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post #1207 of 1215
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Shorter backswing and a lot of short game practice... my speed on long putts is horrible... any suggestions


Hi onthehunt526:

  Yea don't do dat.;-) lol sorry couldn't resist

 

A lot of good instruction about chip and pitch shots, just run a search. You will get better, ya gotta believe.

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post #1208 of 1215
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Quote:
Originally Posted by onthehunt526 View Post

Shorter backswing and a lot of short game practice... my speed on long putts is horrible... any suggestions


Hi onthehunt526:

  Yea don't do dat.;-) lol sorry couldn't resist

 

A lot of good instruction about chip and pitch shots, just run a search. You will get better, ya gotta believe.

Here are three good ones

 

post #1209 of 1215
What am I working on...?...For the past 3-4 rounds I have been topping my driver,I just recently got fit for a new set of PINGS(G25,5-UW). The pro who fitted me told me I'm hooding the club and have this front lean when I go after the ball.I never realized this, so I'm trying to change the way I grip the club in my right hand and stay centered swinging the club.Also, I can't seem to hit my 5W or hybrid anymore and have been reduced to laying up a lot w/ a 5/6 iron which had produced some wicked hooks(I recently played w/ MIZUNO S53's...I'm hoping the PINGS are more forgiving. The only reason I'm a 15 handicap(I play in a competitive NJ Golf League where we play by the rules of golf !) is because of my wedge play and putting.If I can get my driver and fairway woods back in play...who knows what my handicap can be. !
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post #1210 of 1215

I'm working on reducing my power fade with driver (push slice). It is getting better after 5 years, that's what brought me to this site.

post #1211 of 1215

Just started playing golf 4 weeks ago. 

 

Signed up for a GolfNow beginners course 3 weeks ago and have been hitting the practice range 2-3 days every week since I started. 

 

Although, I've been given some instruction on how to hit irons and on chipping/pitching, I've been mainly focused on trying to master the driver and I've mostly been hitting classic fade/slices.  I have been occasionally able to hit some really nice straight drives but, until recently, I was pretty clueless why some balls went straight but most sliced.  Viewed a variety of YouTube videos and DVDs to figure it out but none of the advice helped develop any consistency in hitting the ball. 

 

However, I've just figured out that in order to hit the ball straight, I have to keep my right arm (I'm right handed) entirely straight and open (not turned) at impact.  Whenever, I turned my right forearm over, the club head would turn inward resulting in an out/in swing that caused the ball to spin right and slice.  When I keep my right arm straight and do not turn over my forearm, the ball now flies dead straight or with just a mild fade.   Tee height also seems important in how high/far the ball flies.  What works for me is teeing the ball so that the middle of the ball sits at the top of the club head resting on the ground -- lower than that and I top the ball and hit grounders, higher than that and I hit pop ups or short fly balls. 

 

Once I'm confident that I can hit the ball straight w/the driver with some consistency, I'm going to work on distance. I'm only using a 3/4 swing currently because whenever I try to hit a full swing that requires me to break my wrists at the top, my swing goes to sh*t.  With a 3/4 swing, when I hit it straight and in the sweet spot of the drive, the ball flies a little over 200 yards and, when I flub & slice it, the ball only goes about 100-150 yards. 

 

As I understand it, assuming the ball is hit properly, distance is directly proportional to club speed, which in turn is connected w the/relaxation and full extension of the arms and hip/shoulder rotation which generates power/club head speed.  Very complicated stuff when you have to think about it.   But, assuming that I can learn how to maintain accuracy with a full swing, I think that I should be able to hit the ball at least 250 yards w/the driver, which should be good enough to get me around a course. 

 

Wish me luck!  :-) 

post #1212 of 1215

I had a chance today to work on my putting, on a real green. I started out by hitting balls across the green from one side to the other. Doing this allows me to get a decent idea of the green speed.  Plus, most of the time, I am usually 20-30 feet away from the pin on the first few holes anyways, when I actually play.

 

After getting some what use to the speed of the green, I just started dropping balls all over the green at various distances. The practice green I was on today had some uphill/downhill contours which allowed for other than just straight, level putts. After 30 minutes or so of just putting, I started chipping from just off the green, with the intentions of having no more than a one put left over. Since there was a practice bunker near by, I incorporated it into my putting practice too. 

 

Besides just practicing with clubs and balls, I spent some time trying to identify the various breaks this particular green made available to me. In all instances where a break was available, I tried to use as much  (270 degrees) of the hole as possible. The old "never up, never in" idiom.

 

After a couple hours, I went to the 19th hole to practice the other part of my golf game, while waiting for my wife to pick me up. :beer: 

post #1213 of 1215

Im working on keeping not getting stuck, using this practice drill

 

post #1214 of 1215

"hips clear" - finally able to feel this concept this past week. 

working on my PW swings inside 50 yards and mostly all arm swing.

As I got progressively more outside 50 yards, I could envision my pelvis as weight like a catapult and  having my hips cleared to power the swing a bit more.

Then as I got further away to max 90 yards I felt very easy for the first time in my life to pitch it as specific distances 50,60,70 80, 90 yards with accuracy and minimal effort

The swing was still armsy but at longer pitch distance i felt like I could control the distance with my butt.

post #1215 of 1215

Trying to break 90 - hopefully / maybe by the end of the year so working on everything.

 

1. 'feel' of powering swing with my left hip after a full turn for consistent zip

 

2. ensuring I stay inside R foot and bump to L in transition so I don't reverse pivot / hang back

 

3. lag putting

 

4. distance control on mid-short pitches

 

5. Runyan chipping method club selection & feel

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