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  1. 18 holes for $15? Never seen that before. Minimum cost I've seen in Australia would be $35 for green fees alone, not including costs for clubs and balls and buggies. Its easily the most inaccessible sport in this country Ive come across with the exception of motorsport.
  2. Am I passionate about the game? No. I very much enjoy the learning curve, and being outdoors. I invest a lot of time into the game, but I'm not obsessed with it like I have been with other sports in my life, like cricket and tennis. I don't follow the tour closely and don't enjoy watching it particularly. I don't set my alarm to early morning tv viewings anyway. Its a hard game to pick up and play, extremely expensive with brands doing everything they can to take money off you for improvements in equipment that don't correlate to performance, and it has a stenching stigma of rich, white privilege. You can't participate in the game without paying big dollars. Even hits at the driving range are expensive. Whilst Im in a position to pay my way thanks to studying hard and holding down a good job, there's a lot of people out there who miss out on opportunities to play the game because of the costs. Its not fair. Lessons are ridiculously expensive. Not many sports are like this anymore. And some of the most awful and arrogant people I've come across have been on a golf course. I enjoy the sport only when I can play by myself, keeping away from others, to be honest.
  3. Something I've always struggled with, and I'm open to admit it, is hitting at a busy driving range. I get so self-conscious to the point it ruins my practice session. I get conscious of the people who set up around me with the one sole purpose to get out their driver to smack it as far as they can and make a pissing contest of it. Or take an eternity between their own shots as they step back and watch me swing. I know its all in my head. I hate the ones who berate themselves after every shot. I get so scared of shanking that I stick with the clubs and shots that I think will produce the best results and drills go out the window. Can anyone relate? How do you deal with it?
  4. Loner golfer. I prefer playing by myself and at my own pace. I like empty driving ranges and quiet golf courses. Hate being rushed by players behind me. Hate playing competitively against others. I've played a ton of sports in my life - AFL, cricket, baseball, tennis. I took up golf to play sport in a non competitive way. I just want to relax, learn and have fun.
  5. +1 falling into the youtube instructional video rabbit hole. While I do think that a lot of the instruction and advice out there is credible, its hard to ensure that it is applicable to my actual swing. So, so, so many times I've gone online after a terrible session at the range or round at the course thinking I've found a quick fix, only to try it out, play terribly, rinse and repeat. I've learnt the hard way that the best thing you can do for your game is get the advice of a coaching professional looking at your game in person. Another thing that has killed me is self-anaylsis via video. I got obsessed with trying to swing shallower, constantly taking video of hitting shots in the front yard with plastic balls and down at the range. But this obsession lead to other aspects of the swing going down the toilet - it introduced a huge flip in my swing, and an effort to direct the ball, so I have had massive issues with an open club face at impact. I've been getting regular lessons on Saturday mornings with a pro and finally things are starting to come together. Best thing I've done for game, daylight second.
  6. What are some concepts, advice, equipment etc that you have introduced or attempted that has completely derailed your game? For me, trying to incorporate the fundamentals of Stack and Tilt set my game back months. The whole "weight on the front foot" screwed up my stability over the ball, leading to hips excessively sliding, reverse pivot, hitting well behind the ball and an extensive bout of the shanks. I had to have several lessons with a pro to iron out my weight shift during the back swing and downswing. Implementing the whole method without getting professional help to do it was probably what really hurt me. I was doing it alone because they are no stack and tilt instructors within coo-eee of my city.
  7. Everywhere you look on social media there a gimmicky, "quick fix" drills to sort out flaws in a golf swing. From using coat hangers, to hitting a ball like a hockey player, to one leg in front of the other, to placing balls in between arms, to using pool noodles and using training aids to correct grip and wrist cock. People don't understand the number of repetitions that are required to ingrain a new motor skill. And the more complex the skill, the more repetitions required and the more detailed the progression must be. And with no clear progression to an actual full swing the effect of the drill is further nullified. So flaws remain uncorrected. And players look for more drills. And the social media golf 'experts' dream up new gimmicks. Id hazard a guess that 99% of amateur golfers don't have the mental reliance to perform enough reps of a drill or an understanding of how to correctly progress a drill to a full swing for these drills to be of any use. Not one of the golf 'experts' on social media talk about progression. No one talks about the number of reps required to stick a new motor skill. Its just catchy gimmicks giving false hope. Id say an overwhelming majority of golf coaching pros have no qualifications in sports science (motor control, physiology, biomechanics, psychology) to understand this, so how can they convey this message effectively? They cant. I can't take any advice seriously from any golf coach who has no background in sports science. Yet they charge for lessons as though they are doctors. Discuss.
  8. So I've recently picked up a copy of David Leadbetter's "The A Swing", and whilst I'm still reading and digesting the content, I can already appreciate having a succinct set of teaching points and cues to relate to for the building of an entire swing. There is so much information on different aspects of a golf swing out there on internet forums, written in articles, publications etc. Much of this information is contradictory, does not relate to the rest of the swing and is discombobulated. I'm sure there are plenty of people around here who discount Leadbetter's theories, so my question doesn't relate to what your opinion is about the A Swing. What Id like to know is: are there other publications out there that succinctly outline the bio-mechanical rationale, steps to achieving a certain style of full swing and practice progressions to learn the swing? As an amateur golfer, having a guide for all components of the swing neatly packaged into a book is very helpful and appealing. And interesting.
  9. Still havent hear a convincing argument to turn me away from using hybrids. I wonder how many people out there either dont realise how easy it is to use hybrids are or see it as an ego thing; not wanting to use them in front of other people in fear of ridicule. Using hybrids has literally taken 8 strokes off my round on average. I feel for the guys out there slaving away, enduring endless frustation trying to learn to hit long irons and getting nowhere. A lot of people say that they cant hit a hybrid but can hit a long iron no problems - I call BS on this for most of them. If you can't hit a hybrid you shouldnt be going anywhere near trying to hit a long iron off the ground. They are in existance to make life easier. Or you havent really given them a go.
  10. Id really like to know what percentage of amatuers out there on the range realistically have the ability to be able to shape shots and play a controlled draw and a fade at will. Id hazard a guess that 99% of golfers out there have one goal in mind when hitting any shot - to just hit it straight.
  11. Game based practice? Ive listened to a couple of podcasts recently about incorporating games and challenges into practice to strive towards goals and encourage improvement. How do you do this on the range?
  12. All driving ranges are flat, with perfect lines, perfect for building muscle memory and honing technique, hitting multiple balls from the same lie, using the same club. But realistically in a round of golf rarely would you come across a situation like the driving range. Lies can be uphill/downhill, in the rough, in the sand, one shot against the wind, next shot with it. And rarely will you use the same club twice in a row. And of course the pressure of hitting a ball to achieve a good score in the presence of buddies or to win a tournament is hard to replicate on the range. Most golf courses are busy and its simply not possible to practice hitting several balls on the course from lies not found on the range. So I'm wondering, how do people go about effectively practicing to replicate an actual round? For baseball and football you can run plays, cricket you can do centre wicket practice, Tennis you can easily set-up game based drills on the court. But what about golf - where nearly every shot you play in a round will be different to all others?
  13. Thanks for this. I have just ordered an 8 hybrid. Are they clones of any particular club/brand?
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