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I've been Playing Golf for: 20 years
My current handicap index or average score is: bogey golfer
My typical ball flight is: range: straight and long, course: sporadic
The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: inexplicable shanks in general

I first started chipping balls around a baseball field at the age of 12. Played leisurely through middle school and high school, mostly summers with friends. Never took the game seriously. Never had a lesson, never even watched a lesson, or so much as had another good golfer check me out and give me pointers. Dropped the clubs after high school, attempted to pick them back up again several times as an adult but life always got in the way. At age 32, I'm finally in a place now where I can work on my game and play regularly. I have no idea what comprises my swing or where it came from. I just swing how I feel. I don't know what's good or bad about it. This is the first time I've ever looked at video of myself. I would say that my posture looks pretty terrible. My arms could be straighter. Not sure really. 

In these videos, I'm using a 3 hybrid. I'm hitting it long enough (200+ yards carry) and straight fairly comfortably. 3 hybrid is my easiest club by a mile, though no issues with any of my clubs on the range except the driver. On the course, though, I shank it constantly and I'm not sure why. It feels like there's no rhyme or reason to my ball striking, which is frustrating because I feel in control while practicing (after a few minutes of warm-up). 

These videos were also taken the same day I experienced a revelation in my game. I just purchased a Nike Vapor Fly Pro with adjustable loft. I set it on 8.5° just as an experiment. I realize now that I've been hitting the wrong loft my whole life (normally 10.5° which I chose because...I thought the shittier a golfer you were, the higher loft you should have for a driver). I was hitting the best drives of my life at 8.5 today. It's the biggest swing breakthrough I've had as a golfer, though we'll see what happens when I try it on the course.

I'm not sure if this is the kind of forum where people flame each other or provide respectful criticism, but either way I'm very happy to read your comments. Finally ready to eat my humble pie and learn something.






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There is only one video in here that I can use to give you any help. Two of them are at an angle and those angles are not helpful because they tend to add distortions. Here is a great article for helping to learn the best way to film your swing.


From the face on view I see a couple of things you can work on. One is your set up. I want to see you flare your feet. 

The second thing is working on your shoulder turn. You need to read through this thread and take a look at implementing some of the changes from this thread into your swing. 

Lets start there and implement the changes from the filming article and we can look at some other changes.

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Thank you mchepp for getting me started. I tried flaring my feet today and everything sort of came undone. I couldn't connect to much. I guess it'll take some getting used to. I'll keep at it and post another video when I think I got it back under control.

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