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  1. So all the work I’ve been putting in doing drills at home and learning about the proper movements seems to finally be showing some results. I have learned today that if your hip and shoulder turn on the backswing are correct than the shallowing of the club happens automatically. I made absolutely no effort to shallow the club on these swings, the only thought was the “correct” hip loading in the backswing and transition. I would still like to open my hips more at impact and I’d like a bit more of forward shaft lean as a result of that, but I can see the early extension and chicken wing to slowly disappear. For anyone who wants to look more into the proper hip turn and loading check out the videos of Athletic Motion Golf. I’m a very visual person and their skeleton videos really help me understand what the good players are doing. From the start of October I’m changing my workweek to only 4 days working being off on Tuesdays. So that should hopefully result in golf 2-3 times per month.
  2. So played in a tournament on Thursday for the first time in over a year. A new course on which I got my ass handed to me. Shot 107, but we pretty much all sucked that day. The course is super hard and even harder when you don’t know it. For example there is a par 4 where you play your first shot to a plateau and then your second over a ravine to an elevated green. So we lasered the group in front of us at 195 yards. So I striped my 5 iron exactly where I wanted it. When we came up we saw that there was another 30-40 yards of the fairway in front of where my ball was. So I had a 180 yard shot left into the green instead of a 140 yard one. Another is the hardest hole (hcp 1) on the course. And it’s a 285 yard par 4. You know you’re in for a treat when a 285 yard par 4 is the toughest hole on the course. You have to hit your tee shot to a landing zone about as big as a postcard, thing is, the post card is 220 away. So I hit my 4 iron to the left side and instead of it fading it didn’t start to turn and caught some high branches and I was 60 yards short. And then it just went downhill from there.... nevermind, I’m now working on my shoulder turn to be more perpendicular to my spine angle. I tend to dip my left shoulder way too much.
  3. The best way to become a better putter is to have shorter putts.
  4. How do you suppose he was hitting a lob wedge 260?
  5. Played two more times and was the first time I really should’ve broken 90. Shot 92, I’ll only say one thing about the round - started with 9 on the par 4 first hole where my perfectly struck pitching wedge flew 10 yards over the green, got an unlucky bounce and ended near a tree stump. 2 airballs later I finally took an unplayable. Anyway... Continued to work on the hip rotation and the chair drill really helped with that. So seeing some big progress there pic 1 from November last year and pic 2 from this week, I today added a drill/feeling of stopping the flip. I’m not flipping per se (the hands are still in line with the shaft at impact), but I still flip it after the impact. So this was earlier today: I have been working on the right elbow for a long time but today it clicked when I talked for 15 mins with my pro-to-be friend. I did feel like I’m pulling my elbow towards my torso on the downswing but in addition to that I was extending the right hand way too early. Instead of doing it after impact I did it much earlier. So this was only after about 5 swings after I realized that. The feeling is that I’m keeping my elbow at the same bend angle as on the top of the backswing for the whole swing (that obviously doesn’t happen, but the improvement was visible in the first few swings)
  6. I think with golf it’s the thing that I as a high 10s handicap can go to a course with any PGA pro and there is a chance that if we get to a par 3 that I will hit a better shot and/or get a better score than they will. I will never score as well as they do from the back or even come close, but on a single hole I might play better and that gives you the insane idea, that if you just practiced a bit more, every shot will end up like that.
  7. I’m saying there is a not negligible chance that the other factors contribute a small percentage in a number of people. I agree on everything. Looking at my last trackman session my dynamic loft was 14,7 my AoA was 3,9 my driver was 10,5. Dynamic - AoA = 10,8 in that instance.
  8. ... yet 95% of us use stock heads and shafts that “kinda” fit our swing speed.
  9. Well you can assume these factors can be the same for a golfer with 75mph and a golfer with 115mph. I do get @billchaos point about the importance of club fitting to get these things correct. But I’m still wondering if there is a large group out there that would benefit from an 15°+ driver head...
  10. Well yes, but the other factors are shaft flex, impact position etc. For example if you deliver your club slightly open it will be higher, and slightly closed lower, if your shaft unloads before the impact it will be higher, if your shaft is still loaded it will be lower etc... but like the best physics phd I decided to ignore that for now, as you can actually hit the ball with these factors not adding anything to the equation.
  11. So I’m wondering about something regarding the dynamic loft. So if I understand correctly in ideal conditions the dynamic loft with the driver is static loft + angle of attack (let’s discard opening/closing the face at impact for now - so ideal impact conditions, so no shaft unloading as well). So if we look at the trackman carry optimizer for my range. I swing in the 105-110 range. Optimal dynamic loft at +5 AoA is 16,2° so an ideal driver loft would be 11,2° at 105mph and at 110mph the numbers are 15,2° and 10,2°. If I were hitting down on the ball with an AoA of -5° and not wanting to change that the optimal dynamic loft numbers are 11,1° and 9,9° respectively. So that would mean my driver lofts should be 16,1 and 14,9° to maximize distance while still hitting down with the driver. Now let’s do the same with a lower swing speed - 90mph. At +5° AoA the dynamic loft should be 18,5° so that would mean the optimal driver would be 13,5°? So basically a 3 wood? What am I missing and why don’t they make drivers that are that high in loft if that is what it takes to optimize the carry? Ok the total optimizer might be better to use for swing speeds of 90 and lower as for that you want 15,3° dynamic loft so a 10,3° driver but isn’t the carry number more important than the total number as it is highly dependent on conditions?
  12. Hit a thin 5 iron on a sharp dogleg where you need to hit 180-210 on your first shot to have a look at the green so I just barely had a look around the trees and 170 yards to the green. The ball was well above my feet and in some rough. Aimed on the very right side of the green hoping the stance would add some additional draw. Hit it perfectly just managed to miss some low hanging branches and hit it to about 15’.
  13. 40 on the back 9 where I shot 53 on the front... I’ve had a couple of times where I was +1 coming to the 7th tee to just instantly implode and finish the front 9 with +8 or +10.
  14. Yes I know what you are saying but my miss is almost never hitting my 4 iron 190 yards instead of 205 but it’s either a pull or a slice that will usually then cost me stroke and distance. So I played 2x18 holes the past two days. The first one is shorter - 5500 yards from the men’s tees, much narrower so that the driver comes into play on maybe 5-6 holes, especially if you can carry it over 220 (I do) and can’t really shape it (and I can’t). I shot a 92. We played match play 2vs2 and I didn’t look at my score until the end. If I did I might have hit a couple of 5’ putts that I missed after we already lost two points on the holes. But that’s not the main point - the main point is that I started horrible (two really bad bounces followed by really bad decisions) on the first two holes. I was +7 after 2 holes. And then for the next 9 holes I was birdie, par, bogey, bogey, bogey, par, par, double, par. So I was +4 over the next 9. Then another loss of concentration and I added +7 on the next 3 holes. And then finished with +3 on the last 4 holes. So 5 holes for +14 and 12 holes for +7. And today it was pretty much the same. Finished with 95 on a 6200 yard course. This time around I started good and I was +1 going into the 7th hole. Then I hit my driver further than I thought I was able to hit and it just bounced into some bushes where we couldn’t find it. And after that my game completely fell apart. I carded a 10 on that par 5. Followed by two doubles and a tripple. So again a stretch of 4 disaster holes where I was +12. Ended with +9 on last 8.
  15. Had this yesterday. I pulled the draw under some trees and punched a 5 iron out towards the green (should’ve had about 50 yards if it worked) and hit it well, but just before hitting the grass it hit a root and it ricocheted to this: I hit a baseball style shot with my 7 iron to get it out to the fairway. (the pic is rotated 90° counterclockwise, don’t know why the board did this) It doesn’t look that bad but it was 1 foot of the ground in that blueberry.
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