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post #37 of 202

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I think that serious athletic skills are simply a product of genetic freakishness or inherited mutation. Either way, all the hard work in the world won't make you really good unless you're born with abnormal potential.

I know that this theory disqualifies me as a candidate to become a motivational speaker. I was an 8 or 9 most of my adult life, briefly a 7 at my very best, and now I'm an 11 at age 63. I could have practiced day and night, ignored every other aspect of my life, and still never become a +4 like the top touring pros. Maybe, if I did nothing else, I could have sniffed a 5 handicap. Maybe not.

If you want to play golf really well, though, I'd seriously suggest being the love child of Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam. That would give you a good leg up.
post #38 of 202

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Originally Posted by jonanthans View Post

... The biggest improvement I realized in my game was when I got fitted for my clubs and started playing with them. Before, I was hitting off-the-rack irons(standard loft/lie), and could develop no consistency. After being fitted, and ordering my clubs, the difference was amazing. Considering my correct iron setup is 3* upright, it's no wonder I could never get consistent results with a standard set of clubs, I was fighting my own natural swing ...

Agreed, I was playing with clubs that were standard length and 1-2* flat for many years; last year I was properly fitted to +1" and 2-up. Had my irons and wedges adjusted to that and dropped over 6 points in my handicap index in 5 months.

Now I just have to get better at putting and chipping and driving (sigh).
post #39 of 202

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For the beginner, I would say "relax and maintain your balance"
For the advance player, I would say "let the club do all the work."
post #40 of 202

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Originally Posted by Rounders View Post
What is your #1 golf tip you give out to friends (anyone really) to help them improve their game?

examples: "keep your head down", "don't swing so hard" etc.
You can never practice your short game or putting enough. Other than that take a FULL, SMOOTH swing.
post #41 of 202

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Originally Posted by paperclip View Post
Agreed, I was playing with clubs that were standard length and 1-2* flat for many years; last year I was properly fitted to +1" and 2-up. Had my irons and wedges adjusted to that and dropped over 6 points in my handicap index in 5 months.

Now I just have to get better at putting and chipping and driving (sigh).
Felt great when you started grooving that swing!!! I couldn't believe the difference that made. Night and Day...
post #42 of 202

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My tip would be to improve your menatal game - you can make massive improvements without doing anything mechanical.

One great mental tip I heard was in regard to segmenting your round. Rather than thinking about your score on the front nine and the back nine split the round into 6 sets of three holes. At the outset of the round you should have a target score for each three hole set. Atthe end of the three holes you can reflect on achievement or othewise over the holes. Also at the end of the three you can forget about your score over those holes and start again on the next three.

I find this really helpful as it breaks the round down into smaller focused chunks. Often you complete 9 holes and then review progress which can be too late in the day. 3 hole reviews allow you to review frequently and set mini goals/challenges.

My handicap is 7 therefore at the start of each round I have the goal of being 1 over or better after each three hole segment.
post #43 of 202

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Im sure this has already been said (or should have) but gripping the club correctly is the best thing you can do for your game. When im out on the course or range hitting a bunch of stinkers my grip is always the first place i look to see if there is a problem.
post #44 of 202

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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post
#1 - Don't take seriously any tips you read on internet forums.
Originally Posted by pshizz View Post
there are plenty of knowledgable golfers on this forum...this is an insult to me and the others who take golf seriously.
But the point is, On an internet forum, how does one tell a knowledgable golfer from someone who is blowing smoke ?
post #45 of 202

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I'm looking for a tip: Can anyone recommend a good book for coaching high school golf? Thanks.
post #46 of 202

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Two:
1) Get into the right position at the top. If you're good there, you'll be good at the bottom.
2) Don't think. Just hit it.
GAC
post #47 of 202

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Originally Posted by ScruffyScraper View Post
I think that serious athletic skills are simply a product of genetic freakishness or inherited mutation. Either way, all the hard work in the world won't make you really good unless you're born with abnormal potential.

I know that this theory disqualifies me as a candidate to become a motivational speaker. I was an 8 or 9 most of my adult life, briefly a 7 at my very best, and now I'm an 11 at age 63. I could have practiced day and night, ignored every other aspect of my life, and still never become a +4 like the top touring pros. Maybe, if I did nothing else, I could have sniffed a 5 handicap. Maybe not.

If you want to play golf really well, though, I'd seriously suggest being the love child of Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam. That would give you a good leg up.
Yes it would......I love it.
post #48 of 202

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As we assist and analyze players, theres a few common suggestions that are often applied to different types of golfers...

Of course, getting fitted would be top of the list....

But outside of that, the one thing, a general rule of thumb for amateurs which seems to improve 90% of them is this:

Except for driver and 3 wood, when hitting your next shot, go UP one club.

I suggest this for multiple reasons:

1) From 200 yards in, no one should be short of the green. But it happens ALL the time because players overestimate their distances...an ego thing....and that "ego" thing just cost them a stroke.

Do that 1/3 of the time and you added 6 strokes to your score.

2) Going "Up" a club instantly invokes a feeling of confidence in the player...causing them to swing smoother....this in turn, promotes cleaner contact and accuracy.

3) Almost all courses/holes penalize you if you are short on your approach shots...very few penalize you for being too long.
post #49 of 202

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Originally Posted by RC View Post
It is always the same: coil into a braced (knee flexed) right leg that restricts the hip turn.

If I could have no hip turn on the backswing, I could hit it harder, but that would also require the flexibility to get the shoulder behind the ball with no hip turn... and I can't do that. So the next best thing is brace and resist the hips turning while keeping the club from coming inside a normal plane.
You are right on. I play with so many people that straighten up their knee or it is just all over the place. Keeping my knee flexed is in my top 3 swing keys.

Another great one is staying connected. I have a tendency to let my arms/hands try to swing down the line, but in order for my clubhead to stay on plane i need to keep my arms connected to my body swinging "around." The holding a towel in your underarms drill is great. You see pros on the range at every tourney hitting with a towel or a glove in both or just one underarm.
post #50 of 202

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Swing at the ball, don't "hit it."
post #51 of 202

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Originally Posted by indacup View Post

1) From 200 yards in, no one should be short of the green. But it happens ALL the time because players overestimate their distances...an ego thing....and that "ego" thing just cost them a stroke.

Do that 1/3 of the time and you added 6 strokes to your score.

2) Going "Up" a club instantly invokes a feeling of confidence in the player...causing them to swing smoother....this in turn, promotes cleaner contact and accuracy.

3) Almost all courses/holes penalize you if you are short on your approach shots...very few penalize you for being too long.
I agree that most amateurs tend to play one club less than they should, but I'm not sure that your reasoning is necessarily sound. You clearly haven't played many of the courses I have. All else being equal, most of the time I have a better recovery chance short than long. First when I'm short, I'm usually pitching to an uphill slope, usually from a fairway lie, rarely from under or behind a tree, and less likely from deep rough. Over the back, any or all of those negative factors can come into play. The worst feature that may factor into a ball left a few yards short is a bunker, and bunkers shouldn't be that scary. Obviously if there is water anywhere around the green, that must be a major deciding factor.

My best tip is to take the above tip under advisement, but not as gospel. Evaluate each shot for it's own hazards and plan your play accordingly.
post #52 of 202

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practice chipping for improving your golf swing. If you learn to hit solid chips, thats the hitting zone for the full swing and you will automatically improve you full swing.
post #53 of 202

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three number 1's.

1) shorten your backswing
2) swing at 80%
3) take more club and hit the back of the green, if you don't hit it flush you still on the green.
post #54 of 202

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turn back, swing down.
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