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    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    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).
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    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    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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    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    The breakdown from my experience and opinion: Driver: Not talked about or sold to golfers enough so underrated. It made a huge difference for me. I would never buy an off the rack driver again. It isn't till recently that my local golf stores even carried shafts for swing speeds over 105 mph. Probably because golfers didn't appreciate the value of a custom shaft. Irons: I will say underrated only because I don't see a lot of golfers getting fitted. I do feel it is less important than the driver. If I am on vacation without my clubs and decide to play and rent, I can usually make whatever irons they give me work no problem without much swing adjustment, but the driver is usually way off. Wedges. I will say overrated. I can adjust to new/different wedges quite easily. One of the best clubs I ever had was an off the rack Cleveland 54deg. I hit that thing so straight and could spin it like crazy. My TM tour preferred are fitted and they are good but not better than that Cleveland, it just felt so right. Putter: Huge. When my putting goes bad the first thing I do is start considering a new putter. But when I try new ones and compare to my current, the current always outperforms during trials.
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    YouTube Instruction Discussion

    I enjoy watching Gears 3D motion analysis being used on professional golf swings. So youtube videos with this content peak my interest. I have applied some of the information obtained from these videos and found it to be useful.
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    Dustin Johnson Hits Jack's Old Clubs

    When watching early video of Jack Nicklaus hitting driver, I have to think if he grew up with todays young talent taking advantage of modern nutrition and training, he would still be in the top ten for driving distance on tour. He already had a JB Holmes kinda build back in the day.
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    Dustin Johnson Hits Jack's Old Clubs

    Here are some world long drive champions hitting Persimmon drivers.
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    Dustin Johnson Hits Jack's Old Clubs

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/08/jack-nicklaus-long-drive-pga-championship-louis-oosthuizen-bubba-watson 341yds to be exact.🤪
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    Why make a full shoulder turn?

    This is the pic I saw of Jon Rahm at the top of his backswing. A frame from a youtube video. But you are correct, after looking at other vids of his swing he typically turns more than this. In hindsight I should have been clearer in my OP as pointed out earlier and defined what I meant by full shoulder turn. Many pro's turn their shoulders past 90 degs and I do too. The feel of consciously stopping my shoulders early but letting the arms continue by hinging up from the shoulder sockets feels like a huge change but video suggests it is quite subtle almost imperceptible if you didn't know before hand what change I was trying to make. I am still getting positive results from this feel. The result feeling is an improvement in efficiency. I am contemplating making it a permanent change but more work on the range is needed before I make that decision.
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    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.
  10. 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.
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