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WATCH: Dr. Jim Suttie explains how to stop getting “stuck” on the downswing

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In our all new “Lesson of the Day” video series with V1 Sports, we match a different GolfWRX member with a different V1 Sports instructor each day. It’s extremely important to both V1 Sports and GolfWRX to help golfers improve their games and shoot lower scores, and there’s no better way to do that than getting lessons. While we not only want to provide free lessons to select GolfWRX members, we want to encourage and inspire golfers to seek professional instruction.

For instructions on how to submit your own video for a chance at getting a free lesson from a V1 Sports instructor as part of our Lesson of the Day series, CLICK HERE.

In the video below, PGA Instructor Dr. Jim Suttie gives a lesson to GolfWRXer Robert DeRogatis. Suttie (known by his students simply as “Doc”) is one of the world’s best-known and most-respected golf instructors, according to V1 Sports. He’s been teaching golf for more than 42 years, was the 2000 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest Top 50 instructor, and Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor.

Robert, Suttie’s student in the video below, has a few unique swing issues, as well as a few common issues that many golfers can learn from. Enjoy the video instruction below!

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  1. geohogan

    Dec 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    The golf club is a lever. The one piece takeaway means the butt of the club moves toward the ground from beginning of takeaway. Its the top hand pinkie and butt of the hand that presses the butt of the club(lever) down toward the ground. Clubhead can only raise off the ground if the butt end of the lever moves down toward the ground.

    Of course if clubhead doesnt move up it will only move behind rather than up and around.

    Ref The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992.

  2. ButchT

    Oct 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Good observation about the right hand.

  3. Eric

    Oct 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    You’ve got a bad swing, unlike this pro down below.

    That sucks.

    ???????

    Send email

  4. Jeremy

    Oct 1, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Ok, there are bad positions but there’s no real instruction / drills to help correct them = video lesson fail.

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Eddie Fernandes has made big changes to his swing (and his power and consistency have gone up) by mastering the key moves in slow motion before he speeds them up. Everyone should use this kind of slow motion training to make real changes to their swing!

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Stickney: There are many ways to pitch the ball that work

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While surfing through some old swings, I found a great photo of two players hitting pitch shots at Augusta. Both are great pitchers of the ball but use differing techniques. It goes to show you that there is more than one way to get the job done and in fact it reiterates that there is really no “law” when it comes to what shot to play under certain circumstances.

Note: I did NOT say that one was better than the other; I said both work, but you must decide which style works better for you in the end.

In the photo on the left, the player in the white sets his wrists fully, but as we look at the player on the right (in the blue) you can see no wrist hinge at all. So, which is more correct? Both are!

The player on the left hits his pitch shots with more of a driving of the leading edge, which relies on a steeper angle of attack. The golfer on the right uses more of the bounce of the club and thus will come into the ball more shallowly. Not setting the wrists as much helps him to do so.

So, remember that you must experiment with both styles to find your best way…but don’t forget it’s nice to understand and learn how to use both!

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