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Open-Faced Club Sandwedge

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  1. I battle with this one too. It helps me to think of sliding my hips forward while holding my head back. The early opening of my shoulders on the downswing, causing that out-to-in swing path and pull/slice, brings with it an early move forward (down the target line) of my head. If I move the hips forward while keeping my head behind the ball, it keeps my shoulders in check, drops the club into the slot, and I can fire through with a little push-draw (the shot I try to play). -Andrew
  2. Let's not forget acceleration in this equation. At the top of the backswing, you've momentarily stopped moving, but you are accelerating. You're going from moving one direction to moving the opposite direction, which, even during the instant you spend at rest, is acceleration. F = ma, your mass isn't changing, and therefore acceleration = force, and the force in the golfswing is all connected to your feet pushing on the ground. Further, let's remember how much you're accelerating; you're starting a downswing movement which is going to see your whole body moving in the direction of th
  3. I think a lot of people have trouble understanding the difference between weight shift and sway. You can (and most beginners do) shift the weight to the right foot by swaying to your right. Or you can shift weight to the right foot without swaying, by rotating in the backswing and countering, and then reversing this rotation using the right foot. Every golf swing includes this transfer of forces. Lastly, you can shift weight to the right foot without swaying or rotating, just by easing the pressure on the left foot (in some cases lifting the heel). Now, if that's how you shift weight to y
  4. Whether you're being a bit harsh depends on specifically why you're saying this; what did he actually say or do that turned you off? As others have stated, you have to put up with a bit of sales pitch; they make their living by selling lessons. The question is did it get in the way of the instruction, and was the instruction on-point, correct, and useful? -Andrew
  5. This is a very foreign idea to me, as someone who tries (somewhat successfully) to use forward weight and forward shaft lean to make sure the leading edge gets underneath the ball. How do avoid bouncing the blade of the club into the equator of the ball? -Andrew
  6. Well, the below sounds like you probably have the ball too far back in your stance. Moving it forward will help if you need a little extra space in your swing to make sure your lag has been converted to speed at impact. But without video, that's just a guess. And in my experience, the best way to release correctly if you're holding onto your lag too long is to relax your grip a little and feel like your hands are being passive, and cultivate the feeling that all the speed and force of the swing comes from the legs, torso, and shoulders. -Andrew
  7. Quote: Well, that's not my only objective. It's just one of my objectives. Also, even if it was my only objective, having the ability to fine-tune my driver to hit better and better drives, more and more consistently, would feed my ego all the better. And the consistency thing will help my scores, too. Just not as much as my short game lessons and practice will. -Andrew
  8. That's something I hadn't really thought about before posting this thread, but it seems like a salient point. Perhaps what I need to do is go through the fitting process, and determine what all the variables are that suit me best, including the shaft variables, and then maybe go for an adjustable driver with a shaft that fits me well. Also, since different drivers are adjustable in different ways, it would probably be good to know which dimension makes the most difference in the results I'm getting. It could be that loft really isn't as important as I'm thinking, and what I really need is a
  9. Regarding saving the money and focusing on my short game, instead I think I'm going to spend the money, and focus on my short game ;) I know my short game is the part of my game where I need the most practice, and so I fully intend to do just that, but I also feel that my driver is the part of my game that could benefit the most from an equipment change, so I intend to do that also. Regarding the 910D2, I do like what I read about that club. And hitting a ball as far as possible does mean crap, even if your short game is weak; hitting that great-looking drive and blowing past yo
  10. As a 21-handicap, I think of anything over 105 as a bad score. Mid-90's is a "good score". If I were to have a good day (for me) with my driver, irons, wedges, and putter, all in the same round (never happens), I think I'd shoot in the low 80's. But I've never broken 90, and still end up on the wrong side of 100 when I have a bad day. -Andrew
  11. Your move from the top down is sort of "all arms". You swing back (a bit too far for best consistency, BTW), and then the next thing to move is your shoulders and arms starting back down the way they came. This is a problem that will rob you of power and make you tend toward slices, pulls, or a combination of the two. I'd try this, first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW5AhI36LJg&feature;=related That drill will help you get the feeling of a more appropriate backswing (as opposed to yours which has too much arm involvement), and will help you get the feeling of how the shoulde
  12. My current driver, a Cobra L4V 9-degree, seems like it doesn't have enough loft for my swing. I have a relatively high swing speed (drives I hit well go 270-280), but my most solid drives don't seem to have enough hang-time to get all the yardage they should get. I know getting a fitting is probably the answer I'll get from a lot of you, but I'm not entirely happy with that idea because I change my swing a lot; I'm a bit of a tinkerer. I'd like my driver to fit me better, but I don't want to pay to get it fit only to find out next season that I've improved my swing enough that I no lo
  13. They should be different if you were constantly hitting the ball varying degrees of thin before! Look at it this way: you never knew your distances before. Now you get to discover them. -Andrew
  14. I think what you're doing is quite interesting, and everyone who seems offended that you're trying to learn Hogan's swing seems not to understand what you keep saying: that your goal is to learn to copy the swing; not necessarily to play good golf with it. Having watched a bit of the video you've posted, I'd point out that you seem to be missing a lot of the force Hogan seemed to put into his body rotation. A lot of the "positions" you're focused on are not necessarily meaningful unless you progress between them with a certain timing. Particularly the portion from the top of the swing
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