Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Aimee, we had the same ideas...I was thinking about playing 18 since we have daylight so long but opted to just hit a small bucket and come home and relax. Saw both sides of my swing today...some good some bad. Just took a hybrid, a 7i and my driver. Irons were mostly OK some solid strikes and then some playable but thin. Trying to work on keeping my arms extended on the downswing as I seem to get lazy a little and my hands don't always get back to the ball...and I hit some thinner shots. They're playable but not flush.
Driver was mostly OK, a few of my recent problem swings came out so may be figuring out why and trying to work through it. Possibly raingy the next day or two so maybe just another quick range session
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Been going to the range the last few days..bringing either just the 7I or the iron and driver. Just working on ball contact. It's been upper 90s here so I haven't wanted to play 18 plus just been busy with work and family so was hard to give up 5hrs for a full round. The last couple have been pretty decent..still miss more with the irons than I'd like but found a way to keep me from standing up a little on the down swing and catching the ball thin. Hope to go back tomorrow morning and get another small bucket in. Heading out of town for work so will be the end of the week before I get to pickup a club.
played Mountainview, the longest of our county courses, we kind of put it 3rd out of the 4 courses (the 4th is terrible and no serious golfers play it). It is unfortunate, the course has clearly not been maintained like the two main courses. Fairways damaged (probably fungus), tee boxes terrible. Greens are great, however, smooth and fast, and the traps looked like they had fresh sand. Michael and I played as a twosome, it was prety hot so we rode in a cart, which turned out to be good because we had to wait a bit due to playing behind a foursome. Got off to a terrible start, tired from late night and my butt was dragging. 50 on front nine. Finished strong on the back nine with a 42. 5 pars total, 3 GIR, 34 putts. Just never got used to the speed of the greens, blew so many putts past the hole and lipped out due to coming in too fast. No balls lost.
It's not how...it's how many
I hate that for you Aimee....getting off to a bad start but recovering somewhat is goodf though.
Well..how a day can change things at the range.......just when I thought I was getting a handle on my swing, I go back this morning and something was off. While I thought I was making the same swing as the night before, clearly I wasn't. Was hitting them thin and getting down to the ball. Actually BROKE my 7I.... Shaft broke off at the hostel, some of the shaft still in ithe hostel .. so not just the epoxy breaking and the club head flying off. That happened too so had to go down the range and get the clubhead back. now having to order a new shaft because Golf Galaxy didn't have any of what I needed. I don't think that was why I was having poor results as I grabbed my 8I and did a little better with it but not as good as the day before. Think some of it was tempo...slowing down a bit helped.
So we'll keep trying!
yikes Scott, that's not cool...guess that there was a weakness in the shaft and because of using that club so much at the range it just gave up!
Not sure if we are going to be able to play this weekend - forecast is for 95 degrees at this point, if the humidity is over 50% it may be too uncomfortable. I've played in weather that hot (I know I played in our Club Championship one year when it was that hot, the "real feel" around 100 degrees) but it just is so draining, it is not fun.
Got a quick bucket tonight before storms rolled through. Working with my Wilson 7i since I just literally picked up the repaired Mizuno 7i. Thought i'd let it rest a little. But mostly wanted to work on the driver but didn't want to just hit drivers the whole time. So hit a few 7I, a few drivers, then hit some more 7I. Lather rinse repeat. LOL
Working with the driver and trying to make sure my alignment was OK in my setup and then clearing my hips. Seemed to work OK, hit some good drives. making sure I start the downswing with my hips takes a little getting used to. Just getting the club head back where it was. When I could do it it was great. So will keep working on it. I didn't have any of my almost misses top swings so that was good.
May have to go schedule a lesson to figure out what I'm doing with the driver swing. hit another bucket today and was very inconsistent with it. Irons were ok, some really solid but everything online and playable. But the driver was not that way. Either low duck hooks or great. At least not off-the-toe-low-and-right shots where I almost miss the ball. but I need to get a handle on what's off. Still lots of rust without a lot of play this spring/summer but now that I could play I don't want to hit the driver that way. I have a round Friday if I don't make some progress by then I'll go get a lesson this weekend.
working at home today so Michael and I went to the range for a mid-day break. Since I hadn't played last weekend, wanted to get some swings in before playing Saturday. Hit everything pretty solidly, so that was good. Finished up with SW to the 50 yd target (dead on) and then a couple of balls with 8i to the 100 yard target (within 10 yards to the left or right I think). I still need to focus on hands leading the swing so I don't open up too early.
Took a lesson Saturday. Very helpful. Explained my main concern was how poorly I was hitting the driver. Rodney watched me hit a few balls and asked me to watch the video. In short..way too much going on during my swing. in my attempt to make sure I was balanced, I was moving all over the place, including back and forth. Then my over the top start to my swing was making things worse especially as I fell back and away from the ball during the swing. Anyway - lots messed up. So worked on some basics Including trying to get out of my habit of over the top. But in leu of getting that solved he helped me figure out how to swing more around my body on the down swing to hit a fade. I was generally hitting a draw because I of coming inside-out due to the over the top and dropping the driver behind me, so we worked on how to not do that and play the over-the-top and hit a fade instead. So until I resolve my over the top, I've at least got something to help me keep the ball in play.
Hit the range today working on the things I learned in the lesson. Did ok, up and down. Though I had it but tehn got into a funk and started hooking the driver again. Finished up pretty good though hitting about 4 straight drives pretty well. Hit some nice 7Is as well. Shanked one though and that was one of the potential things the instructor said was possibly given all the bad habits I was forming. But came back and hit several soid ones. So sort of know what I'm trying to do and was good to finish strong but not doing it often enough.
A pretty good range session today. Back Was a little stiff after one yesteday but things went OK. Hit mostly irons and did OK given what I had to hit off of. A few chunked ones but most were decent to solid. The driver worked better today, one or two hooks but mostly would be playable. I'm not completely confident at this point that I can make the driver swing under pressure but today it was pretty good. Might play Friday and give it another go.
Confidence grows with success, Scott - get out there and do it! Keep loose.
Had another lesson today. Have a golf trip coming up and I'm hoping to get things a little more in control. Anyway, the focus was basically the same..working on some of my initial downswing mechanics so I don't start over the top. For whatever reason I struggle with that..with an initial "lung" with the right shoulder to start the downswing and it gets the club off plane and I have to correct with my hands. Which I can do OK but not every time. So the misses are sometimes ugly. Not an easy thing for me to change it seems. but working on a few things. Like swinging with just the right arm to get the sensation of how that arm should go. And trying to drop my arms a little at the start to get me going that way instead of my right shoulder going out and down. Anyway, range was a little ugly today...maybe it'll be better tomorrow.
Went to the range Saturday and hit a few balls...Michael took the majority of them since he needs more work. I really just hit short and mid irons, hit one 4h. Last strike was a 6i which I hit well, so a good way to finish. I tend to not hit the mid/long irons much, if at all, during a round...so practicing those at least keeps the rust off.
Been working on my lesson stuff. basically to stop my over the top move I need to drop my arms to start the down swing and then come through. Man is that a little weird after all these years of over the top. When I do it right, i hit a nice flush shot with a slight draw. But the misses happen more often still.
Tied up with family stuff so we hit a couple of balls after the gym today. I really wanted to hit some balls since my last round was so bad, needed to get things sorted out. I hit all of my irons probably 3x, hybrids and FW 2 or 3 times, maybe 4 drives. Pretty good. I think I confirmed that I just can’t play when my tempo gets thrown off too much, If I lose my timing, my mechanics fall apart.
Since it was a bit cool to play, we went to the range today and split a jumbo bucket. I hit 3 balls with every iron (skipped the SW and LW), hybrids, more with the driver and 4w, then a few more irons and finished up with target practice with 9i and PW. Generally hit pretty well, still tending to go a bit more right than I'd like, but if I were playing I would still be on the green in most cases.
Nice weather today, Michael and I went to the range to split a bucket. Hitting driver better when I really focus on getting my hands out in front through impact and not letting my hips open too soon. Irons still not good, need to work on them again. Once we get consistent warm weather, I will take a lesson to tune up.
Didn't get to go out...wishing I could...but the coronavirus spread has been occupying much of my time lately, preparing for work closures.. Hope everyone is staying safe
Ranges in NJ are being allowed to re-open this weekend. I am still healing from my procedure, but hopefully will get out in a couple of weeks. I'm more likely to be able to take a couple of swings at the range (even if half shots/wedges only) than to play a full round for a while.
Good luck Aimee. Played Saturday - walked 18. played better than I score..hit some good good shots but then 3 putted a few times...didn't chip well and missed several par putts. but overall was happy with the recent swing changes and contact. Had some bad ones too but mostly a positive day. Rain ALL week here as storms roll through...will be soggy this weekend so not sure if I'll play.Be safe all
SICK OF THE RAIN!!!!!! man it seems like we've had 1 or 2 days of decent weather in the last 2 weeks. Starting to get old.
Played Sunday...pdrove the ball very well but didn't score well on the front 9. Shot like 7 over. Then on the back 9 I had 7 pars and 2 doubles...way too many doubles for a good score. I't sjust so early in the season and the turf hasn't starting to grow much since we haven't been warm enough...and then everything it so soft. Misplayed a few bunker shots and chip shots. Might play this weekend if we get a brak in the rains.
Michael took a lesson on Saturday so I recorded for his future review. Took a couple of half swings with his PW (9 to 3) just to keep some memory. Weather here has been pretty wet also so far this spring (although we have 4 really nice days in a row, yay). Word is that our course is in excellent condition...
Went to the range with Michael on Sunday, he was supposed to have a lesson but there was a mixup so he just hit balls. I hit probably 10-12 balls just wedges and I think his 9i. Hit some decent after I relaxed (I was hitting his old steel shafted irons, to boot), feeling pretty good a month after surgery. I won't hit anything more than short irons for a while, but good to know I can do that to keep my swing memory up.
Michael had his lesson today, since I felt good hitting the other day I decided to take my SW-9i and buy a bucket before he started. No major discomfort so I texted my doc when I got home and she said cleared to play! Going to see if we can get out this weekend.
Went to the range on Friday at lunchtime with Michael and it was horrible, he was so upset how he suddenly couldn't hit his clubs again. I didn't do so great myself, but I can usually self-correct. He decided to take a lesson Saturday since no way he could play in that state of mind. So the net was two things...his grip needed adjustment, and swing path...he was taking the club too far behind himself on the backswing and re-routing on the downswing. His lesson helped me, I think my backswing had started to go a bit inside, also. I hit a bucket after his lesson and struck the ball really well.
Aimie Your husbands issue with the take-away being too far behind him is one thats plagued me a long time. I read a tip about a month ago - the pro said one of his thoughts is to keep the right elbow in front of his body as long as possible. mentally - visually - for me, that really helps. Swinging back and just focusing on keeping that elbow more in front of me has helped me be much more consistent. Not sure if that mental thought will help him but it definitely did me.
Not sure I mentioned it but I sortta cut the tips on 2 fingers 2 weeks ago...pretty bad actually...with a kitchen slicer. It's recovering but man did it hurt..I was stupid...so slowed my golfing a little. Have played but have to keep the pressure off those fingers on the right hand. Hopefully a few more weeks and things will be a lot better..
Scott, take care of those digits, you might need them! I think the issue for Michael was that he was trying so hard to keep his right elbow tucked in, he over did it. I tried to get him to do the drill with headcover under the arms, but he didn't want to. So far as mental images or triggers...I'm not giving him another one, he already suffers from too many swing thoughts. Trying to get him to swing more without thinking, got to let the club do the work without trying to manipulate at every point of the action.