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  1. "Lowest Score Wins" by Barzeski and Wedzik

    Ok, I reread #DeadCenter and the following two chapters and retract part of my above post.  The last three (short) chapters alone could easily take a stroke off most players' games with no work other than remembering them. I also flipped through and see there is some other target related stuff that many people may not have considered and don't really require precise shot zones and decision maps.  And there are enough little tid bits in there that most of us won't have heard them all before. To me though, the most memorable and interesting stuff does require a decent amount of work and no doubt would lead to the largest gain if you put in that work.  I'm also always hesitant to agree that a simple gimmick like a special wedge, swing thought, or even book will just magically shave strokes off your game without any improvement in skill.
  2. "Lowest Score Wins" by Barzeski and Wedzik

    I agree it's a good book if you enjoy reading about golf.  I enjoyed it very much.  I disagree that it will save you many or any strokes if you literally have no practice time and already are an avid sandtrap reader. The decision map section that @saevel25 is referencing will take several hours of work, at home and on the field, per course you play.  The same goes for wedge stuff and tournament prep.  If you have a home course that you know like the back of your hand it will be a bit easier. If you've never been exposed to any of this stuff and currently play like your ball will fly dead straight every time then you might save a few strokes with no work.  Again, as a sandtrap reader that seems unlikely to be the case. You already know what seperation value is even though you might not know the term.  And since you don't practice, it doesn't really matter. Still, why not just buy it and read it rather than agonize over it.  It will surely be one of the cheapest golf expenses you make.
  3. Blade vs Mallet Putters

    I switched from a very big mallet to a very skinny blade several months ago thanks to a putter fitting.  While my new putter may fit me better while using it the normal way there is one problem I noticed:  The mallet is much better for putting from off the green.  That includes when you are on the green but up against the fringe.  The mallet just tramples errant blades of grass like a locomotive whereas I'm very conscious of the possibility the blade will get snagged by them. On the other hand a blade gives you the possibility of turning it sideways and hitting a "toe shot" which Tiger has been shown doing a few times.  I haven't learned that one yet though.  Actually, on the practice green I sometimes stand right behind the ball and hit it with the toe croquet style so I can see the break better.  So there's another plus.
  4. I choose downhill regardless of how steep the slope.  If it is so steep that you can't even stop the downhiller, then a miss on the uphiller might result in the ball rolling all the way back to you!
  5. It's really weird that a lot of game improvement sets are bundled with 4 - PW, SW rather than 4 - PW, GW or 5 - PW, GW, SW.  In these sets the PW is very strong so that omitting the GW leaves a big gap in a similar fashion that omitting the 7-iron would. In the case of the OP's set it sounds like the 47* GW that goes with the set would have worked great with the 52* and 58* that you already have.  The SW that came with it very likely does not fill in as important a gap between your two current wedges.  If you can I would think you should trade the SW back in for the GW and play your 2 current wedges. Of course the best thing is to see how far you hit them all and if you have yardage gaps, but I think just about everyone would benefit from that GW.
  6. No face pocket thingies in the irons?  Did Taylormade decide they dont do anything after all?  I guess it's the Inverted Cone Tech that they're claiming gives heel and toe forgiveness, but haven't they had that for years now? At any rate, it sounds like they actually have made a breakthrough in launch and distance.  Fun stuff.
  7. Am I right about this?  The only possible reason for his hybrids to go too low when he's playing them farther forward than his long irons, and his long irons go high enough, is that he's thinning them?  It's pretty unlikely that he's delofting them off his left heel when he isn't doing the same for his long irons closer to the center, no?
  8. Bogey Golfers Only (HI From 16-22)/Breaking 90 Thread

    After rereading my post I see I sounded a bit snarky and dismissive of your video.  Sorry about that, it's a good chipping lesson and a common technique. I said 90% would do better to putt to allow for people such as yourself, who consider themselves good chippers, to ignore me.  My post was inspired by @Marty2019 's post complaining about being a bad chipper.  I would say however that it applies to 100% of the 20 or so bogey golfers I've played with last year. You have to remember to average the horrible miss hits with all your good chips.  For example you may hit your chips 2 feet closer than putts on average when you make good contact.  But that may not be enough to offset the one in four you hit 25 feet further from the hole than you would a putt because you flubbed it.  I guess you would really have to try each for many rounds then do a strokes gained analysis to find out for sure.
  9. Bogey Golfers Only (HI From 16-22)/Breaking 90 Thread

    As a golfer who quickly came down from bogey to an 11-12 over the course of a year I believe trying to use the above technique is a terrible idea for bogey golfers who are bad chippers and want to grab some "low hanging fruit." Look where Furyk is chipping from.  There is like 8 feet of fairway grass then green.  The right club for 90% of bogey golfers is putter.  If with any regularity you chip it half way to the hole, or 15 feet away, that will almost never happen after a tiny amount of practice putting from off the green.  I putt from about anywhere within 30 ft of the green if the ball will roll at all. Many of my similarly skilled playing partners chip every time and can definately hit some nice ones close but I'm definitely a better "chipper" on average than every one of them.  You can just never be sure they won't drizzle it a few feet forward with a flub.  I'm inside 10 ft basically always and also get some really close. Also, if you're worried that avoiding chipping will hurt your development I have one counter example.  The only really good player I ever play with, a +2 handicap at worst, also putts from everywhere.  I'm not sure if I've ever seen him chip.  I don't think I've ever seen him do a flop shot or anything like that either.  I'm sure he uses a wedge from thick rough around the green but he's not there often enough for me to remember.  It's true that most of his green misses are just on the puttable fringe but I definately recall many putts through 40 feet of fairway (obviously par 5s) and through light rough. As an aside it's also an example of the relative importance of the long game.  He basically doesn't do anything impressive except bomb it straight down the center time and time again.  Ok and a pretty good lag putter. So in summary, chipping is for hitting out of the rough, period.  Putt from everywhere else.
  10. One issue for me with flaring the back foot is that the club face ends up looking very closed.   I expect it to be parallel to the back foot because I had spent a lot of time playing with the back foot square.  With it flared I might make a bad swing not really trusting how I'm lined up.  I suppose you get used to it more with practice.  I'm not really sure what my point is except that flaring both feet isn't necessarily a free lunch, you've still got to work on it.
  11. Iron tee shots

    +1 Its the only way you'll get any relevant advice from a forum.
  12. This is mostly a bad beat story because I'm pretty sure there is no rule covering it, but I'm posting in the rules forum just in case I can get a second opinion. I was playing a stroke play tournement the other week and hit a tree next to the green on a par three.  Nobody could see the ball rebound so I decided to play a provisional even though it looked like I'd be right next to the green.  When we approached, the search part went out and nobody found my ball after a couple minutes.  I looked for another couple minutes while they finished the hole then gave up and holed out my provisional.  That ball was no picknick either and I ended up with a 7 on the hole (gratuitous whine). A couple holes later I discovered my lost ball in the back of my golf cart!  My first though was that it somehow landed there on a ricochet but that was obviously insane so I asked my cart partner.  He said he found it in a tree on the hole where I lost my ball.  He apologized and said he didn't know I was playing that brand.   WTF LMAO AYFKM GIJOE BRB!?!?  What ball did he think I was playing?  He obviously just didn't know.  He specifically is looking for my ball, finds one right where I hit it, and puts it in his pocket without telling me because I just don't have the look of a Snell guy I guess.  Still I don't think it was done maliciously because he left it in plain view in my cart. Anyway, rant over, there didn't seem like there was much I could do for my score at that point but I thought there might be a penalty for him.  We told the official and he didn't mention one nor have I ever heard of such a rule.  It does seem like there should be something to discourage such an action.  Is there?
  13. My Swing (allenc)

    Good, I was just thinking something along those lines.  All of my submissions were of swings that came after 30 minutes or so of working on something.  I though perhaps I would try and video a couple of tee shots during a round to send in next time.  That way we can see what a "real" swing looks like.
  14. My Swing (allenc)

    Here are a couple swings emphasizing bringing bringing my hands straight back on the takeaway as @SavvySwede and @iacas suggested as well as fully hinging my wrists.  My previous outside takeaway came from trying to do such an abrupt wrist hinge.  It ended up making more sense to my body to hinge more gradually if I was to change this.  In fact, in the shot below I don't quite get the shaft straight up at position "umbrella" but by the time I'm at the top it's is nearly parallel so that seems pretty good.  In these videos I'm not trying to do anything special on the downswing.  I also included the rehearsals because in another recent post I claimed I could make my real backswing look like my rehearsal so I'm putting my money where my mouth is.       I believe I am well hinged above but it looks like I'm also swinging back pretty far so that could be some of it. Im pretty inline about 6 inches before impact but my backswing hinge is as large is I can figure out how to do so any further improvement would probably have to happen on the downswing.   In the two images below I'm refraining from moving my hands outside on the takeaway and my right arm is beginning to gain depth at a3 so that's good.