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  1. This is a terrible idea. Hit down on the ball and through the ground!
  2. The point is well made. However, another thing to consider could be that the guys teed off when there was a break in the action. Meaning, there weren’t any tee times that closely ahead of them, and the subsequent groups piled in after them. Of course this is likely not true, but I’m stretching trying to give them the benefit of the doubt. More likely, they’re slow players not respecting others’ time, as you seem to indicate.
  3. Yeah most everyone is like that. We all mostly mind our own games, want people to keep up pace, and want to play with others that are nice to play a round with. No disrespect to the other posters, but the posts that said that are kind of "duh." At least you answered the question though!
  4. I like my chances. I can control my start line pretty well. I am, however, assuming that the dense cluster of trees only affects the ball and not my swing, i.e., I can take a normal swing. If, however, I cannot take a "regular" swing, then I'm chipping out.
  5. For fear of backlash for giving advice on a public forum, do what your instructor says. Or don’t. Do whatever you want.
  6. Sure. I get it. However, what’s the point of having a forum then? Work with your instructor and ignore well-intending folks then. Most of my advice has been just simple ball flight laws observations. That won’t interfere with anything an instructor says. Nothing in this thread was swing thoughts or mechanics related. In some other threads there were some mechanics, like hinging the club up more because the person is so flat. That said, the person posting on a forum has the right to post like I do to respond. They can reject it or accept it. i don’t keep up with who has an instructor and who doesn’t. And it doesn’t matter to me whether they do or not. They should know if they’re paying good money for instruction to just work on that. Simple observations as to ball flight laws doesn’t cross some mystical “over the line” advice you’re implying exists (which no line does exist on a public forum). And even if some advice does go beyond ball flight laws, again, ignore it or not; that’s up to the poster to decide. No need to referee my comments. Sure. And like I said in my response above, I merely pointed out simple ball flight laws observations to you. I never said anything mechanical to you as you appear to be a decent player and you mentioned an instructor.
  7. If that's the case, then it sounds like your path needs some work to get your curve where you want.
  8. How's your start line consistency? I'm assuming strike is reasonably good. If you start line is consistent, then it sounds like you're having path issues and that is causing you fits with curvature. If your start line is not very consistent, then you have a face issue. I would get on a good launch monitor and dial in start line. If you do that, then you've got face sorted. All you need to do from there is work on getting path where you want it to get the curve you want. To me, other than ball speed, start line is the most important data point to look at.
  9. I know the swing is dynamic, but if you like the cut, be sure to aim the face a little left of 0* and do your normal swing left. Should give you a nice little pull fade. Or, if you're wanting to hit it straighter, then don't swing so far left.
  10. Very sad. My dad sent the news to me. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love” is one my favorite songs.
  11. Go check out the covid practice plan on this forum. I tend to only use the pitching technique around the green. I see chipping more akin to the full swing since it used the leading edge. I don’t use chipping technique much except for chipping out from under trees or hitting more of a full swing type motion.
  12. Well, it's still flat/underneath going back, so it makes sense why you would be prone to coming over a little. I'll certainly defer to more qualified folks who are teachers, but I don't think how high your hands are matters one bit; it's about the angle or pitch of the club as you take it back. I'd try to get the head to raise up more as you take it back. I feel like I'm trying to hit my nose with the clubhead as I take it back. Again, this has nothing to do with how high your hands are; it's more about hinging UPWARD of the club head. Like I said, you still have the club flat and underneath. Go look at @Lugowskins's thread as he had (as I had) a similar problem as you. Specifically, go to page one of his swing thread. Look at the Charley Hoffman swing sequence I have on my V1 app with the lines. Your swing looks so similar to my old swing--flat and inside. Moments of brilliance and moments of hopelessness haha. When I get a chance, I'll update my own swing thread and show my change to a more upright swing.
  13. Use the ball flight laws to figure the answer to your problem. Assuming the strike was decent, and not out of the toe, you have an issue with your face and path being too different. In other words, you have a face that is too closed to the path on which you are swinging. Get face and path closer together, and you will see a straighter shot. Again, all of this assumes you struck it well.
  14. The DTL view looks a little better from the standpoint of getting the club a tiny bit more vertical to give you room to hit down on the ball more. However, the way you're doing it isn't ideal. You're still a bit flatter on the way back and then you're coming over steeper on the way down. I'd try to get the club up more on the way back.
  15. Is anyone still using GameGolf? I have the old classic but haven't used it since like 2017. I've explored the newer options, but I like the familiarity of GG and how you tag your own shots. I don't like the auto detect that others use. Anyway, I need some new tags, but before I buy some more, I wanted to see if you guys still use the GG product and the website. Do you have any issues with using the website--uploading rounds, editing where necessary, using the data, etc? Thanks
  16. I try to arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to tee time and like to get 45 minutes prior if I can. 1) general movement and stretching 2) use superspeed sticks or my driver for a few fast "baseball" swings to get the juices pumping. 3) pick some targets and lay out my 0* start line with a stick. Start with some pitches with either my 60 or 54 and work up to a full swing. When pitching, working on having a slightly open face and more vertical shaft at address and through impact (no lean), but still feel a downward, solid attack. Once I get up to a full shot, preset forward lean, hinge the club up, and feel the downward attack. With both pitching and full shots, get the ball to start on my 0* line. This is just a few balls. 4) still picking some targets and laying out my 0* start line with a stick. I'll pick clubs based on whether I started with 60 or 54 and go up by skipping a club between, e.g., 60-PW-8i-6i-4h-5w-Dr or 54-9i-7i-5i-7w-3w-Dr. Again, the main keys for me here are a good setup, hinge up, downward strike, and start the ball on 0* (so long as I'm striking it reasonably solid, ball shouldn't curve or if it does then my path is too far too the right or left) (Driver is very similar for me but without the nice divot). Just a few balls with each club hit. 5) I'll usually finish by playing a couple of holes (on the range obviously) based on how I hope to play the hole. Then I'll hit one last ball and it will be the tee shot I'll hope to have on my first hole. 6) A few pitch shots around the green (try to get different lies) and out of bunkers. (note: I don't usually "chip" unless it's out from the trees; I prefer the "pitch" technique--see @iacas's explanation of the difference between the two techniques in his covid practice plan). 7) a few putts from short range all the way around the same hole to dial in bead and speed. 8 ) a few long putts to dial in read and speed. 9) go to the tee box, take some practice swings 10) have fun!
  17. I agree with the others' findings. Swing looks tidy, but way too flat. Best you can do is be too shallow and block/hook it and likely not compress it or reroute steep on the way down. Been there and done it--I used to be very flat and inside, reroute over the top, but jump to shallow it out with straight locked out arms and a block/hook with no consistent strike. Get rid of that quick man. From a setup with forward shaft lean at address, I feel like the straight edge/face on my club hinges up toward my nose as I take a backswing. That's my feel that works for me. Gets me in a position higher up on or even slightly above the elbow plane line (as seen from DTL) so I can hit down on the ball. It allows you to start the ball on 0* (straight) instead of playing for a sling ball.
  18. That's smart. Seems a bit tedious to the player though if they have to track it and send it. Or is the data auto collected and sent to the cloud or something or other?
  19. Good call. I actually switched to it recently! I have it in the smoke XS shaft. And, that's awesome that you're on the right track now. I don't really get into the mechanics like wrist angle so much. I feel like knowing the ball flight laws and using my gc2 has helped me more than my previous coach ever did. That's more or less what I went with--arrow/face pointed at 0* and then try to swing at 0* or a tad right. That gives you the straight to straight draw ball, as shown on my gc2 readouts about. Just be careful to ensure solid strike because if you mis-hit it, gear effect kicks in and all bets are off!
  20. For me, these things help: 1) start off with forward shaft lean at address. Get the butt of the club pointed at your front hip. I don't think most people should have the shaft vertical at address unless you're hitting a pitch shot. You can certainly still flip since the swing is dynamic, but I think it will help mitigate the flip. It also serves as a great visual for you to execute as it basically presets impact for you. I think it works much better than those contrived pump drills that try to get you to have lean. 2) hit down on the ball. Unless you're hitting a pitch shot (a slower swing), you likely won't flip if you hitting down on the ball properly. It simply doesn't make sense to flip as it will be very difficult to hit down on the ball with the head continuing down after impact and up to your finish if you flip.
  21. I agree. Sure, but changing the shaft is not going to result in some earth-shattering good play. It's a shaft. I can go out and play reasonably well with a friend's clubs, rental clubs, or even my wife's clubs. I think most people can do that since golf is about the person's skill, not equipment (not to say that equipment doesn't have some effect on play to some degree). I think you missed my jargon--I used it not to mean "expert." I used it in a derogatory fashion, i.e., people who get all in a fuss about shafts as it it really matters at the end of the day. See Mark Crossfield and others who have completed blind testing with different shafts.
  22. Depending on your other launch characteristics, 230-250 is a reasonably good carry distance at 150 mph ball speed and with how you are striking the ball. I'm generally in the mid to high 150's and I carry the ball around 255-265. However, it sounds like strike could be the main issue for you given the large range of distance gap you provided, or the launch monitor you used is not very accurate. Play around with the flightscope optimizer tool to see what distance you should see. Shafts can help, but so long as you are using something reasonable, you're not going to see any big differences (but I admit, I'm no shaftoid). The biggest thing is getting your strike down because it sounds like you hit fades and toe draws; a different shaft isn't likely to make you hit the ball more consistently and play better golf.
  23. Is there an estimated course rating/slope?
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