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Blog Comments posted by iacas

  1. 24 minutes ago, Groucho Valentine said:

    Ive found if an instructor doesn't inspect your grip, alignment and posture right off the bat- then you should probably walk away from that instructor. Those are detail things a professional shouldn't miss. The couple good ones i know build their entire teaching around fundemental things. 

    I find it's better to base things around commonalities.

    There's little in the grip that's common amongst the game's best players. A guy even played at a very high level cross-handed.

  2. 5 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

    There are a lot of bad instructors in the world in general, but there are even more bad students. Most students go into golf lessons thinking they are one step away from greatness, and that a minor tweak will fix all of their problems. I know this because I was one of them. A good teacher is honest and straightforward with their students. I think a lot of teachers fear hurting someone's feelings.

    I agree.

  3. 2 hours ago, roamin said:

    I'm curious, even though it seems "finding the ball" is presented as more of an instinct kind of thing, do you have any drills to work on this?

    No, it's kind of a measure of hand-eye coordination.

    Or talent.

    Probably not the answer you wanted, but it sounds like you didn't have much trouble with those drills, so… maybe you're better than average.

  4. 2 minutes ago, krupa said:

    Breaking 100 should be a milestone not a goal.  

    It's a goal for many.

    I had one player last year who based his entire summer on that.  And I had to have a very real talk with him about whether that was his true goal, or whether it might not be a "secondary" (or tertiary) goal, because it would have changed the instruction I gave him quite a bit.

  5. 3 hours ago, RandallT said:

    I tried embedding this to start at 0:40 (not sure that the "&start=40" trick works when I embed).

    Tiger says "you have to find a system that works for you. whatever makes your game better, do it." Then he seems to promote swaying, if that works. Do what works, he says.

    They go on to talk about how different they set up to the ball, and Anthony Kim says he changes on a daily basis how he sets up to the ball. He adjusts based on how he's playing that day. Whatever works.  I sense a theme.

    Just thought it was interesting. It's info like this that is destructive, right? Reminds me of Arnold saying "swing your swing" and don't worry about those darn instructors. You do what YOU want.

    At their level, what feels like a "big" change or different thing is likely very small.

    And even PGA Tour players can get into bad habits that might work well at first. Even Tiger.

  6. On May 9, 2016 at 11:49 AM, bkuehn1952 said:

    When it came time to sign up, I chickened out.  There is a very large difference between my 7.4 and the guys with an actual chance of qualifying.  I just could not accept the idea of my floundering around while the real qualifiers were posting 69's.

    You wouldn't have qualified, but you should have entered.

    There's nothing like tournament golf.

  7. On May 9, 2016 at 8:45 AM, Jeremie Boop said:

    I'd love for courses to make more of an effort to flatten/level the tees.

    It's not what you were talking about with bumps and things, but all tees should be slanted just like all greens have to have tilt: to drain water. I've read that 1.5-2% slope is the minimum.

    I'd rather have a flat tilted tee than the crowned tees we see so often. And sometimes the back tees get the worst treatment: they're small and just kind of "added on" after the fact. Particularly on older courses where those tees weren't designed, but were added later because the 6400 yards wasn't enough anymore.

    On May 9, 2016 at 1:17 PM, WUTiger said:

    Tee Markers, Part Deux

    This usually happens on holes with tight landing areas. The greens crew will set up the blocks to far left or far right, maybe about 8 feet between them. It would really help to have the full width of the tee box, so draw players can to tee up on left side, and fade players on the right.

    Though I can appreciate the psychological impact, you're really talking about very little angle here.

    Let's assume your tee shot goes 250 yards. Eight feet is an angle of about… 0.6°.

  8. 7 hours ago, Jeremie Boop said:

    I always struggle with wanting to hit good shots when trying to fix aspects of my swing. I'm very bad at wanting/expecting instant results when I work on drills.

    It's always been very difficult for me to stick with something that doesn't seem to be working because I'm not hitting good shots, but after all this time it's become readily apparent to me that when I try to use things "that work" for me on the range rarely work for long and tend to end up causing me more problems down the road.

    Read that Jeremie.

  9. 22 minutes ago, Lihu said:

    You erased what Erik wrote for me to get something together? So, what specifically are you stating I need to get together a thousand times over?

    He didn't erase anything. Single digits = < 10.

    What does a 155 sloped course have to do with anything?

    You also said:

    On April 10, 2016 at 3:46 PM, Lihu said:

    What I consider a true single digit player is someone with a sub 7 index, and can tackle a random 155 course with a score below 80 once in a few rounds.

    1. An 8 is a single digit handicapper. So is a 9. By definition.
    2. A 155 rated course is a 2.1 index differential. That means a 2.1 index golfer will only break 80 on that type of course about 20% of the time. Your math is way, way off.

  10. 3 hours ago, nevets88 said:

    There's just your head coming "off the wall", just your derriere, and both head and derriere. Are the three about the same? 

    No. The head alone would generally be the "better" of the set.

    2 hours ago, billchao said:

    A well-timed entry for me. I started wondering about this in my own swing.

    Though TBH I already knew the answer, but this helps reinforce it and keep me from working on something stupid and unnecessary.

    Yeah. A lot of golfers have a little of this.

    2 hours ago, bm85 said:

    It was one of those things that was cloudy for me, because 1.) Seems like I hit the ball great lately, and 2.) my goat was a little bit humped.

    Only solution was to exaggerate sucking my left hip back on the down swing (often pulling my head with it), or changing my back swing entirely which I didn't like the idea of, having worked on it now for a solid year (I prefer modifying at this point, not going full tabula rasa). 

    Glad it could help!

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