Originally Posted by DublinMeUp
Ok guys I'm gonna order mine tomorrow, I have a problem being decisive when buying golf stuff so here is my latest problem.
I originally was going for the pro 7 but now I'm thinkin of getting the 7 pro x, reason being I at first opted for the easier to hit model because I am new to the game etc but now feel that even though it'll take longer to hit the pro x there is greater benefits to be had once I do learn to hit it.
Does this make sense? Like i kinda feel like the normal pro 7 is cheating ( just obv cheating less than my standard 7i ).
Btw may be a stupid question but does it stand a chance of helpin me hit my driver? I suffer with a beginners slice, if not cool but it'd be a nice bonus =)
The Pro 5 is probably halfway between the difficulty of the two, if you're interested in that. You really need to hit the exact center of the face with the Pro X 7. If you're just starting out, I'd think the Pro 7 will be difficult enough to hit, but provide a frequent enough reward to be instructive. Something to consider...
I definitely understand the mentality of not giving yourself forgiveness so that you can improve. What happens more often than not, however, is that frustration and consequently, swing compensations creep in a bit. Now that I'm a little more mentally mature about the game than I was when I started 5 years ago, I find that the gradual method is best. Start working on your swing, but gradually taking away things that make it easy, too forgiving clubs, not hitting out of divots and only hitting off mats... things like that. You can be gun-ho about improvement, but still keep the pace slow (think patient). What you are looking for is permanent improvement. That kind just takes time.
Speaking of... took the striker out to the range yesterday. It's a range I like to hit now when I work on my swing because it's uphill and there's almost always a direct and strong headwind. In the past, I hated it because I always overswung trying to get out to the targets to fight the wind and the elevation. It was such a difficult range for me to do well at, but now I relish the difficulty. They overseeded the grounds, so we were hitting off mats. Not sure if that affected my success rate or not. I hit 50 balls, 1 ball was topped, 49 were hit solid, 44 were identical in line and trajectory, landing right on my target 180y out with a medium-high baby draw. 5 started on line, but hooked about 30 yards left. I couldn't tell if I caught it towards the hosel and it beveled off to the left, or if I dropped my arms too far to the inside, which is a bad habit I've tried to break. Not sure if it was the mats or the drill that really made the difference. I hit it off of the "tight" section of the mat, not the fuzzy fake grass section. Trajectory is unreal. The wind was pretty strong into your face....not quite blow your hat off strong, but decent, maybe 20mph or so. The thing that was most shocking to me was how high the ball went yet still had a lot of distance. There wasn't any perceptible ballooning, which is something that I've always struggled with from attacking a little steep with a high ball speed. This is going to be a complete game changer for me living in Texas.
As far as it helping with your driver, it definitely helps. Do the drill that I posted, really concentrating on the pressure in your right hand. This will eliminate your slice for a couple of reasons: you can't come over the top and maintain right hand pressure (think about it...), and the force of your right hand will naturally close the clubface. With driver, I setup with a little more lean to the right, drop the right foot back a tad, still focusing on turning my left shoulder down and under on the backswing (centered pivot) and then just execute whatever motion it takes to preserve the lag pressure. I hit driver 15 times, all using the same tee, 14 went straight with maybe a 1 yard draw, one faded about 10 yards off line, but still within the imaginary fairway I was thinking of. All 15 hit the "fairway". Haven't touched a driver in a couple of weeks, and have just been working with the tour striker. I'm normally not nearly that consistent with it, if that gives you any indication. I can say it definitely helps. If anything, it may force you to go to more loft because you spin the ball so much less.
Hope this helps.