that would usually be a nice pitching wedge but now turns into a knockdown 8 iron, if not a punch 7. Anything with too much side spin will float out of control, and too much backspin into the wind guarantees a pitch from short of the green or a blast out of the front bunker.
 
I continued to drive the ball better today, and that is great news for my chances to begin playing better golf than I have in a number of years. I have added quite a bit of distance, and I am keeping the ball in play even in the windy conditions. I took a degree of loft off of my R11 S driver (from 9 to 8) and changed the thingy on the bottom to extra closed, and those two adjustments have helped my ball flight and my directional control. Changing the plate on the bottom is supposed to be aesthetic only, as it simply changes the way the club appears to set up visually at address, but I was thinking about this and it came to me that the way the face looks when you set up has everything to do with how you grip the club, because you are always gripping the club relative to what the face looks like when you set the club down.
 
Anyway, I didn’t hit the irons quite as well today, and the videos I shot of my swing show why. As I mentioned in the past, if I video my swing after not playing well I almost always watch and say to myself “no wonder”. This time is no different, as I move off the ball too much and cut the club under my hands in the takeaway, then cross the line and come out of the box in the forward swing. I have to improve my backswing if I am going to swing the way I am visualizing, and I think I can do that tomorrow by concentrating on getting the clubhead up a bit faster onto the shaft plane going back and deepening my hips while getting my left heel up a bit so that I don’t transition into the front of my left foot. I’m getting closer, and I certainly know what I would like to do, I just have to concentrate harder and try to overcome the stiffness in my back.
 

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Joe February 29, 2012

It looks like Hallberg has less hip turn to the toe up position. Wouldn’t freely moving the hips promote pulling it back under the plane and an under and across the line progression like old school players? I guess if you are going to freely move the hips early in the swing, you are going to have to really cock the thing up hard to catch the shaft plane like Hogan. Actually when you talk about hip movement, i am starting to understand that there is a hip turn (where you swivel) and what I believe you are promoting, which is more of a squat-deepening where the right hip is pushed back on an angle but doesn’t collapse or swivel (you can really see Hogan and Tani Tseng do this). I hope I am getting this right. good luck

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Daryl February 29, 2012

Wayne O
Big D here. What type of game you playing down there? Your lower body looks like your doing the dancing jive or some salsa that I am unaware of. Take away is way to inside? Who’s your role model now? John Daly? All you need is a beer dispenser hat on top of your head and your good to go. And don’t even get me started on that lower body movement on the downswing. Good gracious. I thought I taught you better than that. I know you have looked up to me all these years but I deserve better Wayne O. Oh take two aleve for your back, that should do the trick.

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Darrell March 1, 2012

WAYNE, BODY AND SWING IS LOOKING BETTER. LOVE THE WAY YOUR SHAFT LAYS DOWN A LITTLE IN THAT CHANGE OF DIRECTION! GO PUTT!!!! NICE TO SEE YOU LAST WEEK .

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Pink April 21, 2012

Wayne,
You are so close and I like it. I couldn’t it it 300 yds. off Pikes Peak. Maybe across a frozen lake.

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