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Posts by Open-Faced Club Sandwedge

As a 21-handicap, I think of anything over 105 as a bad score.  Mid-90's is a "good score".  If I were to have a good day (for me) with my driver, irons, wedges, and putter, all in the same round (never happens), I think I'd shoot in the low 80's.  But I've never broken 90, and still end up on the wrong side of 100 when I have a bad day.   -Andrew
Your move from the top down is sort of "all arms".  You swing back (a bit too far for best consistency, BTW), and then the next thing to move is your shoulders and arms starting back down the way they came.  This is a problem that will rob you of power and make you tend toward slices, pulls, or a combination of the two.   I'd try this, first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW5AhI36LJg&feature=related   That drill will help you get the feeling of a more...
My current driver, a Cobra L4V 9-degree, seems like it doesn't have enough loft for my swing.  I have a relatively high swing speed (drives I hit well go 270-280), but my most solid drives don't seem to have enough hang-time to get all the yardage they should get.   I know getting a fitting is probably the answer I'll get from a lot of you, but I'm not entirely happy with that idea because I change my swing a lot; I'm a bit of a tinkerer.  I'd like my driver to fit...
  They should be different if you were constantly hitting the ball varying degrees of thin before!  Look at it this way: you never knew your distances before.  Now you get to discover them.   -Andrew
I think what you're doing is quite interesting, and everyone who seems offended that you're trying to learn Hogan's swing seems not to understand what you keep saying: that your goal is to learn to copy the swing; not necessarily to play good golf with it.   Having watched a bit of the video you've posted, I'd point out that you seem to be missing a lot of the force Hogan seemed to put into his body rotation.  A lot of the "positions" you're focused on are not...
I had one of those swing epiphanies I sometimes have last week at the range.    I had worked a good bit some time ago on making my hips slide correctly, which is a very important aspect of the swing that I've read about.  It never seemed to be helping.  In fact, the harder I worked on it, the more I was pull-slicing the ball.   Last week, I decided to try making sure my upper body didn't move forward with my hips.  Feeling like I was keeping my head back behind...
Looks like your problem that's causing your tops and thin hooks is a bit of a flip.  Look up "holding the wedge", and pay some close attention to your left wrist at the bottom of the swing.  You want to make sure your left wrist stays flat while releasing the club - that's not a lot to go on, but there's a ton of information about fixing a flip if you look for it.   Once you're holding the wedge and releasing the club properly, I would guess you're going to develop a...
You really have to pay attention to how the ball is lying to know how to hit this shot:   For a very fluffy lie, you can't rely on the bounce to keep you from hitting under it, and so you can't open the club face as much and you kind of have to sweep more than chop.    When the ball's sitting down at ground level, deep within the rough, you have to chop down through the rough, and it may not be realistic to shoot at the hole; you may have to focus on a clean hit...
If your hands aren't turning over after impact, then unless you have an extremely strong grip, you would be leaving the club-face open through impact.  So you'd know because you'd be hitting push-fades.   Or, stated with different emphasis: focus on what the ball is doing, and don't worry about anything that is or isn't happening after impact unless you're seeing evidence of something going wrong before impact (the part that effects what the ball does).   -Andrew
You have to learn what fractional swing leads to what fractional distance.   For instance, for my sandwedge, using my swing: Full swing = 105 yards. 3/4 swing = 95 yards (weird, huh?). 1/2 swing = 70 yards. Choked down an inch, 1/2 swing = 60 yards. 1/3 swing = 50 yards. 1/3 swing with 1/3 follow-through = 40 yards 1/4 swing with 1/3 follow-through = 30 yards 20 yards and less is really just a pitch shot.   So for your problem of wanting to hit a...
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