D.A. Points’ victory at Pebble Beach will be remembered for his eagle hole-out on the 14th hole in the final round. Brian Mogg, founder of the Mogg Performance Center in Windermere, Fla., is the man who helped hone the swing that led to that shot.
Their teacher-student relationship, which has lasted about five years, is helping Points to a career season. Pebble Beach was Points’ first PGA Tour victory, and earned him his first Masters berth. He’s finished fifth, 18th and first in his past three events and is No. 2 on the money list.
Mogg said a large part of their time together has focused on ensuring that Points does not get steep on his downswing.
“He hates being steep on the ball, because when he’s steep he backs out of (the shot),” Mogg said. A steep downswing leads to Points leaving too much weight on his right side and standing up through impact.
To keep from getting steep on the downswing, Points wants to feel “a slight hesitation at the top of the backswing, so he doesn’t get his shoulders moving first on the downswing,” Mogg said. Points wants to feel the club shaft “flattening” at the beginning of the downswing.
Mogg and Points also have worked on Points’ swing through impact. Points places a towel underneath both armpits to maintain the connection between his arms and body. He wants to feel his hands swing to the left after impact with the golf ball, Mogg said.
“We’re trying to feel the left arm stays connected (to the body),” Mogg said. “He tries to feel like the ‘V’ of his left hand (the line between his thumb and index finger) goes left through the ball. The left hand goes low and left.”
This is a feeling that amateurs who struggle with slicing or coming ‘over the top’ should not try to replicate, though. But it’s helped Points become one of the PGA Tour’s top performers early in 2011.