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  1. Would You Rather… #3: Would you rather hit your best drive (i.e. if your maximum drive is 250, then hit it 250, if your max is 300, then its 300, etc...) to the center of the fairway every time you tee off from now on. OR would you rather hole every putt from inside 10 feet from now on? I am a good driver of the golf ball but I attribute this to regular practice swings at home working on rhythm, working out and staying flexible. I am kinda "meh" in the putting department (sometimes I get hot but I also get the yips). But I am taking the driving as the obvious answer for anyone who: a) Plans on having longevity in this hobby b) Doesn't always have a chance to practice, work out, stay limber
  2. The biggest guy I know who plays decent golf has a swing that is pretty much all arms but he cracks it out there and hits quite straight. He can't generate a lot of width so instead he lets his lead arm fold a bit, cocks the wrists quite early and uses what appears to be a wrist roll through impact. The swing is quite short and quite vertical but I think because his body doesn't move much he can control it pretty good just concentrating on what his arms are doing.
  3. The 3 wood is a club I hit well. Actually might be the club I hit the best. For me it feels like the perfect length and weight balance to fit my swing and setup. If you find yourself topping the ball, pulling/hooking when hitting off the deck I can tell you what I do. 1. I find it especially important to keep your width throughout the swing so there is a sweeping motion. I think big arc, lead arm stays relatively straight, at least don't let it break down, collapse so to speak during transition or the downswing. 2. I actually feel my head moving downwards during transition. Or think of that squat move that lowers your body slightly. Might feel as if you are going to hit it fat but it is the move I find that keeps from topping the ball because after all, you tee up the driver and the woods off the tee block the most, so you obviously have to have a different feel when hitting off the deck. 3. No need to try and swing out of your shoes. The 3 wood is a long club and keeping a big arc will provide the swing speed. If it's not enough, know your distance and lay up the best you can. Note: I wouldn't recommend looking for an alternative club. I sucked at the 3 wood before I spent the time at the range to figure it out and put in enough reps to get comfortable with it.
  4. A video of Sean O'hair setting up with a closed club face but still hitting the ball straight (can't see what shape the ball flight ends up with though).
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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? 🤣
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 😎
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
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