“Dear Andrew, Thanks for the great instruction. No one has ever made this much sense, and this clearly, about my swing the last 20 years.”
Dabling Li, 30 March 2010
A retired golfer
Just want to share with you that I played my best round at Kau Sai Chau East Course on last Thursday… This has broken my old record at KSC North Course about a year ago!
Though I didn’t practice or play as much as I want, the lessons really paid off!!”
Bryan Lam, 5 May 2008
“Excellent coach! Really makes you work on the fundamentals and basics, which makes better golf. As a mid-handicapper, I still did not have clear concepts of swing plane. Andrew helped me a great deal to understand what a correct swing plane is and how to draw and fade the ball. Andrew is also a great short-game teacher. I was never comfortable with sand play before. In less than thirty minutes, he taught me the proper set-up, the basic stroke, and what to do under various bunker situations. That makes him a great teacher.”
~ Rico Lam, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar of Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Only after observing a few of my swings, Andrew already noticed a major problem with my posture which was causing a steep angle of downswing and hence lack of accruacy and consistency. He guided my body to learn “the ultimate swing” and showed me a whole new world of how I can hit the ball. With lot of practice, I am more confidence than ever when stand in front of the ball because I know I have a much higher chance to hit a good and solid shot.
~ Danny Yiu
“Working with Andrew on my swing has been both fun and productive. We have had opportunities to work out both on the range and on the course. Watching Andrew launch 300 yards drives time after time is a testimony of what a quality ball striker he is, clearly a result of good swing fundamentals and mechanics. Something all amateur golfers should aspire to!!! ”
~ Michael Tang
The Pinpoint Company
“Andrew is not my first Pro on golf, but is definitely the best one I have so far. The area that I treasure most is Andrew uses very plain language in pointing out my bad habits on swings, and again simple tactics to correct it. I learnt a great deal more by having Andrew ‘playing’ a round with me, particularly on the short game. ”
~ Winston Chan
Private Wealth Management
Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC
“From the outset we found Andrew’s style suited us. He was able to put us at ease, analyze the faults in our game and more importantly explain and correct them. Most importantly he demonstrated considerable patience and encouragement!K..Particularly useful were the playing lessons we had with Andrew. Again Andrew showed considerable patience and was able to quietly demonstrate his own considerable expertise with a golf club. On a more personal note Andrew was always good company and the lessons were always conducted with good humor. ”
~ Mr. Malcolm Constable
Global Corporate Banking
Global Insurance & Investment Industry, London
“I find Andrew an excellent teacher with a flair for explaining the game simply and in a way I could understand. He is always patient, courteous and interested in my progress. He enabled me to improve my game considerably.
I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew as a first class teacher of golf.”
~ Selina Sia
Case 1: Good’s Client Case Study: Mr. David Largent
David is a single-handicap player and he has been taking lesson with me for the last two months. Being a single-figure handicap player, David hit the ball very well, even before he started his lessons because of the tuition he had in the past. Being tall and of a big build, David has no problem in generating power but was suffering with his accuracy and obtaining a consistent trajectory, often, he would hit the ball too high. . Also because of his build he had a tendency to try to overpower his swing with his arms and not fully utilize his body efficiently which has caused an ongoing left shoulder injury.
Key issues to work on:
During his first lesson, I made my analysis on his swing and the points I notice were:
- He struggled to make a full turn with his shoulders in the back swing and instead had a tendency just to lift his arms to make the backswing. This would cause him to pick the club up on a slightly outside line causing him to pull his iron shots or occasionally hit a weak fade. With this backswing, he was not getting the feeling of his shoulders turning behind the ball and balancing into his right side. This could lose him power and made it difficult to achieve the correct angle of attack to the ball.
- David also had a fault in the downswing. He would start his downswing by moving his shoulders and upper body too far forward towards the target in his downswing. This made his descent to the ball too steep, a position he tried to correct instinctively through impact by moving his head up and over-using his hands and wrists to square the clubface. This sort of movement would cause shots to fly excessively high and off target.
The main changes we made were as follows:
- Posture: I made David feel a straighter spinal angle in his set-up. He used to curl his back which made it difficult for him to turn properly.
- Shoulder turn: I then asked him to mainly think about his left shoulder starting the backswing. He then needed to feel the shoulder turning to position over his right knee. This naturally helps him not to pick the club up with his arms. It also transfers his weight better and by doing this, he is in a far more powerful position at the top of the backswing.
- Start of the downswing: Once David got used to his better backswing, he started to work on the downswing move. Because he used to lean in to his shots from the upper body, he had to get used to more of a lower body move to start his downswing. This stabilizes his upper body more allowing him to maintain an inside and more shallow approach to the ball. As he gradually perfects this move, he is realizing that less correcting is needed at impact with his hands and head position, thus producing a straighter lower trajectory with his shots.
Although David has felt quite a difference in his swing changes, he realizes he has to consistently maintain the change to stop his old habits creeping back in.
Here’s David’s own quote about the swing change:
“Overall, I am progressing well. My turn is feeling more natural and I suffer less with my shoulder injury. My distance is now awesome with 5-10 yards more on my irons and much more on my drive with many 300 yard+ drives and one measured 350 yards. Some of my rounds have been erratic, not feeling 100% with my swing but I did shot a 77 at Macau Golf Club last week which included a double-bogey on the 18th, so the round could have been better. I also made an Eagle at Fanling on the #1 handicap hole par 4.” — David Largent
Case 2: Good’s Client Case Study: Mr. Ivan Shum
Ivan has been playing golf for 8 years and had achieved a handicap of 10. Even though he plays on a regular basis, in the last 2 years, improvement has eluded him. He had not shot a personal best score for over 2 years and decided something needed to change, so he sent me an email explaining his situation. Because he was already an established player, we decided I should watch him play 18 holes to help me see where I could help him to improve.
It turned out that Ivan had a pretty good short game but needed improvement in driving the ball and most approach shots. Potentially, he felt he should be hitting the ball further and more accurately. The first thing I notice was that Ivan’s alignment was consistently to the right of the target for all his shots. Then I notice, he was breaking his wrists too early in the back swing causing his club-face to open. This meant he was making his backswing mainly with his hands and arms and was not achieving a correct shoulder turn. From this backswing, he would be fighting an open club face in his down swing.
When somebody has this type of problem, they start to dominate too much with the shoulders in the downswing and get very active with their hands in an effort to try and square the clubface through impact. The sort of shots Ivan was experiencing were weak fades, occasional pulls left and sometimes a shank from the heel of the club.
The Start of Ivan’s Swing Rebuild:
- I made a few changes to the grip, posture and got Ivan lining up square to the target again.
- After the setup changes, we set about changing his take-away. Ivan had to get use to the feeling of the left shoulder and upper part of his left arm controlling his take-away rather than using his wrists and hands. This feeling helped him to turn his shoulders better and stopped him over using the hands. The result was a better move behind the ball and the shaft angle was making a better plane halfway into his backswing.
- He then needed to maintain a straighter left arm to the top of the backswing. This kept a better swing plane to the top of the swing and helped keep his club-face more square.
- During his downswing, he just needed to feel his arms dropping to start with and then feel the club swinging a bit more IN-TO-OUT which basically means feeling the club swing to the right of the target line through impact. In his old swing he had started to go the other way OUT-TO-IN.
After several lessons and some serious practice in between, Ivan started to feel his power coming back and his weak fade had started to turn into a stronger draw shape. He recently got his scoring back equaling his personal best score of 76 plus some other sub-80′s scores. He started his lessons back in November and started to feel results at Christmas.
Even though he made some great improvement, he knows continual maintenance is needed for his backswing to keep the change. I know he now feels better about his golf and he is looking forward to a better score in 2004.
Here’s Ivan’s own quote about the swing change:
“Working with Andrew on swing changes in the past few months has been quite rewarding. For the first time, I have a mental picture about how a proper golf swing should be like. It helps me tremendously by allowing me to learn from a bad shot I just made. I am still fighting the old bad habits, over-swing, early release, insufficient shoulder turn. All in all, I feel my swing now is much more reliable. I can really tell the difference when I am tired. There is much work to do. I am happy that Andrew put me on the right track.” — Ivan Shum