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Online Lesson: John Lamendola 18- Extension past Impact and Full Use of the Pivot

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

John’s swing has improved considerably over the time we’ve been working (mostly online) and he is committed to continuing to improve. We are to the point now where most of the major issues have been addressed, but as we all know there are always things to work on. In this video I suggest something that John had been thinking about for some time, the driving and straightening of the right leg up into the left in the impact area. When we started back in 2015, John’s pattern was to overturn with his right arm and shoulder, drop his hands down in transition, and early extend with the right side of his pelvis. A lot of that has been fixed (he will always be working on the “hands out” move), but as the hips stayed deeper and the lower body cleared better the right glute has tended to remain somewhat passive during the strike, not surprising when we worked so hard to keep it from pushing out to the right early in the downswing. I would like him to really fire that right glute up into the left as he also pushes up off the left leg, which in turn I am hoping will get him to extend more through the ball, using his pivot more fully and freeing up his arms as they move into the follow through. I think the combination of more vertical force and more extension will lead to more clubhead speed. One thing to note is that John mentioned that he has purposefully been trying to keep his left arm connected to his chest into the follow through (I thought that swinging indoors had engendered a cutoff finish), a thought I would like him to get rid of.

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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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Short Game Work with John Lamendola

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

Wayne D! Apologies if this email gets long. Tee to green I haven’t played with anyone all year who has hit it as good as me. My ball striking has become really really good. What’s been really holding me back is my chipping and pitching from 30 and in. I think it gets a little flippy and the follow through gets long. My miss is thin not fat. Shot 79/75 NYC am both rounds could have easily been in the 60’s. If I can sort this shot out I am very confident I can start winning. Thanks, as always. You have transformed my golf swing!!!!

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Online Lesson John Lamendola: Looking for More Driver Speed (163 mph ball speed)

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

John has made remarkable progress over the 2 ½ years we have been working on his swing, and now that he knows where the ball is going and is comfortable with his technique we are looking for ways to increase his clubhead and ball speed with the driver. In this lesson I put him side by side with Charlie Hoffman, who I filmed a few years ago when I was at the Valspar Championship with Streelman. In the comparison I note that John is loading his pelvis toward his center instead of over his right leg, and when he cuts the right hip in and leaves the “wall” that is the right side of the face on hip box he short changes his upper body coil and leaves some potential energy unused.

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Online Lesson: John Lamendola Part 14- Loading in Transition

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

John is still looking for more distance with the driver (who isn’t) and in this video lesson I suggest that he try to load back into the right hip more as he gets to the top of his swing, which would be evidenced by a lowering of his head as the hands and arms change direction. After this lesson John received the Swing Catalyst he ordered for his house (anyone can have one for 10 grand), a very cool machine that measures ground force changes during the swing as well as vertical force in the forward swing. As I predicted John found that his use of the ground left something to be desired, and now that he has a tool to measure it will certainly be interesting to see what comes next.

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Picking Up Some Yardage Off The Tee: Online Students: John Lamendola Part 13

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

I use Jordan Spieth and Charl Schwartzel as examples of players who are moderate in physical size but produce tremendous clubhead speed. In both cases we see the upper body begin to back up around P5, with the left leg beginning to push up off the ground and the pelvis elevating from P6 into and past impact. In our lesson before this we focused on foot pressure in transition, and stabilizing the right foot will help this downswing action occur.

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Online Students: John Lamendola 12

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John has been a consistent online lesson taker (along with 3 face -to -face lessons) and has shown remarkable improvement in his technique and in the results he has achieved on the golf course. He has the good fortune to have a basement studio with all sorts of useful technology, which makes processing and practicing the suggestions I make over the internet much easier.

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Online Students: John Lamendola Part 11 Hitting Draws and Fades

By Wayne | Videos: Online Students

This video gives us a nice primer on hitting draws and fades and what the swings should look like when the camera angle stays the same for both shots. Also as you watch the video you’ll see that I disagree with John’s guesses as to why the hybrid impact looks a bit flippy. His head stays in its box through the impact area nicely, and he is certainly plenty rotary as his left knee disappears from view just as his left arm gets to parallel to the ground in the forward swing. What I do note here is that…

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