Golf Instructor Provides Guidance to Top PGA Players
Sean Foley is without a doubt one of the shining stars on the PGA Tour. As one of the premier golf instructors worldwide, his behind the scenes magic has done wonders for the careers of PGA professionals Hunter Mahan, Sean O’Hair, Justin Rose, Stephen Ames and Tiger Woods. Though he offers personalized service to PGA professionals, his cutting edge DVD “The Next Generation with Sean Foley” can help anyone who picks up a club.
Foley is known for claiming a scientific approach to the golf swing. PGA Tour professional Justin Rose says of Foley’s instruction style, “Sean does not look at me as a golfer. He looks at me as an athlete and from a biomechanical point of view. He is not necessarily wrapped up in what makes a swing pretty. He wants what works for me from a scientific point of view. This is not necessarily the position that everyone strives for but that is what I like about Sean.” In the summer of 2006, Sean Foley received his big break when PGA Professional Stephen Ames requested his services. Since that time, Foley’s reputation and demand have increased exponentially.
A graduate of Tennessee State University where he played on the varsity golf team, Foley never had aspirations of playing the game professionally. Instead, he set a goal when he was 13 years old; Foley wanted to become an instructor to top professional golfers. His inspiration came while watching David Leadbetter give golf instructions to Nick Faldo while on the range at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in the early 1990s.
Foley recommends setting up with about 55 percent of the body weight on the left side (for right-handed golfers) and keeping it left during the whole swing until contact with the ball, when close to 80 percent of the weight should be on the left foot. The Canadian-born golf instructor not only focuses on the mechanics of the swing but also on the mechanics of the mind. “If you hit a bad shot, don’t let your score dictate the kind of golfer you are,” he suggests. “There’s so much about golf you can’t control. Focus on process over performance, otherwise, you will always play at the same level.”
Part of that process Foley refers to is referenced in his Next Generation DVD. He breaks the swing down into five elements and meticulously describes how each should work and how they are connected to the next step in the process. Foley describes how to build a powerful platform and reminds students to “think of your knees as shock absorbers for the motion you’re about to create,” aka the swing. During takeaway, you need to turn everything back together, having the hands and arms moving in sequence with the rotation of the upper torso. At the top of the swing, Foley suggests that you need to increase your hip turn. At impact, he reminds golfers to think about the shaft and not the ball. At the finish of the swing, he recommends getting taller for more power.
Though a golf lesson is over and done in an hour, Sean Foley’s Next Generation DVD is a learning tool that can be referenced over and over again. Retailing at $39.99, this seems like an inexpensive investment when you consider that Foley offers lessons, drills and advice in a dynamic and engaging manner that is at your fingertips whenever you need it. Whether you are a scratch golfer or just a beginner, the Next Generation Instructional DVD is a blueprint for a more connected swing, approach and understanding of the game of golf.