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Lesson of the Day: How to stop the chicken wing, and the “Vijay water bottle drill”

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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 today’s lesson, PGA Master Professional John Hughes gives a video lesson to Kris Pope who’s struggling with topping the golf ball. Hughes teaches her how to stop the chicken wing, explains the “tee drill,” and he explains the Vijay Singh water bottle drill.

According the V1 Sports, Hughes has more than 29 years of experience. He’s the golf coach to beginners, intermediates, elite juniors and amateurs, corporate executives, celebrities, mini tour and major tour winners. One of only 368 individuals who have earned the designation of PGA Master Professional, Hughes has the skills, knowledge, experience, and passion to provide you an opportunity to experience the absolute best golf lesson you will ever have, as well as assist you in reaching your potential.

Check out the lesson below!

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  1. dj

    Nov 1, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    PGA Master Professional?

  2. sr3golf

    Oct 31, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    This is a joke right?? What a horrible lesson given to this young lady…. In my professional opinion, she needs to get her left shoulder higher at address and stay behind the ball at impact to launch the ball higher. She also probably needs a fairway wood with more loft as she doesn’t create enough speed to generate the correct launch angle. Telling her she needs to hit down to make the ball go up is nothing but prehistoric, moronic BS and will only cause her to bring her launch conditions down. The only correct thing he said was, that you want to hit the bottom of the ball…and IDK if he even mentioned that.

    • ESGOLF

      Nov 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

      My thoughts exactly!!!!! Look at her shoulder plane on the down swing. Instinctively we all know how to avoid what we don’t want to happen. In this case, hit the ground. Chances are she has hit a few shots really heavy and to avoid doing that again she pulls the handle up hard before impact, thus resulting in the chicken wing. You can see the point her body shifts from moving downward and she backs off the ball, her shoulders move left and she pulls the handle. Get the set-up right first!!! Also practice movement patterns slowly before adding speed. Why do we think we can do a movement at full speed, if we can’t do it at low speed first? Sr3golf hit the nail on the head!

  3. Opinder

    Oct 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I want eat chicken wings. Please? And hot sauce?

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