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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.
  16. Well actually it wasn’t 3 shots OB but I played it like OB. One was a pulled 4 iron off the tee of a narrow hole that I pulled into actual OB. One was a topped 3 wood off the tee that still went about 150 to the fairway where I could still reach the green in two but because this was a practice round I decided to re-tee and hit my 3 wood again. I still played the first ball but it was a 5 iron to a protected green where I missed the green by 10 yards and it was a forest where I didn’t even bother looking for the ball. The third one was lost over the trees where there isn’t actual OB and if I were persistent enough and it wasn’t extremely hot (and if I played with someone) I might found it as well. But I only walked through pretty fast and gave up on the ball. So if it were a tournament I probably would’ve scored 2-3 shots less than I did today. But to answer your question - it depends - my biggest problem is that I don’t have a typical miss. With the driver it is probably 90% straight or slice, while with the longer irons (2,4,5) I might miss in any direction. I might hit the perfect draw with my 5 iron on one hole and slice it on the next. But today only one miss was with the driver the other two were long irons.
  17. So after this thread I played 18 and 9 holes. On the 18 I played again a 6600 yard course and shot 94. Should’ve been 92 but on 16 the group behind us were yelling because we were supposedly playing too slow (nevermind that all 4 of their tee shots didn’t total 300 yards) and I shanked my approach into some rough where I should find it but instead of looking at the ball I looked back at them saying - and now I’ll be faster when I’m looking for my ball??! So drop and a penalty and it’s +2. Also had 2 of my longest ever drives of 306 and 312 yards total. And today I played a shorter course of about 3000 yards 9 holes that is pretty narrow on all par 3s. In a perfect world I would’ve scored +1 but since I sucked I scored +9. 3 shots OB (scored par with all 3 of the re teed shots) and 2 x 3 putt. Playing 36 over the next two days, we’ll see
  18. For me it really doesn’t. I have a club that was off off a kickstarter golf simulator project. It’s weighted and has a movable weight that clicks when the force exceeds a pre set point. I use it inside for drills and when you set me up to the ball I loose every notion of what I was practicing with the short one 🙂
  19. Played 18 today. 6600 yards, scorching hot. We played match play 2v2 and thing is I get distracted too easily. I started with 3 bogeys and a par which should be a great start but we were the maximum 8 points down after them so it kinda got in my head that I’m not playing good (in reality the other pair played lights out). Shot a total of 94 with one lost ball where the group behind us pissed me off and I shanked my 7 iron in very deep rough and instead of watching the ball I was looking back at them. Did hit some monster drives of 306 and 312 yards total. 38 putts (very fast greens and some very long first putts from GIRs)
  20. I will now start using Taylormades My round pro. I’ll just tag them manually. I am looking for a cheap 2nd generation Arccos system.
  21. Like Dave said for the putting part that’s not accurate. Pro’s get up and down about 50% of the time so if I get up and down 20% that’s probably reasonable. And on average I need less than 3 strokes from nGIR. As for driving averages. Last time I was on a trackman with the driver the average carry (without outliers) was 240 and 262 total. Launch conditions were bad though 1° up and 3600 spin on average. For the 5 iron I use it on approach shots / par 3s of around 190 yards. Thing is I’m pretty confident I’ll hit it that far and in a safe landing zone from the tee but the confidence decreases when I’m on a whacky lie. I guess I feel confident hitting up to 8 or maybe 7 iron from any lie. 6 and up is a nono from a sidehill rough
  22. maybe it’s true for his clubs? It’s a great film
  23. I was a bit surprised because when I was watching Erik Anders Lang fit for a Miura golf club the master smith said that the sweet spot is more towards the hosel.
  24. So I have been focused now almost exclusively on making a turn and stoping the early extension. This was todays 45 min practice session and at about 40-50% speed. I am making progress but this will be a key point till the end of this season on every practice
  25. For the last specific round I found that I disintegrated when I was on the 7th tee where you can cut the corner with the driver over the trees on a dog leg par 4. I have done it multiple times before. I pulled my driver straight at the dog leg and I made good contact and the ball took off. I was completely sure that it would be a lost ball in the woods behind the corner but the ball just straight dropped in the bunker that is 220 yards away. And instead of being relieved that I was in a playable position I was actually disappointed over the distance so bad that on the next 6 or 7 holes I wanted to crush the driver hard so I rushed every swing from that point on. And after that a friend reminded me that I rush and I started to play decent again finishing with 2 pars on the last 2 holes.
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