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  1. I received the Cup a couple days ago and was very excited. I figured the best way to spend a day with the Newport Cup was on the course! I immediately decided the University of Michigan's course would be a great place to play. The course is located right across the street from The Big House. There was no warming up on the practice green Ultimately, the clubhouse staff told me to go home, take the Cup with me, and come back in May. Undeterred, I made the cross town trip to my "Home Course", Leslie Park Golf Course. Things looked promising. But then the reason for the empty parking lot became clear. No golf at Leslie for a few more weeks. Still, I was optimistic. Fox Hills remains open year round. Surely I could play a quick nine there with the Cup. Foiled again!! So I settled down in the nearest snowbank and enjoyed a cold one. Truthfully, it was a great day and The Newport Cup was a nice companion. Yes, we got a few odd looks during our adventures. I imagine everyone probably wanted to know how I acquired such a cool looking companion but were too embarrassed to ask. Everyone should try to make one of the 2019 Newport Cup teams because having this little pewter trophy in your hands is worth the effort.
  2. I was 7 years old. My Dad walked me down to #8 and he gave me a 7 iron and a putter with a golf bag to start with. We played #8 and #9. I will never forget playing #8 that first time with my Dad. He was very patient with me. After playing #8 and #9 together he let me go out and play #8 and #9 by myself. As soon as I finished I walked into the club house and asked my Dad when I could hit The Driver. All of his buddies started laughing in a good way. He had me go get his Driver and then he had me stand next to it. He told me as soon as I was tall enough I could hit The Driver. From that moment on I was determined to play golf so I could hit a driver. My dad I played a lot of golf together over the years. We had a lot of very special moments together. I wish I had only played more golf with him now that he is gone. Every year since he died I will go out and play a couple rounds of year by myself so I can just think about our times together on the course.
  3. We just received a new shipment of practice balls for our range yesterday. We typically replace our practice balls every 6 months. The previous shipment was from Aug, so they were in use for almost 7 months, which is pushing it. The last few weeks there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cracked balls that I happen to see (5-6/day without intentionally looking) or ones that were just wore out. The Pro V1 was not designed or intended for range use, but I thought they held up pretty good for the first 5 months or so...much better than I expected. This is what 850 dz Pro V1 Practice balls look like: This is kinda neat...this is what a bucket of 300 new Pro V1 looks like. It's not too often that you get to rip one brand new ball after another on the range, so it's pretty fun when you get the chance: And this is what a brand new Pro V1 looks like when it's been run through the brand new ball washer which has a damaged or misaligned part somewhere. That mark cannot be cleaned or removed and several hundred balls were run through the washer before it was noticed:
  4. If it works for you, that’s all that matters. If you can get the same distance and accuracy or better with a club you feel more confident playing then make the switch.
  5. My story: At first I decided to start playing golf because of work. What a cliché. However, until today, I have not played a round of "business golf". Motivated by viewing videos of Bubba Watson hitting it around 400 yards, I decided to buy a new set of clubs from Dunlop for around $100. At the driving range my first swing ever was with the driver - I missed the ball three times in a row, followed by the worst impact rolling the ball a few steps in front of me. My first game: A few months later I played my first round - it was with my father-in-law and his golf buddies (who tried to teach me "the way" all at the same time). We paid the caddy an extra tip because of how bad I played; I hit fat shots and we eventually gave up searching for my golf balls after I lost my third. After my first round, my wrist and back hurt badly for a few weeks I learned to respect the game and it motivated me to eventually take lessons and get better. I love golf, even though I gave up hitting it 400 yards 🙂 What's your story?
  6. I had to resurrect this one. Lyle's passing was heartbreaking. I'm a stage 4 survivor myself. The treatment regimen was punishing. When Lyle decided to pull the plug on it, I had empathy for that. But, man I want everybody to win 😔. I like to consider myself a fairly rugged dude, but without my wife and daughters, boy, I don't know...
  7. I've not played either one, but I've driven past Spanish Point. I know Spanish Point is 9 holes, Kilkee is 18. They are both relatively short, a little over 5000 yards. It looks as if Kilkee is on a rocky headland, so may not be terrible "links-ish", while Spanish Point is above a sandy beach, so more likely to have the sand base of a proper links, and I remember seeing some dunes when driving past. I don't think you can go wrong. You could also consider the Castle Course at Lahinch. That runs through some semi-level "tumbling" land inland of the Championship Course. If you just have a little time, there's a little pitch-and-putt course between Lahinch and Lisconnor.
  8. So you've joined the site and posted a thread in the Member Swings forum , eh? Good for you! And if nobody's said it yet, welcome to The Sand Trap! This post will list a few quick things intended to help you make the most of the free advice you'll receive in your "My Swing" thread. Details First, if you haven't already, provide as much detail as possible. Share detail about your recent history, any past lessons you've had, any physical limitations you may have, the works. The more detailed information you can give us, the better. Honesty is the Best Policy Your handicap - and your skill level - are what they are. There's absolutely no need to fib to some strangers on the Internet about them. If you have trouble hitting the ball solidly, and you're a 19 handicapper, you won't be helping yourself to say that you're an 11 who just fades the ball a bit more than you'd like. Be honest with yourself, and be honest with others. Post Elsewhere and Mind Your Camera Angles These are mentioned in the "Rules" thread linked at the top of the Member Swings forum, but they bear repeating here as well. First, please mind your camera angles. This article explains where to set up your camera for filming your golf swing. Good camera angles help people diagnose things more readily and more accurately. Also, post somewhere else. We understand if the ability to get a "free" analysis of sorts is what drew you to the site, but there are a LOT more other threads in which you can post, share your opinions, tell us about yourself, etc. The upside for you? The more friendly you are, and the more people get to know you, the more they'll want to help you out. Several of our long-time members have a "following" in their "My Swing" threads with people cheering them on, helping them out, and watching their progress. You get more help from people who consider you a "friend" than someone who just showed up and wants some free tips. Multiple "Tips" and Prioritization So you've posted, and gotten lots of tips from people. It's no secret that Mike ( @mvmac ) and myself (Erik, @iacas ) are instructors. I'm even the guy that trains instructors, including Mike, in a system we call "5 Simple Keys®." 5SK is not a "one-swing" method, but rather focuses on the five commonalities of the game's best players. You can read more about that here . The point of that is that we don't teach "one swing" to anyone here, but feel fairly strongly that any swing advice you get should pretty much help with one of five keys. That doesn't mean the person has to say "this will help with Key #2" or even talk about 5SK at all. What this really gets down to is prioritization. It's almost impossible to try to work on several things at once. Even working on two or three things at once is virtually impossible. So we recommend that you use 5SK as a sort of "template" for guiding you towards proper prioritization. - If you struggle most hitting the ball solidly every time you swing: look at tips that speak to Keys #1-#3. - If you struggle with controlling the flight of your golf ball, but strike it solidly all the time: look at tips that speak to Keys #4 and #5. Your job? Once you've got some feedback, it's to assess the biggest problems in your game against the tips and advice you receive, then, choose only one priority item on which to work. Sometimes it's as easy as doing what the majority of people see. Sometimes you have to apply your history and understanding to choose your priority item. Sometimes your priority will be whatever the person you trust most says it is. Whatever your reasoning, try to find a single priority item, post that you're going to work on that, and let others know. Then… Work on It The best advice in the world is wasted if you don't apply it. So, once you've found your priority, work on it. What do we mean by that? Well, we don't mean to just take the tip to the range or your next round of golf and "try it out" while making full swings or keeping score. What does "work on it" really mean? Basically, it means that you should apply the 5 "S"s of Effective Practice: (this is unrelated to 5SK). Follow Up! A fellow member gives you advice. You use his advice, practice properly, and shave three strokes off your game or eliminate your slice. Unless you update your thread, the other member might never know they helped you, so update your thread and thank the guy who helped you out! Heck, update the thread while you're working on it too. Use it as a journal for the feels and videos of your practice. Post regularly. You'll continue to get more and more feedback, and more and more tips. People will begin to "follow along" with your journey towards improvement. All of these tips above are designed to help YOU get the most out of YOUR "My Swing" thread. Again, welcome to The Sand Trap .com (TST), and be sure to check out our blog , our equipment and courses sections, and of course the many other threads available for comment and chit-chat and so on in our forum .
  9. iacas

    Dan Jenkins, RIP

    His Ownself: Dan Jenkins, legendary sports writer, passes away at 89 - Golf Digest The legendary sports writer, a Golf Digest staffer and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, died on Thursday at age 89 I never cared much for his books, but I greatly enjoyed his tweets and many of his regular articles.
  10. Y'know, I see post after post after post on here where people either complain about their hip slide and their lack of rotation near impact or people recommend that you rotate more. You know what a lot of pros work on that you never hear them talk about? Getting their hips to slide forward, to push forward all the way to impact. It's easy to be misled, too. Even Hogan's Five Fundamentals book talks about "bumping" the left hip and then rotating through the ball, but that's not really what Hogan did. It's not what Tiger does. It's not what Sergio Garcia does. Contrary to what Golf Magazine and Golf Digest will tell you, better players are often quite a bit more open at impact than amateurs: around 40° or so with their hips, and 15-20° or so with their torsos. Amateurs are often square or even closed with both of those numbers. Here are a bunch of images for everyone. We'll start with one I've used a few times already: Here's Tiger hitting a 9-iron of all things. Took the photo with my iPhone and I apologize for the DVR banner being in the first one, but the position is nearly exactly the same and it wouldn't really matter - the camera position didn't change: And remember, that's a 9-iron. This is a big one so I'll just link to it: Tiger and Geoff posted up on their left side at the follow through . Nick Faldo in his prime: Some others (Baddeley, Scott, Faxon, Howell III, Montgomerie, Duval, Els): Note also Kenny Perry's rolled right foot. He's not a short hitter either. Click this for a final image showing the impact positions of quite a few pros. Check that out and compare them to the hip and shoulder positions of most amateurs at impact. You'll notice a few things: Pros hips are open to the target line at impact. Amateurs tend to be either (rarely) open quite a lot at impact or very close to square to the line (far more common) because they've pushed their butts toward the golf ball and are straightening up, which slows down pivot speed. The left hip of the pros is much higher than the right (because it's pushing towards the target as it rotates). Amateurs tend to have very flat, level hips at this point. Their shoulders are closed relative to their hips. Even Chris DiMarco - a pronounced fader of the golf ball - has his shoulders closed relative to his hips. Amateurs often (not always) reverse this and get the shoulders more open than the hips. This all ties into the hip slide. The longer you push your hips forward towards the target line, the longer your hands can remain on plane to deliver the clubhead on the plane. The instant your hips start spinning open without going forward, the hands, clubhead, and shoulders all kick out over top of the plane, leading to a pull, a cut, a slice, or even a fade if you have absolutely perfect timing, but good luck with that. Drill for this: put something (a little tripod perhaps between your knees, closer to your right knee than your left, and just towards the ball. Hit balls moving your right knee towards the target, not out towards the ball. You want to feel the right foot roll over onto the instep, the knee to bank inwards (again towards the target), and not to go out towards the ball where it'll hit the tripod or stick or whatever you've got positioned there. FWIW, here I am demonstrating this: I've circled and drawn lines on a few things. As with all of the above, they're not super-precise, but they're close. First note the right heel and the knee. In the left photo the heel is lifting because the knee is kicking in. The hips are open and the shoulders, pre-impact, are already open. The hips and shoulders are the second thing to notice. The last thing to notice is what it did to my club. Clearly the position on the right is a better position. The tripod is visible in the image on the right.
  11. For all the things that work has caused in my life lately, I now know I can take Masters' Fri-Sat-Sun off and focus on watching the golf. Now I just can't wait
  12. @bkuehn1952 keep a few extra days, it's supposed to be 60 by Thursday, someplace nearby will have pin on the greens for that.
  13. Technically the swing weight will be fractionally lighter with extensions vs. one solid shaft of same length assuming you use the same material for the extension and not a lighter one. That being said, I don't think you will have any issues with simple 1/2 inch extensions. Would probably do that first.
  14. Early 90’s I was a warehouse worker looking to move up. I noticed all the guys who had the jobs I wanted had two thing in common, they all had college degrees and they all golfed so I enrolled at the community college and started hitting the little whiffle balls in my yard with the one very old iron I found in my garage. One day my boss saw me hitting the whiffle balls while on lunch, he brought me in an old set of clubs and we started hitting the range. I’ve been hooked ever since.
  15. January 18, 2005!
  16. Well guys here is the finished product. Once tip was installed and grip the shaft length ended up being 45.5 inches. I decided to leave it at standard length and play it there. I can always go back and trim if needed but hoping I won't have too. I did do one thing that the next time I won't. I put the grip on yesterday before installing it on the head making the grip major label underneath which is no big deal since I usually install them under anyway. First super stroke grip I have used and kinda wanted it on top lol but no big deal. Hopefully I'll get to try this baby on Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Thanks for the help appreciate everyone's input.
  17. Getting Introduced: I had been around golf growing up as I had a couple of uncles who played at the local country club. I recall having an iron or two at home with a couple of golf balls we would hit back and forth. Still no real interest. In the late 90's a friend gave me his old set (a mix of Spalding, MacGregor, and Lynx irons and "real" woods). My joy at that time was to take varying irons to the local softball outfield where I would try to hit the balls to a given spot. I quickly learned I had a lot to learn. As I was not in a place where I could get on a course, I chose to put the clubs back in the back till this past summer. My FIrst Real Time on the Course: Fast fwd to around '09 where I went on a company trip that included a team building exercise involving best ball play with some very good players. I was the "D" player though I felt more like a "Z" as I had no idea of what I was doing. The exercise playing the back nine and I had fun slicing, hooking and worm burning the ball. When we were thru, my boss and a couple others wanted to play the front nine. I was asked to join if I wanted. I said I would like to as I was starting to get the itch. I was totally dismal on the drives and after the 2nd hole, a friend offered to let me play his tee shots. I politely declined as I wanted to do well, he said that I may want to use the 3 wood as it is easier to hit. The next hole I nailed the drive and I was hooked. By the end of the round, my friend Rudy said I had learned more in those 9 holes than most learned in a life time. I told him I was "retiring" as I would never be better than that day and I did not want to spend a fortune trying to get there again. Now: This past summer our church's men's group started having a monthly 9-hole best ball outing. My 2nd oldest son wanted to go, so I drug out the old starter set complete with the real woods and dry rotted grips and away we went. The foursome we were in included a couple of course regulars so we followed their lead. I truly enjoyed the day, more because of my time with him than anything else. Yet I still remember the 8th hole where the magic happened. My tee shot was the best, my approach put us within 15' of the hole and I was the only one to make the hole in one putt. As one of the guys said, "You truly owned the hole". I was hooked on the enjoyment of the game.
  18. I grew up out in the country with just under 2 acres of land with abut 1/2 mowed. I had a few highly mis-snatched hand me down clubs (including two with wood shafts) so I was always whacking away it a few balls (mostly out of round, I guess). Asked for some clubs on the birthday after I graduated 8th grade and got some used MacGregor junior clubs. The next summer, my brother had some friends who golfed so I was the one to tag along and make up the foursome. It stayed that way through HS. I added a few longer clubs from time to time to the point where I almost had no clubs from the same manufacturer! I still have that first score card somewhere in my storage memorabilia. I ended up 31 over par mainly due to the killer slice I had and my (then) inability to read greens. But it was fun!! Got better fairly quickly and within 5 years I upgraded my clubs and dropped, for a while, into a single digit HC. Then I got married and that created another reality for my game.
  19. I have been hitting golf balls on a golf course for most of my life. It was really only golf in the sense we used golf balls and clubs and hit from the tee to the hole. We didn't know the rules, took as many mulligans as we wanted, and drank copious amounts of alcohol. I would play about two "rounds of golf" a year. Then, one day I stopped for about 15-years. Now to, what I consider, my first round of golf: I normally take the day after the Super Bowl off to recover from the previous day's debauchery. Last year (2018), I woke up on that fateful Monday feeling quite good and the weather was a balmy 70 degrees outside. Being bored, I decided to dig up the old clubs and beat some balls around a local muni course. I shot a 98 on a par 66 course without counting my penalties or mulligans, but I became absolutely hooked. The very next week I went and bought a new set of clubs. I read and learned the rules and started playing by them... all the time. I was tracking my index on a website which showed my index to be a 36. Unsatisfied with my level of performance, I started lessons, joined a work related league and played as often as I could get out. Fast forward to today. My official March 1st index is 19.0 and I am playing in my first tournament tomorrow. I practice or play about two hours a day. My coach and I have set a goal for me to reach a 12 index by the end of the season.
  20. Yooooo that Nike SQ driver was nuts, sounded like hitting cue balls with an aluminum baseball bat
  21. My dad introduce me to the game of golf as a way to hang out together when I was a kid. It just became something him and I would go do. Then I just got hooked on the game. I think I was about 13 or 14 years old.
  22. No. You have to find an older thread.
  23. You may have just won the award for resurrecting the oldest thread. 14 years, 1 month, 15 days.
  24. As long as the Tour chooses to play under the Rules of Golf, they can't make that kind of local rule. With a few exceptions, they're not allowed to make rules that add penalties where the rules don't include them, and are not allowed to eliminate penalties. This is from Committee Procedures, Section 8:
  25. I'd choose the 10, but it should be based on what course conditions you typically play (soft, firm, etc) and if you are steeper or more shallow. Here is a thread that talks about bounce for wedges. The bounce advice in there for a 58 would also apply to a 60.
  26. I would definitely try it. I've long had an intimate relationship with trees on the golf course. If there is a shot that can be attempted, I've tried it, and sometimes with good success. I did one like that from about 230 out with a 3W and with a smaller gap, and made birdie from what looked like a bogey or worse. Okay, I admit that the first attempt I missed the gap and hit the left tree without killing myself. Since I was so successful on the first try, I did it again, and put the second attempt one foot off the front of the green, and made the putt for birdie 4. Those are the sort shots I remember best from my 45 year affair with golf, so I'll probably keep trying to pull them off until I can no longer swing a club.
  27. Easily. My shank would come nowhere near either tree.
  28. Even better then! It's got 17° bounce and it launched at about 50° despite having only 54° loft. I've done the shot multiple times with my 60°, so I apologize for not looking at the description and for assuming. The ball launched above the 85% idea because it was an NXT Tour in that video, not a Pro V1 that I normally will use. Surlyn covers launch higher. At the end of the day, I'm recommending wedges with: A lot of bounce/glide. A narrow camber/sole. A good amount of heel/toe relief. They're the best of many worlds: forgiveness, versatility, etc. That said, if by "none" you mean "high" for your handicap index, a wider sole may be more forgiving for you out of bunkers and softer conditions, as even a high-bounce wedge with a narrow sole can dig more than you might like. You'll give up the versatility, though.
  29. Imagine a sole a foot wide, with 40 degrees of bounce. Also imagine concrete. You'd have to lean the shaft forward 40 degrees to use the clubface. So yeah, typically people want less (within reason) for hard pan/tight lies. The alternative is shaft lean, which delofts the club.
  30. @Roenie you can find it. With a little shaft lean you reduce bounce anyway.
  31. Wikipedia defines the four stages of competence as: Unconscious incompetence - The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn. Conscious incompetence - Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage. Conscious competence - The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill. Unconscious competence - The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become "second nature" and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned. It comes with a picture that I've included to the right. Consider how you learned to ride a bike. You started off being incompetent, for sure. Before you knew that you could ride a bike, or how you might even start to go about doing it, you were unconsciously incompetent. You didn't even understand how to ride a bike. At some point you hopped on a bike and swerved all over the place for the four feet you traveled before you hopped off or fell over. You knew that you were incompetent, hence, conscious incompetence. Slowly you figured out that it was all about balance. You knew what you had to do - balance, and lift your feet up, and pedal, and steer too. And you were thinking about all of these things as you were riding your bike. Your four feet turned into ten, then a hundred, then halfway down the block before you crashed because you tried to turn around in a driveway. You crossed over from being consciously incompetent to consciously competent somewhere in there (depending on how you define competence). For a more specific example, the first time you get a bike with dual hand brakes (one controls the front wheel, one the back wheel) you started off having to think about which brake to apply (never just the front one!). You could do so, but there was always a partial second of thought like "which one is it again?" Then after a short while, you can hop on your bike and go. You can turn. You can brake. You're clearly competent, and you can do those things while thinking about how much of a bummer it is that Jenny doesn't like you back, and that your parents are mean, and that you can't wait for your baseball game tomorrow. You are unconsciously competent - you don't have to think about riding a bike at all. For a more recent example, consider how you learned to drive. At first you had to remember all sorts of things, and think about them, even which way to flick the stick to signal a left turn. Now, you just hop in your car and go. This all applies to golf, as well, and this thread is how you do it: Let's take, for example, a golfer who just goes out and plays golf. Let's say he shoots in the 90s and hits the ball fat, thin, and all over the map. He goes to take a lesson. Why? Because he's unconsciously incompetent. He knows he's incompetent, yes, but he doesn't know why or what he should work on first. So his instructor films him and says "you need to work on Key #2: your weight does not go forward at all in your downswing." Bam: the golfer is now consciously incompetent. He knows what the fault is, but still can't do it right. So the instructor gives him some drills. He demonstrates. He has the golfer do things in slow motion and with shorter swings. The golfer is still consciously incompetent. He still can't do the move properly. He can do it better, but it still may not be competent. So the golfer keeps working. He knows what he's doing wrong, how to fix it, and eventually when doing drills or actively thinking about a feeling, he can do it (as well as he can be expected to, which may not be perfect). He's become consciously competent. Eventually, the golfer notices more and more that he's able to do this - he's trained himself to do this - without having to think about it so much. Maybe it's a swing thought, or something he practices with a little half practice swing before he hits his shot, but it's not something he's actively thinking about while hitting the ball. So, a question for you all: at what point should the golfer above seek out instruction for his full swing? There are three possible answers, IMO, but the first - Time #1 - is a given: at any point in step 1 the golfer should seek out instruction, because he's both incompetent and lacks a road map or the knowledge to do anything differently to improve. Take a moment to think about it, and then scroll down. Here are the other times when a golfer should seek instruction. Remember that Time #1 is when the golfer is incompetent and doesn't know what to do to improve. He's "unconscious" (doesn't know) and "incompetent" (bad at the thing). Here are the other times: Time #2: When the golfer is unconsciously competent, or in the middle of step 4, he's ready for new information. If he can achieve Key #2 reasonably well during the downswing without having to think about it, he is ready to work on something else - to go back to step 1 and work on shallowing his shaft in the transition, or achieving inline impact, or something else. It's inadvisable for the golfer to seek out new instruction when he's in the middle of the third step - the golf swing happens too quickly to consciously think about two things during one swing. Occasionally we'll give students two things, but we typically only do so when one is a backswing thought and the other is a downswing thought, and even then we will caution them to work on only one thing at a time. I'll say something like "yeah, hit four balls thinking about this one, and then three balls thinking about the other one. It helps things stay fresh and staves off boredom or complacency." Time #3: When the golfer is struggling to move from conscious incompetence to conscious competence, he should seek out instruction. He knows what's wrong, but for one reason or another, is having trouble actually correcting it. It may range from the student not really understanding the drills or things he was given (note: that doesn't mean he's unconsciously incompetent - he still knows what he's trying to improve, just not how to do it), or that he's overdone them so much that he's almost created a new problem, or that he's just forgotten the feel that clicked during a lesson and a text to the instructor may be all he needs to get back on track. Golfers screw this stuff up all the time. They seek out a lesson when they're between steps 2 and 3. More commonly, they seek out instruction when they're dead smack in the middle of step 3 - they can make really good swings (for them) when they're actively thinking about their "piece," but it hasn't sunk in yet to where it's truly unconscious. Golfers also almost never really achieve complete unconscious competence, either. Unlike riding a bike, golfers tend to slowly revert back to what's natural, or form some new bad habits. When a PGA Tour player says something like "I have a tendency to get a little stuck sometimes. I worked on it all winter and was playing well in the first half of the season, but it got away from me a bit around the British Open." What that golfer is saying is that he was in step 3 in the off-season, worked to get it pretty deep into step 4, but as he played in tournaments and pro-ams and had some good finishes and then worked on his putting stroke and his bunker play and hitting the driver a bit higher, he slowly slipped back into step 3 territory: conscious competence. He still knows what he has to fix, and how to fix it, but it's slipped back into where he can probably only do it when he's thinking about it. He's just across the line - he might even win tournaments with a swing thought related to getting stuck. I'll conclude with a question for all of you. We see this golfer on TST all the time, and it's something that plagues a lot of golfers on the Internet. This golfer seeks out a ton of information. They read a lot, watch a lot of videos, and absorb a ton. They can tell you fifteen things wrong with their swing. They can point out the various quirks of different Tour players, and are often dogmatic about what makes a good golf swing. They seem to "know" a lot of stuff… So the question: what zone are they in? Why?
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