Easy 80 Golf Lessons: A Typical Exchange with Our Students

Our personal email interaction with each student is unique. In every case, we try to find out about their golf game, so we can tailor their lessons to their needs. Here's a typical email exchange which we had with Les Farley in Winter 2007:


I would like to thank you so much for purchasing our Easy 80 Golf Lessons. By now, you should have received Lesson # 1 - please let me know if you haven't.

You will find that our lessons are very simple and easy to learn. Also, they are probably much different than anything that you have seen before. But they really do work. Our average golfer has been dropping 12 - 20 strokes in just 6 - 8 weeks. (This is based on an average beginning round of 100 -110 strokes for 18 holes.)

Leslie, if you have time, would you be so kind as to tell me a little about your golf game - things such as:

  • Are you a right or left handed golfer?
  • How long are your drives?
  • What club do you usually use from 150 yards?
  • What is your average score for 18 holes?
  • What is the usual shape of your shots - especially your drives?
  • What is your main problem on the golf course?
  • What do you feel is the weakest part of your golf game?
  • Anything else that might help me help you.

I really do want you to improve, and will do all that I can to help you do it. If you ever have any questions,or comments, please feel free to email me anytime.

One last thing, you can receive your Easy 80 Golf lessons in one of two ways. You can receive them one a week for six weeks, or at your request. By getting them "at your request" you can progress naturally, at your own pace - just email me and let me know which way you would like to receive them. However, I do ask that you don't ask for any "next lesson" until you have begun to master the lesson(s) that you have already received as one lesson builds on the other. This way, you progressively get better and better without any "mind or body overload". (This is one of the beauties of these lessons.)

Once again, Welcome Aboard.

Here's wishing you "Your Best Golfing Ever".


Bob Vennard


My apologies for not getting back with you. Sometimes golf has to take a backseat among other things. I'm a minister of a large church. Here are some answers to the questions you posed:

  1. My average drive is about 210-230 yards. Its direction is generally a push-fade to slice. However, I can control the slice; although, I sacrifice distance.
  2. My club from 150 yards is a 5 hybrid. I'm not a long ball hitter. Although I'm 47 years old, I am in good shape physically. One day I hit my 7 iron an average of 160 yards; since, I haven't been able to duplicate it.


I understand - especially this time of year. Let's get that 7-iron going 160 yards, or more, all of the time. (I'm 67 and hit my eight iron 160 to 165 yards so I know you can do it.)

There is no rush on sending you the lessons. I just hadn't heard from you and I sincerely want you to improve. (I will wait until you requst Lesson # 2 before sending it to you.)

Have you had time to work on Lesson # 1? As you do work on it, let's cure the fade/slice at the same time - while still gaining distance.

When you "swing out" as you are learning in Lesson # 1,... (omitted, as this was private for Les' problem only)

Even if you push the ball a little, it will curve back to the direction that your club face was aimed at ball contact. (Just let your arms rotate naturally as you do this.) Please be careful to not force this rotation or you may start hitting severe "duck hooks". (This is why I never mention this drill in my Lessons - I wait until I know that the problem is fading and/or slicing.)

Please keep in touch.

Let me know how you are doing.

Happy Golfing - God Bless,



  1. I shoot in the low eighties.
  2. The shape of my drives is a push-fade.
  3. The weakest part of my game is 100 yards in. I don't have confidence in my 9 iron down. I hit my 9 only about 80-90 yards. It goes very high. My chipping is the strongest part of my game; it keeps me competitive.

Bob, you can send me the downloads once a week for six weeks. Thanks.


I replied to the first message prior to reading this one - sorry.

If it's ok, I'd rather send the lessons as you learn, rather than one/week. The reason is: if you work on Lesson # 3 before you have begun to master Lesson # 1, it will actually do more harm than good. (Lessons # 1 and # 2 start you to get your body involved in your swing - without this feeling, Lesson # 3 may have you hitting way left of your target - with with no power. I would like to have you hitting your nine-iron a minimum of 120 yards and stopping quickly on the green.)

Lesson # 3 will give you real confidence in your short irons, especially from 150 yards in. It teaches lag and eliminates the biggest flaw in most recreational golfers swings.

I hope that with withholding the lessons so that you progress naturally is ok with you.

Please advise,



That's fine.

Just a question on the second drill: you used the image of... (omited - as this information fits Les' game, but maybe not yours). Is this down the target line or the line of approach (inside out)? I know your body will bring you around, but I'm just trying to get the proper visual. Why do I loose so much difference from teeing it up to hitting off the turf? I believe it is a mental thing for me.

Les Farley


Remember in Lesson # 1 that I mentioned that we were exaggerating the drill so that we get the feel of swinging from in to out? We always want to keep that feel, so for now don't worry if your shots are slightly pushed. (omitted - as this information may not help your game, but was designed for Les) - I'm sorry but I don't have any video that shows this drill, but maybe these photo's from lesson # 3 will help. (see attached).

Please note how my swing comes from the inside but the club face is slightly closed at - or just after impact - and my hands remain "pretty much" inside of my body through the impact zone. (Please don't try to copy my body positions exactly - use what works best for you.)

Is your distance starting to improve with your driver? Are you starting to get rid of your fade/slice?

As to your distance loss when hitting off of the ground, you are probably right, it is mostly mental, but it is not your fault. It is caused by your subconscious - so for now, please don't worry too much about it. (I'd rather not say any more yet. As soon as you feel comfortable with Lessons # 1 and # 2, I will send you Lesson # 3 and you will see this problem quickly disappear.)

But here is an excerpt from Lesson # 3 that may help put your mind at ease:

Have you ever swung at your golf ball and inadvertently hit the ground? Did you get pain in your left wrist when this happened? Did it make you "afraid" to hit the ground again? Did you ever swing and "top" your golf ball, and watch it roll just a few feet along the ground? Do you occasionally hit "fat", or "top" your golf ball on short chips to the green?

Why do these things happen? Well, it's simply our "subconscious" at work. We move our arm forward and up to throw a baseball, football or basketball into the air, don't we? Also, our wrist breaks forward as we release the ball - right?. These are the games we are accustomed to playing. Our subconscious is simply doing its job, relying on past memories to "help us do what we are trying to do." Our subconscious is helping us to "swing up" to get the ball in the air. So why would golf be any different? The only problem? Golf is different.

Does this help?

Take care.

Happy Golfing,



After working on Lessons # 1 and # 2, I went out to check my distance on the range. My 9 iron is now going on average about 120 yards. (Just a reminder, my 9 iron was going about 80-90 yards.) My 7 iron is going 140-150. Both have a draw (a pretty strong draw; however, not quite a hook). My 5 hybrid is going out there about 180 yards.; it has a strong draw, also. Now, my 5 wood and driver are going out there, but I have to say they are hooking a bit. (This is a from a push-fade to slice that I used to hit.) The trajectory for the clubs is a bit lower. It seems to help to think to push or extend my arms down the target line. When I played a few holes I didn't feel confident swinging all out. I tended to hesitate and not go back on my backswing as far. It is hard to aim a little more to the right and trust my ball to come back left.

I feel like I have gained distance, but maybe sacrificed accuracy. Does this sound about right?


Hi Les,

Way to go!!! - a forty yard improvement already!!! I'm proud of you!!! - and Lesson # 3 and # 5 will add even more distance.

Yes, your accuracy may diminish a little at first as this is all new right now - the farther your ball goes, the less accurate you may feel, but that's because of the added distance. With your nine iron, if you used to come a few feet from the target from 80 yards, that same inaccuracy from 120 yards may have you slightly off of the green - but you'll be there in one less stroke!!! As you play more and get used to your new swing, your confidence and accuracy will improve tremendously. (Lesson # 4 will also really help - when we get there.)

If you are now getting too much draw, just... (omited as this may not help your golf game - it was designed for Leslie's problem)

Experiment with this feeling a bit and you'll find what is "just right" for you. (Now you know why I don't talk about ----- in Lessons # 1 and # 2. For what it's worth - too much draw is a problem faced by many golf professionals.)

Are you using a pre-shot routine? If not, please start one - it is really important - even on the practice range.

Leslie, because you have improved so fast, I am sending Lesson # 3 - this will really help with your short irons and add tremendous lag to all of your shots. (Please see attached)

P.S. Please don't alter your swing too much as you try to diminish your draw as this draw may be inherent in your new golf swing. Just try to find that impact position that has you ball landing on the target line most of the time. (You will learn how to quickly do this in Lesson # 4.)

Thank you so much for keeping in touch. I really appreciate it.

Happy Golfing,

Bob Vennard

          one week later...


I went out and played a round today. On a dogleg right hole that plays 290 I was on the green for the first time, easy birdie. Actually, I had four birdies; I finished with a 78; this was with a terrible back nine. I was most impressed with my 7 iron which went about 140-150 stopping on a dime. The one tendency that I had was to pull it to the left with my hybrids and fairway woods. I did hit a three wood out of the rough with a nice draw about 230 yards. I chalk that one as luck.

I think my pulls were a result of rushing a bit from the top; I was a little over the top. On my drives, I have to work on not rotating my hands too fast; I focus on extending down the target line more. I had a couple of long drives (about 280).

It is going to be nice to be able to get on in two on the par fives. Then I'll have to move back to the blues!



Way to go Tiger!!! You have just made my day - think how good you'll be doing in a few weeks!!!

(You don't know how much it means to me to have my students progress like this.)

Actually, right now, you are way ahead of our lessons in your thinking. I don't discuss extending down the target line until Lesson # 4.

If you really concentrate on "swinging slightly out" - you should stop the coming over the top on any of your swings.

Leslie, I am including Lesson # 4 with this email as it is simply an easy extension of Lesson # 3. (It sounds like you really don't even need it.) See attached.

I don't know what else to say - I am all smiles.

God Bless.


P.S. Is the lie angle on your hybrids and fairway woods the same as it is on your short irons? - this could also account for the slight pulls.

P.P.S. I just had a thought. Would it be all right with you if I use your emails and my replies on our golf site? They might help others to understand that we at Easy 80 Golf really do want our students to improve - just as you have.



This is fine. In fact, I find it refreshing to see someone like yourself who is committed to his task.