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  1. Not only do trees deflect or stop your golf ball, they occasionally eat one, leaving no trace. Plus, evil trees will get together and start waving their branches and cause a big wind effect that blows you ball off course. On a hot windless day you can stand out of the sun under one, but they can also beckon lightening to come strike them so don't get under big trees when there is a lightening storm.
  2. Put a stick in the ground beside your outside right foot that lines up leaning on and exactly as your flexed right leg leans (angling slightly toward the target -- the angle that your lower body triangle has at address.) During your entire swing, there is no need for any part of your right leg to move left or push against that stick -- keep you leg and turn all within the braced angle of that stick. Then on the downswing, notice how far forward of that stick your hips have moved... pretty instructive.
  3. This swing is not a lot different from his old hold off approach shots (150-160 yard 8 irons, for example.) You can tell he opened up a hint to soon as the left leg gets snapped slightly sooner than what many would want to see. This is still a swing that requires more timing than it should. His finish is sort of immaterial since this particular shot does not appear to be one where he was going for maximum distance. That is what I see, but what do I know... he may have blasted it. I do like his top of the backswing position a lot better than his Haney position. There is a better mix of li
  4. A lot of this discussion may be predicated by the speed of the greens you normally play. On very fast greens, chipping with a 60 to get bite is more commonly seen than on slow greens. When you cannot afford any hint of bouncing the club into a chip even the slightest bit early, a 60 off a tight lie might be difficult, but it will produce the best results, at least for me. On super fast greens, chipping with even a pitching wedge will yield a difficult to control run out distance whereas greens running only 9 or 10 might be just right for such a shot. Fear of having a 20 foot come back putt
  5. Don't keep the stats but in an average round of golf I clearly hit the putter most often, the driver next, then comes the 60 degree wedge.
  6. I resisted hybrids for a long time. After all, are not real men the kind of guys who can take a gillette razor blade, tape it to a steel rod and hit a dead straight 275 yard shot no higher than head high? Then I realized, hybrids really do provide many more options, you just cannot shave with one. Now I have to shave before going to the course, well sometimes I do. But I have a 1 iron story. Playing in a pro am at a PGA event, a high wind showed up and a particular tee shot requiring a long carry over a lake was suddenly out of the question for most of the pros. Those ahead that tried,
  7. Go to a pre-owned site, like Callaway, which has other brands as well, and you can find a new or like new hybrid for very reasonable cost. Try it and see if you like it, if you don't maybe get a 60 degree wedge. At your handicap, a 60 would not likely be useful for more than a pitching and less than full shot, and a lot of great players never used a 60. I like my 60, but never try to hit it full out.
  8. You can use an outside in swing for some shorter wedges, but that is a highly skilled technique that requires a lot of practice to master distance control as well as learning just how the shot will fade. Straight or near straight is preferred, and that, in the modern swing requires the weight shift and rotating motion to be committed. Even little short pitches should be struck with a nice turn through the shot. But the hands must lead for best results. The clubface is critical. When the toe gets a little ahead of where it should be, the sidespin and left (right for lefties) curving shot w
  9. I would agree with the idea of hitting 1/2 swing shots, getting the weight shift forward and keeping the hands ahead through impact and extending through the ball. Forget about hitting it hard, just make sweet contact. Adjust until you are hitting decent little shots fairly straight at your target. Don't worry about distance, worry about solid contact and ball flight. Then slowly amp up your power without adding more lifting on the backswing, just swing in sequence feeling your body move into the shot and turn through it. You actually have the potential to hit a golf ball well, but you ne
  10. This is a guess based on general issues with pulled wedges. First of all, the shorter clubs do make pulling the shot easier, nothing new about that. The key is the same with all shots, you have to get your weight forward and continue your rotation through the shot. It is all to easy to cut off the swing and slap the shot with your hands and arms (flip it a little) when what you need is the same belt buckle to the target finish and weight shift of longer shots. It is true that short irons can be hit with an outside-in swing a little more successfully than longer shots due to the loft of the
  11. Great drill... I like it because it clearly shows the body knows what it should do to propel the rock. But, for some reason when there is a golf club in many golfers' hands, they find a way to contort the natural motion into something much less efficient.
  12. In Texas, we have a saying, "All hat, no cattle" which might apply to someone giving advice about something but really not having the creds to do so. Well, you now have offical "cattle" or creds with that win. Oh... maybe just a cow since it was just one tournament, but your junior win should count so Sand Trappers, let's agree, Erik now has hat and cattle. Way to go, kid. I'll bet there are a lot of Sand Trappers who used information from Sand Trap to have good golf years or improvement this season.
  13. Wow, just think about how close it came to the answer to this question being: Jean Van de Vel.
  14. Memories fade but Bobby Locke was clearly the best of his era, and Billy Casper was a superb putter in his day, then Chrenshaw was the consensus best among many. However, the impact of key putts at key points in time to win big tournaments tilts the impression of who is the best. No one would argue that Nicklaus and Tiger have made the putts at the key times to deserve special recognition, but I wonder about who really was the best, statistically, for one year, three years, 10 years and over a lifetime. That might be a surprising list. It would be hard to use just number of putts per round
  15. Assume a fictional book: The Judge turns to the defendant and says, "you cannot win this case, a slightly more restricted hip turn is not sufficient to show a new swing." "You have infringed upon another's property, and this is a Cease and Desist order." "I encourage you to work out a licensing and royalty agreement post haste, or return to a antiquated business like the reverse "C." "No book deal for you." Case closed.... I don't think anyone has ever patented a golf swing, that would create nightmares for sure. But to claim only 5 percent is silly.
  16. Well not the shortest but maybe the funniest... playing with a guy who hits one out about 250 yards but a little right near the cart path on an uphill par 4. We get in the cart and start forward and see this ball coming back down the cart path... yep, it was his drive. Must have gone 450 yards overall, 250 forward and 200 backward.
  17. Similar, yes... but different. Foley has a more restricted hip turn, still raises his right hip (which is good) but his knees are less angled to the right at the top. The finish is very close up to waist high but Foley rises to more upright and level after impact -- which means little, the power has already been applied. You can see the influence of Plummer and Bennett in Foley's version of the swing.
  18. Funny Uncle Peter... But I have actually hit a drive for negative yards. I hit it pretty hard as well and toward my target, but caught it thin and low and it hit a stone hole marker statue next to the tee at just the right corner angle to fly high but backwards so it came back behind me, way behind me. We all know what you do if you don't get past the women's tees, but what do you have to do (other than retee with penalty) when you don't even make it to the tips tee?
  19. I had no idea that Erik was another one of those TV super models. At least we know he is not an airhead as well. Actually that is a great video. Thanks for doing it and posting it.
  20. On a normal hole, straight away, no bouncing off cart path or yardage markers, no downhill help, 438 yards, and in an official long drive contest with grid and precision measurements, 352 yards, this latter number after passing 60 years old (62 or 63 I think.) Modern equipment and balls helps for sure. Now I am just average length and struggling, wishing for those yards to come back, knowing they will not, and watching that handicap creep upwards. Now a 300 yarder is rare, and I need a little wind. My goal is to hit one 300 yards at age 70 in a few years, even if I have to find a hurricane
  21. RC

    Putting thoughts

    Well, I did not do a good job of disguising my admiration of Ben Chrenshaw's putting, I guess partly on purpose. Sometimes you just feel the need to remind others of various people who were excellent at their craft. I first starting playing some with him when he was only 16 years old and I can tell you during his teenage years I have never seen such a fearsome putter and he remained a great putter for years (but maybe not as magical as his first ten years or so.) I think he thought he would make every one of them. It was phenomenal. He could roll that ball unlike anything any of us had ev
  22. There are two entirely different ideas about what releasing your right side really means. The incorrect one, in my opinion, is the flipping over motion (or rolling the right hand over, etc.) The correct one is when the right side fully extends and the arms are straight past the point of impact for the shot as the body continues turning. This is the release referred to as the Nicklaus release in a video posted in another part of the discussion. And, what should happen is... the harder and more fully you release the right side (when done correctly) the straighter the shot. If you start fad
  23. RC

    Putting thoughts

    Besides picking a spot, having a routine is really a good thing. A friend of mine won the Masters the year Harvey Pennick passed away. He played 72 holes on Augusta without a three putt. I am told every putt he struck was between 20 and 21 seconds from the start of his routine until he hit the ball. I don't know if that is true or not, but if it is, that is amazing and strongly supports having a routine.
  24. RC

    Putting thoughts

    I always try to see the line as a curve of various shapes and pick a near spot on that curve to begin the roll (unless it is straight then the spot is in line with the hole.) Putters have loft, and I try always to strike the ball before the putter bottoms out so that the angle comes close to the putter loft angle (I want the ball rolling as soon as possible, with as little backspin as possible) and because I want the ball to be struck before there is any transition from a decending path to an upward or level path. This latter little wrinkle is because I do not want to feel any change in how
  25. Two come to mind about putting. 1. Never take the price sticker off the shaft because when you do the putts stop falling. 2. Man, that putt looked good right up until you hit it.
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