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  1. When I read the title to this thread I thought that is mostly how I feel about a hole-in-one -- I can take it or leave it.  I thought it was going to be about how much you value making one. Maybe thats easy for me to say as I've had 2, both on perfectly struck shots.  The first was from 110 yards playing with my parents and girlfriend.  We all cheered a little but shortly afterwords I all but forgot about it.  More memorable is that it lead to one of my few sub 80 rounds. The other was from about 185 into the sun during a tournament.  I thought I could see it drawing away from the hole a bit so I looked around the right side of the green first, then the rest of the green, then off the green and in the sprinkler holes to the right.  I was starting to worry I was going to have to head back to the tee when I finally decided to check the hole, so when I saw the ball there I was as much relieved as excited.  Also, my playing partners were worrying about their own shots so when I said I found it in the hole they just said something like, "oh ok, good job" which I thought was an unusual attitude but I didn't really mind. The main thing I liked about that one is it won me some decent skin money and it nicely complemented a quintuple bogey 9 for just 3 over for the two holes and I won the tournement. When my girlfriend told my golfing neighbor about one of the aces she was very curious to know what I did with the ball.  She had hers made into some kind of plaque or trophy or something and displays it in her house.  I wouldn't have ever thought to do such a thing.  Heck, if it was the ball that did it I would want to keep playing with it, not mount it.  I think I threw it in the lake later when I shredded the coating.
  2. This reminds me of a piece I read on Annika Sorenstam who spent the early 2000s working solely on her distance and increased 20 yards from 2000-2003.  In her case that work went hand in hand with a resurgence to her career and may have helped elevate her from merely top female golfer to GOAT.  A decent counter example I think to the above comment to the article.
  3. My Swing (allenc)

    Now for an on topic blogish post.   I had a golf tournament today and wasn't really sure how to approach it.  I had just been working on the above takeaway for a couple days and it certainly isn't natural yet, in fact I feels quite a bit different to what I had been doing previously.  So the question was whether to try it as my full swing takeaway in the tournament or just revert back to my previous swing until I mastered it some more.  I hadn't even really hit full shots with it other than one or two at the end of my range session yesterday just for funsies.   I thought I might show up at the course early and try a few on the range to see what happened, especially with driver, but ran late and couldn't even hit one ball at the range.  So I just decided screw it.  I'm not playing for money or really for anything very important, why not just jump in and see what happens.   Well what happened on the first hole was I plastered a drive about 30 yards past my playing partners, pured a half swing 54 with pretty much the same swing as in the above post, and sank the putt.  Ok, it was pretty much all down hill from there but in general it felt very promising.  About 1/3 of my full shots felt fantastic.  I could tell I had much more lag and was making the 'hit' at a different part of my swing than before.  Another 1/3 of my shots were so so, and the last 1/3 were baddish to awful, including 3 or 4 tops.   Still, I felt like the bad ones were just because I was uncomfortable with the new move, and specifically I think I was often neglecting my turn as I was concentrating so much on the hinge.  Indeed later I hit the range and diagnosed that I may have been sliding my hips back a bit during the takeaway , possibly because the new forward bump of my hips creates some backward pressure off my front leg.  Once I realized that I hit two or three good shots by making sure not to do that, then left.   One other thing I noted was that the one time I was in a green side bunker I did awful even though I had been very confident with that shot lately.  Chunked one back into the bunker, then chunked the next one up onto the lip.  At first I just wrote it off as not committing or whatever, as I may have been spooked by the water less than 20 yards across.  But later I thought that the way I was swinging meant my bunker technique may have to be rethought.  Previously I pretty much just did a regular swing motion with a custom length backswing depending on the shot and aimed an inch behind the ball.  I did the same with these two shots but using the new takeaway, which my have got me more lag and thus more leading edge contact and more digging.  Add that to the fact I chose my 9* lob wedge rather than my 14* sand wedge for the shots may have caused the chunks.  Just a thought, maybe it really was just lack of commitment.   Anyway, it was fun.  Now back to more umbrellas every day next week.  
  4. My Swing (allenc)

    Here are a couple views of backyard "umbrella" practice.  After a session or two I feel like I am able to really isolate the wrist hinge move for my practice swings.  At first I was probably including too much arm lift.   down the line:   face on:  
  5. I think for PGA Tour and other very talented players clutch is just the absents of choke.  Basically, they are more likely than not to make an outstanding shot at any time so if they make another one with everything on the line they are just playing their normal game.  Choking must certainly be real as nerves can inhibit your normal functions. Also, for an average golfer it doesn't really seem like clutch is possible because if he doesn't have the technique to make mostly good shots normally, then how could he suddenly be more likely to make a good one in a pressure situation?  I guess he could if perhaps he DOES have the technique but just doesn't concentrate very hard for most of the mundane shots.  The same could be true for a pro.
  6. Building a new set

    Why do you have to decide all this BEFORE the fitting?  This should all be stuff you can discover there with the help of your fitter.  If you're springing for the full service at the Titleist headquarters you should use it.  For instance they will probably be able to assemble a 3 hybrid or driving iron with specs that give you the best of both worlds.
  7. My Swing (allenc)

    My right knee is obviously working miles inward here and I generally hit them decently with it.  Still using my V1 iPhone app I notice my head moves forward on the downswing more than any comp video they provide.  
  8. 771 CSI I haven't played them but am highly considering getting fitted for a set. According to the description they have minimal offset, relatively compact head, max game improvement features.  You've got to get it from a custom club builder but that's not a bad thing.
  9. Your thoughts on my bag

    I think it looks mostly fine.  There are two things I would suggest.  If you have trouble hitting your 4 iron high enough then replace it with another, higher lofted hybrid.  You could consider upgrading your driver.  Slightly used 2013 models can run under $100 and give you all the modern tech.
  10. My Swing (allenc)

      So I implemented the first point because it's easy.  My swings were at worst at least as good as before so that's good. I attempted swings exaggerating the second point for a few practice sessions and found it impossible to hit balls so I assumed I was doing it wrong and stopped.  I no longer have the videos but my backswing looked similar to those in my Practice Backswings video above.  Instead I went with the bit less extreme idea of just taking it away a little more straight back as I turn and it seems to at least get the club a little less far behind me. I then (about 3 months ago) took my swing with those tiny improvements for a session with an instructor I'd worked with before.  I asked him about my position at the top of my backswing and he did not think my arms were too far around and that many good players play with "stiff wrists", i.e. not as much hinge (cock? I don't really know the difference).  Again, I may have already improved both of those a bit from my original video. He did change my setup a bit so that my head stayed more behind the ball, but mostly he wanted me to concentrate on getting the "swoosh" of my through swing more in front of me.  This aimed of course at improving this position: Unfortunately, the best he could advise was just to work on doing it which is easier said than done.  He did advise working with a swing fan and we took some videos of me using a couple training aids which illustrated the look I was trying to achieve. So basically for awhile I just took some rehearsal swings trying to get the swing fan feel before making my real swing and sometimes it worked very well, even for a few days or weeks straight.  Other times I just couldn't get the feel and I struggled.  It was hard to figure out what was going wrong because all I had to go on was a nebulous feel. While I was swinging well I did manage 3rd place in a large tournament with an 82, 81.  And I won a local championship in my division.  And I shot several practice rounds in the 70s so it did seem like things were going pretty well.  I looked forward to a huge 4 day event (Golf Channel Tour) in PGA West and expected to do great.  Unfortunately, my swing went to hell, especially with the driver, and only managed a sub 90 round (89) one out of four. I more or less striped it on the range before every round so I really racked my brain trying to figure out what went wrong.  I decided I must have just put too much pressure on myself which amped up my tension.  And that my swing must just basically suck if a little pressure ruins it that bad. Back to the drawing board, here are a couple current videos of my backyard swing: Hmm.  Nothing seems to be working to embed a video on the new site nor is there an option to preview the post.  I'm probably just dumb.  Here are links to the you tube videos.    
  11. Not sure why everyone is telling you to get fitted when you already said your instructor will fit you for free. I think the obvious thing to do is work out a budget with him that goes with your fitting. It's not clear what he means when he says 'fit', but if his plan is to use something like a Callaway (or whatever) fitting cart and system then here is one option: Go through the entire process and that will give some recommendations for their newest clubs with some particular specs and shafts. Now figure out what their analogous line is from a couple years ago and find them with the same specs and shafts with the same profile. If you can't find them exactly right you might then be able to have them bent, change the grips, or change the shaft lengths. Clubs a couple generations back, even if brand new, are often half price or less than the newest model.
  12. I don't know if this post is sarcasm, but that quote sounds to me like he'd prefer to win the FedEx cup. He says it's one unachieved accomplishment he would like to add.
  13. Given the limited information in the question, I would pick the FedEx cup. To win that you've necessarily had a great season, played lots of good golf, and probably did some winning along the way. It culminated in playing great throughout the playoffs and winning the final. If that's all you have on your resume, I think it will be a more memorable experience and give me more personal pride than just one week of good golf then never win again. I've won competitions in other games and I can say that the longer it goes on before you win, the better it feels. Also who knows which will be better for your legacy. To win the FedEx, you probably got more TV time over the year, and there are a lot fewer fedex cups winners tha there are major winners. To those saying future endorsements with a major win may make up some of the difference in prize money, I don't see why those shouldn't be as big after a FedEx winning season.
  14. Newby-hybrid help

    Your 5 iron is already 23 degrees which is a very low loft for an iron in terms of ease of hitting. Do not get a lower lofted iron. I agree with WUTiger that your club is a 22 degree TaylorMade or Callaway hybrid. Or some other brand but those will go with your set. Sorry tefunk, but unless you have a mental block with hybrids or are a plus handicap with a very high swing speed, nobody hits a 20 degree iron better than a hybrid. If you think you do you are wrong.
  15. So you want an x-flex to show off to your friends or something? It sounds like you are driving it great so why would you mess with your driver? Is there something about your ball flight you don't like that you didn't mention?