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  1. After having been a single digit handicap for the last 7+ years, swing changes and frustration has me at a 9.7 with the next possible round getting me to a double digit handicap. In the grand scheme of things, Im still a better golfer than a large percentage of people who golf, but at the same time it’s very frustrating to me to shoot in the mid to high 80’s. I know I’m a better golfer than how I’m playing right now and it’s so aggravating. I joke when I tell my buddies I’m going to take two weeks off an quit, and I know changing my swing for the better is going to take a lot of work, but it’s just frustrating sometimes. Other than my beautiful wife and dogs, golf is up there with one of the most important things I do in life, so it sucks to suck, ya know. Take a few days off an keep my head down and working? What do you do when it just doesnt make sense?
  2. I'm playing tomorrow in my first ever 18 holes, I've played small 9 holes, one a complete par 3, and short par 4s, but it's not experience that's bugging me.. problem is I can't hit my woods or driver for length, well I mean not reliable enough. I can hit maybe 3/10 shots which isn't good enough. But is it stupid of me too take out a 6 iron, on a 470 yard par 5? It's like a 160 yard hit for me but 9/10 times I know where it's gonna land. help/advice please?
  3. I am just wondering if someone can explain to me why my arms are not extending through impact? I have had this problem for a while and cannot seem to figure it out. A video is attached Thanks
  4. I'm not a pro, I don't claim to be. I've come across something, that has helped me become more consistent from inside of ~150 yards. I actually have been working on this for a while. I NEVER take a "full" swing inside of about 150 yards. Though I usually can take 1-2 less clubs than what a given distance calls for. For example, if I'm 120 yards out on a given hole, I can usually with a 3/4 swing, hit a PW. Lately, I'll hit about a roughly 1/2 swing 9-iron. Why? My shot zone is tighter. The dispersion is less. If I happen to miss a green, it's always a nGIR. (That's been an outlier recently). From 100 yards or so, I hit more baby PW (about a half swing) shots, than 3/4 GW shots. I just wanted to share this thread with everyone, and get their thoughts about it.
  5. The results of this poll astound me. There's absolutely no way the average golfer (or 30% of average golfers) should choose a playing lesson for 4x the cost of a regular lesson. This is largely true because there's absolutely no way that a playing lesson offers 4x the value of a regular lesson. I don't care if the regular lessons are a great value - 4x that for a playing lesson is, for the vast majority of golfers, not a reasonable choice. Let's assume that the lessons are an hour, and the playing lesson is four hours and 18 holes. If you have 4x the cost of a regular lesson burning a hole in your pocket, here's what I suggest: take four regular lessons! This is an even wiser choice if you can spend a few minutes to assess your strengths and weaknesses. You don't have to be perfect… you just have to have a general idea what types of shots give you trouble, what your miss tends to be, and what areas of your game are truly costing you strokes. Even if you're close, it's helpful information that the instructor can blend with what he sees with his own eyes. Golfers love playing lessons, though. To their detriment. I enjoy and recommend playing lessons in two cases. With new students, so I can assess their game myself. This isn't necessary if they can provide even a reasonable assessment and that aligns with what I see from them when teaching them. With long-time students, so I can see how they're taking the lessons to the course, and so we can talk about strategy a little and to re-inforce what we've learned on the lesson tee. For the first, it's pretty obvious what the deal is there… I want to see how they play, the shots that trouble them, etc. This means it's not really a playing lesson so much as it is an assessment. The second, well, long-time students typically fall back into their same two, three, five "things" that they always do. They typically know the causes and fixes, and though we can sometimes create different feels to work on them, it's rare for a "new" problem to pop up. So, occasionally, getting them out on the course to see how their mind works during a round is a valuable use of time. But not at full rate for four hours. I'll often take two people out at a time for playing lessons, on the rare case I give them. I'll charge then for a single lesson… or less. And hey, not to brag too much, but I literally wrote a very popular book which includes a huge section on course strategy, so… the students are getting something of value out of those. And yet I still don't recommend them that much. They can just buy the book and read and internalize a lot of what's in there. Their time - and mine helping them - is most often better spent on the range, or the short game facility, or working with SAM PuttLab… or whatever. A lesson provides numerous benefits over being on the course, including: Ready access to the full arsenal of technology - cameras, FlightScope, SAM PuttLab, levels, training aids, extra clubs, mirrors, etc. No time wasted driving around from shot to shot, collecting balls, etc. This results in a much higher balls-per-minute rate. No pressure to hit a target, so, easier to make actual changes to the motion, to try things, to actually improve. No small sample sizes. In a playing lesson, what, you might have someone "try something" two or three times before you have to get in the cart and drive off to collect the balls? If they hit them badly, what's that tell you? What if they hit them well? Lack of ability to write down notes. What are you going to really take away from a playing lesson? You'll forget at least half of what you talk about during the round. Lack of ability to focus. You're on the tee and the guy says "I hate water right." So you talk about that. Then he hits a shot in the left rough, and chunk-pulls his 8I, so you talk about that. Then he's in the bunker, so you talk about that. Then he has a 30-footer, so you talk about putting or green reading or something… who learns like that? What part of that is worth 4x the cost of a regular lesson?
  6. I see some old threads on this but nothing recent. I would like to hear today's gang weigh in. Is this thing any good? \
  7. The Awesome Jason Day explaining in detail his three best moves on how to get it close to the pin... Despite nagging injuries, Jason Day held the No. 1 ranking for nearly a year, thanks in part to an unparalleled iron game. Here's how to steal his three easy moves and launch pin-seeking approach shots
  8. I was messing around in the hitting bay today at DSG. I was swinging with about 75% effort. In other words, easier than normal... My clubhead speed did go down a tick (99-104 driver vs my normal 107-110)... And it seemed as if I was getting a the same or higher ball speed with the smoother swing. So to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I hit some 7-iron shots with the same sort of feeling, 75% effort same sort of thing. So I put some impact tape on both clubs, and realized why... My strikes were much closer to the sweet spot with a smoother swing than they were with my normal we'll say 90% effort. (It's probably more than that, I don't have per se an effort meter on me). I hit a few 10:30, 9:00, 7:30 swings with the 7-iron, same thing more consistent strikes, better contact, staying on plane. My question is, why am I hitting it "further" with less effort, than I do with 90-95%? Any information on this would be appreciated, not looking for an easy fix, but it solves some of my issues. Thanks, Shane P.S. The 7-iron I hit was the new TM P-770, awesome club for any of you better players out there, and worth every penny. And it worked with every damn club I tried, wedges, irons, hybrids, fairways and drivers.
  9. I try to practice twice a week at the driving range. $20 a week! Thinking about investing in a golf net so I can practice more often.
  10. I was messing around with some impact tape with my driver. I hit about 10 shots, and noticed all of my shots were toward the heel. I can't seem to figure out why. It may explain why I lose a little distance with my driver. I guess at least it's consistent. I can post a new video in My Swing thread in the next couple days, but in the mean time what could be the cause? And all there any drills I can do to improve my impact to get it closer to the center? I think I'm losing 10-20 yards by not hitting the center of the face. Thanks as always, Shane
  11. Shotmakers, I have launched Episode 7 of "Let Me See What Happens If I.." This is a discussion on how you approach and achieve. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUunm_ai0JhOASjdRNHT7RQ
  12. So I have been playing for a short time, 19 years old now. I had always played once in a while but got addicted in 2014. Goal was to break 90 at the end of the summer, and i did. Following year got a membership and played all the time, goal was to break 80, and i did pretty early, finished the summer around a 7-8 handicap, (didnt keep an index at the time). Kept all my scores from 2016 and signed up for Golf Association of Ontario to play in tournaments this year. Had to input my scores and i am now a 2.6 handicap. When i mean addicted to golf i mean addicted, constantly playing, hitting the range properly to work on things, and always hitting fake balls in my basement and doing something golf related. Although never broke par or shot par yet on 18 holes, but a consistent 73-76 player on 6700-7000 yard course. I am a short golfer, only 5'5. I am wondering if it is necessary for me to get my clubs retro-fitted? I have cobra flyz plus irons, taylor m2 woods. I feel most comfortable w the 9iron length. I feel like my stance over the ball is just where it needs to be to hit a perfect golf shot if that means anything. Thanks, would love to know your guys thoughts:)
  13. My putting is absolutely atrocious. Unfortunately my instructor has moved to another state and we had only worked on full swing. My full swing I'm able to work on myself for now and probably for quite some time but I've had zero putting instruction. My full swing is leaps and bounds ahead of my putting game right now. My last 2 full rounds of golf I averaged 2.7 putts per hole. Totally not kidding guys and gals, it's bad. I've been focused and practiced on my own on my inside green and at my local practice green but I cannot seem to master a consistent stroke. I think it's something someone needs to take a look at from the outside and see what I may be doing wrong? I could really use some recommendations for good putting instructors in the area (North Carolina). Last time I went out on my own to find one without a recommendation I wasted a lot of money. I don't even care if I have to make a drive. The strokes shaved will be worth it! Thanks in advance!
  14. Hank Haney has been pushing a new speed trainer called The Speed Stick. It's a new twist on a device where something slides down the shaft and makes a noise when it collides with the weight at the end of the shaft where the club head would be. The weight is held in place up the shaft with an adjustable magnet. The stronger the magnetic setting, the higher your swing speed needs to be to get it to release. Also, the higher you swing speed, the louder the crack sound it makes when it collides. You point it to the sky reset for your next swing. I'm posting here for discussion and debate. How useful is a device like this?
  15. Over last 5 months or so I have had 3 lessons early on and another recently. I play on a course 1-2 times a week and hit the range 3-4 times a week most weeks, it varies of course. I just don't seem to be getting anywhere! I just hit the range with a basket of 50 and a 7 iron, trying to practive what I was taught from last lesson. It was bad. No real good strikes, many awful ones, 4 hit the right wall of my bay. Some days I feel like what is the point lol, perhaps some people just do not have the motor function required! I am due to play tomorrow and almost felt like calling can cancelling... I can't strike a ball on the range now so what chance to I have on the course?! Right rage, whinge and moan over. Of course I will soldier on. My golfing journey http://www.ragingbeard.com
  16. I started to pull my driver and 3W pretty badly, to the point that it cost me a handful of balls...that is pretty rare for me. I started to think that it could be the swing plane or club path and I could not fix the issue once it showed up. So I went to see my local Pro. The results of most of my problems are set up and a faulty grip. The stupid set up ruins my rounds, what is more annoying, I do not even notice it. . I was setting up with an open stance, that would typically would cause I slice. But in this case it was causing me to stay behind and force me to throw my hands and arms out. So the instructor asked me to move bring my left foot further in front..(opposite for right handed golfers)...and boom!..problem solved. I have to admit, alignment is always being a challenge for me. On the course sometimes it is hard to pick a straight line...I don't know why. Visually some holes and angles don't seem to make sense in my mind and I double cross shots or hit it OB despite the good contact. I thought about using alignment sticks but, why couldn't I just use a couple of my clubs? If you are having similar issues check and re check your set up...such an easy fundamental causes a lot of headaches.
  17. Golfers are more confused than ever for two reasons. Never before has there been so much information available to the average golfer. The "bad instructors" have as much of a platform as the "good instructors." The two kind of go hand in hand. A golfer will hear "stay behind the ball and roll your hands over to hit a draw" from one guy while he hears about how he's got to get his weight forward and follow through more like Zach Johnson from some other guy.
  18. Hi Everyone, Attached below is an article I have written that I believe can help anyone just getting started in the golf business. Take a look and let me know what you think! 5 Things I've Learnt in My First Years as a Golf Professional My name is Sean Murray I am a young PGA of Canada Golf Professional who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently works in Calgary, Alberta. During the cold Canadian winter there is what a lot of people call downtime. This is a great time to take and use it to your advantage and grow as a Golf Professional. Whether it's reading books, watching instructional videos, making your own instructional videos, visiting year round facilitys to shadow others, build your brand, attend seminars or write articles for blogs it all goes a long way for your development. I figured I would write the top 5 things I've learnt in my first 3 years as a Golf Professional. Now, this is obviously biased but, I believe as someone just starting out in the business these could help you in some way, shape or form. 1.Have to have passion I haven't met one person in my short lived career that said they got into the golf business to make a fortune. We all love what we do and if we don't I personally think you won't go very far in this industry. Being a Golf Professional means you're going to work long hours during the summer, not do a whole lot during the long cold canadian winters and not get paid a lot for it. I truely believe in the saying "if you love what you do, you dont have to work a day in your life. Waking up early to go open the gates to the course is personally the only time I enjoy waking up befor the sunrises. Now, I've met a couple Golf Professionals in my first year or even befor I playied in saying well don't do it if you love the game because if you do you'll end up hating it. Or, don't get started you dont make very much money. I see these guys and in my opinion their passion is gone. They're very content where they are, what they earn and probably staying where they have been for the last 5,10,15 years. I truely believe the more passion you have for the game and to suceed the more you earn, I've seen it first hand. I have met many Golf Professionals who are always continuing to learn, grow and still have that passion for the business and coincidently those are the guys who are working at the top clubs and making a very good living. 2. Get involved Starting out as an Apprentice or CFM I urge everyone to get involed within your golf course and the zone or section you're apart of. Members and fellow Professionals notice what you do at your course and what you do at events the zone or section puts on. This is a great way to get to know your peers and potentially future employers. Usually your local zone will put on many events where you can volunteer a couple hours teaching lessons. Not only is this a great chance to make an impression on your peers it is also a great chance to learn from others around you. Alot of these events you're teaching 15-20 minute lessons for a couple hours. This is a great way to improve your knowledge and its a great chance to meet potential clients. Play in local tournaments even if you know the chances of you placing is low. Now I can say this first hand, I am not as good as I would like to be. But, I always try to play in atleast 3-5 tournaments a year to put myself out there and network with a couple of fellow Professionals. I highly doubt it the guy you're playing with is going to remember or judge you if you don't shoot low 70's. I say there is a greater chance he remembers you if you act like a baby about it, swear and throw clubs. Yes, shooting pourly sucks but, I garuntee it if you smile, talk to your group, ask how things are, and shake their hands you will be remembered postively no matter what you shoot. My last employer new I wasn't going to go out there and win 3 tournaments but, he didnt say during the interview how impressed he was with me how I also went out of my way to shake his hand and ask how he was doing. Now, saying this shooting low scores can definitely help you find potential jobs and saying you were the Player of the year could definitly bring some clients your way. So, I would still say I work hard on my game and continue to try and get better. 3. Educate Yourself Education is absolutely everywhere. Your provincial or national office usually has a website where you can find a library for Professional Development. This is all on you to take a peak at what they have. They have anything from mechanics of the golf swing, branding, and course mapping. These articles are done by some of the best Professionals in the nation, take advantage of them. Get social media and follow the crap out of the best Golf Professionals. I've learnt more from Twitter, Instagram and Youtube then I can ever imagine. Some of the most successful Golf Professionals in the world share their content and findings and post their own instructional videos on their to help you as an Insctructor. Alot of the time they cause debates or bring up questions which they all share their opinion. This is a great way to learn and to see where the best instructors are at or what they think. The best thing about this content, it is absolutely 100% free. Alot of PGA of America sections have educational seminars that they film and eventually put it on youtube for everyone to watch. These speakers are some of the top rated instructors in the world such as Chuck Cook and Butch Harmon. Again, this content is all free. Pick up a book, you hear this everytime from the best instructors. They read everything they get their hands on. Even if you disagree with what they're saying you can still learn alot from reading that book. There are endless topics you can read as well, it doesn't always have to be on the golf swing. It can be on pyscology, learning aqquisition, branding, leadership. All of these would help you become a better Golf Professional. Ask the top Instructors in your region if you can spend a couple hours shadowing their lessons. There is a reason why these guys are where they are today. There is always something to learn from someone. Even if its not on the swing, it can be how they present the information, how they set up their lesson tee, their appearence or many other little things. People want to help you, there hasn't been a time where I emailed a Golf Pro and get turned down. A qoute I live by is, "continue to move forward or you're going to get left behind." There is new findings and technology daily, get on them, learn, grow, and ask questions . 4. Options Just because you're a Golf Professional, doesn't mean you have to become a Head Golf Professional. You have many different paths you can take during your career in the Golf Industry. During my first couple years during as a Golf Professional I have had many different thoughts on which path I would like to pursee during my career. As someone in the industry you can become a Sales Rep, a General Manager, a Director of Golf, Retail Manager, an Associate Golf Professional, a Teaching Professional or a Member Services manager and i'm sure a couple more. They can all be very rewarding, you don't have to become a Head Golf Professional or a General Manager/Director of Golf to make the best the living. Now, on average I would take an educated guess and say they do make the most money. But, I do know some very sucessful Associates, Member Services Manager and Teaching Professional. I would say take a look and explore all options, you may enjoy or have more passion for one or the other. 5. Find the right place to work My grade 11 metals teacher once said "as an apprentice you only learn as much as your much as your employer." Obviously you have a responsibility to take time to educate yourself as stated above. But, be a sponge to those arround you. You're there to learn and grow as a Professional. When you believe you can't learn anymore from the people around, don't be afraid to move on. Your Head Professional wants to see you succeed and move on to bigger and better things. Before you apply for a position research the facility and Professional Staff of that facility. There is no question that your employer will research you before you are hired. Whether its browsing through your social media or calling your references. Why shouldn't you do the same? Research their website and see what their calender looks likes. Do they have a lot of member events? Do they have a seperate page promoting their inscructors? What kind of practice facility do they have? How big is their junior program? Whats the Pro Shop like? These are all very important questions that you can simply get from looking at their website. Now if things go to as planned and you continue to climb the ladder don't burn the bridges you've built with your past employers. Thank them for the oppurtunity to be apart of the club and stay connected. Your past employer most definitly helped you in one way or another. Remember, they're going to be a great asset to you down the road when you apply at other clubs. A simple text, email or call asking how they're doing goes a long way. I would love to hear your comments please feel free to reach out to me. Email: smurray@golfbearspaw.com Twitter: @seanmurrayCPGA Instagram: @smglessons
  19. Read that. On first pass, most people wouldn't have any problem with that at all. It sounds right, right? But think about it critically. Even if you've not read things on this site that might make you question this… you might find yourself wondering why it is supposedly easier to time accelerating into the ball at exactly the right speed over reaching hitting the ball near the peak speed. If you continue to think about it… if the clubhead needs to be moving 23 or 47 or xx.x MPH when you hit the ball for it to travel a certain distance, which is easier to time: accelerating at impact or hitting it around the "max velocity" (little to no acceleration or deceleration)? If you remember the putting thread (linked below), this graphic might help: From this thread: This isn't a post about Dave Pelz. It's about thinking critically… and not accepting information just because an instructor - famous or otherwise - says it. This is a short post, but basically, ask one question of your instructors: why? Whether you ask that in your mind or you actually ask your instructor, ask why. I tell my students they're welcome to ask "why?" any time they want because I'll always have an answer for them. When they give you an answer, use your BS meter and your intellect to see if it jives. See if it makes sense to you. Then, go from there…
  20. MySwing Golf Launches Major Software Update Scottsdale, AZ (November 16, 2016) — MySwing Golf, Inc., the world’s leading full-body 3D motion capture analysis system for the golf swing, has announced the launch of its newest and most sophisticated software package. The software is now available for download to all existing MySwing customers. The key upgrades with the new software include biofeedback, which uses both audio and visual cues, that allows coaches to share instant swing feedback with their students; and a report comparing a student’s swing to tour ranges, allowing instructors to quickly focus on one or two major swing issues and provide a quick evaluation to the student. Instructors can add comments to this report and share it with their students via PDF. In addition, there are a variety of 3D planes and a new 3D wrist view. “Students learn much faster if they can both see and feel what their instructor wants them to do rather than the instructor forcing the player into a certain position,” said MySwing Director of Product Development, Chase Cooper. “Our goal with MySwing is to be as visual and user friendly as possible. Forcing instructors and their students to look at and understand graphs really isn’t the right approach.” The MySwing Professional product is the only wireless 3D system that is portable and can be used indoors as well as outdoors for a real-time teaching experience. According to Cooper, the MySwing Pro state-of-the-art system takes golf instruction to a new level. “Golf instructors have two goals: improve their students and increase revenue. With this new software release, we will help them accomplish both.” For more information about MySwing Golf, visit www.myswing.com. Now then… I wanted to start a thread on the MySwing. The software and everything was a little rough the last time @david_wedzik and I checked it out at the PGA Show last year, but I'm curious about the improvements they've made. I'll talk with Chuck (Evans) about it, as he's been using it for awhile, and I know others who have a system as well. Generally speaking, I tend to like technology but not like it when it requires doing too much different than regular golf. For example, the K-Vest was cool and all… but it was an actual vest and took some strapping in and all that. Time that is sometimes better spent, plus, the golfer didn't "feel" like they were playing golf, they felt like they were in an experiment. The MySwing is fairly non-intrusive.
  21. When I was teaching drum lessons, students would complain that they weren’t getting better. I would ask how much they practiced since the last lesson and then listen to the excuses. I would tell them that if they really want to get better, they need to spend 3-4 days a week practicing for at least 15 minutes. Just taking lessons from me was not going to make them improve. The purpose of the lesson is for me to teach them what they need to practice, but practice is where things happen. I would explain that they can’t do 60 minutes on 1 day and call it a week. They need to practice almost every day. I would cover the principle of practice with students up front and they would agree. They would be dedicated for a week or so and then fizzle out. Just like golf, drumming is hard. If you take a second and try to make each arm and leg do something different, you will get what I mean. The basic rock beat is to have your right hand tap a repeating 4 count, your right foot tap on the 1 and 3, and your left hand taps on the 2 and 4. To add some spice with 4-way independence, have your left foot tap on every 1 count. Once you have that down, you need to double the times that your right hand is tapping counting, “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and”. If you have never played drums before and was able do that with ease at a pretty fast pace, I would buy some drums today and rock out! People usually can't, BUT I can usually teach someone how to do that in less than 30 minutes. It’s very slow at first, and then slightly faster, then faster and faster. Now you have all had your first drum lesson for free. I'm not a golf teacher (yet), but I believe the same principle applies. Sadly, most drum students give up after a month or so. This is why there are so many used drum sets for sale on Craig's List. It doesn’t make sense to take lessons unless you are willing to put in practice time on your own. “Why do I need an instructor if all I have to do is practice?” you might ask. The instructor is there to check up on you and make sure you are going the right direction much like an airplane pilot is monitoring the navigational instruments and making adjustments. Sometimes they have to make major adjustments and other times a small one, but they can only make one adjustment at a time. The plane will not change course if the rudder and ailerons do not respond. This would be like a student who doesn’t practice. I think that most instructors teach something different on each lesson to make the student feel like they are getting value for their money, even if the student has not progressed from the last lesson. I think they are doing a major disservice to the student even though the student is more likely to stay engaged for more lessons. The student thinks that they are progressing when they really aren’t, and after a few months, their scorecard will confirm that. A math teacher does not progress to calculation before a student is competent with addition and subtraction. I hope not at least. If a student sees results from good teaching, they will be a student for life. I went to a drum clinic with a famous drummer a few years ago. It was Todd Sucherman who is currently playing for Styx. This guy is really awesome! I arrived early and got a seat in the front row. He played for a while and blew everyone’s minds. Then he started taking questions. He picked me and I said, “Since you’re a drummer, you have to be working on something, so what are you working on now?” He first looked shocked that someone would ask that question. After all, he is a master at drumming and making a living doing it. He then cracked a smile, let his guard down, and said he was working on some stuff from Buddy Rich, and it was “totally kicking his butt”. Even masters who are proficient at their craft are always trying to improve and learn something new. To apply that to golf, I think everyone needs a teacher if they want to get better. For someone who is content to play the game and enjoy doing it, that’s fine. For most of us, time is not in great supply, but trying to do the 5 Minutes Daily Practice Challenge has opened my eyes. I realized that I was like one of my students who wasn’t putting in the practice time needed to get better. I also learned that 5 minutes a day is not a lot of time. I hear a lot of people asking on TST how to find a good teacher, but I would say that first you need to commit to being a good student. Commit to a regular practice regimen, and then go find a good instructor. Anyone who is trying to improve should be posting in 5 Minutes Daily Practice threads regularly
  22. I'm a fairly small 32 year old guy: 5'9 and 130lbs and pretty weak in the upper body. I've played golf for a couple of years and really enjoyed improving. I average 85ish. Anyway, my 7 iron distance is roughly 135 yards and driver is 200, at best (total distance, not carry). I'm starting to feel that without a faster swing, further improvement will be incredibly difficult. Here's my question: If you woke up tomorrow and found that you were stuck with 200 yard drives, forgetting about the sense of embarrassment on the course, would you continue to play? (I love the game, but my lack of distance is surprisingly demoralising.)
  23. I have tried for years off and on to create lag in my swing. With no true success. I understand the fundamentals in how to create lag. I've even felt what its like to successfully preform a swing with lag and loved the results. I just cannot make it a permanent part of my swing. Does anyone have any full proof drills, tools, courses I could use. I'm willing to totally start over in my swing.
  24. Alright guys, I'm sure this question has been asked before and I apologize if it has. The famous saying "best range player in the club" is the name of my game. On the range I'm a +3 handicap. In reality I'm an 8.4 and trending higher bc of this big problem. I can't bring my range swing to the course. Im going through a swing change to get rid of the over the top pull and I can exicute it perfect on the range (this has been going on for about 3 months). As soon as I get to the course I go back to that over the top swing that I'm oh so terribly comfortable with. I'm not looking for tips on my swing but some mental tips so I can transfer that swing to the course. I usually have about 2 swing thoughts when I play, usually a backswing and a downswing thought. It seems like the harder I try the worse it gets (I shot 93 today) and I'm on the verge of taking a hiatus from the game for a while. I appreciate any advice or wisdom that can be shared. Thanks Tommy
  25. I gave a lesson to a guy the other day who said he wanted to learn "how to play golf." He was being sarcastic, as he's played golf for 40 years or so, has made many nice changes and improvements to his golf swing, and is playing quite well for his age. Despite this, his texts from the day before were of the panicking type. I gave him a lesson. I wanted him to do two things. First, I wanted him to take his left shoulder down a bit more so his head didn't drift back and up during the backswing. Then, I wanted him to slide his hips forward an inch, two at most, further forward on the downswing. The former would clean up contact, the latter would bring the ball flight up. Three balls in I'm hearing about how "ecstatic" he is. Ten balls in and I'd heard the word six or seven times. We switched to the driver. The success continued. We added the hip piece. The success continued. Back in "the room" I drew some arrows and lines and measured some things in the video and made his before/after photos with notes. Then he said something which prompted me to look at his first lesson about sixteen months prior. What he saw didn't surprise me at all, but shocked him quite a bit. He saw essentially the same arrows. The same lines. The same measurements. The same notes. He'd been working so long on his "latest piece" (all summer, really), that he kind of forgot about his "first" priority piece. That thing that will always tend to creep up on you and nag you. That thing you always have to watch for. That's all. Long story short, if you're struggling, look back at your old images and notes and videos. Odds are, you may just need to remind yourself of something you thought you'd licked previously.
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