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    My Swing (BeardedBearMan)

    Here's an update - finally got a video of my driver swing. As I mentioned, it's super inconsistent, with regular misses being big push slices.
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    My Swing (BeardedBearMan)

    Thanks @iacas for taking the time to reply. I totally get that and agree with not confusing someone with too much advice - especially when they're already getting personalised advice from an instructor. However, I'd counter by saying that given I'm not currently working with nor receiving advice from the instructor (the 2 lessons were one-offs), I would definitely appreciate any feedback I can get so I can work on it going forward. Either way, I'm happy to use this post as a swing diary as you suggest - and if you (or anyone else) want to provide any thoughts or comments in the future, I'll be happy to take them on board then. Thanks again.
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    My Swing (BeardedBearMan)

    Hi TST - delighted to have recently joined and already enjoying starting to get involved in the community and the great content posted here. If anyone has the time, I'd be really grateful for some feedback on my swing. Here's my responses to the standard questions: I've been Playing Golf for: I started young-ish (12 y.o) and played for a couple of years, even playing in 1 tournament. Then took up tennis from 14 and on and reduced to playing golf a couple of times a year with my dad. 4 months ago I picked up the game again and I'm really trying to improve so I've been practicing 3/4 times per week. The goal is to get into low single digit handicaps and scratch eventually, join a club to play comps, etc. My current handicap index or average score is: 13.4 (up from 11.9 last revision). I was a 22 index in July but have seen some quick improvements over the past couple of months. My typical ball flight is: mid-height gentle draw. Here's a Skytrack readout of a 7i shot I hit last week. it was a particularly well hit shot, although the spin number is lower than normal and so there's way too much roll out. The carry distance is typical for my well struck 7 irons: The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: On my Irons and fairway woods, my miss is a push right that doesn't draw back enough and loses a bit of distance. Here's a Skytrack readout of a typical miss on my 7i: My driver is a disaster at the moment, with misses being huge slices right and the occasional duck-hook when I overcompensate the other way. I'll try to post a driver swing soon but I don't have one right now. Where I am with my game: I know this isn't a question asked from the standard template but I thought it might be helpful to add a bit more colour to the swing. I've taken a couple of lessons over the past month and fixed my out-to-in path (at least with my irons). I feel like I've gotten a lot more consistent with my ball-striking and I'm beginning to feel much more confident that I can get close with my scoring clubs the majority of the time, with my misses still generally finding the green. I feel most comfortable with my game from 6i to wedges, with my long irons and short game being acceptable but with plenty of room for improvement. My biggest problem is my driving without a doubt (inconsistency + big slices on misses), followed closely by putting which can get hot but is sometimes abysmal, simply too inconsistent. In terms of my swing, I'm finally seeing my path coming from the inside which is a big triumph for me, but I can see that my most easily apparent flaw is that my downswing plane is steeper than my backswing plane leading to early extension and a rising of the shoulders at impact to avoid hitting the ground before the ball. I'd love to hear about thoughts / drills that can help with both shallowing out the plane on the downswing and avoiding that early-extension / shoulder rise on impact. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide - really looking forward to getting more involved at TST and working on improving my game with the help here. I commit to updating this post with progress over the weeks ahead. Best, BBM. Videos: Here is a swing video of the well struck 7i shown above. It includes a normal speed down the line view, followed by a slow-mo down the line view, and then a normal speed face-on view followed by a slow-mo face on view (apologies for how tight the camera is on the FO view, not a lot of space in the sim bays I use):
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    To golfers who score in the 70s - What's your story?

    @klineka Yea, distance isn't the issue at all (avg. drive is 267 yds according to game golf), it's just my driving gets very erratic and I think on par 5s I maybe psych myself out off the tee thinking of putting me in a position to reach the green in two or something. I think the reality is I've only got 4 rounds on my profile thus far and having played short courses I've only actually recorded 5 par 5s: 1) Par 5, 472 yds: Driver off the tee - sliced right into woods and lost ball - Score: 7 2) Par 5, 480 yds: Driver off the tee - came off the bottom of the club to 195 yds - Score: 7 (3-putt) 3) Par 5, 442 yds: Driver off the tee - sliced right into woods and had to punch out - Score: 7 4) Par 5, 492 yds: 3-Wood off the tee - solid shot (250 yds) but didn't have an angle to the green due to overhanging branch so had to punch out - Score: 5. 5) Par 5, 562 yds: Driver off the tee - sliced right into O.B. - Score 8 The only hole I didn't take driver off the tee I parred! Guess I gotta hit the driving range and practice that driving to get into scoring positions without stupid mistakes more often.
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    To golfers who score in the 70s - What's your story?

    Thanks - I've just added my Game Golf handle. Really appreciate you sharing those stats, interesting to see how mine compare to a 10 hcp (I'm at a 15 atm) as I strive to score in the 70s for the first time. I've only started taking golf a bit more seriously this year so I'm looking forward to improving over the coming months, and seeing how better golfers compare under different categories really helps me hone in on which areas I should be working on. This is probably due to me having only recorded 3 rounds so far in game golf, but my Approach stats look pretty wonky - definitely a lot of work to be done with my GW, PW, and 9i: For what it's worth - here are my other stats: So, obviously my whole game could use some help (with putting being my best skill), but especially I think scrambling and GIR need to improve, both of which would be helped by being better off the tee. Something interesting I've noticed as well is that - probably due to my poor driving - I score best on par 3s, then par 4s, and then par 5s. I imagine that's gotta be exactly opposite to most golfers:
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    To golfers who score in the 70s - What's your story?

    Can I ask what the avg. percentage of time you get on the green (within 15 yds) from greater than 100+ yards is? I'm a 12.9hcp on game golf but only get it within 15 yds from outside 100 yards 27% of the time...that's gotta be pretty poor?

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