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  1. Echo'ing what other people have said: find different thoughts that all work for you, and if you have to think of something during your swing, only think of those thoughts. It tends to work out better if your thought is more of a feeling (50% tempo, stay balanced, relax your right shoulder, etc..) rather than something specific to try to monitor (cock your wrists before your hands get to shoulder height, keep the club face pointed at the ball on backswing until club is parallel to the ground, etc.). Your active thoughts ruin more golf swings than your body does once you get even a moderate le
  2. I think that just highlights how easily you can be swayed by one piece of data. Lockey was clearly bothered by par 3s all day and hit a worse than average shot for him on yet another par 3. After that, he decided to give it a go with a chunkier iron, and maybe he was more relaxed due to it not really mattering and hit a good one and now that's why Crossfield said what he said in the moment. I don't think I can argue that SGI/GI irons do well for excessively mishit strikes compared to blades, but if you're close to the center I've seen what I'd otherwise call fliers from those same clu
  3. I only have three problems with my pushcart: my bigger bag doesn't sit extremely well on it, it's another thing that takes up space in my vehicle even when folded up, and if I'm limited for time on an open course I'd rather get the holes in rather than the exercise (so then I ride). I've ordered a smaller bag that should work better for how it fits on the cart, or carry around if my heart so desires, but I do like to push if I have the cart available. For personal preference, I'd rather carry than pull. The sort of rotation while walking doesn't do well for the types of health issues
  4. We all realize that effectively using the driver will lower our scores. So you trying to force yourself to use it puts you in a bad spot as you can't make your normal turn or whatever with your swing. At some point you must've hit a good swing, try to recreate that feeling. Or figure out which of the 5SK you are farthest from and focus on that for a while in your swing. Is your head starting to move cause you're trying to kill the ball, are you not getting your weight forward cause you're trying to guide the ball out there leading to a non-inline impact position, etc.. For me, I sta
  5. For these types of thoughts, understand what your stress is doing to your body, and how that (likely) extra tension isn't letting you do the swing you're supposed to do. For me, my tension causes me to misalign my shoulders and pull the ball into very bad spots.
  6. Without ever having any involvement with a player of their caliber, I'd argue that the pros had the mental game working properly when they are at their best, they just might not have known it or realized what exactly they're doing.
  7. Spending some time with a PGA pro to help get certain feels better ingrained into myself to have a better swing, and reading the books by Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson. I've always been super analytical in my daily life and their books have helped me find a place for (and handle the negativity from) my brain, and then allow my body to do what it needs to do while on the course. Everything else I read is great for between rounds, but they broke it down to something that you can hold on to during a round which makes a big difference for me when things can get too fast when going downhill...
  8. Had I known that was the type of dress code we were debating, I'd be on the other side of this particular topic!
  9. First of all, I don't understand what a wedding and a round of golf have anything to do with each other. Secondly, it seems a lot of the arguments presented are whether a dress code is good for a certain course, or for the game of golf. If a course decides it will make more money by having a certain look and appeal to a higher class of golfer, then obviously that's good for that course but I don't know if that's best for golf, and there is a difference. I don't come from a large area, or particularly well-to-do area, so most of my friends and myself grew up and learned to get into golf
  10. @iacas If you went to any super private/exclusive course, and you were allowed to wear anything you wanted from just your underwear to a 3 piece suit and anything in between, if you chose to wear just your underwear would you respect golf less? Would you respect the course less? Why? If we say that wearing certain clothes is "more good" for Golf, then we should do that everywhere. If it's truly the best thing that we can do for golf on the apparel topic, why wouldn't we want to make every golf course have a dress code? Tangentially, why is the PGA relaxing their dress code if it
  11. I don't equate respect for people that I know and like well enough to celebrate a once in a lifetime (hopefully) event to a regular leisure occurrence. But if you do, I'm glad.
  12. For the Funeral/Wedding question: it's a sign of respect to the people/family involved, not some business. That respect to a person/family I care about is what it adds. However, if I don't dress up for a round of golf, I'm not going to go out on a golf course and drive over the greens or anything, I'm going to respect the rules of golf. Clothing doesn't affect how respectful I am to a place of business. Now if I didn't do my research and went to a course that had a dress code, I'm forced to change what I'm wearing or I can't play there. I'm not debating if the establishment has the ri
  13. I would just go to the range, get used to where your weight should be, and try to find your own feeling on how you need to get there.
  14. Still not an answer, but if there isn't a good one then I guess that will help me settle my mind. Places have always been well within their rights to restrict people based on apparel. No shirt, no shoes, no service is a common motto for a reason. I still don't hear a reasonable explanation for what a dress code adds to golf. I've heard that it can make you feel better to dress up, and an informal three person survey that apparently it wouldn't bother those three people.
  15. I didn't ask if people would be "fine" dressing up for golf, I asked what it would add to golf. I routinely dress up for courses because I can't golf on them if I don't. Doesn't mean it adds to the game for myself. A great course and fancy clubhouse, that I can feel comfortable at and enjoy myself in, in any attire sounds amazing. If the only argument that you present is that I need to dress up to fit in doesn't hold a lot of water with me as if the dress code went away, then I'd still fit in. Should I not fit in to a place if I don't dress like you? That seems silly. It might be fu
  16. I have to agree with Erik here. Just watching three or four videos from the sidekick was enough to show me that they aren't analyzing their game(s) scientifically. Anybody that can hit a 9 iron 170+ has a good swing, and of course they're going to do well (because they have a good swing). So preaching the importance of short game for them is fine as long as that's their most glaring weakness. And honestly, I haven't watched enough to know if that's their weakest part of their game, otherwise they should be spending more time to dial in their long game so they don't have to have as good of
  17. Some hybrids don't always set for a super high launch. I was fitted for a hybrid earlier this year and a couple of them had my typical fairly low ball flight but some of the heads (no matter the shaft) just sent it skyward compared to my stock shot. However, if you're hitting with too much downward angle, I don't think the hybrid head will matter as you're taking too much loft off the club at that point. I know I have that issue from time to time in my irons, but changing my swing mechanics sorted that out for me. Essentially, the rule of thumb is that the hybrid will make it e
  18. I haven't kept up on this thread at all, but I would pose the question in two different ways: What does dressing nice bring to the game, or what does wearing any old shoes and shirt detract from the game? I don't see how adding another requirement to golf benefits it. What are the opinions out there that makes a dress code a net positive?
  19. Then as somebody that's learned a lot from here, and from other reputable sources, I would work on shaping my shots every time you have a non-pitch shot. Pick whichever one is better for you (draw or fade, I've come around to loving my fade even though my home course tends to set up for a draw better) and try to do that every time. With practice, you'll get your shape down to a reasonable amount as your "minimum" shape, and occasionally if you overdo it you'll curve a bit more in the direction you were intending to have the ball go anyways. Also, keep in mind that when I say shape your
  20. Either a block or a pull sounds like a double cross. Are you trying to always shape a shot or are you just trying to hit it straight all the time? Personally I try to have a little fade on all of my shots and occasionally I'll "screw up" and hit it dead straight which is something that I've planned for. If missing by 15 yards will put you in a creek, aiming away from the green even to take the creek out of play if you really hit it to such a penal area that often might be a change until you can eliminate that type of miss.
  21. I try to swing as sweeper-y as possible, and generally ball fairly forward in my stance (exactly like I would if I was on the tee box). I tend to tee it just enough so it's almost like hitting off the deck just so that I can keep the idea of hitting the ball with that club as close to each instance (fairway/tee shot) as possible. One thing I tend to struggle with for all of my clubs is trying to hit it too far. Generally my 3wood isn't a "I need to hit this 230" club, it's a "I want to get as close to the green as possible" club so trying to hit it too hard takes me away from my proper
  22. Even pros will double-cross themselves from time to time. If it happens every 40ish iron shots, you're looking at what, a little over once a round? What happens with your other misses with irons that account for the 4-5 other misses? Getting a one-way miss is a big deal, so accepting a bigger curve on some shots will be your problem in the interim. So occasionally I'll have a shot where it curves more than what I wanted or expected, but that's something that I can gameplan for. How much curve (and what type) do you have on your shots currently?
  23. How do you typically miss your shot by 10-15 yards? Is it always long left, always short right, or other? Just knowing you miss isn't enough to really get you on a plan to fix what the miss is.
  24. Wrapping a ball in the glove can cause some unnatural folding patterns, so I'd just be careful when doing that. Using something to soften the leather, then just sitting down on your couch while watching tv or a movie or something and trying to move the glove back and forth is how I got all my gloves broken in. Another option that I've done with my last glove is we went to a place (Scheel's, for me) that sold Mizuno gloves and they had some sort of steam treatment that was free if you bought Mizuno, otherwise $25 bucks for any other glove which seemed to get it out of the "too stiff to play w
  25. I know the area from my picture is an extreme example, but what's stopping a putt's break from being that different based on speed? The speed you hit your putt affects how much the putt will break, I don't think either of us will dispute that. Across a slope, a putt hit slower will break more than a putt hit faster which is something I think both of us could agree on. Sure, if you only ever want your missed putt to finish close to the hole (within a foot or two), you're not going to risk the high pace and need to hit it perfect line but that's not to say that the putt couldn't go in o
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