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  1. Keep It Simple

    Why make a full shoulder turn?

    Yes. I agree with the notion I am likely turning more than I think and feel ain't real. But searching around youtube, I was surprised to see big hitters like Jon Rahm, Tony Finau, Alvaros Quiros and long drive competitors like Jeff Crittenden, Steve Griffith, Mike Dobbyn (maybe a bad example because he is huge) not taking advantage of a full shoulder turn.
  2. During a round of golf recently I found myself tired and struggling to get through the ball with the driver. As a bandaid fix I decided to shorten my backswing by restricting shoulder turn. I did this by keeping my head turned more towards the target in the backswing and blocking my left shoulder with my chin when it reached about say 75 degrees of turn (at least it felt like 75 it could have been more as my normal swing is past 90). I was astounded by the results of this change. This position in the backswing felt just as powerful as my normal swing and I was able to get through the ball beautifully and into a full finish despite my tired state. And the ball flight was perfect for the shot I was trying to make. I continued experimenting at the range with the same great results. I played another round with it, same great results (I only do this with the driver my iron swing is not the same). It is too early to tell if this is worth keeping and especially because my normal swing has served me well apart from the odd loss of feel that can result in weak drives. I wouldn't say the end result of both swings is typically that different but the restricted shoulder turn feels more effortless (especially when I am tired). I conducted some youtube research. I found that indeed a restricted shoulder turn is not totally uncommon. There are tour players and even long drive competitors that do it. It is much more common in stocky golfers (the "barrel chested" type) and taller lanky players. I am 6'3" so kind of in the latter group. At this point I don't know what to think. I like the feel and simplicity of the restricted shoulder turn but not quite committed to undoing years of coaching, playing and practice for something so new and unproven. What do you guys think? I mean the common coaching advice is to "make a full shoulder turn" but is this really good advice?
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    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    It is for me. I am an anxious golfer and cannot stand waiting around for slower players. The 3 worst for me are the following: 1. Those that don't normally play, don't know the rules or etiquette and are having fun screwing around & shanking every shot all over the place. Pick up the ball and keep the game moving forward, you aren't going to be joining any tour anytime soon. 2. Those that over analyze every shot as if there were millions of dollars on the line. Your handicap isn't inversely proportional to the amount of time you take to analyze a shot. 3. Those that stand around admiring their one good shot instead of taking their second shot in a timely manner (probably because they know their first shot was a fluke and their second shot is going to suck).
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    What's Wrong With Early Wrist Set?

    DJ Trahan is another Tour player with an early wrist set. Starts to set the wrists before his body moves. He was a pretty long hitter too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE4Nad6wzUI
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    Brandel Chamblee stirring the pot again

    I get what Brandel was trying to say in the original post. But it's old news and I don't think there is a ton of people disagreeing with his position. I think it is generally accepted that a softer version of S&T is favorable to the extreme S&T shown in the pics accompanying the first articles regarding it. I was ok with the extreme version because if you are trying to make a change, extreme positions help solidify the concept. I can see a shift to the right helping a player feel less cramped over the ball and require less flexibility per se, but I don't see how it is going to suddenly give a player super straight ball flight, you still have to square up the club face at impact and swing speeds of over 120 mph are difficult to control. DJ seems to be the best at it but I don't know how that swing is good for avoiding injury. Warming up properly, stretching and remaining flexible (in my opinion) are the keys to avoiding injury. I play lots of sports and I have injured myself more often doing a simple low stress movement because the body was cold and tight where at other times I have been able to perform movements that should have ripped my body apart but because I was properly warmed up and loose, I could perform the movement safely with ease.
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    Which Golf Pill Would You Take?

    I would take pill A and then enter the ReMax long drive competition. Not really interested in any of the pills. If I get too good at something, I tend to check it off the list of accomplishments and move onto something more challenging. I don't want golf to be easy (or make it any easier). I like that it is challenging, keeps me interested.
  8. This is an interesting article. The commentator in the video also mentions it at 0:35. http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/08/jack-nicklaus-long-drive-pga-championship-louis-oosthuizen-bubba-watson
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    Tiger's Swing "Dip"

    Thank you for the added info mvmac. This is an interesting topic to me. I have a strong natural tendency towards an athletic swing where one uses their flexibility and coordination to the utmost in powering their swing. I believe that Tiger and Rory are the best examples of this.
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    Tiger's Swing "Dip"

    Yes, good catch on the 1996 swing. However it depends on which dip we are talking about (I might not have understood the thread correctly). In 96-98 he appears to start dipping during the backswing. Later on he stays more level in the backswing and dips more during the downswing which was the dip I was looking at. But later again (after the Harmon years) he does start dipping in the backswing again. But I am not using any software either. I don't know if my naked eye is serving me correctly. Thanks for video cheers!
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    Tiger's Swing "Dip"

    As an amateur and early days as a pro, Tiger stayed relatively level. His hips were so fast that if they fired too early he got stuck. In video you can see in his early swings he took the club back slower and more deliberately conscious of not transitioning too quickly and letting the lower body outrace the upper. When Butch starting working with him, they focused on getting the hands moving before the lower body in the downswing keeping them more in front of the chest (at the very least as a feel). This was to prevent getting stuck. I believe the dip started to appear during this change. The hips wanted to fire but instead they would start to squat because a move too early towards the target would have resulted in getting stuck again. You see this in players with very fast hips (ie. Rory Mcilroy). So I believe the dip is not causing him to get stuck. It is the by product of trying to avoid getting stuck. Reference Video:
  12. Wow, this thread is so interesting because I can actually relate! My driver is a Taylormade SLDR (430cc head). Shaft is 65g X-stiff. I tee the ball 1-1/2" off the ground placed just inside my left foot (more in line with my heel so not teed up as high or as far forward as what would be considered optimum). Trying to squeeze out some extra distance I have hit some massive drives that felt like total mishits. It is not a good feeling or sound. It is not the sweet spot feel/sound everyone is describing. It actually feels like the crown of the driver is going to crack open so maybe contact is high on the face. Definitely weird. Never experienced this with the R11 I had previously.
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    Michelle Wie Swing Thread

    It looks like DJ Trahan's swing and one his father would likely teach. I agree with @Piz that she might be trying to control an overabundance of flexibility with a restrictive swing style. Maybe flexibility isn't the correct word. Being tall and lanky increases your tendency to sway and a longer swing (just like a longer club shaft) has a larger margin of error for missing the center of the clubface.
  14. I spend more time working on setup and placing the ball perfectly in my stance so I catch it in the sweet spot each swing. That is my first key when I am at the range working on distance. So if choking down helps you find the sweet spot more often then I say stick with it. Working on speed is also important but it's a wasted effort if the smash factor isn't there.

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