“I’ve researched quite a few players, tried to emulate some of the good things that I see on YouTube,” said the South Korean. “The swing plane, how I grab my club ... those are probably the biggest changes.
“I’ve put more focus on the technical aspects of my game whereas previously I’ve been more of a feel player.”
That’s fine, if it works for Yang. There’s no law about having a swing coach, or a golf shrink, for that matter, even though specialized golf instruction is now a fixture of tour culture. Old-time pros grunt or laugh when you mention swing coaches. Lee Trevino once said he wouldn’t take swing advice from anyone who couldn’t beat him.
There could be a problem, though. Yang is winless since the 2010 Korean Open and admits that his results have dropped off this season. But, for now, he’ll continue on without a coach because he is satisfied with his approach and progress.
I just hope I don’t see “YouTube” emblazoned on Yang’s golf bag, you know?
−The Armchair Golfer
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