Edward Schwent

Old Hickory Golf Club

PGA Golf Professional

Ed Schwent

PGA Professional
Old Hickory Golf Club
Saint Peters, MO

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This video will likely fix your flip!

This video has 50k views. It has fixed a lot of flips!

A fatal flaw…the chicken wing

The chicken wing is a fatal flaw! If you chicken wing the club head stays behind you and points to the right. With NO club head extension. We want club head extension not just arm extension!

Alignment Stick practice

Even though this video is on the range the drills would be excellent indoor practice this winter!

Club selection

That is an easy question to answer in two parts. First you need to know how far you hit every club in your bag find a PGA professional that has a TrackMan and hit every club in your bag and find out how far they go you should do this at least once per year […]

The wrists' job

The hands and wrists job in the golf swing are to make the club head work up and down and to maintain a square club face. Proper hinging of the wrist should establish a square club face at the top of the backswing.

Quick warm up

Well I’m old school. If you are going to invest 4 hours playing golf you should invest another hour getting to the course to warm up properly. But on the rare occasion you arrive late I would practice chipping. And then swing an orange whip to loosen up. And be careful of reckless wagers on […]

What is swing plane?

When instructors talk about “plane” as a player you have to be careful. There are arm planes and shoulder planes etc etc etc. when I think of plane I teach shaft plane. Unless you are Bryson D every club in your bag has a different shaft plane. It’s like that on purpose because it contributes […]

It depends!

It depends is a common answer I give to my students often in response to many questions. The old school answer is yes you should take a divot with irons just like a dollar bill shape. But it depends on many factors if you should take a divot with irons. 1) what turf do you […]

Favorite sayings

“Swing hard in case you hit it! Swing easy when it is breezy

Which golf ball is best?

For a beginner and high handicapper THE CHEAPEST! (But don’t swipe the range balls please!) For 7-15 handicaps I think balls that are less than premium pricing is still best but I would recommend deciding on one ball and playing it all year as each ball sounds and feels and spins differently and therefore you […]

Is it best to bump and run ? Depends...

While I do believe it is usually best to get the ball on the ground as soon as possible there are several factors to consider. I’m in Missouri most of our courses have zoysia green surrounds. This makes it very unpredictable to hit a bump and run shot. So most competent players use a lofted […]

Find the apex

Learning to find the Apex of the putt is the most important part of reading the speed and the break of a putt especially on putts that break a lot. My attached YouTube video demonstrates a great drill.

By far the worst advice that I have seen over 40 years is to keep your left arm straight

Wow where do you begin with bad advice keep your head down stay still make good contact. By far the worst advice that I have seen over 40 years is to keep your left arm straight.(right arm for leftys) It’s only half true. We are trying to swing the golf club and the clubhead in […]

Uphill chips

Frankly the easiest lie for most players. If you pay attention to a few details. First take several practice swings to determine where your swing bottoms out ( usually further forward in your stance than a level lie) That’s where you play the ball. Second because the ball is further forward the ball will come […]

DO NOT even try to shape shots!

DO NOT even try to shape shots! Hit your shot…if it’s a fade fade it.. if it’s a draw draw it! You will shoot better scores I promise.

As always the answer to a golf question is “it depends”

As always the answer to a golf question is “it depends”. The current three woods are not far behind drivers in distance and they often launch lower. There are two factors where a Three-wood may be better for you than driver. One…. if your angle of attack with driver is negative ( which means you […]

The swing is not the same with every club!

The swing is not the same with every club! This is one of the points I make with every first time student unless you’re playing with single length single lie angle clubs Every club is built different and therefore the swing plane with each club changes. Basically a pitching wedge swings much more up-and-down and […]

Speed and Accuracy

Yes amateur players can both increase speed and improve accuracy at the same time. I am an advocate of SuperSpeed Golf, I have many students who have increased clubhead speed by 10% or more in a short period of time. Increasing speed generally improves mechanics as well as improving both wrist hinge proper release and […]

Dreaded catch 22

By far one of the most critical errors that my students make is incorrect Aim and alignment. It is certainly a catch 22. Do you slice it? If you’re right handed you have to aim left to hit it in the fairway but how do you hit a fade on purpose? you open your stance […]

3 ways to top a shot

Whenever a player hits a top there are three things that may have happened. One might simply be distance away from the ball or ball position left or right in the players stance. Use alignment sticks and make sure you’re not too far away from the ball address or that you have the ball either […]

My favorite hole ever

My favorite hole is an easy decision. Number 18 at Saint Andrews in Scotland. Walking across the Swilcan bridge with my dad the wind was hard in our face my drive ended up on the cross road 50 people are behind the green I hit 8 iron off the road from 132 yds two feet […]

Swing easy when it’s breezy

Playing in windy conditions is one of the most difficult things for a tournament player. The better a ball striker you are the less the wind effects the flight of the golf ball. Most players try to knock down shots but in my opinion they use the wrong technique. Most play the ball back in […]

Easy answer on who will win Masters

Golf fans all across the world will be the winner of this year’s Masters. With this crazy year of 2020 the fact that the Masters is willing to be played and conducted in November is great for the game of golf. I can’t wait to watch the drama unfold. I will miss the patrons.

Bryson’s putting technique

All that is required to be a great putter is great direction control and great distance control and great green reading. If this technique works for Bryson who is to argue. I’ve found most people who have tried this method improve direction but struggle with distance. Oh, one more thing that is required to be […]

Don’t scoop!

This is a great topic to cover. I find that most players play the ball too far forward in their stance because the path of their swing is outside in. Once that happens they are doomed to scoop the rest of their life to understand how to hit a golf ball correctly you have to […]

No 3 putts!

Probably This is the biggest area of improvement for anyone higher than a 12 handicap. It’s all about speed control and reading the greens. See my you tube video for reading the apex of the putt.. for distance control practice a ladder drill 3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19, 21,23,25,27,29 ft putts all set up with 14 balls in a […]

You tube tips at home

I am videoing tips on practicing at home on my you tube channel edschwentgolf.

I believe wedge distance is best controlled by swing speed or tempo.

I believe wedge distance is best controlled by swing speed or tempo. However every player is different and some may learn best by swing positions. However under tournament pressure, subconsciously trusting tempo I believe produces the greatest results.

For aspiring tour players, multiple winners is good for their hopes and dreams!

Historically 1-3 dominate winners in tour are best for TV ratings and interest among non golfers. However, for aspiring tour players, multiple winners is good for their hopes and dreams!

I use V1

I use V1

I have learned a great deal using TrackMan with my students. It is especially useful for seeing angle of attack.

I have learned a great deal using TrackMan with my students. It is especially useful for seeing angle of attack. I’ve given 40,000 lessons. I can generally see club path and club face but angle of attack in my opinion is impossible to determine without TrackMan. Divots mean nothing. Many low handicap players hit hooks […]

Visit a demo day and let the club reps guide you towards a new set of golf clubs.

If a new player is a member of a club I would just consult their PGA professional. If not I would contact the local PGA section office and ask for demo day information at local public facilities. Even for new players I recommend staying with the five or six top brand-name club makers. Visit a […]

Depends on how often you play.

How often you should change your grips honestly depends on how often you play. If you play or practice more than three times a week I recommend changing your grips twice a year if you only play once a week or once every month I recommend changing your grips every two years because over time […]

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