Who Is He?
The diminutive, Canadian left hander, Mike Weir is arguably Canada's most successful golfer of the recent era. Has claimed the 2003 Masters Championship and spent over 100 weeks in the world's top 10 official golf rankings between 2001 and 2005.
What He Does
In a decade where golfers seem to be getting bigger, stronger and taller by the year, at 5 feet 9 inches tall, Michael Weir was never going to be able to keep up with the big bombers with distance off the tee. However, his accuracy, consistency and superb ball striking lead to a very successful career in it's early days. More recently, Mike Weir has suffered with two issues. He has been forced to spend time away from the game with injuries. More of his own making, was also the decision to regularly change golf coaches and also change the method that the golf coaches were trying to teach him, having changed from a traditional golf swing method to a stack and tilt method and back again twice.
What Can You Learn?
During Mike Weir's most successful period of his golf in the early part of the 2000s, his most noticeable trait was his discipline towards his signature move. This move incorporated a small practice backswing before he started his full swing. He would take the golf club back to hip height and check that he had accomplished a solid one piece takeaway before returning the club back to the ball and then almost immediately starting his full swing. What was most noticeable about this movement is that he employed it time and time again, in every situation, on every round of golf for a period of more than five years. Some would credit Mike's only major victory to the consistency and discipline of this movement.
What Should You Avoid?
Like most golfers, Mike Weir is constantly looking for an improvement to his technique and swing. This has led him to be fairly inconsistent with his progress by chopping and changing between his methods and coaches. You should be encouraged to find a local PGA coach or teaching method that suits your game and follow it through as thoroughly as you possibly can for a prolonged period. Chasing any quick fixes may result in backwards progress with your technique and golf game as a whole.