July 22 2010
The last two months haven’t exactly been kind to Dean Wilson with five missed cuts in his last six starts. He’s hoping his opening-round 65 will help spark a turnaround, though -- especially after putting in some time with swing coaches Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer.
Wilson, who switched to the stack-and-tilt swing a few years ago, said Thursday that his swing had become too long at the top and in the follow through. The result was a slower clubhead speed and an approach that was too shallow.
After working with Bennett and Plummer the last couple of days, though, Wilson is back to a shorter swing tat compresses the ball much better, he said. The end result, of course, was a bogey-free day.
If that wasn’t enough, he’s also battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot. While Wilson said it doesn’t bother him while he’s hitting shots, it does slow him down. “It just takes me a little longer to get to the ball,” Wilson joked. The way he played Thursday, however, he didn’t seem to mind. -- Brian Wacker