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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Garcia among notables to miss FedExCup playoffs

By Will GrayAugust 19, 2018, 10:24 pm

For the first time in the 12-year history of the FedExCup, the PGA Tour's postseason will proceed without Sergio Garcia.

The former Masters champ has struggled mightily this summer, missing the cut in all four majors, and he entered the Wyndham Championship at No. 131 in the season-long points race with only the top 125 making the playoffs. Six years after winning at Sedgefield Country Club, Garcia again made a run up the leaderboard and was projected to reach No. 122 heading into the final round.

But on an afternoon where Brandt Snedeker shot 65 en route to victory and runner-up Webb Simpson carded a 62, Garcia shot an even-par 70 that included three back-nine bogeys to drop from a tie for eighth into a tie for 24th. As a result, he moved up only three spots to No. 128 in the final regular-season event and will not have a tee time next week at The Northern Trust.

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He will remain fully exempt next year by virtue of the five-year exemption he earned with his Masters win last spring.

Garcia was one of 13 players who had made the playoffs every year since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007. Two other members of that select group also saw their streaks end this year, as former world No. 1 Luke Donald has missed most of the season with an injury while Bill Haas finished No. 152 after a T-45 finish at Wyndham.

Other notable players who failed to crack the top 125 include veterans Aaron Baddeley (No. 132), Shane Lowry (No. 140), David Lingmerth (No. 143) and Graeme McDowell (No. 144), all of whom saw multiple-year exemptions for victories in 2015 or 2016 expire this weekend in Greensboro.

Players who finish Nos. 126-200 in the season-long points will have an opportunity to retain their PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season at the Tour Finals, a four-event series that kicks off next week in Ohio. Players who finished Nos. 126-150 will retain at least conditional PGA Tour status for next year regardless of their Finals performance.

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Bryant wins Dick's Sporting Goods Open for second time

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2018, 10:17 pm

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Bart Bryant made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open for the second time in six years.

With playing partner Michael Bradley facing a 7-foot birdie putt that he would make, the 55-year-old Bryant rolled in the left-to-right breaking putt for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory.

''It felt good. It really did,'' Bryant said. ''He hit a great shot in there. He went after the pin, which he had to do. ... I gave it a good run. But to make a putt like that to win a tournament, there's a little bit of luck involved and it was just kind of my day. ... I've had putts made on me on 18 to lose before, so it's nice to be on the other end of the stick this time.''

Bradley, the second-round leader, bogeyed the par-4 15th in a 68.

''It was fun. We had a good time,'' Bradley said. ''He shot 65-65 on the weekend, that's tough to beat. But I put a little pressure on, I hit a good shot into 18. He made a hell of a putt.''

Also the 2013 winner at En-Joie Golf Club, Bryant made six birdies in a nine-hole stretch from the third to the 11th and had six straight pars before the winning birdie putt on the par-4 18th.

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''I played awfully well, I didn't hit a bad shot today,'' Bryant said. ''I played conservatively, a little bit conservative coming in, but smart. It got the job done. Very pleased with the way everything went.''

Bryant finished at 16-under 200. The three-time PGA Tour winner's only senior victories have come at En-Joie, the site of the PGA Tour's B.C. Open from 1972-2005.

The 52-year-old Bradley is winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour.

''I played solid, 65-68-68,'' Bradley said. ''I just got beat.''

Tom Gillis (67) and Marco Dawson (68) tied for third at 13 under, a stroke ahead of Paul Goydos (65), Kenny Perry (67) and Mark Calcavecchia (67).

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Snedeker goes wire-to-wire for first win since 2016

By Will GrayAugust 19, 2018, 10:12 pm

Even after shooting a 59 in the opening round, Brandt Snedeker had to work to secure his ninth career victory at the Wyndham Championship.

Snedeker led at Sedgefield Country Club the entire week after becoming just the ninth player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, carrying a one-shot lead into the final round. But he was caught down the stretch, first by C.T. Pan and later by Webb Simpson, to leave the outcome very much undecided.

But Simpson ran out of holes, and Pan made a costly mistake by hitting his tee shot on No. 18 out of bounds while holding a share of the lead. It meant that Snedeker needed only bogey to earn his second Wyndham title and first Tour victory since the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open, instead opting to sink a 20-foot birdie putt for a closing 65 and three-shot win.

"I guess I'm turning into Bubba Watson, wanting to cry every two seconds," Snedeker told reporters. "To do it here, to shoot 59 on Thursday, to be in the lead all week, to deal with that pressure every night, to be able to step up to the plate today and shoot 65 when I had to means the world to me."

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Snedeker struggled with injury for much of last season, and this spring he missed the Masters for the first time since 2010 while toiling near the edge of the top-125 bubble in the points race. But the veteran turned things around with a T-6 finish in Memphis in June, added a T-3 finish last month at The Greenbrier and now has come full circle in the city where he earned his first career win at nearby Forest Oaks in 2007.

"I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was," Snedeker said. "I've still got a lot of great golf in me. I'm excited about the FedExCup playoffs. I've done this before, I've won that thing, and I can't wait to try to make a run to Atlanta in the playoffs because I'm playing great."

It was a bittersweet result for Pan, who had his wife on the bag this week and briefly appeared poised for a breakthrough victory. The former University of Washington standout made six birdies in a 12-hole stretch in the middle of his round to catch Snedeker, but his drive on No. 18 sailed well right. It led to a double bogey, and at 18 under he ended the week tied for second with Simpson.

The result was still Pan's best of his young PGA Tour career, having started the week at No. 108 in the points race despite not having a single top-10 finish this season.

"Just had a little noise in my head and it caused me to hit a bad shot," Pan said. "But overall I feel good about the whole round. I played great. Just one bad shot, but that's OK."

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Taylor crashes playoffs with closing 63 at Wyndham

By Will GrayAugust 19, 2018, 9:31 pm

Nick Taylor picked a good time to shoot his best round of the season.

Taylor was the big mover in the standings during the final regular season event, shooting a final-round 63 at the Wyndham Championship to grab a share of eighth place. The result moved the Canadian from No. 129 to No. 121 in the season-long points race, ensuring a spot in The Northern Trust next week and fully-exempt status for the 2018-19 season.

"You try to block it all out when you're playing. I tried not to look at any leaderboards today, especially the second 18," Taylor told reporters. "When I got my PGA Tour card the first time I shot a 63 in the final round ironically of the Finals. So I tried to draw back on that, and it worked today."

Taylor earned his lone PGA Tour win at the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship, and he dug himself an early hole Sunday morning with a triple bogey on No. 14 while completing his rain-delayed third round. But he made four straight birdies on Nos. 2-5 in the final round, added an eagle on No. 15 and birdied the 72nd hole to retain his card with room to spare.

"It was a long day, obviously," Taylor said. "It was a lot of sleepless nights. Last night I didn't sleep that great."

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Taylor was one of two players who moved inside the top-125 bubble in the final round of the regular season. Harris English started the week at No. 132, but a T-11 finish allowed him to eke in at No. 124 with no room to spare. English shot a final-round 68 that included a two-putt par from 60 feet on No. 18 when a bogey would have sent the veteran to Tour Finals.

"It's one of the more nerve-wracking feelings I've had in a long time," English said. "It's a way different feeling than trying to win a tournament. I'm glad it's over."

With Taylor and English moving into the top 125, two players saw their seasons come to an end after missing the cut at Sedgefield Country Club. Martin Piller fell from 124th to 126th and was the man edged out by English's closing par, while Tyrone Van Aswegen dropped two spots from No. 125 to No. 127.

Ireland's Seamus Power, who also missed the cut in Greensboro, finished the season at No. 125 with 377 points, six ahead of Piller.

All players who finished the season Nos. 126-200 on the points list will have a chance to earn one of 25 PGA Tour cards available at the four-event Finals, while Nos. 126-150 will retain conditional PGA Tour status for next season.