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  1. The worst part of playing one course repeatedly is that you hone a set of skills for only that type of course. When you wind up playing courses outside your comfort zone, it gets difficult. For example, playing links courses demands an ability to hit lower shots because you are playing into winds. Playing the wide open and long courses demands distance far more than accuracy. Additionally it stops challenging you in strategy because after 5 or 6 rounds of the same course, you will settle on a strategy that suits a hole and course and tend to stick to it
  2. As we all know, golf is hard, so here's a quick tip on making it easier Turn both feet out at address. I grew up playing golf at a course in San Francisco where Ken Venturi was an honorary member. I got to play nine holes with him once and he told me that he could identify a good golfer because the walked with "duck feet ". I never really understood what that meant until I was taught the benefits of flaring the feet at set-up. If you're a regular on the site I'm sure you've seen that @iacas and I recommend this to a lot of golfers. As @iacas likes to say, you get a few things for free by flaring your feet out. Golfers from all over the world post their swings in Member Swing threads and many of them fall into the mistake of having square feet at address. We recommend they turn both feet out and it's amazing how much a simple adjustment can make towards hitting the ball more solid. Makes us look like geniuses or something. The quick and short of it is: flaring both feet out about 30-35 degrees rotates the knees out, the golfer will be slightly "bow" legged. The knees being oriented outward helps: - Turn the hips on the backswing and keeps the hips centered, important for Key #1. - Transfer the lead knee forward on the downswing to achieve or improve Keys #2, #3 and even #4. You can stop reading now or continue if you want more info 1 Taking a look at the address positions we can see that on the left my feet are square, this generally rotates the knees inward a little. On the right it's the opposite, feet are flared and the knees are rotated outward a little. The right pic is the position I recommend you copy. 2 Many golfers complain about flexibility and struggle with achieving a "full" turn but typically the problem isn't their mobility, it's how their feet/knees are aligned at address. To make a "full" pivot and keep the head steady (Key #1) the lead knee gains in flex as the trail knee lessens in flex on the backswing. The knees are a one-plane joint and pointing them out slightly assists in turning the hips during the backswing. The trail knee just decreases in flex on the angle that it's set on. If the trail knee is "kicked in" at set-up (left pic) the knee won't be able to move in a way that keeps the hips turning "in a circle". The hips will stall or even slide back (left pic below) and it typically leads to problems on the downswing. The motion of the lead knee is also important to turning the hips and keeping them centered. As the lead knee gains flex on the backswing it also rotates inward a bit. The outward orientation of the knee regulates how much the lead knee can flex inward. On the left (foot wasn't flared at address) you can see the lead knee has collapsed inward. This can be a position that's tough to "recover" from in terms of getting the weight forward enough on the downswing. 3 Moving on to the downswing and Key #2. Having the lead foot flared out at address allows the lead knee to move forward longer. Also a trail knee that is rotated outward is less likely to flex towards the golf ball during the downswing. In the left pic, since my knee was rotated inward at set-up, my knee is restricted by how far forward it can go. This hurts my ability to hit the ball solid because my weight isn't forward enough and as a result my hands are too far back. 4 When the lead knee can't transfer forward, the hands lag behind my pivot and this causes the club head to overtake the hands at a fast rate (casting). On the left I've reached inline (lead arm and club shaft) before impact. Obviously a different picture on the right. Since my lead foot was flared, my knee was able to flex forward longer and I could get my hands further forward. I've achieved Key #3 Inline Impact. Key #3 often comes as a result of a solid or improved Key #1 or Key #2. It's important to note that flaring your feet at address doesn't guarantee you're going to master Keys #1-3 right away. You still have to practice and work hard on your priority piece. Also, there are many great players out there that have square trail foot positions (most good players have the lead foot flared) and are able to make centered pivots and hit the ball very solid. Also the trail foot being flared isn't a "fundamental" but this set-up piece can definitely simplify your pivot and improve your mechanics. Most pros start playing golf when they are young and hit thousands of balls "grooving" their swing. Most of you reading this thread don't have that luxury. You don't have much free time to practice and you need to make the most of it when you do get out on the range. So make golf a little bit easier and flare those feet out.
  3. It looks like the same scenario as DJ and Wattel in the open. Proximity of the golfer deforms the ground and the ball rolls off the blades of grass it was perched on. I think it's a bad penalty, because it's essentially random, though much more likely on very fast & sloped greens.
  4. Today was a success. Glad I didn't cancel -- we had an awesome foursome playing. Thanks to everyone who was there. Maybe the Winter 2017 outing will be more successful.
  5. Today at the So Cal TST outing. Great company and had a pretty good round score-wise too. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/Shindig/round/1190956
  6. Your grip change is a useful tweak which will help develop your swing (a set-up that works for you.) And, a benefit from my last lesson is my iron mishits tend to be low, thin shots but straight - still well in play from near front of green. You've got your mishits under control, and are advancing the ball on mishits, which will help your scores. Your TM Burner 2.0 are a solid next-step iron for you. It scored points in early reviews for helping keep the ball straight, and adding distance for many players. This model also featured a push by TM to lessen the problem of hot spots (face points that generate unexpected extra distance on some off-center shots). Scattered blog comments, however, complain of recurring hot shots from these irons. And, given that this is a GI iron (that looks like an SGI iron), increased distance variance is a trade-off you make for more forgiveness. The practice range distances vary a lot because of type of ball (usually not as long as regular balls), and condition. Balls beat around for two months don't go as far as balls put into range mix last week. Good comments by Brian. I played golf with Brian and some other TSTers a couple of weeks ago. Brian generally keeps the ball in play and smoked several iron shots on the round. He also gets good results out of his Edel wedges.
  7. I am currently teaching my son to play (he is 8) and he has been learning for a few months now. One of the first things I had to teach him was that distance was pointless without accuracy. Once he shifted his focus from hitting the ball hard to making good contact with the ball on line with the target he started seeing better ball flight. Every time we play now he does better than the last. When a new player focusses on distance and power they lose control of the club and sometimes miss the ball entirely. When you are learning you should be focused on getting the swing plane right and online with your target while achieving good ball flight. As you get more comfortable and familiar with your swing it will feel more natural and get faster without trying to swing harder. Flexibility and timing have more to do with distance than strength. Also I would suggest if your driver is only going 180 yards to leave it at home. With a slower swing speed a low lofted club is harder to get in the air. You may find that your 3 wood or even 5 wood will give you more distance (certainly more carry) than your driver until you get more club head speed.
  8. Length has more to do with mechanics than it does the ability to contract muscles quickly. I am 60 years old and a very slow swinger; but I'm knocking the ball past people half my age due to a combination of freakishly long arms and better technique. I've always had the long arms...not so the better technique.
  9. Most people that say they hit it 250, don't.
  10. Flexibility is the secret. If you are capable of making a full swing, even if it is a relaxed full swing, the club speed will be greater than a short swing. Of course, if your particularly strong this will make a difference.
  11. Wrong, if he paid out of his own pocket no one would even know or care. The news doesn't cover good will stories, they cover controversy. Again, do you hold the Walton family personally responsible every time something bad happens at Walmart or Sam's Club? Should Bill Gates have sent me $1000 dollars for releasing Windows Vista, wouldn't it have been great publicity if Bill Gates sent us all $1000 for having to use their crappy OS? Why didn't he do it? You never take responsibility for something that's not your fault in business, it just opens the door for future claims and lawsuits. The only thing he could do is refund everyone that participated in the hole in one competition whatever money they paid for a chance at the $1M, given this was all for charity anyway, it's a poor reflection on Greenberg.
  12. Is posting something from Somax intended to be a troll? The stuff that I've seen from them doesn't seem very reputable in terms of golf knowledge. Changing the unique stuff that Furyk does could well kill his top level accuracy and consistency. I agree with @DaveP043 that if you don't move the lead knee away from the lead foot, I don't see how you can rotate your hips properly without putting a ton of unnecessary strain on your lower back.
  13. Justin Thomas http://golfweek.com/2016/09/23/justin-thomas-one-shot-penalty-grounding-putter-tour-championship-pga-tour/
  14. Theres no such thing as a fluke year. Maybe a fluke win but not a fluke year. I think Jordans problem this year is hes put more pressure on himself and tried to get more distance off tee that he does not need. You cant fall into the distance trap because the other top golfers are hitting it farther. You play your game and not theirs.
  15. It was a long time coming. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/bill-murrays-new-golf-clothing-line-is-what-youd-expect-from-a-bill-murray-golf-clothing-line
  16. Here's some pretty good swing advice: In my view, a stable base, and appropriate hip rotation, are important factors in a golf swing. I'm sot sure that lifting the left heel adds much to either one. I don't know that a specific amount of bend in the left knee is critical either, although some bend is necessary if you're going to make your hips rotate properly. Again, finding proper instruction for YOUR swing is much more valuable than reading and trying stuff from magazines and websites to see what works for you today.
  17. One of the member at my old club who was a journeyman professional (he played the Canadian Tour, Cactus Tour, Pepsi Tour, hopefully you are seeing the theme here). Told me that his theory was that at his home course (our club) if a round there was 0 then he would probably add 1-2 strokes at a course he didn't play all the time and 1-2 additional strokes for competition. So he told me he needed to be shooting 62-63 at his home course to be ready for the tour. That would mean he would be 65-66 when he was playing in competition at a different course. His argument was that at his home course he knew every blade of grass, knew how the ball would break before he hit it, sometimes he told me he wouldn't even need to read a putt. For us hacks there is probably a scale from what he was talking about. For me, a 6 handicap I am probably 2-3 for each. Maybe for you a 14-18 handicap it might be 3-5 for each. That all said I think playing a club has benefits that may help you get better faster. You may find yourself practicing more because of the nice facilities. You may fall in with a regular group who are better players than you and start to find yourself getting better that way. I have seen many golfers who once they join a club they play more regularly and become better golfers. So my prediction is playing regularly at this course is going to make you better.
  18. MacDutch

    Joost Luiten

    Its even worse, the KLM-open is in @Silent 's backyard, he could have seen Luiten win on course.
  19. The 910f is worth, on its own, probably only about $15-50 (shaft dependent) at this point in time. The bag, depending on the condition and model, could be worth between $15 and $100 dollars or so. The driver is what you'd be getting the best deal on, just because the 913D2 is worth somewhere around $150-200 with a decent shaft in it right now. Odds are he either got a new driver and wants to dump this one, or he is tight on money and needs it now. I'd say that's quite a good deal and to jump on it if you were interested in the driver. Depending on the bag and the shaft in the 910f you might be able to break even while keeping the driver. As always with Craigslist deals, don't go alone and make sure to meet in a public parking lot if possible (preferably one that has security cameras) just to be on the safe side. You can inspect the clubs and make sure everything is good to go before you purchase. Looking online you can find a lot of information about the common flaws if it were counterfeit, but I've found similarly good deals on older/used equipment in the past. I got a full set of KBS shafts, from LW to 3i, for ~$100 with only the LW, SW, GW, and 7i having ever been installed in a club before when the shafts retail for $30 each new (meaning I essentially got 6 new shafts and 4 shafts used once on the range for 66% off retail).
  20. If it makes you feel any better, I once read an article about a jazz saxophonist who had to have part of his lip removed due to mouth cancer. he had to relearn from scratch, but this time he understood the importance of good technique and couldn't carry over his bad habits, so he just learned new good ones. He said that after a year, he was getting invited to play with people who never considered him before the operation.
  21. Decision 22/6 Competitor Requests That Ball in Position to Assist Him Not Be Lifted Q.In stroke play, B's ball lies just off the putting green. A's ball lies near the hole in a position to serve as a backstop for B's ball. B requests A not to lift his ball. Is such a request proper? A.No. If A and B agree not to lift a ball that might assist B, both players are disqualified under Rule 22-1
  22. The realization that really helped me deal with bad days (which are often, for a golfer of my ability) was a simple one: my swing is actually no different on the bad days and the good ones. When I go to the range and hit everything flush, or hit the course and have a great day driving the ball, it's not because I am doing something better with my swing. When I go to the range and struggle and it terrible shots, it's not because I'm doing something "wrong". I just have a swing that, right now, will deliver a certain (low) percentage of good shots, and a certain percentage of bad ones. As I develop a better swing, it will deliver a higher percentage of good results. I think of it like baseball - just because you go 0-for-4 one day and 4-for-4 the next, you're still the same hitter. The only way to ensure improvement over the long term is to improve the swing technically. In the meantime, you enjoy the hell out of those 4-for-4's and don't get too upset about the 0-fer's. Sounds silly, but once I realized this I suddenly was able to enjoy good days on the course/range without getting too down about the bad ones. All I can do is keep getting better to make the former more and more likely.
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