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Winning Swings: Comparing Colin Montgomerie and Brian Harman

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How can two very different swings both produce championship results?

That’s the topic of this week’s “Winning Swings” segment, which compares the swings of John Deere Classic winner Brian Harman and Colin Montgomerie, a 31-time European Tour winner, who added the U.S. Senior Open to his resume last weekend.

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As always, feel free to send a swing video to my Facebook page and I will do my best to give you my feedback.

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Dennis Clark is a PGA Master Professional. Clark has taught the game of golf for more than 30 years to golfers all across the country, and is recognized as one of the leading teachers in the country by all the major golf publications. He is also is a seven-time PGA award winner who has earned the following distinctions: -- Teacher of the Year, Philadelphia Section PGA -- Teacher of the Year, Golfers Journal -- Top Teacher in Pennsylvania, Golf Magazine -- Top Teacher in Mid Atlantic Region, Golf Digest -- Earned PGA Advanced Specialty certification in Teaching/Coaching Golf -- Achieved Master Professional Status (held by less than 2 percent of PGA members) -- PGA Merchandiser of the Year, Tri State Section PGA -- Golf Professional of the Year, Tri State Section PGA -- Presidents Plaque Award for Promotion and Growth of the Game of Golf -- Junior Golf Leader, Tri State section PGA -- Served on Tri State PGA Board of Directors. Clark is also former Director of Golf and Instruction at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Dennis now teaches at Bobby Clampett's Impact Zone Golf Indoor Performance Center in Naples, FL. .

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  1. Pete

    Jul 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

  2. Pete

    Jul 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I am trying to send through here. http://youtu.be/2feCYibjeVs

  3. Pete

    Jul 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I meant would love to send you the vids.

    • Dennis Clark

      Jul 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Pete, I do complete V1 analyses on line for $25. This includes model comparisons, and a follow up video at a later time. let me know if you’re interested.

  4. Pete

    Jul 18, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Wish I had a Facebook page. Old love to send you a front view and DTL view of my son’s swing.

  5. gogo

    Jul 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

    old swing vs. modern swing

    Monte uses more of his upper core in his swing vs. brian who used his middle core.

    • Dennis Clark

      Jul 17, 2014 at 11:32 am

      What core is involved is still a reaction to where the club is, any era.

  6. Dennis Clark

    Jul 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    If any would like your swing contrasted to any of these great professionals, just let me know here or on Facebook.

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  8. Chuck

    Jul 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Slightly OT –

    What was Montie using to win the Senior Open at Oak Tree? Looked a bit like he had a G30 3-wood. Not sure, but perhaps a G30 driver too.

    An updated WITB for Colin Montgomerie would sure be nice.

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Clement: Why your practice swing never sucks

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You hear that one all the time; I wish I could put my practice swing on the ball! We explain the huge importance of what to focus on to allow the ball to be perfectly in the way of your practice swing. Enjoy!

 

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Clement: This is when you should release the driver

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The golf teaching industry is slowly coming around to understand how the human machine is a reaction and adaptation machine that responds to weight and momentum and gravity; so this video will help you understand why we say that the club does the work; i.e. the weight of the club releases your anatomy into the direction of the ball flight.

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Kelley: Focus on what you can control

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(Part One) Changing The Swing

The address position is the easiest part to change in the golf swing. If an adjustment can be made that will influence the rest of the swing, it should be made here. The set-up is a static position, so you have full control over it. If concepts are understood with feedback given (a mirror or video) it can easily be corrected and monitored. Once the club is in motion, a change becomes much more difficult.

Most faults in the swing originate in the set-up. All to often players go directly to the part they want to change in the middle of their swing, not understating their is an origin to what they do. When the origin isn’t fixed, trying to directly change the part in the middle is difficult and will often leave the player frustrated. Even worse, the part they are looking to fix may actually be a “match-up” move by the brain and body. These match-up moves actually counter -balance a previous move to try and make the swing work.

An example of not fixing the origin and understanding the importance of the set-up is when players are trying to shallow the club on the downswing (a common theme on social media). They see the steep shaft from down-the-line and directly try and fix this with different shallowing motions. More times then not, the origin to this is actually in the set-up and/or direction the body turns back in the backswing. If the body is out of position to start and turns back “tilty”, a more difficult match-up is required to shallow the shaft.

Another simple simple set-up position that is often over-looked is the angle of the feet. For efficiency, the lead foot should be slightly flared and the trail foot flared out as well (the trail more flared then the lead). When the trail foot is straight or even worse pointed inwards, a player will often shift their lower in the backswing rather then coil around in the groin and glutes. Trying to get a better lower half coil is almost impossible with poor foot work.

The golf swing is hard to change, so work on the things that are simple and what you have control over. You may not be able to swing it like a world class player, but with proper training you can at least the address the ball like one. When making a swing change, look to fix the origin first to facilitate the change.

*Part two of this article will be focusing on what you can control on the golf course, a key to better performance

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