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Handicap Index

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  1. I've been Playing Golf for: 9 months My current handicap index or average score is: 20-25 handicap My typical ball flight is: the variety pack The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: take your pick Videos: Hi all. I played golf a tiny bit in my teens and then again in my 20s, but I never got past hacking and praying. Since May I have been actively pursuing this elusive action. I am so humbled by all of it. What you can not see in these videos is the 13-year old girl behind the camera who has a professional grade swing. My swing that you see is just where I am at the moment. It has changed numerous times over the past nine months as I search in the dark for a path. I am finally in control of my drives after taming a world-class push/slice. The club you see there is a TaylorMade R15, adjustable, stiff shaft. I have it set to one weight to prevent a fade and the other in the center - if that makes sense. I do not know if that is any longer the correct position. The 7-iron is an Adams Golf Tight Lies with a graphite shaft. I don't know the flex. I have never been fit for clubs. I really do not at all what to change about my swing. I can not look at my own videos and see anything useful. Thank you all for helping a poor soul who has perhaps foolishly decided to invest myself into this game. Sorry if the angles are not quite right.
  2. I am just not getting the results I want I've been Playing Golf for: 40 years My current handicap index or average score is: 12 My typical ball flight is: not consistent The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: fading the ball too much Videos: attention grab.mp4 - Google Drive
  3. Interested to see what the poll turnouts are and replys.
  4. This is my third year on the high school girls golf team and I have improved a lot since I started. Recently, my junior year season, I was hitting in the upper 40's for example, two weeks ago I shot a 48. This isn't an amazing score but, I was practicing all summer and it was really exciting for me. At practice, on the range, I was hitting every shot perfect. My hybrids, irons, and even my driver was going perfect. Then, my coach gave us a four day weekend, and I didn't pick up the club at all. I was excited to get back, but, at practice my first day back It was like I've never played before. I couldn't even hit my sand wedge. This happened for two days and my coaches help did little, my swing just felt wrong. The next day I had a match and scored a 72... on 9 holes. Even at the start of my golf career, I didn't score this poorly. So, the next day I went to our country club pros in search of advice. Both pros helped with me a lot and still I couldn't hit it. Now it has been two weeks and I thought my swing would come back. Everything about my swing feels wrong, the grip is uncomfortable, even though it is correct. Most of the time I hit it and it goes far left, but then sometimes it goes right. But, most of the time it just skids across the ground. Every time I get help from the pro it is something else, my mistakes aren't even consistent. I have had to use only my pitching wedge and putter for the matches I've had to play in. If anyone knows anything, please please help!
  5. I've been Playing Golf for: 3/4 years My current handicap index or average score is: 10-12 ish My typical ball flight is: straight (sometimes leave it out right but not a slice), sometimes a slight draw The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: hook Hi all, I've only just joined up since I've taken up golf again after 10 years or so of only playing once or twice a year (played a decent amount in my teens). I'm hooked now (no pun intended), and trying to get a bit more serious about playing at a high standard. I've never struggled for distance but there are usually one or two bad swings on the tee that often ruin a round. Usually a big hook but, while I don't fade it often at all, I will occasionally hit one way right. My consistency is getting a lot better though; I only broke 80 once as a teen and now I've done it 3 times in my last 7 or 8 rounds (this also coincided with a change from an interlocking grip to an overlap.) I just shot my best ever round of 2 over, 73, with a couple of birdies and an eagle. A bad round is potentially in the high 80's, although I probably take on more drivers off the tee just for enjoyment when I know I'm not scoring well. This is the first time videoing my swing, really. I know it's only one angle, but any advice would be appreciated. I knew I didn't swing all the way back but I was surprised at how early I transitioned into the downswing. It looks a bit "rushed" to me, but I must have some decent clubhead speed (never measured though) since I'm getting good distance. I know there are probably plenty of people who lie about how far they hit it, but I genuinely hit it around 300, give or take 30 or so when wind is hurting/helping. (Downhill wind helping I hit a couple well over 350 in the round this swing comes from.) I'd like to get a bit more consistency because when I don't put any balls OB I score pretty well, and I always have the potential to par/birdie a hole if the tee shot is in play. Is it worth experimenting with a longer backswing? (Is that the right terminology? John Daly rather than Jon Rahm is what I mean, anyway.) I try it sometimes when I'm trying to smash it, but it's much less accurate and doesn't even seem to go that much further. My good tee shots are generally straight, with the odd draw, although plenty I just aim right and they stay there without fading. (I can do an exaggerated fade if needed but it's not reliable.) Irons are a little inconsistent for line, I pull them more often than my driver and they're occasionally a touch thin, although I'm usually pin high. I think in terms of ball-striking I should comfortably be in single digits handicap-wise. Pitching and chipping needs work, putter is hot and cold but not many 3 putts generally. This one ended up in the light rough to the right, good distance. Completely lost it in the sun, hence the staring. Videos: I always thought I had a decent swing but looking at it on video I'm not massively impressed. I've done a decent amount of weight training so is being fairly strong masking some technical deficiencies? Any constructive criticism appreciated. Thanks in advance! Alex
  6. Hello Everybody, I have really been improving my iron ball striking and getting some straight shots, which is great. However, my driver has fallen ill. Every swing lately has been a low hook that goes left and stays left and usually ends up unplayable. The last time that I was hitting the driver straight, I found that moving the ball unnaturally far back in my stance (about the middle of the stance or maybe even a touch back) gave me a straight-ish shot. However, the ball was still very low. Logically, I think I should start looking at my club head at address to see if it is closed. And I will. But I wanted to see if the crowd had any suggestions. I also don't think the club head would address the flight of the ball too much. I may be wrong there. At any rate, I've never felt comfortable swinging my driver, almost like I have little control over it versus swinging irons. So I'm interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks!
  7. I use to do this a lot but now that I kept my right foot down I can strike a ton of balls without coming steep.
  8. Hi all, it’s been years since I last posted but always keep a watchful eye on the forum. As my description suggests I really am struggling with the shanks at the minute to the point where I cannot find the centre of the face and quite simply I cannot attempt to play golf. My swing and game has come on leaps and bounds in the last year and my current HC is 15 but I have been shooting single figures over par. The shanks has crept in my game for about a hear now but it is getting progressively worse to the point where we are now. I’ve had lessons to rectify before but the pro in my area has let me down recently and not gotten back to me so I’ve been left to myself and recording swings to try and work it for myself. I’ve used foot spray, alignment sticks, golf ball outside the one I’m hitting I’m bereft of ideas! I thought I had cracked it a week ago but went to the range tonight in prep for an Easter weekend of golf and it’s just as bad if not worse then before. I’ve attached a video of 2 swings, one a week ago that I think looks pretty solid and also felt great and then tonight’s, any feeedback or thoughts would be of great help. Applgise of this should be posted elsewhere, I’m a man in desperate help!
  9. So I have been struggling with my swing lately. I feel like I'm sliding my hips and flipping my hands. I hit almost every shot very thin(no divot) and sky high. I used to hit my 8 iron around 160 yards, and now I am struggling to get it 145.. I also tend to fall back on my heels. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! (Video attached)
  10. My friend was telling me that improving my core strength will definitely help my swing. Right now, I kind don't do a whole lot of working on the core besides pushups. Anyone have any good tips for improving one's core strength?
  11. Recently torn intercostal muscles on left hand side. Was wondering if there's is anything wrong with my swing that has caused this or whether it's just overuse as I've been going to the range a fair bit. I'm very new to the game so have no idea really how to analyse the video. I know I could swing a bit further back on my back-swing but other than that, not much idea. Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks I've been Playing Golf for: 3 months My current handicap index or average score is: Don't have one My typical ball flight is: Slight Draw The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Anything without clean contact Videos: Imgur Post with 0 votes and 1 views. Imgur Post with 0 votes and 2 views. Imgur Post with 0 votes and 1 views.
  12. Hey guys. Earlier this year I tore my calf and was in a walking boot for 6 weeks. Ever I’ve come back, I’ve had a nasty slice. Before I was working the ball both ways with ease. I have had a couple golf buddies it looks like my hands just release late. I can. Hit a draw and fade with everything but my driver. It’s getting frustrating. I’ve tried an in to out path for a draw but it just seems to be a push slice. It may be hard with no video. But does anyone have some ideas?
  13. All. I am a somewhat of a noob to golf. I played about 5 years ago and sucked, then picked it back up about 2-3 months ago. Still sucked, so had a swing evaluation at Golf Tec. This really helped my swing (along with a grip change), BUT only seemed to help my indoor play on mats and on turf driving ranges. When we play indoor golf at Swingzone on the simulators - I can hit 88 on a PGA course. I am a female, and it says I can get my driver about 160-170 in the air, and my 6 iron about 130. We came to play on an actual course for the first time since I’ve had the lesson (we’ve been to swingzone about 4 times since then), and I cannot hit anything - not even a driver, which is teed just like on the simulator course! I am topping everything or digging in the dirt and dragging the ball along the course. I have had maybe 3 decent shots, and I don’t know what I’m doing differently. Considering going for another 30 min lesson with GolfTEC, but we would be hitting off mats in there so what’s the point in spending the $100?? Any tips or advice for switching from mats/turf to the actual course? I get to the point where I get so frustrated I just quit mid game because I am holding everyone up with my hit and walk 5-10 ft technique lol. I’m not sure if I am scared to hit the dirt, or what- but I guess just things noticed when switching from one to the other?
  14. 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!
  15. PLEASE Help! Can anyone recommend a or some good drills that will help me learn to close my club face. About 60% of my swings are either a straight or push type slice. My club plane and hand plane are good. My back swing angle is good. My tempo is good. I set up to the ball and get aligned well. My grip is above par. I just can't seem to bring my club face into square at impact. I previously thought that I was simply going in to out on my down swing. By all video accounts that was the case. So, I worked on it. I placed a water bottle about 12" in front of and slightly outside my right toes. That got my club plane on track. My hand plane has always been consistent.... PLEASE help!!!!
  16. Hey guys, Just a quick note, over the last couple years I’ve brought my handicap down from a 16 to an 8. I was golfing really well. I have a little bit of an unorthodox swing. But I get back to a good position and hit the ball well and have good distance. I feel like overthinking and trying a have “perfect” form is ruining my game. Should I just stop overthinrking and play how I’m comfortable?
  17. Hello guys, I'm starting to play golf again after six years of not swinging a club. Lessons with a pro is something I will be looking into but, in the meantime, wondered if I could ask for some thoughts from this forum? Below is an embedded video of my swing. It's the first time I've been to the driving range in a very long time... I think the basics are still there but I've lost all knowledge of how to self-analyse so any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm 29, around 90kg and used to play off 12 (although, as I said, that was some years ago now). I hit around 250 yards with a driver and have always struggled with a slice. However, I have noticed that my swing has changed since I last played, probably due to me being a lot heavier now. Thanks in advance, Kirby Videos:
  18. Sorry for the long intro/explanations... I've been Playing Golf for: 40+ yrs…not continuously unfortunately…had a cut-off 9 iron put in my hand at 6...played junior golf then on the high school team…picked it up again mid 80’s to mid 90’s (best index was about 4.5) then sporadically up to about 5 yrs back…just picked it back up seriously a few months back and have played maybe 8 times but doing lots-o-practicing…put a practice net in the garage (didn’t know balls go through wall board so easily) and taking lots of video to see what is, or isn't, happening My current handicap index or average score is: my best calculated index so far is 9.9 My typical ball flight is: always been a low ball hitter…if my drives are high its because they went off the top ;) Driver, if hit well, usually 270-ish, 4 wood 240-ish The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: hitting thin (unless its miles fat)…coming up and/or not staying down-through the shot…more often now, as I’m not quite as flexible as I once was and being 6‘3“ does not help…though I don’t and never had a full “parallel at the top” back swing, even playing hardball through college coaches asked why my swing didn’t start back like everyone else, though they never complained about the outcomes. (those low inside pitches were heaven) I sometimes line up open which seems to restrict the backswing and results in thinning and/or blocking out...when I close it up seems to get better...or so I think. Been finding that if I stand too upright my upper body raises up on the backswing top then comes down at impact, often resulting in hitting fat…concerted focusing on the ball usually keeps the head movement to a minimum and really helps. Never had an official lesson…primarily dad’s mentoring. Going through lots of swing thoughts, prolly the usual stuff...most help most of the time... Here are two videos of hitting my 4 wood well...sorry if they aren't the best but plan to post better next time I’m out at the range. Thanks for all comments... Tom Videos:
  19. A little about me, or at least the last year. I used to shoot mid to low 90's, showing improvement. Last year, I don't know what happened, but I lost it all. I lost 20-30 yards on all my clubs. My 8 Iron used to be my money club. I could hit it dead straight 150 yards on a stock shot. When I lost my swing, I struggled to get it 130 most of the time. My other irons were never as accurate, but I knew my distances, and saw the loss on those as well. My driver was an average of 240, now I struggle to get it 210-220 (this is assuming no wind). The only thing that remained consistent and something that was improving was my short game from around the greens. I started taking lessons in October with a local guy. He's a great guy, and he is a good teacher. But, he has started to focus more on his golf career and has cut back lessons and will soon head to or try to head to Q School. The lessons have been working......when I'm there. I get home or on the course and it's all gone. He told me my plane was super shallow and I hang back. I also think there is more, we just haven't reached that point. So here I am. Looking for the advice of this fine forum. I am also considering one of the online pro's I've seen mentioned around. I've been Playing Golf for: 25 years, mostly off an on. About 6 or 7 of those were serious golf years, 4 of them being the years leading to now. My current handicap index or average score is: I average high 90's. I have my share of rounds going over 100. My lowest is an 84 at a local course that has been known to be a challenge for me. My typical ball flight is: Driver: I've fought a straight slice/banana slice for years and years. Recently I've seen a pull mixed in. I also struggle to hit the ball past 220 now, when I used to average around 240 in no-wind conditions. 3 Wood: This is a mixed bag. I struggle to make solid contact, but when I do, it's a straight slice/banana slice. I used to hit this about 220, now I struggle to get it over 190-195. Hybrid: This is also a mixed bag. I struggle making solid contact. When I do, it could be either a pull or a slice. I used to hit this about 210, now I struggle to get it 180 Irons: Either a slice or a pull. I really have been struggling making solid contact with my irons. I have found myself hitting the toe a lot. Sometimes I shank it off the hozel. Wedges: My wedge game is usually on point. But lately, I have been finding myself shanking it off the hozel. The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Driver: Slice and Pull 3 Wood: Poor contact and slice Hybrid: Poor contact Irons: Poor contact Wedges: Shank I have put a few videos below of my Driver, 3 Wood, Hybrid, 5 Iron, 7 Iron, 8 Iron, PW and 52 Wedge. Each video has a face on and down the line view in full speed and 20% speed. I appreciate everyone taking the time to review! Videos: Driver 3 Wood Hybrid/Rescue 5 Iron 7 Iron 8 Iron PW 52 Sand Wedge
  20. I hit a big slice with my driver. I cannot figure out if it is because of one of the following or something I do not know about: - Swinging over the top - Swinging with my arms instead of my body - Club face, very offline with hands halfway through backswing - Something else Please let me know what you think. I've been Playing Golf for: 4 years My current handicap index or average score is: 90s My typical ball flight is: 260 The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: slice
  21. What do you think i should train? Thank you all. I've been Playing Golf for: 4 years My current handicap index or average score is: 31 My typical ball flight is: hook The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: do not let the upperbody start the downswing Videos:
  22. Cured slice, now all over the place Hi All, First post here, although I've read plenty of threads to help me to get to where I am now. I've been playing about 2 years, I initially had lessons to try and fix a slice, which led to usual pointers about closing the clubface. This didn't really work but I kept the thought in my mind always and assumed this was the solution. Having played little over autumn/winter , I found this spring that my slice was getting more severe, especially with the driver. I read these forums (and other articles/videos etc) and realised my problem was clearly an out-to-swing and (OTT downswing), rather than squaring clubface. After much trial and error on range using props and so on, I've been able to solve this by swing 'round' more and ensuring that i don't come back over the top. The result is encouraging, with draw spin and much more distance ( I was stunned by how much further these go). I focus mostly on my shoulder rotation, and not 'looping' the club over at transition to achieve this. The problem is that I'm now inconsistent, especially with the driver - I do far fewer slices, but I am prone to hooks now as well as push or mild slices. This is still a big improvement on where I was, because the lack of slice spin in most of my shots means I'm hitting nearly all of my shots a lot further, and usually closer to the fairway when I miss. However, the chance of now missing both sides has given me a headache in shot planning, and I really need to reduce the variation. I also am still naturally inclined to swing out to in OTT, and have to specifically remember to rotate the shoulders and then come back on the same path, or I miss to the right. Remembering stops a slice, but doesn't guarantee I get the right amount of draw spin. So , other than practice , which i'm doing, how might I best improve consistency with my new swing and reduce curvature ? I have a new Benross 12 degree driver on order, which should help me a small amount from the 10.5. Any tips much appreciated.
  23. I've been Playing Golf for: 2 years My current handicap index or average score is: 20.2 My typical ball flight is: straight or slight fade The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: push fade/slice Hey guys new poster here! Just wondering if anyone could have a look at my swing videos and give me some tips. I was hitting a nice little fade with my irons but lately I've been push fading my iron shots mainly from 8 iron up, wedges and 9 iron are pretty straight. Driver is ok but I hit it low and have a large fade which on occasion will be a large slice. And as for the hybrid I will usually hook it like a bitch!! Any tips will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance everyone. Videos:
  24. Hey guys new poster here! Just wondering if anyone could have a look at my swing videos and give me some tips. I was hitting a nice little fade with my irons but lately I've been push fading my iron shots mainly from 8 iron up, wedges and 9 iron are pretty straight. Driver is ok but I hit it low and have a large fade which on occasion will be a large slice. And as for the hybrid I will usually hook it like a bitch!! Any tips will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance everyone. So turns out I'm not sure how to post the videos on here as I can only upload 5mb??
  25. I have a Callaway Big Bertha Alpha with a stiff shaft (my irons are super stiff, my woods are stiff) and I can't hit it very far. I can hit my 7 iron 145-155 using a typically relaxed swing (i'm not trying to hit it very hard), I can hit my 3 hybrid 200-210 and a 3 wood as far as 225 yards off the tee, however I can only hit my driver an average of 230ish. My longest drive was 290, 250 yard drives are somewhat uncommon and 200 yard drives are relatively common. I can post a video if needed but as of now I'm curious about anything people have done when they were in a similar situation. I should also point out its 9 degrees and set on -1 loft and on a draw setting, I usually hit it relatively low, but I can shape my shot to go higher/lower if needed.
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