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  1. Love this! I learned this game from all of those guys so I totally agree! Thanks to YouTube you can watch professional golf clinics for days from these guys!
  2. I think I agree with this? I would rephrase and say that it is instinctual to swing left. If you are a right handed golf, the intuitive motion to hit the ball where you want it is to swing left. Since we are facing roughly 90 degrees from our target, it makes sense to try and swing to the left, although the correct motion is to actually come down the right leg and THEN use the pressures in the feet to go left. Basically, I think that everyone just wants to get left too soon! Including me :(
  3. I just read Rotella's new book, How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life, and absolutely loved it! It really got me thinking about my thought patterns off of the golf course. One of the topics in the book talked about swing coaches, and how to find someone you know is good to listen to. I thought this was the best part of the book, because it made me realize how many sources I was trying to improve my golf game from! I have a swing coach, but was constantly going on YouTube for instruction as well. I found that the mixed theories are extremely harmful to a golf game. Definitely been pl
  4. I am in the same boat right now! Trying to get that muscle memory intact so that during the tournaments, I am able to swing freely without reverting back to old, bad habits. I just talked to a psychologist who talked about something called "myelination," which is the actual term for muscle memory. He said that the best way to ingrain something in your swing is to hit groups of 20 balls at a time, and only have 1 thing you are working on at a time. The only way to really "myelinate" is to do it thousands of times!
  5. Yeah definitely! It's a problem that I run into often :) The worst is when something in the setup or fundamentals is wrong... and you're messing with the rest of your swing trying to figure out why the ball is going sideways!! I've made it a routine to check my fundamentals at the beginning of each practice session, which has taken a lot of discipline but has definitely paid off!
  6. It really depends where I'm at with things. If the swing has gotten too far from where I want it due to lots of tournament play, I'll often have to take it home and study it a bit. In most cases though, I will just check the swing to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. I would say it is completely different for everyone though. I'm at a point in my golf game where I've put in the hours on the swing, and it is fairly close to where I want it. When I was just starting out, I don't know that I would be trying to make "quick changes" on the range. I do this now because
  7. Just wanted to touch on something that popped into my head today as I was practicing on the range... I had just filmed my swing DTL, and noticed that on my takeaway, I had the club slightly shut, which was causing me some problems later in the swing. I fixed that, and then filmed again. Now my club was too flat at the top of the swing! I'm a bit of a nut when it comes to swing mechanics, but this scenario brings up a point that is so important for us swing tinkerers to be aware of! If you're trying to change something in your swing, it is imperative that you constantly monitor
  8. +1 to that Intermediate targets are good, but don't work for everyone. I've never been able to use the intermediate target method, but my alignment is good most of the time. As a right handed golfer, I find it helpful to step into the ball with my feet together, line the club up to where I want the ball to end up with my right hand, and then step into my stance according to how I want the ball to move. So if i want to hit a fade, I will aim my clubface at point A and my body at point B just left of it. In regards to being able to do this consistently and correctly,
  9. I'm a feel player, so this is why I prefer my method over yours. It all boils down to how your brain works for sure, but you're right, it isn't too much to think about if you determine your stroke before stepping into the putt. I'm already a pretty active thinker on the course and have never been able to handle all the variables that are presented when you try and pick a stroke length.
  10. I've never liked the idea of trying to imagine a different length putt, or adding/subtracting from a stroke, because this is too much to have on your mind at the moment. My best advice is to imagine the ball hitting the back of the cup on uphill putts. Trust your subconscious and practice to take care of the rest! Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game talks about this method, and helps you do this sense of "tricking" your brain into hitting the right speed. I also try to hit these longer uphill putts with my big muscles, because it prevents bombing it past the hole. W
  11. I think you should definitely check your grip, but beyond that, it depends on the relationship between your hands and your left leg. In this video , you will see that Rory has his hands positioned forward close to his left leg. Try copying his setup and seeing how the club looks. If it still looks closed, then your grip is too strong. Chances are, your club is actually square but your hands are too far back. Clubface alignment is all about impact. At impact, your hands will be slightly ahead of the ball (hopefully), so naturally, if your hands are too far back, the clu
  12. Assuming good alignment, the reason a golfer will pull the ball is due to the stopping of the lower body and the continuation of the upper body. Think about swinging in one piece, and by no means should you stop turning! Rich1212 is right, but I don't want you to misinterpret that. The downswing should start with a compression down your right leg followed by a lateral movement. Honestly, I would practice this drill until you can do it successfully (hit the ball before your left foot hits the ground): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwo5f5Evz-I
  13. The Mental Art of Putting by Patrick Cohn If the title didn’t give it away, this book helps anyone looking to improve their putting game between the ears. I admit, I haven’t read the book all the way through, but that might just be the beauty of it! The Mental Art of Putting is a great reference book, because the table of contents is so detailed. Almost every page of the book has a title, which makes navigating the book extremely easy. I love chapter 13 because it lists out the most common putting problems, and then offers a direct solution to each problem. Also, chapter 1 is great
  14. Unfortunately, I borrowed this book from a friend when I read it, so I no longer have it as a reference. I wanted to write a brief summary of the book anyways, because it provided me with an actionable playing strategy that I still use to this day. The author of this book is actually a tennis instructor who has studied ways to implement mental strategies not only in tennis, but in the workplace, and other sports. His application to the game of golf is wonderful in my perspective, and could be a huge help to anyone who suffers from “don’t hit it in the lake,” or any timid thoughts during
  15. I give a thumbs up to this awesome answer! I just wanted to add that you can find your low-point by hanging a club from your left armpit (for right-handed golfers), and wherever the club points to is your low-point. But as far as theory goes, Zeph is spot on!
  16. Here's what you must consider: First- Are you a solid player that consistently strikes the ball first with your wedges? Do you consider your short game good enough to where you would benefit from a higher spin rate? If you are just looking for something to get you started, go with a used vokey all day. A new top flite wedge is not going to do you much good. Second- How used is the wedge? If there are huge dings, or the face is completely worn down on the sweet spot, it might not be worth it. If it is just slightly used, I couldn't see a problem with buying it. Personally, I
  17. Hey just saying what worked for me. I think we can all agree that you just have to experiment and figure out what helps you the most. Unfortunately there is no foolproof way to go about this! I think it is all about finding a grip that you truly believe in, otherwise you'll just keep doubting yourself.
  18. I think that with the interlocking grip, you have to work on maintaining a proper grip more often than with the Vardon grip. Getting your right hand on the grip with the interlock is more difficult in my opinion. The pressures that Hogan talks about are more difficult to feel, and I often would find myself getting my right hand too far under (strong) the club. I switched last year to the Vardon grip, and have noticed that I am not fidgeting with my grip anymore, and I do not have as big of misses. If you do decide to change to the Vardon grip, just realize that at first it wont feel
  19. If you want to get better at this game, you need to do three things (and obviously plenty more), and you need to actually commit to them. 1. Your fundamentals need to be sound. That means your grip, your posture, your alignment, and your ball position. I would practice these in the basement for a few weeks. If you can get these four things in good form, your swing is going to fall into place I promise!!! For the grip, I would check out Hogan's 5 fundamentals book, but if you don't want to spend any money, I would say the most important thing in the grip (personal opinion) is that your l
  20. I was once in your shoes, and I definitely put some thought into the clubs that I bought. It is important that you are knowledgeable before you go into your fitting. I think that all too often, we go to a certified "fitter," and up unhappy in the end because we were promised so much and received so little in return. So I am going to go over a few things to be aware of before making a decision or purchase. First, the fitter will probably have his/her opinions about which clubhead and which shaft are the best. Make sure that you have a couple clubheads and shafts in mind before going.
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