With the weekend warrior in mind we created Bump and Run, a weekly Q&A with some of the game's top instructors. Each Friday, a teaching professional will occupy this space and answer questions directed toward improving your game. This week it's Brian Mogg, swing coach for Tiger slayer Y.E. Yang.
Head golf professional, Brian Mogg Performance Center at Keene's Pointe Orlando, FL
- Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America
- Second-team All America, Ohio State University (1983)
- 2nd place, 1988 Southern Farm Bureau Classic
Students (past and present):
Y.E. Yang, Bart Bryant, D.A. Points, John Cook, Mi Hyun Kim
'On the Wednesday before the tournament, I told [Golf Channel analyst] Brandel Chamblee that Y.E.'s playing well enough that Id be shocked if he didnt finish in the top 10 or 20,' said Mogg. 'He might even have a chance to win. He did everything I thought he would do.'
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Yang didn't flinch at all in the presence of Tiger. Why did he seem so calm?
That didnt surprise me. Its not his makeup at all. He puts less pressure on himself than any golfer Ive ever met. You cant say Tiger lost, Y.E. truly won the event.
The 3-hybrid shot Yang hit to 12 feet [from 210 yards] on the final hole to seal the deal...how he'd do that?
Since you started working with Y.E. 18 months ago, what is the biggest change you've seen to his game or his swing?
He used to get so far in front of the ball with his lower body and hes gotten a lot better at staying behind it. We had an epiphany of sorts in January at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. We were on the range at Poppy Hills on Monday night, it was freezing cold, and I started doing a drill where I held his head in place as he swung. And, for the first time, he felt like he didnt sway forward. I knew if he could feel his head staying back just one time he could work his right shoulder more under his chin instead of across his face. He literally started smoking the ball. He finished top 25 at Pebble then won a few weeks later in Florida.
A good tip there is to keep your left ear, left eye, and left cheek behind the ball at impact.
Any advice for the weekend warrior? Something that may help them drop a shot or two during their Saturday or Sunday round?
To use Y.E. is as an example, play within yourself. His tempo is within himself, his control of his swing is within himself. If you want to pick on Tiger a little bit sometimes he goes at it so hard he starts falling around. For the golfer who doesnt play that much, you cant force your swing to happen. You wont have the timing.
Any tip on how you can stay within yourself on the course, in case your tempo gets a little too quick?
Try to finish on balance on your feet in the finish, and have equal or constant grip pressure throughout the swing so youre grip pressure is never changing, squeezing or hardening.
One of our readers, Joe, writes in: I constantly hold onto the club and have a chicken-wing finish which causes thin and weak shots. Can you help?
Id have him make left-arm only practice swings with a short iron. Inevitably, because the club is so heavy, you have no choice but to fold the left arm down. Youve got to fold the left arm down after impact to square the clubface.
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