Jay—

I look forward to working with you on your goals for overall golf improvement.

Each lesson will be posted under your menu tab on my website titled with the lesson’s date. This will enable you to progressively check your swing mechanics and overall golf skills.

We’ve agreed to weekly lessons in the beginning so that you have time to practice in between lessons.

You will see a number of swing and putting sequences over the coming days. The first two are below and as they are captioned, these are your base line swings from facing your and from behind you with an iron prior to any instructions. You can control the photos in the sequence if you want to start and stop them. Just press on the start and go buttons in the bottom righthand corner of the video sequence. Or, just watch the sequences as they loop over and over to see what your swing looks like in slow motion. The sequences are looped so they will keep playing unless you stop them.

I’m adding Gregg Norman’s slow-motion video as promised because I mentioned that his swing limits the motion and movements in body except those that are critical to hitting the ball. I don’t expect any of my students to duplicate his swing…I can’t even do that, but I do suggest that you watch it carefully and compare it to your own for a little self-analyzation. Again, his video is just to demonstrate that you don’t need a lot of body motion to hit the ball well and consistently.

Swing Faults [the first 3 should be incorporated in your practice per our discussion]

  1. Grip — your grip is in a weak position as discussed. On your left hand you should see two knuckles while in the address position. Your right hand looks pretty good after you rotate your left hand into a strong position. Also, don’t kill the grip. As noted, several of fingers were white from grip pressure and your grip pressure was fairly distributed in both hands and palms. As mentioned, the pressure points of the grip need to be in your two little fingers of your left hand and your two larger fingers of the right hand. The rest are along for the ride. This will provide you with a lot more swing power as we improve your swing techniques.
  2. Swaying — your body should never sway in any direction. Your upper body should remain centered between your feet…between your insteps. To do this do not shift your weight from one foot to the other in the backswing. Your right leg should brace against this movement [sway] as your shoulders pivot around your spine. You are just turning around your spine in a very tight circle…in your backswing. Also, you will need to control your left knee more so that it doesn’t bend too much into your other knee. The result is a weakening of your body torque. For proper torque, the hips need to resist your shoulders’ pivot around your spine. Keeping your left leg more stable [less bending] will help your hips resist the turning of your shoulders so you can build that critical torque in your back and other muscles.
  3. Standing up — you want to keep the distance between your eyes and the ball fairly level throughout most of your swing. This requires you to stay over the ball and not raise or dip your body because this changes the distance between your eyes and the ball. To hit the ball consistently and with solid impact you will need to work on staying on a fairly level plane during your swing.

The faults below are the ones I mentioned but are not your current priority. Just listing them so you know where we’ll be going in future lessons.

  1. Hinging [or cocking] your wrist from waist up to top of swing
  2. Flying elbow — we’ll work on your elbow marriage later.
  3. Full hand extension — this will give you a better swing arc.
  4. Top of swing — we will either shorten your swing, or we’ll get it up higher over your head…too low now as you will notice in the swing sequence.
  5. Cupping — you’re doing a fairly good job of straightening your wrist through impact, but we can tweak more later.
  6. Address — the main thing here is turning your left toe a quarter turn toward the target line.
  7. Putting — as noted during our consultation, you are putting uneven and this will leave you short and long more often than not. We’ll work on the pendulum swing we tested today. The backstroke equals the forward stroke in distance and speed. This will eliminate most of your pushes and pulls and you will improve your distance control for more consistent putts. Maximum of two strokes per hole. The lag putt and the final putt. The lag putt should ALWAYS go past the hole if you don’t hole out, but no more than 18 inches past. That’s half of your 3-foot circle. We’ll work on this each time we meet.

CONSULTATION: BEGINNING WITH A BASE LINE IRON SHOT #1

Your body moves away and up from the ball, but you do a commendable job of getting back to the ball. However, this contributes to inconsistency in your shot making. Stay over the ball and pivot around your spine instead of swaying, lifting and then dipping to get back to the ball. This is the primary fault in your swing.

CONSULTATION: BEGINNING WITH A BASE LINE IRON SHOT #2

You'll notice the same swaying in this angle. Plus, you can see the flying elbow in this angle too. We'll work on getting your elbow vertical at the top of your swing. To your credit, you have only slight cupping of your wrist at the top of your swing and it looks like that straightens in the downswing...for better impact.

CONSULTATION: BEGINNING WITH A BASE LINE DRIVER SHOT #1

Notice that at the top of your swing that your club looks like it is resting on your shoulders. At this point, we would expect the club shaft to be about 6 to 10 inches above your shoulders. If your mobility is restricted, we might look at shorting your backswing, or work on your hand extensions to get the shaft above your shoulders. I believe the primary reason is because the left arms bends at the elbow more than it should. Try keeping it straighter at the top.

CONSULTATION: BEGINNING WITH A BASE LINE DRIVER SHOT #2

Down the line look...nothing more to add here.

CONSULTATION: BEGINNING WITH A BASE LINE LAG PUTT UP SLOPE

You are using the pendulum swing, but you are trying to control the speed in the forward swing. This happens when you think the putt will be short or long, depending on the situation and you adjust the forward speed accordingly. This is somewhat innate and partially trained manipulation. Out of the three putts up slope, one was too short, one too long and one near the pin. Our goal is to learn the distance needed in the backswing to be matched in the forward swing. Same speed, same distance back and forward.

CONSULTATION: BEGINNING WITH A BASE LINE LAG PUTT DOWN SLOPE

Pretty much the same results down slope. To your credit, you have a very good grip position with your opposing hands. And you already adapting to the pendulum stroke...just need more practice to get the distance control better. Your green reads seem pretty much on target although I can show how to improve it next time.

Below is Gregg Norman's swing sequence.