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Practice Rounds at the 2015 Masters

Augusta is a pretty cool place, and I thought you’d like to see some of Kevin Streelman’s swings on the range and on the course, as well as a few of his practice round partners, Gary Woodland, John Senden, Steve Stricker, Robert Streb and James Hahn. By Wednesday we had dialed in what Kevin wanted to think about this week (brace the right foot in at address, then open the face on the backswing and cover with the right side on the forward swing), and it worked out great Wednesday afternoon as Kevin won the famous Par-3 Contest, shooting 5 under for 9 holes. His play continued to be very solid today as he started the tournament with a 2 under par 70.
What is interesting to think about is that all the work that goes into improving the swing enables the player to reduce his conscious swing thoughts to a few keys that become more pattern oriented and thus less verbal. This is not possible if there are too many variables or complications going on, so as the swing improves it becomes more likely that the thought process over the ball is simplified and can function better under pressure. Sean Foley made an interesting comment today in an interview when asked if along with the technique work he does with his players did he have to play psychologist all the time as well. He responded that “the best psychologist is a swing that hits the ball where you want it to go”. I agree totally. Golf is not a simple game until you make it that way, and making it that way takes a lot of time and effort. In other words, it can be a complicated process to uncomplicate the swing, but the end goal is always to clear the mind as much as possible. That is what technique work is all about. When the technique works it is not that hard to be confident.

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5 Responses to Practice Rounds at the 2015 Masters

  1. peter April 10, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    Could the grip handle moving mostly straight down in Gary Woodlands transition be a carry over from his time with Leadbetter. I remember you commenting on that at the time and I imagine it takes a while to get that action out of a swing!

    Kevin’s swing looks very good!

  2. russ aragon April 10, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    It looks like Tiger is playing cavity back irons, none of the talking heads have noticed!

  3. Christian Mauer April 10, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    great stuff

  4. mark smith April 14, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    Hi Wayne we were watching the Masters Sunday night (UK Time) and we saw images of Kevin. I told my wife I have the same coach, she smiled and said ‘ then you have no excuses not to be good this year :)’.

    I hope you had a great experience.

  5. Tom Hurst April 14, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    I am so pleased to find you in the “high cotton’ @ Augusta— you certainly have earned your way there. I was hoping you were able to have a brief exchange with Brandel, who continues his diatribe re: lowering on national TV——Pat Coyner and I are attempting to plan a trip to Austen so maybe I’ll get the opportunity to ask Ben if after all of the fawning by the press “he thinks he can walk on water. It is truly a special place HOWEVER —— it’s too much embroidery for my taste from the media. tom hurst

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