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Great job on the 77.

 

You need to add a swing thread, and if you have previous videos of your swing put them on so we can see the progression.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

 

Thanks.  Unfortunately I do not have any updated videos of my swing but I will try to have one of my friends take one during one of my rounds this weekend so I can upload it.  Something that has really helped my ball striking lately and has really helped my accuracy of my iron shots have been an adjustment I make at setup.  That change has been to make sure that my spine angle is straight with my butt out and most importantly that my spine angle is angled slightly away from the target.  What this does is makes my left shoulder a little higher than my right shoulder and in turn this allows me to stay much more connected in my swing and keeps my right arm tight up against my side instead of having a flying right elbow.  I have found that the ball goes much further and higher when I do this.  This has also stopped pretty much any casting at all as well.  I just make sure to swing slowly and make a full turn on the backswing and everything flows so much better.  Keeping a smooth tempo is key though as if you rush things like this then it's easy to mishit the ball.  It's amazing that when I properly set up and keep a smooth tempo, I am able to hit the ball longer, higher, and more accurately while swinging with much less power than I was say a year ago or so. 

 

I'm no expert but doing this has really helped me improve my ball striking.

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Thanks.  Unfortunately I do not have any updated videos of my swing but I will try to have one of my friends take one during one of my rounds this weekend so I can upload it.  Something that has really helped my ball striking lately and has really helped my accuracy of my iron shots have been an adjustment I make at setup.  That change has been to make sure that my spine angle is straight with my butt out and most importantly that my spine angle is angled slightly away from the target.  What this does is makes my left shoulder a little higher than my right shoulder and in turn this allows me to stay much more connected in my swing and keeps my right arm tight up against my side instead of having a flying right elbow.  I have found that the ball goes much further and higher when I do this.  This has also stopped pretty much any casting at all as well.  I just make sure to swing slowly and make a full turn on the backswing and everything flows so much better.  Keeping a smooth tempo is key though as if you rush things like this then it's easy to mishit the ball.  It's amazing that when I properly set up and keep a smooth tempo, I am able to hit the ball longer, higher, and more accurately while swinging with much less power than I was say a year ago or so. 

 

I'm no expert but doing this has really helped me improve my ball striking.

 

I noticed the same thing about slowing down my back swing, if only I could remember to do it all the time.

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As stupid as it sounds, I find that I do not always end up setting up correctly.  By this I mean that I do not match the face of the club to exactly where I want to go with it.  I have lately started taking more time and making sure that the swing path and the face of my club is set up where I want it to be instead of just the "general direction".  I know this sounds really dumb but I guess I play really fast as do my regular playing partners and over time I've realized that I should take some more time before the shot to make sure that things are aligned the way I want. 

 

Too many times myself and my regular playing partners get into a rhythm and get too quick and not put enough time and focus into set up before the shot.  I guess for a while this was not an issue with me because I was not precise enough for this to be that much of an issue, especially when factoring what kind of lie I had and how I wanted to shape the ball......now that I have more control than I did before and am able to shape some shots and such, just quickly lining things up and hoping to hit it straight is not good enough, I need to take just a bit more time to make sure that I can execute on the shot I want to hit.

 

In other news, I purchased a new golf club.  I ordered the TM Mini Driver and it arrived last night.  I plan to replace my current 3 wood with the mini.  Previously I was hitting my 3W okay but not as good as I probably should off the tee as I only hit a few tee shots per round with it.  I also don't use it that much off the deck.  I liked the sound of having a 260cc wood instead of my 3W which was only like 170cc or something.  Anyways, it arrived yesterday and I went to the range last night.  I've purchased many golf clubs in my day and this mini driver was by far and away the best club I've ever first hit with.  I had immediate control and could shape shots right, left, and straight.  What amazed me the most was the distance that I was getting.  It was almost as long as my driver.  I did not do measurements but I'd say that on average there is maybe a 10-15 yard difference if that and sometimes I was hitting the mini just as far as my driver (my average drive is between 240-250).

 

While the mini is not adjustable, I am not upset by this at all.  As long as I continue to hit the way I did last night then I'm very pleased with it as it is so much easier to control versus my driver.  I drive the ball pretty well too, as my FIR for the YTD is almost 66.7%.  It's just that sometimes I end up in situations where I HAD to be in the fairway and instead I was just in the rough and that totally changes the hole.  It's too early for me to do a review of the mini but I will do one after I get a few rounds in. 

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Sorry I have not posted in almost 5 weeks, have been busy at work.  My golf game is still progressing and I continue to improve.  Currently my official hc is 7.0 and it's 6.9L.  Over the last 20 rounds I have averaged 50% GIR which has been great, I continue to hit balls at least once during the week and as I continue to do that along with playing at least two rounds per week, ball striking is continuing to improve. 

 

My priority in 2014 was short game and I have come a long way since the start of the year.  I still have a long way to go though.  My scrambling percentage is around 25% and my up/down percentage is only marginally better at about 30-35%.  I know this is very low and that's why I am working on it as much as I can.  Amazingly I've already improved quite a bit in 2014 with my short game which is testament to how bad it was coming into the year. 

 

I'm at a point now where I am around virtually every green in regulation with a few expections here and there.  I'm hitting about 50% of the GIR so the other 50% of the time I am usually around the green in regulation but I'm only coverting a fourth of those as per my scrambling numbers.  All of this tells me that I have a lot of room to improve still and believe that I can.  It's just a matter of practice and repitition and to get the feel of certain shots down. 

 

The area that has been the slowest area of my game to improve has been those shots that you cannot really practice on the range and can only do during a round.  Odd lies, downhill, side-hill, things like that.  I've played 53 rounds of golf to date and that would be much higher but because of the terrible weather this winter, I was not able to play much at all at the beginning of the year.  Last year I got in 92 rounds and played probably closer to 100 when you include the various scrambles and things like those that I played in but did not count as a score for me.  I'm not sure if I will get to play quite as many this year because of last winter but we are getting to "peak season" so I may try to play an extra round during the week. 

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