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post #19 of 26

Hey rocker - I've been down that same road.  Being age 62, I don't have the flexability to get the shaft parallel to the ground at the top anymore.  And that's OK - I just have to accept I cannot hit the same distances I once could.  But my mind wants me to get parallel by letting my wrists break down at the top.  Very uncontrolled feeling, and shots that lacked distance or were fat.  So, a tip I saw that's really helped me with my new shorter backswing is to have my thumbs pointing up at the 'top'.  Much better feeling and crisper shots.      

post #20 of 26

I agree with you...

I play to just over a 9 handicap my backswing has no wrist cock (of significance). There isn't much of a forearm roll. Just a smooth swing back and a smooth swing through the ball.

My hands never get any higher than chest height. I swing a "Y" back and a "Y" through the ball...

Trail hand's trigger finger (index) gives a little steady pressure on the forward swing.

My grip is unusual (single axis and the butt of the grip grip is in the center of the lead palm).

A 43" inch Nike driver, 13* sends the ball about 200 yards. High and straight. At 62 it is fun to enjoy golf. At 46 I was on the Merry-go-round trying to hit the 275 yard drive. Read five dozen books, a thousand posts... watched twenty DVD's, took lessons. Some positives, but rare and none lasted.

Not flexible, still strong and fit, but slow moving (with the limited range of motion). The underhanded, "Half Swing" I employ allows me to beat the crap out of most of the folks I play with.

My Y to Y swing doesn't change for the short shots; just lower the amplitude and make the same motion.

 

Do what you can do and have fun. Instead of attempting to do what you cannot do (and have very little fun).

post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by dak4n6 View Post
 

You are standing in a clock. 3:00 is to your left, 9:00 to your right, and 12:00 above your head.

 

I think you are meaning you take your hands back to 9:00, hopefully with the club shaft at 90* to your left arm. I call this the first "L". I got my wife, son, and daughter started out by learning to hit the ball "L to L", with the second L being hands pointing to 3:00 on the follow through.

 

As for you idea of taking shortened swings, absolutely it is better to achieve solid contact with a short swing first, and then build up the backswing length from there. Many years ago I played a full 2 years not taking the club past 10:00, and hit the ball great.

I read this old post and think this plan sounds a lot better than struggling to make a dramatic change. My golf teacher would have me going for full swings and spend weeks with bad hits.Can I really just deal with my short swing and GRADUALLY just increase the length?

post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by lhrocker View Post
 

I have been practicing at the range for weeks now and it may be time for a lesson or two.  I got most of my instruction from a friend that is a good golfer and you-tube.  If I hit, using an iron, with my backswing going no more than 3 o'clock, I can hit the ball really straight and far (usually 140 - 150 w/7 iron).  Once I bring the backswing any higher, I tend to hit the ball to the right and can lose as much as 40 yards.  I know it's tough to give advice without seeing my swing, or lack of it, but if I start at the 3 and bring my backswing up gradually, is that a good way to work on the swing?

 

I was told that my swing is much faster than my backswing and I should slow down and make everything nice and even.  Any suggestions are welcome.

 

 

May I ask your age?

post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by chip n run View Post
 

Hey rocker - I've been down that same road.  Being age 62, I don't have the flexability to get the shaft parallel to the ground at the top anymore.  And that's OK - I just have to accept I cannot hit the same distances I once could.  But my mind wants me to get parallel by letting my wrists break down at the top.  Very uncontrolled feeling, and shots that lacked distance or were fat.  So, a tip I saw that's really helped me with my new shorter backswing is to have my thumbs pointing up at the 'top'.  Much better feeling and crisper shots.      

 

Like you I too lack the flexibility to make the full swing and now at age 66 I have gone to a half swing or less which gives me better control and accuracy. 

I find it funny to watch younger golfers. Two weeks ago there was a four some ahead of me comprised of four young men probably in their mid 30's and they were talking it up with each other about how they were going to crush the ball 275 yards. So they take out their Big Bertha drivers and each take their turn teeing off. All four of them either push the ball way off to the left or sliced it to the right. None of the four even hit the fairway and I don't think their balls traveled more than a 175 yards. I waited for them to work down the fairway a bit and asked my partner if he thought the foursome was far enough down the fairway for me to safely tee off. He said, I think it's safe to go ahead. I teed off using my 3 wood and my ball floated out into the left side of the fairway 220 yards while the young foursome ahead of me looked back and gave me the thumbs up. When we met up with them again on another hole they asked me what club I used to which I replied, I thought I'd play the safe shot with my 3 wood for a layup. The look on their faces was precious.

post #24 of 26
It was suggested I start a thread on full swing but notice some relatable comments. I too have limited mobility - and turn restriction from numerous surgeries and a spine cyst but am working to increase flexibility thus turn better. I'll keep my eye on posters comments for ideas and advanced members materials and/or videos I can use.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Hatchman View Post

It was suggested I start a thread on full swing but notice some relatable comments. I too have limited mobility - and turn restriction from numerous surgeries and a spine cyst but am working to increase flexibility thus turn better. I'll keep my eye on posters comments for ideas and advanced members materials and/or videos I can use.
Just start a My Swing thread. Randomly trying things you come across in threads may or may not help you, but having your priority piece identified will be a way more effective way to make lasting changes to your swing.
post #26 of 26
It's been a work in progress with my swing coach Ernest Jones but I do appreciate the feedback. Astute members have also pointed out from my Avitar pictures that I am an arm swinger and don't fully rotate. Again good observation and what material and work I need. I basically will read it or watch at night it then take it to the range or course and try and practice it. There are some moves that hurt my body but working on that also. TY.
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