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  1. I’m not 100% I did this correctly, but this was my first crack at a swing with the feelings you described.
    15 points
  2. 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
    15 points
  3. Sure I'll give it a shot. This is one of my drills from CHQ.. We will call it A3.5. Couldn't grab exact A4..
    14 points
  4. Yeah, Matt, you maybe could have started coasting a little earlier, maybe. Like given! (per the rules, folks!) Here's my attempt. I'm pretty happy with this. Good here: And good here, IMO: This is a good drill for just about everyone.
    13 points
  5. Here is my attempt. What I notice the most is my A6 position has my hands further in my right thigh, so a bit more lag.
    13 points
  6. Welcome to The Sand Trap. I don’t think it’s bad. I thinks it helps the game get publicity, but I don’t think everyone will be running out to get same length clubs and bulk up to play. He finally won a major at 27. Morikawa won the PGA on his first try this year and is a different kind of golfer. My issue is the announcers more than BD. They were talking Nobel prize for a guy with 3 years of college physics at an average school for the sciences. Does he like to tinker? Absolutely. Should he be asked to replace Hawking as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge? No. Th
    13 points
  7. The Definition I think there's a misconception out there that "staying connected" means that you keep your arms (or your elbows) very close to you throughout the swing. This often manifests in a golf swing where the trail elbow stays very close to the ribs, pulls "around" the body toward or past the shirt seam, and the lead arm has a good bit of adduction, resulting in a narrow angle between the collarbones and the arm. This is not a bad literal interpretation of "staying connected." What could be more "connected" than keeping your trail elbow almost attached to your rib cage and you
    12 points
  8. I've got an idea, and I'd like buy-in from a good number of people here. I'd like people to commit to doing this every day in April. Since we're all stuck inside (not all, and not literally inside 24/7, but you get the drift), I thought we could use this time to go through a 30-day practice plan. Specifically, my idea is this: Every day I'll produce a video showing you something to practice for five minutes. I'll post the video in the morning. I'd like everyone to practice that for five minutes, in your home, that day. I'd like everyone to post that they did it, a
    12 points
  9. Didn’t get around to doing this on Christmas when it was in the 50’s out, so naturally it was in the 30’s when I got around to it today.
    10 points
  10. Here is mine: How bad is the trail arm breakdown? The finished is very crouched as I am afraid to break (my wife's, LOL) club on the floor joists above. A4 position:
    10 points
  11. So, I found this article in Golf Magazine. Save 7 strokes off your 30 handicap by being custom fit. Then I saw this: and I realized I could save 7 to 9 more strokes by changing putters. Then I saw this: I found I could drop 10 strokes in 10 minutes. Then I saw this: And I found out I can save 10 MORE strokes!!! So, I figure if I do ALL of these things I should be able to save 34 to 36 strokes by next weekend.
    10 points
  12. I have a few thoughts on the distance debate in golf. Except for the first, they're in no particular order. I'll try to be brief, but we all know how that tends to go… 1. I don't care about the 0.01% of golfers that this affects. Even if that number is as large as 1%, I don't care. Distance *may be* an issue on the PGA Tour (and other pro tours), and for a few college kids at the best college programs. I am almost fundamentally against changing golf just because of a tiny fraction of golfers. 2. I still believe that 6500 yards is enough (or more than enough) for 95% of golfers, and 7
    9 points
  13. OK, here goes. I like the feeling of width this drill provides.
    8 points
  14. This is hard. Took a lot of tries.
    8 points
  15. Usually during the winter I join the Davison Athletic Club to use their 3 hitting bays but because of Covid-19, they aren't taking any new members. I had the opportunity to play Sugarbush 10/23. (Very nice and very challenging course) They are putting some big bucks into their club house, renovating the menu and adding 3 simulators. Since I didn't have a winter plan to stay active, I decided to ask about their winter membership. They have a winter membership from November 1st thru March 31st. Their winter membership cost $600 ($500 if paid by 10/31). At $30/hr it doesn'
    8 points
  16. I'm sympathetic to the idea that it would be nice if the people who could less easily afford golf could be given a discounted rate, but you should ask yourself who golf courses generally give discounted rates to, and why. The answer, from what I've experienced, are juniors and seniors. The reason for seniors is obvious: most golf course tee sheets are wider open when people are at work (morning and midday during the week), which is when seniors are more likely to be not working and out and about. The reasons for juniors are partially the same (in the summer, at least), but also
    8 points
  17. Meh, most golfers are going to shoot the same scores regardless of what ball they use.
    8 points
  18. Guy goes in to get a fitting. Warms up, hits his 6-iron. They get some numbers (I'm quasi-making these up😞 171 carry, 176 total. 5780 RPM spin. Launch of 20.1°. Dispersion is about 35 yards. Ball speed is 119.2… whatever. Fitter builds him a club or some clubs, all 6-irons. Fitter is able to get to these numbers: 185 carry, 188 total. 5350 RPM spin. Launch of 19.3°. Dispersion is about 37 yards. Ball speed is 123.4. What does the Guy often see? "Oh my I carry it 14 yards farther!" What should the Guy do? Realize
    8 points
  19. Day 1 - Early Backswing In the first day we examine the setup, grip, and the early backswing. Faults that we often see: Bad grips (palmy, weak) Bad setups (back flat, butt out, grip between thighs or too far away, wide) Hands go out early Hands/forearms roll the clubhead in early Clubface rolled open prematurely The drills for today include: 1:30 – Left wrist only 1:30 – Right wrist only 2:00 – Split hand grip 3:00 – Add pivot to A2 Video: Remember, we'd love to see your videos, and have everyone that signed
    8 points
  20. Are you guys kidding?! Of course it’s: THE HAMMER!!!! POW!!!
    8 points
  21. No sense in delaying… let's get right into it! Kickstarter of the Year I decided not to do Kickstarter of the Year this year because… the topics in the top ten and even the top 20 were either predictable (the majors, the Presidents Cup, the Tiger Master topic, etc.) or started by staff (Would You Rather…?, 5 Minutes Daily Practice, etc.). I will point out that the NCAA Football topic was fairly well populated, oldies but goodies like the Dress Codes topic were in the top 20, and a few others snuck up there. Let's revisit this in 2021. P.S. Unsurprisingly, the ranking order
    8 points
  22. That's not rider/walker not mixing well. It is Fred not mixing with anyone. He seems to be oblivious to pace of play. Bottom line: Fred is a slow poke.
    8 points
  23. https://backswing.com/interviews/erik-barzeski-golf-evolution/ I stumbled across that interview and thought I would share it.
    7 points
  24. Here are approach shots for Erik, Bill, John, and Jonny on Hole #18 John, Bill, Jonny, Erik,
    7 points
  25. When I play with people whom I have never played with before, I always tell them on the 1st tee, "I plan on posting this score for my index and I need to finish each hole. I don't give putts and I don't take them." I stared doing this because people would "ship my ball back", and wait for me to give them a putt. I really don't care what they do, they can give themselves a 50-footer if they want. If we're competing, we're playing by the rules. If were not competing, I'm playing by the rules and they can do whatever they want.
    7 points
  26. I do hope it changes golf for the better, in terms of helping put to bed many of golf's little idioms that turned out to be lies once we had access to the relevant data. I really appreciate how Bryson has fully embraced the statistics to optimize his golf game. So many players, including a lot of tour professionals, ignore the basic facts that show you're better off hitting an approach from closer to the hole even if it means using a partial swing or hitting from the rough. Conditions at courses like Winged Foot with monstrous rough are outliers, because most of the time the rough isn't t
    7 points
  27. Hey guys I can now join the hole in one club. I'm 69 yrs old usually play from senior tees. Yesterday played with 6 of us from the white for a little $ game. I holed out on a par 3, 127 yards with a 8. Pretty exciting.😉
    7 points
  28. This set of videos pretty well summarizes why camera angles matter. I'm amazed at how often students will submit a video that ends up in the "red zone" both vertically and horizontally. Where the clubhead is at A6, left arm depth, the way the knees work, alignment of hips, knees, shoulders, etc., and more all look very different from slightly different camera angles. Be picky about your angles, or you can waste a lot of time trying to fix something that isn't even an issue, because it isn't what you're seeing.
    7 points
  29. Okay, I've been away from the forum for a while. But I'm back with a VLOG. Yeah, I try to always play golf on my birthday. This year was rough, due to COVID-19 and horrible weather, but I got in 9 holes at Bent Tree Golf Course and used my phone to video it for you. A couple things: This was my first … and so far only golf I've played this year. It was very cold and very windy. I was very literally the ONLY person playing golf. I checked in, played and left without ever getting close to anyone. I brought my own putting cup thingie. I found it in my closet
    7 points
  30. You know what else gets old? People who have a bad attitude about others who come here to discuss their game, then leave them with a negative impression of this community. Yet the OP describes his short game (or lack thereof) and how he doesn’t spend time on other areas of the game. He seems to perfectly understand those skills are lacking and he needs to spend more time on them. Do everybody a favor and actually talk about the person in question instead of projecting your past experiences in his thread. I have a hard time understanding how you can criticize other people f
    7 points
  31. In case anyone was thinking about building a 48 in driver, here is a video on how I went about it. Will also be follow up video where I try and hit it coming soon.
    6 points
  32. I can’t think of any other person who is remotely even close to being banned right now. These three, honestly, they probably should have just left on their own or been banned or more heavily warned months ago. The things they said were outrageous. I don’t care if someone calls me out for disagreeing. Others can see that. I hate when people make up their own facts about “deleted posts” and all manner of bullshit. The moderators get a real behind-the-scenes look at stuff. They see the emails we get after someone is rightfully warned. They see the nasty DMs. They see the occasional deleted p
    6 points
  33. Let's not do this, please. You've clearly never seen @saevel25 on the first tee, after all. 😉 We all know "golf" and we all know that some of us will hit some good shots, all of us will hit some horrible shots, and most of us will have our days filled with shots in the middle. It's about meeting up and having a good time.
    6 points
  34. I've been meaning to write this for awhile, and since the World Handicap System (WHS) is coming to most of the world this year, now's as good a time as any. This article will assume that you're semi-familiar with the the concepts of course rating and slope, and really seeks to expel some basic myths and misconceptions. Course Ratings Are the Primary Determinant of "Difficulty" As you should know, when a golf course is rated (for "difficulty"), many, many, many numbers are generated for each hole. Most of these numbers are pretty objective: the width of the fairway, the length of
    6 points
  35. U.S. OPEN – LIVE COVERAGE AIRTIMES (SEPT. 17-20, EST): Thursday, Sept. 17 7:30a.m.-2 p.m. GOLF Channel 2-5 p.m. NBC 5-7 p.m. Peacock Friday, Sept. 18 7:30-9:30 a.m. Peacock 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. GOLF Channel 4-7 p.m. NBC Saturday, Sept. 19 9-11 a.m. Peacock 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. NBC Sunday, Sept. 20 8-10 a.m. Peacock 10 a.m.-Noon GOLF Channel Noon-6 p.m. NBC
    6 points
  36. Just do it. Find a way. Golf is just a game. 72 or 92, your life won’t change. And very few people outside of yourself even care that day what you shoot.
    6 points
  37. I can carry my driver over 300 yards. It is usually in the bag, but I can certainly carry it around the course if I want to. What’s it weight, 2 pounds?😜
    6 points
  38. Mark pitted a 2020 Callaway Mavrik super-game-improvement iron against a muscleback/blade from the 1980s. He used a statistician to help, and tested a decent number of shots, though at the beginning he said about 40 with each club, so spread across three types of quality of strike, that's not a "huge" data set. Anyway, the data… Dynamic Loft: Mavrik Max: 24.6° (7-iron) Top Flight: 24.4° (6-iron) Clubhead Speed: Mavrik Max: 87.5 MPH Top Flight: 88.3 MPH Here's how Mark defined the three categories of strike: I think the results will surprise many. Ca
    6 points
  39. I find that in most circumstances, there are fewer hazards in the air than on the ground.
    6 points
  40. With my 4.1 and 2.5 differentials added in from this past weekend my handicap dropped from 4.0 to the lowest it's ever been, 3.5.
    6 points
  41. It’s a stupid game invented by drunk people with too much time on their hands
    6 points
  42. Ok, I tried to watch the rest of it. Skimmed a bunch in the middle. How long was this lesson if the video is cut in places and it's still almost an hour long? CQ's information is ok. Some stuff I agree with, some stuff I disagree with. I dislike how he presented it. For the most part, it was, do this. Do that. Don't do this. Don't do that. I like to know why. Don't do this because it makes you do that. Do this because this happens. It might just be me. He doesn't really show him how to practice stuff, either. He's mostly hitting full swings while trying to make these changes. Slow swings.
    6 points
  43. It's very simple: You take the cosine of the decent angle of the club you intend to hit. Divide that by the Oblate Spheroid angle on the ball being struck, which is easily calculated by the coefficient of compression times the club head speed divided by the static loft or 0.8732 multiplied by the dynamic loft. You take that result and multiply it by the distance you would normally hit the club. Then add that to the original figure, subtracting 1/5th value of the wind speed squared, divided by the barometric pressure. Then you multiply the coefficient of the up current or 1/3 the coeffic
    6 points
  44. Goal was to finish top 20. Check! Junior Boys' & Girls' Championship Event Portal :: Tournament Results
    6 points
  45. The sandbagging scandal that shook golf - Golf Digest From the archive (March 2001): Decades after padding his handicap and almost making off with thousands, the man... Good read.
    6 points
  46. March Madness is canceled, the NBA is shut down, the Masters is postponed, and my Aunt Marge’s senior bowling has even thrown in the towel. Now restaurants and bars are closed, and our 40-handicap governor is threatening to shut down all entertainment facilities including golf courses. I have not tested positive, but the coronavirus is killing me. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do. My wife suggested we take a walk, but I don’t walk anywhere unless I have a golf club in my hand and it’s cart path only. My kids have a restraining order on us and won’t let us come within 200 yards of th
    6 points
  47. Interview with Erik J. Barzeski Generations pass along the keys to humanity. A new extraction takes what it learned from the preceding one, then expands the knowledge base in a positive direction. In Erie, Pennsylvania, situated halfway between Buffalo... Read it and… weep? 🙂 I hope not!
    6 points
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