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Diagnosing Problem Lessons

  • Curing a Shank

    Shhhhhh...don't even utter the word. For those of you that have "caught" them, you know exactly what I mean. Brought to the big screen in the hit golf movie "Tin Cup", shanks have forever been the most feared thing in golf.… continue reading

  • Fixing the Flip

    What is a flip? Quite a few times a student has posed the question - "What's the hardest thing to fix in the golf swing?" My answer and that of most golf professionals is one of two things: a) an early release or b) a flip. What… continue reading

  • How The Hips Work

    The Mystery of the Hips The middle section of the body provides for a lot of discussion in golf. Although there are hoards of questions that students pose on the lesson tee, the topic of hips is one that always results in a… continue reading

  • Impact

    It is absolutely ASTONISHING to me that the majority of golfers are playing a game that requires movement of a ball and they have no comprehension of what causes the ball to move the way it does. What's criminal is the lack of proper instruction or instruction at all on impact, when it should be the FIRST thing taught. Instructors spend time on things like posture,… continue reading

  • Impact: Getting To Perfect Impact

    What is impact and how do you get there? Most golfers start the game, play the game for years and don't ever ponder that question. Lack of knowledge about impact is the biggest travesty in golf instruction in my opinion.… continue reading

  • Keep Your Left Arm Straight

    One of the very first things a beginner golfer hears is "keep your left arm straight". That is for right handers of course. Do you think that is must or a myth? Somewhat of an old wives tale or sage advice? Well it's a little… continue reading

  • Preventing A Push

    The definition of a push or a block is a ball that starts to the right (for right handed players) and stays on a straight line to the right. In other words, it does not curve like a slice. A slice would start to the left and banana… continue reading

  • Should You Detach Your Left Heel On The Backswing?

    A popular question of the day for a right-handed golfer is whether the left heel should detach or stay grounded at the top of the backswing. My response? Both scenarios are OK as long as it is not a conscious choice either way and that a good transfer and turn is created without possibility of injury. You Have Permission to Detach! The more flexibility you have, there… continue reading

  • Swing Plane

    The swing plane is really the heart of golf mechanics and golf instruction. We establish a good grip, stance, posture and alignment so that we will be able to swing the club on plane consistently with ease. What is the swing plane? This is a great question. It is one that is asked by more students than you can imagine. Similar to the concept of proper impact, it is hard… continue reading

  • Swing Plane: Shaft Plane

    The original shaft plane is often called the meat of the golf swing. I like to think of it as the blueprint for your golf swing. It is the starting point for which your swing is built around. Just like the blueprints for a house… continue reading

  • Swing Plane: The Right Elbow Plane

    There are 3 inclined planes often talked about in the golf swing. The shaft plane, the shoulder plane and the elbow plane. I believe the right elbow plane (for right handers) is often overlooked and misunderstood. In fact,… continue reading

  • Swing Plane: The Shoulder Plane

    Of the 3 main inclined planes in the swing, the shaft plane, the shoulder plane and the elbow plane, the shoulder plane is the easiest to feel and control. The ultimate goal is always to keep the club shaft swinging on its… continue reading

  • The Chunk

    Fat, heavy, chunky, behind, chili dip...whatever you want to call's not good. Hitting the ground before the ball hurts! It hurts you physically, but it really hurts your score as you lose significant distance.… continue reading

  • The Reverse Pivot

    There are 3 main reverse pivots in the golf swing. To help understand what is meant by a reverse pivot, remember that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Your body wants to be in balance. No one wants… continue reading

  • Topping the Ball

    It can be super frustrating when you've got a great lie, make a powerful swing and hit only the top of the ball. In fact it can hurt. Making a full force swing and hitting nothing or almost nothing can be jarring to your body.… continue reading

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