Last week I met a new student his name is Derek Shao, a young man who has worked in London and now is going back to work in Hong Kong in two weeks time.
He told me he had played for one year, and had a few golf lessons, his average scores are around the one hundred mark.
I asked him what he wanted out of his golf lesson, he told me he wanted to fix his slice and hit the ball further.
Not an unusual request down on the driving range!
He hit a few golf shots and yes, they all sliced a long way, very high, losing a lot of distance.
Derek had put so much effort into moving, to try and get more clubhead speed, he moved his whole upper body way too much, both going back and through.
The reason this was happening was because he thought incorrectly that he had to use the strength from his arms and shoulders, to generate more distance, so he then gripped the club to tightly and made his upper body dominate his downswing, making the club wipe across the ball from out to in.
Derek was so keen to work with me and improve we had six sessions in five days working on full swing, chipping, putting, and bunker shots.
He was very focused and asked many questions. He was a great student to work with, and he got great results.
I worked on getting him to hold the club in a more relaxed way, getting the tension out of his shoulders, forearms and wrists, he was so tight!
A key thought for Derek was to feel softer in his wrists, this took some getting used too as before he had no wrist hinge to speak of, because he was so tight, just a massive turn of his upper body on his backswing, and a corresponding twist on his downswing.
Also, having a feeling of letting his arms just fall down at the start of his downswing, this helped him keep the club on the desired plane into the impact zone, and helped him resist pushing with his upper body, creating that twist.
During our last session Derek was hitting his eight iron, six iron and his 17 deg hybrid either straight or with a slight draw, his ball flight was lower. He had increased his distance considerably and was not exhausted after hitting sixty balls!
I was very impressed with his results, his striking of the ball was much crisper, and a good twenty five yards longer, and there was more to come.
As Derek left I congratulated him on what he had achieved and asked him when he was going to play next & try his new swing?
He replied I am playing tomorrow at St Georges Hill, and playing Walton Heath a few days later!
Great stuff Derek. Enjoy your golf!
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor
To view my website. www.bowngolf.com
Youtube channel Bowngolf