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are you experimenting with anything different this season??

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last season, i did away with the driver... did me a lot of good getting back to the basics.

this season, i'm taking it a bit further with some other fun experiments that (so far) have gone well:

- only using steel shafts -- i've come to the realization i simply don't like graphite shafts... i love my TEE XCG-V 3w, but i only find the fairway 50% of the time...

- stick with my 7+ wood off the tees -- thankfully my local (and league) course is short, so it doesn't hurt me much... and when i can almost always count on ~200yds and straight off the tee, i see no reason why i should be disappointed with that.

- playing some musclebacks that are as old as i am -- my dad handed down his old Mizuno MS-3s to me last season.  i took them out for fun a couple times last week, and i was surprised how things went.  sure, there were some mis-hits, but nearly everything was straight (and i really striped a few shots).  i'm not sure if i simply got lucky with the length/lie (compared to my Cleveland TA5s), or the slimmer look of the head is making me focus more, or the 0* of bounce that these bad boys have is better for my swing, or all of the above... but i'm going to give them an honest shot.  only bagging 5i-PW, though... took that 2i for a swing at the range and probably hit one decent shot out of ten... damn fun though!!

also just bought a used Cleveland 691 lob wedge off the bay, 58/0, just to see if the low (nonexistent) bounce is something i can get down with.  my other wedges i've been fairly inconsistent with for some time, with anything from 6*-14* of bounce.

so i'm curious, is anyone else doing any experimenting this season, and with what??

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Experimenting with a claw grip when I putt. I tend to rotate the face too much going back, the claw for me really helps this. Speed control has also improved.

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Swing. Everything with the swing this year.  Need to find something new.

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Regular flex across the board. Turn ego off and try to make solid swings in tempo that works.
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Trying to rotate more with the hips. So far it works but it's still early

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Im experimenting with hitting the fairway in regulation.

Its a kind of new sensation for me! :)

Regards

Mailman

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Finally got my short game to a decent level, so I am rebuilding my swing this year to kill the flippin chicken (see my My Swing thread). It's hard since I hit a lot a fairways and greens as it is, and I shot 35 (par 35) on the back nine last fall. Too bad I had 46 on the front. I know that I won't be able to do that on a regular basis until I fix this.

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I just ordered the swingbyte.  I'm hoping it helps, I'm the type of person who likes to know a lot of detail about how to swing and I usually am frustrated with instructors who can't verbalize specifically what I should be doing.

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A superstroke putter grip, along with a slightly revamped posture in my swing.

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Keeping my chicken wing down. So far I'm seeing a dramatic reduction of my slice and better results in hitting my point of aim.
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Experimenting with pitching. I was always taught as a junior to chip the ball whenever possible and keep it low, (i.e. 7-iron back of the stance hit down). Now this is ok but it could never control distance at all.

After watching: , i feel this is definitely the way to go. Been practicing it indoors off my carpet and i think my last two rounds are proof it's working... distance control is now there and much fewer thinned/fat shots. And 7/9 U&D; in my last round :blink:

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Being more aggressive.  On par 5s, don't lay up but instead, take a wood and get it much closer.  Same with odd par 4s.  Example: cut the corner with a longer club instead of laying up further back.

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Somewhat.  I'm going to cool off on my obsession with grip, stance, and takeaway and just try to flight the ball based on my follow through.  If I'm drawing/pulling the ball too much, I'm going to exaggerate the high finish.  Too much cut and I'll try to finish lower.  I need to get back to feeling a golf swing, rather than having two or three swing thoughts and constantly adjusting everything the whole round.

I also put a 64 degree wedge in my bag.  So far, it's fine from the fairway and rough but I've been awful with it out of the bunker.

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Experimenting with a claw grip when I putt. I tend to rotate the face too much going back, the claw for me really helps this. Speed control has also improved.

First round going with the claw today, definitely better with the start lines and speed control. Hit a lot of solid putts. Feeling is much different though, almost feels "lazy". Which is a good feeling for me, similar feeling to the dynamics I worked on with Erik in the past. Miss tends to be a push which is completely different than my old miss.

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I changed the color dots I'm putting on my golf balls from green to blue.
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