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About amoline

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  1. It is going to be tough because it will feel entirely wrong like you are just throwing your arms at it. But you want your arms speeding up in front of everything. As the favorite instructor of mine for earlier says, there is no other sport than golf that we are taught to keep our arms passive. The feel that has been working well at least for me has been to feel like I am not rotating at all from the top but my arms are the first things to go over my left shoulder. The feel that I was given at my last lesson is to feel like I am throwing a frisbee or doing a tennis left hand backhand over my left shoulder to start the swing. It it is very weird. But not having your arms lag behind like that is crucial.
  2. You are losing tilt at the top just FYI. Just from your still photo you are firing your lower body way too early. Going through this same issue myself. If you posed yourself as the still picture, your hips are in a finish position and your arms aren't even close to impact. So your only option is to flip at it or rake everything off to the left, or both. The only thing worse -- results and body wise-- than flipping at it is crashing into the ground which is where your 6 inches fat shots come from If you put yourself just standing at the ball like in the picture that you have, you have absolutely no room left for your arms. You need to feel like you are starting your arms way, way sooner. After having 'lead with the lower body' drilled into my skull for forever, I'm now trying to fix the ramifications of way overdoing that move for way too long.
  3. Truly, truly, I believe that lifting your lead heel on your backswing is a key to this, because it unrestricts your hips. I'm not knowledgeable enough to know when the whole "restrict your hip turn" thing became supposedly good in golf, but it's just absolutely awful. It zero benefits So as it relates to golf, that, and smoothing your transition is paramount, in my opinion. Guys like Jason Day already have back pain (and he's what, 20-something?) but his transition and change of direction is just flat out violent. There's no need for a transition to be so jerky to hit the ball a long way. That's why I love Bubba Watson's swing so much. He has a massive hip turn, lifts his heel on the backswing, a smooth transition, and drives it with the best of them. He has never had any notable back injuries that I know of, that the guys 10 years younger than him are having, but correct me if I'm wrong. And he is approaching 40.
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    Yes, but it's very simple. If there's wind or a lot of tight holes, or a longer course during a tournament where I need to reach an especially long par 3, I switch out a fairway metal for a fatback 2i. I'm not really skilled enough to do what it's probably actually meant to do. But I'm pretty good at hitting tee shots with it, which is all I'll really use it for in that condition.
  5. Progressing nicely! Keep at it. Enjoy seeing the updates.
  6. Very well could be. Your grip is your only connection to the club. If something is off, it can cause a host of problems.
  7. We always fight the same things. As a side note, height doesn't necessarily mean a long swing -- I think it's more your arms out traveling your turn instead of "length" of your swing. See how you do with the tilt first though
  8. That's what the result will be, but that's not how to attain it necessarily. A small bump forward of your hips will do it. It will feel like you are way behind the ball but that's normal. Just make sure you aren't dumping your shoulders out of alignment. Photo of Bubba that I just have because he's a great example of spine tilt -- (flipped him right handed). Ignore the ball position of course. As you can see, his trail shoulder is lower than the lead shoulder because of the position your arms take on the club (your trail arm rests lower on the grip). Bubba is a lanky guy but even for him his hip is the part of his body that is most targetward (excluding his foot in the stance)
  9. Full disclaimer -- I don't do golf instruction for a living but hopefully I can offer some advice. You have a very long swing. The longer your swing, the more rotational speed you need (and by extension clubhead speed) to be able to properly connect the club to the ball at impact. You don't need a long swing to hit it far. You should also add some secondary axis tilt (spine tilt away from the target) in your setup. It's important to maintain the tilt throughout backswing into impact. You can see at impact that your body is trying to get you into tilt. The more you start tilting toward the target the steeper you are going to get, which leaves your only option to flip your hands at it. So give yourself some tilt at impact, and don't let your arms and hands overrun your turn (much easier said than done) Hope some of this helps. Let us know how you do.
  10. Welcome! First and foremost, really glad you got a new driver to enjoy! I use an R15 (the white driver that came after the SLDR). It's very similar and has the same sort of weights as your SLDR. It's a great customizable club. I love my driver (even though we aren't friends right at this moment). MrFlipper posted some great info of course on that, so be sure you take a look. Second, nice swing -- already. It's easy to see that you have a lot of talent. The instruction you'll get here is great and the folks are really nice, too, so we hope you stick around. I'll post a few things about your swing, but full disclaimer I don't do golf instruction for a living so you can pick and choose what you'd like to read. And funny that actually you have the same stuff in your swing that I am fighting right now too (though you are obviously compensating better, lol). Not sure how terminology familiar you are here so forgive me if I am preaching to you something you're already aware of. And another thing to note -- if I post pictures or something of tour players (really, anyone who does) isn't doing so necessarily for you to copy exactly, but just to show you what along the lines it should look like. Something you will want in your swing is called secondary-axis tilt, or SAT. What it is is a little tilt away from the target at your setup. You will maintain this tilt throughout your backswing into impact (the best players in the world even increase the amount of tilt they have in transition -- but that's a different topic.) It's a little hard to tell from the camera angle but it looks like your spine is set up quite vertically to the ball, and especially with a driver you'll want to be away from it. Bubba Watson has a great driver set up in terms of tilt away from the target. With the magic of photoshop, I flipped him to be right handed here. Because your bottom hand on the club is lower than your other hand and arm, your trail (in your case, right) shoulder is going to be set lower too; therefore, your body ought to have some tilt as well. See Bubba's shoulder line and how his spine is tilted here. There's a lot of good things this tilt will do for your swing and physical wellbeing, but in general it's a good thing to have. (ignore his ball position because it's a little unusual [further back] for a stock driver swing. Bubba gets away with really weird stuff the rest of us can't.) Next, your arms and hands are overrunning your turn in your swing. This can be a power leak and lead to general inconsistency in trying to deliver the club back to the ball. You're also an extremely flexible person so it's probably going to feel "powerless" stopping shorter. However, take note here in the capture from your swing video how in relation to your chin, the dark line on your shirt hasn't moved any further back. (I also lightened the photo a bit) This could also be contributing to your right shots -- when your right arm disappears behind you like that, you have no choice but to reroute it back in front of you to wipe across the ball, which would cause it to go right. You have a nice turn as it is. Take these photos as a guideline and not a "this is where you have to stop" -- just wanting to show that your arms overrun a little bit. Also, the further that you go back with your swing, the more clubhead speed you're required to have to get it back to impact. I superimposed two images of your swing on each other, and you can see your body is the same position but your club has traveled a lot farther. From what your mother has told us, you swing pretty dang fast already, but the position that your clubhead gets to in the top of your swing is really a 120+ MPH position, and even for people who do swing that fast isn't always ideal. Have you ever seen JB Holmes? Take a youtube search for his driver swing and see how far he takes the clubhead back, and he is one of the fastest swing speed players and longest drivers on the PGA Tour. The key will be, as you will discover the more you practice and play, is knowing where your swing ought to stop so you can get maximum consistency and acceleration. Hard to say with just a driver if it's a driver thing or other clubs, but your shoulder turn also looks a little flat on the backswing, which isn't an ideal position to be in either. Pause at the top of your backswing, and pretend you drew a line right across the top of your shoulders through your neck. Your shoulders would be pointing out into the trees whereas preferably you'd like it a little more pointing toward the ball. When you have a flat shoulder turn your options will be either to dump your right shoulder to the ground on the way through to stop from getting steep, or to actually get steep and wipe across it which would again cause a right side miss. Lastly, a small question and a bit of just general playing advice for you. When you say "fade" do you mean an actual fade (starts slightly left of target and ends slightly right of target) or a slice (starts left or even right of target and curves WAY right of target). If you mean an actual fade and it's still a nice shape of curve, I wouldn't mess with it too much. Of course, you don't want to be banana curve slicing it either, but because you are young you will find lots of people coming up to you on driving ranges wanting to give you advice. Something you may come across from a person at some point or another will be that a draw is a "pro's shot shape" -- which is not true. Many PGA tour players favor fades over draws and are very successful with it. Fade VS draw is not the key to good golf. Of course, as you get more practiced you'll want to be able to work the golf ball both ways and different curves -- and that's fine. But what you'll also want is knowledge of what your "stock" swing does so you can go back to it under pressure. As they say there's not pictures on scorecards so there's an infinite number of ways to get the number done. I say this as a word of warning -- a fellow teammate on my university club team did himself no favors by insisting to himself that a draw was the way to go ALL the time and it was the only way that he could play successful golf. A slice, while certainly not pretty or ideal, is, in general, more manageable a miss than a nasty snap hook left that you'll never see again.This is why I am proud of my fade and never let anyone tell me otherwise! Here's how things break down for my club team: There are 10-ish of us total 2 of the guys can work a ball either way at will and do so often (they are the best players on the team) 3 of the guys play draws and can fade it if need be 2 of the guys play fades and can draw it if absolutely needed (this is where I am, if my life depended on it, lol.) 3 of the guys play draws and couldn't hit a fade if their life depended on it and 2 play fades and couldn't hit a draw if they had to. The need be, for me, is hitting a draw on the course maybe 2 or 3 shots per round. It really isn't often. Unless there's a significant dogleg left hole or something I'd like to go for (say there's REALLY bad trouble right but it's OK to miss left - I'll try and hit a draw). My draws usually actually draw a little bit or just go straight with no fade. But you'll want to find your shape. If you want to be successful at golf, you should learn how to at least do both and practice as needed. However, the moral of that little story was simply to tell you that it's not life or death if you have one shape or another, and the other point of the story was don't buy into random driving range advice. And finally, just a word of encouragement: Kudos to you for going at golf and learning so much on your own. That's really awesome. My university's club team goes to local high school and middle schools to show students what college golf can look like, and that it isn't always playing for Ivy League schools and shooting under par. It can also be a good time to hang out with friends. Keep golfing, no matter your goals or where golf ends up taking you. It's a very frustrating game at times, but it's very rewarding and I'm thankful for all the opportunities that golf has given me. Kudos to you if you stuck with my post and actually read all of that, haha! Hope some of the advice helps - you have a good swing to start building on already! Keep us all updated on how tryouts for your high school team go, and hope to see you posting around with progress updates. Let us know if you have any questions Andrew
  11. Not bad at all for your shoulder turn. What @billchao posted is great too - even in your set up though you set up a little tilted toward the target, so do that wall drill and you can put a little axis tilt in your setup to begin with.
  12. First of all, nice swing. I've not been playing a super long time either but still hard at it. I put some comments in italics above.
  13. Thanks @macksmom ! I appreciate it a lot. It's a work ever-in-progress. On a side note -- would anybody be willing/able to give me feedback on my putting stroke? I've been having some issues. I played my practice green game today where basically the point is not to three putt and I ended up three putting a sad number of times, my biggest misses on 4-6 foot putts. Can I film it just like a regular face on video and would anybody be able to tell me what I'm doing perhaps incorrectly, or is putting just something that can't be helped with on video? I'm afraid there's not a whole lot of excellent putting instruction in my area.
  14. I know it's not quite the same but Srixon has a u45 utility iron that goes down to 18 degrees. I have one and it's also one of my favorite clubs. Might be worth taking a look for if you like that style of club.
  15. Far be it from me to offer advice to a 4 HI but a hip stall would be the case if you were actually rotating too fast from the top then your hands and arms have to take over and roll to save the shot. It's hard to tell from the video, but you don't look to have a ton of hip turn for as far as your shoulders and arms go. This is where Rory gets his "hip stall" from -- a light hip turn and firing fast from the top means his hips outrun his shoulders and arms and have to wait for everything else to catch up. Again, though, I'll leave the certain advice to the pro instructors in this case. You have an awesome swing! I'm jealous of your rhythm.