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Taylor Johnson

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  1. Being relentless is great. But if you don't pair it up with a good strategy you're going to be awfully disappointed and frustrated. I've learned that the hard way a few times.
  2. I strongly agree with Mr Desmond. Lag is something that happens because you are doing other things correctly, specifically sequencing. Have you ever video taped a practice swing face on? I'll bet if you take a look, you'll see that you create plenty of lag very naturally without thinking about it at all in your practice swing. But when we go to hit a ball, the hands and arms take over, we get out of sequence, and we release early.
  3. I think that's a valid point. I've found Shawn Clement's videos to be helpful with my swing. At least he attempts to back up his theories with anatomical facts/explanations and is not just regurgitating bad information. Phil, I hear what you're saying about how his swing looks, but anyone who has played to scratch both right and left handed probably has some good things to share. To the original question: I'd recommend spending a lot of time here on TST, and going to see a PGA pro instead of looking for a show or a video to help you. There is an ocean of bad information out there
  4. Its almost like you didn't read any of the thread at all. I find it so bizarre how people hold on to and defend old beliefs just because they got the concept from someone who they respect or who is a good player. I feel like the first 100 or so posts here disprove everything you said rather forcefully and the link x129 posted pretty much ends the conversation.
  5. No offense Gaijin, but at this point you're just being difficult, and it almost seems like you have some emotional attachment to defending your point of view. Erik has repeatedly used hard data and real numbers to prove his point pretty convincingly. Just because "most pros" do or say some something that doesn't make it right or good. Plus, Erik has already addressed this point multiple times as well: working on the short game is a great way to shave lots of strokes for beginners and high teen handicappers (and +). The term GLARING WEAKNESS comes to mind, you may have read that phrase once or
  6. Great job man, and way to keep track of all those stats! That will pay off in the long run, keep that up! A lot of people don't even bother to keep track of how many greens they hit in a given round or how many FIRs they hit. I would say you're progressing faster than the average casual player. I am certain that getting down to a low teen handicap is more than possible within the next year. If you work hard I bet you could be a 9 or a 10 by this time next year. I would say you need to get a little more distance off the tee to be able to attack and consistently score. And focus on being
  7. Mine is getting better. I have some friends that I play with that are always talking trash & intentionally trying to get in my head. It used to be very uncomfortable and I would get thrown off my game very easily. But the more times you experience it, the better prepared you are to handle distractions in real events. I've found that playing in tournaments has started to feel easier because everyone seems so polite and respectful in contrast.
  8. I'm not totally sure what you mean when you say you have a "normal" putter, and I have no clue what you mean when you say you have "good" ball placement. There are a variety of theories about what placement is best for what kind of putter and what kind of stroke you have. What kinds of putting drills do you do? How often? How much of this thread have you implemented? >> http://thesandtrap.com/t/53161/the-apex-of-the-putt/36 How many GIRs do you average in a round? How many putts do you average in a round? Not in a pretend 18 on the putting green but in a round?
  9. Thanks pholmes, I have noticed that and I agree I need to work on continuing to rotate the body through and after impact. I'm definitely struggling with my driver, hitting it at least 25% shorter than last year. Right now it's by far the biggest weakness in my game. I've been hitting of fairways (57-78%), but leaving myself way too long to the green (especially in this thin Colorado air), and my GIR stats show it. Here is a driver swing from today. Mike, I'm trying to set up without sticking my butt out, I'm tucking my tailbone under, and I'm keeping the
  10. Mike, I greatly appreciate all your help. I played Buffalo Run today (before reading your new post) and was +4 through 12, feeling like I had a chance to shoot a low score. Bogeyed the last 6 holes to finish at 82, but the early part of the round (and a number of other 6-9 hole stretches I've had recently) give me hope. Your advice reaffirms my belief that I can play scratch golf one day. Everything you're saying makes a lot of sense and answers a handful of concerns I had floating around in my head. Looking forward to putting this into action. Thanks again
  11. Well when I said "soon," I wasn't thinking 3 months.... but that's how it goes sometimes. Since leaving GolfTec, I've continued to struggle with my game. I've taken 3 lessons at Buffalo Run. I can't help but cringe when my teacher talks about releasing the clubhead and firing the hips without sliding them laterally. I've read enough on here to know those are two red flags. I'm starting to think that I'm going leave traditional teachers behind and essentially use TST as my primary resource. I can't overstate how much I value the way you guys talk about what you do, WHY you do it, and HOW i
  12. This thread is definitely an eye opener for me. It's good to hear so many low handicappers agree with the original post. I've felt like my game has hit a wall recently and this explains it. I'd always taken pride in spending the majority of my practice time on and around the greens but I'm starting to realize I need to change that immediately.
  13. TheShark, thanks for joining in. The two elements are definitely related. GolfTec had me doing drills where I would maintain my knee flex from address and make shoulder turns. I think this has obviously limited my should turn as mvmac stated and needless to say, I won't be doing that drill any more. I tried allowing my right knee to straigten more yesterday when I was warming up before I played at Buffalo Run. I felt like my swing had been trapped in a dark basement and mvmac, you may have just unlocked it. I felt effortless power again, or as you described it, a much more dynam
  14. Excellent. Thanks for the insight. I've read quite a few of your posts and I definitely value your opinion. I think this cements my decision to move on from GolfTec. My new coach has been trying to preach maintaining knee flex. I even tried bringing up some of the points in the thread you mentioned and he always tries to mutter something about "needing something to push off of." He's a dinosaur... I'll work on this and post some new video and let you know the results. Thanks again.
  15. I started taking lessons at GolfTec (Westminster, CO) in November 2010. My coach left in January of this year and I feel like we made a ton of progress in the 13 or so months we worked together. I switched over to the other coach at that location in essence by default. After my first couple swings with him, he asked me "do you always swing so smooth?" (in a bad way). He told me I need to stop trying to hit the ball, swing to the target and let the ball get in the way. He wants my hips and shoulders more open at impact. Here is a 7i from February: and a we
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