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  1. Hi, and welcome! As some may point out, it is going to be difficult to give you good feedback without posting a video of your swing. That said, best course of action to get better is to invest in some golf lessons at a local course and stick with them for an extended period of time. Although you will have to spend some money, i guarantee you will improve and not regret spending the lessons. Without feedback from someone who know what they are doing watching your swing, you will forever be guessing at what you should be doing, regardless of the amount of reading you do on the internet.
  2. Wow, I had assumed you are a beginner. With an index that low it sounds like you just need some range and practice time. Are you sure your full swing is the issue? If you are shooting 75-82, maybe your focus should be on chipping and putting to Dave some strokes.
  3. Hi! YouTube videos can be a great learning tool, but as a beginner it's going to be difficult to just rely on YouTube because you will not be getting the feedback you get from lessons. YouTube video lessons typically focus on one "tip" or on every small part of the golf swing. Signing up for lessons will help you get a big picture understanding of your swing and your very specific swing fault. From there you will be able to better use the YouTube videos to work on specific faults. I agree with everyone else that lessons are a must at the beginning. It took me about two years of struggling
  4. Hi! Finding a good instructor can be difficult. If you have never taken lessons before, it probably does not matter much who you go with as you will receive tremendous benefits from just about any instructor. Just make sure they are pga certified (or credentialed in some other reputable program, e.g. 5sk). That said, for a beginner you will benefit the most from purchasing at least 4-5 hours of time at once. Most instructors will let you break up that time as you see fit, in 30 min or 1 hour increments. You will most likely get the best results with the first couple lessons being an hour long,
  5. No worries! Thanks for the responses and helpful link everyone!
  6. Hi Everyone! So I have been taking lessons and working on turning my hips more during the swing and into impact. Only problem now is that as I turn my hips it brings my arms over the top, causing me to cut across the ball each time. No matter what I do I can't seem to get my arms on plane without some terrible result (hitting fat/thin/shank I used to hit a fairly consistent draw, and my miss was almost always a hook, so I got used to playing the course from right to left. It wasn't perect, but it got me down to a 7.8. However, I had very little hip turn in my swing and instead had a very
  7. 21 days is a really short window to shave two strokes off your handicap, even with significant instruction and golf/range time built in. Not to mention the rounds of golf you will have to play during that window to get the handicapping calculation to adjust downward. Assuming unli ited resources and time, best chance of getting there though is to do nothing but golf for the next three weeks. Lessons and practice in the morning, and playing in the afternoon every day for three weeks. If you are like the majority of us saps and don't have unlimited resources, I would suggest working on your cour
  8. While I can see how this type of setup would help someone get a lot of reps and work on timing, I just think it would be impossible to build a really good swing using only this setup without at least some range time. Reason being that it will be impossible to tell what kind of ball flight the balls have, which basically translates to how much spin, i.e. how shut/open your club face is at impact. Without seeing the full ball flight, you have no idea how the ball flies, and can only see where it starts, if that. Point being, while there certainly are a lot of benefits to this type of practice, i
  9. In a nutshell, traditional golf instruction will tell you that keeping the club "steep" on the back swing ensures that it does not get get stuck on the inside or result in a over the top move. If your tendency is to take the golf club back on a "shallow," path, meaning more on the inside and around your body, the natural tendency will be to lift the golf club into position as opposed to swinging it back, which may promot an over the top move, and/or it will be harder to get the club back on plane since you have pulled it so far into the inside, resulting into he club being "stuck" behind your
  10. The best instructors I have had were always good at communicating their ideas and instructions in more than one way. A failure to communicate can just as easily be the result of a failure to grasp the target audience. People learn and communicate in all types of ways, and imoh, the best instructors will intuitively try different methods. For example, a student might be a visual learner, so demonstrating the proper sequence in person or on video will work better than explaining it verbally. Likewise, some people will learn better by physically being placed into positions and shown what "over th
  11. I completely agree, when I said a shank is the worse, I meant it's one of the worse kind of shot you can hit on the golf course, mainly because you get no distance and usually end up some here at a 90 degree angle of where you started. At least with a big slice or hook you end I further down the fairway, and even if it goes OB you are taking a drop somewhere further down than from where you started. A shank, on the other hand, is the golf equivalent of an own-goal in soccer, IMHO.
  12. Hello! Every now and then I will shank a ball too. Frankly, if you play enough golf I think your bound to hit a shank or two. Even happens to the pros. That said, a shank is the result of coming into the ball with the hosel. The cause can be a lot of things, but generally it's the result of standing too close to the ball. If you are not giving yourself enough space to swing the club through the tendency will be to come in on the hosel. When I first started playing I had a tendency to shank. My pro had me step away from the ball and take my address position feeling like I'm reaching for the bal
  13. Oh, that makes more sense. Facepalm moment.
  14. I thought all the putting fundamentals stressed a quiet and completely still lower body, with really only the arms moving? Any threads on here about firing the lower hip during the putting stroke? That seems like a sure firewater get the putter offline during the stroke. By playing the ball slightly forward in my stance get the putter to come in flush or up into the ball a ery slight amount just fine.
  15. There is no secret. There is no one move or tip that you will see or learn that magically unlocks the golf swing for you. There are only fundamentals that mist be practiced consistently to generate some consistency. Many people on this thread have touched on some of the important ones: good setup, good address, good grip, good takeaway, body coil, leading the downswing with your legs, forward shaft lean and hands at impact, head back and still, etc. The faster you disuade yourself of the notion that there is a "secret" out there that will turn you from a hacker to a tour prop overnight, the fa
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