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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.

About the pro

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.

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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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  2. Don Toth

    Dec 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm

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

  3. 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 ????

  4. 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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Inside the Dunvegan: St. Andrews bar owner tells amazing stories about Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer

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Welcome to The Dunvegan Hotel in St. Andrews, arguably the most famous golf pub and 19th hole in the world. Just 112 yards from the 18th green at The Old Course at St. Andrews, the Dunvegan has been the unofficial bar/restaurant of St. Andrews for decades.

Recently, during the 150th Open Championship, GolfWRX stopped in to say hello, taste a pint of Dunvegan beer, eat fish and chips (I actually ate the Steak Pie, which was delicious), and get a full tour of the historical drinking spot.

While we were there, longtime owners Sheena and Jack Willoughby were gracious enough to sit down with me and tell stories about the bar’s history, some of its famous patrons (like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Arnold Palmer and many others), and tell some untold stories from inside the Dunvegan.

If you’ve ever been to the Dunvegan, then you know the walls are covered in photographs and memorabilia that tell stories about the bar’s history. If you’ve never been there, then hopefully the video helps you live vicariously, as Sheena and Jack took the time to make some of the stories come to life in our recent tour and sit down.

My personal favorite story, as highlighted in our recent TikTok video below, Rory McIlroy used to come into the Dunvegan in his younger days, where he unsuccessfully tried to go “incognito,” despite his trademark bushy black curls.

@golfwrx Sheena Willoughby from The Dunvegan Hotel in St Andrews (golf’s most famous pub) tells a great story of when Rory McIlroy used to come into the bar back in the day with his bushy black curls and act incognito ? ? WAY more stories about Tiger, John Daly and Arnold Palmer on our GolfWRX YouTube page #cheers #rory #theopen #dunvegan #beers #golf #golftiktok #rorymcilroy #standrews ? original sound – golfwrx

Enjoy our full video from inside The Dunvegan in St. Andrews at the top of the page!

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Man, this is when you really appreciate the power of the launch monitor. Last year we noticed my club speed was the same between driver and 3-wood, and now we grip down on them and get more consistency with less effort and same distance!

 

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