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xSmithy

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I've been Playing Golf for: 3 years

My current handicap index or average score is: 8.2

My typical ball flight is: high draw

The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: typical miss is either a block right or a snap hook



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Really struggling to keep the ball in play off the tee at the moment, hurting my game a lot.

Typically I will hit a huge block right or a snap hook so capable of missing both ways. I've had lessons previously where the instructor has informed me that the block is caused by not turning my right hand over and the snap hook is caused by not getting through the shot properly. These swings look a little long to me, hoping to get some pointers from you guys, any advice welcome :).

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Strongly recommend you turn your feet out and rotate the knees out at address. Your feet are square and the knees are rotated inward, making it very hard for you to turn your hips, which you don't do very much. The blocks and hooks are just the results of not being in a functional position on the backswing.

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Strongly recommend you turn your feet out and rotate the knees out at address. Your feet are square and the knees are rotated inward, making it very hard for you to turn your hips, which you don't do very much. The blocks and hooks are just the results of not being in a functional position on the backswing.


Thanks mvmac, looks like that video could have been made for me, it's exactly what I've been doing wrong! Playing a competition for the first time since getting back from my holidays tomorrow, will be putting this in to practise, will report back on how it goes.

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Well I absolutely flopped the competition, realised the course isn't the best place to work on new swing elements! Went to the range tonight though and had a really productive session, was hitting the ball a lot better off the tee, exclusively hitting it straight or with a slight push draw, not a single snap hook or push.

I was working on:

1. Turning my feet out slightly at address and ensuring my knees were flexed outwards as per mvmacs advice in order to promote more hip turn.
2. Improving my posture as I realised I had gotten in to bad habits from my first videos above.
3. Ensuring my weight was distributed properly (55% right leg), that my hands were behind the ball and that the left shoulder is higher than the right to create a positive angle of attack.
4. Dropping my hands slightly as I felt they were too high.

I really just want to get in to the best setup position possible and hope therefore that I have less of a chance of screwing things up during my swing! Videos of the session below, any critique more than welcome!









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Am I doing something wrong with my videos guys? This thread hasn't generated as much discussion/advice as I'd like.
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Am I doing something wrong with my videos guys? This thread hasn't generated as much discussion/advice as I'd like.

No. Not really.

But you're a new member that nobody knows very well - a unique avatar helps with that too btw - and you don't seem to have changed a lot. I saw what Mike recommended, and then I see this:

Looks like it still needs work on the same thing, so, there's not much new to add.

I could just quote Mike's post and say "more of this."

I'll add that changing it on the course will be really tough. Change the picture, practice properly, and let's see some changes.

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Yeah, if your primary piece doesn't change typically you won't get much response to posts except keep working on *X*.  Also being more active in the forum in general will get people more interested in you and therefore will end up following your progress here too.

One thing I'll add that helped me with turning my hips in the backswing, really focus on turning your right pocket back. The easiest way I've found to make sure I'm getting good rotation is to stop at that "top" of the swing and look at where my belt buckle is facing. I'm not sure what degree turn is best but I try to get more that 45* of hip turn. On video I make sure my belt buckle is clearly visible from the DTL view. Once you get a good hip turn you'll be amazed at how much more powerful your swing feels even with a shorter backswing and swinging at 80%. I typically hit as far or further on good shots now with a shortened swing and reduced swing effort.

P.S. I know that these things coming from someone who's index is significantly higher than yours may mean little to nothing, but maybe something I said will be of value to you.

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@xSmithy ,

I have been working on one piece all year.  It can take time for some items.  Find a nice avatar too.

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Looks like it still needs work on the same thing, so, there's not much new to add.

I could just quote Mike's post and say "more of this."

I'll add that changing it on the course will be really tough. Change the picture, practice properly, and let's see some changes.


Thank you for that, I genuinely thought I had made inroads in to solving the issues Mike originally noticed but now that you still the images it is obvious that there is still a lot of work to be done. I only picked up a club for the first time 3 years ago and missed last season as I moved away for work so my golf knowledge and ability to analyse is pretty bad right now. I thought I was solving the problem by turning the knees outwards but now I realise I have to really focus on turning the hips more which I was finding incredibly difficult when practising as it made me hit the ball poorly (I felt my movements were out of synchronisation).

One thing I'll add that helped me with turning my hips in the backswing, really focus on turning your right pocket back. The easiest way I've found to make sure I'm getting good rotation is to stop at that "top" of the swing and look at where my belt buckle is facing. I'm not sure what degree turn is best but I try to get more that 45* of hip turn. On video I make sure my belt buckle is clearly visible from the DTL view. Once you get a good hip turn you'll be amazed at how much more powerful your swing feels even with a shorter backswing and swinging at 80%. I typically hit as far or further on good shots now with a shortened swing and reduced swing effort.

P.S. I know that these things coming from someone who's index is significantly higher than yours may mean little to nothing, but maybe something I said will be of value to you.


Thanks a lot for the tip, I was finding turning the hips so unnatural as I mentioned above so I will put this in to practise when I next hit the range.

About the P.S, not at all, I appreciate advice/critique from anyone, especially considering it is relative from your own experience; I'm certainly not a handicap snob haha. This is a pretty unique place given everyone is so knowledgeable about golf, it is a really great forum for picking up tips given everyone is so passionate and interested about our game. Furthermore. I've only ever had 5 lessons from a club pro, so most of what I do I have picked up from trial and error or from listening to my dad, a different perspective really useful, thanks again.

@xSmithy ,

I have been working on one piece all year.  It can take time for some items.  Find a nice avatar too.


So frustrating how long it takes and how dedicated you have to be to see improvements in your golf game. I move away again to London in September for work too (no golf time for me) so my goal of becoming category 1 before I move away is look rather bleak/pretty much impossible now! Thanks to you and Isaacs for the avatar tip, think I will go for the still of my lack of hip movement, seems pretty fitting! ha.

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