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Everything posted by david_wedzik

  1. My comment here is not meant to be anything more than a statement of fact - take it for what it's worth. Your statement "Just learn the fundamentals which all golf instructors know." - is 100% false. All golf instructors do not know the fundamentals and many of those that do know the "fundamentals" can't teach based on them. This is unfortunate but true and a REAL problem in the world of golf instruction. The worst part is that it's difficult for the student to sort out the good from the bad. Dave P.S. I know this is off topic...sorry.
  2. Many similar pieces is the best way to put it - Snead and Jones both had pretty darn vertical spines at top and both had the inward hand path (though Snead lifted a bit on the way to the top) while they straightened the rear leg and flexed the front - both moved forward to some extent but not as much as we would prescribe - in Snead's case the lifting and the little lack of "enough" forward caused him to play more of a pull-draw (great, great swing btw)....Jones situation was a bit different - because of the equipment he was forced to be more handsy and "flippy" with his release. Hope this m
  3. Not sure on what Q is in this equation but the line is pertinent. The line basically goes through the center of the shoulder blades and starts at the base of the neck (on a 90 to the ground). The REALLY important part is that the trail knee doesn't "bust" through that line on the downswing by flexing too much. This can cause early extension or a spinning of the hips. If the hips slide straight forward and the knee only returns to address flex the knee stays inside that line. On the backswing - be sure the right hip goes higher and behind as the trail leg straightens. When the lead knee
  4. To be fair there were differences in what Faldo did overall and the SnT pattern but MANY similarities as pointed out by Erik in starting this thread. But...my point...the answer to your question is, amazingly, that Nick Faldo does not have any idea what SnT is really about (same with virtually everyone that bashes it and I say that with a great deal of experience on this subject). Everyone who reads this will surely think..."come on, Nick Faldo, etc. haven't taken the time to really understand and grasp the concept of SnT". Though I find that VERY hard to stomach as well, it is the truth.
  5. Chief - it is important to have them square at address for sure - but more important for them to be square at impact if you want to hit draws. Be sure you slide straight forward longer without spinning open. The hips should be 35 degrees or so open at impact with the shoulders square. A good feeling would be to feel the shoulders tilt more than open on the downswing. Dave
  6. Here is a comparison b/w Camilo and Charlie Wi (slides forward, draws everything). Differences are substantial and quite telling.
  7. Yes...turning the hips without sliding them on the backswing is correct and proper. The downswing includes the sliding of the hips FORWARD to effectively "move" the circle we play on slightly forward and allow the golfer to hit out at the ball more. You should be sliding and extending to ALLOW the hips to keep turning/rotating into your finish. The rotation part is correct but it is not only rotation. Forward with extension enables the PROPER rotation in the proper sequence. If you only rotate without the forward expect to hit lots of pulls and cuts/slices. Dave Dave
  8. Dana Dahlquist is in Long Beach - dahlquistgolf dot net - and Dan Carraher is in San Diego at the San Diego Golf Institute - they are both very good - if you contact either of them please mention that Dave Wedzik let you know about them through The Sand Trap. Dave
  9. Just FYI - Hardy has a lot of good information and puts out the entire 1 and 2 plane background - but in fairness, in reponse to....."It's certainly a refreshing change from the instructors who insist that their method MUST be followed if you want to succeed".......he and his staff do their best to move EVERYONE to the 1 plane method (which I do agree with btw ;>)). Dave
  10. Looks like nice effort to this point. The BIG thing is that you really need to keep your elbows much closer together throughout the swing. This will take out a lot of the steepness and help you hold your flying wedge (lag) longer. The feelings will be to keep your right biceps/elbow on your torso all the way to the top. When it feels like it wants to come off your torso the backswing is done. You should feel short and your arms need to feel straighter as well. So...elbows pinched together at the top and coming down as well. Half way down we want the bicep/elbow of the right arm to be conn
  11. I don't know that anyone is saying these swings are terrible (I'm certainly not). In fact, you are correct that there is much more good than bad and the record speaks for itself. You won't get an argument from me there in any way. The real point from my end was simply to say that "just because a tour player does it" doesn't make it the best or most efficient way to do it. This is important, because as we all watch golf on TV there is a lot of information being tossed around...not all of it stuff we should be implementing in our own games. Dave
  12. Our spring school schedule will be complete by the end of Feb/first few days of March. The first full day school of the Spring is planned for the first week of May and is priced at $375. Thanks! Dave
  13. I would love to bring a Golf Evolution Stack and Tilt School to you in Kentucky. We would need 4 minimum but 6+ would work best. The cost per student for a one-day school like this would be $450. The biggest thing is to find a location willing to host something like this and what their cost would be for that (as that would have to be added on to the school price). Email me any questions about this to dave at thegolfevolution dot com. Dave
  14. I don't know Nick personally but I know he was in New Jersey. Dave
  15. Moving onto the toes and jumping doesn't have to be seen as a drawback - the oddity here is that he moves onto his toes so quickly into the downswing and how that shoots the left arm out and off of the arc. It sounds like you jump later in the downswing which is a good thing when done correctly. Dave
  16. It does have oddities and it IS all about the results in the end (especially when playing for millions of dollars each week)...yes...but the most important thing to note in these comments is "far from simple to execute" -- golfers need to realize that there are ways to swing the club that are more efficient and easier to execute. That is iacas' point with the thread. Because Paul Casey does these things doesn't make them correct or efficient. It just means Paul Casey has done them all his life and has an uncanny knack for playing the game (and somehow makes it to solid impact). If the aver
  17. Yes Peter - this would be a good one for sure - stable head with lower COG more forward getting you out of flexion (this is where the upper axis tilts away from the target for the first time). Important point - this upper axis is not "manually" tilting away from the target - that tilt happens BECAUSE of the forward hips/tailbone - don't get caught "tilting" it to the right on your own. Dave
  18. Your backswing does get just a little long (not a major thing with you) as your right elbow releases off the torso (keeps pulling behind in your case) and bends a bit past 90 degrees. Which leads me to my answer to your question. The most basic way to get the backswing length right is really twofold. Be in the process of transitioning to downswing when ...1) you feel the under side of the trail bicep start to lift off the torso and/or 2) the trail arm starts to bend/fold past 90 degrees. There are, of course some other variables but this would be the simplest answer to monitor length of ba
  19. Other than just making a blanket statement "because you can"...what do you see in the Stack and Tilt swing that is unorthodox or gimmicky? Funny thing is that to me nothing could be more orthodox. Staying centered over the ball...keeping the hands and club perfectly on plane and on the required arc...striking the ball first then the ground?? Never mind I get your point Dave
  20. First...if possible...research the methods you like or would consider and decide which are based in FACT and the principles of geometry, physics, etc. Just an example here...though Haney and Ballard have taught many great players and are high on top teach "lists" it seems that their principles are based only on what they believe to be true. Outside of their opinions I would like to hear some reasoning given for why they believe certain things and how those things make it easier to strike a golf ball better. This part should help you narrow things down. BTW...you shouldn't have to search to
  21. IF done correctly and using the levers in the correct manner a "longer" backswing can create more distance. That said...the amount is small and not relative in my opinion. Bottom line...there is really no correlation b/w backswing length and distance. I would actually make the argument that the correct backswing length (essentially the place where your arms begin to lift off your body and leave the arc) is the best way to achieve the highest smash factor (i.e. distance). Dave
  22. Library in Akron...nice! I just checked and it is in the Erie County libraries as well. Fantastic to hear it is there. Focus hard on the areas of the book where the tilting of the spine is discussed and how the golfer tilts, turns, and stands up (extends) in the backswing. This is the key to you keeping your head stable and turning your shoulders in a circle...in order to hit the ground in the same place every time! Dave
  23. Yes...of course that is true. When the hips (lower center of gravity, COG) push forward and begin releasing from their bend (or flex) it enables them to keep turning properly. As that happens we get to a position of Forward...Rotated. Both things happen...the sliding/push forward of the weight with the lower COG and the opening as well. The point of this thread is to let golfers know that, from the top, we don't simply "open" up our hips. Dave P.S. At the end of your post you said "leave your hips open and not square"...I'm pretty sure you meant closed.
  24. BINGO! This is the difference between strikes on the front side of the circle vs. strikes on the backside of the circle (backside=good). Dave
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