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  1. Austin had a great swing but other than the "macro" moves I don't see many similarities to DJ. - Austin had a slightly weak or neutral grip, DJ uses a strong one - Austin raised his left heel on the backswing - DJ has a much more flexed lead wrist on the backswing and downswing - Austin goes into right pelvic tilt and with more axis tilt on the downswing where DJ maintains left pelvic tilt longer - DJ is more rotational while Austin had more "leg drive".
  2. Thanks. I guess I was a 100-ish shooter when I started playing 21 years ago, when I was 13. Lowest I got was a +2 for a few months but hung around 0 or +1 most of my time in college. The goal is to keep the 1 handicap but play like a +2, gotta manage that handicap
  3. I think an active lead knee (or both knees) certainly helps with sequencing. In order for the knee to move forward and around (and straighten) it helps for it to gain some flex and rotate internally on the backswing. Creates some "flow". I basically described what I mean by active knee movement in my previous post in this thread. Like I said, doing the knee stuff in of itself might not be the answer, have to consider how the torso is working to facilitate the motion/pieces. While I love Jack's swing and think there is a lot we can learn from it, he was a special players and he would have been just as good with a swing where he kept the lead heel planted.
  4. Hi guys, wanted to let everyone know golf instructor Dana Dahlquist online academy is now live. https://danadahlquistgolf.com/ Dana is one of the best golf instructors in the world and has gained a lot of popularity over the years sharing valuable content through his YouTube channel, and daily Instagram posts. He's also worked with Charles Howell III, Brad Faxon, Daniel Summerhays and other PGA Tour winners/players. Dana is a friend of mine, has helped me with my own game and been very influential with my knowledge of the golf swing. Dana and I even did a video together for this thread a few years ago. I'm really happy for him that he's built a site like this where he can organize and share his thoughts and teachings on the golf swing. I've gone through most of the videos on his new academy and it's great stuff. The videos cover many aspects of the golf instruction such as the ball flight laws, full swing, how to make changes, short game and putting. Most videos are 1-2 minutes and while Dana can get as technical as anyone out there these videos are simple and easy to understand. If you've ever seen his posts and wondered how he gets these students to make their swing changes this is the perfect introduction to Dana's preferences and the information he shares with students. There is even a glossary section in case some of the terms are new to viewers. As far as I know the plan is to continue to update the site with new content. My favorite clips are the "over the shoulder" and online lessons where you watch other players receive instruction from Dana. The other videos are useful but to me watching the lessons really connects the dots from golf theory to practical application. Every lesson handles a different aspect of the swing as each student has different priorities. Whether you're a low handicapper trying to take those last couple strokes off or a high handicapper looking to break 90, I'd strongly recommend visiting the site and learning more. There are even some plans that include membership to the site with online lessons included. Here's a couple screen shots of the video library. If anyone is interested in checking out the content, Dana has been nice enough to offer TST members a discount, just use this coupon code. Since I've known Dana a while and gone through most of the content I'm happy to try and answer any questions you guys might have.
  5. I take an in-person lesson every 4-6 months but I send my instructor updates/check-in videos every couple of weeks. I hit balls for 45-60 mins 4-5 times a week, play once or twice a week. I practice at home about 10-20 mins a day which is actually the most effective practice I do.
  6. Little off topic here but Jack Nicklaus said as soon as he started transferring his weight he felt he immediately released the club head with his hands and wrists. Feel ain't real.
  7. But when you're practicing are you consciously trying to do the same things you work on in your lessons? Doing full swings isn't going to to help you change the picture.
  8. Yeah I would have to see a video because I have no idea what is really going on. I'm a little bit of the opposite. My "harder" swings tend to work out better for me.
  9. Yes and part of the "homework" I come up with myself. It's the instructors job to identify the problem and lay out some game plan but it's the student's job to take ownership of implementing the changes. This would include an understanding of how to work the pieces (drills, slow swings, exercises, filming swings, exaggerated rehearsals) and how the pieces are connected (the "why"). This is a big problem IMO. What are you doing when you practice by yourself? You should be able to fix or at least manage what you're doing wrong in between lessons.
  10. Because of this, Swing speed is obviously important to distance but so is hitting it solid.
  11. The lead knee gains flexes and rotates inward (internal rotation). How much is dependent on style, flexibility and feel. I prefer to see a lead knee rotate inward enough to where it's pointed at the ball or inside the ball (depending on club) at the top of the backswing. I think one thing that is important with more of an "old-school" pivot or having more freedom with the lead knee is that it does need to be sequenced with the torso movement. I can lift rotate my knee inward and make a horrible swing with terrible alignments. How players feel things will vary but be careful with just "collapsing" the lead knee inward to fix you swing. When it comes to releasing the left heel I think it should be something that it more passive than active. The heel is being "unweighted" and the foot is not actively going to plantar flexion. Probably 5 Lessons where Hogan describes his "restrictive" pivot. Or at least that was the takeaway for many golf instructors. I do find it interesting that you have Nicklaus who won 18 majors, hit it high, far and didn't curve it much (IMO was a better ball striker than Hogan), also wrote some good instruction books yet none of it transferred to mainstream golf instruction. People are still trying to chase Hogan's swing.
  12. More like golden duck than golden bear
  13. I suck at this shot so I gave myself a decent lie lol. Tried it off a fairway lie and couldn't get it done, kept hitting it too far.