Who Do We Believe?

worsham Lew Worsham was a player, teacher, coach, and mentor. His may not have been a household name, but those in the avid golf world definitely knew of him.

Lew Worsham

Six PGA Tour wins including:

•1946 Atlanta Invitational

•1947 U.S. Open, Denver

•1951 Phoenix Open

•1953 Jacksonville Open, World Championship of Golf

 

I found this interesting 1959 article from Golf Magazine. The part that I would like you to respond to is Lew said he played golf or felt the golf swing thru his hands.* But in the article Angus Murray says the pictures he saw of Lew do not represent what Lew says.

My question to you: Do we go with what the man who has won was teaching or do we go with the opinion of a writer looking at pictures?

Here's an excerpt from this article:

TIP: GETTING PUNCH IN THE WEDGE

Rotate your body and keep your hands firm*

1959 - Lew Worsham wrote... "Activate your hands for wedge shots that bite”

Many golfers try to add loft to their wedge shots by "scooping" the ball and finishing with most of their weight on the right leg. The result is a short shot that lands with no backspin. To fix this, address the ball with your weight favoring your left leg. The way to punch the ball is to restrict your pivot and generate power from your arms and especially your hands*, while keeping your head as steady as possible.

Key Move To correct a scooping move on your wedge shots, you should address the ball with 60 percent of your weight on your left leg.

2009 - Angus Murray wrote... Rotate your body and keep your hands still for solid wedges.

Hands firm through impact for solid wedges

The fault is still the same. Hanging back on the right leg and scooping is probably the number-one fault I see with students. But the fix today is different. When I look at the picture from the 1959 issue  you'd probably say it was correct. But what Lew Worsham does in the picture is not always what he says in the text. This is an example of how teachers taught what they felt in the swing, not what they were actually doing. In the original tip, Worsham talks about keeping his head steady, but in the picture his head is looking over to the left side of his body. He also talks about using his hands a lot in this swing*, but in the picture his hands look steady. To hit this shot today, you want to take your hands completely out of it. Take the club back and rotate only your body, keeping your hands and wrists firm through impact without a lot of flippiness. This is especially true for high-handicappers, because their version of "hands" is scooping.

Tell me what you think!

*Yellow highlighted lines correspond to the yellow "Hands" of my color-coded system of learning, which you can learn more about in my ebook.

My Journey to Improve Your Golf Game

Dear Golfing Friends:

Now that my new site is up I get to start on the journey of improving your golf game.

WARNING. Please be aware that my site will NOT be about quick tips. I perceive myself to be a teacher, not a teller. My style is to help lead people to the answers so that once they get there they own it.

I am totally aware that this is NOT what the masses want and that I risk diminishing my audience in taking this approach. But, over the years I have come to enjoy the style of people who enjoy this process — therefore, why change?

I hope that you will join in and participate on my blogs and rants.

I'm Back - Better Than Ever

Mark Teaching3 Dear Golfing Friends,

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post a blog or upload to YouTube. I‘ve moved to Florida this last year to open up my new golf academy at Orange County National Golf Club.

For this first blog of my new website I wanted to do something different, something that represents how I see the learning of golf, and something that gives you a clear and quick idea of what my plan to be different is.

In the golf teaching business – and yes, it is now a business – many are vying for their piece of the market share. In doing this, claims of ridiculous accomplishments are being made, such as “add 50 yards to your next drive”, “take 10 shots off your next game”, etc. These claims are so prevalent that the Golf Pro who wants to be realistically honest about your expected outcome would be considered a bad business man.

My Approach: Over the last year I have joined forces with Core Golf, a group of world leaders in growing the game of golf. I now have the infrastructure that allows me to get my teaching out in numerous ways, and I will be taking the approach that steady, correctly organized information will get you to where you want to go.

Those able to believe that their lack of success is a result of wrong and/or poorly organized information will enjoy what I do, and those looking for a so-called “quick fix” will not.

Please take the time to view my website and take advantage of my free ebook offering. I believe that once you see how well laid out and organized my system is, you will see how when it is followed success is a given.

Great Hand Positioning

  I believe things come to me in waves. This past week I watched two documentaries on golfers, Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw. What stuck out to me was that they both stated how their teachers had noticed right away how well they put their hands on the golf club, and how they should never change. Again, this really stood out to me and got my attention.

I can’t tell you that I have ever heard a great reason why this is. However I now know why and not only why, but how.

The problem is, until a few other things are in place, the golfer will not see the benefits of their great hand positioning.

I could make a very strong argument that the strong grip style came about as a compensation for other golf motion defects.  As with any well used machine, if a part goes out it is only a matter of time until the next link in the chain breaks.

The correct way to go about the learning is to get the pieces in place, and those pieces need to be put in an organized order or combination.

Example : I would place follow through plane and correct grip style together.

Putting correct grip style and an inside towards out swing path together would be a disaster.

Don’t get confused by this, I know some smart graphics can explain it all.

COMING SOON!

New video on the importance of the hands

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