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  1. Yeah, it's weird this knowledge hasn't fully taken over. It's been shown many times, at least in baseball where I used to look into the research, that warming up with lighter than game weight increases swing speed, and heavier than game weight reduces swing speed. This isn't a definitive study, but is the first one I found googling just now and agrees with other literature I've seen over the years.
  2. I've never actually said "Be the right club today!", but I totally unironically yell "Be right!" when I hit one that's tracking right on the pin. That's probably the most embarrassing one for me. I might have to slap someone who said Mr. Hogan non-ironically. Thankfully I've never heard that in person...
  3. Agree that in general the OP pic indicates maybe your club should be more upright. But a word of caution. When I got fit, going from standard to 2˚ upright helped me hit with the toe of the club less angled towards the ground, but not all the way. And going more and more upright didn't help! It was my swing. I'd come in toe down from how I set up with basically any reasonable lie angle.
  4. Ah. Right. That makes sense. So I never need to leave the flagstick in
  5. Maybe I missed this earlier in this very long thread. But am I right in deducing from #3 that according to your testing while having the flagstick in doesn't hurt if you're stopping the ball within a couple feet of the cup, it also doesn't help? Intuitively that makes sense if you're only going to run it by ~6". But I'm surprised if having the stick in doesn't help at least a touch on balls that are going to run 3' by.
  6. After seeing the numbers, and having some experience playing with the stick in all the time when I'm trying to speed golf, I want it in all the time. I'm not going to be a big stickler about it though. If I'm not first to putt and a playing partner takes it out, I won't insist on putting it back in. Maybe I'd be singing a different tune if I ever had anything more than $10 on the line. I agree it could become a problem for pace of play. Not sure how likely I feel that is.
  7. Shot a nice 80 on Sunday. Didn't have time to get there early, just stepped onto the first tee. 3-putt double to start, then three more bogeys, one a 3-putt, to go +5 through 4. Then +3 through last 14, hitting the ball great. It was really cold so even lost a few shots choosing the wrong club for the conditions, coming up short twice and long twice hitting the shot I wanted, though I got two of those up and down. Shot of the day though was this. Two putted for birdie.
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    My Swing (iacas)

    Haha. You're welcome. Notice I haven't posted a video of my own swings in a while. I know they're ugly and have obvious flaws to work on when time permits. Don't need online evidence of how ugly it is
  9. mdl

    My Swing (iacas)

    What's up with the cross the line at the top and super steep at A5?
  10. Oh yeah?! Well I'm 5'1", 85lbs, 65 years old, am so inflexible I can't even touch my knees, much less my toes, 1-rep max bench press even 30 years ago was 25lbs, have TWO bulging discs plus a left shoulder that barely stays in the socket at rest from so many dislocations, and nerve damage that limits movement on my whole right side. But apparently I understand the grip and the swing better than you, because I've driven a 390 yard par 4 and average 320 yard carry!
  11. So say we have a par 72 course with 6,000 yard and 6,600 yard tees. 6k tees start off with a rating of something like 63, and 6.7k tees with something 65, and then all the other stuff adds points up to the final ratings? 90/10 seems maybe extreme? I know for sure that I've played different courses of the same length where my average score is more than 3-4 shots different, but that seems to be about the range of rating difference available when 90% of the rating is distance.
  12. Well it can't really be underrated, because it seems from what you see people playing on the course to be highly rated already! But I'm going in the minority here and saying it's not overrated at least for reasonably good avid golfers. I don't have any numbers to back it up. I just know that even among premium balls I've felt a difference. I played the Nike RZN balls forever because I work there and got 10 dozen for like $80 when Nike stopped making golf equipment. After (fewer than I would like to admit) years, I ran out of those, and figured I'd try the Pro V1Xs that everyone seems to love but I'd never played. Like I said, I can't point to any statistical differences, but the balls at least felt way better. It felt like my ball flight was more consistent, and the feel around the green was better. I don't think this is a socially influenced bias, since I'd always kind of been against the Titleist balls just because of how much everyone else loved them, so I was totally ready to feel vindicated and not like them. But I admit it's totally possible that if you put me on a monitor and gave me 10 shot per club with the Snells everyone's talking about and the same with the Titleists that the stats wouldn't back up my feel. But I still like the feel!
  13. Not to reset the clock, but I figured I'd answer my own now I knew shape variety would be considered over rated, and I agree. Sure, there are some hard dog legs left where I wish I could reliably switch mid-round to hit a single hard draw with my driver and shorten the hole a ton. But I can't, and agree it's overrated as an ability. Better to become as consistent and accurate as you can with your best playable shape. More interesting I think is trajectory and spin. I don't play pro tournament setup type courses often enough that I need to worry often about reducing spin so as not to zip the ball back off the front. I'm not sure that's rated super highly, so not sure if it's overrated, but I don't think it's super important. For the same reason, controlling trajectory in and of itself isn't super important for the courses I play either. But I've had a ton of success with learning to flight my short irons. Honestly that success is more about shortening and simplifying the swing and making it easier to control the club face, so the trajectory and spin change from that swing isn't really the point for me. But I'd say that's an underrated thing to learn.
  14. Plenty of people have piled on about thinking all coaching is bad, so I'll just note I also disagree with you there. But as to your goal, I used to play every once in a while with a guy who'd been a good golfer right handed (mid to high single digit IIRC), and then was hit by a bus on his left side. Major injuries to left hip and leg. After recovering he found he couldn't swing right handed anymore without pain, but swinging left handed didn't hurt. So he switched and learned how to play lefty. I met him years later, so I don't know how long it took him to learn. But by the time I met him he was probably a 10 handicap with a nice looking swing and solid distance!
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