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  1. +1 on the camera. Last week my pro loaned me a Swingyde in an attempt to cure me of drastically closing the club face at the start of the take-away. I've seen them around for what seems like years, but never thought I needed one. However, a week on and I'm a sworn convert - it's worked wonders for me :-D TF
  2. Echoing what aimgator says, IMVHO as a 19 'capper I would say that simply hitting as many balls as you can without sufficient understanding of swing mechanics could easily lead you into a golf career lacking in any long-term consistency, or at least will possibly limit the standard of play that you can reach. At worst you could get so frustrated that you quit, which would be a real shame. I personally believe that gaining that understanding is very important. I'd venture to say it's crucial, in fact. How you best gain that knowledge is personal, but again IMHO a pro is th
  3. This book : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Short-Hitting-Golfers-Break-ebook/dp/B004QS99AO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid;=1358709427&sr;=8-1 ? TF
  4. Great news Bullitt :-) And that's a very interesting point about learning more effectively on the course, I must say. TF
  5. My advice WFIF is to be very careful about the feedback you receive * from posting video and especially stills.With all due respect to everyone who subsequently posts their very well-intentioned advice, it seems to me that it would be very easy to get confused and I personally would worry that a particular swing fault had been correctly assessed - some things aren't as obvious as you might think. I suspect that this is less of a problem with full video that can be run in slow-motion and I have no doubt that there are a lot of forum contributors that very much know what they're talking about,
  6. Not sure about Bullitt, but I live just outside London so I can indeed play & practice pretty much all year 'round, although practice is only off grass during the summer months and I'm convinced that I actually don't play enough rounds throughout the year due to other commitments, but I agree that a proper break is definitely worth considering ... TF
  7. what Shooter said +1, but i still totally sympathise. I too go and practice hard, but sometimes return with the fault still all too evident. I've recently realised that my practice isn't effective without visual feedback so I asked Santa for a camera so that I don't just rely on feel. Are you working with a mirror and a camera ? I've also come to realise that I have to be very careful about the drills and advice I'm given, especially exaggeration drills. One example that screwed me up was the concept of keeping the club face square to the arc - I ended up overdoing it and trying to keep it s
  8. I totally and utterly sympathise with your situation. I similarly do not enjoy being on the course and haven't for some time now. If you're addicted like most of us, then quitting isn't an option. You've got an analysis on which to base your recovery and I would have thought that prior to changing clubs, finding a pro with whom you can connect would be the best move. It will potentially save you from going 'round in circles trying to resolve your issues on your own and you may find that the solutions aren't as drastic as tearing your swing totally apart. A pro's advice and some video work a
  9. I've struggled with the issue of an arms-dominant swing up until very recently, but finally came to understand the real importance of keeping the arms and body more connected, at which point my swing became more of a swing than a "hit" - much less effort to get some really decent club-head speed. I didn't work on my hip action even though, like you, it felt wrong (as did my leg action, impact position and follow-through), but rather I worked on the connection. For me, staying properly connected promotes the correct sequence of body actions - hips, legs etc all seem to naturally work how
  10. Aha ! I make the exact same (re-)discovery this weekend I've been trying to work out why my swing's been so variable of late (esp. with longer clubs as you also observe) and it transpires that it's been down to a lack of connectivity and synch between arms and torso, fixed in my case by the "right elbow" swing thought you describe. For me it also helps to eliminates my left arm chicken-wing because there's room for my left arm to be properly straight at impact, adding club-head speed and hence a more effective strike. "Right elbow in " has now been added to my list of 70+ s
  11. Had a brief bout of the s****s at the range the other day and worked out that it was due to a sligthly flat downswing - backswing was on plane, but not the downswing hence the hosel hitting the ball . Concentrated on the shoulder plane on the way down and it was all good. TF
  12. A teaching pro friend of mine once opined that the best handicap was around 12 - 15 because you could occasionally have those exciting rounds where you shoots the lights out, but this is interspersed with average and some bad rounds, whereas the consistency that comes with being a low 'capper means your scores are usually very similar from round to round. I replied that I'd got for being a "boring" low 'capper thank you very much. Strange that we strive to improve our swings, our scores and our handicaps and yet we can categorise a good or excellent round as "boring" ! Maybe it's just t
  13. I usually hit too many I know I should stick to the medium basket of about 60 balls, but I can rarely resist the big 'un at 120 and inevitably get tired and lose the swing a bit. I do practice sensibly for the most part - along the lines mentioned by GolfBear and lumpuckeroo, but something about that range servant just makes me hit the wrong vend option. Time to turn over a new leaf ... TF
  14. Quote: Originally Posted by golf55 It takes me 4-5hrs to play 18holes cause people are freaking slow. If I had the course all to myself I can finish it in 90minutes. How do you guys deal with long wait period? I'm sure more expensive course($100) have fewer people but I can't afford that . Wow OP - 90 minutes. Y ou play as fast as you want to, obviously, but you must absolutely fly 'round I reckon that's an average of just under 55 seconds per shot assuming you play solo, shoot 83 on a par 72 6500 yard course riding a buggy w
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