Insider Tip from Dr. Gary Wiren

Great information on teaching and for players looking for more distance.

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Dr. Gary Wiren

This “chat” about the game of golf will always be focused on three things. That it be EDUCATIONAL, MOTIVATIONAL, and ENJOYABLE; via a brief story, a quote, a tip, and a fix. Enjoy!!!

STORY… She was a middle-aged adult “Little Orphan Annie,” sandy-haired, full of fun, athletic, and outgoing. Her name was Betty. When she showed up at Oakway Golf Course in Eugene, Oregon for lessons I must admit I looked forward to it, aware that she possessed some sports talent. After an exchange of information concerning her goals, golf history, possible physical limitations, surgeries etc. (my usual first-time questions), we warmed up. I asked her to hit a few shots with a 7-iron. Her swing was very stiff and upright, with almost no wrist cock in the backswing and a powerless pushing action in the forward swing. I was puzzled. At a picnic I had seen her swing a ball bat with plenty of power. So I told her to elevate the 7-iron in the air to simulate a baseball swing. To indicate the height, I extended my right hand out a bit below waist height and told her to swing right where my hand was. She looked at me quizzically.

Keeping my hand there, I repeated the request to swing where my hand was, since I was of course going to remove it. Just then, someone behind me called, “Gary!” I turned my back to see who it was…and Betty made the swing…while my had was still there. Yes, she did have a powerful swing and my hand took the full force of it. It hurt like hell, despite my protestations to the contrary, and I quickly put it behind my back. Betty was horrified! She apologized profusely, although it was totally my fault, and we went on to finish the lesson.

Her next lesson was a week later. Betty showed up with brown paper grocery sack from which extended a quarter-inch wooden dowel. “I brought you a present,” she said. She proceeded to pull out of the sack a stuffed cotton work glove on the end of a dowel. “The next time you want to put a hand out,” she explained, use this.”

QUOTE …”A golf swing (for the right handed player) is simply a turn to the right and a turn to the left with a whoosh in the middle.” John Jacobs, former Ryder Cup Player and Captain for the U.K. and European teams

TIP… It is pretty clear that Jacobs is talking about rotating your upper body one direction and returning it in the other. But how much rotation? With a full swing it means the left shoulder will be underneath the chin on the backswing while reversing that on the follow through. Many players have the flexibility to do so but then stop the turn going back prematurely. It becomes a quick “BACK–THROUGH!!!” I tell those players they need an “and” in their swing. “What is that?” they ask. By adding and, “BACK AND THROUGH,” it will create another 6-10 inches of backswing length and at least 20 more yards.

FIX … One of the best cues I can give to my players is to make a baseball swing just above the ball, like Betty did. She simply made a turn to the right and a turn to the left with grip pressure that was light enough to produce a “whoosh,” and believe me my hand felt it. That turn going toward the target must be started with the left hip (for right handed players) which rotates the lower trunk and pulls everything else in the body toward the target. Then lower your club to the ball and do the same thing, feeling the swing, not thinking about it.

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