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  1. I personally favor any vendor on eBay who measures everything about their products and provides actual pictures. You see some who only post "file photos" when the clubs are used and I strongly avoid them.
  2. My last two pairs of golf shoes have been adidas. However I also play and have played multiple rounds in trail running asics or cross training nike shoes. If you look at the bottom of the shoe and there's good traction, they won't affect your golf game. If you want completely waterproof shoes, that is the biggest factor in the decision because the waterproof shoes are usually more expensive and have reduced breathability.
  3. Wait, you are strong enough to bend steel in mid air with a single swing? Haha. More likely that your swing is about as fast as the camera can read. Almost all cameras are this way.
  4. Regarding the driver issues, you are swinging too hard. Your hands are way ahead of the ball and clubface is open at impact, which is going to slice the ball right. In general your weight should be back on the left foot much sooner and before (yes before) you complete your backswing. If you google step-through drill there are videos around which give a better presentation of proper weight shift that I think will help a lot.
  5. Swing just looks a little bit cautious, if there is any way to use an impact bag to improve your feel, that may help. Another drill is flip the club around and swing, listening for the loudest swish. You want the loudest swish to be when you get the club into the ball. Various exercises to improve club speed can workout too.
  6. It looks like feet a few inches too far apart in the driver video, that could limit your rotation in the backswing. And weight may be a bit too far forward in the 6 iron video, I would be starting with my weight more balanced with mid-irons.
  7. Your backswing is too flat. At the top of your backswing your left arm is amost perpendicular to the ground, or completely horizontal. It should be on an angle. With your hands higher, a line from your hand through your shoulders should basically point towards the golf ball.
  8. I think you should shorten that backswing and flatten it out. Looks like you reach up too much, and on the downswing your club is pointing up at the sky.
  9. I played Links on the computer and I played Nintendo Golf. You can play too here: Play Nintendo Golf on NES Play Nintendo Golf on NES (Nintendo) online It's particularly brutal because clearly, when I was a kid, even video game golfers played with persimmon woods and carried a 1 iron. You can also tell that fitness was not yet part of golf.
  10. There was an actual study that indicated people corrected their putting stroke and actually got worse. I know it sounds paradoxical, but it's golf. (Search Adam Young putting study if you feel inclined). However I recall we are not discussing the merits of putting practice, but a ~1 hour putter fitting. I will even allow that a quick correction is probably helpful to those who have consistent errors in their stroke. Inconsistency is most people's problem, though. Still confused: are there better uses of 1 hour or $100? Is there value offered at putter fitting that couldn't have been found elsewhere? The norm in putting is we use books, lessons, and practice, combined with choosing a putter at the store based on how it feels. As 10-15 handicaps, are we somehow gaming the wrong putter, and if so how far off are our choices?
  11. Tiger is the best player ever. Jack has the most major championships. Those are my 2 and I see 99% agree on this thread. It's a bit muddy from there we have Snead, Palmer, Jones, Hogan - there's quite a history. Hogan only played 3 majors after his accident; Jones only played once a week. Those were different times altogether so we can't really measure their ability but their impact. Tiger is the easiest to put up there based on his ability, results and impact altogether. Anyone thinking of leaving him off should go to their local library and get fitted with a set of 14 history and sociology books.
  12. On a flat, straight 5-foot putt, how many of you are missing the hole? I am not. With regard to alignment, you can put a line on the ball, choose a putter with a line, use an alignment stick, practice hitting two tees perpendicular to target, put against a wall, or use a mirror aid. Computer is not needed. Personal opinion, if you don't improve your green reading, you will not improve your putting. Unless you are missing straight putts within 6-feet.
  13. Putter grips have changed significantly. Most new putters have Super Stroke or a similar large grip. The other change happening is around the mallets, different shapes and sizes than before. As a kid my first putter was a heel-shafted true blade which only suits an in-to-out stroke, and the grip was circular and tapered like an iron grip. At some point I acquired an STX putter with a very soft rubber type of face insert, and it started to bug me. Some putters with inserts will wear out.
  14. I've been watching lots of different reviewers on youtube for the last couple years and reading various articles for many years before that. The whole idea of "impartiality" in this type of content is silly. People hit away with a new club and regurgitate the press release the companies distribute. Every bit of pseudoscientific marketing is repeated in almost every club review. Of course the reviewers have all different swings, shoot different scores on different conditions than any one of us would on our own. So the last several years the norm is to kick out all these disclaimers about getting professionally fitted, which of course involves paying the fitter upfront and buying new clubs at these artificial prices, with another backend commission going to the fitter. However I don't think any of the popular youtube reviewers are more or less biased than one another - there is inherent bias in recommending new clubs and major manufacturers, but that's about it. I do have a random compliment to offer about Shiels, he does the analytical work in his reviews, offers comparisons between new and old tech, and isn't too afraid to criticize the pricing or point out that the incremental improvements available are costly.
  15. I was just thinking about putter fitting. We have Club Champion nearby and it says $100 for 1 hour fitting. This is hard to justify compared with 1 hour at the library reading golf instruction books, 1 hour on any practice green, or 1 hour in a large store hitting all the different putters in stock, all of which would be free of charge. I have plenty of time for all of the above activities but not plenty of cash. I also generally avoid new clubs... the most recent GD hot list has a $200 Ping and a $450 Odyssey that look cool, but aren't affordable for me, so can putter fitting actually help if you are only buying a used putter or new less than $100? (Look, the $100 fitting is one thing... but then what if they fit me to a Bettinardi?) However, I would be interested to know what questions fitting answers. I have always used a pretty standard blade. Should I use a putter with more or less offset? Which type of insert or none? Would I save strokes using a mallet? Again, I don't want to wind up with advice to buy an Evnroll for $300 because of their proprietary face milling pattern. Fitting seems more justified if I refuse to practice putting, which is sometimes a thing for me. I enjoy doing the work on my ballstriking, from driver to wedges, but not putting. Would fitting improve my worst tendencies?
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