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Jordan Spieth
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_ PGA Tour

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Watching Video Swings:

  • Don’t look for a “position”, look at in a general Sybervision ** way. Look for similarities and/or differences of areas that may be of interest to you like:
    swing shapes, set-up/address looks, impact areas, swing motions, swing finishes ,etc.
    If your Pro/PGA instructor/me talks about how your arms should swing, look at how a certain player does it and how another may do it. The Tour Pros have wonderful hand-eye-coordination AND they are expert Manipulators of Impact. Your general visualization is more important than some magic position.

  • Understand that different camera angles can make certain positions “appear” a certain way, but are not what you might think you see because of the different angles the video could have been shot at.
    As an example, a camera set for a down-the-target- line will give a position one look, a camera angle down-body-line will give a different look, higher or lower will show another look.
    Video is a great teaching/communication tool, but only within the context of learning a feel that is individual, which is to say …yours.

  • We usually don’t know what kind of shot the players were trying to hit, which can affect its “look”. If the shot the player was trying to produce had a left- to- right shape, or right- to- left shape, that factor could easily affect the player’s different set-ups, hand/arm swing shapes.

    Some swings are taken on a driving range while others are on a golf course during play. The better players, (which all Tour Professionals have to be), always try to hit shots to targets and with some sort of shape to the ball’s flight. That requires “feel” adjustments, which could easily change a look of a swing at that time.

    The Loading Period:

    • The swings “Loading” may take a few seconds to load.

    • Give the page a full load time. Some swings may appear earlier than others, let them load completely. (they will run through a complete swing speed cycle, then stop in "ready still mode" for you to activate with the buttons)

    • If you just can't wait, no big deal, the swing may jump and stall a little at first, but will eventually run smoothly when fully loaded. You will find the next time you view this page, whether going back and forth today or the next day, month, etc. the swings will appear and load MUCH quicker.

      ** SyberVision or CyberVision has been referred to as Muscle Memory Programming, or as often referred to as“Repititous Sensory Stimulation”. Some would say SyberVision could be used as a “dramatic improvement in the quality and consistency of a player”. Basically, a theory based on viewing enough times and you will do it.

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185 lbs
Hot Springs, Virgina
Masters Champion 1949, 1952, 1954
British Open Champion 1946
PGA Champion 1942, 1949, 1951

"Golf is played with the arms"

--Sam Snead

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Samuel Jackson "Sam" Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was one of the top players in the world for most of 4 decades. He and two others of the greatest golfers of all time, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, were born within six months of each other in 1912. He won a record 82 PGA Tour events and about 70 others worldwide. He won seven majors: three Masters, three PGA Championships and one British Open.

"Good golfing temperament falls between taking it with a grin or shug and throwing a fit."

--Sam Snead

"Of the mental hazards, "being scared is the worst. When you get scared, you get tense."

--Sam Snead

"The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan, and a downhill putt.

--Sam Snead

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"Make the basic shot-making decision early, clearly, and firmly, and then ritualize all the necessary acts of preparation."

--Sam Snead

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During his peak years, he was an exceptionally long driver, particularly into the wind, with very good accuracy as well. He was a superb player with the long irons, which says a lot about his ball striking abilities. He and Mickey Wright were both well known for their long iron play.

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Sam Snead’s nickname was "Slammin' Sammy."

John Schlee, U.S. Open runner-up in 1973:

"Watching Sam Snead practice hitting golf balls is like watching a fish practice swimming."

Phil Mickelson:

"I don't think there's ever been a golf swing as aesthetically pleasing as Sam Snead's."

USGA president William Campbell:

"He was the best natural player ever. He had the eye of an eagle, the grace of a leopard and the strength of a lion."

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“No matter what happens – never give up on a hole….In tossing in your cards after a bad beginning you also undermine your whole game, because to quit between tee and green is more habit-forming than drinking a highball before breakfast.”

--Sam Snead

In spite of his great achievements, his reputation has always been slightly tainted by his failure to win a U.S. Open.
Snead shares the record for most second-place finishes in that championship with four, along with Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Phil Mickelson.

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"Sure, it bugs me that they make such a big deal of it because I never won the U.S. Open, but I must have been playing pretty good and sinking putts when I won those three Masters, three PGAs and the British Open."

"When I'm coming down the stretch and the adrenaline is flowing, I try to maintain a slower pace and keep it even. I try to stay loose. Walter Hagen once told me that he was all right as long as his legs felt nice and loose, but the minute they began to tighten and feel tense, he knew he was in trouble. In general, for all shots under pressure, I just try to shake my arms a little and get as loose as a goose.”

-- Sam Snead

Known for a very creative short game, Sam pioneered use of the sand wedge for short shots from grass.

Sam also pioneered croquet-style putting in the 1960s, where he straddled the ball with one leg on each side. The United States Golf Association banned this technique shortly afterwards, since until that time, golfers had always faced the ball when striking.
Snead then went to side-saddle putting, where he crouched and angled his feet towards the hole, and held the club with a split grip. He used that style for the rest of his career.

"Making the ball roll the right distance is a lot like pitching pennies. You make a nice, smooth swinging motion with your arms. The longer the putt, or the slower the greens, the farther back and through you want those arms to swing. You want the ball to die at the target. Don't be thinking "never up, never in" on anything you might three-putt. Remember, you're putting on a green, not bowling down an alley."

--Sam Snead

Sam hit the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field scoreboard with a golf ball teed off from home plate.

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  What about Sammy Byrd ?

In 1936, Sammy Byrd quit professional baseball to pursue a career in professional golf. He won six events on the PGA Tour between 1942 and 1946 including the 1944 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational, shooting a 285 (-3). He lost in the final of the 1945 PGA Championship to Byron Nelson, 4&3, in match play. So far, he's the only person to collect a World Series championship ring and finish as high as second in a PGA major.

Sammy Byrd was born in Bremen, Georgia but grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He played Major League Baseball from 1929 to 1936 for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds. Byrd's nickname was "Babe Ruth's Legs", a reference to the fact that he often would appear as a pinch runner at the end of games toward the latter part of Ruth's career. He was also Babe Ruth's roommate.

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I like the swing, so natural, so “baseball like”, so good. I would have loved to see live.

He is also the only person to have played in a World Series and competed in golf's Masters Tournament. He made one appearance in the 1932 World Series (game 4) while playing for the New York Yankees - as a defensive replacement for Babe Ruth - in the bottom of the 9th inning. He finished twice in the top 10 at the Masters: third in 1941 and fourth in 1942.

When Ruth left the Yankees in 1935, so did Byrd when on December 19, 1934, he was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds. Despite being famous for filling in for Babe Ruth in the field and as a pinch runner, Byrd had some decent seasons with the bat. In his rookie campaign in 1929, Byrd batted .312 in 170 AB and in 1932, he batted .297 with 8 HR in 209 AB. In 1935, finally getting a shot to play full-time, he smacked a career high 25 doubles, 9 HR, 52 RBI and scored 51 runs while batting .262. Over his career, he hit .274.

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He won SIX events on the PGA Tour between 1942 and 1946. He lost the final of the 1945 PGA Championship to Byron Nelson, 4&3, in Match Play. (Byron in match shown left),

In those days, when playing the Match Play format, your opponent’s ball could be left in the way. Who you were playing had control over where their ball could lie, whether in the way or not !

There was an incident that affected Sammy’s playing. "That crash ruined my ball career. The lighting was poor (in Crosley Field on May 24, 1935) so I couldn't see the wall, but one of the other fielders yelled that I had plenty of room so I went for the ball, hit the wall, hurt my knee and knocked myself out. My knee was never right after that night." - Sammy Byrd in First Night Game Played in Majors.

He died in Mesa, Arizona in 1981 at the age of 74.

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  Jordan Spieth

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