I started golf to get into a new hobby and didn't realise how addictive it would eventually become. Anyway...
I've watched a lot of YouTube videos and I guess I've followed the same tips and progression as most new golfers I.e. stationary core, straight left arm, transfer weight forward, ball first - then divot and I thought I was becoming a reasonably good golfer, although I'd never seen or played with a scratch golfer.
This afternoon I played with a friend who claimed to play a round in 72. I just witnessed him play 1 under par..... Without a single 'gimme'
It's wasn't his drives, or his putting / short game that blew me away, it was his mid iron shots! First thing I noticed was the sound of his ball in flight...the ball actually sounded like it was cutting through the air! Secondly it was the way it launched in a straigh upwardstline, then tapered off and fell onto the green right at the last moment.
I watched closely to see what he was doing that I'm not and I couldn't spot it.
I've tried many, many variations and having hit thousands of balls... I would have expected to have have shot a shot like his at least a few times, even if only by fluke, but not so.
Is it just a question of practice and technique? I'm starting to question the length of my clubs and geometry of my body!!!
I can connect sweetly with the ball, rarely hit fat or thin shots..... But my shots tend to look like one big arc...
He's been playing for 8 years.
What exactly is it he's doing that's producing this ball flight? Power? Technique? More compression?
Or is it just years of practise?