About 2 weeks ago I get an email from a guy who played on tour in '85 wanting more information on Stack and Tilt and seeing if he could get a lesson. He also told me he'll be trying to qualify for the Champions Tour in 3 weeks. I don't teach professionally but I am associated with Golf Evolution and enjoy helping people out . So I was a little nervous and excited about potentially helping someone get to the Champions tour. Got some advice from Dave Wezik and I was on my way.
I am not going to mention the player by his real name since his instructor is one of his best friends and we basically practiced in secret. He's not a member of the site and to my knowledge neither is anyone he know's, but I'll still call him "Joe" for this story.
"Joe" is obviously a good player but struggles with losing the flying wedge, bend of the right wrist, flipping it at impact. His biggest fear was hitting it left and his contact was very inconsistent. The reason he approached me for instruction was because a current Champions tour player who has the same instructor as "Joe", received a lesson from Andy Patnou at the TPC Scottsdale. Andy is a great instructor, supporter of the S&T information and really helped out this Champions tour player Enough so that he called "Joe" and said he had to get a S&T lesson.
We practiced 4 times the last two weeks and I feel he has made some great progress. The goal was to simplify things with the swing, make sure he understood the ball flight laws and understood why these changes were better for him. The thing that was difficult for me was Joe's apprehension to doing drills, making practice swings, analyzing his shots. So I was very limited with how exaggerated I could make him feel. And he needed to exaggerate some positions. Like I mentioned, he chucked out the flying wedge at impact causing his face to be pointing left of his start line. With the longer clubs, driver, he would tip the head back and could hit some nasty hooks. My first priority was to get rid of the left shots and since I know my geometry it was all about making sure the pivot was centered and that his exit on the followthrough was better. Compression really got better and dispersion was much tighter.