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Lesson of the Day: Better body positions during the swing = more consistent shots

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In our “Lesson of the Day” video series with V1 Sports, we match a different GolfWRX member with a different V1 Sports instructor. 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.

This week, V1 Pro Mark Heinemann for this week takes a look at WRXer Jon Hughes’ swing, offering both analysis and suggestions for improvement.

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Mark is an Advanced PGA Professional based out of Swing Studio Killarney, Co Kerry South West Ireland. Mark utilizes V1 software, Flightscope, Boditrak and Sam Putt Lab when coaching players of varied ability from beginner through to professional and also offers online coaching programs.

Video context

Looking at Jon’s swing for the first time I was very impressed and I could see that he has played golf to a high level and still maintains a single digit handicap. I felt that Jon would benefit from greater consistency and a tighter shot dispersion if he was to improve his body action. Jon’s address position was generally very sound but an increase in the amount of pressure in to his lead (left) foot would reduce his sway off the ball in the early part of his back swing. Jon’s initial takeaway involved quite a sway into his right side from which he never really recovered and got stuck behind the ball at impact resulting in a club path that was a little too much to the right from resulting in pushes or hooks depending on timing and release at impact.

Student’s action plan/Key points

  1. Increase pressure into lead foot at address, ideally 60%
  2. Reduce the body sway in the takeaway and turn around a central axis (see drills)
  3. Practice hitting fades in practice
  4. Schedule a Trackman / Flightscope session to see that club path numbers are more down and to the left, not excessively to the right.

 

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  1. Don Toth

    Dec 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome review of this golf swing Mark. Right on point! Well done!

  2. mike

    Dec 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    closed stance closed shoulders hands too far ahead weak left leg and collapses on turn meaning he has to drive up on the downswing or he would hit the ground 6″ before the ball .. and the pro says good ????

  3. geohogan

    Dec 10, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Nick Watney gets his torso and head ahead of the ball in order for DS to be a pull from both right and left sides into impact. Cant pull from both sides, when head and torso stay behind the back of the ball, in DS.

    • ogo

      Dec 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Dependent on your Body Type, as in The LAWs of the Golf Swing — Adams, Suttie, Tomasi.
      Attempting to generalize the golf swing is not only ignorant, it’ fatal.

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