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Blog Comments posted by iacas

  1. I don't think so. I'm basing this off:

    This doesn't look like a palmy right-hand grip to me:


    There's still a pretty good angle between the shaft and his forearm, and his left hand isn't palmy. The right frame just shows how typical his follow-through looked. You can see a little bit of the "Natural Swing Moe" in that one, but it's closer to a "conventional" swing for the time.

  2. People don't seem to get that Moe's swing was pretty darn normal for the bulk of his life up until he was getting pretty old. He was talked into the thicker grips, and the more palmy grip, for example. Later in life. His swing when he was trying to play the PGA Tour (a little) was pretty typical of everyone else's swing.

  3. 5 hours ago, kpaulhus said:

    How do you stay encouraged when you're not hitting it well on the range?

    I don't care. My goal is not to "hit it well on the range" when I'm practicing. My goal is to improve, to change the picture, to learn what something feels like. Sometimes my range sessions consist of me hitting big huge over-draws. Or shanks, like I said above.

    5 hours ago, kpaulhus said:

    One thing I have been working on is rotating my hips and it is helping me keep from hooking the ball, but my instructor says "great shot" or "solid contact" when I block it right. I guess avoiding the left side of the range is the goal, but how do you feel confident during the times when you know you're changing, but its not "good" yet. 

    Practicing isn't playing golf. When I play, my goal is not to "practice" properly, it's still to shoot a good number, so I just play golf. Yeah, sometimes that's with a swing thought (well, always, but it may not always be exactly what I was working on during practice).

    4 hours ago, saevel25 said:

    First, ones dedicated to changing your swing. 

    Yes. That's what this post is about. This post is not about warming up.

    4 hours ago, nevets88 said:

    Now the guy next to you will see you're fatting/thinning/shanking shot after shot and will try and give you a lesson. That, I'll leave at your discretion how to handle.

    That's the only downside. Plus, as instructors, sometimes it's good advice to do these range sessions around students who already know you, or alone… as - right or wrong - a student who sees an instructor hitting shanks is probably not keen on taking a lesson with that instructor. :-)

    4 hours ago, Phil McGleno said:

    Could not have said it much better myself.


  4. 1 hour ago, rkim291968 said:

    It is amazing how many people around me (in Silicon Valley, working for a Fortune 50 company) have enough money to retire but can't bring themselves to retire. Some truly love their job. For others, job IS their life. Others worry about uncertainty of losing the income, especially, with children to support, send to college.  

    I don't know that I'll ever truly "retire."

    I like what I do.

  5. 8 minutes ago, JKolya said:

    Not an instructor, but I too give a good amount of set-up advice to beginners and high handicappers at our course. The things I most address when a player asks for help: 1) grip, 2) feet (flared, width), and 3) posture. @iacas - what are the top things you correct? 

    Good question. Off the top of my head…

    1. URC/LRC positions. Getting the hips forward a teeny bit without the head being forward.
    2. Balance/stance width/feet turned out. Balance is often heel-to-toe.
    3. Grip stuff - position in the hands, shaft leaning forward slightly for many, etc.
    4. Angles from DL - arms hanging out too far, etc. Ties into #2 though.

  6. 6 hours ago, kpaulhus said:

    I need to work on this. I do not turn my hips enough. Also, I was recently asked why I was straightening out my right knee instead of keeping it flexed. What are your thoughts on that? It almost feels like I'm squatting a bit in my backswing, and I doubt my head is staying still, though I haven't recorded it yet. 

    Your trail knee should probably extend on the backswing.  I'm not sure what you mean by that. Should it "straighten" (i.e. lock out)? No. Should it extend? Almost surely, yes.

    Sometimes it can feel like a little squat, but you don't want your head to go down and back much.

  7. What year was this?

    I played golf once with a guy who was super nervous near Atlantic City. He told us on the first tee "this is my first time on a real golf course."

    He whiffed with his first swing, then hit a baby draw 210 down the middle.

    Many shots followed (and always with a minimum of two full-speed, full-effort practice swings before each), but I think he had fun.

  8. so.............the answer for this particular golfer to resolve his 'too deep' hands/right arm behind shirt seem is effectively to turn more and earlier by A3, effectively meaning the arms and club cant get behind him ????

    For him, this is the first step. If his elbow still wants to go too far after this, we'll have to address that separately. This will quite likely improve it, but it may not improve it all the way to where it's not a problem at all.

  9. Take a look at this video and tell me if you think this constitutes lining up "way right," or whether this is an acceptable amount given your concept of a good golf swing. Go to the 1:00 mark in the video to see how the body or at least the toe line is aimed right of the direction the ball flies. 

    Yeah, it's Moe Norman… so if you want to swing like Moe Norman, go for it. And "stop aiming right" is not applicable to all golfers. Sam Snead aimed right and played a baby pull (it also often drew a little) for a long time. But I get golfers, and see golfers, aiming WAY right, which then screws up their mechanics because they sense and know the target is "over that-a-way" (left), so they swing "that-a-way" to make the ball go to the target. Bam! Instant pulls and slices.

    Also re: Moe, I've heard - from people he was actually friends with (as much as Moe could be "friends" with anyone, i.e. he trusted them at least a little) - that he did that more later in his life to turn a bit more because he was getting really short. And he's hitting a driver in that video, too, which if he's hitting up will mean he's swinging left of the baseline of his plane, which is another reason to aim a bit more right.

    Here he his at an older age hitting it pretty much where his feet are pointing:

    Also, the camera angles do play some tricks there. If the camera is between the ball and the toe line, the toes will appear right of where they are, and the ball will appear to go left a bit. I'm not saying it's so screwy that it's not a pull, but I don't think it's nearly as big of a pull as it appears to be.

  10. Get well.

    Sometimes those things happen. Like Furyk's neck issue brushing his teeth or whatever. I've done weird things turning in my car to look out where I'm backing up. RICE works fine. If there was no associated trauma or something, it probably wasn't a true injury requiring more than a little care.

    But IANAD.

  11. Very good example. Would be interesting to see how his aim held up some weeks or months down the line.

    If our past experience with Edel is any indication, it'll still be true in years and even longer. We've almost told people that unless they suffer a major vision or brain injury or something like that, the way they see shapes and stuff is about the way they'll always see things.

    I wonder how small changes can affect the full swings with the other clubs.

    Yeah, it makes a good point. Unfortunately, there's not a LOT we can do with alignment aids on things like your 7-iron.

    Edel has spread more in Europe the last years, hope they come to Norway one day. If I buy a new putter sometime, I'd really want to try an Edel fitting.

    I recommend it. If nothing else, you'll see what kind of shape you aim best.

  12. Interesting, I have a number of putters. From Pings to Odesseys all blades. The one I like best is a Spalding TP Mills 5 with a single dot.

    You might aim that the best. You might also aim it like crap.

    The point wasn't that there was a dot or wasn't a dot… just that the smallest little thing can have a pretty big affect on the ability to aim a putter.

    Oh, and I'm not saying you were disagreeing or saying anything contrary, @Pete F. Please don't take it that way. You should check yourself with a laser to see how you do.

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