So you've joined the site and posted a thread in the Member Swings forum, eh? Good for you! And if nobody's said it yet, welcome to The Sand Trap!
This post will list a few quick things intended to help you make the most of the free advice you'll receive in your "My Swing" thread.
First, if you haven't already, provide as much detail as possible. Share detail about your recent history, any past lessons you've had, any physical limitations you may have, the works. The more detailed information you can give us, the better.
Honesty is the Best Policy
Your handicap - and your skill level - are what they are. There's absolutely no need to fib to some strangers on the Internet about them. If you have trouble hitting the ball solidly, and you're a 19 handicapper, you won't be helping yourself to say that you're an 11 who just fades the ball a bit more than you'd like. Be honest with yourself, and be honest with others.
Post Elsewhere and Mind Your Camera Angles
These are mentioned in the "Rules" thread linked at the top of the Member Swings forum, but they bear repeating here as well. First, please mind your camera angles. This article explains where to set up your camera for filming your golf swing. Good camera angles help people diagnose things more readily and more accurately.
Also, post somewhere else. We understand if the ability to get a "free" analysis of sorts is what drew you to the site, but there are a LOT more other threads in which you can post, share your opinions, tell us about yourself, etc. The upside for you? The more friendly you are, and the more people get to know you, the more they'll want to help you out. Several of our long-time members have a "following" in their "My Swing" threads with people cheering them on, helping them out, and watching their progress. You get more help from people who consider you a "friend" than someone who just showed up and wants some free tips.
Multiple "Tips" and Prioritization
So you've posted, and gotten lots of tips from people. It's no secret that Mike (@mvmac) and myself (Erik, @iacas) are instructors. I'm even the guy that trains instructors, including Mike, in a system we call "5 Simple Keys®." 5SK is not a "one-swing" method, but rather focuses on the five commonalities of the game's best players. You can read more about that here.
The point of that is that we don't teach "one swing" to anyone here, but feel fairly strongly that any swing advice you get should pretty much help with one of five keys. That doesn't mean the person has to say "this will help with Key #2" or even talk about 5SK at all.
What this really gets down to is prioritization. It's almost impossible to try to work on several things at once. Even working on two or three things at once is virtually impossible. So we recommend that you use 5SK as a sort of "template" for guiding you towards proper prioritization.
- If you struggle most hitting the ball solidly every time you swing: look at tips that speak to Keys #1-#3.
- If you struggle with controlling the flight of your golf ball, but strike it solidly all the time: look at tips that speak to Keys #4 and #5.
Your job? Once you've got some feedback, it's to assess the biggest problems in your game against the tips and advice you receive, then, choose only one priority item on which to work. Sometimes it's as easy as doing what the majority of people see. Sometimes you have to apply your history and understanding to choose your priority item. Sometimes your priority will be whatever the person you trust most says it is.
Whatever your reasoning, try to find a single priority item, post that you're going to work on that, and let others know. Then…
Work on It
The best advice in the world is wasted if you don't apply it.
So, once you've found your priority, work on it.
What do we mean by that? Well, we don't mean to just take the tip to the range or your next round of golf and "try it out" while making full swings or keeping score.
What does "work on it" really mean? Basically, it means that you should apply the 5 "S"s of Effective Practice: Simple, Specific, Slow, Short, and Success - The Five "S"s of Great Practice (this is unrelated to 5SK).
A fellow member gives you advice. You use his advice, practice properly, and shave three strokes off your game or eliminate your slice.
Unless you update your thread, the other member might never know they helped you, so update your thread and thank the guy who helped you out! Heck, update the thread while you're working on it too. Use it as a journal for the feels and videos of your practice. Post regularly. You'll continue to get more and more feedback, and more and more tips. People will begin to "follow along" with your journey towards improvement.
All of these tips above are designed to help YOU get the most out of YOUR "My Swing" thread. Again, welcome to The Sand Trap .com (TST), and be sure to check out our blog, our equipment and courses sections, and of course the many other threads available for comment and chit-chat and so on in our forum.