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Orlando38

A question for the "experts" on here; ie, low "caps"....

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I joined a month or so ago, but haven't posted very much...I like a lot of the posts/messages on here about people's particular games, etc...

I haven't played much golf at all in about 3 1/2 years(18 hole rds). The last 6 weeks or so, I have been going to the range hitting balls, putting and chipping. I used to be a decent golfer(got to a 7 hdc). I would play sometimes 3 days a week(prefer to play, than to practice), and almost always 1-2 times a week. Anyway, I don't have any swing video's of myself, but I believe my problems are my takeaway(really "handsy") and transition(to quick)....

So, I started placing two range empty ball sleeves between both my armpits, to stay more connected and do 1/2 swings....I also worked on getting my left shoulder involved with my takeaway and try to feel like it is going under my chin(so not to be "handsy")..this has really helped my ball flight to be more consistent. Would any of you(especially the mods) have any other "tips" for me? I tend to hook, pull hook and snap hook my balls(mostly with my driver and 3 wood, not so much Irons, one prob is over-swinging for sure, because I used to be able to crank up my swing speed to about 110-114). I don't want to play 18 till I'm waaaay more comfortable on the range. I used to shoot some good scores when I lived in the Sacramento, CA area and played a lot of good/tough courses from the tips. My driver right now is causing the most problems as well. Its really frustrating because I believe I would be a pretty high handicapper right now, and would have trouble breaking 90. I would like to start posting scores again and get another handicap here living in FL. Thanks for the responses(if I get some), and reading this long explanation!! :)

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Start a My Swing thread. Giving tips without seeing video is a crap shoot at best. Oh, and welcome to the Trap!
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I believe my problems are my takeaway(really "handsy") and transition(to quick)....

This may lead to some real problems, but they are not really problems themselves.

So, I started placing two range empty ball sleeves between both my armpits, to stay more connected and do 1/2 swings....I also worked on getting my left shoulder involved with my takeaway and try to feel like it is going under my chin(so not to be "handsy")..this has really helped my ball flight to be more consistent. Would any of you(especially the mods) have any other "tips" for me? I tend to hook, pull hook and snap hook my balls(mostly with my driver and 3 wood, not so much Irons, one prob is over-swinging for sure, because I used to be able to crank up my swing speed to about 110-114). I don't want to play 18 till I'm waaaay more comfortable on the range. I used to shoot some good scores when I lived in the Sacramento, CA area and played a lot of good/tough courses from the tips. My driver right now is causing the most problems as well. Its really frustrating because I believe I would be a pretty high handicapper right now, and would have trouble breaking 90. I would like to start posting scores again and get another handicap here living in FL. Thanks for the responses(if I get some), and reading this long explanation!! :)

I would just put the sleeve under the trailing arm with this drill.  But yes as @Ernest Jones is saying, get some video.  It is impossible to know what you are doing otherwise.

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Ernest Jones, what do you mean; "start a my swing thread"? I know their are a lot of sub-forums on here, I though this was the best place to post about you're particular golf game. Thanks for the welcome!

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Ernest Jones, what do you mean; "start a my swing thread"? I know their are a lot of sub-forums on here, I though this was the best place to post about you're particular golf game. Thanks for the welcome!

On the "Practice Range" forum there is a subforum called "Member Swings."  Here's a link to the guidelines: http://thesandtrap.com/t/38240/my-swing-video-threads-rules-please-read/0_30

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Ernest Jones, what do you mean; "start a my swing thread"? I know their are a lot of sub-forums on here, I though this was the best place to post about you're particular golf game. Thanks for the welcome!

This forum is a great place for generalized instruction talk. Member Swings is great for individualized discussion.

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I tend to hook, pull hook and snap hook my balls(mostly with my driver and 3 wood.

Mainly caused by weight hanging on back foot.

Shoulders and hands turn and swing without hip rotation, when weight is lagging.

Suggestion, when at a practice area / range, find a downslope and make a several practice swings with these clubs.

Feel the weight transfer to your left side if your a righty.

Use slow motion controlled practice swings on the downslope at first then progress to a controlled full swing.

You should feel a better weight transfer and have less snappy's

Good luck, Club Rat

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Read Hogans Five Lessons. He used to hook his misses, until he became the master and simply stopped missing. ;) His principles will prob cure your hook... Most important being start the downswing with a hip turn, then shoulders, then arms, then hands.
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@Orlando38 start a swing thread, you'll get some good advice on what Key to start focusing on http://purestrike5sk.com/

Originally Posted by Crockme

Read Hogans Five Lessons. He used to hook his misses, until he became the master and simply stopped missing. ;) His principles will prob cure your hook... Most important being start the downswing with a hip turn, then shoulders, then arms, then hands.

Hogan's "fix" worked for him, doesn't mean it will necessarily work for someone else. Not all golfers that struggle with a hook are doing the same exact things. I suggest you take a look at the link provided above, the statement you made is basically incorrect.

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