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  1. Honestly, I think the swing looks good. I could see how you pull it from time to time, not a big deal however. As for the drop of the head, its ok. As long as you keep your height going back, and you do. The shoulders do appear a bit closed at impact, probably part of the release you feel stuck sometimes. As for the release, it is tough to tell without a FO view. But it looks fine. I don't think you need to shallow the plain anymore. Just work on getting the shoulders turned more at impact.
  2. Just keep it copied and paste it when needed.
  3. It is a pretty simple reason actually. Ok here we go; 95% of new players swing the club with their arms/hands. They end flipping at the ball, trying to help it up on the air. If a player starts with putting, but keeping the wrists/arms/hands quite. It can than me easily transitioned into a big swing, i.e chipping. If a playing chips the ball correctly, again by hitting slightly down into the ball, not breaking the wrist. This can be moved into a larger swing, i.e pitch shots, half swings, full swings. Really, it is about not allowing someone to develop bad habits. It is easy to start someone putting, and say.. 'do it like this' it is harder if you try to do that with a full swing. ..Plus didn't anyone ever tell you golf is all about the short game? hehe. :)
  4. I doubt P90X had any affect on it. I still do it to this day, and I play off a 2. Try to relax first off. Second, remember, the body starts the downswing. Just let your arms fall back into place. My guess would be your swing path is it out of whack and you have a bit of a OTT move. Have any videos we can look at?
  5. This is a good drill. Except he means he is coming too far to the inside on the way down to the ball. Not in the backswing.
  6. Ha, sorry it posted so many times, no idea what happened! First; No a pro probably will not start you that way, because they need to justify charging $60.00+ an hour, and most people would be disappointed if this all they did. However that really si the way you should learn. Second; Just call up local golf coursers, or google for golf instruction in your area. When you call just ask the questions you want. If they seem short on phone with you, it is probably someone you want to avoid.
  7. Haha, well yes it would help to play from the correct side of the golf ball! But a video will be of a big help. Its tough to even guess otherwise.
  8. It would be nice to see a face on video, to take a look at impact. You said above at one point that you wanted to work on the flying wedge, to maintain more lag, and have less flip. However lag is a result of a good golf swing. You cannot make an attempt to create lag in your swing. Lag is a law of physics if you swing the club correctly. In other words, you need to figure out what you are doing that is causing you to lose that lag. In the first video, the club coming back too far inside would most likely make you flip at it through impact. Like mentioned above, you need to make sure your head stays still, and the same height on the way back. On the downswing the head can dip a bit, however there should be no movement latterly. Also in the swing right above, it looks like your stance is a bit open. Look at your feet, compared to the club shaft on the ground. Unless of course you were doing this on purpose.
  9. Good point. And no it does not. The way I take it; They measured the temp of the ball. Not the outside temp. However this would most likely mean that, at 45 degrees outside, the ball may be below 40 degrees. The rest goes on to talk about how, keeping the ball in your pocket is not enough to warm it up. It also talks about how using a hand warmer to warm it up would be against the rules. It suggests, you keep 4 or 5 golf balls in your house the night before you play and switch them every few holes.
  10. What is really odd is that, the distance drops a lot after you go below 65 degrees. However above 75 it does raise that much. Now, the teaching manual is a bit old. So perhaps the newer balls are better with this. Not positive tho.
  11. As a teaching professional; Any lessons will be helpful. Golf Galaxy is great. They do not just take fly-by-night instructors. The fact that they use video, and such is the best. I also you video in ALL my lessons. I honestly do not think you can teach golf without it. You need visual feedback. Most important make sure you and the instructor 'click' ! Alternatively if you feel like taking a drive down to the Jersey Shore, I could fit you in. ;) hehe.
  12. Here is the answer straight from my PGA Teaching Manual; 'The temperature of a golf ball affects its ability to rebound from the clubface. The following chart is the approximate influence of temperature on the ball for a shot that would normally carry 220 yards at 75 degree temperature. Yards --- Temp 226 ------- 105 224 ------- 95 222 ------- 85 220 ------- 75 216 ------- 65 214 ------- 55 205 ------- 45 196 ------- 35 It gives the reasoning of rubber being a poor conductor of heat. So your answer; yes.
  13. Here you go; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAyhowwGyJE If you have questions, let me know!
  14. Just looked at the 6i videos. Both the swings were a little bit inside coming back, but right on plane coming down. Now the camera angle may have a fooled me a bit, but I don't think so. What kind of misses are you having that you think you are coming too far from the inside? To me the downswing looks on plane.
  15. I think he said his irons are offset, which would explain why he hits those better and not the driver.
  16. Eh, no idea why it posted that much. hehe. hmm.. no way to go back and delete em is there? Might have to wait for a mod to get on it.
  17. Depending on what you buy. I think a starter set, or used clubs would probably be close in price. I second what was said above. If your going to start learning alone, start with putting, than chipping, and lastly full swing.
  18. Although I was not the one that posted the video. I think maybe you misread. Grant's swing is NOT a slice swing. What everythingolf was trying to explain is that, the hands/arms/club approach the ball from the inside (or left side for right handed players) than at impact they are square or 'on' the target line. From these positions, it is near impossible to hit a 'slice' unless the club face is left WIDE open. Most people slice the ball because, they do exactly that. 'Slice across it', or where the hands/arms/club approach the ball from the right side, or the 'outside' cause them to swing, right-to-left, and hence putting rightward spin on the ball. Does this make sense? I'm in the process of updating my software right now, but when it is done, I will post a video of someone who actually slices the ball. That may make it easier to understand.
  19. First off; Try never to change the way the club is suppose to work. i.e by shutting the face. Because if you make a good swing, you'll end up hooking the ball. You always want to correct the swing flaw, not work around it. Second; Where is your lead shoulder pointed at setup? If your back foot is back a few inches, and closing your stance, are your shoulders reflecting that change? If you lead shoulder is pointed left (for a right handed player) than closing the stance will not help because your shoulder is still open. If your shoulders are open at address, it does not really matter how far from the inside, or how much you close the club down, you will probably still hit some sort of fade/slice. Third; A video of the swing would really help.
  20. Hit the nail on the head. These guys (pros) only dip down on the forward swing or downswing. There height to the top of the backswing remains pretty much unchanged. As they dip down lower to the ground on the downswing, the club as lag, and is thus a bit shorter. So they do not hit the ball fat. Most ammutures dip there heads lower on the backswing, and raise up coming into impact and lose that lag. If you are getting taller on the back swing, you are probably losing flex in the knees, or spine. Height should remain unchanged up to the top of the back swing.
  21. As an instructor myself, here is my honest advice. If you can afford it, take a few lessons. Not sure what area you are from, so the price will depend on that mostly. Taking a lesson or two before you actually start to practice/play will save you months of frustration. No book, can teach golf the same way another set of trained eyes can. As for clubs. Do not get fitted right away. Just buy some used clubs (or borrow from a friend if you can!) for now. If the pro tries to fit you and sell you a 700 dollar set of clubs, just respectively decline. You want to make sure you enjoy golf first and are going to continue to play before shelling out tons of money on things. It can be a very exspensive sport. Here is what you want to look for in an instructor; How long have they been teaching? (longer is not always better, some of the young guns really know the stuff) How much is it? And how long are lessons? Do they use video? (IMO I can't believe some instructors still teach without it) Ask if they have any begginers clinics coming up. Shouldn't cost you much money and a great way to get a head start into learning. Any kind of instructor will be better than nothing at all. PGA professional, or someone who is just a 'teaching professional'. Just make sure you do some research on who it is you will be taking lessons from. No matter what you do, just enjoy yourself! Welcome to golf! ;)
  22. Well first lets start with this; If you are going from hitting it 300ish, to topping it 60 yards. There is some kind of swing flaw going on. IMO at least. You need to figure out what you are doing that is incorrect. It is easy to be consistent when you make a correct golf swing. When you do things that compensate for a flaw somewhere, you run into consistency problems, more so if you do not get a lot of time to practice. Perhaps if you could get a video of the swing when you do go out and practice that might help us figure out what is going on. I just find it hard to believe that you could go from hitting it 300, to barely nowhere unless there was some kind of flaw going on. As for making the most out of your practice time; If you are very limited to when you can practice, you need to make sure you practice the correct things. So for example, if you are standing up when you hit your bad shots, that is what you need to work on when you do have time to practice. Or whatever else you may doing in the swing. It will take longer to fix it this way, but you will no doubt improve. P.S. Please don't take this post the wrong way. By saying there is a flaw somewhere in the swing, I am not trying to be mean, or be little your swing. I am only trying to get to the bottom of it to help!
  23. Do you have alignment sticks? If not you can get a pair at home depot for 3 dollars. (They are just colored lawn sticks) If so, put one of them on the target line when you practice, slightly inside the ball on the left. (Assuming you are a right handed player) You want the stick about an inch or so from the left side of the ball. If you come too far from the inside you will clip the stick, no big deal, they are only plastic. You could also set up when you practice with your right foot/leg (again assuming you are right handed) a bit closer to the ball than your front foot. It is difficult like this to get the club coming from the inside at all. However I only recomend this drill if you have a VERY BAD habit of pushing the ball. If it is only slight, work on the first drill. That should be enough. If you have any way to post a video of you swing, go at it and I will have a look.
  24. Well do you keep stats? I am no touring professional, however I am a teaching professional. I would say everyone that plays on tour, works on different things, for different amounts of time. It depends on what area they are weak in. Phil for example, has a A+ short game, so he probably spends a bit more time on putting, and full swing. A.K has struggled a lot with his full swing this year so far. So he probably has adjusted to work on that a bit. Now this does not mean they don't work on other things. But they look at the stats and see what area they need work in most. Plus most of these guys know what to work on without looking at their stats. So do you have any idea where your 1.8 strokes come from? Missing a putt? Or a green? Take a look and try to find out. Also remember that depending on your situation, it may be hard to find all the time you need to practice. Tour pro's play golf for a living. So every day at 'work' is practice. If you are in school, or have a job, you may only have an hour or two a day. You need to take that into consideration when planning on what you want to work on. My guess would be your short game is where you need it most. The book.. "Golf's Red Zone Challenge" has a great practice plan for inside 100 yards. Look at the guys who have a GREAT short game, these are the guys that cash checks.
  25. Thank you for all the comments. I know I sometimes get the club to come back a little inside, I continual work on this all the time. I know that it has to be at least PART of the reason I dip so much, and flip. Also, as for the 2nd axis at impact. I understand the concept, and it makes sense. However can I really work on this? Or is it more of a by-product of a good swing? Just like lag correct? You cannot try to hold the wrist, lag happens at a physics level correct? Meaning that if I do things right before impact my hands will be even or slightly ahead of the club? Clearly it varies a bit from person to person, but I think the terms I remember hearing are 'late release' aka hogan, a 'random release' aka most tour pros, and a 'sweep release' aka what I am doing? However, in all of these, the wrist is never suppose to be minipulated right? Anyway, here is a video from today. I built a little thing to help me stay tall. Again, thank you for all the comments. I am sure with some more work I can get back there.
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