Originally Posted by saevel25
Still in the end, feel isn't real. If you want to teach golf by using generic feels you wouldn't be a very good instructor. Each golfer needs to develop their own feels to match what the club is actually doing. These can be complete opposites when comparing golfers. A good instructor helps a golfer develop these feels that benefit their swings. Just throwing out generic golfing adages is terrible instruction.
Which, in fairness, is exactly what Mark does in his video swing analyses and in the private lessons that he posts online. He gives particular and narrow swing ideas to the player to help them correct whatever issues he's seeing based on video or GC2 HMT data and then, in the live lessons, goes back to the launch monitor data to see if that made a difference.
I'll grant an earlier criticism made in this thread that he's somewhat childish at times on social media (the contrast is mostly stark because of how professionally and thoughtfully he handles himself in the in-studio videos), but it's entertaining and is meant to be a creative or recreational outlet for him. As with anything online that's offered for free, if you don't like it, the proverbial door is on your left.
I will take issue with one of the criticisms with his club reviews as being repetitive. He says it often himself: these clubs largely perform the same. They're built to similar tolerances and any differences will largely be matters of preference, which is what he focuses on: sound, look, feel, etc. The numbers are almost always within a pretty narrow band for each type of club. He does reviews because people want to see them and I get the impression now that manufacturers are sending him stuff to demo on his channel, whereas I felt like he used to review clubs he'd have laying around or got his hands on from fitting or demo carts (I say that because his reviews now come online around the same time others online do for particular clubs, so I infer that he's abiding by manufacturer embargoes). The other big Youtube guy Rick Shiels is in a similar boat with all of his reviews seemingly being the same (I take bigger issue with his reviews because his swing is more erratic than Mark's, which muddies the numbers more than he seems to admit sometimes, and because he gets some stuff wrong about the tech, like what the effect of Callaway's Gravity Core is; but that said, I watch the videos gladly for their entertainment value).
They've done a bit of it here and there piecemeal, but I would love for Mark or Rick to actually go through what a clubfitting looks like in a video; from beginning to end, showing what factors they feel drive decisions about selecting between different equipment and things like loft, lie, shaft, weights, etc. They always stress the importance of going out to get custom fitted, but then they always seem to review clubs with fairly stock settings on the clubs, with whatever tinkering does in fact happen happening behind the scenes. I'd find it fascinating.