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About mvmac

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  • Birthday 03/19/1983

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  1. mvmac

    My Swing (Righty to Lefty)

    Agree 100% with @iacas, ball position needs to move way more forward. Check out how your 5-wood looks before you take it back, the club isn't designed to be addressed like that. Compared that to someone who plays their driver a little back (compared to modern day drivers). I know you're hitting a 5-wood. I'd say you should move the ball up to the orange line. Why? - Ball position is causing you to make compensations in your swing - Use the club how it's designed - Help you launch it higher and straighter, less curve. Since the ball is so far back, it causes you to be angled with the body well to the left. So the grip gets really strong and the shoulders are tilted a lot at address. My recommendation would be to reduce all this. - I like a strong grip but yours is too much. Weaken the right hand a little, trigger finger pad of the left hand on the side of the grip, not under the grip. The "V" of your trail hand is pointed away from your left shoulder. This will also help get the shoulders less tilted. - Ball position two ball inside the right heel for a stock shot. This will help reduce how far outward you set your swing direction at address. - On the backswing feel like the right shoulder works down and in or down and across, under your chin. Rather than having the right shoulder collide into your chin, causing the head to rise and move a little towards the target. Part of this is the ball position, with the ball so far back it doesn't make sense athletically to turn "behind" the ball because you'd have to move your head well off the ball. - I'd feel this with a club across my chest and turn my torso in a way where the shaft feels like it's pointed more downward and just inside my left foot. Might also feel like the left hip gets deeper on the backswing. - With a better pivot you won't have to tip the head so far back on the downswing, leading to those pushes and pulls.
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    Draw vs Fade: Which is Cooler & Reliable

    I think a high draw looks cooler than a fade, no idea why. Both are just as reliable. The key is to go with whatever is most reliable when you're going hard at it. - I think they fall into the belief that a fade is more reliable. - Some players hate seeing the ball go left. - From a playing perspective, I can see how the feeling of moving the body in a way to create a fade might be more attractive under the gun. Aim the body a little left and rotate the torso left. If you're going to err, just keep the body moving through it, rotate faster.
  3. Yes it is. Like others have said he's demonstrating/exaggerating for effect, like he did with the head back/hip slide downswing. Also he's on the pressure board so that might cause him to translate a little more forward. Can be tough to demonstrate it 100% correctly when you aren't doing it dynamically. Reason I would guess they use the GEARS player as a model. Yep all sounds good to me. Just thought I'd post it because it was an image you guys shared with me several years ago and something you see players like Rose do in his practice swing. Also promotes the cue of going forward on the downswing when we see a trend of some instructors wanting to eliminate any slide. For me personally, getting to a place where I could be more "on top of it" in the downswing really helped my ball striking. Years ago I had a similar experience to what Shaun was talking about and my left hip would be sore every time I practiced.
  4. These shots from the other day made me think of this thread. One was solid, the other was a worm burner. Can you tell which one is which? Camera angles are slightly difference, one on the right is a touch behind me.
  5. Maybe, depends on the player. I think most good players have a little movement forward then it re-centers around impact. Remember the head is steady during the swing, not still. And it reacts to the movement of the body. Swing sequence if Tiger below is a great example. Basically the idea is you want to transfer forward keeping the lead shoulder and hip lower in transition, like 4-5. Then you're in a great position to "push back" and properly create axis tilt at impact. Point is most good players have the upper center on top of the lower center in transition, they create the axis tilt late, not early.
  6. @iacas and Dave for years have used a similar image of the torso/hips transferring "downhill". Surfing or snowboarding downhill.
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    75-76 this weekend. Yesterday I misjudged how fast the greens were and didn't trust it, led to four 3-putts. Today was just a few bad tee shots and bad course management. Both days struggled with pulls or pull draws off the tee. Good news is I still won money both days 😎
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    My Swing (mvmac)

    Been a good month of golf, never shot scores like this and then to do it so close together is kinda crazy. Had a streak going where I shot under par eight or nine rounds in a row, which included a 63 and couple mid-60 scores. I credit the improvements I'd made with my putting and the recent swing cues I've added that have distilled and also connected a lot of the work I've done the past couple years. Hitting it a touch farther and my misses have been a little on the thin side and straight. Most importantly I just had my best tournament of the year, so it was great to take what I've been doing and play well in competition on a tough track. Swing cues are basically the same as I posted last time. Keeping it simple. - Weight on balls of the feet at 1 - Early lateral shift before I move the club/hands back - Use that shift to "propel" the pivot, full range of motion with the turn, right hip deep - Hit it hard Few things I look for. - Arms hanging, humorous somewhere between 90 and 85 degrees at 1 - Clearly see the early load into the right side, could have done better with the swing below - Hands working straighter back, don't want the left arm pressure point tight at 2, really good here - Right scap is visible at 4 caddy view, borderline with this swing - Sweetspot position at 6 dtl, tend to get in low and in, this swing was good for me. - Long term: Create more separation between the hips and chest in transition as the lead arm loads against my pec. Get the knees square by 5. Pitching has been crappy lately so had to address some mechanics issues. Was taking the hands in too much with the club "toe down". Now working on, - Soft left arm at 1 - Feeling more open with the chest at 1 - Focus on maintaining left wrist extension on takeaway - All that hasn't gotten rid of the un-playable misses and some of the anxiety I was starting to get over tight lies.
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Shot 72-73 last two days in the SCGA Four-ball. On a tough course with small, fast greens. Mud ball on almost every hole. Team score was 71-71, so not much help from my partner lol We finished t-27th out of 50 teams. Individually I had one of the lower scores, some of the best players in SoCal played in the event. So it was good to end the year on a positive note. Good for me on this course, 72 feels like a 68 on my home course. And obviously good to do it in competition. Which except for this tournament and the qualifier for this tournament, it’s been a bit of a struggle with the scoring aspect. Have had rounds where I hit the ball fine and find wacky ways to shoot 75’s and 76’s. Only made two birdies yesterday and two today. Gave myself several good chances and was too tentative with the strokes. Some were for good reason. I had two birdie putts yesterday from 5/6ft that I barely made contact with and they went 3ft by. Today I was one under and hit a bad drive on 15, ended up making a double, my partner also doubled the hole 🤨But hung in there and finished with some good pars.
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    The TST Member tournament play thread....

    Shot 72-73 last two days in the SCGA Four-ball. On a tough course with small, fast greens. Mud ball on almost every hole. Team score was 71-71, so not much help from my partner lol We finished t-27th out of 50 teams. Individually I had one of the lower scores, some of the best players in SoCal played in the event. So it was good to end the year on a positive note. Good for me on this course, 72 feels like a 68 on my home course. And obviously good to do it in competition. Which except for this tournament and the qualifier for this tournament, it’s been a bit of a struggle with the scoring aspect. Have had rounds where I hit the ball fine and find wacky ways to shoot 75’s and 76’s. Only made two birdies yesterday and two today. Gave myself several good chances and was too tentative with the strokes. Some were for good reason. I had two birdie putts yesterday from 5/6ft that I barely made contact with and they went 3ft by. Today I was one under and hit a bad drive on 15, ended up making a double, my partner also doubled the hole 🤨But hung in there and finished with some good pars.
  11. Agree with @iacas, better to err narrow than too wide. For a stock shot, I wouldn't get more narrow than this. For distance wedges I tend to narrow it up, kind of encourages a shorter swing and less power. Something like this.
  12. mvmac

    Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

    Thanks 👍 Yep. Like Hogan said, it's not how good your good shots are, it's how bad your bad shots are (or something to that effect). Trending to a +3.2 index now (+4 at my club), at the beginning of the month I was a +2.0, pretty crazy jump. Out of my last ten rounds, eight have been under par, one was even par and one was over par. I'm saving my winnings for when I have to give four shots back and nobody will want to be my partner lol
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Thanks, easily the best run of golf I've ever had. Thanks! Yeah lots of work was put in to get these results. Just sticking with the process and keeping my swing pieces concise/simple.
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Shot my lowest round, 63, weird thing is I was just missing it well and putter was really solid. Definitely had better ball striking (contact wise) rounds lately. Out of eight makable birdies putts, inside of around that 7-8ft circle I made six of them. Then made two 25 footers and chipped one in just off the green on 16, almost putted it but changed my mind lol I got really nervous on 17 tee, never been -8 before and just stuck with the process and managed to birdie 18. Now trending to +4 😳 http://www.gamegolf.com/player/mvmac83/round/2432567
  15. mvmac

    Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

    Shot my lowest round, 63, weird thing is I was just missing it well and putter was really solid. Definitely had better ball striking (contact wise) rounds lately. Out of eight makable birdies putts, inside of around that 7-8ft circle I made six of them. Then made two 25 footers and chipped one in just off the green on 16, almost putted it but changed my mind lol I got really nervous on 17 tee, never been -8 before and just stuck with the process and managed to birdie 18. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/mvmac83/round/2432567
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