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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 arch the wrist a bit when taking your grip.  You can get the heel pad on top of the grip and still maintain a neutral grip, where the back of the left hand faces the target and the V points in the neighborhood of your left ear to mid-shoulder.  That's my opinion.

  2. 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.  This shot is really easy once you learn this way to do it.  I think Stan Utley teaches this approach as well but Hogan was a master of this shot.  Once you learn how to do it, try hitting little 8 irons, 9 irons, PW, SW, and LW shots -- they will always be easy and very controllable.  You turn a challenging shot into a weapon you look forward to hitting.  I use it to hit out of divots as well, just use more club.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 select.  I tried a stiff shaft and was a little longer, but I hit lots of pushes and a few pulls.

  5. 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 it would land far beyond any place you might have thought possible.  On the range that day he was flying his three wood where the longest drives of other pros were rolling out, especially Arnie's who surely noted the fact he was being bombed.  Everyone was astonished.  I have always wondered what Jack in his prime would do with the modern ball and clubs.  I was never much of a Jack fan, but I think he swung harder than anyone of his era, and today I think that power would put him right there with the longest of the modern era if he had the modern ball and clubs in his prime.

    We now know Tiger in his prime did not hit the ball as far as some of today's really long drivers.  What we will never know is if Jack would have been the longest.  He once was.

  6. 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 shift could use a little improvement.  I like swings where the ight leg, when viewed from straight on, maintains the same angle up to the top of the backswing.  This means you have not shifted off the ball.  Just a few observation from the aether of the internet.  Worth about what you paid for them, ha ha.

    Good luck and good golf.

  7. 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 regard.  The recommendation was to mix half water and half some product like Gatorade, but make sure no fructose is involved.  Second was Caffeine.  I listened to about an hour's worth of research about how caffeine improved concentration, awareness, and helped reduce early fatigue and loss of mental sharpness, and it was the about the only legal drug that Olympic athletes could take and still pass drug tests for performance enhancing substances.  I was astonished to hear this news, but they even went so far as talking about taking caffeine pills an hour before your event if you did not drink coffee and did not know your exact dosing.  I forgot the dose level recommended (or will not share it,) but it was for events with a rather longish time frame of something like 4 to 6 hours which would be akin to a golf round. The half life of caffeine is a little longer than some things.  The specific sport I will not reveal but it involves immense concentration, quick actions, endurance, and mental awareness with lots of decision making.

    Frankly I was not surprised by the recommendation to dilute the sports drinks, but the caffeine advice caught me by surprise.  I had no idea.  Finally, one of the two advisors who was talking to the Olympic coaches about all this was an advisor to one of the NFL football teams.  Personally, I don't drink coffee and cannot imagine taking caffeine pills so please don't take anything in this note as advice or accurate information because it is only a circumstancial note in an internet forum.  Consult your doctor and your own experts or do your own research.  I am just reporting something I heard at a meeting.

  8. 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 want to do comes into your mind, and you can execute the shot without thinking about something you are "working upon."  It will not always turn out as you want but if you can do it more than the next best player, you will dominate.  Golf is a mental game.  I say that yet I am about as technical about the swing as anyone I know.  Knowledge of what you want to do is good, but seeking swing perfection and changing all the time will not work.  JMHO.

    To me it looks like Rory sees his shot expectation, steps right into position and hits the shot.  He has kept it simple so far.  We used to know another young and great golfer like that named Tiger.  Tiger's B game could win a lot of the time.  Somehow that was not enough for him.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 several of us that played college basketball were talking about this recently and agreed the NBA is not basketball as we knew it.)

  12. 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 seems more flexed than many non-S&T; players.

    Different people can do different things to create power.  In my own case, restricting a little of the straightening of the right leg actually creates more power and a high swing speed.  Why?  Who knows.  Some people can snap their hips and hit good shots and need less hip turn, some do better with more hip turn.  When I turn mine too much, I am not fast enough on the downswing and clearing move to get forward sufficiently to hit more powerful shots, so for me, length is related to pushing into the ground and restricting the hips a little, which also maintains more right leg angle.  Finally, another key to all this is that the angle of the right leg during the bvackswing should not shift more upright when viewed from face on.  The right leg, whether it straightens more or less, should always maintain its lean toward the target.  Just my observations...  I tried for a year or so to increase my hip turn and lost a lot of distance.  Only in the last several weeks has that distance returned and in my case, restricting and feeling the loading more was the key.  It could be totally different for others.  To me the really important things in S&T; are found in better and more centered balance, shifting left as fast and early as possible, and a steeper shoulder turn on the backswing (all of which promote a more reliable impact position.)  I can slide forward and clear faster with a full shoulder turn by restricting my hip turn.

  13. 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 than most of the big bitters hit driver (yesterday). He is strong.
  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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