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  1. Thanks a lot for all of the advice everyone, I am going to take all of your suggestions into account and start practicing both mentally and physically to get my swing more inside-out.

    I actually do record my swing often but unfortunately I don't know what to look for most of the time, but now I definitely do. Looking back, it seems as though my swing is definitely over the top especially with my longer clubs so I feel like that is definitely my problem.

    If anyone would like to look, I have posted swings to the members swing section. They aren't the best quality videos, but I'm going to try and get some better ones now that daylight is lasting longer: http://thesandtrap.com/t/66994/my-swing-eleven13

  2. Originally Posted by BostonBrew

    I would also suggest bagging the driver until you get it worked out on the range. No need to put yourself in a bad spot off the tee during the round.

    Yeah unfortunately this is what I've resorted to recently.

    Like I said, I'll have a few good shots and then get cocky and on the next tee I pull out the driver and sort of think, "well what could really go wrong?" and then a whole lot goes wrong and my score goes in the gutter.

    I've been teeing off with my hybrids which I don't hit very far but have a far less chance of slicing or doing something that'll force me to drop or end up in a terrible lie. I just feel like I'm cheating myself by skipping my driver completely, so I'd really like to get my problem hammered out as soon as I can.

  3. Hey everyone, I've been working on my swing for a while now and Im finally starting to make some good contact with my irons. I have some trouble with my five iron and 3-4 hybrids hitting cleanly, but they generally go straight or don't hook/slice too badly. However, my driver is a different story. 9 times out of 10 when I hit my driver the ball viciously slices at almost a horizontal angle (comes off the tee straight, then does like a 90 degree turn right). This causes mayhem when I go to the course because I have "this one will be the good shot" syndrome and end up putting balls in the forest or like 3 holes over and end up taking drops that kill my score. Lately I've just been keeping my driver in the bag, but I hate to feel like I'm giving up on it and I know that I have the potential to hit it far and straight, it's just killing my score lately. I'm right handed and am using a 10.5 degree callaway big bertha. I've tried different tee heights but It seems like even "tee it high and let it fly" doesn't help me. Do you guys have any tips, advice, or videos for things I can try at the range in order to fix this problem? I feel like my score could improve dramatically if I can just finally get some distance off the tee and hit more fairways. Thanks!
  4. I've been Playing Golf for: About 4 years

    My current handicap index or average score is: ~120

    My typical ball flight is: To the right

    The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Very bad slice that can happen with all of my clubs (but mostly my driver), Topped or "skulled" balls.

    I apologize for the quality and lighting of the videos, I used a golf app on my phone to take them sort of spur of the moment. I figured I would try and see if I could get any advice at all from these videos  then update the thread with higher quality/brighter videos when I go to the range again.

    A little background, I played golf here and there for about 2 years, then played regularly for a year with a really bad swing. Took a lesson at the end of last season, so this year I am really trying to forget my old bad habits and focus on my new swing. I'm having a hard time just hitting the ball well consistently and would really love some feedback on my address and swing in general. I hit about 1 great shot out of 10 it seems like, and naturally when I hit the course it's almost always the bad shots that emerge. Most are short range slices, but some are just poorly hit balls that dribble and go no where.

    Ironically these videos show decent although "thin" shots, but I'm sure there are things in my swing that I should correct or work on and any feedback you could give from these videos would be greatly appreciated.



    Driver 2:

    6 Iron:

    9 Iron:

  5. I try to play the ball off of my left heel, I will try to get some better pictures tomorrow in the daylight.

    How far away should be hands be from my body roughly? Is there a general rule?

    I guess my main question is should the head of the driver be flush on the ground at address, because if so it means that my stance would be very straight up and my arms would be much further from my body as opposed to the natural straight down position

  6. Hey everyone,

    I went to the range today and I was hitting my clubs pretty well, but then I took my driver out and although I was making good contact, I had a vicious slice and I was questioning myself as to whether I was addressing the ball correctly.

    I have two pictures attached of the two set-ups that I was using, with a close up of the driver head for each. The first picture is a more comfortable natural stance similar to how I set up with my other clubs, but when I set up this way due to the length of the driver the toe of the club seems to be pivoted into the air.

    In the second picture, I'm pretty much standing up straight but the club is flush on the ground so that the heel and toe are on the same level as each other. This doesn't feel natural to me, but I feel like the club itself is in better alignment.

    Are either of these the correct way to address the ball?

    Picture 1: http://imgur.com/uvXlUAX

    Close up (1): http://imgur.com/ux4Oabz

    Picture 2: http://imgur.com/lsvkH4U

    Close up (2): http://imgur.com/Sioh4kR

    Sorry for the side ways close ups, not sure why they came out like that.

    Thank you!

  7. Thanks for the replies everybody, I feel better about the clubs now. However, how do I know I have the "right" shafts? I just bought the clubs as they were, never changed the shafts, so is that something that I should look into?

    Also, I was unaware that there was both GI and SGI clubs, do you happen to know which kind my clubs would fall under? I would assume just standard GI since they are progressive offset, but I'm really not sure.

    Thanks again!

  8. Hey everyone,

    I've had a set of AdamsGolf Idea a7 clubs for about 4 years now. For 3.5 of them, my swing was absolutely atrocious and I'm just finally figuring it out and hitting the ball well with a much more "textbook" swing.

    Since I had a plethora of other concerns with my mechanics before, I never really paid attention to my clubs (and I was sort of stupid in buying them, a salesman just suggested them to me and I bought them without much question). I just noticed today that they have a "progressive" off-set to them. I'm now nervous that playing with off-set clubs will mask any flaws in my swing and I won't be able to really improve long term.

    I dislike masking problems with my play and I'd rather address the source of any errors than try some sort of tweak to get around the core problem. Do you guys feel that a progressive offset will end up hurting me in the long run in terms of getting me into more bad habits than good ones? Will I have a hard time transitioning into a set without off-set down the road? If the clubs may be detrimental to my play in the long term, I might look into selling them and getting a standard set in the near future.

    Thanks for any advice!

  9. Thanks for all the great (and fast!) replies everyone. I think I will take the lesson, it says that they use swing analysis software, as well as video tape the whole lesson which they give to you at the end, so at least I'll have something to reference back to. And if the first one i good, maybe I'll see if they have any affordable package deals to go back for a couple more.

    I'm really motivated to fixing my swing and swinging correctly so I think I'll benefit from it, I'm not too worried about my score because A. I never feel good about a good score if I just compensated for a mistake or a weakness instead of doing it correctly and B. it can't really get much worse than it is ;)

    Thanks again everybody!

  10. Hey everybody,

    I've been playing golf for a while now, but the past two summers are when I've really started playing courses regularly and getting more serious about it and trying to improve my game.

    I've never had a consistent swing....it constantly changes from season to season and although I usually work something out by the mid-end summer, by that time I don't really have much of a window to stay consistent before winter rolls in.

    I just went to the driving range yesterday after watching a video on the proper swing, and my short irons were sort of alright....but my 5 iron to my driver would literally slice viciously to the same exact spot nearly every time (unless I just completely flubbed it).

    I had my friend video tape my swing, and man was it ugly. I'm off balance, my posture is bad, I come inside, I have no idea what my wrists are doing, it was just horrendous. I've thought about getting a lesson before, but I was never really sure if I really needed one, of if I could work it out myself.

    I was thinking about going to my local Golfer's Warehouse and having a video taped lesson with one of their PGA pro instructors, do you guys think it would be worth it? If not, is there any video or guide that can help me swing correctly if I practice on my own? I just never know how to fix my own swing, and my friends see the issues, but they can't tell me how to fix them, and we're all around similar skill level anyways.

    What do you guys think?


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