#HelpMeGolfDigest: Bob Kramer tackles fundamentals and the mental game
By Matthew Rudy
Pennsylvania instructor Bob Kramer has spent 25 years teaching a raft of top LPGA, amateur and AJGA players in metro Philadelphia. He's a two-time Philadelphia PGA section teacher of the year and has been on Golf Digest's list of top Pennsylvania instructors since 2000. This week he reviewed three hashtagged swings submitted by readers through our #HelpMeGolfDigest campaign.
The first comes from @KinleyLee, who bills himself as a "normal hack" on Instagram. Kramer likes his action, which would improve with some adjustments to the first move back.
"Mikael might not have sent in the right video, because he looks great in this one," Kramer says. "You have a rock-solid swing that should stand up in competition, if your mind will let it. I just love it. I do have a strong feeling that maybe I should be looking at your ability to go low when you play. Maybe we should be addressing your green reading, speed control or aim, or improving the control of the trajectory of your chip shots."
The last swing, from reader @kyrazzy77, shows influences from several different flavors of golf instruction. #iframe://instagram.com/p/qiSo6VGfTA/embed/|||
"I love watching swings developed with some of the more modern ideas of how a pivot or backswing should work," Kramer says. "Your swing looks like a hybrid between a centered turn and the Stack and Tilt idea. Either way, you have a good foundation, but you need to develop a setup that matches your swing style. A more forward ball position would let you be less in front of the ball at impact, and you wouldn't have to stop your body motion and release the club early. I bet you fight the occasional block or pull hook. Either move your ball forward or coil more over your rear hip so you can be more centered at impact."
Keep submitting your #HelpMeGolfDigest hashtagged videos and watch for your swing in this space in the coming weeks.