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  1. 350 yard drives. 200 yard 9 iron shots. The modern game. Love it or hate it. Perhaps restrict the loft on the driver to 15 degrees. A 3 wood can only go so far, maybe 320 max. Time to reign the ridiculousness in a little bit. Or not.
  2. There could be some truth to this statement. My uncle, who didn't learn the game as a child, and who never became an obsessive golfer, often tells me that he's looking at the ball at address. Focusing on the exact dimple or portion of the ball that he wants to strike. Maybe he got this tip from Nicklaus' Golf My Way or from another golfer. He seems to think that hitting the ball is all about impact (which of course it is ultimately) and if he just strikes the clubface on the right part of the ball then he will hit a straight, solid shot. For me it's more about making a good swing. Th
  3. Yes, I know, I'm posting to a very old thread. Couldn't find anything current on this topic. I can relate to the "hitting" feels vs the "swinging" feels. As a child, I played baseball before I played golf. As a right handed player, everything was done "actively" with the right arm and hand while the lower body and left arm and hand "felt" passively involved. I could throw a curve ball before I first held a golf club in my hands (at the age of 11) and tried to hit something that was much smaller than a baseball and was on the ground. So for most of my junior years as a golfer I "felt"
  4. Pretty funky at the top but I love his finish. I could honestly watch this swing all day. When you cross the line at the top, does it mean that you have to have a lot more lateral lower body movement (on the downswing) to avoid coming over the top? Is that what's happening here and allowing him to find the slot like a PGA Tour pro? If he just rotated without lateral he'd be over-the-top? Why doesn't he look as Hip Bumpy as say Tom Lehman? He rotates more?
  5. I've been attempting to make a swing in which my backswing is less upright and steep and a closer match to my downswing so that I don't have to be as athletic (as Fred Couples, Bubba, Furyk, and Ryan Moore who have large angular differences (loopiness) between backswing and through swing and have great rhythm and timing). Is it true that flaring my right foot at address will not help me in this regard and will lead to too much of a weight shift onto the right foot at the completion of the backswing? This is one of the recommendations in Jim Hardy's somewhat antiquated (10 years old?) bo
  6. Just got his "The Plane Truth" book a few days ago. I guess it's kind of an older book. So far the book hasn't been as enlightening as I had hoped. Some interesting ideas. Especially the ones about how you should have a different type of grip, set up, spine angle. weight shift, foot flare, method of initiating the downswing, etc. depending on which type of swing you have. While I do agree that a more one-plane swing is theoretically more repeatable (less compensations to get the club from upright backswing to more shallow downswing, less loopiness) I do have some doubts. For starters, he s
  7. Fundamentally it makes sense. I flare both feet and I feel it allows me to swing like a younger man. More around my body.
  8. Probably going to go out next week and watch Web.com 2nd Stage Q-School at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Florida. I went two years ago and I enjoyed it and learned more in this quiet setting (watching the pros) than in some of the PGA Tour stops I've been to. Watching these guys quietly going about their business without all the hoopla and crowds. They'll be playing it down on dormant bermuda fairways. Very tight lies. Not sure if the rye grass has come up yet on the greens.
  9. I guess nobody has a shag bag anymore? All the mini tour (Florida Space Coast Tour) players I used to watch practicing in the early 1980's had their own leather shag bags. You could find them at the back of the driving range on any given Sunday afternoon hitting shot after shot until dark. I don't think they thought they were "wasting time."
  10. I guess the title of this thread is not accurate. It should read, "Advantages/Disadvantages of the Sam Snead/Nicklaus Head/Chin Swivel at set up/address. (Before the takeaway and backswing)
  11. 1. Does this movement cause you to take the club back more inside? (for me, that's a good thing when I'm trying to draw the ball, as my swing tends to be too "out-to-in" like Ryan Moore or Jim Furyk.) 2. Because your head/chin already swivels to the right when you've completed your backswing, is this step even necessary? 3. If you're trying to hit a fade and have made set up changes (playing the ball more forward, aiming left, and in some cases even slightly opening the face) does swiveling your head/chin to the right before you begin the takeaway make it harder to "fade" the ba
  12. I Let me try to clarify: We have a lot of pine trees that line the fairways here in Florida (pretty much everywhere in the South). Fairways cut out of very thick pine woods---think Augusta or TPC Stadium Course. The push draw off the tee doesn't always draw (even for players on these developmental tours like E-Golf and Web.com) and then you're left with the push in the right rough. When you're drive is on the right side of the fairway with overhanging tree limbs blocking your "stock 5 yard draw" approach you kind of have to cut it. I recently attended a 2nd stage Q-school ev
  13. Thanks for answering my questions, Mike. It would be interesting to see if Matt could play a fairly tight course like Harbor Town (lots of overhanging tree limbs and tree lined fairways) by just hitting his stock 5 yard push draw (really just a straight shot) all day long. Maybe on these desert courses the player isn't as obstructed (on approach shots from the first cut or rough) by overhanging tree limbs and there's no incentive to work the ball? Also, it's interesting to hear that even if there was a water hazard on Matt's left, he would still hit his stock draw, rather tha
  14. 1. Did he or any of the other players hit any "stingers?" I watched a 2nd stage Q-school in 2012 and I saw quite a few 3 wood stingers hit off the tee. Granted the fairways were pretty hard (dormant bermuda) and it was moderately windy. 2. Did he move the ball forward or back in his stance or make any other changes to set up or posture to control ball flight? Or did he just hit his standard push draw all day, regardless of wind or other factors, ball played in the same places according to club used? 3. Did he hit any fades? Fade tee shots on dog leg rights? Or did he just go wi
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