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About AwYea

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  1. The R11s allows you to adjust the face angle. You might want to try adjusting that to closed. It probably came stock set to square. I'm betting your old model had a closed clubface and your new is set to square.
  2. Do you know if the clubface of your new driver is closed or square? They made 2 types of your old driver. A tour model which had a 3 deg open face and a regular model with a closed clubface(toe pointing left). You probably had the regular model with the closed clubface which makes it easier to hit straight or draw. Your new driver may have a square clubface which is causing you to hit it right. With your handicap you would probably benefit using a driver made with a closed clubface.
  3. In my 1st post I said your grip is too strong with your left hand too far left, I meant right. Sorry about that. I can tell you in my 30+ years of playing and helping others, shanking is caused 99% of the time because the club is laid off at the top and the swing is too flat. Shanking happens to a lot of good golfers, especially one's who play a draw. When you get laid off it causes you to over use the lower body and instead of the club rotating through impact, you shove the hosel outwards. I doubt very seriously that rounding your swing off has cured your shanks unless you were coming over the top and playing a slice or fade, but you said you were playing a draw. More than likely you're not shanking now because you've slowed your hip action somehow on the downswing. If you're "sure" you're laid off you need to fix that, period. It should be your #1 priority. You may not be shanking right now because your timing the lower body, but as soon as that timing goes, and it will, you'll be shanking again or duck hooking.
  4. From everything you've said, You're shanking because you're laying the club off in your backswing. Your swing is too flat. Things to check.... -Check your grip. More than likely your grip is too strong with your left hand too far left and your right hand too much underneath the club, which promotes a flat swing and a takeaway that's too far to the inside. Try weakening your grip and make sure your right hand is on top of the shaft, not underneath. -Make sure the club is going straight back and up, not inside and around during your takeaway. Again, this is grip related. -If you can, use a mirror and check the position of the club at the top of your backswing. It should be parallel to your you're target line and not pointing to the left(if you're a righty). You can do this inside if you have a yard stick or grip handle. If you have neither, just really choke up on a wedge so you can take a backswing without hitting the ceiling. When you get laid off it causes you to use too much legs on the downswing and your hips get out in front of the ball which causes you to shank. Make sure you're turning your hips and not swaying your hips backwards and forwards. When you try to correct this it's going to feel like your going to slice everything. So, don't panic and revert back. Stick with the above.
  5. Make some practice swings where you feel like you're swinging to the right and finishing high. Then put some balls on a tee, teed up pretty high(atleast a 1/2" to 1") and hit balls while concentrating on swinging to the right and finishing high in your follow through. You may have other problems in your swing that don't allow you to hit a draw, like a bad grip or poor hip and shoulder alignment, but this is the BEST drill for learning on how to swing the club from the inside out. Warning: Learning to hit a draw isn't all what it's cracked up to be. You're almost guranteed to overdue it and eventually start hitting duck hooks and shanks by getting the club too flat and laid off in your backswing.
  6. Try this...(right hander)make sure you have pressure on the tip of your left thumb when you grip your putter. Nothing extreme or uncomfortable, just make sure the tip of your left thumb has pressure on top or slightly to the right of the grip, depending on how you grip the putter. What this does is it prevents your left hand/wrist from breaking down during the stroke. Edit: Sorry, i thought your post said i can't hit my lines.
  7. Great lesson over the weekend

    Okay, you need to work on turning your left shoulder under your chin on the backswing. You're litterally standing up on your backswing while moving your head up and to the right so your left shoulder can turn. This leads to the major re-routing on the downswing and laying the club off. You need to work on your posture at address and maintaining it thoughout your backswing . You seem to slump your shoulders a little bit at address instead of bending from the waste while keeping your shoulders tall. You'll need to experiment a little on your own to see what works best for you. Like sticking your rear out more, tilting from the waste, bending the kness. Whatever allows you to turn your left shoulder under your chin while keeping your head still on the backswing . A good drill is to have someone stand out past the ball and put their hand on top of your head while you swing. This will let you feel if you're moving your head or not. You can do this with or without hitting balls. If you don't have someone use a shadow or a mirror and keep an eye on the mirror or shadow to see if your moving your head. You can do this inside or outside with or without a club. Another thing you can try is turn your head to the right before you start the backswing. Jack Nicklaus did this. The biggest hurdle you're going to have is your swing is going to feel too short and a lot different and you're going to subconciously revert back to your old swing. You seem to hit the ball pretty well they way your doing it now, but it's almost impossible to be consistent laying the club off like you are. I hope this helps. Maybe you can find some more info on turning the left shoulder on the backswing or ask your pro the next time on what you can do, but your major problem now is that you have to move your head up and to the right so your left shoulder can turn on the backswing.
  8. Great lesson over the weekend

    Could you give me a link to that? Thanks, i am curious. Edit: i found it nevermind.
  9. Great lesson over the weekend

    I had your same problem as a younger player except my problem was a flat backswing. My club went back and around instead of straight back and up which lead to being laid off. I had every problem you described including the shanks. I also had a lot of hip movement. I've never seen anyone do what your doing though with an upright swing. You definitely need to check the shoulder alignment and make sure they coincide. This is just as important if not more so than your hip alignment. If you notice any problems there you need to check your grip. A weak grip will promote your shoulders pointing left and a strong grip will point them right. You probably know this, but just in case, hold a club across your shoulders once your in your address position then move the club down and hold it against your hips. Both should be pointing in the same direction parallel with your clubface/target line. I prefer this over clubs on the ground. Good luck!
  10. Great lesson over the weekend

    How is your alignment most of the time? Do you have problems getting aimed too far to the right or left, or do you ever have problems where your hips are aimed one way and your shoulders another? I ask because i don't believe in concentrated swing thoughts when it comes to the shoulders or hips. It sounds like your left wrist is collapsing at the top of the swing. This could be a result of a few things... -your grip is too strong with your right hand too much under the club, or problem with your complete grip in general. How would you describe you grip, neutral, strong or weak? Also, how would you describe your hand position at address. Are your hands high or low? -posture(tilt from the waist) and alignment. You say you are moving your head, this is usually a problem with a poor address position that causes you to sway rather than turn the hips. Standing too tall with not enough knee flex and not enough tilt at the hips can cause this. Anyhow, i would be looking to fix this problem starting at the grip and address position. Starting the ball left and fading it back on line isn't really a fix unless you want to play a fade, which is totally fine.
  11. You need to check your alignment and make sure you hips and shoulders are aligned properly. Get in your stance and take your club and hold it against your shoulders first then against your hips and make sure the club is pointed towards your target. They actually should point just a little left but parallel to the line from the ball to the target.
  12. left hand grip

    Well, I disagree with changing grips for different shots. I use to do this also. I would strengthen my grip for sand shots and weaken my grip for chip shots. Sometimes i even used a strong grip for chipping and played the ball well back and hooded the clubface. What i found was that doing this lead me to be VERY inconsistent. I honestly never hit 2 shots in a row with the same grip unless they were full shots and this is where the major problem lied. Changing to all these different grips eventually worked their way into my full shots and my swing felt different almost each time i played. Another problem was the spin i was getting on chip shots and bunker shots. I was putting cut spin on both while playing a draw on full shots. Now i play EVERY shot with a neutral to just slightly strong unless it's some out of the ordinary specialty shot. It didn't happen overnight and it took years for me to get this down right. I was basically self taught and even though I played with a single digit handicap on my home course i had major problems playing courses i didn't know. Now i can play anywhere and play practically the same depending on how hard or easy the course is. The major benefits from the changes i made were... -My alignment really improved to the point where i rarely ever get out of alignment. I use to play with a strong grip which led me to playing the ball back further and further in my stance and my body aligned way to the right. -I started hitting the ball basically straight with maybe a little draw and started getting more backspin. -I was finally able to start hitting bunker shots with straight backspin instead of always spinning to the right. -I got longer by probably 2 clubs because i was able to let the club release naturally with my hands and with a more neutral grip the arc in my backswing got larger. Like i said before i spent years working on my grip and one tip i would recomend is this...kick your left elbow in with the crease in your left elbow pointing straight up....then grip the club with your left hand with the clubface lying on the ground then cock only your wrist straight up and then place your right hand on the club.
  13. lateral slide - swing video

    You make a good move through the ball. I was intrested in seeing your newest videos when you mentioned shanking. I thought you may be laying the club off but you look good. The best drill out there for learnning to keep your head still is to get someone to stand in front of you, opposite the ball, and let them put their hand on the top of your head while you swing. This will allow you to feel just how much you're moving your head. You can do this drill with or without hitting balls. Like others have said it looks like you straighten your right knee on the backswing which will make your sway your hips instead of turnning them. I think you just need to tinker with your set-up a little till you're able to swing while keeping a little flex in your right knee. This alone ought to reduce most of your head movement.
  14. Look at your second vid and pay attention to your left hip.and stop it at the 05 sec mark. Your left hip is actually moving backwards then forward. Look at the distance your left hip is from the edge of that computer monitor before you swing and watch how far your hips move to the left during the swing. Instead of turnning your hips you're rocking them. Try bending your knees a little more and have your weight slightly more towards your heels. It looks like you got slightly too much weight towards your toes in your set-up.