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  1. Well my handicap hasn't changed much this year (looking forward to Jan 1 when the WHS is active here in DK), but I am seeing that I can finally get my weight forward, which I've been struggling with all year. Next up, that nice inline impact....

  2. So here's my dilemma. I started up again in late April after a 6-7 year break.

    I have gotten 4 lessons during that time, and I have improved the results of my swing with my irons (mostly straight or slight draw). When I see the video and photos, even though it feels like I've changed a lot I can see it's far from ideal, no weight shift, bad impact, etc.

    I also carry much less that I feel like I should with each club given my general fitness level and I basically never take a divot after the ball which I know is a sign of good mechanics.

    Do I bite the bullet and try for a complete overhaul? I wonder how long that will take and if it will remove the enjoyment of getting out for 9 holes almost every evening. I can put the time in practice-wise, I just need to make sure I'm practicing the right thing.

    Has anyone else gone from this bad of a swing to a decent one, and how long did it take?

  3. Working on release and feeling like I've made big changes, though video shows that feel isn't real.

    Seems like a very "armsy" swing on video, though I'm really trying to use my lower body to start the downswing and turn through the shot.




  4. If you hit a ball OB from the tee, and are using a stat tracker (in my case Golfshot), would you mark that as one or two penalty strokes? And would that change if you used the new local rule to drop where the ball went OB and hit your fourth shot?

  5. 1 hour ago, Club Rat said:

    @finitesoup  here is another site to try - https://www.free-online-calculator-use.com/golf-handicap-calculator.html

    Keep in mind you will need to make any necessary adjustment to scores over "Net - Double Bogey" when entering total scores.
    Below I enter your scores and here is the result. Note scores were combined in the calculation.

    Hdcp Avg 1c.PNG

    Also, when playing at a nine hole course, you receive half of you Index for a course handicap.
    I'm guessing in your OP, you thought the Index was an 18 hole Index? 


    I did think it was an 18 hole index, makes much more sense that it's for 9 holes.

    Thanks everyone for helping me figure it out.

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  6. 5 hours ago, Club Rat said:

    Basically, I see the rating and slope being very low.
    Is this an Executive Course ?  Also, what is Par for the Nine holes you are playing.

    It is the shorter/easier 9 hole course at our club. Not sure if it would be considered an Executive Course as it does have a par 5 and 4 par 4s. Par is 33. I was actually wondering why the calculator didn't ask for par as in my understanding it's necessary for the new WHS.

  7. Hey all,

    The coronavirus got me back into golf after a long break. I've been playing nine holes almost every evening since May.

    I mostly play alone, so I have been using my handicap from when I last played and I've been keeping strict score.

    I just entered my last 20 rounds into a World Handicap System calculator and it's saying my index is 11.7, which is way better than I ever was before. Have I made a mistake somewhere? Would love an extra set of eyes or two on this.

    Two free calculators for computing a golf player's course handicap and the player's World Handicap System (WHS) handicap index based on their past scores. In addition, explore hundreds of other calculators addressing...

    is the site where I've entered my scores.



  8. Got a lesson on Friday, tried to incorporate a few new swing thoughts over the weekend, and it felt so different (ball flight also better etc.). Then I look at the video and it looks pretty much the same. Sometimes this is a frustrating sport....


    On 4/26/2020 at 4:02 PM, iacas said:

    Two things:

    • Your arms move a lot (and get narrow) on the backswing because your arm rates are >> than your turning rates.
    • Your weight shifts back (late), and then never shifts forward.

    I'd look at any of the drills that deal with those two things in the practice plan:

    Thanks @iacas. If I understand your first point correctly, I should be pivoting more with the body and less with the arms on their own?

    Definitely agree about the weight shift, it has always been a big stumbling block for me.

  9. Just started playing again for something to do during the pandemic. Focus is on Keys 1 & 2 at the moment.


    I've been Playing Golf for: several years. Started in 2006, stopped in 2012, started up again in April 2020
    My current handicap index or average score is: 22.2 (last official from 2012 + 1 EDS in April, so probably optimistic at this point).
    My typical ball flight is: high
    The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: slice or topping the ball




  10. Having just had my first evolvr lesson, I can say that for me the key thing that I have to work on is not having the left knee move back in the backswing. In addition both knees move forward with the forward hip slide in the downswing, so they end up outside (to the left of) the left ankle.

    Makes an unbelievable difference in my ballstriking when I get it...just need to groove it at the driving range.
  11. This post is mostly for iacas as I know he is familiar with this workflow, but if there are others that have input I'd appreciate it as well.

    Basically, what is your workflow and what software do you use for taking swing video off of a digital video camera (e.g. Kodak Zi6/Zi8/Zx1/Playsport) on to a Mac and minimally editing it, then uploading it to YouTube as a slow-motion video?

    Editing would include:
    * Removing sound
    * Clipping out only the relevant portion of the video
    * Doing what ever else is possible to reduce the size of the file without compromising quality
    * Saving so playback is at a defined speed 1/8, 1/16, etc. Bonus points for how to do this for only portions of the video while the rest is at real-time speed.
    * Possibly inserting a "slide" including some text (not absolutely necessary)

    I would also be interested in hearing what people use on Windows as well.

    Pointers to online tutorials, books, etc are also appreciated. Thanks!
  12. P.S. To finitesoup, "releasing" the club is almost always discussed as accumulator 3 action - rolling the right forearm and wrist over the left forearm and wrist through impact. It's contradictory to maintaining the flying wedge, yes. Uncocking the club (releasing #2 accumulator) is almost never considered "releasing" the club. So that's what may have caused some initial confusion.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    But my original question remains: Is the uncocking/unhinging a conscious move in the S&T; swing or should it just happen?
  13. Both holding the flying wedge and releasing is a contradiction.

    My understanding is that the flying wedge is the backwards bend of the right hand that forms an angle to the wrist. This angle can be maintained while unhinging/uncocking the angle formed between the shaft of the club and the arms while straightening the arms through the downswing. That's what I'm referring to when describing the conscious unhinging.

    I have not recorded the change on video as I'm waiting for my camera...should arrive sometime next week.
  14. Yesterday I started consciously "releasing" my wrist hinge (while still maintaining the flying wedge) right after I start my downswing by moving my trailing knee towards the target and while straightening my arms. The movement of the trailing knee as the downswing trigger and the straightening of the arms are moves that I've been working on for a while, but the conscious unhinging was new.

    I immediately noticed a difference in my ball-striking -- higher ball flight and an additional 5-10 meters with my 7-iron.

    So that's great, right? However, I worry that I've introduced a timing-dependent element that goes against my understanding of the stack and tilt swing. What do the gurus say? Is this something that you think about or should it happen automatically?

    It could just be working for me as I tend to have too much tension in my grip and wrists and if I don't consciously release then it doesn't happen...
  15. We've had a couple of days of above-zero weather and most of the course is green, so I played 18 today.

    Twice, however, my ball landed in a little patch of un-melted snow. One of the times was in a bunker. I proceeded as if the ball was in standing water both times, but wondered if that's correct.

    What do you rules gurus say? Does snow equal standing water when it comes to the rules?
  16. I agree. I don't see how you can keep your weight on your left side and move it further left through impact while lifting your left foot. I guess in theory you could do it but how would you ever keep balance.

    I guess it does sound weird, but I can start with my weight slightly forward, make a backswing keeping stacked forward, and still lift the left heel. I do it automatically as it's been a part of my swing for so long. And it _feels_ like my weight stays forward.

    With all of the other new parts of an S&T; swing I would rather not have to concentrate on keeping my heel down as well. What do folks who have made the switch have to say?
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