Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Golf is a game that can only be played...
It only got colder the next night with a new record low of Minus 7. The forecast for Friday was a high of 37, but then more cold air moved in and we only got up to 30 for a high. Might get to freezeing by the weekend but I'm not counting on it. There is a mass of air to the east of Colorado, and that mass of air is NOT moving out, so the cold air we have here is stuck in place for now. What we need is some high winds to blow it out of here and let some warmer air in.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
Working from home (sort of a mental health day, I had a crazy week last week) temps hit low 50's so Michael and I hit the range mid afternoon. It was sort of cool, the balls were like rocks. It took about 10 swings before I actually felt like I was swinging a golf club and not some piece of weighted metal. 3/4 of the bucket was probably irons, maybe 10-12 hybrids/driver total. Not too bad considering I hadn't touched the clubs in 3 months. But I definitely was aware of my wrists and elbows feeling the impact, combination of the cold and being out of "golf shape".
It's not how...it's how many
You might want to consider getting shock reducing inserts installed inside of the shafts on most if not all of your clubs. They really make a big difference in cutting out the Sting you feel on mishit shos. And they hve NO effect on the weight or swing weight of your clubs, so they don't effect your swing, only reduce the sting at impact. It's easy to have done and fairly cheap if you have them installed at the same time as you have new grips installed on your clubs. Well worth the investment.
already have graphite shafts, it isn't the shock of hitting, it was the motion of swing with wrist cocking that I felt. I do exercises with dumbells to keep my forearms strong but the golf swing is special and unique.
Actually 2 days later I had a bit of residual soreness in the shoulders only, it is sort of the usual drill in early spring first couple of times out.
Graphite shafts in your irons help, but tests show that Pro Soft insets do MORE than graphite shafts. and if you install them in your graphite shaft irons you would get the benefit of BOTH. Just wanted to let you know your options are open.
hit a few at the range on Sat. since we had a tee time for Sun., it was pretty crowded due to the nice weather. I hit a couple of balls with every club in my bag, only hit 3 driver shots I think because the rubber tee wasn’t the height I like, so I don’t find that helpful. When it is too short I just top the ball. I wanted to make sure I had good alignment/aim...there is a red flag on a little hump about 65-70 yards out that I use for aiming my short irons and wedges, either aiming to land at the flag or going directly over it. More useful to have a tight target.
Hit the range today for a small bucket. Have a trip to Myrtle beach this week and my swing is not at it's best. Driver was fine, after the first one. Not sure what I did there but the others were pretty consistent and straight, maybe a slight draw. Irons were not as good as I kept struggling to take a divot and was hitting the ball a little thin. Did have some that were nice but not the majority. I could have played most of them but I'm going to keep going and working on it. At one point I was hitting the ball pretty flush but it was drawing (or hooking) and that's not what I want. So I worked with my grip some and ball placement. The last ball I had was pured, very nice ball. So it was a good one to end on but we'll see if I can repeat it. May go hit another small bucket tomorrow.
My this is a funny tricky game...
Yesterday I wasn't hitting my irons solid at all. I did manage towards the middle of the round to find a swing tweak that gave me 3 out of 4 consective really flushed shots with the irons but prior to that, just wasn't there. It had something to do with how I 'felt" my right shoulder was moving at the start of the down swing...more down and through than around. So today while my son was in tennis lessons, I walked over to the range and took my wedge and 7I. First half dozen balls with the 7I were OK...even trying that swing change. Then I did something else and boom, pured. Tried it again, boom. Pured. And again. and Again. The ball hooked a little more but I was able to handle that Ok with careful take-away. Just funny how you find one thing one day and one thing the next. I guess since we don't hit 3000 golf balls a day and aren't able to groove a consistent swing, it's harder for us.
Tomorrow in my league, I'll try to go with this swing (was really just a change in wrist cock) and see how it goes. First goal is to consistently hit the ball solid on the club face...then I'll worry about direction.
Hit the range today, with just my 7I in tow. After the weekend of poor golf I figured I'd focus just on trying to keep a smooth tempo and solid ball striking. Had a few bad shots when my I thought too much about swing movements but in general I hit it reasonably well with some really nice. Will try again Thursday when I'm out there and see how that goes. Maybe take the driver then.
I was just doing so much bad, it's hard to guess which played the biggest role.
went to the range over the weekend since we had things to take care of and couldn't get out to play. Michael had a lesson on Friday so he was anxious to get some reinforcement time in. I generally hit the ball well, as long as I remembered all of my setup cues. Can't go on autopilot at this point. The one disappointment was the range (this is the closest one, across the street from our gym) took out the sand bunker at the practice putting green (which is now artificial turf). Somebody wanted to cut down on maintenance costs. This is a facility (includes a mini-golf course) run by the township, which is generally broke, so it isn't surprising. You should see the range balls. The best ones look like 5 year old cast offs from other ranges.
I hear you Aimee. Our range added some new balls finally, so my bucket this morning was about half and half, new and old.
Spent about an hour hitting balls this morning Trying to find something. put impact tape on the irons and my driver to see where I'm hitting it. Eventually got into a rythm on the irons...Misses were stll the same thin shots I've been having. The goiod ones were nice. Just need more of them. I found if I can focus on not moving forward too early in the down swing I can make solid contact. But when I get my body moving too early i hit it thin. So trying to stay back
Driver was up and down. Finished pretty good , again getting used to staying back. Had a couple over the top so I tried a drill I saw in one of the Golf mags. At address, I sort of preset my hips a little higher on the left side. So just a likee tweak of the hips shifting to the left, which I read would help make it harder to come over the top since you've kinda already shifted your hips. So hit a few good drives after that drill.
Finished up hitting shots pretending to play the first 4 holes of my course. Overall did OK. Will come back Tuesday after work and hit some more..
the swing key for me has been on the initial setup, really getting behind the ball. I block my driver because of shifting forward too much and if I setup very deliberately behind the ball, it helps to ensure that my hands stay in front. On my mid irons, I'm setting the club almost 2" behind the ball instead of snugging it up close (except for wedges). I think it is helping me, I've been able to hit better shots, it may have to do with my swing generally being shallow, I don't think it would be effective for a "digger".
We're getting storm after storm after storm these days. Might be clear for a few hours then another shower rolls through. May try to hit the range today if we have an afternoon break in the rain but for the next week it's 50% chance of showers. My son starts a local group golf lesson tomorrow, so that'll be fun to watch.
Scott, weather lousy here, too. Friday the 11th was the last nice/sunny day we have had. Temps also jumping up and down, running the heater one day and a/c the next. Also hoping to get to the range today since we can’t play. What a lousy spring so far.
I'm in Chicago now for work...jeezz! 40's feels like 30s with wind and rain. Crazy!!! I left 80+ at home...did not pack well either...
High in the mid 70's to mid 80's here this week. Could get up to 90 by the weekend. All I need to do now is get healthy enough to get out and get in some practice at the range. Good luck to you back east with the weather you have.
Finally got home from Chicago...nasty weather up there. Nicer here but we have these pop up storms. Did get to the range twice this week...getting a little better. Irons at least. Driver still inconsistent. I'm starting to really wonder if my swing problems are related to my recent weight loss and exercising. David Duvall had that, as did Daly and Dufner and others. My good swings I strip the ball. But I just am inconsistent. The bad ones are bad. One day this works next one not. SO just trying to go back to basics and stop thinking so much but my poor swings tend to be off balance or failed weight shifts. So hopefully with more and more reps, things will get better.
Keeping my fingers crossed.
Went today ..hit a small bucket, using the new 3H, my 7I and my driver. Overall a successful trip. Found how I need to tee up the 3H to have success. The 7I and I got along OK. Hit some solid shots. The driver took a while but eventually finished strong. I moved the club up a little in my stance - usually I keep the club back a little from the ball - but felt I might be delofting it a little. ball flight was lower than I wanted too. So moved the club up and reset my body around that and the ball flight trajectory was improved. Generally just tried to make a shorter free-er swing and I had some good results. We'll see tomorrow, heading back to the range to try those things again, if I can execute those swings again.
Finally might have worked out the driver...Saturday I started OK with it, and about mid round I lost it and started duck hooking tee shots. Then I got it back again by making sure to bring my arms down on the start of the down swing.. Today taking my son to the range I hit about 4 or 5 drivers and started my swing like that, and none of those drives were hard hooks. So I'll try it again tomorrow with a few swings if we go...see if thats making the difference. Because what it does it prevent me from coming around or over the top..or that what it seems to be doing...
Range today instead of playing, as noted in the other thread. Hit my irons very well, I am happy that is continuing to progress. One issue I am having on the course is pulling my short shots left (wedges into the green). I suspect I am simply opening up. I may try hitting with feet very close together to see if that helps, since it is harder to rotate open and still keep in balance that way.
Been taking my son to the range since he's taking some lessons. Hit a few shots today myself, mostly my 7I. Most were decent to pretty good. A bit better than Friday's round. Still working on the 3H which is more like an iron that a thick backed hybrid. had a couple good shots but the miss is a hard hook left. So having to really work on my setup and swing path. Originally I felt putting th ball up in my stance was helping me get height on the ball but that didn't work so well today. Had a couple good shots but still playing with it.
Did get some good putting practice in Saturday while my son had a group lesson. Putt 2 tees in the ground and just tried to focus on making a solid strike. I have this practice putting ball that's actually 2 balls separate by a stick. When you putt it, if you close or open the putter, thus causing the toe or heel to get to the ball first, it knocks this tool offline and the thing won't go straight. I broke that out to practice with al little because I felt like I hit was getting the heal of the putter to the ball first and not hitting it flush. That was at least where the misses tended to be. We'll see if that helps any. Going to try to do it for about 30 minutes a week
I have one of those baby barbell like putting aids and it's really HARD to strike both balls at the exact same time and get it to roll toward the target. More often than not it will Spin and go around in circles. NOT easy to do it right for sure and that makes it a great training aid for putting. I hope your woking with it will help your putting as it sure can't hurt.
Well, had a quick range session before I played 9 holes for league golf. Was getting frustrated. hit one good one, hit 3 bad ones. Even shanked 3 of them. I was working on my wrist position at the top and things were not going well. Then near the end, I shortened by swing and pured one 7I. Hmmm. then another. was almost out of balls at the point but I made a mental note to keep the swing short but do the other things I've been doing. Had one of the best 9 holes I've had...
I got out to the range to hit some balls last Tuesday and again today. The time before this I was NOT hitting the ball well at all in terms of swing speed, with an average of only 90 with the driver. On Tuesday I hit over 110 a few times with my driver and my fairway woods, so that was a nice surprise. And again today I hit a few in the 106 to 115 range. NOT very consistant but at least I still have it in me at times. I think the main problem with my lack of consistant speed is due to my lack of practice time at the range. This lack of practice is causing me to NOT swing in the proper sequence more often that not and that makes my speed low. But when I get the timing right and the sequence corrent my swing speed is fine. I even took some pictiures of my Swing Speed Radar unit showing some of my better swing speed just to have proof I'm not losing my mine. I also had the guy next to me at the range watching me to see where the ball was landing when I was hitting my 24* 9 wood. According to him the ball was landing out at over 200 yards most of the time with one that went 208 to 210 when my swing speed was around 110 MPH. Now I just have to get in some decent range time and work on my sequence and timing with the driver and woods and maybe I'll be back to where I was a few years ago. Before I had my heart attacks and was practicing more and playing more, i used to average 205 yards carry with my 9 wood, so I'm back in the ball park at least.
Nice Don. Good to hear you got a little back into the 'swing' of things. Hopefully you'll be able to get out a little more and get back into that rythm. I know it's not easy. It's hard to know now a days how far things are going. I mean I can see the flags but it's hard to know where my ball is landing at our range for anything over the 100 yarder. Due to elevation changes and such. And the balls are crap usually. if i have any good ones, I save those for the later shots with my irons and driver..
Hit the range today...
had played OK at the beach ball striking wise, not great but OK. But wanted to work on things more so hit a bucket and was trying something I saw in GolfDigest, from Bryson Dechambeau. Basically, he sets his hands tostart his swing at the impact position. And takes his backswing from there. If you've ever paid close attention to the slow motion swings, our hands tend to not come back to the same point we started at, they are a little higher. So you know him, he's all about science and physics. So he starts at the same place he wants to finish at. Anyway, his drill is to move your hands a little higher and more upright and also a little more ahead of the ball. I tried this at the range and was rather surprised at the results. I striped several 7Is very nicely. One thing I felt it did was help me get the wrists into a good position at the top of the swing, by presetting them a little bit. The thing I noticed was that the ball for the most part was a straight ball flight. So no big hooks or draws or fades. Mostly straight at the target. Anyway, here's a screen grab of that part of the mag
Also worked on hitting 3W off the deck as I've been struggling with that. Still am. hit a few good ones but inconsistent. If I could not sway and keep my swing from getting behind me, I could sometimes get a nice shot out there but off the hard pan which our range had today it was hard to get a nice high 3W.
Driver was OK. Worked on being more careful on the takeaway and not yanking it back and up. That helped some. But I want to develop like one shot with the driver..fade or draw. to take out one side of the fairway. but don't have that yet.
If you aren't a skilled golfer, this method could cause you to deloft and/or open your club face. This is what often causes me to block my driver right. Pushing hands too far forward opens the club face. For me (and remember, since everyone's swing is different we have different triggers which will be effective) I have actually found that I am hitting my mid/long irons better when I keep the club slightly behind the ball rather than up close at address. I think it forces me to stay behind the ball.
Staying behind the ball is a good thing..and most of my blocks are when I slide forward on the downswing and get way ahead... just so hard to remember everything in that split quarter of a second! But I do try to not let the clubhead get in front of my hands.