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  1. In the end, you're lifting the ball. You must trust the loft. I see it all the time anyhow, people lift the ball. Backspin on the ball makes the ball rise, you don't need to make it do so. Trust the loft. And if your driver swing speed is under 90 mph, I wouldn't even bother with a 3 wood, as it needs speed to carry. Get a 5 wood if that's the case.
  2. I have my elbow in close, but not jammed into the body. This basically makes certain the club comes in more on proper arc, while providing a good strike. I don't feel like a disconnected elbow will get you more length, just inconsistency and less solidity in strike. But don't jam the elbow, just keep it close.
  3. 1. Solid, repeatable contact with irons, 100 percent of the time. Ball first, ground second, and hit through the ball. Can't hit fat or thin at all, must be solid every time. Hitting through the ball is key. 2. Consistent shot pattern. Draw or fade, whatever, hit a curve and play for it. 3. Short game. Get up and down at least 30 percent. 4. Two putt often, few 3 putts.
  4. When I was younger I could hit a 7 iron 175 in the air. It's just quality of strike to be honest, and a free swing. Hard swings will do you very little, as the strike is compromised and the speed could actually be lower. Swing free...think athletic, very little conscious manipulation of the club, swinging without much thought...
  5. Irregardless of which hand is placed where, it needs to be gripped in the fingers. Allows for a hinge, and creates speed. It's a bit easier to grip right hand lower, simply because it's easier anatomically on the backswing, and allows the grip to feel more natural.
  6. I feel like any time you think as you swing it becomes tight, jerky, and you will muscle the ball. What I do to get my swing going and make a smooth, athletic swing is to waggle and forward press. Snead did this, and it keeps everything loose and athletic. People stand too long over the ball thinking 40 things, so I feel a waggle and forward press allow me to swing subconsciously, rather than thinking so hard I freeze.
  7. To be honest a low hook and a top indicate you're hitting too far up, like 7 or 8 degrees. The fix is a simple drill I learned: Clip the tee with a driver. Without a ball. Barely knock it forward, almost barely tilt it. Swing at full pace doing this and learn to do that over a week or two. Once you're used to it put a ball on the tee and replicate the feeling. Be patient with this, but it shouldn't take but a week or two.
  8. Getting this back on topic, I do believe that older gentlemen normally benefit from allowing more hip freedom on the backswing, allowing the leading heel to detach from the ground. I do remember the OP saying his physical health was compromised somewhat, so realistically allowing more mobility would not only allow better power and accuracy, but keeping the joints and lower spine from being strained. The free release of the lead knee, the slight extension of the trail knee, and the free raise of the lead heel are hallmarks of a free hip turn. And my mention of the higher lofted driver can be of benefit as well, creating trajectory and higher spin to get the ball to fly.
  9. Well to be honest I'm a self taught 4 or 5, it came easy to me. But, 1. Hitting drives accurately is more about margin of error, in other words, curving the ball back onto target. If I aim inside left edge of the fairway, I have the entire fairway to bend it right. I'd have to play a stupid shot to be right rough, let alone the trees. 2. Iron contact is more about concept, as 99 percent of people lift the ball. I find if people think ball first-ground second, and accelerate through the ball, after some practice it won't be an issue. To be honest, it came naturally to me. So I don't know, maybe it is way harder than I made it sound. But either way, I hope I clarified.
  10. You know, I'll be reasonably honest here, elderly men will not hit it as far as they could in youth, especially with health issues. My suggestion would be to start allowing your short game and wedges do the talking. I've seen people over 60 years old shoot 65, it's no joke. But they do these things: 1. The ball is in play. Every time, it's relentless. Stupid accurate. 2. Iron contact is always solid, and they take enough club into greens. 3. Good teebox selection, don't play tips all the time (ever) 4. Their wedge distance control is almost ridiculous, from 75-110 they're always within one-putt range, and they never miss the putt 5. Short putting is always a strength of these players. If you want more distance maybe get a higher lofted driver, or start drawing the ball. But you can play to a low single figure doing nothing more than stated above.
  11. Well think of it this way: take the hands out entirely and keep them ramrod straight, swing all out with your body... Don't know about you, but my shot wouldn't carry 130, and I've a very strong torso and stronger legs than 90 percent of people. To be honest it does all work together. I didn't say 90 percent is the wrists, I believe the number was 75 percent. I mean, you still have to turn, it's a given. The wrists and hands however provide a ton of speed to go with the turn, and the hands are most of where the speed is imo. But the body is so little speed-wise in any sporting motion, at least in terms of power and speed generation by itself. There has to be a lever aspect, and that's the wrists.
  12. I'd say almost 75 percent of your speed will be in a full wrist action and release, and 25 percent body support. The body can only really move so fast, maybe 3 or 4 mph for an average person. I mean to be honest a free release is the bulk of your speed, and that's why we grip the club in the fingers and not the palm.
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