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  1. Classic regripping wear spot. Means your grip comes a little open at the top then regrips. Your heel pad is too much on the side of the club grip. Solution is to get the heel pad of the left hand on top of the grip. You can check easily. Take your left hand grip holding the club out in front of you pretty level, open up the fingers of the left hand except for the index finger (which stays in a trigger finger position,) and have someone pull on the club. It should stay securely in your hand if the butt end is under your heel pad. This means more into the fingers of the left hand and to a
  2. I would like to know exactly how someone averaged 25 percent compounded annual rate of return over the last six years.
  3. I would defer to the Ben Hogan method... don't use much arm swing -- leave the hands downish. Hinge your wrists, then turn your body to hit the shot with minimal hand action. Practice hitting shots with no release at all (try to keep some flex in the right wrist,) just hinging up and turning your body through, keeping weight more left at all times. You will actually release a little wrist hinge automatically, but make sure your hands and club shaft are leading the shot (shaft leans toward the target) at impact. To add distance, just turn through the shot faster with a slightly larger swing
  4. Understanding Augusta... for years everyone thought you needed a draw to play Augusta best. My opinion is you need a draw off the tee, but a high soft cut into the greens. That is optimal because Augusta is a beast but the greens are the real defense. Not many players can play the highest quality shots with both shapes, and no doubt on a streak a little draw or controlled fade play could win with great putting. However, day in and day out, a little draw off the tee and a soft one or two yard cut into the green would be a real advantage.
  5. The answer to shaft stiffness is for a person to keep getting stiffer and stiffer shafts until ball control is good. You might even get slightly shorter with stiffer shafts, but if your accuracy increases then use stiffer shafts. This is an old Hogan idea. Generally higher swing speeds suggest stiffer shafts as has been pointed out. When my swing speed with a driver was over 120 mph, I used an X-shaft. However, now that I am down to 100 to 105 mph, I still use an X-shaft because my dispersion pattern is much better. Your type of swing plays a huge role in what shaft stiffness you should
  6. Jack's head always moved in a circle, actually a pretty large circle. Grout may have held his hair, but his head moved. I first saw him in 1968, and watched him hit balls from less than 10 feet away at the range. It was awesome, unlike any swing I had ever seen. He was huge (looked like a football lineman) and he moved all over the place but stayed somehow centered while knocking the crap out of the ball. His turn was huge. Pure brute strength plus a ballet of movement. The ball went so much higher than anyone of his generation that your first thought was he was popping it up... but then
  7. I cannot see what I need to see without some slow motion, but you are obviously athletic and have ability. I am very much against an inside take-away and you tend to come inside or under plane in the backswing. The compensation is not bad, and you get back to the ball reasonably well. I would work on the backswing so the club shaft points down the line or slightly left of you target when the club is level to the ground. I cannot tell but at this same point the club face should point toe up or on the spine angle (or somewhere inbetween.) To know I would need a slo-motion view. Your weight
  8. I don't claim to know the facts pertaining to this discussion, and offer no advice on this subject myself. However, I can report some surprising information that I heard from sports experts who advise some of our US Olympic athletes and NFL football players. The advice was for events with longish time frames and was given in a meeting held by one of official olympic sports authorities for the benefit of aspiring olympic trainees and US national coaches. First is hydration, of course, and one must drink before feeling thirsty. Soft drinks, both sugary and diet, were not held in high r
  9. Mcilroy has the best swing I've seen in all my years, but the question is can he play with it for a long time period. He is one of those who should not be messed with. And, as he ages, the question will be can he continue to swing as he now does. If so, he will be a legend. Too many change their pursuit of simply winning or hitting great shots to some semi-magical objective of developing a better (mythical) swing that will enable them to hit perfect shots every time. That will never happen. The key is a swing that will produce the result one wants when the feeling of exactly what you wan
  10. Watching the guys fight the wind at the Nelson is pretty humbling for them. This has always been one of my favorite tournaments because of Mr. Nelson. The reworked course is a handful in high winds. It is an exciting finish.
  11. KJ has a quality no one can ever take from him, and something I wish more would aspire to have... He is a classy person. It only takes a little more to be first class and he does it quietly and well.
  12. Oops... Charlie would have been clearer. Michelle is someone whose swing I have never seen in person, only TV. Sorry for the miss-statement.
  13. RC

    NBA Final

    I don't know about the rest of you, but the idea of an offensive player simply bulling his way to the basket is not basketball. Maybe it's Sumo wrestling basketball? It seems to me there is foul on every play, both offensively and defensively. Obviously the NBA wants the change to the game but if it continues to migrate toward a full contact sport, injuries will eventually become an issue. I think the game would be better with 5 rather than 6 fouls and more emphasis on skills rather than brute strength. We have a sport for the latter and it is called football. Just an opinion (but severa
  14. Having watched Wie up close at Colonial, I earlier made a comment that his S&T; swing had changed a little (or words to that effect -- and I was comparing to his TV commercial for S&T; and some earlier youtube vids.) All swings have slight differences and unique features. In Wie's case, I was struck by how much flex he kept in his right leg recently when he was blasting a shot. He was hitting it long. Yes, as all must do, his right leg straightens a bit on the backswing, but he seems to be pushing into the ground with both legs, really loading up on his backswing, and his right leg almost
  15. Hopefully you can see dangerous, life threatening squirrels in the tree, or a fire ant bed, and drop in the middle of the fairway--no nearer the hole of course.
  16. I think that is the most notable thing about many of the younger players today. They start forward during the backswing--it is very noticeable with many of them.
  17. That's all I meant with my comments. He is still stacked and the right leg does straighten but I was used to seeing his swing on the tv commercial and in real life under the gun of competition it somehow looked different. It would be nice if toms makes a good run today.
  18. Wi has played great. The stack & tilt swing is getting good exposure with his great shot making. My only additional observation is it sure looked to me like he has shifted to a slightly modified s&t; swing. His right leg is more flexed throughout the swing and he looks bit more traditional than the swings he has on the tv ads for s&t.; He looked very centered and balanced but not as pure s&t; as before. He hits very clean irons and I hope he has a great finish. One other thing is Angel Cabera absolutely kills the ball. On hole 3 where length is superimportant, he hit a. 3wood further th
  19. Survived the big storm, and really enjoyed friday. Toms hit some great irons and had a second straight 62. Sure par is 70 but still that is amazing.
  20. Good topic... course designers, and likes and dislikes. I am not a Dye fan in general. Give me Robert Trent Jones over Pete Dye. But some Fazios are really special as well. There are many great designers and the ones that create lasting tests over time are really worthy of accolades.
  21. Since he was a friend, I naturally defend and appreciate Harvey. However, all these years later it is amazing that little things he would say are the things that most often jump into my head, rather than the things I have heard from so many famous teachers who were more detailed or exacting. Harvey had a way to "hit the nail on the head" without being too technical. I am a technical guy at heart, but Harvey's instruction had staying power.
  22. The most amazing federal park in the USA is probably Yellowstone, but it is a long way from Las Vegas. Not sure how it would be in January, however. Weather could be an issue. Yellowstone is mostly in the northwest corner of Wyoming. If I were traveling to the western USA for the first time, seeing Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons would be at the top of my list -- just not sure about wintertime weather conditions.
  23. The way Augusta plays, with its opportunities and unforgiving penalties, makes it the most dramatic golf tournament in the world in my opinion. Sure, one can juice up the US Open greens and grow terrible rough, and the Open can be grueling and require imagination, the PGA can move about to provide great venues and challenges, but Augusta is the grand high opera of golf. What a place.
  24. Give Tiger his due, he showed up big time. I noticed his swing was back to a more free-wheeling, hip turning, left leg snapping clearing move with a bit higher backswing position. Maybe he is back?
  25. Jason Day really came alive on the back nine. He hit some incredible shots and putts. Clearly he played the best on Friday.
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