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  1. The way to get good smash factor is just an efficient hit, no crazy spin lofts or glancing strikes. just a solid strike produces the 1.48-1.50 smash factors.
  2. Course dependent? I could imagine if you put someone onto a 460 yard par 4 they might think i need to give this everything to try and make a par. I play courses where if you hit it another 10 yards, youll just be 10 yards further into the trees. My home course has hardly any bailout on some tees. Also, is an avatar needed?
  3. Really? not saying your experience is wrong but im surprised. I guess theres a distinction between swinging harder and faster too though. And also, law of diminishing returns.....swing faster, miss middle of face, get lower ball speed than a slower more solid strike
  4. I would say in my experience, people do not swing as fast on the course, as they do in the vacuum environment of a driving range or into a net with a launch monitor. A swing of 105mph is not slow in my opinion. That would be significantly faster than the average LPGA tour player who can flat out play, and i would imagine quite a few champions tour players are in the 105mph region and they can play courses of 6,700-6,800 yards very well. I think its easy (ish) to record a high swing speed when making a free pass at it OR with the objective of trying to record a high swing speed, but on the course you are trying to put the ball into a certain area, not record a high swing speed. Throw in bunkers, deep rough, water and OB into the equation and most peoples swing speed goes down (in my experience)
  5. Ive played a course with no bunkers on it at all, and found it very challenging, in some places much harder than a course with bunkers. To give an example, on one hole there is a par 3 that plays 185-195 yards usually. The green itself is relatively flat, but the lie of the land around the green is quite significantly left to right. If there were bunkers around the green, your ball would stay in the general area around the green and id fancy myself to hit a decent bunker shot and at least have a putt at par, even if not a great bunker shot i could be say, 12 feet from the hole. However with no bunkers, if you miss the green on the right side, the ball could kick wickedly away from the green perhaps 30 or 40 yards away into some really questionable gorsey type lies, and then youd have to pitch uphill to a green thats quite a bit above you, all whilst getting less spin than from the bunker. A crappy bunker might look ugly, but they are hazards afterall, so if it meant some dodgy bunkers or some needed to be filled in to save a course im not against that
  6. For me personally (when i was yip free), ball above my feet was a nice lie. not if its massively above your feet, but i liked the feeling of the slightly flatter swing path and contact was usually very nice. I found from a lie like this, the ball might start a little more left than normal. Ball below the feet, horrible. if the ball was below my feet and going downhill, it would probably go 80 yards short and barely airborne with an awful "fade" if you could call it that. a total slap. With the ball below my feet what i tended to do was actually aim a little right, and basically pull the ball at the green. not ideal, but a repeatable pattern for me. Ball on an uphill lie.....this i found a bit of an issue with weight transfer so id set more weight forwards and swing. take more club to negate the higher effective loft, and vice versa for a downhill lie. I should also add that on tour, so many courses are FLAT relative to the crap courses we have to play as amateurs built 150 years ago on unnatural hills. it makes hitting consistent distances and getting a consistent set up very hard. sorry to be controversial but i hate how people talk about courses being "interesting" because they feature tons of sloping lies that you never see on tv.
  7. i use an intermediate target to START the ball on a certain line with the intention itll curve to the distant target. However What tends to confuse my mind is, i align with the intermediate target but my mind wants to focus in on the distant target, the flag etc, which is NOT the starting line target just in front of me. Im not sure how to get out of this to stop being drawn over towards the flag
  8. Hello everyone firstly, thank you for contributing to my original thread which is this one: For the last 5 or so years, ive really been battling full swing yips, most specifically at takeaway where ive been struggling to take the club away, freezing, changing my posture, ultimately feeling very uncomfortable and losing speed, and then hitting poor shots. I had a few days off playing and id just sat watching my dad playing on the range. Hes a more than adequate golfer, hes 70 but a nice 14 handicap and still fit from playing other sports in his youth. We had a chat and one thing that became apparent is, my golf game started going down hill when i started taking more of an interest in equipment and "numbers". I would get interested in things like swing speeds, ball speeds, maximising ball speed, playing clubs with lighter shafts and lighter swing weights. When i was playing nicely a few years ago, i had a set of AP2s, and in them some x100 shafts. Im at best an "average" hitter, and perhaps shouldnt be technically using those clubs and shafts. But they feel really nice. Since then, ive tried shafts from all the different manufacturers and never really liked them. ive played around with lie angles too, mostly going more upright in a bit to tame an out of control cut shot. Anyway i had a range session tonight, and i dug out my old AP2s. The thing that struck me about them was, compared to the ping I's with Nippon 105s that i broke, how HEAVY my clubs felt. Like at first, almost unusable they were so heavy. But, as i started to swing, my takeaway became a little more one piece. i wasnt just picking the club up with my hands and arms, i was actually turning my body into the backswing. And then as i would transition, i could feel the club was flattening out a little more and coming into impact a little more shallow. From that position, it felt like rather than my arms disappearing around my body left, like my arms would extend out down the target line just a little more. The strike seemed to feel crisper, and the wipey cut started to go away. Now, one thing i had been doing occasionally was hitting balls off the toe. Disaster. Lost a lot of distance and launch if i did. But i started to gain some confidence shot by shot and i noticed, my tempo felt nice and smooth, and almost slow through the ball. I think the heavier irons are starting to make my takeaway and transition much more "familiar" to what it was 5 or so years ago, i feel like my tempo is much more even and smooth, and im coming a little more from the inside. Now, i freely admiit i probably shouldnt use DG x100 shafts. But ive tried all the others, and i cant get on board with the feel. Project X are really, really bad in any flex. I like the KBS Tours a little more. But im thinking, embrace the FEEL of the equipment and dont worry about the numbers. Forget ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, swing speed. The clubs FEEL good. thats all that i need, at an amateur level, to play the game. And theyre slowly starting to make ME groove a better swing, ball by ball. Im going to play 2 rounds this weekend, and rather than use my 50g Kuro Kage in a PXG 0811x Head, im going to take out my old Ping G driver, with a nice Oban Kiyoshi Purple 65 gram shaft in it, and see if the same thing happens with my driving with the extra weight of the shaft. Am i on to something, or was this all coincidence do you think? Thanks Everyone
  9. Hello there thanks for the advice much appreciated. Ive spoken to my dad today and im just going to visit the range with him and help him out for a bit, hes improving steadily and a 14 handicap whilst i clear my head and enjoy a rest. also itll let my body rest. Hi There I do have the heads. Theyre old Ping I's. Even though im a very short hitter, i always preferred Dynamic Gold shafts. Always felt a certain way, distance didnt bother me too much. I hit an 8 iron 150 and i dont need any more than that. 7 iron 160 etc. thats fine for me. I did have Nippon Modus 105s in those irons but never really liked them. Just felt like "nothing". Actually to me FELT quite stiff, even though they arent. Thanks for the help!
  10. unfortunately, no it wasnt just against the ground. I broke all of them. It just became too much for me. Im ashamed of it, i feel stupid of course i do. Ill aim to get video done if it would help people diagnose my faults. It feels like my weight never goes back, and that no matter what i do, my mind wont let my body turn backwards in the backswing. It just leads to a yippy takeaway thats always different and hideous strikes because i simply cant do anything instinctively. I really appreciate everyone taking their time to try and help me, it means a lot to me
  11. Hello Everyone I honestly dont know what to do anymore. I used to be good at golf around 5 to 6 years ago. In the UK, a steady 2-3 handicap who had many rounds of par or better, ive broken 70 a few times and always saw myself improving and always wanted to be on the course. Almost it seems overnight, i completely lost my game, and it has never ever come back. I have full swing yips at takeaway. I must have lost 10mph of clubhead speed and i struggle to even take the club away. I used to play a nice draw shape on almost all my clubs. I now have a choppy, slappy fade/slice that goes absolutely nowhere and if into the wind, its not uncommon itll banana 70 yards right. I cant remember the last time i even hit a shot properly. Today, it really was the final straw for me. After 12 holes, i was already +6 on a very wide open course, having already hit two tee shots into water hazards (and made bogeys, birdying the hole with the second ball each time), i had topped a hybrid 30 yards straight out of bounds, fatted a 6 iron 10 yards, hit a 6 iron 60 yards right of a green, topped a 3 wood 180 yards off the tee along the ground all the way, and hit a 70 yard pitch shot sideways off the toe of the club. Even on the moderately good shots, i couldnt take the club away. It came to an awful head today where i walked off the 12th green and im ashamed to say, i smashed all my clubs up and said "im done" and walked off. I think im done with the same sadly, its brought me so much in the past but i just feel so over it and hopeless now. Id do anything to play decent again but it just feels like its all gone. Ive tried most things, lessons, changing clubs, even tried a little psychology but i cant seem to overcome the yips. Can anyone offer any advice? im at my lowest point ever. Thanks everyone
  12. Bumping this topic as im considering a new driver (probably a Mavrik Callaway), and first time poster. I think Mark Crossfield's point is, in isolation a shaft doesnt do much. If you deliver the club the same way with a ladies flex club, as you do with an X flex, then other than very small differences in launch and spin, the results will be ALMOST identical. The shaft itself is much less of a factor in the launch and spin of the shot than the golfer's strike, and the strike especially for an average teen handicap amateur will be variable. BUT Shaft flex DOES matter, because we ARE human. And the different shafts cause us to deliver the club differently, which changes our contact, which then mean we like one shaft over the other because we start to hit the ball more solidly, and it feels the way that we want it to feel. I for one know that i do NOT like project X shafts, i dont like the butt stiff feeling and even though the numbers would suggest otherwise, i would instinctively deliver the club differently with a project X shafted club than i would with a dynamic gold shafted club. So it DOES matter, but it doesnt matter because its the shaft itself making the difference to your precise repeatable swing, but its the other way around..... that the shaft is what helps you (or hinders you) from delivering the clubhead to the ball with good angles/feeling
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