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About kc8kir

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    Will we ever break 80?
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  1. On the toe.... sorry. I was thinking of hitting the ball slightly off the toe of the club. I keep the heel from dragging in the grass!
  2. Grip pressure for me with this method is very firm. You are hitting the ball off the toe of the club, so it will want to twist... but that dead hit gives the ball a different spin condition hitting the green (in my experience). It takes getting used to... but I find it very effective. To the prior post, I do raise the club on the toe as he illustrates in the book. This really helps in the rough, even when you play the club back. When playing out of deep rough, the ball is moved back and the hands forward. The club is still off the toe and I account for the decreased loft in how much roll out I
  3. It has been a very long time since I was on this forum. Still playing golf here... though struggling with a hook and shooting mid to high 80s. All that said... I still use the method Paul Runyan outlines in his book as my primary chipping method. Jim Furyk uses this method as well, and I find it to be very reliable. I will add or subtract a club depending on green speed for the day. Trajectory is played with using shaft angle and ball position. The firm wrists he advises takes some practice and is very much a dead feel through the ball... but I find it produces consistent spin conditions so I
  4. kc8kir

    Shawn Clement

    Shawn's videos were some of the first instruction I recieved and followed. I think his teaching really helped me realize some part of my potential much faster than if I had just followed "Golf Digest" tips, etc. I own his DVD, and it's a great resource. If I still lived up in Michigan, I'd probably make the trip to see him for lessons. All this being said, I had to be careful with Shawn's hip turn method. I am very flexible in my turn, and I mistakenly ended up reverse pivoting (weight staying left, then spinning out on the downswing). This was my fault entirely, as I should have known to p
  5. I would definitely suggest finding an actual "swing trigger" to start the motion of the swing. Hogan had a slight forward body press. Lee Trevino had his three steps. Nicklaus had the stationary press and head turn. Sam Snead had the forward press. Byron Nelson had the forward body press with lagging clubhead takeaway. Gary Player kicks in his right knee. Harvey Penick suggested feeling like you are swinging a bucket of water. You wouldn't start straight back. A little swing forward is needed to set things in motion. Jim McClean suggests raising and lowering the right heel. B
  6. Man... looks good. Just keep trying to get your practice swing to match the full swing as much as possible. Your swing looks really stable. Me and my whippy wrists are envious. As far as the consistency goes, what kind of swing trigger are you using? I couldn't spot anything (hand press, forward press, head turn, forward bump, foot step, knee push, etc). Might want to consider finding one and putting it into your swing. That will help every swing start feeling the same and hopefully migrate into every ball flying about the same. All the greats had a swing trigger. None started from a pure
  7. Good advice, IF you are going to use that swing pattern (the Ben Hogan a la Slicefixer method). Gotta be careful here, because the golf swing is not a "one swing fits all" environment. Give the above advice to someone without proper coaching and the rest of the starting alignments, and you're gonna have them suffering with spinouts and all sorts of other faults (just like any technique or swing pattern, you need the whole picture, not just a part of it). There are many ways to swing a golf club, though the effectiveness of each is debatable. I think it depends on the person more than anything.
  8. Mats are evil things. They really screw up your swing if you haven't learned yet how to feel the difference between a barely clean shot, and a slightly fat one. Anyone I see hitting on mats really well, I question how they hit off grass and dirt. Not the same animal. Real ground is not perfectly flat and does not help you if you hit the ball slightly fat. I suffered from the same "fear of the ground". I didn't like the feeling of taking up dirt. That's because I hadn't learned to make good compressive contact in the order "ball then earth". The "earth then ball" is a very uncomfortable feeli
  9. SubPar, what tees are you playing from? If it's the back tees I would suggest moving forward until you can generate more distance WITH accuracy. Better to play a more forward set of tees and get used to scoring (and the confidence that goes with it) and then move back as your distance improves. That way, the course won't seem so long when you finally do have the distance. You'll be comfortable hitting those distances with accurate shot placement.
  10. Besides initiating with the lower body, I think Harvey Penick had the best advice for how to start the downswing. Left heel down and right elbow return to side. Two things to keep in mind here. If you aren't lifting your left heel on the backswing, it's gonna feel like you just push the left heel into the ground. This gets your weight going left and back. Second, the right arm to body connection should stay in place until either just before, or just until impact. Depends on the release you want / works for you (David Toms impact versus Adam Scott for example). Want you don't want is to loo
  11. I think it's kinda disturbing that you make Daly's habits such a personal issue. What on earth does it matter to your business if he screws up or succeeds? Does it somehow reflect on you? Do you gain something by wishing him future hardship? I have a serious problem with the way the golf media only wants to highlight Daly as a screwup. Not everyone in golf is a prim and proper frat boy with a pompous alligator on their popped collared shirt (don't go taking that the wrong way either). The PGA Tour is not a live remake of "Angels in the Outfield"... or perhaps it's "Angels on the Teebox, in t
  12. I can't believe no-one had this one on their list. All time favorite movie. No contest. I like lots of movies, but this is the best. Watched it so much as a kid, I think I broke the tape. TOP GUN Some guy is hitting into our group out golfing, my buddy turns to me and says "Sir, do I have permission to fire?" and I respond "Do not fire unless fired upon!". Driving off from the first tee, we cooly chant "I feel the need... the need... for speed!" Mention doing something totally crazy, and the only response is "You're gonna do what!?!?" Can't forget the classic insult line
  13. Lots of good practice drills for putting, but there are really three things to focus on (in this order): Pure Contact Distance Feel Green Reading and Special Techniques The first and the second will get you two putting most greens. At home, I suggest practicing getting pure contact. Short putts only at first, but just focus on the feel of the stroke. Close your eyes and hit a few. Memorize the feel of a correctly stroked putt. Even with pure contact and good distance control, you'll still have odd misses and struggle on challenging courses. That's were green reading and special
  14. Over-firing the right hand through impact (right hand takeover) along with a loss of arm-body connect (arm runaway) will cause this. Take it from me, it's not fun and it will eventually lead to heel hits and shanks. Keep the left side steering and the right side submissive. If the right side takes over completely, and straightens the arm too soon, the result is a clubhead moving too much in-out (or conversely, if you combine it with a casting motion, way too much out-in). Note, I'm not saying to discount the right side as a powersource, it's just that it's very easy to shove the club at the ba
  15. There is a HUGE debate on the correct path following impact. I believe both are viable, but which is more efficient or effective remains for consideration. You can: A) Release down the line. or... B) Release low left. Both options are completely ruined by slinging or flipping the clubhead. Cupping the left wrist destroys the impact alignments. Finally, the path of the club after impact should be a result of the pivot and arm-body motion, not a contrived result. Lateral, or halted body rotation, encourages dtl. Full rotational encourages low left. Interestingly enough... the two gre
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