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If you where coaching this player what changes or suggestions would you make to him after watching the video?
Before you go and make the changes just consider these facts.
His name is Thaworn Wiratchant and he hails from the Kingdom of Thailand, and in 2013 he got an invite and played the US Masters at forty six years of age!
He is a true self taught professional golfer and has a phenomenal short game (and I mean phenomenal!) and brilliant scrambling skills.
Here are just some of his statistics from last year 2012 on the Asian Tour.
Now back to the changes you would implement to improve Wiratchant's game. Will improving Thaworn's swing shape or full-swing alignments make any difference to his scoring?
An interesting question, as his statistics indicate that compared to the other parts of his game he doesn't rank very well in driving accuracy (rank 85) and G.I.R. (rank 114).
I can tell you first hand watching him play that I don't believe it will, at least not by enough to make a real difference to his scoring average.
The reason I say this is that Wiratchant ranks very high in stroke average 70.24 (rank 3), birdie average 3.86 (rank 7) and to par -126 under he's ranked Number 1.
Did you catch that last stat...126 under par!
The main reason his G.I.R is low is that he is extremely aggressive with his approach shots setting up more birdie chances, and so does miss some greens going at tight pin positions.
But when you possess a scrambling game like he does, he keeps the bogies off his score card anyway.
Co-director at Pro Tour Golf College Lawrie Montague and I have asked advanced and elite golfers on numerous occasions which would you select out of the following?
So Thaworn Wiratchant has learned how to "golf his ball" to produce low scores and he doesn't get caught up with how his swing looks, just like Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd who in his case bagged 4 majors with a "less than perfect" golf swing.
Jim Fuyrk is doing the same right now on the PGA Tour.
A good swing is one that is technically correct, but a great swing is one that repeats under all conditions.
A perfect looking golf swing doesn't equal perfect results on the score card.
This is what really matters if you want to shoot 70 on a professional golf tour. Take what you've got and teach it how to go low.
That's what Thaworn Wiritchant does.
David Milne and Lawrie Montague - Pro Tour Golf College
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