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  1. Thanks Zippo. None of us are getting any younger. I find it helpful to hear from guys who do not claim to hit their 5 iron 220 yards.
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  3. Tks Zippo. I am now leaning towards the SC200. May I ask: Does the smash factor reading help you to work on swing and strike efficiency? From experience, I am aware that a well timed swing gives as much, or more, distance then an all out effort. But my muscles frequently forget this. I wonder if you have found the numerical feedback has helpful in this regard. What does it output audibly? Club head speed? Smash factor? Distance? Do you feel a mid handicapper (say 12) is consistent enough to use it to compare drivers? To put it differently how many shots do you need to hit to form a reliable impression that 1 club is longer than another?
  4. I know the thread is old - should I have started a new one? Anyway - just being working on breathing while chipping. Got 5 different google results: 1. Breathe out during backswing and downswing (David Leadbetter) 2. Dont even think about it 3. Breathe in before backswing and hold until after contact 4. Breathe in on backswing and out on downswing 5. Breathe out before backswing and do not breathe in again until after contact. After monitoring myself I realised that I was option 5. But there is more to it. The crucial point was that the trigger for the start of my backswing was a normal breath out. Sometimes my mental focussing on the shot coincided with the breathe and sometimes not. I found I was sometimes starting the backswing before I was ready to hit the shot; just because I had breathed out. By consciously taking a couple of longer, slower breaths and then exhaling, I could be ready to start the backswing at the same time as breathing out. This has resulted in more relaxed and consistent chipping. Unless you are lucky enough to follow option 2, I think option 5 is the most logical (at least for short game) as it should lead to more consistent geometry and a more relaxed state. Keen to hear other views.
  5. I would like to buy a basic launch monitor for 2 main reasons: 1. Tell me how far I am hitting my drives at the range (I can no longer see the ball past 160 metres) 2. Measure my work on increasing ball speed/distance via swing speed and smash factor My short list is the PRGR launch monitor or Swing Caddie SC100 (each about US$200 on Amazon). By the time I get it landed in South Africa it will be almost 30% more. The Sports Sensors swing speed radar is real cheap +US$120 but seems it only does swing speed. I sort of hope that monitoring smash factor will nudge me towards efficiently producing ball speed and away from just swinging as fast as possible. Specific questions: 1. Which of these 2 would you choose and why? 2. Is there anything else up to US$300 you would buy and why? 3. Does seeing smash factor on the screen really help you work on a more efficient swing? Thanks
  6. Well said DaveP043 "wouldn't you like to hit a larger percentage of them exactly that well? ". Perhaps I should have asked how to be more mature; how to stop obsessing about distance and think more about just scoring well. I think a lot of us tend to get over confident when we are hitting the ball well and start to think to ourselves "that was good, now if I hit it just a little bit harder ....." and of course it gets worse.
  7. Thanks for the replies. 100% agree with getting the basics right, having an efficient swing, etc. Some (not many) of my shots are almost perfect and they are always when I swing within my comfort zone. Only one of my several lessons involved a launch monitor which said my driver smash factor was around 1.45. It is hard to put what I am grasping for into words. In most sports, the finalists are tired and sweating - they have used up as much energy as they can. It seems to me that most golfers walk off the last green with enough left in the tank for another round (at least physically, if not mentally). So I ask myself, if I have a sound swing, is there some way to use up, or apply, more of whatever energy I have?
  8. I am over 60 and neither tired nor sore after a round of golf. I am tired after a session at the gym or after gardening. This tells me that I am not giving my golf 100%. Generally, if I try harder the game gets harder. I definitely feel that I am making more effort or putting more in, but the ball does not go any further or straighter. I feel tight, my swing shortens and I hit from the top. There is lots on Google about hitting it further and harder but very little on exactly what that feels like. So my question is how exactly do I put more into each shot, efficiently? Please do not reply and say "let the club do the work". That answer results in easier, sweeter shots but does not address my question.
  9. The video was instructive but mostly about flexibility. Nothing wrong with that. But, if you want more "power", you need to do resistance exercises. Now that my knees are over 60 and deep squats are too painful, my favourite is the barbell dead lift. I note that Rory prefers trap bar dead lift to squats. I strongly recommend getting at least 1 professional lesson on dead lifting to ensure you use proper form and avoid hurting your back.
  10. Can someone tell me the loft of the old Karsten III sand wedge? I have a set of G5 irons but the sand wedge is only 54 degrees. There is virtually no chance of finding a G5 lob wedge here in South Africa. I have been sniffing around to see if I could find a wedge like my old Eye sand wedge which I loved and should never have sold. So I found a Karsten III SW and it looks right but I don't know what loft it is and wonder if it might perform anything like my Eye 2 SW. Any thoughts? Thanks
  11. Just a quick question this time: did ping make a 3 iron for their G30 range? I have searched the net and most specification lists run from 3 to LW but some include the 3. And, yes, I know hybrids are easier and more popular. Thanks
  12. Not much wrong with that swing. Its very long but you are young and flexible. Swing is fairly flat, not necessarily a fault. Hard to tell, but stance looks a bit closed and shoulders a bit open at address.
  13. My (amateur) thoughts: 1. Moving your head - try to maintain spine angle and position 2. Swinging mostly with arms - make takeaway more 1 piece and coil 3. Trying to hit too hard - I don't know how to fix that!
  14. Kevlar10's comment is spot on. However .... you need to have some ability, and knowledge of etiquette, before venturing onto the course. If you are taking air shots or hitting the ball just a few yards, then consider some more off course practice. It cannot tell you that golf gets any easier; but we all become accustomed to hitting less than perfect shots.
  15. I have now measured the angle between my 6 iron shafts and the ground Using a drafting adjustable set square: ISI K 62.5, G5 60.0 Eye 2 57.5. I may be a couple of degrees out but these figures tend to confirm the ISIK are white dot. A bit odd the G5 and Eye2 are not the same. Never mind, I cannot see or feel any directional effect of these differences. Because I like the look of the Eye 2 better I am considering swapping just a couple of shafts from the ISI K into my Eye 2 just to see how they play. I can always swap them back. What do you guys think of that idea?
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