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  1. There are several things which take almost no talent to do correctly, and if you can do them, you can become a better golfer and stay a better golfer. These things should be touchstones of a sort, things you check on constantly, but again which take no (or at least not much) actual skill to achieve. These are things even beginners can do. These lists are off the top of my head. Tier 1: No Real Talent Grip the club properly - in the base of the fingers, with the right number of knuckles showing for your swing. Set up properly - weight over the right part of your feet, arms
    18 points
  2. I’m not 100% I did this correctly, but this was my first crack at a swing with the feelings you described.
    16 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..
    15 points
  4. 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.
    14 points
  5. 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
  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. Some good lessons in here. To each of us is different with the time we're given. I lost my cousin last night who is a few years younger than me to a very short battle with cancer. Maybe I'm a bit too introspective at the moment, but time is the most valuable thing we have as it relates to our family, friends and our passions. Spend it well.
    12 points
  8. 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
  9. It takes no talent to be a nice person. You maybe paired up with someone you have never meet or is new to your Club. They don't know anyone and that person is taking a huge step out of their comfort zone to meet new people by playing golf. By being nice to that person for 1 round of golf can make such a tremendous positive impact in their life. Remember: Life is hard, golf is hard, being nice is easy
    12 points
  10. 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
    11 points
  11. 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.
    11 points
  12. 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:
    11 points
  13. Just an FYI, mate.... I have been around this forum for quite a few years and have been involved in my fair share of debates. I have (or had) the habit of looking for controversial subjects to post about because they're the ones that are interesting to me. This is one such thread. I avoid ones like "Tiger or Jack for GOAT". I have been on the receiving end of critique and censure from moderators and owner alike many times but you know what? I never took it personally and I will tell you that people here have VERY thick skins and are extremely accommodating and forgiving. I have been
    10 points
  14. 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
  15. OK, here goes. I like the feeling of width this drill provides.
    9 points
  16. This is hard. Took a lot of tries.
    9 points
  17. Yeah, no. I’m giving you a 4/10 on the Golf Swing Guru Crackpot Scale. You lost points for: No visual aids. Like, at all. No citing a YouTube video claiming this swing shows off what you are talking about. No mystical looking 1990-style website. No avatar of some part of the body or a golf swing. You gained points for: Suggesting that you alone know the truth or facts at play here. Misusing big words you clearly don’t understand. Citing Ben Hogan. Try harder next time. You can do it!
    8 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Meh, most golfers are going to shoot the same scores regardless of what ball they use.
    8 points
  21. An occasional student (a few lessons a year, great guy, retired, LOVES golf) messaged me today, and I'm going to share the conversation (with his permission), and then try to wrap some things up at the end. The conversation occurs between the horizontal rules: Student: Erik, need some advice. First off I’ve taken a lot of lessons from many different people and even went to the Pinehurst Golf Academy. The lessons I’ve done with you seem to have helped me the best but I am still very inconsistent. One day I think I have a good feel and then the next I can’t find it. My though
    7 points
  22. I personally banned @HoganApexFan and @Ole Duffer last night. The site and the discussion is better without his energy. Normally, when someone is involved in the discussion, another moderator is in charge of any warnings, bans, etc. (In fact none of the points assigned to either member via warnings were given by me.) But this occurred at about 11:30pm last night, so I was the only person around, and to be honest, I didn’t want to wake up to a bunch more crap. Re: @HoganApexFan: At the end of the day, I’m a member of the site as well, and I didn’t enjoy my interactions with him, and h
    7 points
  23. Lower handicappers have earned nothing more than a place on the golf course, exactly the same as higher handicappers. And I have exactly the same tolerance for misbehavior from good players that I have for lesser players. Nobody has earned the right to act poorly on the course, no matter how well they play. And again, high handicappers should accept that their "place" is right next to me or any other lower handicapper on the course, trying our best to play well, and treating one another and the course with respect.
    7 points
  24. 7 points
  25. Dude. That’s only a few steps away from “that woman was asking for it, did you see how she was dressed?” Actually that’s basically what you just said.
    7 points
  26. https://backswing.com/interviews/erik-barzeski-golf-evolution/ I stumbled across that interview and thought I would share it.
    7 points
  27. Here are approach shots for Erik, Bill, John, and Jonny on Hole #18 John, Bill, Jonny, Erik,
    7 points
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Book your tee time for a foursome. Sounds like you're the guy with a plan. Put out an email or text to all your golf buddies letting them know the first 3 responses are in! To the other laggards, too late, I'll check with you next week. Early bird gets the tee time...
    6 points
  34. Thank you for sharing that. Did I read this part right: 60 lessons over 3 years? An average of 20/year? I don’t think it’s so much that you have “issues that develop,”I think you haven’t learned how to practice and do things on your own. I think your swing is quite likely very similar now to what it was when you were beginning your lessons, except now you have 60 lessons worth of grab-bag advice that you try for a swing or two or five and then move on to the next thing. I have a few students I see bi-weekly, but almost nobody comes more than that, and even those students kn
    6 points
  35. See below for an excerpt from a joint USGA and R&A report on topics not addressed in the 2019 modernization of the Rules. Apparently, the discussion on divot holes was very short, about the length of time between the traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn. Certain Topics Not Addressed in the New Rules of Golf for 2019–March 2018 Update 2. Preserving the Fundamental Challenge of the Game• Play the ball as it lies–In its simplest form, golf is about playing the ball from tee to green by hitting it with a golf club, and not otherwise touching the ball. A fu
    6 points
  36. Interesting Twitter thread from a doctor:
    6 points
  37. This right here, all my opinion. It's based on what I believe to be true, based on some relevant facts, and it's said with full understanding that none of us can truly know what would happen, so any of the future-based stuff is speculation. Educated guessing. I've said a few times the only pro-rollback argument that I think carries weight (with me only, I'm not speaking for or against anyone else) is one of resource usage/sustainability. If golf is becoming resource intensive (beyond what it obviously already is, as I'll often joke about how you could fit four baseball fields on a good si
    6 points
  38. Went up to Erie for the first lesson of 2021! Just a summary of things I worked on. Setup 1. Less upper body axis tilt 2. Less hands pushed forward 3. Weight more 50/50 Better Flow 1. Let the body shift weight to the right to start the backswing 2. Turn around that left leg, turn against the wall. 3. Body re-centers towards target as arms get to around A3-A4. Push the ball away drill (thought this one up 😊) 1. Shift the body right about 1-2" 2. Then let the club start the backswing. The ball is there as a focal point to not start the club bac
    6 points
  39. Hello and welcome to TST. I’m sorry you feel this thread has an elitist attitude. I have a lot of experience with JV and have been using his method for about two years now. First, Wolfe and Furyk still swing the club in a manner JV would claim as ‘flawed.’ They both shift their weight and rotate their shoulders on their back swings. Second, nobody here says the JV method doesn’t work. We simply have asked for proof that it can accomplish the ball striking necessary at the elite level. To this day JV has never presented any data on his nor any of his student’s actual numbers. Nor after 30
    6 points
  40. I also find it odd that someone who states they don’t play anymore is telling us how to enjoy the game.
    6 points
  41. 6 points
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. Shortly after getting drilled with a skulled flop shot from our own @RFKFREAK (I'll post that video too lol), I nailed it. Bonus footage 😂😂
    6 points
  47. I recently asked @mvmac, who was familiar with what Dave and I taught, to give us a report card on what advanced players are learning from advanced coaches and how he felt we stood. Mike hasn't seen us teach much in the past four or five years, and we haven't put out a lot of videos (aside from these, of course) lately, either. So some of the things he thinks we teach date back five years or more. Before I get into the list… you're going to quickly see that most of the list is "for better players." I'll make a conscious decision a lot of the time to decide which of two slightly different
    6 points
  48. It’s a stupid game invented by drunk people with too much time on their hands
    6 points
  49. 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
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