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  1. I agree with you regarding post. I'll inquire about sponsorship. Thank you.
  2. Rotating 90 degrees to the spine should be the goal when doing any activity even the backswing. Not sure what that should feel for a person but you can video yourself and find out.
  3. The old style is much easier on the body. I'm in my late 30's and grew up with the x factor style swing and I agree with you Jack that it kills my feel for timing and increases my chance of injury. Letting my left knee buckle in the backswing helps with my timing coming down. The "modern" style swing creates too much tension and I think it's harder to control distance especially with my irons. Another great player with longevity who swung "old style" was Vijay Singh. He played his best golf in his late 40's.
  4. It all depends on the distance, lie, and spin....right? What ever the type of shot you play it's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know how far you hit your clubs. There is no magic wedge combination.
  5. Agree....the 60 is specialized. Don't use that club if you are having trouble. Really not joking....just keep it at home.
  6. Hey man! You are on your way! Thanks for the book recommendation!
  7. Driver issues are not isolated in relation to other parts of your game. Just getting over that thinking will help. Pull out your wedges and begin by hitting small shots 10-15 yards to diagnose what's is truly going wrong. Think of it this way: The driver swing is an extreme magnification of a 10 yard shot. Chances of find the problem using a small swing are greater than guessing with a full driver shot. Of course this takes quite a bit of checking you ego and putting in lots of hard working reps. Good luck!
  8. Listen to your pro. Your wasting time, money, and effort searching for affirmation or opinions from the golf forums. Golf is hard enough. You are swinging slightly in to out.
  9. Yes, the drill at the top of the post is a great drill. I would even try to hit balls with a full back swing, slow down at the top, and swing down even slower than your normal backswing. Hit the ball only 10-15 yards. If you're not making solid contact the you need to slow your downswing even more while only hitting balls 10-15 yards. Do this over and over patiently. This is the HARD work part of getting better.
  10. Please see my latest post in the fitness forum. I can send you some workouts that are completely golf specific. You can easily follow along with my program for 2 weeks. I've had clients that have come back from injury using these workouts. All you need is a club, mat, and a 10 lb weight. The duration of the workouts are between 20 to 30 minutes 5 days/week. The workouts are progressive so I take the guesswork out of building a program. You can do the workouts at home, gym, or on the driving range. Personal message me if you are interested. I've read some really great responses on this thread that I agree with on hydration and nutrition as well.
  11. Anyone who plays golf understands golf is hard. It’s a simple game, but it’s just plain hard. I want to share a few thoughts on how to train like an athlete to improve your golf game. I’ve been training clients for years and they always ask me: “Should I just join a globo gym?” “What fitness exercises work best for playing golf?” “How do I improve my balance and coordination?” Notice something about the comments? Many of the students who come to me do not know where to begin or how proper golf functional training can really lower their scores and make the game easier. Some students are in really good shape but just want a new program to follow. There is too much information out there on golf fitness, so how can you sort through it all and improve faster? Proper golf skills training has 3 main elements: Core/Lower Body Strength Functional Swing Training Mobility Core/Lower Body Strength: Targeted exercises for the transverse and rectus abdominus, and internal/external obliques will play a huge role in posture and stability throughout the golf swing. Also, targeted exercises for the posterior chain will help stabilize the body during the swing and help to prevent early extension. Functional Swing Training: Building body awareness of movement patterns layered on top of strength exercises. Static and dynamic swings along with tempo swings. Coordination drills that increase awareness with shaft and sweet spot of club. Mobility: Encompassing natural movement patterns, joint mobilization, pre round warmup, post round recovery, and playing with injuries. The truth about getting your body strong and ready enough to swing a golf club is that it takes many repetitions with a planned program using the the modalities that I’ve listed. There are no shortcuts, only HARD work. Most importantly it takes DAILY discipline to put in the work and be aware of how your body is moving in space.
  12. Thoracic mobility with deep torso strength exercises. This includes lower core stability functional movement combine with kettle bell swings, squats, and timed sequenced golf swings. I like to also throw in some TRX, towel, and band work.
  13. I practice at home with and without a ball. Cheap and truthfully most effective if you really want to groove your swing. I get very little improvement from hitting balls off the same lie with the same clubs. If I do go to the range I practice 90% of my shots inside of 100 yards and only take a handful of swings with my longer clubs. Don't go to far to practice. GO FAR TO PLAY!
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