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  1. Wedges.... my nemesis

    This. Although I have come to realize that and am working on it. Flipping the head through creates tremendous speed, and that is why my good wedges are pro like shots with great spin, but misses are 150 yd fliers. I'm really trying to keep it behind me and watch contact all the way through. And to onthehunt I've heard this 1000x. Hold it like a baby bird. Does help you realize its a game of feel and you need to stay relaxed to hit good shots, but through the years I've come to side more with iacas. Soft grip at the start, but in the swing you need to hang on to prevent that grip from sliding around. But again to Patches thoughts I do notice I try to swing up on it, but working on that divot in front. I do take one most of the time, even with a flip, but I think my clubhead coming thru so fast with no control still causes flyers. So is there a simple tip or drill I can work on? Should I just do 3/4 steep swings until I'm hitting it solid every time? Or tee it up and practice that way? I think just getting solid feedback would help on good contacts since I am getting such little off the ground. Also I'm practicing on pretty hard pan stuff fwiw.
  2. Wedges.... my nemesis

    Thanks for the vids but I’m more referring to 3/4 to full swings with the wedges, not pitches. Although it sounds like these techniques carry into full swings so I will watch them. But it yeah hook meister that occurs as a result. Like I said I really tried to stay cool thru the wedges at my range session to no avail and felt stiff at the end. I did start slowing down the backswing and that helped some. I think I will go to that more and see how that works out for me. I plan on getting a membership this summer and wedges will be my main priority so I will start a swing thread to see my progress.
  3. Wedges.... my nemesis

    So I still can't figure out wedges. Is there something big that I am missing? Ever since I picked up a club I've been able to hit a driver fairly well, probably cuz I knew how to hit up on the ball and carry it far. Irons I've slowly gotten better with. But I just can't seem to get wedges. I dedicated last year at trying to get better with "scoring" clubs thinking my main issue was that I was incapable of partial swings. Now I'm learning its much more than that. I spent the last two days at the range and again every club in the bag was great except my 50* yesterday and 56* today. My biggest fear and my most common miss is sending the ball 150 yards or more which after today I am pretty sure is due to casting. I'm really trying to keep the club behind me now and that has helped with the flyers although I still had some. Also I just can't seem to hit it consistently whatsoever. Strike behind the ball, no similar flight, some high with lil spin, others too low and high spin, others just straight shanks. The thing that sucks is everyone I know has a gaming swing that can get it done on the course. I'll pound a 300 yd drive step up with my SW and shank it. I've been watching and reading as much as I can on wedges and really haven't gotten any tips that would help me hit it consistently. I have a fairly good swing (I'll post it when I get the chance) and there is no way you would think I'm as bad as wedges as I am, but I can't figure it out. Is there a simple tip I can focus on to get good contact with my wedges? Like I used to suck at chipping, and the no decel really helped. Driver I just swing through it. Wedges at the range I came in open minded and left sweating and tight. I feel like I have to control the club through the whole path (obvious in golf, right) but the effort was too much even tho I'm a fit 27 y/o guy. Like I said driver I tee up and swing hard- good results, irons I just focus on the ball and a spot to hit it and it goes fairly straight. Wedges I was trying everything and no dice. What am I missing here?
  4. Grip contact

    You know one thing I've noticed is my right elbow effects my grip. I've been working on keeping my Right arm in tighter and it keeps my R hand on the club better. When I let it get away from me thats when I notice the roll in the R hand and creation of the extra hinge as you mentioned. I tend to hit a fade, but got away from a big slice (am a 13 handicap now). Now this next part has to do with more grip pressure. I still struggle with my wedges and just noticed practicing that I was gripping it way harder than any club. Worked on keeping that elbow in resulting in better contact. It allowed me to loosen up the grip too! Hopefully this will result in less hitting those thin shots or knuckle fliers and gain me some confidence with the club which will only result in a softer grip.
  5. Grip contact

    This is one thing I rarely see tackled by my Youtube lesson guys like Mark Crossfield. How much contact with the grip do you maintain with the grip in your swing? Not so much interested in grip pressure. We all hear of gripping too tightly and having no feel, and too loose no control. Also not talking about grips such as strong or weak. But actually how your hands dynamically interact with the grip in the swing. I started paying attention to this when I noticed I would sort of let the club roll in my hands on big full swings. It led me to change my cocked wrist into more of a straight wrist on takeaway and improved my swing. After playing yesterday I noticed I still let it roll a lil bit. One swing I tried staying "connected" with the club the whole time and hit a pull. My buddy plays off a 4 handicap and the club moves quite a bit in his hands where at the end his R index finger (trail arm for a R handed golfer) almost comes off the club entirely. I've also seen pro's where the club is literally like an extension of their hands without any movement between their hands and grip from start to finish. I mean its all the delivery that affects your golf shots and if you have a consistent change in grip in your hands it shouldn't matter if its repeatable, right? Or is maintaining a connected grip from start to finish something we should all strive for? And how do you all think this changes with different types of shots from drives to chips to putts?
  6. How to properly undergo a swing overhaul

    Lol at the pyramid chart @RandallT. Because I have been playing a while I have figured out my swing enough where I can get birdies and hit good shots. I know I am doing some fundamental things incorrectly tho and would like to figure those out. First I think it may come down to how much time and dedication I have. I also like how people said to focus on one specific thing at a time. Plans are to get an iPhone mount to record swing, do at least a tathata lesson a week and then hit the range as many times as my schedule allows. I don't plan to be playing much through the winter as it'll be fairly busy for me, but hoping some swing focus time will carry over.
  7. I just finished a long golf week with my buddies. We played 4 times and although I beat one of my friends, I am a long way off from my buddy who is a single digit capper. He mentioned some things at the end of the week and it really got me motivated on improving. Now I have been playing quite a while and been trying to improve over the last couple of years, but don't really feel my swing has changed all that much. I can do what I know fairly well, but feel the bread and butter of gaining accuracy and learning to score has yet to improve. I still shoot 90's with about 1/3 of rounds in the mid-upper 80's. I know many people try the "Well if I groove the smoothest swing, I'll play great!" technique to no avail. Golf is more complex than that. I'm not here looking for the perfect Ben Hogan swing, but I do need some tips on how to practice and how to gain consistency. My buddy has a great draw to his swing, completely taking the right side out on his irons. Plays it wide right with a long iron and brings it in closer when he gets down to his wedges. I'm more a fade player, but sometimes its a high ballooning fade, others low and cutty, and basically just not much control. I have the Tathata golf course and a local course has a range deal for $35 a month. I am a medical student so time is scarce. Should I purchase the range membership and dedicate 2-3 days a week of practice with some Tathata mixed in? The thing I feel I am lacking is I do not witness my own swing enough. Do I need to purchase a stand to film both down the line and in front clips of my swing? What is your all opinions on how to get a more consistent flight in about 3 months time? Thanks everyone.
  8. Taking a break from golf for a while…

    Hey all. Fairly new to this forum and to consistently playing the game in general. I've played since high school occasionally with friends, but have dedicated time to improvement over the past 3 years. I've enjoyed this time playing a game we all love, but luckily I just received a call for medical school acceptance starting this fall and will have much less time for golf. I knew this time was coming as a pre-med kid and that's why I wanted to make the most of my of my time before starting. Well now its here and the real work begins. I'm actually kind of glad I'll have less time with this game. As a former disc golfer I was able to get to scratch within what I would say about 3 dedicated season of play. Well that's about what I spent with this game, although maybe less frequent play due to the time and cost required of golf. I was hoping to decrease my handicap by a large margin with background in athletics and some dedicated practice, but not so. It would be a great skill to have for the rest of your life to play this game at a high level (I've played with some scratch players, and to say the least it is impressive what they can do with a ball). Well couldn't tell you if it's due to my ability, or just not enough time/instruction, but it is a tough game and scratch is definitely faaaar off, and a single digit handicap I strived for may not come until later in life. I started out as a mid 90's player and would say I decreased to high 80's. Never truly figured out my handicap though. My current low scores consist of a 84 on par 70 course and 85 on my par 72. Could continue that from whites, but most times on the blues I would be low 90's. Had a few rounds over 100. It was fun to try and improve, but the last video of my swing I thought to myself, "yikes!" I'll have to finish Tathata and take some lessons next go around when I get more time to play. Although I'll be busy, its not impossible to golf through school. I'll most likely play a weekend here or there and definitely on breaks. And even tho, I didn't reach the skill I thought I'd be at with the time put in, I still love the game as much as ever. Sometimes golf is like sex. Your best doesn't come til later in life And at my level it shouldn't be too hard to get better. Now just waiting until that opportunity returns!
  9. Tathata Golf ... McCord & Chamblee are advertising on TGC

    I got the program this spring. Stopped just short of Chapter 3 as I found I'd rather spend my time playing golf and practicing than doing movements in my living room. It has some potential. As @kingfrenzo mentioned my first day out was my worst round of golf ever. Was thinking about way too much. This is my first golf program btw. I like Tathata as it fits to my swing; A strong powerful smack of the ball, letting the body unload, not caring about positions too much, but more just an athletic movement. The thing is people talk about the yoga and stretching aspect of it, which to me really wasn't there. The stretching is okay, but I need a much more intensive workout program to feel I get better balance that golf requires. Yoga is king! This is just holding some positions, that I really didn't feel strengthening my body much. I did take some tips from it, so not narcing on it, and most likely will give it a go again and complete this winter.
  10. Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

    But why? Doesn't Arccos do everything Game golf does without having to push a button? Maybe because you can't post your arccos rounds? Or can you? I just haven't seen any on here so I'm curios. And there @iacas!!! You happy now?!
  11. Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

    Question?!?! Why does everybody on here use GAME golf and not Arccos?
  12. Recommend me a 205+ club

    I'm thinking I'll go for a new hybrid to get a fairer examination of the 3 head types and which I like best. It'll all come to the fitting. And trust me @WUTiger the 205 club is a big worry for me. All the strokes for me come around the greens. Really gonna switch up my practice to short game the rest of the season. I'm hitting the longer clubs great, plus I love the feeling of landing a green from far. I'm really like this set up of all 3 headtypes for my longer clubs. I know many players now like to change out their clubs for course conditions, but I don't have the skill or extra cash for that now. Like many other players have said before, if its a windy day, you should have as many holes down wind as into the wind. Liking a low launching club and a high launching club option in the bag concurrently.
  13. Recommend me a 205+ club

    Looks like part of my original post was accidentally deleted. Oops Well since I have become comfortable with my 3i, trying something the polar opposite of it maybe be beneficial. A nice high hitting club that lands at 205-210 with some spin would fit perfectly. Thats why I brought up a wood, since they are known to launch higher. But I want a shaft that is controllable. Thinking I will go in and try several hybrids out and a couple woods as well and whatever I do best with on the simulator I'll give a go.
  14. Obviously this is all going to come down to a fitting, but I just wanted to go in with a few thoughts and suggestions. So stats here are I am a fairly long hitter, 265-280 carry with driver. The long end of my bag is kind of an experiment but I'm glad I did it! Now I just need to perfect it. So I am working with a wood, driving iron, and hybrid. 4 wood is 240+ club, 3 UDI 20* is 225 club (really anything 220 to 260; becoming my workhorse club as I become better with it), and a 4 hybrid at 22*. I wanted the driving iron to be a stronger loft than the hybrid as a better alternative for off the tee, more accurate, more roll, and the hybrid a higher launching, easier to hit club to hold greens at over 200. So I've become fairly proficient with the 3i, recently reaching and holding greens on par 5's in 2 lately. Now my hybrid, is currently the weakest club in my bag and struggle to reach for it. Not that I am a good hybrid hitter, its just a bad fit for me and knew this day was coming. Its an old TM original rescue #4 22* with only a 65 gram S shaft that I believe is too whippy for me. Finding my control is awful with it and can't hit a consistent shape shot. The only reason I struggle letting it go is that its older and therefore doesn't have the 'hot' faces of today's hybrids. I need this thing to go 205 to 215. Better yet would be near polar opposite of my driving iron. I want this thing launching high with a good amount of spin to hold greens. I was thinking another hybrid, but there are many options now to fill the role. Its hard to turn down an F6 baffler. In fact a 4w, driving iron, 6-7 wood wouldn't be a bad combo. It just has to hit the distance and be fairly accurate. Now that's the trouble with a wood is a longer shaft (making a 4i loft more 220 range), but I heard the F6 baffler also has a shorter shaft. This should make it more controllable and shorter. So what do you all think? Please recommend me something that hits that 205 mark and is fairly accurate and controllable. Thanks everyone. P.S. I keep the Ping Eye 2 4i, 25* loft, in the bag as well for 200 yd into the wind shots. All with 14 clubs in the bag. As you can see I'm loving the long end of the bag!
  15. This. I still hit an old TM burner superfast in 10.5 with stock S shaft. Had it since high school, 26 now, and its gone thru some changes, but can't get it to leave the bag. Got rid of the long R shaft a couple years ago for my buddies S shaft. Lately been tinkering with some Lead tape and hitting it better than ever. I was playing with a group the other day and riding with our buddy who is a scratch golfer and I pipe one right down the middle 300 with roll. I'm talking about the lead tape and different shafts I'm looking at all this other different tech. He replies, "You just put one 300 in the middle of the fairway. What else do you want?"

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