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I've been Playing Golf for: 4 months (softball forever)

My current handicap index or average score is: ugly (120) . . . my putting kills me BUT I want to work on fundamentals first.

My typical ball flight is: grounders - mid flight . . . can hit an 8 iron & pitching wedge really well and straight though

The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is : hit ground behind ball with long irons . . . reduce slice on driver.

For experimental purposes last week,  I switched from wrapping pinkey finger grip to holding driver like a baseball bat and I NO LONGER slice the ball!  That's crazy.  Before the switch they always went long and straight and then faded the left at the end.  (similar to a right handed baseball batter hitting to first base).

I realize I have a lot of sway, but I don't know how to correct that.

The video of the great golfer is from Shawn Clement's website.  It's hard finding video of left handed females.

I pray my neighbors don't see this, they already think I'm crazy. :-)

Thanks in advance!


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Your moving way off the ball on your backswing but then return to it nicely in that first video, that is the first obvious thing but it looks as though you probably have good hand eye coordination, I would think with good instruction you will make good progress.

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Check out some of the Key #1 videos here to get you started. You'll notice this difference in the amount of torso turn you're able to achieve (the oval is where each of your heads starts):

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I've been Playing Golf for:​ 4 months (softball forever)

My current handicap index or average score is:  ugly (120) . . . my putting kills me BUT I want to work on fundamentals first.

My typical ball flight is: grounders - mid flight . . . can hit an 8 iron & pitching wedge really well and straight though

The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: hit ground behind ball with long irons . . . reduce slice on driver.

The video of the great golfer is from Shawn Clement's website.  It's hard finding video of left handed females.

Like Erik said, work on Key #1.  If you have a Mac, you can get Analyzr swing analysis software and flip the swings of LPGA players.  Here's Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson.

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Thanks Everyone!

Yes,  I sway terribly from side to side, just don't know how to correct that!  :-)

My golfhead also casts out on the downswing.

I know this is all related to how I used to swing a softball bat.  I hit left handed and always swung late and pulled the ball to 3rd base.

As in softball/baseball, I know there are similar principles but I don't know any drills for golf.  For instance in softball, I have my players "throw the knob of the bat at the ball . .  keeping their hands close to their belt buckle as they came across, so they won't cast the bat head out and around.   We also do top hand/bottom hand pulls with a t-ball bat, etc BUT since it's on a different plane I get so confused.  :-)

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How do my hands look? Are they in the right position?

Not a priority, focus on Key #1

Thanks Everyone!

Yes,  I sway terribly from side to side, just don't know how to correct that!  :-)

Like Erik said, check out the Key #1 videos here, most importantly the "Definition and Description" one.

http://purestrike5sk.com/videos.php

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Thanks Everyone!

Yes,  I sway terribly from side to side, just don't know how to correct that!  :-)

Getting basic setup fundamentals is a necessity for good consistent golf. I know you have key #1 to work on already. As you do those reps, I would make sure you are getting into a fundamentally solid setup position. If you look at most if not all pro golfers, you will see they have their spine angled very slightly back with the head just behind the ball. I feel like I just bump my hip a little toward the target and let my spine tilt slightly. From a good setup position you will just be rotating around your spine keeping the head in place. Right now your head and spine almost look like they are leaning toward the target. This will cause your head to move a large distance as you rotate back trying to get behind the ball.

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