Lesson Tee: Jeff Coston

Winter golf practice might be the right time to get that grooved swing for ‘20

I know it’s winter. I know its cold and wet. I also know, the winter months are a great time to improve our golf game and get ready for the 2020 season.

Whether we work on our ball striking technique; the mental side of golf; our wedge play; pitching; bunker play or putting.

The winter months are a great time to improve and come out flying in the spring. I know it has worked for me and my students. My dry warm academy building sure helps too.

I did a segment on my website a while back with my friend, Tom Lehman, called “5 Questions.” Tom is a past British Open Champion and a past PGA Tour Player of the Year. Tom has always been known as a tremendous ball striker.

Tom talks about striking the ball solidly; coming in on a shallow approach to the golf ball; and little rotation of the club face through the hitting area. We are definitely on the same page. Let’s focus on solid strikes of the golf ball. Like Tom Lehman, I have seen so much success in my own game and that of my students from swinging on the proper swing plane! Most golfers approach the golf ball on a steep path.

Like Lehman and most successful ball strikers a shallow approach or on plane approach to the golf ball leads to a proper more solid strike! It is also true that with a shallow on plane approach there is less call for over release or rotation of the club head. There is less curve and less timing involved. It is also untrue that a shallow on plane path and approach produces only a draw. Although most golfers would die for a draw.

Secondly, if golfers would have a more stable or centered turn with less weight shift off the ball they would hit more solid strikes of the golf ball. (Rickie Fowler photo 1) When I grew up shifting one’s weight was taught to everyone.

True physics says movement of your axis and fulcrum not only changes the arc of the swing; it also slows it down. I wish I was smart enough to have figured this out years ago. I would have less gray hair and won more tournaments.

Thirdly; here is a revealing and a super drill. Place a piece of plywood 2 1/2 club heads behind the golf ball.

Paint a line where the ball sits and another line six inches in front of the ball. Make solid strikes without hitting the plywood and create a divot between the two lines. You can also hit shots in this station.

Photo 2 gives you an idea about how it all comes together when all the pieces are in place for the swing.

Jeff Coston is the all-time major tournament winner in the history of Pacific Northwest PGA golf. Jeff can be reached for appointment at Semiahmoo by calling 360-201-4590. See jeffcoston.com