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Well how's that for a non-eventful month? 2 weeks of not being able to get to the range due to work craziness and a 3 months old firstborn at home, then last week I got to the range but left my swing at home! lol Hit the range today though and with no changes to my swing I was much improved for 100 balls or so; generally a nice powerful draw and happy with it. For the next 50 balls I tried the flared feet and felt more balanced at the finish with the left foot more...
Thing is if you don't get on with it at all you've wasted £120. I've never had to pay for a fitting at AG even when I've not bought clubs afterward so maybe tell them you're looking at a new driver and would like to book a fitting. Then on the day give them a couple of ideas on clubs you like the look of and which would be in your budget (of which the Big Bertha will be one of course) and see what the fitting brings. You might find that you're fitted for a stock regular...
It was mainly a case of playing and figuring out that there was a problem. Then I spent a bit of time on a straight, level surface with the ball in my preferred position making putt after putt and noting the percentage of shots that started offline and which direction and it was a high figure like 80%ish. I think it was actually on TST that I saw there was a difference between putter closure rates so from there it was trial and error with different styles until I found one...
I had a heavy toe-hang putter (Ping Anser iWi) which felt like it tended to push everything to the right unless I adopted a different ball position. I swapped that for a face-balanced Ping 1/2 WackE and that tended to pull everything to the left for me. I swapped that out for a mid-toe hang Mizuno BC2 and had excellent results with it for a long time as it allowed me to play my preferred ball position on each putt. I then decided to change my putting grip to a Runyan style...
I was fitted for the majority of my clubs at AG New Malden and they've always been top notch. They're happy to let you chop and change things until the numbers and what you feel are right for you so I'd definitely recommend it. Also at New Malden there's the World of Golf driving range so you can even go out and see real time ball flight (as real as possible with crap range balls of course)
Michael Jackson "Bad" tour at Wembley Stadium, London in 1988. I was 10 years old and a huge fan and had never been to a concert before. I couldn't see and the marshalls let me stand up in the security booth with them to watch the show which was amazing. We left slightly early to avoid the huge crowds (the stadium was filled beyond capacity from what I've just read) and as we were walking back to the station he drove past in a black limo and smiled and waved out of the...
You may be right; I really didn't question him about just how long the courses were. I know he hit's the ball a fair distance but I've never seen him hit a "wow" distance shot so it's likely they were shorter courses. Also I think many courses here in the UK are shorter than the US anyway.
I think the entire focus should be on the handicap you're playing off at the time. By that I mean if you're a 28 capper you're being given a lot of "free" shots so there's no need to focus on distance as a priority, you're better off focusing on accuracy. Take my father-in-law as an example; he's won quite a few local tourneys, society days etc and for several years only used irons, wedges and his putter; not a wood in the bag. Every tee shot was way behind his opponents...
It 'feels' to me that when I shorten my backswing a small amount I get better impact positions, more control and more distance because of it. I have no numbers at all to verify this however, hence the quotes on 'feels'. ;)
I carry a glove with me throughout the round but it only goes on if/when I start to feel like my grip on the club is lessening (hands sweating, starting to rain, soreness because I've not played for weeks or have new grips etc). If toward the end of the round I'm wearing the glove it'll generally be on from tee to green and then after I've pitched for the last time on that hole I'll take it off and put it in the back pocket again. It comes out again at the next tee box.
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