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  1. From 2009: http://www.golfdigest.com/story/hotlistevolution-0902 From 2015: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Golfweek-Custom-Media/golfweek-5-18-15/2015051202/17.html#16 Ignoring the fact that without a floor, you can't really calculate a percent improvement*… the fact remains: golfers are getting better. This seems to be true despite courses continuing to get more difficult, golfers playing longer tees than they often should, and anything else you can think of. Golfers continue to get better, IMO, because: Instruction is improving. Launch monitors are more readily available to average golfers. Some of the lousier golfers might have been squeezed out in the recent recession. Equipment continues to improve. So, there you have it. Regardless of the reasons - which I may or may not even have sniffed - golfers are getting better. * I read a review of the iPhone once where they said the temperature increased from 30° C to 40° C and how that was a 33% increase. This kind of math doesn't work because it's not based on a scale that ends at true zero. Perhaps if the scale was to use the Kelvin scale, which has absolute zero… but 303.15 to 313.15 is only a 3.3% increase, which isn't quite the headline of "iPhone 33% hotter!". Anyway… the handicap scale is like that. There's no hard limit at "zero."
  2. My shoulder isn't 100% and it's going to rain, but f*** it I'm going golfing tomorrow.

    1. nevets88

      nevets88

      Go for it!

  3. Sierra Magica

    Which move changed your game for good?

    More good golfer in their golfing life found a key move that change their game. Do you have any which has revolutionized your game for good? I haven't found mine yet, Have you?
  4. Ok so last time when I did the Break 90 thread, It got a lot of discussion. But people thought he was full of it. He's back but this time it's with a player named Didi shooting a 79. Didi is not long... But knows his distances and such. @iacas may like this one. I'm just setting this up. Watch the videos, then comment.
  5. Can anyone (PLEASE) recommend a golf pro in the Arcadia/Pasadena area of Southern California? Please and Thank You.
  6. Journey To The Center Of The Green By Shane Jones I wish I could just rename my blog the title of my new entry. However, if I can't it's all good. Anyway it's Sunday, well technically Monday wee hours... So this is part of my weekly blog. Recently, since my last lesson, back in February (remember Craig is in Florida for a month). I've added a new drill to my repertoire. It's the first move down drill. I have kind of explained it in the "5 Minutes Daily" thread (fingers crossed 20 days to go... Though I was so tired I put yesterday's date for today) It's really not that complex of a drill, and you can do it, with or without a club, I use my spatula at work, if I have a free second or 5. Basically, your trying to keep your trail elbow (In my case the right), close to your body, but at the same time, drop it down like you are going to "elbow drop" Randy Orton or something. (At least that's the feeling I get.) So this little drill actually is helping me with three things I tend to struggle with. 1) balance, 2) occasionally coming over the top, and 3) Flipping occasionally... If I don't have a club in hand, I try to think of the back of my left hand as my "clubface". Hilariously, my left hand seems to actually have some "shaft lean" at "impact". When I do it with a club, I don't have an impact bag, so I use my couch pillow and swing this to impact and I notice the same thing. I actually had the chance this week to hit my new irons a little with some real golf balls. Word to the wise, don't hit a Top-Flite or Nitro with a blade. (I didn't). They had some gamer Bridgestone B330-RXs that they were using for the monitor... The feel is absolutely amazing... If you are an improving player (5-12 handicap), I would recommend at least testing some out..... For whatever reason a well struck shot off a "Super-Blade" (enter my Exotics CBX Blades) even it is a smidge off the heel or toe... It actually holds it's line quite well... I still have the ability to hit some high shots, I suppose... (the data agrees too) for the most part, my trajectory is a little lower... now I've only tested indoors because let's face it, I live in Upstate New York, and the weather can't make up it's @#$%ing mind. (Like Steve Martin's boss in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles). I cannot wait to actually go outdoors and hit these on the practice area at Newman, in reality on the course. If any of you have read my 2018 Golf Goals thread my main key two were: 1) Average 9 GIR a round 2) Get my handicap under 5. I actually have a 2019 goal, however, it might require a lot. And @iacas would have to make the decision of having a cook on his team, who is way too smart to be a damn cook, who like to crunch numbers, like he does. I hope finances, family stuff, and my paid vacation work out to the point, where I can travel to the West Coast in 2019, and represent the East team and keep the Newport Cup. But @iacas, I don't know if you'll be able to stand all of my Exotics gear. I don't really do well in Blue, unless it's Newport Cup team East blue.
  7. @iacas, I think I found a topic we can agree on... and I think you'll like it. Background: I love to watch old Shell's Wonderful World of Golf videos from the 1960s. Whatever I can find on YouTube, Shell, All-Star Golf, Challenge Golf, Big 3 Golf any of those. I mostly have noted some of the strategy differences between now and then. Short Par-4s: In the old days almost all pros used driver on these holes... as a matter of fact on every Shell match I've watched all but a couple pros hit driver on every non-par 3. (Jack Nicklaus used a 3-wood or 1-iron off the tee a couple times when he played Sam Snead at Pebble Beach) Par 5s (most of them), On their second shots most would use whatever there second longest club was, there were still a few WWII era players that would hit a 2-wood but most of the time it was a 3-wood... Sam Snead used his driver off the fairway a few times during his matches on the aforementioned series. Par-3s and approach shots (most of them)... Players seemed to note where the flagstick was, the general slope of the green, and hazards when they chose there club and type of shot and shot for the lightest shade... If pin-high was safe they would try to get there, if not it seemed they tried to stay below the hole quite a lot. They were all decent lag putters, and in those days you could be more aggressive with short putts because the greens were slower... You also didn't automatically see players pull sand wedge on short shots. They would chip with 7, 8, and 9 iron a lot more, mostly trying to get into a circle with about a 4 or 5 foot radius... I think there was a lot of GamePlanning going on even in the 1950s and 60s.... definitely with some elements of Lowest Score Wins... but this has probably been going on since the days of the King outlawing golf in 1457. What do you fellow golfers think? Has this been going on all along? It seems to me like it has. Just a thought. It did seems woods were used a lot more 50-60 years ago than there is now... Most of the time the only time a pro lays up on a par-5 is when they can't reach it or hit into trouble... and usually it's with an iron... Another note, it seemed that back then (at least from the footage I've seen), a lot of players were feel players. For instance, say they had 150 yards... They know they can get a good 7-iron there, but maybe with the way the wind is or general slope... they take maybe a 5-iron and chase it... or a 6-iron and hold it off... There were a lot of pros that played feel golf back then, but the premise they played by remained the same. LET THE DISCUSSION BEGIN!
  8. Erik, I promise I'm not spamming. I just am looking for some discussion. Hi, TST Universe. Now this is a bit of an odd one. The YouTuber in this video, GolfSidekick, states anyone can break 90 with the following formula: (it's also at the end of the video) 1. A club you can consistently hit 160 yards or more off the tee and keep out of trouble. (Use this club off the tee on par-4s and par 5s) 2. Two clubs you confidently can hit on the green from inside of 150 yards. 3. One wedge to chip with 4. One club to hit 30-70 yard pitch shots with (though you want to avoid these shots) 5. When you chip, don't worry about getting very close to the hole, just get it on the green. 6. Keep your head down forever on short putts and consistently two-putt. 7. Break all long approaches into two shorter shots... (i.e. if you have 220 yards hit a 120 yard shot and a 100 yard shot) I am not in the 90-100 club right now. But it makes some sense. It's kind of LSW (sort of). Kind of stay out of trouble and you'll score better. Matt (GolfSidekick) is obviously a better player than what he's demonstrating... But it has some merit. Like I stated before, I'm not in this range (though I still sometimes shoot in the 90s). Let the debate again... The video is a little long, so feel free to skip around or watch just a few holes.
  9. Looking to improve as a ball striker if you could suggest some things that would be great. I'm a 7 handicap and ball striking seems to be holding me back
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. Last year at about this time, I was added to Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers in America list: (I'll turn 40 in March, so that will put an end to my eligibility on that list). That was cool, and I was honored. This year, while I was returning from the Newport Cup, the lists for Best in State were released. Dave Wedzik and I are in a somewhat odd situation: we're in the Western New York section of the PGA. We've spoken at PGA Education seminars for WNY, NEOH, SOH, and other PGA sections, but none within PA. Votes for Best in State are compiled by asking other instructors in your state to select and rank their peers. Our peers in NY and Ohio have never had the option to choose us (nor, for example, can I vote for John Graham, among others who deserve more acclaim than they've gotten to date - he too is on the Best in State list). Anyway, I missed all the Tweets and Facebook posts about people showing off their "Best in State" status. I forget how I first found out, but at any rate, both @david_wedzik and I are on the list; he's 4th (and a two-time PGA Section Teacher of the Year), I'm 6th. First is Top 50 John Dunigan, a guy I'm happy to call a friend, and a 5SK® Certified instructor. I'm even, somehow, ranked ahead of Eric Johnson, formerly of Oakmont. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/best-teachers-state-ranking That's all pretty nice, and like the Best Young Teachers award, I'm honored. And… that's about all I have to say about that. Thanks. P.S. I think Dave and I are the only two instructors in Western PA. I haven't checked a few of the locations yet, but I'm pretty sure most are at Nemacolin or east, and most are around Philadelphia. P.P.S. Oh, here's the list of PA instructors on the list:
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Dipshlappers

    Swing analysis devices

    Looking for any and all opinions on folks with experience having owned or used any of the currently offered swing analysis gizmos on the market: zepp, blast motion, arcos, etc. I was about to pull the trigger on the zepp, but I'm reading good things about other options out there. thanks in advance for your advice!
  16. 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?
  17. 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? \
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. iacas

    Lesson Frequency

    Personal trainers often schedule their clients to come in and work out with them for a low per-workout cost, but commit the student to thrice-weekly, monthly packages that might include three workouts per week for three or six months. This works really well for many people because, left to their own devices, they'd skip out on their scheduled workouts, but because they'd be "disappointing" their trainer (and many will pre-pay), they go to the gym and do their workouts. There are golf pros who do this same thing: they charge less, but commit people to a block of regularly scheduled lessons. Let's say that Instructor A schedules golfers for a weekly 45-minute lesson that costs $45. That's $180/month for three hours of instruction. If you're serious about golf, $180/month isn't too bad. Instructor B charges $120/hour… and will see you as often as you want to come in, but strongly urges you to go work on the instruction he's given you and come back in a few months when you've had the chance to work on it. It doesn't take high-level math to figure out Instructor A is both more (per month) and less (hourly) expensive than Instructor B. But which plan is right for you? There's no one right answer, but most people should opt for Instructor B. You see, unless golfers are working on something simple in, they can't make changes in a week. Often I'll sell a series (four lessons, I just ask that they use them within about a year or so) of lessons to a student and after the first lesson we'll have this exchange: Student: Wow that was great! Same time next week? Me: Well, let me ask you this. If you came back in an hour, would these changes be ingrained or would you get the same lesson? Student: Uhh, the same lesson, of course. Me: And in a day? Student: The same lesson, yeah. I'm not gonna be able to practice between now and tomorrow at this time. Me: And in two days? Student: Okay, I get your point. Me: Right. I don't want to waste your time or money working on the same thing. How about this: practice for a few weeks, and come to see me if one of two things happens: you start to struggle and need a reminder or a tune-up or another feel that you can use to keep working on this piece, or you feel you've got it and can replicate it well at full speed without giving it too much thought. I'll talk with them about not "searching" for some other answer, and note that if I see them they should feel free to ask me for a five-minute mini-refresher or to watch them hit a few balls (happy to do it), and to stick with their "priority piece." Change takes time. Golf isn't math: you can't "learn" something and then just be able to do it. There's no "light bulb" moment, really, in golf… not in terms of making your body actually change an ingrained habit or pattern. Most students are better off taking lessons spread out three, four, even six, eight weeks. For those who want to do something a bit more frequent… I offer "supervised practice" at a lower cost to students, often in small groups, and I think that's a good way to have check-ups. Other students see me in person every few months and mix online lessons for $39/month in there. We also offered "Lesson Blocks" at Chautauqua last summer: two students at once for just over half the cost of a single lesson. A bit more than supervised practice, and a bit less than a full-blown lesson. Long story short: beware of the weekly lesson. You're not getting the full value, even at a lower cost, and you might actually be getting worse instruction if the instructor truly tries to teach you something new each and every week. Oh, and by way of a postscript… I will let you in on a secret. I have had series students come back as quickly as a few days later… to work on their putting or some other completely different area of their game.
  23. tobydeh

    My Swing (tobydeh)

    If i'm posting in the wrong section then I apologise, please point me in the right direction. I have been playing golf regularly for the past 4 years and I've managed to get down to 8.9 even though I suffer from severe inconsistency. Over the past few months I have seen little progress and I'm really starting to struggle. The first video below is from 2015 when I was playing well, the others were taken today during a trip to the driving range. - I have dipped in and out of trying 'Stack and Tilt', usually it works well for me but I end up reverting when others discourage me or give me other misinformation - Also may be worth mentioning I get pain in the lower right side of my back above my glute and I often get told I am stopping at the bottom and not getting through the ball. If anyone has any ideas on why my swing can be so inconsistent or any other advice on any flaws they can see it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Toby
  24. Hi Guys, As a PGA professional I spend a lot of my time giving lessons and helping students improve their games. I have however been having a few thoughts about how I deliver my coaching and I would love to get a few thoughts. Traditionally, people will come to me and tell me they are having issues with driving, pitching etc. We will then go and work on that specific skill with the hopes that making this change will ultimately improve their scores. I often have wondered would coaches be better off giving lessons on the course so that they could see all of the students game during a lesson? Although the student may feel they have an issue with a certain aspect of the game, a coach would be able to find the root cause of the problem. An example would be a lot of golfers complain they struggle with putting; when in fact they regularly leave themselves 50ft+ putts and in reality what they actually struggle with is pitching the ball close enough to the hole with their 2nd or 3rd shot. I would love to get some thoughts on this, have any of you had lessons and not seen improvements? Do you feel you would of been better off learning on the course? All the best, Peter Faragher
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