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James Tupper

My Swing (James Tupper)

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I've been Playing Golf for: around 2 months

My current handicap index or average score is: I've never played. (only driving range / into my net)

My typical ball flight is: It seems pretty average. Not entirely sure.

The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: When I mishit, they go left normally.


I first picked up a golf club 2 months ago and have yet to play a hole (so I don't know my handicap).  I just want my swing to be good enough so when I do go out, I'll have some fun and not get frustrated / feel like an idiot.  The biggest thing I'm trying to tackle now is getting my swing plane tighter.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Here is an updated video of my swing. I'm finding my practice swings to feel very smooth and effortless, but when a ball comes into play, that all changes.  I tend to lose my spine angle a bit on the down swing and I that's the main thing I'm working on.

If anybody has any pointers for me (especially on replicating my practice swing with a ball), I'd appreciate it.

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Setup and posture change:

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Wow thanks.  Yeah my setup posture looks a lot less relaxed than most others.  I bet it would be a little easier to keep my spine angle if I stood up a tad straighter.

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Nice job for being a new golfer...very nice man
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Update: I'm working on a little less knee flex and keeping my head facing the ball at address.  Any critiques would be appreciated.

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