Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Agree Don. There are more and more technologies out there and coming out, that help us "see" what we're doing in our swings. But understanding how to take that data and then make the proper swing corrections along with the practice drills to go with that - that's how you benefit. i've tried a couple swing analyzer tools and they're cool, give me good data back...but just off that I don't make better swings. My poor execution is still there until I learn how to correct it.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
Good range session todya..brief as it was. Playing Friday..so again hope to see if my swing changes have any decernable positive effect. I feel like I hit the ball more solidly...but I need to do it consistently...
Don, have you worked with the Swing Oil any more? Curious....
I just got in my thrid range session for my Swing Oil test. The first two times I used the Swing Oil were very positice. Please read my other two posts on the subject. This time I decided to try NOT using any Swing Oil to see if my swing speeds went back dwon to my normal speed levels for each of my clubs. I wanted to see if not taking any Swing Oil before hitting balls would have the effect of reducing my swing speed to normal compared to when I did take the Swing Oil. When I went out to the range yesterday, I measured my swing speed using my Swing Speed Radar unit again. This time my speeds were NOT as high as in the two previse range session when I did take the Swing Oil, and that was pretty much what I expected to find. As I mentioned in my two previces posts, my higher speed could have been due to something I was doing in my swing, OR it could be due to the effects of taking the Swing Oil. By NOT taking any Swing Oil befire this range session, I eleminated one of the reasons for my highest ever swing speed with each of the clubs I used in my test. This pretty much leaves me with one conclusion. Since NOT taking any Swing Oil before my range session lead to my swing speed coming back DOWN to normal, I have to believe that the Swing Oil WAS the reason for my higher speeds, and NOT something I was doing in my swing. I also think it is only fair to report that I felt better after my last two range sessions than I do today after yesterdays session. I feel more stiffness in my back today compared to the last two times I hit balls. And this time I hit only about half as many range balls the the last two seeeions. So I think I have to think the Swing Oil helps in reduceing stiffness after a range session as well as allowing me to swing fast when I use the Swing Oil. Bottom line is that I have to conclude that the Swing Oil works as advertised and more. Less stiffness and pain in my body after the range session, and higher swing speeds as well.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
I've only used the Swing Oil before TWO range sessions, and both times I had the highest swing speeds that I have recorded with my irons and my woods. I can not say for a fact that it was due to the Swing Oil, but it looks like it was at least partly the cause. One other thing I noticed is that After the range sessions, I did NOT feel any stiffness or pain in my body. NO stiff joints or back soreness of any kind, which is something I normally have after a range sessoin after a long lay off. Not sure ho I could prove it was due to the Swing Oil other that going back out to the range to see if my swing speeds go down again and see if I'm sore afterwards.
Went to the range on Wed. since it was sunny and low 70's, perfect weather (working from home, took a mid afternoon break). My instructor did watch for a few swings and said my setup looked better. I have to remember to let the shoulder turn, THEN let the wrist break on the backswing so I release the club properly. Was holding it too stiff. Have to get the tension out. Hit some good iron shots, so at least I erased the bad swings from the wet/muddy conditions last weekend. This weekend will be perfect.
It's not how...it's how many
Aimee, reading your post makes me think of my range session yesterday. Working on the mechanics like you..turn, wrist cock, no sway...
I hit a small bucket trying to work on my grip (learned I have always had a weak grip) and my takeaway and the top of the backswing, and then the start of the downswing. hit some good shots but some thin where I didn't get down to the ball or I swayed forward. Will keep working on it...
"fixing" my grip I see if having me hit more draws..so I may have to work on not fixing it quite so much. But I liked the ball trajectory when everything happened right...just didn't happen enough times.
left work early and went to the range yesterday since it is on my way home. It was a little cool since the clouds had come out and I found my hands hurting a little because of the temp, I guess. So-so results, I really have to remember to pause on the backswing. And when I contemplated it at home later, I realized that I forgot to focus on shoulder turn before wrist break. Playing Saturday, so there is still benefit from having hit balls even if I didn't get the results I wanted.
I have had to write down some of my swing thoughts Aimee, those that i wanted to work on at the range. Becuase like you saw, we'll do a couple thing and forget another. On the golf course I try to keep it much simpler though cause I can't think of that many things and swing.
I don't know how either of you do it with so many swing thoughts going on. It's no wonder I haven't taken a lesson in years beacuse I would be paralyzed by analysis of what was happening in real time.
Sco, when I practice, I do break down my practice swings more and think about grip, stance, wrist/hand position, etc. During a round I tend to take a couple practice swings to focus on the swing I'm trying to make but my real swings I try to have 1 thought when I swing. But I will admit I'm not a 'just swing' sort of player. I'm more technical for sure
Scomac, I'm with Scott. During a round, I don't think about all of the moving parts. The stuff I work on at the range are just "tweaks" to synchronize (hopefully) and ingrain movements. During a round, for example, if I'm on the fairway hitting my 4W, the only think I probably actively think about is to keep my shoulders level. My husband is one who can't let all of the myriad thoughts go and he does suffer sometimes from too many swing thoughts hindering the actual swing.
great weather in NC yesterday . sunny and 68. Too busy at work to get in 18 so I went to the range instead and spent about an hour working or so hitting irons and a few drivers. played around with trying to stop the pulls and hiting the ball more flush. I was working on fixing my grip by using a slightly stronger grip. But eventually went back to more of the move Jordan Spieth uses in which he bows his wrist out. working with my instructor we found i tend to have a weak grip and in trying both making it stronger or bowing it, the bowing seems to work better for me. my goal for now is to hit the range maybe play some 9 hole rounds and just work on that over the top issue.
And today my back is tight. I guess I hadnt spent that much time at the range recently...so even though I've been working out and stretching, still have to be careful with range time. Have to break it up more and stretch some during I suppose
Hoping to get some range swing time in on Saturday, temps will get up to 50, sunny, and not windy, should be comfortable in the enclosed stall. Haven't touched the clubs in a month and a half, I think.
Snow is gone...and temps were warm the last 2 days...dropping some next couple but still in the 50s during the day. Course will be wet but I hope to try and play this weekend. Will be ugly but that's ok...
Even I got out and took a few swings first part of the week when the temperatures were above freezing. Nothing is open, so all I could do was hit a few balls into a field (to be chased down later). Can't say that the results were very encouraging, but I'm preparing myself for that considering all that I've been through this past fall and winter. Based on ballflight, I'd say that I'm extremely OTT at this time. Closing the stance will get the club routing better, but that's just a quick fix that leaves me susceptible to a block. Probably better served to wait until the warmer weather arrives (as in >60°F).
may be able to hit the range Saturday, as temps are supposed to be mid-50's. Our golf course said they had 180 tee times booked (there are two 18's and normally one would be closed in Jan., but they will open it if needed). I don't think I'm going to be able to hit balls, got some stitches on my wrist Wed. and I don't think I can stress them yet. Michael will hit and I will watch.
I just got an email about a demo day that is coming up on Feburary 3 from 9-4 at a golf course not too far from me. It will be at theri indoor facility and they will have some Trackman systems set up. That might be a good time to get out and see how I'm swinging the clubs and be able to have some good numbers to go by. Callaway is the host OEM and they will have their new line of drivers and woods to hit as well as their irons of course. Should be fun. I should be able to get out one day next week to get ready for the demo day.
Don, that would be fun. Usually trackman demos don't make theyre way here till the spring. I had hoped to play 9 today, low 50s but it felt colder than that and I needed to work so. Maybe tomorrow. 55 ish tomorrow but if the wind picks up with the front coming in, I'll just wait. walking 9 in the mid 50's is fine..but the wind..nah.
Sutures on my wrist are healed enough and we have a spike in temps on Thurs, close to 60 (way too soggy to play) so I might be able to go to the range in the afternoon if I can clear the work off my desk for a bit!
The big thaw 3 is currently underway up here in the land around the lakes. It's hard to believe that the foot plus of packed snow that was on the level in the filed to the east of us 3 days ago has pretty much all disappeared. The ditches were running full this morning during my daily walk back to the conservation area. Temperatures are supposed to stay above freezing for the next 10 days or so with some rain coming early in the week. That should get rid of the last of it (snow/ice).
With the 1st of march not being that far off now it's hard to imagine that there will be much of an accumulation that will stay the rest of the way until spring has arrived for good. We're still probably a good 6 weeks away from playable conditions, but it's getting closer!
Aimee, glad your sticthes are making progress. Hope you ddin't take a tumble in the snow to require those.
Sco..Let's hope we're all heading toward Spring conditions. We've had 70's the last 2 days..but a front is moving in and it'll be mid 40s tomorrow....sigh....But it is Feb so OK. If I get real lucky with the weather I might be able to hit balls today before the temps drop. but there's like some front moving in and it's 70% chance of rain today.. but my range is hitting off mats now anyway so if it's not raining I will try to get by there.
A buddy of mine in Arizona was complaining .. he's only played 19 times in 2018 thus far...I told him to SHUT UP!!!
Scott, the stitches were from another spot of skin cancer removed, unfortunately.
Never did get out to swing, am getting slammed at work right now, warm again here midweek, so I will keep trying to clear some time...
Hope everything heals up well Aimee. Especially with Spring golf coming around the corner (I hope!)
Got in about 6 holes today..it was backed up 3 deep on the Par 3 #7 that I decided to leave. My annual membership is running out March 4th and with the course remodel going on I think I'm going to not renew this year because of how busy the one remaining course will be. I'll just use GolfNow and find some tee times around town this summer.
Overall hit some good shots. Not playing enough to get in a groove. Now it's going to rain all week but at least be warm. If I can I want to get out to the range. I have a tournament Saturday and I'd like to work on the driver a bit more.
Wow, hard to wrap my head around the fact that you have real golf to play...we got some more snow on Saturday night (it will all be melted by Tuesday). The local courses may be open for play mid-week but they will be a muddy slog. There's actually a chance the range won't be open if it is too muddy for the ball picker to get out to the field. I really would rather hit the range at this point, I haven't swung my clubs in almost 3 months, an actual round of golf would be ugly.
I know Aimee...we've been snow free for a few weeks and this week will be wet, light rains but upper 60s...I'm hitting the range at least, but yes our first event is Saturday. Should be near 70..
Been rethinking my membership...realistically, it's still the best thing for me to do is re-join my course...even with the closing of one course for 6 months...because it's going to be inconvenient to go somewhere else..adding 30 minutes round trip..and then paying more for golf or memberships. And the other courses i'd play are not very difficult..which means yeah I'll score better but it'll hurt my handicap when I come back to my course. So going to bite the bullet and rejoin and just hope it goes well. I like walking 9 holes during the week too much..and I would not do that going to some other course 20-30 minutes away.
Sunday we got up to 68 degrees for a high, then Monday the high was only 14*.That's like 54* drop in one day for the high. Low Monday morning was down to 2 above, so that's evern worse. High for Tuesday will be maybe 20* if we're lucky, and there is no signs of it getting much warmer for the rest of the week. So look out back East, as it's coming your way in a day or so. And we also got 3 inches of snow the last two days to make things a bit worse. We will NOT get up to freezing again until the weekend if then. Get out your fur lined underwear as you will be needing it soon.
We have had some wild swings in temps. If I didn't love my job I'd seriously think about moving further South!!!
We set a new record for a high temp on Tuesday. The high was only 13* which is record low for a high temp of the day. Overnight it got down to minus 3*, the record is minus 5*, so that was close to the record as well. Forecast high to today is 29* and maybe 31* for Thursday. I'm kind of tired of the cold right now.Can't wait until Spring gets here.