LEAD’S TOUR STA­BLE

The Cut - - DAVID LEADBETTER -

On the PGA Tour: Fred­die Jacobson and for­mer Mas­ters cham­pion Mike Weir.

“Mike has been in a mess of late. I’m try­ing to get him back where he was.”

On the LPGA Tour:

Eight, in­clud­ing Michelle Wie and teen star Ly­dia Ko. “There’s a lot of pres­sure on her, get­ting to world No 1 at such a young age (18).

She had an amaz­ing run of form for about a year, but she’s grow­ing up and you start ques­tion­ing life.”

On the Euro­pean Tour:

He looks af­ter four play­ers, Alexan­der Levy, in-form Rafael Cabr­eraBello, Byeong-Hun and

Raphael Jac­quelin. af­fair: my wife Kelly plays on the LPGA Tour and of our three chil­dren, one is teach­ing in China and the other two are play­ing golf on univer­sity schol­ar­ships.

What are your hopes for the A Swing, your latest in­struc­tion book?

That it works its way into the fab­ric of golf in­struc­tion which I think needs a bit of a shake-up. It’s easy to pick up and I want to see peo­ple im­prove. It’s very easy to teach teach­ers to teach it in a short space of time: teach­ers can pick up on is­sues, why some­body isn’t syn­chro­nised, work on that and all of a sud­den work­ing on one or two things changes other stuff dra­mat­i­cally.

What does the ‘A’ mean?

Al­ter­nate. It’s not like it’s a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from what I’ve al­ways be­lieved in. It’s an ex­ten­sion, an evo­lu­tion of what I’ve done in the past. The A Swing ad­vo­cates a much steeper back­swing with the shaft and then get­ting on to a shal­lower down­swing, and if peo­ple can do that it would elim­i­nate a lot of prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly with golfers who slice, pull the ball and have an in­con­sis­tent an­gle of at­tack. It shal­lows up the an­gle of at­tack and gets the club re­leas­ing from the in­side more, which helps to pro­duce a draw.

Is it easy to un­der­stand?

Dead easy. The book is full of drills and lit­tle ex­er­cises. The one thing I wanted to do was in­cor­po­rate a seven-minute prac­tice plan. It’s all about rep­e­ti­tion and cre­at­ing a feel for what you’re do­ing when you go out and play… you’re not go­ing to over-think it. It cre­ates mus­cle mem­ory; you will have a feel for what you’re do­ing and can do it in the back gar­den or in the lounge even. As long as you cover the ba­sics, in­clud­ing good grip, and so long as you’re syn­chro­nised you’ll cre­ate the A Swing… which is a lot bet­ter than the Z Swing!

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