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September 3, 2019

Chez Reavie was already a stellar ballstriker when I started coaching him in 2015. My first job was to temper his preconceived notion that his swing contained too many deficiencies, and that these deficiencies were to blame for a serious left-wrist injury he suffered in 2012. (Chez missed the following two seasons recovering from surgery.) There may have been some merit to his anxiety, but my job as a coach—for Chez or any player—is to emphasize the good parts of a player’s technique first and highlight areas that can be modified to avoid stress on the body second.

So far, the plan has worked. Chez bagged his first victory in 11 years (the Travelers) back in June, and has notched four additional top-10 finishes this season (through the Open Championship). There’s been a lot of hard work, but also some smart focus on ways to get Chez where he deserves to be—competing week in and week out—sooner than later. Call them “Chez’s Cheats.

Here’s how they can help your game, too.

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