Golf Galaxy Lessons

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Scott Rushing
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Golf Galaxy Lessons

So I took my first lessons at Golf Galaxy today.  The instructor is a PGA certified instructor to some level, but I don't quite understand all the levels.  Anyway the 2 main reaosns I went there were price (for a 6 pack the lessons at $33/each for a half hour) and the tech.  I wanted to get more detailed information on my launch data than I get from my normal instructor.  That being said, when I watched the video of my swing and we went through the root issues, it was many of the same things I have heard before.  

One issue was I was taking the club back inside on my takeaway which was getting me off plane at the top and forcing me to reroute to get the club back on plane.  i was doing that but it meant I was coming in too step and too far inside-out, which meant I would draw/hook the shot. 

Another issue was the due to how I was doing my take-away, i was essentially shutting down the club face, which meant shots generally started left of my target line and then would draw.  Whcih was causing me to aim further right to compensate.  So I'm working on opening my clubface and correcting my take-away. 

But the instructor warned me that once I started doing these things, I would probably see the ball going more right than normal.  So I would have to play with both my target line and how much I opened the club face.  Anyway, I hit some balls tonight into the net and was getting good contact but clearly can't see how the ball flight goes 100 yards down the line.  If the weather improves this week, I'll go to the range.

Anyway, it'll be a couple months before I get my next lesson.  He's going in for heart surgery next week.  He offered to refer me to another instructor - he only uses the same one I usually go too!  - but I think I'll wait and work on this and then go back and work on long range stuff. 

I think most people would like his style.. he essentially gave me the "what I'd fix now to improve scores" fixes, but then said if we want to work together long term, there are other things we'dl correct too.  So someone struggling with a certain issue, seems like he'd help them be the best with what they have swing-wise as a first step.

So all and all, a good first lesson.  

DON
Did he give you a drill or

Did he give you a drill or two to work on your take away to get it where it should be? Were you able to work on the drill while you were taking the lesson and if so did it help?

I'm just wondering if he gave you something to work on until your next lesson in a few months. That would be handy.

Don

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So he did...essentially it

So he did...essentially it was a 'handshake drill' where when I take the club back, I take is low to the ground, and I make sure my left should comes with it to start my shoulder turn, and when my hands get parallel to the ground, my left hand should essentially by like I was going to shakehands with someone, with the back of the hand pointing straight out.   My problem is I dont always get the shoulders turning and so my hands wind up coming "inside" on the way back. 

So downstairs, I'm also working on trying to get my back to the target, which forces me to make a shoulder turn.  And I'm visually trying to check and make sure that my hands don't get behind the right knee on the takeaway.

 

The other thing i read in an old golf book I have, which was an Arnold Palmer Golf Log, which has some drills on all stages of the game plus some logs for you to record your process of improvement and results, was a practice tip which said :  On the range,  Take 5 swings where you work on technique and mechanics,  then take 5 swings like you were on the course - full pre-shot routine, no thinking about mechanics.  I may try that next time I'm out.  Right now, with a swing change, I'm thinking most about mecahnics and so that screws with results.  When I "just swing" and I get the mechanics rtight, it's OK.

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Did sneak out when it hit 50

Did sneak out when it hit 50 yesterday and hit a half a bucket of balls at the range.   I like hitting into the garage net because it's easy and convenient and I can for on my drills and the ball strking but clearly you can't see much result.  So I was curious what things looked like.

Well it was a little up and down.  Started with my 7I , and The good swings clearly were less draw and almost no hooks now with an occassional slight fade or straight.  Not thinking about mechanics was hard.  Plus the conditions on the range aren't that great right now anyway.  Should have probably hit off a tee.  But I did have some nice ones.  But a lot where off the toe, or a little fat because I was thinking mechanics and where is this, etc.  Forgot to do the 5-5 drill from the Palmer book. 

Did swing the driver about 10 time as this is the one that feels the strangest.  keeping my takeaway and shoulders how they are supposed to be, this club feels the oddest and I was really curious how it would go.  Again, my miss which was the low hard turning hook wasn't there.  it was mostly small subtle turns, some draws some fades (!).  after the frst 2 of 3 swings, all and all I could have played many of the remaining shots on a lot of fairways we play. 

So it' hard!  But I could see some improvement there.  Still feels a bit unnatural so I'll keep working at it.  report back next week.

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In case you're interested...

Here's a the video link to my lesson with the Golf Galaxy Pro.   You'll hear and see more about what I was saying above. 

 

http://www.v1sports.com/Academy/include/player.asp?swingid=2175598&Acade...

 

 

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DON
How are the lessons going now

How are the lessons going now that it's been TWO months since your last post???

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Well, my instructor was out

Well, my instructor was out for a couple months with heart surgery.  So I have been waiting for him to get back so I can go for a second lesson.

But, overall the swing corrections have helped.  Making sure I make a bigger shoulder turn is helping keep the club from getting trapped behind me and keeping me from keeping the club face closed so much.  I'm striking the ball better and my misses are not as bad as they used to be.  The driver is giving me the biggest challenge.  Just feels strange to make that swing ad get my shoulders turned with such a long club.  When I can do it right, the ball has a nice slight draw and good distance.  When I don't, i hit it off the toe and lose a lot of distance and accuaracy. 

Today was a good starting 9, bogeyed the first hole due to HEAVY wind blowing my ball further downwind than I thought.  After that I shot 3-under for the next 8 holes.  Then got to a down hill down wind Par 3, 167 yards, down wind...hit an 8I OVER the green and into water...hit a 9I over the green to the water and hit my PW about 5 yard past the hole!  167yards!!!  So between the new clubs and the new swing, I think I'm picking up a little distance.

But I hope to go back at the end of the month and get lesson #2....

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Funny.  had another lesson

Funny.  had another lesson today and the instructor asks me to hit 4 shots (mostly cold, had just arrived) so we could see my "tendencies".  He said not to look at the launch monitor or anything just hit.  So one by one I hit and would wait for him to say the machine was ready and I'd hit again.  In the end, I look up and there are 4 shots almost copies of each other, starting a hair right (since I had learned I had too much closed face at the last lesson I've been openning the face more) but then came back between 1 and 4 yards.  So all nice shots.   He shouts "Ok, you're done, I fixed it!"   It's like going to the doctor and saying "it hurts when I do this..." and then it doesn't.

 

Anyway, we put some impact tape on the ball and I hit some more shots becaus ehe was curious when I said my scores can range from 75 to 85.. Looking at the impact tape and watching the video, we could see my backswing was getting a little out of plane at the top and forcing me to reroute the clubhead and that lead to toe shots.  He had me swing back and then moved my hands at the top a little and had me swing, and I began hitting it off the heel side.  So now I'm working on new things on the back swing and where my hands get too, but the shoulder turn seems to be going ok.  Now we're trying to get me off the toe and more toward the middle.

 

More to come...

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Interesting note...I've been

Interesting note...I've been working on the main things from my last lesson, which essentially was keeping my body turning but on axis as if I was rotating around a rod that was going through my body.  My swing tends to get a bit 'moving' where my upper body can move forward (actually) and maybe drop during the back swing, which helps cause me to have to re-route the club and tends to get me hitting on the toe more.  Well, if I do the things I need to, I can have some really nice ball striking.  But I'm noticing some muscle soreness that I don't remember feeling before.  So I'll have to watch it a bit.  it may be that I'm doing things right for the first time and my body is reacting to using those muscles I tended to not use before, like correcting my posture and the stretch the muscles go through when I swing back without shifting my body there.   But I also want to make sure it's not creating a tension that will cause me back pain and other joint pain.  Still early yet but I'm watching it.  I haven't gotten the swing to a point where it's even close to automatic so it could also be the number of practice swings I'm taking as I practice where I'm setting the club at, etc. 

But I hit some beautiful 7I's today at the range...if only I could hit those more often on the course!

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So I'm amazed at how much I

So I'm amazed at how much I make the same mistakes and fall back into the same habits.  I have been playing pretty inconsistent this year, one day really well, one day wild.  So I went back and watched my GG lessons and got back to basics like Rodney (in the video above) talks about and boy is there a huge difference. 

if i focus on taking the club back straight (not inside) and I turn my shoudlers in doing so, hinge the wrists and lift up, I can hit some great shots.  Today I played 9 holes in our league and I hit one of the best iron shots I remember hitting.  A PW from 140 on a crappy sort of lie, but I blistered it focusing on those swing keys and it felt like a knife going through butter.  Trying to practice that everyday a few minutes and building it into my golf game pre-swing routine a little.  But when I can do it, it's money.  i guess that's why the pro's hit thousands  and thousands of golf balls...

 

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DON
Hitting Marshmellows

I know what you mean Scott. One of the best feeling in the world is when I hit a really good iron shot and it feels like I hit a Marshmellow instead of a hard golf ball. As soon as I hit the ball I know it's going to be a nearly perfect shot just by the feel at impact. Not something I get to feel very often, but it sure is nice when it happens.

Don

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I think I had about 4 of

I think I had about 4 of those shots the last round..only need 14 more of them the next round to have 18 great approach shots.. HA!  like that'll happen...

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