Start with your follow-through to fix your swing flaws

If you have a swing flaw that you just can’t fix, I have a simple way to improve it.  Create the proper position in your follow-through first, make your backswing, THEN swing your club back to the proper position.  I have an example below of a player that tends to hit hooks to the left and blocks and pushes to the right.  The club is WAY under plane on the downswing and is moving way too much from inside to out.  This will tend to produce thin and fat shots and hooks and blocks (with the occasional good shot mixed in).  The hands exit high on the follow-through as a result of this.

o chang under plane

o chang high finish

We did two things to fix this problem.  First – we put a stick in the ground to force the player to get the club more out in front of her and on plane.  Second – we started the swing with follow-through first and then swung the club back and returned to the correct position.  The simple feel for this player was to swing more to the left.

As you can see in the pictures below, the club is much more on plane and the finish is much more to the left.  This immediately produced a straighter ball flight with more solid contact.

o chang on planeo chang good follow through

If you can start your swing from the position you want to be in on your follow-through, it will be much easier to get there when you make your swing.

Have fun and play well.


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Mark Anderson named Philadelphia PGA Teacher of the Year for 2012

I am both humbled and honored to announce that I have been named Teacher of the Year for the Philadelphia PGA.  There are so many great teachers in our Section and I am proud to accept this award on their behalf.  It has been an amazing year for me in regards to teaching.  Purchasing TrackMan and spending hours and hours understanding the science behind it has made me a much better teacher.

The Penn team had a great year as well finishing 2nd at Ivies with 2 players unable to play due to injuries.  We also had a 17 shot victory at Sacred Heart and Olivia Chang won the ECAC Championship as an individual this past Fall.  I am very proud of our team and I look forward to many more trophies in the future.

Many thanks are due to all of the teachers that have helped me during my career.  I have taken many lessons and watched many excellent teachers teach over the past 20 years.  I love to learn as much as I can about teaching this amazing game and I enjoy sharing what I have learned with others.  I am excited to host my first Teaching Seminar for the Philadelphia PGA this February at the Cricket Club.  I will be joined by Penn Men’s Coach Bob Heintz, John Spina – Director of instruction at the Cricket Club and Eric Kennedy – Head Golf Professional at Overbrook Country Club.

A big thank you goes out to all of my students and players that have trusted me to help them with their games.  I promise that I will continue to learn and will work hard to come up with new and exciting ways to help you shoot lower scores on the course.

Here is a link to the announcement of all the award winners –

Congratulations to everyone in the Philadelphia Section that won an award this year.  Well done!

Have Fun and Play Well!


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Trackman combines golf with science

Great Article about Trackman by Rex Hoggard from the Golf Channel.  Click the picture or header to go to the article.




January 15, 2013 · 1:35 pm

Mark Anderson named Trackman University Master and Director of Golf Instruction at Maple Zone

I am excited to announce that I have been awarded the status of Trackman University Master.  I have learned a great deal over the past year, and I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned with fellow professionals and my students.  I am also excited to announce that in addition to teaching at the Cricket Club and coaching at Penn, I will be the Director of Golf Instruction at the Maple Zone Sports Complex in Boothwyn, PA.  The following announcement was sent out to the members of the Philadelphia Cricket Club this morning:

Mark Anderson awarded Trackman University Master status

Mark Anderson, Teaching Professional at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded Trackman University Master status.  Mark joins a select group of  22 professionals around the world and only 11 in the United States to achieve the Master level through Trackman University.  Of the 11 in the United States, 4 are top 100  Teachers in America – Jim McLean, Brian Manzella, James Leitz, and Dom DiJulia.

“It has been an amazing year for me in regards to teaching.  I have truly taken my teaching to the next level with Trackman and I am looking forward to helping more students improve their games in 2013”  Anderson said.  Mark is currently helping 4 Philadelphia PGA Professionals with their games and one of his players is going to play mini tour events in Florida this winter.  One of Mark’s TM Master projects shows how this player picked up 20 yards by changing his attack angle with his driver.  Here is a link to see his improvement over 4 lessons: Case Study – Angle of Attack

Mark has also recently been named as Director of Golf Instruction at Maple Zone Sports Complex in Boothwyn, PA.  Maple Zone is multi-sport complex with 2 large indoor fields.   Mark will be teaching there this winter in addition to teaching at the Cricket Club. He will be conducting individual lessons, clinics, and will have an amazing shortgame area where players can hit shots of up to 50 yards indoors.

You can follow Mark at his blog at:
his Facebook Page
or on Twitter

Click on the link below to see the indoor training center at the Cricket Club

Cricket Club – indoor training center

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Happy New Year!!! – Goals for 2013

Happy New Year everyone!  As you are thinking about the past year and looking forward to 2013,  think about what you can do to improve your golf game this year?  What did you do last year?  Did it work?  Did you struggle trying to figure it out on your own?

If you don’t have a plan for your game, you will most likely just spin your wheels and end up shooting the same scores as last year.  Set some goals for this upcoming season.  A good goal must be measurable.  I want to play better is not really a good goal.  I want to lower my handicap from 18 to 14 is a good goal.  What are you going to do to reach that goal?

Most people really have no idea what they actually need to do to reduce their scores.  Spending hours at the range without a specific plan can actually be detrimental to your game.  You are just grooving the same swing and hoping for a different result.  What is that definition of insanity that we have all heard before…..?

Here are some other good goals with a plan to achieve them:

I am going to reduce my putts per round from 36 to 33.  To reach this goal I am going to practice my lag putting for 1 hour, 2 times per week.  Do most of you even know how many putts you have per round?

I am going to get up and down 2 more times per round.  I am going to take a series of lessons or a shortgame clinic to help me reach my goal.

I want to increase my greens hit in regulation from 6 to 8 per round.  I need to take a full swing lesson with my irons to find out what my issue is and then practice 2 times a week for 30 minutes.

These goals are measurable and with a good plan they are certainly attainable.  Achieving goals like this will ABSOLUTELY lower your scores.  Hitting balls for hours and hours without a plan will just groove the swing you are struggling with.  Even worse is to try something different every few swings hoping to “find it”.

Most players have a scoring leak in their game.  It could be their full swing with the driver or irons (or both), putting, pitching, bunker play, or even the mental game.  It is so important to accurately identify what your problem is and then work on it diligently until you fix it.  Taking a golf lesson will help to identify the issue and then you can take whatever practice time you have to work on it.

The start of the golf season is only about 2 months away.  What are you going to do to play the best golf of your life in 2013?  The winter is a GREAT time to work on your game so you can come out of the gate ready to play in the spring. Our indoor winter training room is set up at the Militia Hill Club House and is ready to go.  I am looking forward to helping you play your best in 2013!

Have a great 2013!


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Penn announces Academic All Ivy selections for the Fall

Congratulations to Penn Women’s Golf Team member Olivia Chang for earning an Academic All Ivy Award.  Olivia had her best season to date in her 3 years on the team.  She won her first collegiate event at the ECAC Championship and followed that up with a 5th place finish at Sacred Heart.  Way to go Olivia!!!  #smartjock

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Trackman Combine – #6 in the world for Heintz

Heintz #6 in the world

The Trackman combine is a great way to test your game and to see where your strengths and weaknesses are.  It is also a great mental exercise.  This week I did a TM Combine with the new Men’s Coach at Penn – Bob Heintz (@bobheintzgolf).  Bob is a former PGA and Nationwide (now Tour player. His score was 86.6 and was done indoors at Club Champion in Bala Cynwyd.  (Many thanks to Jim and Steve)

Heintz combine scores

It was fun to watch as he was really swinging well and hitting some very good shots.  I was most impressed with his precision and his ability to control the speed of the club and ultimately his distance. We both knew he had a good score going, but like the pitcher throwing the no-hitter, we didn’t talk about it.  He stayed in the zone and did his routine on every shot.  He even commented that coming down the stretch, he felt a little pressure.  Having played well at the highest level, he certainly knows how to handle pressure though. His last 3 shots at the 180 yard distance finished 2.2, 8.0, and 10.9 feet from the hole respectively.

Heintz combine results

Another very impressive thing was that Bob hit 19 of 30 shots to 10 feet or closer when he was in the 60 to 100 yard range.  That is why the best players in the world shoot the low scores that they do.  They are hitting it close when they are in the scoring zone (100 yards and in), and they are converting a lot of them into birdies.

I have always viewed the Combine as a great way to test your game and see what you need to work on.  It is also a great way to test your mental toughness and see how you respond under pressure.  Just like on the course, if you are having your best round ever, what are you going to do?  Are you going to start to tense up? or are you going to be able to relax, focus on your routine, and get the job done?  Take a Trackman combine this winter and see what YOU need to work on.

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