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  1. Interesting use of the orange whip. I also saw Vijay at a tour event practicing with the Momentus Power Hitter driver (hitting golf balls with it).
  2. Yep, but the golfer who can drive the ball 300 yards can use a 9 iron to hit a 150 yard par 3 and the 250 yard driver needs an 8 or 7. Both have to cover the same distance hence on that shot the lateral miss angle is the same for both and the shorter club inherently is the more accurate tool.
  3. My point is somewhat tongue in cheek. One might look at the graph and conclude the farther a player hits the ball the better they will score (lower scores = more money). But the longest hitters in the world are not playing on the PGA Tour which lends support to the premise it is possible hitting the ball too far is bad on the pocket book. And the graph suggests the limit of accurate distance is an average somewhere between 310-320 yards (because no one on tour averages higher than that even though golfers exist who can). Most of the long hitters on the PGA tour could hit the ball even longer on average if they gave up some accuracy and adopted long drive swing methods. But they don't because accuracy is also important. Also long hitters have an equipment accuracy advantage. Player A who can hit a par 3 with a shorter iron than Player B has the benefit of higher loft and a shorter shaft and hence a club better suited for accuracy.
  4. So the lesson here for all the kids trying to make the PGA tour is strive for an average driving distance between 310-320 yards. But do not try and hit it further than that or you will fail to make the PGA Tour and only be making long drive money. Unless you are Hank Kuehne the only tour player to average over 320 yards in a season. How much money did he make? 🤣
  5. Yes but when the OP says he is missing the fairway with his driver he may also be missing the rough in which case this stat does not support an argument to keep using his driver. The OP could have been more specific but I would assume if he was at least playing his second shot from the rough closer to the hole he would still have his driver and woods in the bag. Sounds like the driver is putting him in the unplayable junk.
  6. These stats can be a little misleading. A better stat would be % of drives that result in a 2nd shot opportunity. When an amateur's drive misses the fairway their 2nd shot is more likely to be from an unplayable lie. I think if you are still enjoying the game, taking the woods out of the bag will give you more opportunity to improve with your irons. But it should be a short term solution. Having a driver you like and feel comfortable with can also help. It's amazing how 2 drivers that look so similar can have a huge difference in feel. As far as the other woods go, the clubs that tour players typically hold on to the longest before replacing with newer tech are putters and their woods. Tells you how important it is to get the right fit with these clubs.
  7. Thanks for setting me straight on the Pro V1 practice balls. Actually good to know. One of my regular playing partners plays Pro V1 practice balls on the course as his stock ball. I am a club longer than him thinking it was because of his ball. I guess I just hit it better 😎
  8. I have never seen a range that used anything other than practice balls. Here are the reasons why: 1. Practice balls are designed to last longer. 2. Limited flight to prevent shots leaving the range. 3. People are less likely to steal practice balls. The Pro V1's on the good ranges are still practice balls.
  9. I am a firm believer that it is better to approach the golf swing from a position of being loose and passive than tight and strictly controlled. If you have to err on the side of too loose, (ie. not enough grip pressure, arms too passive etc.), this is better than to err from the other side (ie. death grip on club, arms stiff and flexed with high tension). A new golfer is much more likely to make decent contact with the ball having the body swing passive arms gripping the club lightly than the opposite. It's better to firm things up from a loose passive condition than to loosen up from a condition of high tension. So from the above, I believe Paul Wilson's instruction is not a bad place to start and at the very least not destructive. BTW: He doesn't advocate a bent lead elbow. He simply doesn't care if the lead arm bends while remaining passive. It's not really a fundamental anyway, look at Angel Cabrera's swing and the power he generates with a very bent lead arm (in the backswing).
  10. I have used the watch and golf logix iphone app but much prefer the course map and my laser range finder with slope.
  11. Try turning the club around and take some practice swings gripping the driver shaft just below the head. This will obviously make the club feel super light. Then when you turn it back around your sensitivity to the driver head weight should be there for you.
  12. There are no tour players that would have a chance of winning the World Long Drive Championship against today's crop of competitors. Not Bubba, DJ, Brooks, Tony.... They wouldn't even make the semi finals. Doesn't matter how hard they train or how fast they could swing the competition long driver. The guys winning are every bit as good of athletes. Some of them come from other professional sports like baseball.
  13. And you also didn't get to immediately make an adjustment and shoot again. Shot went a little far? I'll take something off the next. Went a little too far right? I'll re-align a bit to the left... etc. White collar prison? I am thinking I go for it.
  14. If you are talking about general working out lifting weights overrated. Talking about a golf specific workout regiment UNDERRATED. I attended a professional athletic training facility (just their executive fitness program) but while there I saw professional athletes being trained in exercises specific to their sports. Watching the golfers train there is no way it is not giving them a big advantage for distance. I doubt they would waste their time if it didn't, some of the routines look exhausting and painful. I would have a hard time believing that the young bombers on tour today are not all on very specific and intense training programs giving them their extra length. To swing like these guys, you need flexibility and to strengthen all the weak parts of the body that will get injured. Too much money on the line for these guys not too. Just look at the long drive guys. There is a reason they are all big. Even Jamie Sadlowski, he might be smaller in stature but comes from hockey where hardcore training regiments are the norm (at least if you are playing semi-pro).
  15. I'll say overrated. Good golf courses have had and have been enforcing dress codes since the beginning or their existence and I don't see that going away. It coincides with their reputation and I'll say the same for golfers. I see a golfer dressed in golf attire and I perceive they are more serious about the sport. That being said, I don't care what other golfers wear. I dress like a golfer because I enjoy it (white belt and all). I also want to give the perception to other serious golfers that I will be taking the game seriously along with them.
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