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LL91

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  1. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Just a quick progress update. I've been playing more than working on my swing lately, but after a recent change to what to me feels like a flatter swing (I haven't taken a video lately so I don't for sure know what my swing looks like at the moment), I've been shooting some of my best scores. Couple weeks ago I shot an 83, besting my previous record by 4 shots, and yesterday I shot an 80. I was on track to breaking 80, but a dumb bogey on an easy par 5 on the 17th and a tee shot to a bunker on the par 3 18th made sure that didn't happen yet. Did manage to get up and down from the bunker though, which was cool. This was on the easier of the two courses at my home club, just 5469 meters (=6000 yards). Handicap's down to 12.8. I will try to take some video next time I head to the range.
  2. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Yeah, I agree about the arms at A5. I'm glad to inform though that I had the best range session of the season today. I was flushing a lot of my shots with what looked to me like a push draw. I've been pulling everything all my life so any shot that starts more to the right feels like a push, but they might have been straight draws as well. Either way, the shots felt great, sort of effortless. I'm concentrating on going deeper with my arms on the backswing, without letting my wrists get too active too soon so the clubhead doesn't overtake my hands. I also feel like I'm turning my torso more around my left hip so the right hip gains depth instead of the left getting closer to the ball. This leads to a position at the top where I feel like I have enough space under myself so to speak to swing from in to out. I don't have a camera right now to confirm what I'm feeling so I might have just gotten lucky today on the range. Either way, making solid contact has never been easier than today. Heading out to the course tomorrow, we'll see how that goes.
  3. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Thank you very much for your advice, @iacas . I have been working on my transition move, and I feel like I've made some progress. The balance thing is putting me off though. If I set up with my weight closer to my toes I fell like it moves even further towards the ball during the swing to the point where I'm about to tip over, which is when I start pulling my upper body back and early extending like crazy. And I'm hitting so many shanks with irons that I'm actually afraid of going to course right now. Anyway, here are some stills from a driver swing from yesterday. I haven't had a chance to get some actual sticks for the recommended drills, so I've drawn them afterwards. Sorry for the angle being slightly tilted. A1; A5: Hands are almost inside the line, definitely better than before. The angle of the image is making me look better than I actually am though. If you use the front edge of the mat as reference, you can see I already have my weight on my toes and I'm about to tip over. This is when I start pulling back slightly. A6 (ish): Loving that clubhead position coming from the inside, drastic difference compared to the previous swing. A7.5: Look at that, the whole club and my hands are actually between the lines. Yay. I have a feel for the transition that seems to work, have to keep grinding it. My backswing is creeping back towards the flat side though, it's something I need to keep an eye on. Also the balance stuff is driving me nuts, but I guess it'll get better with time. Sad news is wind blew over my tripod with my phone, and now it has a broken screen and doesn't work anymore. I'll get it fixed but meanwhile can't take any video above 30fps. Oh well.
  4. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    I worked on my back swing yesterday, and I think I made some progress: The problem is, of course, that I've had such a flat back swing for a long time I've developed a huge OTT move in the transition. It has produced some ok shots, as I've gone from under the plane to more or less on plane with my OTT move. I think it's time to change that once and for all now. I do like how my back swing looks now, quite similar to Dustin Johnson. My weight is indeed on my heels, but otherwise I think it's ok. A1: A2: A3: A4: A5: Here's the big flaw. My arms start working towards the ball right away in the transition, while Dustin (and virtually every other pro as well) brings them more or less straight down, keeping his left arm connected to his chest. It's something I need to work on. A6: As a result of the transition I'm way OTT and there's nothing I can do to fix it anymore. You can imagine the amount of slice my drives have because of this position. I need to feel like my hands and arms work way down and away from the ball at the start of the transition. We'll see how it goes.
  5. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Thanks again, @iacas and @mvmac . About the weight stuff, you're saying I should set up with my weight centered between toes and heel, and maybe further away from the ball? I guess it's reassuring to hear my shoulder plane is alright, but I'm definitely lacking in rotation in one way or another. The difference at impact for example here is drastic: Again, the golfer on the right has his right shoulder below the left, spine is bent sideways, and hips are way open. I'm also liking his right arm and elbow, how it's super close to his body and bent. I don't rotate enough, which causes my body to stall, my right arm to lose it's bend and my hands to flip, and I stand up and early extend before impact so I don't hit it fat. Any good tips on how to properly turn through the ball?
  6. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Thanks, @mvmac . I definitely have a tendency to get stacked on my left side at the top. I guess the feel for me should be to move my head back, or at least to stay behind the ball, to make sure it doesn't move forward at the end of the back swing? For the weight being on my heels, it's something I started doing recently. I think it helps getting my weight to my left heel at impact, which I think is better than having it on the left toes where it usually ends up if I'm not paying attention. Correct me if I'm wrong here. I think I'll start working on moving my left shoulder more towards the ball on the back swing, my shoulder plane looks really flat here: I think this makes it impossible for me to swing under my torso and forces to go around it, as evidenced by tracked right shoulder movement from A4 to A7: My shoulder is barely moving, where Dustin has a huge vertical drop before starting to go around. Dropping the shoulder down would allow my right arm to stay bent and my spine to have more lateral bend, which I think would make it easier to keep swing path along target line instead of across it. But for the right shoulder to be able to go down it must first go up, and for that to happen the left shoulder needs to go down. This would explain my inconsistent driving, as I'm sure my shoulder plane is even flatter with longer clubs, which causes my path to be the more left the more I tee the ball forward. Or am I completely on the wrong tracks here?
  7. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Sadly I seem to have regressed lately. I think I lost my swing for a while. Couldn't hit a good shot for the life of me. I've been trying to work on way too many things at once. Shot a couple rounds in the 100s. Then I decided to stop trying to make my swing look a certain way (at least for a while) and focus on swinging with feel, in a way that has worked for me in the past. I think the best way for me to make changes is by trying to make the ball do certain things, and letting my body and swing adjust automatically. Right now I'm focusing on hitting with a lower trajectory, which makes my release more stable and I have more shaft lean at impact. Here's where I'm now: It's not pretty, but for now it's functional. Shaft is still working inside at takeaway, I'm going from shallow to steep instead of the opposite, my hips and shoulders are nowhere near as open at impact as I'd like, right knee is not working towards the ball on the down swing etc etc, but my down swing is on plane and I'm making decent contact. Ball flight is sometimes turning to an over draw, but I suspect that's club face control more than anything. Scores are getting better, so for now I'll keep doing what I'm doing. Driver is still a mess, and I think I'll devote most of my range time towards fixing it. We'll see how it goes.
  8. LL91

    My Swing (b101)

    Enjoyed reading through your thread, definitely making some solid progress. Keep up the good work!
  9. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Shot a 91 with 38 putts and 3 penalties.. Yeah. With the amount of greens I'm hitting (around 4-6) I have so many tries at getting up and down I should be averaging less than 30 putts. I need to figure it out, as it is now my putting doesn't make any sense. Swing wise I've been learning about Moe Norman lately and decided just for the fun of it adopt a setup more like him. Mainly I have my hands higher more towards where they end up at impact anyway, and I stand slightly further from the ball. So far results are good. My contact is better, divots are shallower, ball flight is straight and I've gained some distance. Driver is not good though, need to keep working at it. I'll take some video next week to show where I'm at now.
  10. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Best round of the season, also tied for my all time best: GIR: 4, Putts: 36 First six holes on the back nine were probably some of the best golf I've ever played. I was striking it solid and most importantly, controlling my misses. I was missing quite a lot to the left first couple of holes and decided to play for a fade the rest of the round. That seemed to pay off. Also not a single penalty the whole round, as a comparison my last round had seven. Chipping and pitching were fine, nothing spectacular. Got pretty much everything inside reasonable holing distance. The putter wasn't working though. 36 putts not including about 4 or 5 that were just outside the green. Five 3 putt greens. Last round had 29 putts. Oh well, gotta get on that practice green. All in all, getting consistently better. Breaking 80 should be within my grasp.
  11. How was that shot in the down the line video? Comparable to your average shot? To me it looks like a huge pull, at least based on the ball flight: If your normal ball flight is a draw, it's probably a pull draw, because you're swinging way across the ball from out to in. This might be due to a whole lot of swaying going on in your back swing: Ideally your left hip should stay on that line or even move slightly ahead of it. Because of this it's very hard for you get your weight forward at impact: Having your weight back causes you to swing out to in, which can cause snap hooks and all kinds of problems. You should check this out: http://thesandtrap.com/t/76114/how-to-make-a-centered-hip-turn I hope it helps.
  12. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Another round: GIR: 5, Putts: 29 (!!) Mostly more of the same, so many disaster holes.. Putting got better though, had ten 1 putt greens. And those last four holes, three birdies! I don't think I've ever had three in one round, let alone in the span of four holes. Felt good. I played with two near scratch juniors. They played from the back tees, and I decided to play from there too for the first time ever. I think that got in my head for the first couple of holes, as I hit the worst three tee shots I've hit all season. Oh well, live and learn. Apart from that I didn't have any difficulties playing from the back tees, even though that adds about 400 meters to the course. That 10th hole is driving me mad. Last time I hit my second shot to the hazard on the right, today I hit my second, third (=4th) and fourth (=5th) shot in there. I don't understand what makes it so difficult to stay out of it. Here's the layout of the hole: I drove to about the second line, middle of the fairway. I guess it's too tempting to aim for the flag from there even though you're not going for the green in two, bringing the hazard into play. Next time I'll aim for the bunkers on the left, and maybe take less club to make the chances of hitting a bad shot smaller. Here's another hole I always have difficulties on. Today I snap hooked my drive OOB left, and pushed my third from the tee way right. Still made bogey with the second ball, so really a triple. It's the hardest hole on the course. I don't think I've ever had anything better than a double here: Starting from slightly earlier than the the line drawn to the image, it's way uphill all the way to the green, and sloping from right left. It gets super narrow, OOB is dangerously close on the left and the trees on the right block any chances of approaching if your tee shot leaks even a little to the right. Shaping from left to right on the approach is hard because the fairway slopes from right to left. The forest on the right is so thick even chipping back to the fairway is often very difficult. The ideal play is to hit your tee shot as close to the left edge of the fairway as possible, but that means seriously flirting with OOB. I usually end up somewhere on the right side and have no line to the green. Then I go for the hero shot that either flies across the fairway to OOB or to the trees on the right. I'd like some input here, how would you play the hole?
  13. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Played again today at the same course: Front 9 was good. Back 9 not so much. At least I can pinpoint the moment when things started going wrong. On the 10th, a par 5, I hit a solid drive to the middle of the fairway. I decided to hit my hybrid on the second to about 70 yards off the green. Due to some terrible misjudgement I hit it to a hazard on the right, even though the shot itself was very good. I just somehow didn't even think the hazard would be in play, but that's where the shot ended up. After that I started missing every putt and driving the ball all over. I guess I just completely lost my focus after that stupid mistake. Have to work on evaluating every shot more carefully before hitting. Shooting 40 on the front 9 is positive, even though I missed a 3 foot birdie putt and had a double bogie. I feel like I'm progressing.
  14. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    New swing video. It's a 7 iron again: I decided to start working on my early extension and tendency to shift my weight towards the toes during the down swing. I set up with my weight more towards my heels and tried to keep it there during the swing. I also decided to stand slightly more upright and a bit closer to the ball. Results were not bad. I was actually hitting some of the best shots I've ever hit, which felt good after the bad shots yesterday at the course. Some key discoveries I made: First, impact looking a lot better from DTL compared to my one month old swing: I especially like how my right heel is rolling towards the target, instead of shooting up. I also have some flex in my right knee, and hips seem to be slightly more open, although still not as open as I'd want them to be. I'm better on plane than a couple weeks ago (plane drawn from tip of the shaft through my right elbow): The left pics are from when I tried to be over the plane on the back swing, then under coming down. Now I'm back to being under on the back swing, but I seem to find the right plane better from there. It's not ideal, and definitely something I need to address some day again. Also, hips were sliding back slightly more than a couple weeks ago, which caused my spine to point more up and less to the right at A4 from face on: Gotta keep feeling like I slide my hips forward and my head back during the back swing. Any thoughts on the swing? I feel like I'm going in the right direction, but any comments are highly appreciated. I don't want to be missing something crucial here.
  15. LL91

    My Swing (LL91)

    Played another round today: GIR: 4, Putts: 35 A lot better than last time, but still way too many disaster holes. Interestingly this time they usually weren't because of bad short game but because of long game mistakes. Examples: Hole 7: drive short right to a hazard, third shot after penalty topped a 5 iron to the same hazard. Hole 10: drive over dog leg fairway to a hazard. The only drive with draw all day, of course could not anticipate that. Walked away with a bogey though. Hole 12: sliced my approach 30 yards right of the green. Hole 13: topped my second shot so baldy it went about 40 yards. Hole 14: tee shot didn't fade but went straight to some trees, left no line to approach. Hole 15: hit a horrible tee shot way right, barely got second shot up from the ground. Hole 16: chunked my tee shot, completely topped second shot. I didn't get up and down very many times, so short game also needs some work. Putting was alright today, but definitely not great. The biggest issue is I keep missing full shots both left and right. I need to keep selecting my club so neither miss totally ruins the hole. Basically that means teeing off with less club and sometimes laying up even if distance wise I could hit the green. And I need to get to the range to eliminate one of the misses, and keep grinding so the recent changes really stick. Today I noticed for example that I had started to slide my hips back like I used to before, and started hitting better shots immediately when I concentrated not to. All in all going in the right direction in my quest to brake 80 this season!
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