By Matthew Rudy
Jerome Andrews' face and swing opinions are probably familiar from his time as the ESPN Swing Coach, where he gives his analysis of tour players' mechanics and what can be learned from them. This week, he'll trade professional swings for three you hashtagged #HelpMeGolfDigest via Twitter and Instagram.
The first swing comes from @hunteraustinsims, who swears no civilians were harmed by his slow-mo driver shot in a Field-of-Dreams-type meadow.
"Nice swing, but you probably struggle with misses to the left," says Andrews, who is based in Altadena, CA. "You rotate your left arm too much and too early in the swing, which causes the club to move too much around you. This is happening in response to your weight being too much over your heels. Form more of a straight line with your arms and shaft at address. Your hands will feel higher from the ground, and you can swing the club more easily with less swing and less effort."
The next swing comes from @msecades, an avid player based out of Mexico City. She generates plenty of clubhead speed, but can pick up some accuracy with shorter clubs with some improved synchronization.
"Great speed, but by turning your hips and then your shoulders to initiate the swing, the club swings too much around your body," says Andrews. "Your hips and shoulders get to the top well ahead of your arms. To get in sync, bend your knees a bit more and shift your weight to the balls of your feet. Keep your belt buckle and shirt buttons pointed at the ball for as long as you can during the start of the swing."
Reader @jonmac81 pleaded for some help fixing his hook. Andrews' prescription comes in the form of improved hand and wrist movement at the beginning of the takeaway.
"I like the way you set up, with the back of your right shoulder, the front of your right knee and ball of your right foot all in line," says Andrews. "To get rid of that left shot, work on one simple concept. Feel your hands stay in line with the ball while the clubhead swings back first. Your hands will be more involved during the start, but will be more passive through impact allowing the clubface to stay more square to the target line longer. To groove that feel, hit wedge shots with a tee in the end of your grip. Point the tee down to the ground before your hands track outside your right knee."
Keep posting your #HelpMeGolfDigest hashtagged swings and you could see yourself in our next installment. Hint: Submit your interesting short game shots and your timing would be just right.