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About freshmanUTA

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  • Birthday 04/24/1998

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  1. Thanks, I posted this in that thread. I remembered reading a thread like this but couldn't find it after a few searches so I posted this. A very solid point, I'm actually planning a fitting session to see what players cavity I like the best. I can't be clear enough though that seeing how poorly I was actually hitting was what really kept me hooked with the blades.
  2. In the beginning of the summer, I switched to Blades from very forgiving irons and I will not look back. I'm making this thread so that anyone who is considering making the switch can hear from me and be able to use the information I am going to present to make their choice. Before I get started, I want to say this: I recommend anyone with a high handicap find clubs that offer forgiveness, but don't hide the true quality of their shots. I do not recommend just anyone playing blades. That being said, lets get in to why I switched to blades. At one point when I started playing, I was well above the average ability of a starting golfer. My father and I played a round at a course nearby and I didn't have a set of clubs so I borrowed his. I ended up shooting 77 but I know I cheated, I took mulligans on a couple drives that went OB, so that's not truly what I shot. I was probably closer to 85 or 86. This was the first time I had ever played a legit round of golf. I had gone to the range with my dad and my friends before, but really all the time was used to warm up with a couple crappy iron shots, then see who could 'Happy Gilmore' the best. After the round I played with my dad, I was hooked. I got my own set of clubs, big and forgiving. The guys I talked to about fitting irons recommended that I get the forgiving ones to give me the best results and best experience. Shortly after getting them I started to really prepare to play golf the best way I could. I started mapping distances and working with instructors to improve my swing. However, I noticed that because the clubs were 'forgiving' my bad shots tended to be 'extra bad'. If I missed right, I'd miss miles right instead of just a little right. On top of that, I also noticed that distance control was very difficult because sometimes I would hit a few pitching wedges and 3/4 would go around 130 but the last one would rocket past the 150 mark. Of course, these aren't legitimate statistics of how often it would happen, and probably an exaggeration of how far past target they would go. But it was noticeable. Then, when looking through the same golf shop I always go to now that golfsmith is closed, I found a pair of blades that were the exact same specs as the irons I was using at the time, for around $150. So I splurged and bought them. The first thing I noticed was just how bad my shots really were. And that is when I decided I didn't want to go back to forgiving irons. I didn't want to make a bad swing just to see a decent result. That's not a good way for me to improve. The other thing I noticed, was just how much I could control the ball's height. Just by changing a few things about my setup, I was hitting balls high & low with ease. Fast forward to now, my last round of golf was a 79 and my last tournament was an 81. I am happier with my iron shots than I ever have been and haven't looked back to my old irons since I switched. To be clear, Bladed Irons are not some magical cure all to your golf swing. The reason I improved was because my practice was higher quality, and I practiced more often. The irons allowed me to see the true quality of my shots, and because of that, I wasn't getting frustrated and asking "what am I doing wrong" . Instead, I was telling myself "that ball ended up starting left, that means you didn't let the club shallow so your arms flipped to compensate, slow it down and try again". And one more time, to clarify for everyone: My hard work and practice allowed me to improve, not the clubs. I just enjoyed hitting blades and seeing what my shots are actually doing instead of the iron forcing a worse shot due to trampoline-like faces.
  3. My Swing (freshmanUTA)

    Today I worked a ton on shortening the backswing and getting my hands farther from my head. On the downswing I'm shallowing the club more, and making sure my right arm doesn't extend prematurely. I also worked on a new setup, grip, and posture. In the second video, you can hear I struck it pretty pure. I missed target by about 5 yards but perfect distance. The next couple weeks are going to be really slow working on these changes. I love the progress I've made.
  4. freshmanUTA

  5. Yes, another one of those posts. In the beginning of the summer, I switched to Blades from very forgiving irons and I will not look back. I'm making this thread so that anyone who is considering making the switch can hear from me and be able to use the information I am going to present to make their choice. Before I get started, I want to say this: I recommend anyone with a high handicap find clubs that offer forgiveness, but don't hide the true quality of their shots. I do not recommend just anyone playing blades. That being said, lets get in to why I switched to blades. At one point when I started playing, I was well above the average ability of a starting golfer. My father and I played a round at a course nearby and I didn't have a set of clubs so I borrowed his. I ended up shooting 77 but I know I cheated, I took mulligans on a couple drives that went OB, so that's not truly what I shot. I was probably closer to 85 or 86. This was the first time I had ever played a legit round of golf. I had gone to the range with my dad and my friends before, but really all the time was used to warm up with a couple crappy iron shots, then see who could 'Happy Gilmore' the best. After the round I played with my dad, I was hooked. I got my own set of clubs, big and forgiving. The guys I talked to about fitting irons recommended that I get the forgiving ones to give me the best results and best experience. Shortly after getting them I started to really prepare to play golf the best way I could. I started mapping distances and working with instructors to improve my swing. However, I noticed that because the clubs were 'forgiving' my bad shots tended to be 'extra bad'. If I missed right, I'd miss miles right instead of just a little right. On top of that, I also noticed that distance control was very difficult because sometimes I would hit a few pitching wedges and 3/4 would go around 130 but the last one would rocket past the 150 mark. Of course, these aren't legitimate statistics of how often it would happen, and probably an exaggeration of how far past target they would go. But it was noticeable. Then, when looking through the same golf shop I always go to now that golfsmith is closed, I found a pair of blades that were the exact same specs as the irons I was using at the time, for around $150. So I splurged and bought them. The first thing I noticed was just how bad my shots really were. And that is when I decided I didn't want to go back to forgiving irons. I didn't want to make a bad swing just to see a decent result. That's not a good way for me to improve. The other thing I noticed, was just how much I could control the ball's height. Just by changing a few things about my setup, I was hitting balls high & low with ease. Fast forward to now, my last round of golf was a 79 and my last tournament was an 81. I am happier with my iron shots than I ever have been and haven't looked back to my old irons since I switched. To be clear, Bladed Irons are not some magical cure all to your golf swing. The reason I improved was because my practice was higher quality, and I practiced more often. The irons allowed me to see the true quality of my shots, and because of that, I wasn't getting frustrated and asking "what am I doing wrong" . Instead, I was telling myself "that ball ended up starting left, that means you didn't let the club shallow so your arms flipped to compensate, slow it down and try again". And one more time, to clarify for everyone: My hard work and practice allowed me to improve, not the clubs. I just enjoyed hitting blades and seeing what my shots are actually doing instead of the iron forcing a worse shot due to trampoline-like faces. Does anyone have any questions?
  6. I haven't read every post in this thread, so it has probably been said before: Your practice swing probably has a bunch of small flaws: Face angles, path issues, etc. But you don't have a ball or anything to really receive results from to tell you what is wrong.
  7. Over the next 5 years - Who wins the most majors?

    We haven't gotten to see Rory play without any lingering injury this year, and he was still one of the best players from tee to green. My money is on him. And no, it's not just cause he happens to be my profile picture!!!
  8. I Played a 702 Yd. Par 5 Today!

    Wow, bogey is impressive on that hole. I saw on the European tour theres a 783 yard hole that can play 800+ yards and plays as a par 6 at a course they played at. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/783-yard-par-6-almost-longest-hole-ever
  9. Yellow Jackets (Wasps) on the green / Rules

    the rule states "in a situation dangerous to the player" and i would hope that includes the risk of being stung endlessly by yellow-jackets.
  10. My Swing (freshmanUTA)

    I'm looking for an answer on where I should go next from this point. After a long month of hard work, I have finally reached the point where I can consistently get the ball off the ground, out of the middle of all of my irons. I was fortunate enough to find a set of blade irons that someone at my golf club was selling for $100 that are the exact same specs as the irons i was fitted for, and i used them religiously to practice with and help develop the feeling of pure strikes and shallower strikes, though I still take decently sized divots. I haven't actually shanked a ball in 6+ rounds and al my shots have been centered, off the tee, around the green, etc. The problem I'm having now is I pull mostly every club. My instructor is on vacation, and folowing that I am starting school so I won't be able to see him for a while. I plan on taking some videos of on course shots so you can see my swing. Just to see if you guys can offer me any advice. I'm no instructor but I've been messing around with opening my hips early in the downswing and that seems to straighten my ballflight. It makes me believe that I may be starting the downswing by turning my shoulders. I'm not sure though so I'm not going to change anything just yet. I'm starting to get my game together, and I'm sure a few more months of work and ill be able to be in the low 80's consistently.
  11. Are you a picker or a digger

    I'm most definitely a Digger. When i'm hitting it well, i take nice foot long divots. Nice carpets. I know when i hit a bad, and usually thin, shot when i have a really shallow divot where it looks like i burned the grass or just barely took a inch long divot. The deeper and longer my divot, the better contact i had and usually the straighter my shots go.
  12. LOOKING For a trainer

    For a professional? That pretty bad. You wouldn't make a cut. Not to mention you probably played on a course designed for the average golfer, not professionals. Now that you've correctly followed the rules and played, keep it up. Play 10 rounds and if your worst score is 6 over, enter a professional tournament. Then see how you do. http://www.swingthought.com/ http://www.minorleaguegolf.com/ http://www.pepsitour.com/open_home.php Also, its expensive.
  13. LOOKING For a trainer

    Go play 18. Follow the rules extremely close. Then come back and tell us how you did.
  14. Hit probably 400 balls today. I spent the first hour working on swing feels then the rest practicing accuracy. I also spent an hour putting and 45 minutes chipping and taking 1/2 and 3/4 wedge shots.
  15. Took about 20 slow swings really focusing on making sure my chest doesn't hang back causing fat shots. Also worked on doing the opposite with driver, and feeling my rear leg straighten. Range is closed today.
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