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So after reading all of your responses it's become apparent that the way you're using the word "freak" is as a simple substitute for the word "talent".
So yes of course, all pro athletes have talent -
And if the only reason why "freaks" had to practice was because they had to compete "with other freaks" - "normal" people like us would immediately recognize a "freak" when we saw one even if they didn't practice.
Sorry, but i think your just confusing the word "freak" with "hard work and a little talent". And hard work and a little talent/luck is what makes people successful in ALL walks of life; people aren't successful by just being freaks of nature with a God given ability.
Plus, if they were TRULY freaks of nature, they would NEVER have a bad round or shoot double bogeys EVER through their career.
I think in order for people to really understand your point or for you to successfully state whatever it is you're trying to state, you need to define what you mean by freak of nature and you will soon see yourself that PGA tour pros are not freaks of nature but really just people like you and me.
If they are truly "freaks" then they would not have to practice nearly as much as they do and wouldn't have had to play for the years that they did; of course there will be one offs who can perform at the highest level after several years of play.
Plus if they were truly "freaks" each and every single one of them would be able to tell from the moment they picked up a golf club whether they can make it on the PGA Tour.
In fact, golf is the ONLY sport where at the collegiate level you still have NO idea whether you will be able to play at the PGA Tour level. There is NOTHING freakish about this - it's all hard work with a little luck.
There is no common statistic among collegiate players that guarantees them a spot on the PGA tour except for one: to win both the NCAA individual tournament and the US Open Amateur in the same year and only 4 people have ever done it Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ryan Moore. Since there is no common statistic amongst all PGA Tour players who did compete at the collegiate level, it shows you that it is not simply talent or their "freakishness" that boosted them to the PGA Tour Level.
Sure, you're naming all these big names who have played on tour, and of course these are the legends and the biggest names in golf - but you forget every other player who hustles and scrambles on tour week and after week - they are NOT freaks, but hard working golfers.
I think the above statement sumarizes what creates the 'misconception' about stack and tilt. The fact that there's a name for it makes people think that it's one formulated regiment of teaching that is the same for everyone and that creates a problem, especially in the eyes of teaching professionals, since everyone's swing and body type are different.
I don't know the ins and outs of S&T;, but on the recent "Big 4" video with Harmon, Haney, McLean, and Leadbetter, the interviewer tried to get their opinion on S&T; and their conclusions was that each player has different problems in their swing and since they all have different problems, they require different solutions and S&T; (from what I understand of it), prescribes one set of solutions.
Another reason is also probably because the majority of what people deem as Stack and Tilt players have a swing that looks very different from a normal golf swing and the players with more traditional looking swings that S&T; claims to be S&T; don't call themselves stack and tilters.
Just a thought
Pros are not 'gods', nor are they 'freaks' - they are atheletes.
If you have atheletic ability and have played in your youth-young adult years and have put in 10,000 hours of practice, you can become a top competing pro - maybe not pga tour pro, but a really friggin good golfer.
To become that PGA tour pro, you just have to be able to make those shots under pressure and at that point it's all mental game.
There is NOTHING freak like about these PGA tour pros. The majority of the people on this board have other things to tend to in life that prevent them from treating golf as their primary focus in life.
It's the same as tennis, basketball, soccer, and any other sport. If you put in the hours, you can become a pro and if you have the talent, or just the SLIGHT edge, you can compete on the top level.
Els is not really a great example... people look at his swing and think that he's swinging so smoothly and that's why he's crushing it. sadly, the reason why he crushes it is because he's a beast... the guy is like 6'3" and 210 lbs and in shape.. he's not really a "model" pro that many of us should imitate... unless you're that big too.
On the other hand, if you take a golf pro who is more of an average height - like Anthony Kim.. he's 5'11" (which is average height) and you see how explosive he has to be to be able to hit it long enough to keep up with the rest of the field...
Comparing the two should show that it's not always about nice and easy and slow temp.. but more about swinging at a even keel as explosively as you can while maintaining balance.
The more fit you are the harder you can swing while staying in balance...
I haven't been playing for that long but ever since I started I thought that swinging smoothly was the key to distance and power since the pros make it look so easy.. but I found out I was wrong. These PGA Tour Pros are in shape. They exercise - it takes
a lot of strength
to be able to swing smoothly the way they do (and flexibility). The reason why I believe this is because i recently joined a golf gym in the city and I've been going through a golf-centered workout with my trainer. It is not easy -
It takes a ton of strength to swing easily and smoothly the way these guys do and still crush it... that's why when someone (like us) swings smoothly their driver swing speed can still be sub 100, whereas a guy who is in shape and flexible will be able to do it at a much higher speed.
Athleticism in golf is underrated and it's something that can help all of our games.
I don't think it makes a difference whether the toe is straight up or on a parallel plane to your spine angle at that point in the back swing. There are players who may have the club a little more "shut" (or more parallel or even past parallel to the spine angle) and there are players who have it closer to toe up on the backswing.
I think what is important is the final position at the top of the swing. The position at the top determines how much you have to use your body to rotate vs. your arms, etc. to get the club "square" at impact.
Besides, I also think that someone who has a flatter back swing (such as S&T'ers) would have a leading edge position more parallel to the spine angle as opposed to someone with a more upright swing who would have a more toe up position. I myself have a pretty flat back swing and definitely have a more parallel to spine angle position halfway up the back swing.
Of course there are exceptions to this tendency and it seems that you would have to use more wrist/hand motion going back in order to really get the club toe up. Someone who "cups" their wrist to avoid a hook will probably have a more toe up position, whereas someone who has inactive hands going back will have a more parallel position.
Just what I've concluded after a quick reflection...
With a SS of 120mph, optimal launch is 13* and optimal spin is 2400.. both of these should increase as SS increase.
With an SS of 111 you should be dropping the launch angle to about 12.5-13 and lowering spin another 2-300 rpm's - most likely this isn't in the equipment but can be found in your set up.
With your numbers that good I would focus on making solid contact while swinging at 111mph in order to get the smash factor up to about 1.48-1.49.
Nice numbers tho!!!
BTW: how do you like the FT TA? do you mind me asking what the actual loft is on the one you have and how do you like it with the Fubuki 63? is there a reason why you didn't get it in the 70 gram Fubuki? Just wondering because i've been debating between picking up a FT TH/TA vs. waiting for the FT-Tour. my SS is at around 104-105 so I'm thinking about waiting for the FT Tour since I would need the extra launch....
People usually do have the reverse bounces on their wedges compared to what you have.
What you can do is buy a stronger lofted wedge like a 52 in as low of a bounce as possible and then bend the loft to a 54... this will lower the bounce as well... get it?
I don't believe that these were "samples". They were made available to Callaway staff members for purchase in 2009. Also, it's quite likely he did receive the club as a tip. The majority of all clubs sold on ebay are either taken from tour vans or received from caddies or players who don't need/use the clubs. It's also pretty easy to tell what's fake and what isn't. Just make sure you use credit card when buying on ebay so you can always charge back in case of fakes.
I actually went back to that guy asking if he'd take something lower than his reserve to pick that club up.. it's going to be a sick sick driver. (probably all hype but oh well... call me a sucker
Scratch will customize for you but not for anywhere near 100. For 100 u get their 8620 cast wedge and only get to pick grind, shaft, and loft.
If you're willing to pay 350 for a wedge then they'll do some customization....
I wouldn't say that Vokey's dominate the rest of the field.
Technology has come a long way and the field has really leveled out, especially with wedges; I would say all of the major OEMs are about the same quality and it just comes down to preference and grinds...
The FT-9 TA or TH (for tour hosel) is only 430cc's - it has REALLY low spin and it's not something that non-pro's should really be hitting; it would be difficult to get into the air with lower swing speeds.
As stated above you could definitely get one on ebay - the reason why they're not selling like hot cakes anymore at $1000 is because Callaway is coming out with the FT Tour in March which will be the exact same thing as the FT-9 TH/TA except some weight will be moved around to increase the spin a little so that low handicap players will have an easier time getting the ball up in the air.
It's gonna retail for $500 when it comes out and will have the tour hosel as well.
Why don't you post a quick video of your swing. Most of the time, it's the swing and not the equipment. A few degrees of lie difference will not ruin your game no matter how you look at it and if you didn't notice it before, there's no reason to freak out about it now.
Also, the individual who made the comment about Miz's: Mizuno irons are generally flatter than standard, not more upright. You usually have to bend 1* upright to meet the "standard" for american OEMs.
Just a quick question: Are you SURE that you were fit correctly? How tall are you... a 4* change in lie is pretty drastic and it's possible that it's more of a needed swing change rather than an equipment change. Unless you're 6'3 or taller, I wouldn't take that fitting seriously.
What kind of shot trajectory do you have now with your pings? Is Lie the only thing he recommended you customize, length maybe?