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Keeping the feel

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Hello,

Typically I start off practicing around the practice green with pitching and chipping.  Afterwards I hit about half a bucket with my full swing and notice when I go back to pitching and chipping my feel and rhythm is completely gone.  Anybody know why or how to make the transition?

Thanks!

Phil

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Work on your technique a little more as they say feel is not real but you won’t get any feel if your technique is not right. Why not try to start your practice  with a full swing and then go onto chipping/putting.

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Interesting point about "feel is not real", anybody have any other thoughts on it?  I admittedly buy into the concept of marketing strategies where they sell me on things like: the feel or response of a golf ball, the feel or response of an iron.  If feel is not real, then is there no real difference between an oversized cavity back and a blade?

I digress, let me re-phrase my original post. During transitions on the practice range, going from a full swing to 3/4 or less swing my tempo, arc, hand position at impact appear to be thrown off by either adrenaline, exhaustion, or something from a 90% full swing.  What would cause that?

Thanks for the response!

Phil

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Originally Posted by fantasticphil

Interesting point about "feel is not real", anybody have any other thoughts on it?  I admittedly buy into the concept of marketing strategies where they sell me on things like: the feel or response of a golf ball, the feel or response of an iron.  If feel is not real, then is there no real difference between an oversized cavity back and a blade?

I digress, let me re-phrase my original post. During transitions on the practice range, going from a full swing to 3/4 or less swing my tempo, arc, hand position at impact appear to be thrown off by either adrenaline, exhaustion, or something from a 90% full swing.  What would cause that?

Thanks for the response!

Phil

Not sure that is how you apply the "feel isn't real" concept.  The feel you are referring to is more like "touch."  That statement, to me at least, is talking about the relationship between what your body is doing and what you think your body is doing during your golf swing.  Different concepts.

I would recommend not blocking everything together like that.  Don't chip and pitch for 20 minutes, then hit 50 full shots for 20 minutes, then go back to chipping.  Mix it all up and change clubs a lot.  After all, that's how you play.

When I get in a groove on the range hitting 15 6-irons in a row I can sometimes look like a scratch golfer.  Sadly, on the course however, I never get the opportunity to hit 15 6-irons in a row from one spot.

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I see the difference, thank you for the clarification.  I will take you up on your suggestion for mixing it up more at the range.  It's fascinating how our body gets locked in on something when we repeat a specific routine.I remember when I changed my routine from 8:00am to 12:00 pm, it took a little while before my 12:00pm felt like my 8:00 am. It sounds like mixing it up could provide a better transition for taking the range practice out onto the course.

Thank you for your comments.

Phil

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Golf Digest is always repeating tips about how Seve used to actually play a few holes on the driving range, starting with a driver and moving to another club for an approach shot. He felt that varying the clubs was more realistic than hitting 15 6 irons.
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I was thinking about something on those lines, varying clubs.  During my practice I spent more time bouncing from the range, to the pitching area and the chipping green then actually swinging the club.  I figured well when it comes to walking a course I sure will have that practice down.

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