Don’t hate me, but I am going to spend the next 4 days practicing and playing at Th TPC at Sawgrass, while working with Frank Lickliter to get him back on the Tour.
Frank was so pleased with what I had to say on Monday, he asked me to come down to Jacksonville today to Saturday to work with him on his game.
Not only do I get to play the Stadium Course every day until they close it to get ready for The Players Championship, I get to hit the ball of my choice on the range.
Frank has also graciously allowed me to share with all of you what we are working on and what happens during our time on the course.
His response…”Say whatever you want, just keep it classy.”
Obviously he has forgotten who he is talking to. 😀
The opportunity to get a two time winner back on the tour has me very excited. Here is a little of what went on Monday.
In that time since he has lost his card and struggled with his swing, he got hooked on swingcrack. I was appalled at some of the stories he told me of the comments made by the revolving door of people he had worked with.
He did not realize the cause and effect knowledge I had gained on the swing and how I was able to simplify it during our discussion.
He shot 70 and was waiting around to see if he was in a playoff and we started talking about his swing at lunch.
He was surprised at how I knew exactly what he was talking about and the resulting feels and errors he was experiencing.
He asked me if I would go with him to the range. The next hour was filled with open mouthed looks of surprise of how I knew exactly what he was feeling and what was making him mad and the resulting bad shots. I made a few simple setup adjustments and explained to him why things were happening…how A was leading to B and causing C and so on.
I must have heard the following or something like it a dozen times…”How did you know that? No one has been able to explain that to me.”
Then things progressed. He would say, “This guy would say to do X.”
I would tell him that was no good as it would lead to “Y.”
Open mouth look of surprise and anger.
“That’s what happened!!!!!!”
I am really excited for him. The swing I initially saw Monday didn’t resemble what he won twice with. After a few minor adjustments, it almost immediately looked right and he got the feel and ball flight he hadn’t had in 5 years.
His main issue was his setup had wandered from what worked for him for year. It forced him to have way too much arm lift.
Frank’s swing during his success was based on swinging way left by turning hard and a shot to the left being out of play. He set the club very deep, turned hard and hit a straight ball or cut. His famous pull on 17 at Torrey Pines in a playoff with Phil Mickelson, is what plagues him now.
When he pulls the club left with his hands and not his turn…it’s going left. With his arm lift, the only way he can swing left is too pull the handle. You can’t have all of this happen and still shallow the club properly. Guess how the club shallows when all of this happens.
You guessed it…some of the dreaded EARLY EXTENSION. I would have said he was humping the goats, but asked me to stay classy. Oh look, I already faltered.
He doesn’t need to know any of this nonsense. I got him setup better and he immediately got his hands deeper with less arm lift, turned better, and got shallower…and yes, less EE. There is still some more work to do here.
That is what I am going to watch. He has a one on one correlation through his whole swing. The proverbial domino affect.
Once I get him comfortable in his new (actually old) setup and get him controlling the club with his turn instead (also more left arm rotation) of pulling the handle, you are going to see him win again on the big tour.
I studied his stats. His putting and driving distance has gotten better, but his GIR has gotten way worse. When I fix that…and I will…he will be a winner again.
Working with a world class player cemented my belief that I know what’s going on and what causes swing faults and the resulting bad shots…and how to get rid of them without swingcrack…and obscure cause/affect that few if any seem to realize.
Without taking away from getting Frank back on track, I am going to try and post all of the interesting stuff going on…so stay tuned. Thursday-Saturday should be very active with multiple posts each day that you will find very interesting.