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Progress Report: Wayne D. Heads to the 2014 PNC

It’s been 13 years since I won the CPC (now known as the PGA PNC) and I haven’t made the cut since 2007 or something like that, so each year I try to prepare knowing that I am on the downside of my playing career but still eager to put what I know about the swing into action on the course. I have some hope this year as I have had some decent results early (mostly due to short game and putting) but also because I have been working out diligently and am in the best shape and feeling stronger than I have in almost 10 years. The biggest issue has been with the driver, and you can see from the videos that I still have pattern issues getting the club crossed at the top and moving into the front of my left foot starting down, getting me somewhat under myself and stuck and producing a two way miss. Getting the clubhead to stay outside or even with my hands in the takeaway feels like I’m jacking it way outside, but if I stop my right arm and consciously try to move my hands more outward in transition I produce some better results. My pivot is always a problem, as my right leg and hip issues keep me from adding flex and getting deeper with the right leg and hip. Instead I usually straighten my right leg and lean out onto my left, lifting up a bit in the second half of the backswing. My thought now is to add flex to the right leg while moving my arms more outward and away from me in the backswing, then open up hard with my hands moving almost straight outward starting down. We will see what happens when it counts.
 

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11 Responses to Progress Report: Wayne D. Heads to the 2014 PNC

  1. john arturo June 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Wayne,

    I have very similar issues with the hips staying in the box, despite trying numerous ways and combinations to do this. As you have seen this casues the stuck position swinging out to far out rather than across and in during the forward swing.

    I get perplexed because I should be able to do this and working the arms and shoulders have little if no positive effect.

    When I look at swings like Bobby Jones and other greats of golf who whipped the club inside on the take away and then across the line at the top, they all get to impact in the box and swinging left with a sustained flat wrist past impact.

    So to me the real issue is in the hips and trunk control. Not that moving the arms and shaft on a better take away plane an dposition at the top, but it all seems to be the magic in controlling something other than the club/shaf plane on the backswing. It seems to be the flexibility and control of the feet.legs,hips, and torso.

    Your thoughts?

    Jack

  2. Ben H June 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Jack, I had your issues for a while and could never stay in the box, I always came away from the line and in my back swing and my right knee would drive toward the ball in transition.

    I found out (I think!) why this was happening and it was because I was too bent over at address. If you are in a position to start were you can’t really deepen then u can only go one way.

    I started to stand up taller at address, which allowed me to feel like I could deepen, and bow or crunch down more at the start and in transition, this also made it easier to drive from the right heel more, make my right leg move toward to target more and stay in the box.

    The magic move of lowering the torso, backing the hips up and turning 45 is also easier now.

    That’s the key to me, I’ve been a Wayne D student for a good 18 months now and practising that move a lot and getting it right (the rythem of it) is what it’s all about.

    Practise skimming a stone, the throwing a golf ball down the line and also throwing the club at the target that Wayne advocates as much as possible. The more u do it and get the feeling the easier it becomes when your doing it for real, and it’s not an easy thing to do !!!

    Hope that helps

    Ben

    • john arturo June 18, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Ben,

      Thanks for the tip on the address posture. I will definately give it a try.

      Jack

  3. Ben H June 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Oh yeah and good luck Wayne in your tourney ….

    Peace out folks x

  4. Jan Pyat June 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Yes, good luck!

  5. John Neeson June 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Play well Wayne. For someone who is always tinkering and refining his swing, I’d be interested in what you actually think about (or concentrate on), about when you are swinging during a competition. I find I play best when I have one technique swing key that works. They rarely work as well when the charm has worn off, so I am forever searching.

  6. Clint June 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Wayne, you could always just do what Martin Kaymer does: stop thinking about the golf swing and just play golf. Oh wait. Kaymer is in phenomenal physical shape and has already been the best player in the world once. Not to mention his move is near perfect and his tempo crisp and athletic. So I guess that advice only works for other top tour players, and for some of our friends at Golf Channel. On second thought, keep thinking, keep working at it, and enjoy the struggle that is part of golf’s charm. I for one will be rooting for you. Good luck!!!

  7. randal white June 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    What about pulling out the old posture pod?..

  8. russ aragon June 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Have fun buddy! G/L

  9. Larry Rogan June 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    To get the across the line at the top fixed. Stand straight up. Cross your arms in front of you your chest and just think of pulling your right shoulder blade/lat down as you turn back. It looks from the vid, as you are feeling you are getting an excess tilt and arm lift as opposed to a trunk rotation to set those arms. Anyway, I look forward to following your play next week. From one old man to another, Fairways and Greens.

  10. John Neeson June 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Wayne,
    Sorry to hear that you had to withdraw. That’s a pity. Hope you get better soon.

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