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Swing Analysis: Wayne D. From the Vault – 1981 to 2002

This isn’t so much a swing analysis as it is a compilation of my swings throughout a 20 year period. I got my first video camera (appropriated from my first wife’s father) back in 1981 and started taping my swing, not really knowing much about what I was looking at, except that I was a big fan of Tom Watson and read Hogan’s Five Lessons religiously. In the first batch of swings you can see the Watson influence, and after 2 major back operations you can see how I opted for a more rotary Hogan type move. The changes I made in the mid to late 80’s are substantial and were mostly done before I ever started teaching, which I am somewhat proud of in that I managed to “dig” a career out of “the dirt” by evolving my technique to a less back-stressful action. I have to temper that remark with the fact that no good swing is “easy” on the back, but as soon as you see my early 80’s swings (and the swing I played junior, college and mini-tour golf with) you will probably cringe as much as I do. Whoever came up with “reverse-C” (maybe the worst idea ever regarding the golf swing, just ahead of “square to square”) should be shot.
You will also see a second major change from a long, across the line backswing and a stuck downswing to a much shorter, less behind the hands swing courtesy of a setup change (from square to a fair bit open at address). I have since gone back to a square stance, and while my swing is now much better than any of these you see here my deteriorating physical abilities have made me a much worse player due to my inability to perform the swing consistently and my further inability to practice for any decent amount of time without hurting myself. I guess the moral of the story is that to play good golf it is nice to have good technique but without practice (on ball striking, short game and putting) it doesn’t get you where you want to go.
Anyway, it was neat to find these old swings, if only to see the shorts and the hair.


5 Responses to Swing Analysis: Wayne D. From the Vault – 1981 to 2002

  1. Ben H March 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Hi Wayne. At a point in this vid You spoke about your practise swings
    Being on plane then the momentum of the actual swing sucking the club inside and that you had to work in that alot. I find I do this too, it also makes the top of my back swing really flat. How did you fix this problem ? What / how do you get it up the shaft plane now ?
    Cheers. Ben

  2. Ben H March 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Great explanation Wayne thanks… I have watch the the away videos more than a few times ..Will probably take a few times more !!!

    Ive been watching your vids and trying to incorpoate your methods but on viewing my swing, the practise take aways / swings are bang on plane with nice progressions. … Then my actual swing is either pulled inside or hands are raising to early and the progressions go from 8 and 4 to about 6 and 1. I’m happy with my face angle, the drag on the grip and having the head out side my hands, it’s just trying to get it going up the plane each time. Will study your comment again and get the iPhone out at the range tomorra.

    I must say, trying to get this hip deeper, lower / bow, slide (slightly) and rotate 45 degrees is taxing to say the least ! Especially when you shank one badly and look like a 28 HC lol

    I’m determined to get it thou. Keep the info coming mate your website is class.

    Would defiantly have come for a lesson if I lived in the states. !!!


  3. Ben H March 7, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    That first bit should have read …” I have watched the take away videos a few times “

  4. Ben H March 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    I also think that bit about watching your swing face on for the spacing of the right arm will help.. I don’t record enough swings from the front so will give that some more attention.. Thanks for taking the time to reply there Wayne.

  5. Ben H March 11, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Yeah thanks I’ll get on it and have it mastered soon hopefully ! When I talk about the practice swings, I mean the ones just before I take a proper swing. Not necessarily slow mo ones, just slower as Im on a pre-swing. Ive actually counted the clicks on the camera and the pre-swings are about 24/8, bang on plane etc, them my actual swing is about 18/6 which I think (going off your tempo video) is probably a bit fast so Im going to try and slow it a bit and get it to 21/7 and see how that starts to look.

    Everything else is really helping my swing though, I played yesterday and my ball striking was noticeably better. Just need to get this club on plane at the top as well and Im across and as per your “Crossing the line “ video I cant keep in the box as Im jutting forward.

    Look forward to your new videos and good luck in tourns this season.

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