I've been Playing Golf for: First picked up a club on May 1st, 2008. Didn't play once in 2009 due to a back injury. Played maybe ten times in 2010. Struggled to play in 2011 due to CTS issues which I now manage. Stack and Tilt saved me from hurting my back anymore, and now I no longer have issues with that. I've had my most productive season in 2012, practicing three times a week or so for the past three or four months. In total, I've logged about 500 or so lifetime hours of golf, but I've logged about 230 hours this season alone.
My current handicap index or average score is: I don't know. I think about a 12? I make so many terrible, newb mistakes out on the course. I play 6500 yard courses, but I have more than enough power to play them. I usually have no more than 9-iron for my approach shots when playing 6500 yards. I can hit my driver 280+ on a good swing. 230-250 on a poor one. 260 on an okay swing.
My typical ball flight is: I've been taught to play a push-draw, but I just recently changed my attachments to play a push-fade. I can hit both flights. I can play a pull-fade with my driver by moving the ball well forward in my stance, but I only do that on the range.
The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Hook, block
56 degree sand wedge
Working on staying in my tilt here and keeping my shoulders steep. I apologize for placing the camera too far to the left. I will fix that for next time.
All these swings were push-draws I think. I only yesterday decided I want to play push-fades for a while.
Working on the same things as above. My swing is too long here and I know my hand depth is bad. I'm really surprised I don't have a cup in my wrist at A4, since it feels like I do. Props to Mike here because I was working on stuff he wrote about recently (keeping steep shoulders from A4 to A5)
Working on keeping my trail arm straighter in the backswing and having straight arms in the follow-through here. I practice this hitting punch shots, so I chipped this 4-iron about 170 yards. Unfortunately, I flipped because normally I need to think about wrist arching, but I didn't in this swing. Contact was fine though if I recall.
I was working solely on rolling my front foot onto its outstep here to assist my hip slide, which I used to struggle with. Looks like I over-did that a bit. My swing gets too long. Looks like I had some interested observers in the background and didn't notice that until I got home. Not really happy with this swing, but it is what it is. I'll post some driver swings in the future.
If anyone cares, this is what my swing looked like about a year into playing golf. Forgive the long hair I've made a lot of changes since then in a limited amount of practice. I wish I could practice more.
8-iron, 10 months after discovering golf. My first ever swing I filmed.
I want to thank Erik for getting me this far, even if we've never met. It has been through his efforts that I can play as well as I can now. I also want to thank Steve Sieracki (my primary instructor), Lainey Gunning, Dave Quinn, Glen Fanara, Mike Bennett, Andy Plummer, and Mike McLoughlin, as well as David Wedzik and all the posters whom I follow on this site for all the knowledge they've imparted to me over the years -- especially all the Golf Evolution students here, but not exclusively.
I feel like I can play good golf with this swing, but I just don't have much experience. I have to stay patient and working hard. I've been self-teaching myself for a few months now, and am really enjoying the process of using my accumulated knowledge on myself
Current Faults and What I'm Working On:
1. I don't have enough hand-depth and my hands get too high on the backswing, above my shoulders. Somehow, I have a little two plane swing, with a little Furyk move. I blame Erik since I stole the "steep to shallow" idea from his swing thread
2. My right arm folds beyond 90 degrees on the backswing if I don't monitor it. I own a swing extender, but I just try to keep both arms straight on the backswing and that fixes it. This fault contributes to pushes and hooks if it gets out of hand.
3. I cock my wrists very early in the swing and probably should slow that down, but I'm not working on that.
4. I over-rotate my shoulders on the downswing sometimes and hit hooks. I just think about rolling my ankles to assist hip slide and that fixes it. I also close my shoulders at address on most swings to prevent this.
5. I battle a flip when I don't work on educating my hands, but I fix this by squeezing my elbows together and feeling wrist arch. If I overdo it, the handle rises too much on the follow-through and I hit hooks and blocks, but being that I'm aware of this, I know how to not overdo it nearly as much these days. It took me a while to figure this one out.
6. I lose side-tilt, but I fix that with more ankle rolling and actually feeling like I'm manually adding tilt. I monitor head movement with my camera. I usually always hit a block when the side-tilt goes and my head raises up. Wall drill work fixes this.
7. My head moves about too much and I have various ways of working on this, both on the backswing and downswing.
8. Sometimes I don't flare out my feet enough at address. This is a piece designed to facilitate hip slide and the proper ankle rolling with my trail foot banking on its instep before rising up.
9. I added thinking about my right index finger after watching the Five Keys DVD, in regards to Key #3 (flat left wrist).
10. Sometimes I don't feel enough pressure on my front foot on the backswing with longer clubs. This feel is critical for me to getting good contact with my 3 and 4 iron.
11. My arms retract on the follow through, but I hit punch shots and half swings to work on this.
12. I lose shoulder steepness from A4 to A5 and in my first two videos here, I'm working on that (I stole this from Mike's swing thread and the axis tilt thread post he made there).
Thanks for taking the time to check out my swing and my progress. Feel free to share your thoughts at any time.
Wow, now I feel like a true member of this site
My Lesson/Knowledge Background: 12 Stack and Tilt Lessons (Steve Sieracki, Lainey Gunning, Dave Quinn). Four hours of Aimpoint (Keith Handler). The Sandtrap.com avid reader and contributor. Looking to take a lesson from Five Keys instructor Mario Bevelaqua in Colts Neck, NJ sometime soon.
Camera: Casio EX-FH100
I'll update my progress as the days go by....