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

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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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Swing Analysis: Padraig Harrington- Putting Practice Techniques into Tournament Play

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

When you watch Harrington on the practice tee you would think he was doing drills, combining both stop and go swings to work on his takeaway with step-in swings that affect transition and impact. However, as the footage from the Czech Masters in August proves, he is not just doing drills, he is doing exactly what he is going to play with on the course. Padraig is not the first to incorporate a stop or prolonged pause in his swing (think Sandy Lyle using a full stop at the top), and certainly not the first to do odd things with his left foot, although I’d have to search for a player who lifted the entire foot off the ground before P 3. Doing both in the same swing and using that swing on the course in tournament play is testament to Harrington’s continued search for a better swing, an inclination that many believe derailed his major championship winning formula of 2007 and 2008 and has led to almost 10 years of struggle. He is a thoughtful, deep thinker who has no problem explaining what he is up to (I quote him from a recent interview regarding the stop in the takeaway), and he has excelled at the “Happy Gilmore” running start swing in the past. I just think it’s very cool to see him incorporate these things into his swing and to be successful with them (two top 5’s in the last 2 months on the European Tour). Another interesting tidbit here is the left leg movement after the foot is lifted (he simultaneously internally rotates his upper leg while externally rotating his lower leg), which I compare to an old video of Hogan making a rehearsal swing.

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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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The First Tee Sunday at the Ryder Cup: How the Best Use Routine to Combat Nerves

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

The Ryder Cup is one of the only events where we see some of the best players in the world get introduced and go through their full routine on the first tee. Here I look at how the following players take their turns teeing off in what is probably one of the most pressure packed shots in all of golf: Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Phil Mickelson, and Francesco Molinari. I focus on their every movement after they tee up the ball, including practice swings, target focus, number of steps and amount of time to get to the ball and set up, and then time over the ball before they pull the trigger. I think every golfer gets the first tee jitters and watching what these great players do to prepare for their opening tee shots is quite instructive.

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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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Basement Tapes: The Release: Two Main Types (Video 5 of 5)

By Wayne | Videos: Basement Tapes

This is the last segment for this particular series of “Basement Tapes” lectures. The release of the club tends to be a controversial subject. In this video I cover the “Drive Hold” release and the “Throw” release. I cover the things you’ll want to achieve for good impact position and things you’ll want to avoid. The information in this video will have the most clarity if you’ve watched the previous four videos in order. Let me know in the forum if you like these “Basement Tapes” and if you’d like to see more of this type of content.

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Basement Tapes: The Downswing (Video 4 of 5)

By Wayne | Videos: Basement Tapes

We’re in the basement this week and for this next segment I’m talking about “The Downswing”. Remember that the information in each of these segments builds upon what is presented in the previous video so make certain to watch them in order. Here I’m talking about what happens with the clubface in the downswing including the importance of grip where I go over three different types. I discuss things you want to achieve and also things you’ll want to avoid. Stay tuned for the last segment of this series: “The Release: Two Main Types”.

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