LEAD’S TOUR STABLE
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!