LAUREL 12.23.20

Hi Laurel,

Today, I demonstrated the chipping technique with your 56-degree wedge from off the green.

Primarily, this is taking the club back halfway in a normal way letting the wrists hinge and then holding that exact hinge while rotating only your shoulders through the ball without allowing your wrists to unhinge. This prevents skulling and blading the ball.

Also, the technique included placing the ball back in your stance and putting most of your weight on your back leg so that the center of your arc is at the ball.

So, practice this technique consistently during your practice sessions.

On the range, we worked on your early release of the club and cupping at the top of your swing.

The early release in the downswing just means that you unhinged your wrists too soon so that the clubhead races ahead of your hands at impact.

Cupping is primarily caused by over rotation of your forearm during the backswing.

These two things need to be corrected to have you hitting the ball with more consistency.

I noted two other possible flaws during review of your videos. I believe we have worked on them, but I can’t be 100% certain.

The first issue is the amount that your head dips during the backswing. Take a look at the videos to check this. While it’s acceptable to have an inch dip, your dip is more like 6 to 8 inches. This complicates the downswing because you need to match this by raising back up before impact. That’s very difficult timing.

The other issue is that your left leg straightens before impact. This does cause you to raise up your head and body and you probably do this to compensate for your head dip in the backswing.

Let’s try to eliminate most of your head dip and see if it resolves the straightening of your left leg before impact.

These issues lead to inconsistent hitting…it’s just too difficult for the mind / body coordination to hit consistently.

Additionally, we narrowed your stance a little so that you aren’t stretching as much to reach the ball with your driver. And in fact, we pulled your driver head away from the ball by about 6 inches. This helps prevent you from pushing the grip so far forward and it allow the club head to be in rising position at impact.

I've included a video from 10.30.20 lesson in which you striking just about everything near perfection. The video will show that your stance was a little narrower and your hands were inside your thigh.

We need to get you back to your October 30th swing technique

modified stance

This is your narrowed stance with driver head 6 inches behind teed ball and your hands inside your lead thigh.

Compare with your wider stance in the video below. Hands on the outside of your lead thigh.

Stance a little too wide. Hands outside lead thigh. Compare with your stance below on 10.20.20.

This video is from 10.30.20. This was the day you were killing it. You rarely missed a shot that day. Your stance is wide but not overly wide and your hands are inside your lead thigh. Driver head about 6 inches behind the ball.


Notice the amount your head drops during the backswing. This is a bit more than on 10.30.20.

What we want to look at in this video is your early release of the club. To prevent the early release you need to keep your wrist hinged closer to impact with the ball and you need to be hitting down on the ball instead of sweeping it. The clubhead races ahead of your hands which are cupped.

This video is the same but focuses only on the downswing.

Just another angle showing the early release in the freeze frame. Wrists are unhinged.

Same as above, except cropped to 3 frames showing cupped wrists and early release.

This video shows your over-swing past horizontal with the club shaft pointing across your swing path. In regular motion.

This video shows your over-swing past horizontal with the club shaft pointing across your swing path.

This is the overly wide stance and hands outside your lead thigh.