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  1. Swinging slower is a great way to improve your game; however, swinging slow is not. Swinging slow is simply a bandaid and not a fix. What level of effort do most pros swing their driver at? I think I have read somewhere that number is around 80-90%. They have managed to swing at a level of effort that is barely within their control. 5% more effort and they would be hitting 30-50% of fairways. Swinging at the maximum effort that is barely within our control should be our goal.
  2. Looks like fun. I'm not sure I have enough personaility to be on a show like that...even if I did have the game (which I do not).
  3. There are very few PGA players that were not prodigies when they were your age. A handful took golf up past the age of 12, but even in this group, when they did, they accelerated very quickly. College golf is realistic, but only if you start now by making it the No. 1 priority in your life, including shelling out a lot of money for private lessons. You need to ask yourself if you are willing to give up a lot of your social life and other committments and devote yourself entirely to golf.
  4. Honestly, with his wild swing I am surprised he comes as close to winning as often as he does. I'll tell you one thing, he won't be able to keep that swing in the long term. In a few years, his body is going to catch up with him and he will have a hard time re-tooling.
  5. OK, this has been bugging me, so I did a little graphics exercise to compare the "ideal pro" in my previous post to setup pics of several pros to see if, indeed, their level of back leg flex is the same. The figure below shows the leg flex superimposed on a random sampling of pros. Out of all these guys, I think only Woods (can't really tell because his trousers hang too loose near his calf) and Els come close to the "ideal pro", but even their leg flex is not as exaggerated. The rest don't even come close. My conclusion? The figure of the "ideal pro" and the advice in the boo
  6. Quote: The stance you're describing sounds more like an impact positon. Not impact position; it's a setup position. Refering to the figure below, note the exaggerated back leg flex causing the knee to turn in slightly, which in turn causes the hips to turn towards the target. This seems contradictory to standard advice that the feet, hips and shoulders should all remain parallel to the target line. BTW, the text in this book specifically says to do this, so it's not just an error in the figure.
  7. The answer to the OP's question is an unqualified "yes". But not because the Euro Tour lacks depth (because it doesn't), or because it is easier (it's not), but simply because I would like to see the best players in the world play together on a more consistent basis (not just the majors). IOW, it would enhance my golf viewing pleasure, which I am sure is right at the top of priorities for Rory and Graeme. :-) On a more serious note, one of the best advantages to having The Golf Channel is that I get to see Euro Tour events every week. The announcing is much less colorful than the PG
  8. Anyone? (*crickets chirping)
  9. I have been reading the book Swing Like a Pro , which is supposed to show the idealized swing based on computer modeling of dozens of tour professionals, including a lot of big names (Nicklaus, Palmer). The author discusses in detail where each part of your body should be placed for the "perfect" swing. For the setup, he states that the knee of the back leg should be flexed inwards and the front leg relatively straight. This, along with the lowered back shoulder, results in a body position resembling a "Reverse K". This is all very well known to most accomplished golfers. However,
  10. Quote: While I'm not going to disagree with the great. I do tend to find it to be the opposite of what he's saying. IE when you warm up you don't start out smacking a driver, you hit chips, wedges, irons, woods, driver (usually) Tom Watson on the Golf Channel said he always starts his practice with a 3 Iron. On another note, I expect that the real goal of this guy is to write a book about his experience. It seems everyone wants to write a "Paper Lion"-type book these days.
  11. Quote: You're accelerating a clubhead from 0 to 100 MPH (nominal driver swing) and back to 0 again in about a second. A Bugatti Veryon does this in about 10 seconds. Yes, but a clubhead weighs slightly less than a Bugatti.
  12. What do you think of the Golftek Pro 7 system? I have been reading some reviews on other golf websites and, while it requires a lot of work on the user's part to build a cage, hitting surface, screen, projector, computer, etc., it seems like a very good swing analyzer with course playing also available (but not the primary purpose). Any thoughts?
  13. Wow! That's great that so much time and efort is spent by the touring pros to help the next generation. Its so hyper-competitive in the US that I think its more of the sink-or-swim attitude here. Of course, that is only my perception. I know that lots of the pros here help the kids get started, but you don't really hear about them encouraging future stars. BTW, congrats on your Zambia win. Hope to see you on the golf channel playing a European tour event.
  14. I agree with this. The tendency for a HHC is to try to compensate for one bad shot by trying even harder on the next, which inevitably leads to an even worse shot, which means you REALLY have to try hard on the next one and so on.........
  15. Since I posted last year, I have been looking at Golftek's products for a future installation. I like this one: http://www.golftek.com/pro7a.html The key question you have answer is, are you looking for a system to primarily have fun or to improve your game? If the latter, then you need to look at a swing analyzer, not a simulator.
  16. RSA certainly has a disproportionate number of players on the Euro and PGA tours. This is clear evidence of the quality of your field and teaching programs. Quesrion: how much direct influence have the previous generations (Player, Els, etc.) had on your country's golf programs? I know they are inspirational, but have they directly contributed to the development of golf in RSA?
  17. One of the ways I am measuring my own improvement in golf is how often I completely mess up a shot. I have improved considerably over the past two years, but it still happens, probably 2-3 times per round. I don't mean hitting it a little fat or thin. I mean completely skulling it or hitting it so fat that it travels maybe 1/3 the proper distance. I am guessing that for really low-HC'ers (i.e., 5 or better), this basically never happens any more, that a duffed shot for a really good player is a pull-hook or a slice and even that doesn't happen too often. Am I correct?
  18. If I am vacationing near a nice course, I will sometimes take a stroll with the family on the course after the last group goes out (with the mmgt's permission), primarily for an evening enjoyment, but also to collect golf balls. The kids and I love to do this. I remember one course in N. Carolina my wife and I were walking and it was late-dusk, almost to the point that you couldn't see very well. We went over this small bridge and I spied three balls in the shallow water. I went down to pick them up and the last one was sitting next to a coiled up piece of rubber tubing. I cursed un
  19. Most of these replica courses are crude mockups of the originals. I've played Tour 18 several times and it only vaguely resembles the real Amen Corner based on the voluminous information on Augusta National.
  20. An otherwise interesting article ruined by the bad attitude of a Gen X'r.
  21. I've seen a couple of snipets of Trump's golf show and it seems he is always changing some aspect of the design on his own, e.g., "move this tee box here", "let's extend this bunker", etc. He is NOT a golf course archtect and for the sake of his courses should let the professionals do their job.
  22. It is not one of the better tourneys on the Tour and the course has some significant deficiencies, but it is nonetheless a PGA tournament so you should have fun.
  23. I don't pick up balls that are in the fairway, but lost balls that obviously are not in play I pick up.
  24. I have to say, Jimmy Fallon is one of the worst interviewers I have ever seen. It confirms the fact that literally anybody can have a talk show.
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