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  1. Do your usual set up....then right before you’d take your shot...stop. Set down a stick or a club, walk behind and see where your club face is pointing. There’s a good chance that if you’re aimed properly you’re taking the club out to in like a bunker shot and slightly closing your face prior to impact and pulling your shot left. This would work great in wet grass so you could see your brush mark and maybe see if you in fact changed your face from its original alignment.
  2. This is cool. Impressive how he's been able to get bigger but improve/maintain his mobility and move faster. This is Chris Como's living room btw. One thing to take note of with Bryson and Finau is how fast their backswings are and how "active" they are before the swing.
  3. Makes perfect sense to me. I suspect that you are looking at this from the standpoint of annoyance. Try it from a business angle. A golf course has to make money, which makes it a business much like a convenience store that won't let you in without a shirt or a luxury restaurant that demands a tie - and not like a public park where you might play baseball. As such they really do get to decide how the patrons dress. Dance clubs, social clubs, golf clubs. Pretty much all clubs do this because it projects what they want the club to be viewed as. Like it or not, when you are a customer, you are subject to customs.
  4. I fed the mosquitoes today. I didn't want to get bored just standing there, so I decided to hit some golf balls. These are all the pieces together. Honestly I kind of stopped thinking about the left shoulder/hip back piece, and I haven't worked on it in a while. I think that was the easiest piece to incorporate. Still doing the laid off shaft move via transition. Doing that simultaneously with the right knee bend move. Invoking my inner Justin Thomas. Need to make sure I don't feel the arms lift in my backswing because they lift enough on their own. When I feel them lift, the hands get too high, and when the hands get too high, they sometimes don't come down enough and I top the shit out of the ball. I think these swings are good. Need to keep the little details in check. Right now it's small stuff that's making a big difference in how I strike the ball. Don't lift the arms. Knee bend instead of squatting. Looks like the club is tipping out a little bit. Explains why I'm hitting cuts. If I keep the hips moving the hands won't roll over and I won't hit hooks. I'm perfectly happy with that.
  5. So this was actually a week ago but wanted to show my first time shooting par for 9 holes! It took a 50 yard pitch in for eagle and a quality birdie on 9 to do it but I was pretty ecstatic. I wasn't terrible on the back outside of about a 15-20 minute stretch on holes 13-14 where I forgot how to play golf for some reason and that stopped me from breaking 80 for the first time but not a bad day especially on these parking lots they're trying to pass off as greens out here lol.
  6. Went back to where I grew up today to play the 1st course I ever played. Was going into my freshman year of high school in summer of ‘93 the first time I saw the course and promptly barely broke 70 that day... for 9 holes. Fast forward to today and met up with an old high school friend who is a member. He had a pass to get me $24 off the round which would have normally been $34 for green fees and cart so I was already winning before I even hit my 1st drive. Course opens with what I find to be the toughest hole on the course. 420 yard par 4. Ripped a driver down right side of fairway and have a 9 iron in which is certainly the shortest approach I’ve ever had there. I pushed the approach tho and after a decent chip I narrowly missed the par putt and opened with a bogey. Pars at 2-6 made the day look better tho. Horrible SW to a back pin at 7 I flew over the green cost me another bogey tho but bounced back at par 3 8th by sticking an 8 iron to 5 feet and rolled in the bird to get back to +1. Par at 9 gave me the lowest 9 hole total of +1 36 that I’ve ever posted on the course. Back side wasn’t so great. Had to hit a stinger for my 2nd at 10 to stay under the trees left. Ran through the green and missed the par save. Par at 11 and 12 were lost opportunities. Drive left at par 5 11th left me behind a series of trees and although I only needed a 7 iron to reach in 2 I had to play right of the green and chip on. Drove the green at 12 and 3 jacked it for par. Lost opportunity. Still only +2 at that moment tho so freaking good. 13 my 9 iron off the tee left me short sided in a bunker and couldn’t make the save. Now I’m 3 over. Drive left at 14 and behind trees so no chance yo go for green in 2. Made par. 15 left my birdie putt so short I was fortunate to make the par. 16-18 were all bogeys.Great drive at 16 and wasted it by missing green with a gap wedge. 17 I didn’t use enough club off the tee. Flushed a 5 iron and came up a club short. 18 hit a bomb off the tee and missed green with a gap wedge. End of the day a 77 is normally not something to complain about but I left several shots out there. Feel like I should have shot 72-73 today.
  7. I suggest the post-round kiss instead of the post-round handshake:
  8. I don't think we go anywhere with the debate. It's ONE (very unique) guy doing something that I would wager the rest of the PGA Tour have absolutely ZERO interest in doing/maintaining. Who else is going to work as hard as Bryson has in the gym? Who else is going to force feed themselves 6-8 times a day to hit the high caloric intake needed to maintain the amount of mass he's put on? Who else has the IQ to even do what he's doing? I'm just not buying into this whole "BrYsOn iS cHaNgInG" how golf will be played thing. I'm in the camp of thinking that Bryson will go down in golf history as being a very unique and determined individual who played the game how he wanted. I also think the debate of modified equipment is dumb. What are they going to do, make a golf ball for all the 280-300 guys to still let them hit that distance and then make a different golf ball for increments of 10/20 yards for the rest so that they are tuned back down to 280-300? Then make "SuPeR" special balls for guys like Rory, Champ, Wolff, etc? Then on top of that are they going to make a "SuPeR dUpEr" special ball for the Kraken Slaying God of a Man himself AKA BRYSON "THE HOUSE" DeCHAMBEAU??? Give me a break...
  9. Some comments from a GOLF.COM article after Bryson's win: John Wood, PGA Tour caddie for Matt Kuchar (@Johnwould😞 Bryson seems to have broken the code for Bryson. And I think he has transferred what has been done at the long driving competitions for a while now to highly competitive golf. I couldn’t be more impressed. I was watching today and thought how economical this type of game is to practice. You practice drivers, wedges, chips and putting. He won’t often have to hit mid-irons, ever. Maybe a couple a day to par-5s. But for the most part, playing the game like he is playing it, and how courses are allowing him to play it through setup, why would you spend the time on fairway woods and hybrids and long/mid-irons when they will be used so seldom. Sean Zak, senior editor (@Sean_Zak😞 I like what John said. Bryson found Bryson’s template — bomb it a mile, hit easier clubs into greens and if you putt well you’ll win. The difference between his template and other players’ is that his template works better at 80 percent of courses on Tour. That’s the bottom line. It makes it hard to imagine him missing the cut at a cookie-cutter Tour course. Does it work in Scotland? It’s hard to say right now, but across parkland America, he’s going to be dominating if he putts well. Here is an interesting graphic (from Geoff Shackelford blog post); illustrates the difference between Bryson and the rest of the field at Detroit Golf Club and hole #1 Also from a Geoff Shackleford blog post: A few stats of note: First player in the 16 years of ShotLink and “Strokes Gained” to lead a field in both driving and putting. Averaged 350.6 on the eight measuring holes, compared to a field average of 301.5. He averaged 329.8 on all drives at tree-lined Detroit Golf Club, compared to the field’s 297.6 average. DeChambeau reached 23-under-par to win by three strokes over Matthew Wolff, who started the day three ahead. Wolff hit five more fairways for the week, if that means anything (38/56 to Bryson’s 33/56). According to CBS’s Jim Nantz, DeChambeau’s drives Sunday ended up 423 yards longer than playing partner Troy Merritt’s. And 143 yards longer than Wolff’s tee shots on the non-par-3s. There are, of course, issues that come with all of this madness. In no particular order: I get more questions asking if there is drug testing instead of equipment or COVID-19 testing. Half of most social media posts regarding DeChambeau descend into unfair character assassination about the naturalness of the weight and strength gain without any evidence this is something other than just hard work and an excessive diet. There are undoubtedly kids and parents watching and sending junior to the gym instead of our to play or practice golf. This has always been a risk of allowing golf to become a long drive contest, and now we have an extreme example to inspire a movement. Even with CBS having their best production yet, highlighted by some excellent storytelling around the DeChambeau dominance, the sight of driver-wedge golf and 8-irons into par-5s lacks any significant give-and-take between player and course. I’m not saying it’s boring, but there is less satisfaction in watching a course unable to call on a variety of skills. The obvious question of such a dominant and shocking performance: where do we go from here on the distance debate?
  10. Upper back expansion has improved, been able to change my rib cage from a wide to a narrow in two weeks. This week the focus was more on the hips. Ties into what Dr. Kwon recommended with more pelvic tilt and less hip turn. Really like how the club and shaft are loading, not banking inside like I tend to do. Hit some really solid shots, whole idea is create some more inclination and loading with the pelvis so it's easier to "compress" it on the downswing. Here's a swing from today after the round. Sticking with the same theme and experimenting with a slightly different feel to get the internal rotation. Feeling like I'm "pushing" the ground away with the inside of my right foot on the backswing and with both feet on the downswing. Compared to a random swing from a couple months ago. Can really see the difference with the right leg/hip.
  11. The wild thing about this swing is that ... I don't want to say it looked effortless, but it looked effortless. Every time Bryson swings a driver it looks like his eyes are going to explode out of his head.
  12. Hey Sand Trappers, I've been lurking for a while on the forum while getting my game back on track. Soooooo, I decided to get active again in the community. It was about 10 years ago that I started my Tourspoon Blog which chronicled my first return to the game and getting back down to 4.5 handicap. Well a lot of life has happened since then and now I am in a great position to get back on the path and see what I can do. After a few practice sessions and a couple of rounds, I posted a 77 yesterday which just sparked some major excitement in this new chapter! Anyway, glad to see some old members still here and ready to interact with some new players. So without further ado, Let's Go! TourSpoon
  13. Yeah, that's better, but you're right: you can still do a "little" bit of the "chest down" "eat the ball" "knee compression" move. Ties to the "fall" move. To others: Bill should know what those all mean. They're not necessarily something you (the "others") have to worry about.
  14. I wouldn't use anything more abrasive than a Scotch-Brite pad. Scratches are normal and sanding them will remove material from the club head. I clean my heads and grips, regularly, with nothing more than hot water and a soft-bristled brush.
  15. If you are hitting your 7i consistently +160 carry, then you have the swing speed to play long irons. I don't think you need an equipment change unless you wanted a 4H for your 4i. Totally agree. In addition, the urge to try to help the ball into the air is much greater with longer irons. I would suggest: Choke down an inch on these clubs, at least until you feel more comfortable with how you hit them Work on maintaining the same tempo with long irons as your 7i Learn to trust the loft of the club. It took me a long time to trust that my 5i has 26 degrees of loft - it doesn't look like it compared to a 7i, but it does.
  16. I can't speak to your clubs, but it's not a hollow or cavity-back vs blade or an era difference (unless you're talking about the hickory days, I don't have clubs from that era). It's simply a function of club design. Irons within a set have the same playing height when presented at address, so as the loft gets higher, more material is required to maintain it. If you look at a club head from the FO view like a right triangle, if a is the height of the club at address and c is the height of the clubface, as the loft of a head increases (angle bc gets more acute), in order to maintain a, c and b must increase. Mizuno MP4 6i and PW: 6i face: PW face: Same thing with my Apex II's from 1979, 5i vs PW:
  17. Hey Zippo, I have a subcutaneous defibrillator. It differs from the "typical" defib or pacemaker in that I do not have any leads directly into my heart. The generator is placed under my left armpit and a lead/probe goes just below my left pec and finally right up my sternum. In the event of cardiac arrest or some potentially fatal arrhythmia, I will receive a shock directly through my sternum. When I started golfing after my implant, it felt very tight initially during swings. Now I don't even notice I have a device while golfing. I would think if your device is in the "normal placement" location, you won't notice it at all while swinging. Hopefully you'll heal quickly and be back to playing soon.
  18. You are herewith forbidden to check the price on something you were given as a gift! If it was worth it to your husband, that's all that matters. And obviously YOU are worth it.
  19. Here is something for all you fathers passing on your love of the game to your son or daughter. Tiger talking about his son's game.
  20. You're not a 4.7? Normally I detest the "meta" conversations so much I just ignore stuff like this. But you know, then people just get to spout whatever stupid opinions they've got largely uncontested, and for the heck of it, today, I'm going to reply. And because it's my forum, and I get to make the rules, and because this IS "meta," this is the end of it. No replies, from anyone, on the meta bullshit, after this one. Why should I "don't follow or participate"? It's my forum, and I saw an opportunity to share some information about laying up versus going for it. You were giving what was, in my opinion, "bad" information, and I generally don't like "bad" information being shared on my forum. It's that simple. The truth of the matter is that you got your panties in a twist because I disagreed with you. Why should I have to ignore you? I don't. Uhm, yeah, I've always been one to share my opinions and back them up with data, facts, etc. where possible. Man, how shitty is that? You're butt-hurt I didn't agree with you. Neither happened, and never really has. The moderators can all tell you how stupid a thing that was to say. Non-spam posts are almost never deleted, and we ban people less frequently than virtually any other forum I've ever seen. Heck, the fact that we don't is why people build up this huge long history of taking disagreement personally and getting all butt-hurt about it, like you've done.
  21. DaveP043

    GHIN Reports?

    I think you can add these members to your clubs roster, as a second club. their primary will still be inFlorida. once they're on your roster, you may be able to include them in your reports.
  22. Shot 85 today for the first time in the 80's! Played Wyandot Golf Course, which is short, 68.40/111/5610, but feels great to reach one of my 2020 goals of breaking into the 80's by the end of the season this early. Stoked at the level of play lately and where my game is trending.
  23. Round 2 results: . . . . . . Different groupings and different weather conditions (hot with gusty winds out of the northeast; IMO ideal for this course). The pros were grouped with a 12 and 6 (the 12 shot his career best). I played with 3 other mid to high single digits. Member 1 and Member 3 were paired with a former Div 1 collegiate woman golfer and a 10. Member #1 – 67 Pro #2 – 68 Pro #1 – 70 Me – 74 Member #3 – 77 For S&G’s the former Div1 collegiate played from the woman’s tees and shot 86. Nerves were nonexistent (probably because the pros were playing ahead of me). Hyper focused would be the best way to describe my mindset. Only missed 2 fairways (both misses were small misses) and hit 14 greens. Iron play could have been better and was battling a slight case of the lefts. Was +1 heading into 17 and tripled. 18 is a legit birdie hole and I missed a 6 footer. Solid round with one major mistake. Member 1 played his usual consistent game. Member 3 struggled off the tee and had to scramble. Both pros played well from tee to green but never got anything going on the greens. Will post Round 3 results later today….. lol, then don't follow or participate. Better yet, block me. Problem solved. You are something else, same BS many years later..... And for the rest of you, screen shot this response because it will be deleted. Or maybe I'll get banned 🤣
  24. Nick "Old School" Faldo commented during the Rocket Mortgage Classic that Bryson DeChambeau was getting inconsistent wedge yardages due to using graphite shafts. So TXG Tour Experience Golf set out to test that hypothesis. The bottom line: no difference performance wise between a graphite shafted and a steel shafted iron. See the video
  25. No thanks… the stats are illustrative of what has happened and what will continue to happen. The PGA Tour has thick rough, and you missed my point: I doubt your greens are faster/firmer than on the PGA Tour. And don't get me wrong: I'm not saying always hit it to 50-70 instead of 110, but… most of the time, it makes more sense to hit from 60 than 110. A few million shots hit by players of many ability levels say so.
  26. Are the greens harder/fater than the PGA Tour? Because… if not, then no, they're not "less desirable" at all. https://thesandtrap.com/gallery/image/41-strokes-gained-table-5-2/ Those numbers hold up (trend similarly) for basically all golfers.
  27. I am taking a lesson tonight, scheduled it with the Teaching Pro at the Club my wife and i joined in June. This lesson is going out on the course to work on course management. i wanted to take this lesson to get my head screwed on straight while golfing and to see if i click correctly with this young man before taking more lessons. Let me back up for a second, let me get myself and anyone on here who may care caught up - no negative intended with that statement, ok. I am 57 1/2 years old. Yump as you age the half years start to come back as in when you were 7 1/2 years old. I have been playing golf for 50 years. Let that sink in for a moment. This is my 50th year of golf. I still have the very first 7 iron and putter that my dad taught me to golf with. In fact i have only owned 4 Putters my entire 50 years of golf and i still have all 4 Putters. My dad was the very best Golf Instructor i have ever been around - flat out. For some reason our entire life i never doubted him and always knew when it came to Golf, he was The Man. Many people that knew him would agree with this. i no longer have him to talk to, that's the hard part of life. In my 50 years of golf i have been a 7 year old just learning, to a nervous wreck in 7th Grade playing Varsity Golf (lot of older kids were ticked off that i beat them out) to taking the game way to serious in attempting to get to Scratch to well where i am today. i have played under Par, would get upset for not breaking 80 - i just got out of control with the quest to scratch in my 20s. I hated the game then. So i quit for a couple years, not 100% i would play a couple times a year and just go thru a course and shot an 85. This tore my dad apart, i regret that period of time and wish i was more mature then and handled it correctly. i really miss not playing golf with my Dad when i could try and stay with him. Those round were fun. Fast forward to 2017; my index got into the 7s i leveled out at 8.2/8.4 - i was happy with that. Golf was easy in 2017, see ball hit ball watch ball go the majority of the time where it was intended to go. Not always or i would have had a lower index - but still, it was simple. 2018 i am excitted to play, continue dropping my index hoping to get to a 1.4 to play once in a US Open Regional, it was a goal. i played 3 times in South Carolina in the early spring and came home and promptly fractured my heal. i was done golfing until the Fall. i got 2 rounds in that Fall and played really solid, good golf. i was happy and excited for 2019 that the skill had not eroded from the long injury. Total 5 rounds for 2018. 2019 i am really excitted to play golf. Head out to South Carolina and get 4 rounds in, some early rough moments some really awesome moments. i get back home and my right knee gets infected, septic bursitis. i was devastated. No golf until it healed and it wouldn't heal. Lost the entire summer and played 2 rounds in the Fall, even though i probably should not have. Somehow i scored very well, like i should not have scored like i did. Something was off with my Driver but the course i was playing was very forgiving for wayward Drives. 6 total rounds in 2019. 2020 rolls around - our company is blowing the doors off of sales, i am chomping at the bit to golf. i played 1 round in South Carolina around February. i did not break 100, i had 43 putts. i had forgotten my Driver at home and hit my 5 wood until i borrowed my friends Driver. i missed so many 2' and 3' putts it was ridiculous. Yet, i was still and 8.4 index. i was a good Golfer that had a little early rust in the game or so i thought and conned myself. i am conning myself. i no longer can putt, i am averaging 40 putts per round. i am mortified at a 2' putt. i miss 80+% of 2 & 3' Putts, that is not an exaggeration. When 18 rolls around and if my putt is 2 feet away everyone tells me to pick it up that i have had enough. i get the mercy rule putting, it is heartbreaking. i bought alignment sticks, they have really helped but still i wonder how to line up over a golf ball and aim. i have never been that person that runs out and buys new gear to fix my game, yet i bought a Driver, a 5 Wood, a 2 Utility Iron, and now all new irons. i went nuts over PXG. By the way, these are amazing clubs and without a doubt Trackman showed issues in head to head comparisons with my old clubs - more on that later. The PXG Driver: i have NEVER fit so many fairways in 1 round in my entire career as i have with this Driver. 12 of 13 Fairways and no crap distance lying of averaging 270. My swing speed at multiple check points is running a solid 108 this year. Yet hitting all those fairways, actually did it in 2 rounds resulted in an 86 with 4 water balls and a 95 with 40 putts. I have never been happier playing golf as i was this season, i am playing golf. My right shoulder is hurt but still i am playing golf. Yet, i am not even close to being the 13.4 index i have currently. It is more like a 22. I am not the 8.4 i thought i was. i am a 22. i have only broken 95 once this season. So - i need a plan. i am at a loss. i don't know what to do. i am not even good enough to play against a hacker, i would get my clocked cleaned. At the our new Country Club, they are all so nice. Lot's of guys invite me to golf with them and ask me play again with their group. Really nice people, they have seen the couple scores i posted from 2019 and they wondering what is real and what isn't. i know what is. i am a train wreck on the course. So, that's my get it off the chest, full-fledged Golf Confession. To really put a dagger in my pride, i haven't had 1 Birdie yet this season. Not one! i usually would get a least 1 to 2 per 18 holes. Not even close to getting one as well. Even though i am averaging 40 putts per round i am not getting a new Putter. i found an issue, i had gone to a very strong grip with the putter. Yesterday i "clapped" the putter and as my practice session went on i got more and more comfortable putting. More on line, better lag putting, forearms tension free. I finished the session by sinking a bunch of 2' & 3' putts. i wouldn't leave until i had a strong continuous sequence of watching the ball fall into the cup. i really like this game, i wish my Dad was here to fix my issues
  28. Usually they let you return for store credit. If you don't like it, take it back and get something you like. I bought a G410 Plus last October. I went through a fitting. By the time it came in the season was over. I hit some at the range and it felt fine. On the course this spring I was not impressed. I grabbed a used Callaway Mavrik Max.that I wasn't fitted for that I like a lot better. I couldn't get used to the way the G410 sits open at address. So I'd say take it back and see if they'll give you credit for it and get something you like. I'd look at the Mavrik Max.
  29. Riverpines Golf Club - 69.4/127 - Par 70 - Blue Tees So, I did the thing again... that thing where I break 90... and shot an 87 on a tight, heavily wooded course that I've only played a couple of times, and had not played in about two-and-a-half years. It was also the first time in that same length of time since I putted on bentgrass greens, which I did pretty well. I managed to get around the course with only four double bogeys, and one of those was on a par five where I attempted to lay-up with a seven-iron, and discovered that it was too much club. Otherwise, I hit a bunch of really good iron shots with everything in the bag, and I only really struggled with the driver. I only hit six fairways, but I managed to make up for it with some really good approach shots that either got me on the green, or close to it. I only hit three greens in regulation, but I was around greens in regulation - fringe, bunker, etc. - 11 times. I didn't hit a single poor iron shot all day. The only poor results were a result of not knowing my yardages, which I plan on dealing with. I also was using my old AP-1s, which are not as forgiving or long as my G30s, but I was still hitting them a long way. With their narrower sole, I was worried about hitting shots fat, but I hit them really crisply all day. Putting was a bit of an issue, but most of the misses were due to pace on the bentgrass greens. I had 33 putts, and only three putted twice. Of course, those numbers are a bit skewed with putts, chips, and pitches from around the greens, but I hit several really good putts, both from distance, as well as from six to ten feet. I made five clutch par putts, and only two of them were less than five feet. Another positive that I took from this round is that I scored a stroke better on the back than I did on the front, and it was really hot and humid. Confidence is growing... and my handicap is shrinking... down from 22.5 to 21.7. I feel like if I go back out to Pine Hills now, that I will shoot in the low 80s, or possibly even break 80.
  30. I have taken some time to write this post. I am trying not to use my usual style and am trying to make it more general and readable and understandable. As many know George Gankas has risen from mediocrity to achieve sudden fame, booking his $500/hour lessons out to June - though probably not anymore with COVID-19 and California - because Matt Wolff rose to fame and because his Instagram account shows a bunch of already very good players hitting the ball hard. Now of course George has actually been teaching for 25 years and is probably almost the same guy he is now as he was five years ago when he was unknown by most but that is just how golf is. I am not jealous of George - He is not taking students from me. I do not dislike George either - Though his surfer boy 'EMBH' attitude does rub me the wrong way, he cares about good information and is passionate about making golfers better, so he is okay in my book from that POV. But I do have some very real issues with his swing philosophy and I will attempt to talk about them here to start a discussion. My list of complaints - and I will go into more detail later on - is: Does not tuck his shirt in. Wears socks with sandals. EMBH. I am just kidding - but now seriously. First bear in mind this is from having seen much of Instagram, hearing from things, videos and speaking engagements, podcast interviews, etc. I have watched a LOT of GG content, directly from GG himself, I have not spent weeks watching him teach and some of this might be older or he might not do it as much as he says. A little like Stack-n-Tilt where something that has some value is WAAAY overdone to the point it can become an obstacle. A little goes a long way, and a lot is too much. None of what we are apparently calling 'flow' now with several manual movements in an effort to make it 'reactive' or something. Overdoes rounding of lumbar spine at setup. Trail knee extends too much too soon and hips over rotate on the backswing. You can see some guys with straight trail leg by P2. Hands get too deep too soon. Can cause two big problems (let me see if I can do this right): Hinders too much left bend. Notice some guys move the head down and forward on takeaway. Limits mobility with the arms and torso. Arms do not have any room towards the top so arms have to lift and shift outward. IMO b/c of the last couple notes, Gankas has been advising to add in more manual spine extension to finish the backswing. So you have a manual move on top of a manual move to compensate for each other. This extension on the backswing also gets pressure too far forward too soon, players get a 'loaded left' look at P2.5 to P3. If the pressure and mass does not load right it can not 'fall' forward in transition. Body shift and rotation sequence is backwards: George likes upper/lower body to stay back P4 to P6, then open up big time early and then moves lower center forward from P6 to P7 as the hip thrusts forward and up. Elite players tend to do the opposite, upper body is 'closed' in relation to lower body in transition as body shifts forward in order to spike pressure at P5. Most players are mostly done going forward with the body by P5.5 because they are going more up and around. Wants dual external rotation of hips in downswing. Does not happen even though his early Instagram was littered with players practicing this in some sort of hyper-perverted Sam Snead Squat thing. From P3.75 to P4.25, trail hip in good players moves from more internal to less internal (which is movement in the external direction-Yes) but then goes internal to neutral from there. The front hip goes internal on downswing. You can even see some Tour pros plant the front heel more forward than where it was at setup. If it actually went external in the lead hip the golfer would just spin out and have nothing to plant and push against. If you went external there you could not properly engage the muscles up the left side. Trail elbow does not actually go external with many pros at all. Most pros the elbow slightly trails trails the rear hip on the downswing and pros tend to have some trail shoulder retraction early in the transition. By P4.5 pros will not have the forearm 'in front' or more vertical than the torso tilt. George says the arms shifting out shallows the shaft. While it can it can also make the shaft get steeper or do anything else too. You can overcome the pretty weak force that shifting the hands out shallows the shaft very easily. I see people shift the arms out and steepen EVERY damn day on my lesson tee. Plus with GEARS or 3D we know the butt of the club early transition tends to move more vertically down and then moves out. It follows the movement of the body/torso: it lowers 'closed' and then starts opening up. If you have to shift arms out and go ER, how is Rory one of the most shallow players and Noren one of the steepest? Dislike manually feeling more rotation on the downswing by rotating faster and more. I do not have a problem with this in general - Dustin Johnson has to do this, but he is also a freak in a good way. But do not teach it to everyone. Not all great players are super open at impact and those who are, mostly a result of what came before. Look at Matt Wolff, who does the opposite of many of these things (https://www.instagram.com/p/B73nK0iA2xz, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2keCNyqEhQ😞 Hands track straight back on takeaway to mid backswing. Do not gain super depth. Trail hip does not over-rotate. Gets his right hip high and internally rotates into the hip. Unweights the lead foot instead of staying centered or left. Dual internal rotation of the hips. Here are some stills. Hands don't get overly deep: No real external rotation or outward shifting hands here: Internal rotated hips, left heel planted forward of where it was at setup: Some of these photos are https://www.instagram.com/p/BbVfT7NgkH5 and https://www.instagram.com/p/B1peRirlSqM and https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz6xE86FzGs. They will not embed because his account is private right now. 1. A little like Stack-n-Tilt where something that has some value is WAAAY overdone to the point it can become an obstacle. A little goes a long way, and a lot is too much. I do not have to say too much more about this and I do not have pictures to show it, but an example might be the Sam Snead Squat thing. It is overdone. Other things he does are a good thing that is taken past where it is good and beyond. 2. None of what we are apparently calling 'flow' now with several manual movements in an effort to make it 'reactive' or something. Countless examples of this. Look at the Matt Wolfe video FO up above. Compare to say Rory or Justin Thomas videos. See the first set of three images below too. 3. Overdoes rounding of lumbar spine at setup. Look for the hips to be a bit too level and the butt tucked under a bit too much. Not saying you want to have a flat back here and some of the more recent videos and Instagram posts look better. 4. Trail knee extends too much too soon and hips over rotate on the backswing. You can see some guys with straight trail leg by P2. Can find a ton of those on his Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_nKvxGjRPymAtMS8EM0ZnRFPt9RRNIMtMPG-E0/ for example. 5. Hands get too deep too soon. Can cause two big problems (let me see if I can do this right): 6. IMO b/c of the last couple notes, Gankas has been advising to add in more manual spine extension to finish the backswing. So you have a manual move on top of a manual move to compensate for each other. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_jRb3QjHPm10S7SxFLnr3BHVfQ8FKlN38ElGw0/ 7. This extension on the backswing also gets pressure too far forward too soon, players get a 'loaded left' look at P2.5 to P3. If the pressure and mass does not load right it can not 'fall' forward in transition. Too many to post. You will see a lot of GG students staying very centered then falling back during the downswing and then finishing forward late. This is similar to 2 but I thought it deserved its own post. Might be the same thing though. 8. Body shift and rotation sequence is backwards: George likes upper/lower body to stay back P4 to P6, then open up big time early and then moves lower center forward from P6 to P7 as the hip thrusts forward and up. Elite players tend to do the opposite, upper body is 'closed' in relation to lower body in transition as body shifts forward in order to spike pressure at P5. Most players are mostly done going forward with the body by P5.5 because they are going more up and around. Also similar to 2 and 7. Just more detail. You can condense these a bit if you want, but really, 8 is a bit different too because it is not about pressure but about the rotation and the translation and when those are 'primary' in the golf swing. 9. Wants dual external rotation of hips in downswing. Does not happen even though his early Instagram was littered with players practicing this in some sort of hyper-perverted Sam Snead Squat thing. From P3.75 to P4.25, trail hip in good players moves from more internal to less internal (which is movement in the external direction-Yes) but then goes internal to neutral from there. The front hip goes internal on downswing. You can even see some Tour pros plant the front heel more forward than where it was at setup. If it actually went external in the lead hip the golfer would just spin out and have nothing to plant and push against. If you went external there you could not properly engage the muscles up the left side. So many buckets between the knees especially in early Instagram posts. 10. Trail elbow does not actually go external with many pros at all. Most pros the elbow slightly trails trails the rear hip on the downswing and pros tend to have some trail shoulder retraction early in the transition. By P4.5 pros will not have the forearm 'in front' or more vertical than the torso tilt. 11. George says the arms shifting out shallows the shaft. While it can it can also make the shaft get steeper or do anything else too. You can overcome the pretty weak force that shifting the hands out shallows the shaft very easily. I see people shift the arms out and steepen EVERY damn day on my lesson tee. Plus with GEARS or 3D we know the butt of the club early transition tends to move more vertically down and then moves out. It follows the movement of the body/torso: it lowers 'closed' and then starts opening up. If you have to shift arms out and go ER, how is Rory one of the most shallow players and Noren one of the steepest? Note the handle actually goes behind him more and close to vertical then and yet Matt shallows the club. 12. Dislike manually feeling more rotation on the downswing by rotating faster and more. I do not have a problem with this in general - Dustin Johnson has to do this, but he is also a freak in a good way. But do not teach it to everyone. Not all great players are super open at impact and those who are, mostly a result of what came before. Look at other player videos on YouTube. Good things about George: Setup: armpits over the top of the knee over the balls of the feet. Does not set up like old Adam Scott with straight back. Generally better to be neutral or internal with trail elbow on backswing than external. Eat the ball cue in transition. Thank you to certain people behind the scenes in a PM for encouraging me to post this. And to take the time to make it good. I am posting this to have a discussion. I like a lot of what George teaches, but I do take issue with the things I listed up above.
  31. Not really. It can affect whether the ball is forward or back a bit.
  32. The zipper teeth are a continuous wire strand woven into fabrics. When the wire breaks, I've had some success cutting the wire where it protrudes out and then glue the fabric to keep it from folding. You could also try replacing the pulls with 2 way pull
  33. Looks like a couple of tracks popped out place. Have you tried just firmly zipping it back down over the damaged area? Instant zipper No More Zipper Mishaps Keep This In Your Pocket For Instant Repair! Do you have a number of clothing or...
  34. Spent most of the season hovering between 12.0-12.6, but after a good round on Sunday, I'm down to 11.4.
  35. I finally broke 90! I shot an 89 at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course - 71.0/137/6193
  36. My personal opinion, is its just a male ego thing. Few males want to admit they are getting older, slower, weaker, what ever. We want to be seen as strong and skilled whatever. So, my guess is my buddy is far less worried about somebody actually making fun of him for hitting graphite shafts and far more interested in just letting people believe that his clubs are steel shafted. How many of us have done this? Walked onto a tee-box with an 8 iron and a 7 iron in our hands. Chose the 7 iron and smoked it within a few feet of the pin. "Wow, Great Shot!" somebody exclaims. ... a moment later asks "What you hit?" At this point you already have both your 8 and 7 irons in your hand. So, you show them the bottom of the 8-iron and say something like "Just a smooth 8-iron." I've done it. I'm not even sure why. But I've done it. ... Not recently because I've been struggling with that hit it within a few feet of the pin part. But I can admit to having done that. I've also talked to fitters who've said they've fit a guy into a driver and had him hitting some really great shots. But then the guy finds out it has a "regular" shaft in it and he's no longer interested. "Stiff" would be better, "X-stiff" even better still. I've been told (I have no way of verifying whether its true) that driver lofts are really a degree or two higher lofted than in says on the driver. Something about really needing a 10.5 but wanting to still play a 9 degree. Don't think women are immune to the ego thing. I remember back in the 90's when one of the big clothing brands, I don't remember which, decided to "normalize" their clothing sizes. Basically, they changed ladies' size 8 to a 6 and 6 became a 4 etc... They called it "normalization" but really it was just in an effort to increase sales by making women "feel" better about their purchases. The rest of the industry quickly followed suit. Ego affects some people more than others, but it does have an effect.
  37. I’ve met a few people on the course that carried hand sanitizer with them. One even offered me some once. They usually keep it in a flask 😉
  38. 96 on a course I have not broken 100 on this year. Changed my strategy, used 4H on the tough holes and broke 50 on the front 9. Second nine was cruising with bogies until the 15th hole. It was hot and humid and my putting went bye-bye. Good outing. I broke 100 on that track!
  39. I don't fear COVID but why tempt it? Bumping elbows is a more than adequate replacement for the handshake. You can always add "I would have loved to shake your hand" or exactly what you said "I miss the handshake". The love will be felt.
  40. I play graphite shafts in my irons. Never had anyone comment on it. I am surprised anyone is arrogant enough to mock someones equipment. I play with guys who have all kinds of no name, arbitrary mixes of clubs in their bags who patiently wait to collect their skins.
  41. For some reason, some people think golf should be harder than it already is. There was a stigma at some point about people who aren't playing blades. Now we have Kevin Na saying he isn't good enough to play blades. We also have one manufacturer making game improvement blades! Similar with long irons versus fairway woods. Some people laughed at Raymond Floyd for showing up to Augusta with a 5-wood instead of his 2-iron. He had the last laugh that year. We also have a few guys on tour playing graphite shafted irons, or nearly. I think Matt Kuchar used them at one point.
  42. I disagree. I’ll go on the record now and say he’s changing people’s perceptions of what the ideal golf body is (in fact I might have already said/wrote this). If nothing changes on the PGA Tour to reduce the viability of this strategy, in 10-20 years you’re going to see bigger, bulkier guys become the norm on tour, much like Tiger’s success inspired a generation of golfers to work out and hit the ball far with lean muscle. Tiger, remember, had his share of critics for approaching fitness in golf different than the norm. The media and some others commenting on this seem to make it out to be a novelty, like Bryson is a circus act because he’s quirky, but I bet there are coaches out there quietly taking notes right now.
  43. This is what happens when you try to outdrive Bryson...
  44. The irony here is that complaining about your "brand" does more to hurt your "brand." Grow up Bryson; everyone expects players to react after a poor shot. They follow other golfers after bad shots. The camera follows MLB pitchers into the dugout after a bad inning. They follow quarterbacks off the field after an interception. You're well-compensated for the extra scrutiny. This guy has a history of petulance when things don't go his way: complaining when his goofy putter was ruled illegal, pushing back on the criticism over his 6 minute putt, etc.
  45. Embarrassing. Whenever I've heard a colleague or any other individual talk about their brand, it makes me want to feed their face to baboons. The world doesn't need individual people to be brands. It needs more human beings. Brands are for Coke and Disney. A brand is an image. It's not a person. Just the worst f***ing people in the world talk about their personal "brand." THE WORST
  46. This is the second update over twelve years. I'm now over 900 courses in 48 U.S. States and 13 countries. I've photographed almost 600 courses and now have 26,000 golf course photos on my Flickr page SAbram's Golf Course photos
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