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Mitch360

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I've been Playing Golf for: 2 years My current handicap index or average score is: 20ish My typical ball flight is: slight fade The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Hooks Videos: 1 - [video]http://youtu.be/HRv4xy7HmsE[/video] 2 - [video]http://youtu.be/F8RH_oEOdbA[/video] Be good to get your opinions and ideas for improvement. Thanks all
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I forgot to mention, I suffered for ages with an over the top swing. It still tries creeping back in almost every time I play. Any tips here?...
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I haven't yet had any critique :-(. If there are any instructors or low handicappers then can you help?, and I appreciate it may be harder to advise cause I'm just taking a practice swing, but here are two things I cannot do - 1. Get a draw shot 2. Get good backspin on the ball Can anyone advise why this is, or what I can change to improve my chances if hitting this type of shot? Thanks!
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Welcome to the Sand Trap. It may take a while for some one to take a look at your swing, it's not like we have a pile of instructors just sitting around waiting for you. :-P

This is a good place to start and get a feel for how things work:

http://thesandtrap.com/t/73197/so-you-joined-tst-and-posted-a-member-swing-thread

In the meantime, I would suggest looking through these threads:

You should also search the site for info on the "new ball flight laws" as you may be operating under false information which will make it considerably harder to learn to draw the ball.

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I know... Sorry. Lol I'm going to view all the info. Thanks for pointing out the relevant thread.
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I have to admit you are right, it is hard to tell with your practice swing, because it is not the same when you hit the ball, at least I know my swing is different! That's one reason not many people will comment!
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I have to admit you are right, it is hard to tell with your practice swing, because it is not the same when you hit the ball, at least I know my swing is different! That's one reason not many people will comment!

It's actually in the forum rules for this very reason. It wouldn't be helpful to critique someone's practice swing. Post a video of you hitting a ball, and you may find better feedback.

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I've been Playing Golf for: 2 years My current handicap index or average score is: 20ish My typical ball flight is: fade The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: fat shots / occasional hook Videos: [VIDEO]http://youtu.be/XybLxRwSJRM[/VIDEO] [VIDEO]http://youtu.be/p2UNkI-Hc6I[/VIDEO] Hi, I really struggle with a 'bobbing head' during the swing and wobbly legs!! hitting fat shots is also a problem for me. I really find it difficult to get my swing bottom in front of the ball, unless I put the ball in the centre of stance or even further back Also, I find that in order to hit a straight shot I have to take the club away on an inside plane, and attack the ball from a overly inside path. No one else who I play with feels they need to do this.... Does anyone know what could be causing this. My inside swing path means an occasional pulled shot. But I'd rather this than a terrible slice, which is what would happen if I aimed for the absolute back if the ball. Any advice is much appreciated.
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I'm no golf pro, so my advice might not be perfect, but theres a few things I would definitely say you can improve on from what I see.

First of all - with a swing like that I have a hard time believing your handicap is a 20 (it definitely looks pretty good)

Now for my advice, you should work on getting your hands deeper in your backswing. A good full turn with your hips will definitely help you get the hands where they need to be. This threads explains that a lot better and if you look for the videos involving the 1st key you'll see a lot about the hip turn.

http://thesandtrap.com/t/30325/deep-hands-explained

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Thanks for the comment. I've just read the post you pointed out. It's a good post, I'm going to try it at the range. Swing is OK. But it's nowhere near as consistent as it should be after 2 years of golfing. Thanks for the feedback.
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It looks like a pretty good swing to me. I'm thinking your ball position is a bit forward in your stance which could explain a lot. I'm curious what you mean by bobbing head. I'm curious what others think. Are you familiar with 5SK?

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I've been Playing Golf for: 2-3 years My current handicap index or average score is: 90+ My typical ball flight is: straight The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: left and right misses Hi, Few months ago I was really struggling to hit anything at all. I've spent quite a bit of time at the range and Ive eliminated slices and fat shots. But... I still cannot easily shot 90 or less. I strike the ball quite a bit better than my playing partners, but I always lose the round! My ball flight is usually dead straight, just not in exactly the right direction. Any tips for better accuracy? Swingwise or alignment? Aiming with my feet just isn't working well for me. Video: [VIDEO]http://youtu.be/lU8uY7vw3nU[/VIDEO] Thanks!
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I am actually kinda shocked by your average. You really don't have that bad of a swing to be shooting in the 90's.

Posture looks good from DTL view.

Few things on set up, the stance is a tad wide for a mid iron. That stance there would be max width I would see on a driver. I would say move your left foot one step to the right.

I might say the ball position is a tad far back. That looks middle of the stance. The camera angle looks a tad skewed though, so that might be throwing me on how far back it is.

For a mid-iron the ball should be between the middle of your stance and the inside of your left foot. I think if you just narrow your stance by bringing your left foot more towards your right, but leave the ball position the same, it would fix that up.

I think you could get your arm more inline with the clubshaft at address as well.

As for the swing, the major concern I see is that you sway.

Set up on the left, top of the swing on the right.

You keep too much flex in that right knee. This causes instability because you are not allowing the body to turn correctly. So the only way to get to the top of the swing is to sway because you have no other movement to make than a lateral one.

You need to let that flex out of that right knee more, and allow that right hip to turn up and to the right. I would work on getting a turn with out letting your upper body sway to the right in the backswing. Take a look at the two videos below and how it describes a steady head. .

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Thanks saevel25, that's really helpful feedback. The video is really useful too. Will definitely try to fix this. This could also be the reason I sometimes struggle to get my hands in front of the ball at impact... Because I've swayed miles away from the ball! Many thanks.
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Thanks saevel25, that's really helpful feedback. The video is really useful too. Will definitely try to fix this. This could also be the reason I sometimes struggle to get my hands in front of the ball at impact... Because I've swayed miles away from the ball!

Many thanks.


Please just keep your posts in this thread, rather than creating second (and third) threads for your swing. Please also don't delete your previous swing videos. They're part of your history, and they can be a nice boost to your ego when you see the changes you've made, etc.

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