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I have seen a few PGA instructors prior to seeing Owen but none have been as helpful. I am a left handed golfer and after receiving lessons from right handed instructors every statement always ended with "just reverse it for a lefty". Not Owen, on my first lesson he walked over to my golf bag grabbed a club and hit the shot he wanted me to replicate. He grips my club and then instructs. That was a first for me but it proved to me Owen is different and approaches teaching from his students perspective. After several weeks, I found that my range practice was not translating to the course execution. After discussing with Owen he immediately grabbed a cart and off we went darting in and out of folks on the course to play some holes. Once again he impressed me as most instructors would have given a pep talk but not Owen he showed me my lessons can be executed and it built my confidence. He accomplished confidence building that day without ever mentioning it. Owen is not about using templates to help his students. Everyone is an individual and he wants you to work within your swing. My arch nemesis is my driver and a huge slice. After using flightsscope to analyze my driver he did not try to reconstruct my swing. He reckoned that would take sometime and he wanted to let me start using my club with some confidence. He simply changed my grip and told me this would be uncomfortable to get use to, but if I could, I would keep my ball more playable off the tee. I am proud to say I am now using my driver without hesitancy. When I miss it, is a playable shot with almost 30-50 yards further than my best slice. I cannot wait to see what he recommends next. For those who like objective data my handicap has dropped almost 10 in last 6 weeks.

My enjoyment of the game has increased so much, not something I thought would be brought about by taking golf lessons. It was because of Owen. So if you want to change your love for this game, take the first step and see Owen, I guarantee you won't regret it!

SS - CCofMD 2015



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Throughout the years, I have seen some great ball-strikers struggle with their short wedges. You would think it would be an easier shot, but most average golfers -- and even some good ball-strikers -- struggle with this part of the game. On occasion, you might have seen a PGA Tour player stick the club in the ground and "chili dip/chunk it." This isn't hard to do if you're misusing the bounce (angle on the bottom of the club), and if the grain of the grass is growing toward you.   

So, why is this shot such a struggle for most golfers? 
I would say one of the primary reasons most golfers struggle with short-pitch shots is because they are only comfortable with the full-swing motion. When was the last time you went to the driving range and watched anyone spend an hour hitting 10-, 20- and 30-yard pitch shots? Not too often, I bet. The fact is that most average golfers don't practice learning what a shorter swing feels like, so when it comes time to hit a shot that calls for a shorter swing, they usually revert to their normal full swing and decelerate to the ball, hitting, most likely, a poor shot. 
The second reason players might struggle is because their club head gets closed in the backswing, and is then swung too much to the inside of the target line. This scenario is probably the No. 1 killer of short pitches. 
The third reason is because most golfers try to hit pitches like they hit their chip shots. They lean the handle of the club forward as they hit the ball. Chipping and pitching are different techniques. A forward-leaning handle at address position for shots that are longer than a short chip could possibly lead to chunked shots.
Lastly, tension is often too high in the hands and arms to allow the bounce of the club to interact with the turf correctly. Tension in the hands and arms is the No. 1 reason players will blade a shot across the green.
Remember, full-swing shots are power shots, and short pitches are weaker shots.
Pitch shots are not mini full swings. 
The kinematic sequence (the order of body part movements) of how the body moves on a longer pitch and full swing is primarily:

1. The lower body moves fastest to start downswing, then the torso moves as the lower body slows down.
2. The torso slows down and the arms accelerate.
3. The arms slow and the club-head accelerates into ball. 
In the short pitch shot, the sequence is reversed completely:
1. Club head moves first
2. Arms follow
3. Chest turns to support arms
4. Hips turn slightly after the ball is hit
5. Flat-footed at the finish, with most of your weight in your left side

So, how can we create a weaker shot?  

1. Sixty percent of your weight should be on your left side, with your nose in front of the ball. Keep your weight on your left side for the entire swing.
2. Narrow your stance with your left foot flared. A slightly open stance is fine.
3. For a right-handed golfer, use a stronger left hand (more right rotated on grip) and a weaker right hand (on top of grip). 

4. Short backswings (Try a 9 o'clock left-arm position at the top of your swing with little wrist hinge or wrist set)

5. Toe of the club should be pointing to sky (no closed face)
6. Low-tension swing (Tension is often high with players who struggle with short wedges.  
7. The kinematic sequence has to be different. We can't drive the legs in the downswing to start. Let gravity work on the club head and allow it to fall under the ball as you turn your torso to target.

8. This will help utilize the bounce on the bottom of the wedge. 
9. The club should bruise the ground when swung correctly (no digging). 
10. Your lower body should stay quiet, with your right heel staying on ground at finish.

The next time you go out to practice, try to work some of these key points into your setup and swing, and your short-pitch shots should start to improve.