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About aaguirr

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  1. 2020 Goals Break 80 Reach single digit handicap Record 20 birdies Play in first local club tournament Beat my step-father in a round of golf Get fitted for a new set of clubs
  2. While I don't disagree that any good swing requires some hip slide/lateral movement, for me it's the thought of rotating the hips to start the downswing that makes the lateral movement of the hips and weight shift to the lead foot happen automatically. This might just be a matter of feel versus what's really happening in the sequence of the swing, but for me this thought doesn't fail me. I don't know that I would have the same results if my main swing thought was to begin the downswing by "sliding" my hips. Just my two cents.
  3. I find that incorporating weight lifting is crucial for preventing injury. You need stronger muscles to handle the stress of swinging a club over and over again and not break down. Speaking from experience. I was hitting the gym consistently last year (minimum of 3 times a week) and not once did I experience even a minor injury while participating in numerous sports (soccer, basketball and golf). This year I fell off around spring time and, wouldn't you know it, I injured my intercostal muscle while practicing about a month ago. There is no doubt in my mind that had I maintained my training regimen I would not have gotten hurt. I've already begun incorporating strength training as part of my rehab and already feeling much better.
  4. This guy should be banned from participating in any future events.
  5. It's been over a month since I started experiencing a sharp pain in my chest and armpit area in my lead side from apparent overuse. I am guilty on numerous occasions of reaching for the large bucket at the driving range, sometimes even twice in one session, and just overall engaging in very fast paced, frustration-filled practice sessions. I've tried everything from the RICE method in the early stages of the injury (rest, ice, compression and elevation), visited a sports specialist orthopedic who pretty much just confirmed my own self diagnosis of an intercostal muscle strain from overuse and advised that with these types of injuries there isn't much that can be done other than give it time and ease back into normal activity over time. Very eager to continue playing and practicing, being that it's mid-season here in the northeast, I tried playing again just a week after initial injury and seemed to have set myself back. I then gave myself more rest time, about three weeks to be exact of not swinging a club, and started incorporating stretches and light weight training to help with the rehab. I've since played about three rounds and hit the driving range on one occasion but continue to experience pain. While not as extreme as how it felt when I first injured myself, I'm frustrated with the lack of progress. Definitely thought I would be good by now. Now I've totally learned my lesson and realized what not to do in the future and even improved my swing substantially so that it's smoother and less violent from reading several books (Hogan, Penick) and practicing my slow swings without a club in front of the mirror. What I am curious to know is if anyone has experienced a similar golf injury and managed to successfully treat it and get back on the course pain free, and of course how long did it take...
  6. Had a great first lesson last night. My pro instructor Fred is great. Takeaways from the lesson were 1) further tweaking to my grip; 2) focus on in to out swing plane - goal is to have the ball curving left to help overcome my tendency to slice the ball; and 3) hands closer to the body and left arm straight on the backswing. I was having a really hard time applying the new tips while at the same time forgetting my old bad habits and could not get clean iron shots which was frustrating to say the least but, as Fred told me, to be expected when learning something new. After the lesson I spent some time hitting a couple of balls and was hitting the driver great. At this point, I feel very comfortable with the driver and am shifting my focus to practicing my irons. This morning I had the pleasure of hitting the driving range before work (early bird special 🙂) and I had a great session (AND A LOT OF FREE BALLS!!! Definitely recommend going to the driving range in the morning as a lot of people don't have time to finish their buckets before their tee times and are kind enough to leave the balls behind for anyone who wants them). I finally began hitting my irons pure towards the end of the session while applying my takeaways from last night's session and I left feeling very optimistic!
  7. Thank you to everyone that has responded so far. Ton of helpful information! I really appreciate it. To continue with the theme of the discussion, I wanted to throw another beginner question out there: how many of you have official handicaps and would you recommend that I sign up with a club that will allow me to establish one right away, or do I worry about that later on once I'm at a stage where I am comfortable on the golf course and have actually been out a couple of times?
  8. I'm currently at the stage of overcoming one of the biggest obstacles that has kept me away from the game which is being able to hit a driver straight. My step father recommended I change my grip after he saw one of my swing videos. Apparently, it was on the weaker side and my right thumb (I'm a righty) was pointing towards the outside (right) of the club and I was constantly rotating my forearms/wrists during my swing resulting in hooks and nasty slices. I'm finally able to hit my driver straight and that has really encouraged me to take my game to the next level. I feel that I'm at a point where I can start translating what I've picked up at the driving range onto the golf course. One thing I am hoping for is that I get some reassurance from my instructor tonight that I am doing SOMETHING right as opposed to having to completely change everything around which could be a setback to getting on to the golf course.
  9. I have a decent full set of clubs that my step father handed down to me many years ago that should help get me on my way for the time being. Right now my plan is to start taking lessons (tonight being my first one), hear the instructor out and see what he recommends and follow that plan and practice at the driving range a few times a week, working on feedback received during my lesson. One of my short term goals is to establish a handicap and for that I need a playing partner, hopefully somebody that can show me the ropes. Does anyone do practice rounds alone? I wanted to work some of those in to my plan as well. Planning on taking Friday afternoon off from work and getting a practice round in hopefully while there aren't too many people on the course to get in the way of.
  10. I am sure you are absolutely right about that! I guess the point I am trying to make is that I want to get my first beating out of the way as soon as possible and while my expectations are still somewhat realistic!
  11. Thanks for the tips. I'll work on recording some better videos and get a better understanding of the types of shots that I am hitting and what my most common mishit is.
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  13. Would you say it is a bad idea to do a few practice rounds alone? I can't say that any of my friends who would be able to play with me are experienced golfers so it might take some time before I can find some good partners. I was hoping to start getting a few practice rounds in at my local course in the next couple of days.
  14. I am. I work in Greenwich and am looking to play somewhere close where I can manage to squeeze in before/after work rounds. I am still working on getting course ready but have started taking lessons and have been practicing at the driving range at least twice a week for the past month and a half. If you don't mind playing with a beginner feel free to message me and we can discuss further.
  15. Thank you guys for your responses. Very helpful. There is no doubt in my mind that I am in it for the long run, but I do want to make sure I am prioritizing correctly and have a plan in order that makes sense. Really looking forward to my lesson tonight. I am also planning on possibly playing a practice round this Friday at my local course. I want to get accustomed to the golf course and fully immerse myself in the game as soon as possible. One thing I am hoping to avoid is practicing and taking lessons for too long only to be wildly disappointed and have the wind sucked out of me the first time out on a golf course.
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