Dean Reinmuth Chat Transcript - 31201

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 13, 2001, 5:00 pm
TGC_com - Welcome to's Live Chat with TGC Troubleshooter Dean Reinmuth. We will begin at 10:15 PM ET.
TGC_com - Please feel free to post your question now, we will hold it until the chat begins!
TGC_com - Dean just got out of Academy Live...we'll get started in just a minute!
TGC_com - OK here we go!
bobbyv04 -Mr. Reinmuth, I'm an assistant golf professional at Lake Arrowhead GC in Wisconsin and need to break a bad habit: By trying to keep my hands ahead at impact, I've gotten into the habit of hanging on and leaving the face open. What is the best way to fix this? Thank you.
Reinmuth - first, start with a 7iron with a good lye and start hitting very soft half speed draws.
Reinmuth - gradually increase the speed until you get up to normal playing speed then use the same process into your longer clubs.

airforce -I always come out of my crouch to quickly when using my irons, and end up topping the ball. Would you have a drill to prevent this?
Reinmuth - i don't think that its so much that you're coming out of your crouch you may be more afraid of hitting it heavy, start trying to take your practice swing divots more to the left side of where the ball would be
Reinmuth - and gradually work towards creating the same weight shift when your striking the ball.
Whatsup -What part of the ball do you focus on. Is it the front of the ball or the top.
Reinmuth - neither. When I look in the direction of the ball i see the ball in the whole area around it more generally than specifically otherwise you become too ball focused instead of swing focused.
PeterD -Dean - You used a video comparison to show the changes in Grant's swing. How important is video in your making these types of adjustments?
Reinmuth - video can be very important when comparing one movement to another
Reinmuth - so that you can see that what you are doing isn't necessarily what you feel, but it can be over used and over analyzing each technical piece of the swing so be careful.

dez -What other tour players have your worked with? Who are you working with now?
Reinmuth - I've worked with Phil Mickelson, Scott Verplank, Dave Stockon Jr. and sr. currently working with Grant Waite, Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Wentworth.
Starball -what's the most important part of the game for a 14-16 handicapper to work on?
Reinmuth - wedges and putting. Spend 60 percent of your time in those areas.
GaryZ -I constantly hit about an inch or two behind the ball. Is there something I can work on for this?
Reinmuth - 2 things... one you can swing when you see your shadow, put the sun directly behind you and give yourself a reference, the left side of your head if you're a right-handed player.
Reinmuth - as you swing back you'll see a space between that point and the side of your head, as you swing back down the head should move back to your reference point at impact
Reinmuth - and the second is take a spot in front of your ball the same distance as the beginning of your divot when your hitting it back
Reinmuth - try to make contact with the ground at that point that will help your transfer of weight.
Stainless -How can I gain a more descending swing with my irons??
Reinmuth - think of your swing more u-shaped than circular. make sure that your practice swings are always taking a divot before you use that swing over the ball
DeanFan -Just for future reference when watching your shows and for comparison purposes for swing plane, exactly how tall are you? You dwarfed Grant and he's supposed to be about 6-3.
Reinmuth - I'm 6 4
Reinmuth - grants probably 6 2
Reinmuth - but my head is much larger.
Yvon -Thanks. Mr. Reinmuth what are the effects of getting set-up with the weight on the heels.
Reinmuth - if your weight too far to your heels, your feet and knees can't move properly and you will be more hip and torso oriented.
Nay -how long should I keep my driver on line in the takeaway
Reinmuth - about 8- 10 inches before it starts going gradually to the inside and up the swing plane.
Kenohawk -how can I know if my swing is on plane?
Reinmuth - best way would be to watch yourself on video because its difficult to see it, and feel it until you've established an internal sense of your swing going from the ball to the right shoulder back to impact to the left shoulder.
bozo99 -should one adopt a long or short position for the left thumb with the grip?
Reinmuth - i prefer to use one that is more in between being long vs being short. i would just close the fingers up of the left hand along with the thumb without a club and that would be about the same as when you're holding it with your left hand
Flowers -Dean, my wife is trying to get me to teach her how to play golf so we can be closer (groan). I play golf to get away from my wife. what is the best way out of this?
Reinmuth - it would be better for her to take lessons from a professional who can be more objective.
Ping -Hello Dean. I have a problem with blocking my wood to the right. I have a one degree inside to out swing. Should I aim more to the right?

Reinmuth - no. If you're blocking it and you're only coming from the inside one degree it means your not properly getting the club to release. You should work more on a sense of the toe of the clubface turning gradually
Reinmuth - through the whole forward swing.
BlainI always hit my irons toooooo high...Is there something I can do to get a more boring trajectory?
Reinmuth - 3 things first check the ball position. Make sure its not too far forward. second, set up with your hands between your belt buckle and left hip bone and third , you should practice somewhere where there are tree branches where you can hit the ball underneath those branches
Reinmuth - and that will help lower your ball flight.
Stenson -When you start the downswing should you feel like your falling slightly towards the target
Reinmuth - no. You want a gradual weight shift from right to left generated more by your feet and knee movement than from your upper body.
GOLFTILL -Dean, Great show this evening chip shot question here. when taking a pratice swing things go well.. But when i take the real swing I choke & hit the ball short. any advise on how to quit choking the swing? (Controlling the relaxed swing/chip)
Reinmuth - first start with the same chip shot but off a much more preferred lye as if it were teed up. Contact isn't as difficult. Then try to make your chipping stroke on a very even pace to your finished position as opposed to the ball.
duke64 -dean, when I swing easy good things tend to happen.....when I swing hard I fall apart. Why can't I just thwart the tendency to kill the ball when I am on the course?
Reinmuth - typically, those moments that make you try to hit it harder probably occur because of the change in the golf course environment i.e. into the wind, uphill, and what you have to get trained is to make your practice swing at the same speed that you're going to use over the ball
Reinmuth - without changing it. This just takes a lot of patience and practice.
Seven - Dean, My divots are a little deep and pointing to the left of the target. What can I learn from my divots?
Reinmuth - your swing is coming either over the top outside in or it has gotten too vertical. you should try to make your swing more from one shoulder to the other.
Reinmuth - and i would suggest comparing your practice swing plane to your ball swing plane.
Reinmuth - see if they are the same
mizuno - On short irons my right hand overcomes my left. Any ideas on how to overcome this breakdown?
Reinmuth - the reason that's occurring is because you're too concerned with the contact point so practice off much softer lies where the ball is sitting up and once that starts to allow your swing to function through impact better gradually
Reinmuth - start lowering the ball to a tighter lye.
Peewee - I am very impressed with your teaching technique. Do you give lessons to amateurs?
Reinmuth - yes, I give lesson to amateurs on a regular basis set up through my office.
TGC_com - FYI - You can visit Dean's website at or email him at or call him at 858-756-2240 and talk to Shirley.
Dormie1 -How do you generate clubhead speed while trying to limit clubhead rotation?
Reinmuth - clubhead speed is a combination of transferring your weight swinging your arms and gradual clubhead rotation. sounds to me as if your focusing more on one part instead of as a whole
big E -I am in the 5th grade I am doing a science fair project about golfballs I need to know which ball will go the longest.
Reinmuth - I believe there are some websites that can give you statistical data you might try, and the will probably have the best data.
Navygolf -Dean, I am a 8 handicap. I tend to hit my poor shots right. why??
Reinmuth - one of two things, either your lower body is overactive or your kind of hanging onto the club through impact preventing the natural clubface rotation, try relaxing the pressure in your forearms and wrist and that may help.
htown- Dean I am so hung up on my takeaway I am losing focus on my impact position? What is a good balance?
Reinmuth - the longest you could focus on your takeaway on normal swing speed would be about the first 8 inches to 2 feet. but always, you must have some sense of what you want to do with the forward swing its like a left right combination in boxing, you need both the left and the right.
Reinmuth - as a Scottish caddie once said, 'you don't hit the ball with the backswing, you hit the ball with the forward swing.'
TGC_com - Thank you all for joining us for tonight's live chat! We have about 10 minutes left with Dean so let's keep going!
MichaelJ - I'm a left-handed golfer. How do I keep from hanging back on my left side on the thru swing? Thanks in advance.
Reinmuth - that sort of depends on what your particular movement is... but what you can do is to start at the top of your backswing and only work on striking the ball with your forward swing, the sequence should be transferring your weight from your left foot to your right to begin the downswing
Reinmuth - then your arms come down and the clubface gradually rotates.
Reinmuth - do this at a very slow speed until your downswing feels almost like one continual movement.
JeffS - I have trouble with skying my driver. I just can't seem to get the club inside and level
Reinmuth - it may not be so much that it needs to be more inside take your practice swings above the ground so the driver never touches the grass.
Reinmuth - then over the ball, start by trying to hit the ball and leave the tee in the ground. if this still doesn't work, then tee them up and physically try to top the ball this will raise the bottom of your arc.
golf_ace - do you feel quality & not quantity of practice time is important?
Reinmuth - absolutely, quantity without proper direction or quality focus makes you worse.
Nay - I having trouble hitting fairway woods should i hit the with a little descending swing
Reinmuth - I'm not sure if your topping them from your question or hitting them extremely thin, but if so, you should focus on first taking your practice swing where you can feel the bottom of the fairway wood slide along the grass and then go into your finish.
Reinmuth - when you're over the ball focus on recreating the sliding feeling of the clubhead instead of trying to contact the ball.
TGC_com - Time for two more questions then we need to let Dean go!
Whatsup - As a new player to the game how many wedges should I have?
Reinmuth - two sand wedge and pitching wedge until you become a little more proficient and then you can move into a third wedge.
2056 - in your opinion where does power really get generated in the swing.
Reinmuth - proper fluid sequence of three movements 1. weight shift 2. arm swing 3. clubhead rotation.
TGC_com - Thanks again to Dean for joining us tonight!
Reinmuth - bye, enjoyed speaking with you, look forward to talking to you next time, stay tension free.
TGC_com - Again you can reach dean at or 858-756-2240. And check out Dean's website
TGC_com - Be sure to join us tomorrow at 10:15 PM ET to chat live with TGC Troubleshooter David Leadbetter.
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The Tiger comeback just got real on Friday

By Randall MellFebruary 24, 2018, 1:11 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Slow play was a big storyline on the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing, but not so much anymore.

Not with Tiger Woods speeding things up Friday at the Honda Classic.

Not with Woods thumping the gas pedal around PGA National’s Champion Course, suddenly looking as if he is racing way ahead of schedule in his return to the game.

The narrative wondrously started to turn here.

It turned from wondering at week’s start if Woods could make the cut here, after missing it last week at the Genesis Open. His game was too wild for Riviera, where a second-round 76 left him looking lost with the Masters just six weeks away.

It turned in head-spinning fashion Friday with Woods climbing the leaderboard in tough conditions to get himself into weekend contention with a 1-over-par 71.

He is just four shots off the lead.

“I’d be shocked if he’s not there Sunday with a chance to win,” said Brandt Snedeker, who played alongside Woods in the first two rounds. “He’s close to playing some really, really good golf.”

Just a few short months ago, so many of us were wondering if Woods was close to washed up.

“He’s only going to improve,” Snedeker said. “The more time he has, as the weather gets warmer, he’ll feel better and be able to practice more.”

Snedeker has had a front-row seat for this speedy Tiger turnaround. He played the third round with Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open last month. That was Woods’ first PGA Tour start in a year.

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How much improvement did Snedeker see from that Torrey Pines experience?

“It was kind of what I expected – significantly improved,” Snedeker said. “His iron game is way better. His driver is way better. I don’t’ see it going backward from here.”

This was the hope packed into Friday’s new narrative.

“I’m right there in the ballgame,” Woods said. “I really played well today. I played well all day today.”

Tiger sent a jolt through PGA National when his name hit the top 10 of the leaderboard. He didn’t do it with a charge. He did it battling a brutish course in wintry, blustery winds, on “scratchy” and “dicey” greens that made par a good score.

When Woods holed a 25-foot putt at the ninth to move into red numbers at 1 under overall and within three shots of the lead, a roar shook across the Champion Course.

“It got a little loud, which was cool to see,” Snedeker said. “It’s great to have that energy and vibe back.”

Woods sent fans scampering to get into position, blasting a 361-yard drive at the 10th, cutting the corner. He had them buzzing when he stuck his approach to 9 feet for another birdie chance to get within two of the lead.

“I thought if he makes it, this place will go nuts, and he could get it going like he used to,” Snedeker said.

Woods missed, but with the leaders falling back to him on this grueling day, he stuck his approach at the 12th to 10 feet to give himself a chance to move within a shot of the lead.

It’s another putt that could have turned PGA National upside down, but Woods missed that.

“It really is hard to make birdies,” he said. “At least I found it hard. It was hard to get the ball close, even if the ball is in the fairway, it's still very difficult to get the ball close, with the wind blowing as hard as it is. It’s hard to make putts out here.”

Patton Kizzire, a two-time PGA Tour winner who won just last month at the Sony Open, could attest to how tough the test at Honda has become. He played alongside Woods this week for the first time in his career. He shot 78 Friday and missed the cut.

Kizzire had a close-up look at what suddenly seems possible for Woods again.

“He’s figuring it out,” Kizzire said. “He hit some nice shots and rolled in some nice putts. It was pretty impressive.”

Woods could not hide his excitement in getting himself in the weekend hunt, but his expectations remain tempered in this comeback. He knows the daily referendums his game is subject to, how we can all make the highs too high and the lows too low.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Woods said.

Woods lost a tee shot in a bush at the second hole and made bogey. He hit his tee shot in the water at the 15th and made double bogey. He three-putted the 16th to make bogey. He knows this course can derail a player’s plans in a hurry, but he knows his game is quickly coming around.

“I’m right there where I can win a golf tournament,” Woods said. “Four back on this golf course with 36 holes to go, I mean, anybody can win this golf tournament right now. It’s wide open.’”

Woods hit his shot of the day at the 17th to right his game after the struggles at the 15th and 16th. He did so in front of the Goslings Bear Trap Party Pavilion, cutting a 5-iron to 12 feet. It was the hardest hole on the course Friday, with nearly one of every three players rinsing a shot in the water there. Woods made birdie there to ignite an explosion of cheers.  He got a standing ovation.

“I was telling you guys, I love Riviera, I just don't play well there,” Woods said. “So here we are, we're back at a golf course I know and I play well here.”

So here we are, on the precipice of something special again?

Woods seems in a hurry to find out.

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List, Lovemark lead; Tiger four back at Honda

By Associated PressFebruary 24, 2018, 12:41 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Even with a tee shot into the water for another double bogey, Tiger Woods could see the big picture in the Honda Classic.

He was four shots out of the lead going into the weekend.

Luke List delivered a round not many others found possible in such difficult conditions Friday, a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jamie Lovemark (69). They were at 3-under 137, the highest score to lead at the halfway point of the Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National in 2007.

So bunched were the scores that Woods was four shots out of the lead and four shots from last place among the 76 players who made the cut at 5-over 145. More importantly, he only had 13 players in front of him.

''This is a difficult golf course right now,'' Woods said. ''Making pars is a good thing. I've done that, and I'm right there with a chance.''

And he has plenty of company.

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Tommy Fleetwood, who won the Race to Dubai on the European Tour last year, scratched out a 68 and was one shot out of the lead along with Webb Simpson (72), Russell Henley (70) and Rory Sabbatini (69).

Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger each shot 72 and were in a large group at 139. They were among only 10 players remaining under par.

Fleetwood laughed when asked the last time he was at 2 under after 36 holes and only one shot out of the lead.

''Maybe some junior event,'' he said. ''It's good, though. These are the toughest test in golf. Generally, one of the best players prevail at the end of weeks like this. Weeks like this challenge you to the ultimate level. Whether you shoot two 80s or you lead after two rounds, you can see what you need to do and see where your game is. Because this is as hard as it's ever going to get for you.''

The difficulty was primarily from the wind, which blew just as hard in the morning when List shot his 66 as it did in the afternoon. More aggravating to the players are the greens, which are old and bare, firm and crusty. It's a recipe for not making many putts.

Defending champion Rickie Fowler had six bogeys on his front nine and shot 77 to miss the cut.

''It's unfortunate that the greens have changed this much in a year,'' Fowler said. ''They typically get slick and quick on the weekend because they dry out, but at least there's some sort of surface. But like I said, everyone's playing the same greens.''

It looked as though List was playing a different course when he went out with a bogey-free 32 on the back nine, added a pair of birdies on the front nine and then dropped his only shot when he caught an awkward lie in the bunker on the par-3 seventh.

''It's very relentless,'' List said. ''There's not really too many easy holes, but if you hit fairways and go from there, you can make a few birdies out there.''

List and Lovemark, both Californians, have never won on the PGA Tour. This is the third time List has had at least a share of the 36-hole lead, most recently in South Korea at the CJ Cup, where he shot 76-72 on the weekend.

''It's kind of irrelevant because there's going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead,'' List said. ''It's going to be that type of week.''

He was exaggerating – there were 11 players within three shots of the lead.

And there was another guy four shots behind.

Woods brought big energy to a Friday afternoon that already was hopping before he overcame a sluggish start and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to make the turn at 1 under for his round, and leaving him two shots out of the lead. Everyone knew it just from listening to the roars.

Woods had his chances, twice missing birdie putts from inside 10 feet at Nos. 10 and 12, sandwiched around a 12-foot par save. His round appeared to come undone when he found the water on the 15th and made double bogey for the second straight day.

Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the dangerous 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt. He misread the speed and the line, so badly that it was similar to a car driving from Chicago to Denver and winding up in Phoenix. A bogey dropped him to 2 over.

The big moment was the 17th hole, 184 waters into the wind and over water. That's where Rory McIlroy made triple bogey earlier in the day that ruined his otherwise solid round of 72, leaving him seven behind. Making it even tougher for Woods is the Brandt Snedeker hit 5-iron before him to about 6 feet. Woods got to the tee and the wind died, meaning 5-iron was too much and 6-iron wouldn't clear the water.

He went with the 5-iron.

''I started that thing pretty far left and hit a pretty big cut in there because I had just too much stick,'' Wood said.

It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt.

Thomas made 17 pars and a double bogey when he three-putted from 6 feet on No. 16. He felt the same way as Woods.

''I'm in a good spot – really good spot – going into this week,'' Thomas said.

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Woods to play with Dufner (12:10 p.m.) in third round

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 12:10 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods will play alongside Jason Dufner in the third round of the Honda Classic.

Woods and Dufner, both at 1-over 141, four shots back, will tee off at 12:10 p.m. ET Saturday at PGA National. They’re in the 10th-to-last group.

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Co-leaders Luke List and Jamie Lovemark will go at 1:40 p.m.

Some of the other late pairings include Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, who will be playing together for the third consecutive day, at 1 p.m.; Louis Oosthuizen and Thomas Pieters (1:10 p.m.); and Webb Simpson and Russell Henley, in the penultimate group at 1:30 p.m.

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Woods doesn't mind 'fun' but brutal 17th hole

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods doesn’t mind the boisterous crowd that surrounds the par-3 17th hole at PGA National.

And why should he?

When the wind died down Friday afternoon, Woods played a “big ol’ cut” with a 5-iron that dropped 12 feet from the cup. He made the putt – one of just nine birdies on the day – and when he walked off the green, the fans gave him a standing ovation.

The scene is expected to be even more raucous Saturday at the Honda Classic, especially with Woods in contention.

There is a Goslings Bear Trap tent just to the right of the tee. The hole has become a hot topic in recent years, after a few players complained that the noise from the nearby crowd was distracting as they tried to play a wind-blown, 190-yard shot over water.

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Woods was asked his thoughts on the party setup after finishing his second-round 71.

“As long as they don’t yell in our golf swings, we’re fine,” he said. “They can be raucous. They are having a great time. It’s fun. They are having a blast, and hopefully we can execute golf shots, but as long as they don’t yell in our golf swings, everything’s cool.”

After the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open, a few players told Woods that fans were trying to time their screams with the players’ downswings.

“There’s really no reason to do that,” Woods said. “I think that most of the people there at 17 are golfers, and they understand how hard a golf shot that is. So they are being respectful, but obviously libations are flowing.”

The 17th played as the most difficult hole on the course Friday, with a 3.74 scoring average and a combined score to par of 104 over. More than a quarter of the tee shots found the water.