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  1. Well, are you really having a chicken wing and are coming over the top? Do a vid. Really. Every phone has a video mode, some shoot 60 frames per second which is preferable, 30 or even 24 are better than nothing. Either do what the Pro says (search above for "stupid monkey") or do a video of your swing to get the right advice. Best, H.
  2. Do a video and look where you loose your "angles" - elbow or wrist. Really, shoot a video. Best advice to speed up the learning process. Start to own your swing...
  3. Get a video - without one you do not see improvement. Getting rid of a chicken wing might be done in five minutes, or five months. Bad things tend to stick or show up again when you work on other things. Give yourself time to improve. For your challenge you might go hunt for quick fixes. Better ask a seasoned golf pro than try to hunt for snippets here and there. Shoot a video and open up a My Swing thread in the member swings forum. You get quick help there. Otherwise it is hard to help you on the forum. And an in-person golf lesson might give you the best quick fix for better drives.
  4. Got a video of your swing online you can link to?
  5. If golf was that easy, we all would have a single handicap... Did you film yourself swinging (I did not search the forum)? I would suspect you hit the ground often before the ball (hitting it fat). With a 85mph driver swing speed you might be flipping your wrists, too. Do the above exercises until you see your chicken wing disapear and extend your arms properly. There are a lot of good videos from those two guys on youtube. Check out a golf trainer for a quick fix, but you might find http://evolvr.thegolfevolution.com/ or a 5SK certified golf pro a better long term deal. Oh, did I mention Aimpoint...? Keep on hacking...
  6. You luck with your challenge... And this drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4QOuP15wWA beginning at minute 2:20 might be another good one to make you happy... (extending arms after impact).
  7. Ooops, not that I am currently supposed to do other things... Caught a break, watched a vid, did not think it out... Touche :D Your remark puzzles me - would that be a 48° loft club head delivered at 38-40° giving it a positive attack angle of 10° to 8°? If so, what sense does putting the ball back so far in the stance make - wouldn't it move the low point further back and make hitting up harder?
  8. Zack Johnson's set-up for a flighted high spinning wedge shot explained. 45 degrees of spin loft maximes the spin - hitting down -3 deg. with a 48 deg. pitching wedge would be optimal. And off to the range we go...
  9. Yes, right, will do! Isn't 15 degrees launch angle sort of enough for my current speed? At 15/16/17, 1700rpms and 125mph the total distance would remain 228y, the carry would only increase from 182 to 189y. Hey, interesting - so there is hope for me being a decade younger! Do you know your launch angle? Are you satisfied with the regular shaft? With the TrackMan Range and the heavy, limited distance balls I am not sure if everything is fully correct. I found a few photos from last August hitting the R7 on the TrackMan Pro using a different range ball, I selected a good and a bad impact shot (smash 1.38). Back then I was concentrating on getting the attack angle up. The TrackMan Pro has been adjusted to the balls, the FlightScope Trajectory Optimizer prompts different numbers: 198y carry and 230y total for the upper shot, 188y and 220 for the one at the bottom. The distances in yards from TrackMan Pro are 199y/220y and 191y/211y - carry is spot on, roll depends on the surface. On the TrackMan Range I had ball speeds around 117mph. Again, different ball last year. Will report more in the coming days...
  10. Yes, Erik, hit it too high on the face and may have lost 2mph+ doing so. Plus I hit heavy, flight reduced range balls, too. They would not be as fast as regular golf balls (lower COR). My ball speed on the TrackMan Range is usually 120 average in the range of 118 to 123 max. Smash on the TrackMan Pro unit with the same balls (and settings to normalize performance) was 1.43 and up. Again, I promise to do better to the get the SLDR hot face upping ball speed. At least I hope to get a new maximum speed on the range unit.
  11. Wow, nope. Neither convinced, nor looking for the truth in the equipment. Will try to hit it better and then see, what the "hottest face" of 2014 has to offer. Since I have permanent access to a TrackMan Range unit when practising, verifying numbers and working on my swing accordingly is possible. Thanks for the recommendations, will try to hit them in the coming weeks. Time to fess up: guilty of a click-baiting subject sporting a little ignorance... But I did not know, neither did I read, that the 460 SLDR was intended for higher club head speeds. Was that communicated openly? Nor did I read much about 17/1700 - more like unspecified high launch, low spin. I demoed the SLDR (14 deg. regular) against the JetSpeed (10.5 deg. stiff) at the beginning of 2014, the latter had more carry than the SLDR and was recommended to me. Odd, I thought back then. Yup, would have done better with the 12 deg. head, but with a stiff shaft it just was not available. Plus the loft sleeve was too tempting compared to the SLDR S with a fixed loft. Glad that I did not end up with a 430, the JetSpeed is soo dirt-cheap here (very lite use: 90$ vs. 130$ SLDR). So I bought the SLDR to try it for a couple of sessions and on the course, stupid me, the demo clubs are on sale (for 200$). Will loose 20 bucks max. when selling it, affordable risk, good fun doing the testing and learning about driver fitting, trajectories, etc. I am happy launching 15 deg. thou in my tests, although hitting it too high on the face... These two videos made an impression on me deciding to buy the SLDR (even in 9.5). First SLDR vs. JetSpeed, second SLDR performance. SLDR 12 set 10.5 - which would lower the spin by -750 rpms according to the SLDR tuning guide . He launches it at 16 deg. with 150mph ball speed, FlightScope says 300y total, 260 carry. The performance of the JetSpeed at 9.5 deg. is just little below the SLDR. Found the SLDR tuning guide too late, would have gone for the 12 head, even with a regular shaft. Rick has similar values, but launches the 9.5 deg. SLDR at 15 deg. with way higher spin (min. 4.29 in the video). And he is hitting it far from good (cold and wet...) according to spin, side spin and smash. That gave me hope, that 9.5 at 10.5 might equal the launch condition. Check, but increases spin by 250. Crossfield was wiser lowering 12 to 10.5 reducing the spin even more by 1000 rpm. Both are hitting it not perfect, Crossfield perfomance is 10yards+ longer in carry and way longer totals. Well, well, so far from my little adventures. I am not really feeling like a marketing victim, no, but I can see that a of-the-rack customer might do very much wrong with the SLDR lofts. Seeing a 2007 driver performing equally with the 2014 longest driver ever (may have) looked for me like a marketing swindle. I promise to hit it better next time on the range and see what the numbers tell. Cheers, Hollister
  12. Hi all, thanks for the interesting discussion. My official handicap is 28 (Europe...), I usually play around 15 over, best rounds last year were 6 and 8 over. My performance off the tee - LSW... - is too short to go flag hunting... Impact during testing was a little erratic, especially hitting the SLDR for the first time and switch back and forth to my old driver. Been pondering the alternatives fiddling with the FlightScope Trajectory Optimizer . With a swing speed of 90mph I would gain around 10yards max adjusting launch angle and spin (would need a 12 deg. driver head to do that). Since every driver is limited by the rules (COR, etc.), I suspect there is not much left in the head to adjust. Its the swing speed stupid... The SLDR club head weights around 200 grams, the shaft 57. So, it is already on the light side. Since the driver won't loose value, I will keep it another week or two and try to adjust to the stiff shaft, the midsize grip and work on the impact. Read TrackMan docs, I lost up to 4mph hitting it that high on the face and toward the heel. Gotta buy my own rubber range tee (or get the Kuchar move right). Plus I will work on speeding up the club. 250yards (230m) total distance is my goal - I hit a few that far, but would like to get the length on every drive. And that would call for a speed increase of 5mph. Tough, me thinks. I'll post updates. Regarding shafts, I am all ears. Does a shaft really contribute that much to club head speed? If so, how much?
  13. Hi all, bought a used SLDR driver for cheap last week. Yes, I am late to the party, but finally succumbed to Taylor Made's driver marketing scheme of the last years. Been still playing a TM R7 425 and thought hoped that newer technology might help a little distance-wise. Here are the results testing my 2007 R7 425 driver against the SLDR 460. The test was done with a TrackMan Range unit using heavy, flight reduced range balls. I deleted the obviously bad shots (too much side spin, the low ball speed) to get better values for comparison. The SLDR 460 9.5 deg. 57gr. standard stiff shaft driver was set to 11 deg. and 10.5, the bottom slider remained in the neutral position. The R7 10.5 deg. regular shafted driver had it weights in the standard out of the box setting. AVG shows the average from 14,18, 6 and 27 balls I hit. CONS give the mean deviation Overall, I hit the balls a little too high on the club face - must bring a better rubber tee next time, since the range tees were a little too high for my taste. I usually see ball speeds of 120-125mph (193-200kmh), but must have lost a little due to the impact location. The impact on the SLDR (right) was too far on the heel. These were probably the shots I deleted due excessive spin values. The R7 (left) looks better, but I shot the pic after teeing the ball a little lower (found a cut down tee...) plus a few high tee shots. With the similar range balls the TrackMan Pro unit measured a club head speed of 90mph and ball speed of 125mph. On the course my GPS based App reports 211m / 230y driving distance. These values are pretty much what the FlightScope Trajectory Optimizer tells me by entering my TrackMan data and modding launch angle. Am a little off regarding the driver fitting chart - must be due to an overall lower smash factor looking at averages and not only the best shots. I did the test yesterday, the day before the weekend being a little spend from the work week. Brief warm-up followed by 100+ drives. So, it looks like I have not much to gain switching from my 2007 driver to the 2013 SLDR driver. Right? I hoped to gain either a little more speed or get better results on mishits. A clear no on both hopes. Result for my bad shots by dropping the driver too to early too low and coming very much from the inside, applying side spin of 30+ (spin axis) for a healthy overdraw, were similar. The spin rate of my R7 is even a tad lower compared to the slider. Hitting the SLDR with more loft, e. g. 12 deg., would lead to more carry, but the total distance would be the same (checked it with FlightScope). Looking at the driver fitting chart total optimizer data, I would be on the right way. Launching it at 85-95 club head speed and 10-14 deg. hitting 0-5 deg. up might give me more distance. That would have me to set the SLDR to 10.5 and work on speed and impact. But hey, that values/results are what I already get with the R7... Maybe the mid size grip on the SLDR had a little impact, feel-wise, but the results speak for themselves. What should I do now? Do more testing? Sell the SLDR and continue with my R7 working on swing speed?
  14. Quote: The clubs, which were unveiled Tuesday at the merchandise show in Orlando, will sell for $149 for a steel shaft, or $164 for a graphite shaft. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/sports/golf/hogan-a-revived-club-maker-returns-to-its-roots.html?_r=0 ) 1,050 $ for a set of seven clubs (P to 4 or 9 to 3). Very competitive! Bet we see a good deal of new Hogan irons out there soonish. Am not sure that I like the brushed look thou.
  15. Selling clubs by loft is nothing new for Mr. Koehler (SCOR wedges). I am curious if it works for an iron set, too. "Hoganfit" says it all. Getting fitted by picking the right club might be a new way to explore. And I bet it is going to be an up-price exclusive product line. Miura comes to mind. We will see how attractive the Hogan brand still is. Oh please Mike, loads of photos and try to hit a few balls with them. Am not so sure that I will get to see the clubs over here in Europe. At least not in 2015.
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