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  1. I am seeking detailed instruction on how to hit a deliberate hook and slice. Most usually with a mid iron, after I have put my drive behind some trees. For brevity I will only ask about the slice (the hook should mostly be the opposite). Google searches simply tell me to set up aiming left, point club at target and swing normally. The ball is not curving nearly as much as I hoped. Forty years ago I found it much easier to slice (or hook). But in those days I had blades and swung differently. I am now using Ping G5 irons with graphite shafts. Maybe they are hard to slice? I alwa
  2. 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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  4. 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 diff
  5. 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 no
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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,
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. I have never had much trouble shots going straight left or right (a strong fade is another story!). I tried the attached tip about marking the ball with whiteboard marker and found the mark on the face is consistent and vertical and half an inch towards the toe. I think that is telling me the club lie is OK, that my swing repeats but that I need to adjust my swing path. Anyway, on the subject of shafts, the fact that these JZ shafts are stiff and suit me is a revelation. I suspect they are on the softer side of stiff. My G20 driver with TFC169 shaft is regular and feels a bit soft,
  18. Following the suggestion, I asked Ping and they promptly replied to say my ISI K are JZ stiff shafts with cushin shaft insert. They confirmed the irons in the set and say they were white dot (3 degrees upright). The dots are now orange (2 degrees flat). This raises a couple more questions: 1. How do I tell if the shafts still have the cushin inserts? 2. Is there a way to use a protractor to measure if the clubs are white or orange lie?
  19. Thanks Vinsk and Adam C - comments are much appreciated. I am in South Africa. There is only 1 (indoor) launch monitor that I know of in town. My driving range also sells second hand clubs and, despite being satisfied with my Eye 2 irons, I cannot resist trying different budget sets. I am not prepared to spend R10'000 on a 1 or 2 year old set. The first thing I noticed when trying the mid iron G5 and ISI K was that they were clearly past the distance marker that my eye 2 irons were barely reaching. Regarding lie: the Ping chart suggests the orange side of red dot for me. I have
  20. I am still keen for advice on why I am hitting a recently acquired scabby old set of Ping ISI Ks so much further than my other irons. Can it really just be the shaft? And, if so, what specification is a Ping JZ shaft (black band with 2 thin red rings)? Thanks
  21. I have/had the same problem. A pro suggested that I keep my arms more "connected". Although it feels unnatural and lacking in power, it gives me longer, and straighter, shots. By "connected" he meant keep my upper right arm closer to my chest on the backs wing and my upper left arm closer to my body on the follow through.
  22. I have been using Ping eye 2 irons for a couple of years. They are black dot, have regular steel shafts and D3 swing weight. I am 62 years old and play off 12. I recently picked up a set of Ping G5 irons, also black dot, with TFC100 regular graphite shafts in C7 swing weight and a set of Ping ISI K irons, orange dot, with regular (so I was told) steel shafts in C9 swing weight. I was pleasantly surprised to hit the G5s noticeably further than my eye 2s. Eye2, 5 iron: 145 metres. G5, 5 iron: 152 metres. I can see why this might be: the lighter graphite shaft, the lower swing weight, the 1.
  23. I like what Saevel said: "This could be a simple as training the subconscious to consistently try to remember to implement the feel we want." Now how do I do this?
  24. I always approach a shot with a swing thought. But somehow after taking my address, I often realise that I have mysteriously completed the shot (badly) without having thought about it. It is like the pressure of trying to execute the prefect shot has turned my mind to jelly. These mental lapses are even more frustrating than physical limitations because I feel I should at least be able to control my thoughts. The struggle continues...
  25. I had a putting lesson and the pro suggested that a face balanced putter might suit me better than my old Ping Anser style putter with slight toe hang. So I got a Ping Scottsdale Wolverine C putter and, of course, it was fine for a few days. It is over a year now and my putting is worse than ever. There are a lot of folks say use a face balanced putter if you have a SBST stroke and use a putter with some toe hang if you are an arc putter. If we take the line from ball to hole on a straight put to be our reference line (not an inclined plane) then on any put over a few feet, I cannot
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