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TheDIYGolfer

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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!
  16. Very true. I have found that my flexibility is good enough to not have to lift it at all. But for those of you looking for further verification, here is a quote directly from Hogan's Five Fundamentals: "Let me caution you against lifting the left heel too high off the ground during the backswing. If the heel stays on the ground--fine. If it comes one inch off the ground--fine. No higher than that, though. It will only lead to faulty balance and other undesirable complications." Bubba is his own breed of golfer, and wouldn't use him as an example of this.
  17. I can't say that is the only reason for the hosel rockets, but definitely could be. I think you'll find that putting that ball forward might solve more problems than you would imagine. I used to get off with my ball position, but eventually I got so tired of finding out that the ball was too far back/forward, I check it EVERY time I hit balls now at the beginning of my range session. This has made a world of difference in my consistency since I always know that my ball position is good. And for that drill, just set up your club to the ball, and then place the basket about 2-3 i
  18. Although the 70-74 mph swing speed seems a bit low, you definitely give up some power on your downswing. If you watch your FO view, you'll see that the second that you start your downswing, you have almost completely shifted your weight to the lead leg. When you get over to your right side so soon, you actually end up having to throw your hands a bit, get out of sequence, and lose the speed. Since you played baseball (hopefully you were left handed there as well?), I'd say think of the weight transfer in the swing similar to a pitching motion. You load back on that left leg, then
  19. Ya definitely a bit over the top on the way down. Try the drill in the following video for a couple weeks: I'd say before you try changing anything within your swing, you might check your ball position, because it looks a bit too far back in the stance. Other than that, you're looking really solid for only getting after it for two years!!
  20. Absolutely loved this article! Although I don't struggle to the extent that Kevin does, I've woken up from lots of golf nightmares, and competitive golf has been a struggle. I feel like I've had to practice way more than some of my peers who have a more natural instinct for performance. This seems to me like a classic example of someone pursuing a career that they weren't naturally suited for, and succeeding. He's definitely an inspiration to golfers who constantly battle their minds out there on the course!
  21. when you wash your golf clubs more than you wash yourself
  22. Sorry for such a late response, but yes, the shoulders are a KILLER for me sometimes! I always have to remind myself to turn the shoulders rather than complete the swing by making my hands travel further. That being said, I also have struggled with reverse pivots, hence that sway (overcorrection) you see in the swing. Trying to get it a bit more centered now.
  23. I've been Playing Golf for: 7 years My current handicap index or average score is: 73 (I don't keep a solid handicap - making it a goal to get better about this in 2016) My typical ball flight is: my natural flight is a fade, but I most commonly will play a small draw (2-5 yards max). The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: I cannot stand it when I hit spinning pull fades!!! Sorry this isn't in slow motion, I had some encoding issues getting the file to Vimeo in slo-mo :( I take lessons from a swing coach where I live, but definitely open to suggestion wit
  24. I'm sure we've all gone through it, but I finally got my swing feeling like money, but my putting went down the drain! I can't explain how frustrating this has been, as I've been working so hard on the swing just to be let down by the flatstick. I thought instead of venting to the people I normally bother with my golfing woes, I'd bring it to the forum. So the question: What frustrates you most about golf? Aside from my putting woes, here are my top 5: 1. Practice sessions that end with me wanting to break every club, and feeling like I got worse 2. Not being able to bring my swing
  25. Definitely agree! Unless you are Jack Nicklaus who had Jack Grout standing by his side every day growing up as a kid, you need to reach out to other places to learn. I'm a huge advocate of YouTube and books personally, but watched my fair share of Golf Channel when I was just starting out. Now, I feel like I've got a solid base of knowledge as a culmination of all the sources. Definitely still have lots to learn though, which is why this game is so addicting!
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