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So,  I have been taking Golf lessons at GolfTec since September and feel that I've stalled on shallowing the club.  Well, Monday I was hitting the ball well, (was practicing for an hour),  Looks like I finally turned a corner.  I returned today and could not shallow the club to save my life. What a frustrating game.  Thanks for listening.

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Yeah, that happens. It's golf, and there is not much you can do about it. Happens to all golfers. 

I sometimes practice the same routine too much, and things go south.  I chalk it up to boredom, and/or complacency. I just take a break from that routine, and move on to another practice routine. 

When the wheels come off when playing, I just finish out the round with my goto club, and putter. 

Golf is just an enjoyable game for me. Good, bad, or average, I always have a good time practicing or playing. 

A golfer can't play relaxed when frusterated. 

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23 minutes ago, SemperFi said:

So,  I have been taking Golf lessons at GolfTec since September and feel that I've stalled on shallowing the club.  Well, Monday I was hitting the ball well, (was practicing for an hour),  Looks like I finally turned a corner.  I returned today and could not shallow the club to save my life. What a frustrating game.  Thanks for listening.

Remeber this my friend. It’s golden.

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9 hours ago, SemperFi said:

  Well, Monday I was hitting the ball well, (was practicing for an hour),  Looks like I finally turned a corner....

Doh...!  :doh:

Never, EVER make a comment like that!  The golf gods are fickle, and mean.  As soon as you say that you’ve “turned a corner”, or “figured something out”, they will hand you a beat down of epic proportions! 

You can think it.  But never say it out loud!  ;-)

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5 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Doh...!  :doh:

Never, EVER make a comment like that!  The golf gods are fickle, and mean.  As soon as you say that you’ve “turned a corner”, or “figured something out”, they will hand you a beat down of epic proportions! 

You can think it.  But never say it out loud!  ;-)

So true!

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5 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Doh...!  :doh:

Never, EVER make a comment like that!  The golf gods are fickle, and mean.  As soon as you say that you’ve “turned a corner”, or “figured something out”, they will hand you a beat down of epic proportions! 

You can think it.  But never say it out loud!  ;-)

Yeah....join the club. I go a couple weeks of "this game is easy" to "I look like I have never played". 

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9 hours ago, SemperFi said:

 I returned today and could not shallow the club to save my life. What a frustrating game.  Thanks for listening.

You aren't alone. Maybe something in this thread will help

 

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10 hours ago, SemperFi said:

So,  I have been taking Golf lessons at GolfTec since September and feel that I've stalled on shallowing the club.  Well, Monday I was hitting the ball well, (was practicing for an hour),  Looks like I finally turned a corner.  I returned today and could not shallow the club to save my life. What a frustrating game.  Thanks for listening.

First, have you used a video camera or smartphone to video tape yourself practicing what GolfTec is trying to get you to do?

Second, there could be something going on in the backswing that could hinder your ability to shallow the club.

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1 hour ago, David in FL said:

Doh...!  :doh:

Never, EVER make a comment like that!  The golf gods are fickle, and mean.  As soon as you say that you’ve “turned a corner”, or “figured something out”, they will hand you a beat down of epic proportions! 

You can think it.  But never say it out loud!  ;-)

Not even think it 😂😂🤪😁

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10 hours ago, SemperFi said:

Well, Monday I was hitting the ball well, (was practicing for an hour),

How do you know you weren't just grooving the old swing? Did you practice properly, or just hit balls "trying" to do something? Did you record video?

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Yes using video at GolfTec.  Its winter here in CT just bought a impact net need to clean garage this weekend.  I posted some of my swings in My Swing.

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47 minutes ago, iacas said:

How do you know you weren't just grooving the old swing? 

Yes, thats a thought I've had as well.   I don't just hit balls.  After each swing I replay video and see if I'm hitting the key positions.

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9 minutes ago, SemperFi said:

Yes, thats a thought I've had as well.   I don't just hit balls.  After each swing I replay video and see if I'm hitting the key positions.

But you were still just making swings? Or… what? Can you describe your practice session?

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1 hour ago, Lihu said:

Not even think it 😂😂🤪😁

Never ever! but we all did it eventually, more than one time...

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1 hour ago, iacas said:

But you were still just making swings? Or… what? Can you describe your practice session?

Yes.  I usually practice 1 hour twice a week at GolfTec.  I do mostly full swings as this is the only place I can right now and see ball flight and replay the swing. But, I do practice drills given to me by my instructor mostly at the Gym after I work out.  They have a mirrors on all the walls in the group exercise room and i can see the correct position I should be in at each stage of the swing.The last thing we worked at was pushing the hips towards target or shifting weight to the left to shallow out the club.  I did it well Monday and felt I had really turned a corner but as I stated in my original post when I returned Tuesday I could not seem to keep the clubhead behind my hands at parallel on the downswing.  I probably hit 60 balls in 1 hour. Hmmmm, now that I see that thats about 1 a minute.

1. Keeping the clubhead behind the hands with club at parallel backswing and downswing.

2.  Shoulder turn

3. Starting the downswing with the upper body not the hips.

4. Hands in front of the ball at impact.

5. Keeping head as still as possible

6. Keeping left wrist more bowed then cocked.

7. Drawing the ball.

Thanks

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Bucki1968 said:

Yeah....join the club. I go a couple weeks of "this game is easy" to "I look like I have never played". 

I would like 1 day with "this game is easy." Right now, I'm satisfied with "it feels like it's getting better." I'm sure tonight's practice session will fall into 'I look like I have never played."

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23 minutes ago, SemperFi said:

I do mostly full swings as this is the only place I can right now and see ball flight and replay the swing.

Full swings likely aren't "short" or "slow." You're likely not having anywhere near a 70%+ "success" rate either.

23 minutes ago, SemperFi said:

But, I do practice drills given to me by my instructor mostly at the Gym after I work out.

You should start doing the drills with a ball at GolfTec and lay off or dramatically reduce the "full swings" you make.

23 minutes ago, SemperFi said:

1. Keeping the clubhead behind the hands with club at parallel backswing and downswing.

2.  Shoulder turn

3. Starting the downswing with the upper body not the hips.

4. Hands in front of the ball at impact.

5. Keeping head as still as possible

6. Keeping left wrist more bowed then cocked.

7. Drawing the ball.

That's four to six things too many.

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Hitting balls at a screen or even on the range has no consequences so you just use a natural swing. On the course you see a target along with water or trees or sand and most start swinging too hard. The “I got to get it there” mentality sets in and the smooth strokes go away. I like to practice on a real course when I can get out alone in off times. That’s how you learn all the shots.

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