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  1. That is so true. I've had times where I've been pleased with my performance shooting a 78, and times where I've been disappointed shooting 72. It really is relative to the course you are playing, conditions, current state of your game, and many other external factors, which is why pinning your success/failure to a single number can be such a blow to the confidence in certain situations.
  2. Yeah, its definitely a normal way of thought for golfers. It took me several years of constantly reminding myself to focus on the "here and now" before I was able to truly implement this kind of thinking. Honestly, its a pretty good approach to life in general as well! Glad you enjoyed it! I found that playing more golf in competition has allowed me to get better at this attitude as well. I guess if you beat your head against a wall enough, you'll finally begin to realize just how much it hurts :) And that's definitely interesting about the pre-shot routine! I used to do tha
  3. Every golfer has the thought at some point.. "If only I could consistently shoot in the 70s, then I would enjoy golf more." We get lost in our heads, dreaming of a fantasy where golf was one day an easy game. What if we didn't have to worry about water hazards, sand, or OB? What if 3-footers didn't bring us anxiety? What if we could enjoy that pure strike that we long for on every single shot? I'd argue that the better a golfer gets, the more enjoyable the game is. But.. not in the way that most golfers imagine. In this post, I will be examining our love
  4. I know this is a bit late of a response, but thought it might help for the future. Whenever I am trying to incorporate a new swing thought and still have to play an important round of golf, here is my process (hope it helps!): 1. During the practice swings (2-3), I focus hard on the swing thoughts that I am wanting to change. 2. I will always focus while setting up (so yes, incorporate that narrow stance) 3. When it comes time to swing, I simply count in my head "1, 2, 3", and focus on making a rhythmic swing, free of those swing thoughts. The key is to TRUST that yo
  5. That's too funny!! I was just hitting on FlightScope yesterday wondering the same thing. I went ahead and enrolled, but haven't had the time to sit down and dig through the content yet. Anyone know how long this site has been up??
  6. The look on Trip Kuehne's face at the end of this round is my favorite TW moment. Love watching Tiger in his younger days when he had so much to prove still.
  7. With any skill, it seems to me that there are only a few "key" things to know in order to be successful (as in the 5 simple keys). It's just interesting to me how many different ways you can say the same thing. I'll probably end up where I started, but hey, it will keep me busy for a while!
  8. Like I said in the first part of this post, I'm definitely a fan of this method! I guess the tough part for me has been matching what I see to what I feel, because as we all are aware, these two things are different for the majority of golfers. That's why I'm trying to understand as many "principles," "theories," "systems," (whatever you classify them) as possible so maybe I can have a better ability to match what I see to what I feel. I've got a swing coach who has a really good understanding of the golf swing (mainly through Hogan's teachings, but some from Mac O Grady as well), but d
  9. That's a great way to put it. Based on several responses here, I guess what I'm trying to do is distinguish between "theory" and "systems." For example, the 5SK is a "system" based on "theories?" But where does the theory even start? Most of the list above just seem like "systems" developed by professional swing coaches as you had mentioned above.
  10. For the longest time, I have just copied the moves of professional swings that produce results in the ball-striking category (yes I know, not very analytical). I'm not necessarily interested in knowing all the swing theories, but what they all have in common. The golf swing can be as simple (visual appearance) or as complex (swing theories) as you want to make it, and for the better part of my golfing days, I've taken that simpler route. Now, I'm trying to understand cause/effect more so I can be a better "troubleshooter" (knowing what movements/combination of movements causes diff
  11. Yes I agree having that lead leg more grounded at impact almost gives you something to hit against, providing some extra stability. Although the video above talks about Jack moving that lead foot, you'll see that it still stays grounded.
  12. Hi all, I've been doing some reading on different swing theories, trying to understand the differences between some of them. I wanted to post this thread for anyone who has done some in depth research on the different theories, their strengths and weaknesses. As I understand it, there are several time tested principles that most teachers will build their teaching upon, but after that, it's very individualized. Here at the Sand Trap, the golf swing is taught through the 5SK system, but I wanted to see if anyone had a list of "systems" that have been/are being taught. A
  13. Very good point. I definitely do not know enough about Hogan to challenge it, but I do agree he was a control over distance guy. In the end, it's hard to speculate on the correlation between left heel raise and accuracy. Some guys make it work while others don't. I guess it's up to you as a golfer to figure that out about yourself.
  14. This might sound a bit too simple, but I'd focus on analyzing your swing with video analysis. I used to wonder about this, but you can certainly get better off mats. The key is determining what kind of feedback you are using. It's going to frustrate the heck out of you if you judge your swing on the shots it is producing off mats (especially if they are old). But if you use your time at the range to work on the moving components of the swing with video analysis, you'll get much more done.
  15. There is a BIG difference between keeping the head down on the backswing and at impact.. When you consciously try to keep your head down at impact you are only hurting yourself (literally in some cases if you hold it there too long!). The head will stay down for that critical moment of impact naturally as a result of a proper swing. Go check out the instructional content here on the site for sure if you're just a beginner!
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