Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Hit the range today to work on some things. overall was good..had some bad swings but finsihed strong. one focus was the 3W off the deck. Really struggled with that lately when this club had been easy for me to hit off the deck originally. took me a while but eventually found a setup that seemed to work for me. So we'll see how that goes. Also had a good session with the driver. Trying to simplify my swing and not have too much to worry about. Had some really nice long carries. Also had some good iron shots. So maybe I'm starting to settle into my swing. Not sure. Trying to stay balanced which oddly is a little challenging since losing weight this year. trying to more move weight to my heals and not the balls of my feet. May play Wednesday so we'll see if anything still works then.
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Scott, just curious why you want to move more weight to your heels, since majority of teachers advocate weight favoring the balls of the feet (athletic stance)? By the way, on the balance thing, see if you can set up at home with a full length mirror, you may be bending more at the waist if you've lost weight (less spare tire, haha!). Not speaking to your build, but if someone has a bit more of a "gut" for example, they will find it hard to shift the bend point to the hips initially if they lose a lot of weight.
It's not how...it's how many
Well I'm finding that I'm falling forward (not towards the hole, but forward with respect to my stance) when I have more weight on the balls of my feet. So I'm trying to get a little more balanced. I feel like I was putting too much weright on my toes and I'm trying to get more back either centered or a little less on my toes. Part of the problem may also be my tempo but sometimes things work great and I finsih nice and balanced...other times I'm battling to stay steady on the follow through.
Scott, gotcha. I was told by an instructor rather than focusing on the "balls" of your feet, almost feel more like pressing the arch of your foot into the ground. Keeps you centered on the foot pretty well, or at least more towards the front third. So you still have the ability to easily pivot and transfer your weight. When I took my very first lessons, he actually had us put a golf ball under the outer edge of our foot to reinforce the feel.
Yeah, I'm reading a lot of different "instruction" ... for everyone that says more weight on your toes, another say balanced between the toe and heel. Just a matter for me of finding the tempo and the weight position so I stay in balance now through the swing. my center of gravity have changed and the swing is changing with it.
Overall the irons are doing OK. 3W I may have figured out off the deck. But I think its as much timing of my body and arms with hte driver as anything. Sometimes I hit it nice and solid with a gentle fade and then I have this duck hook. I think now that might have been my arms being more active than my body. So working on some drills to keep me in sync. We'll see how it goes. Playing tomorrow afternoon for my league's 9 holes.
So did a few things today at the range...1) worked on slowing my tempo down. Also I accidently figured out that if I set my club head up a few inches behind the ball, I can strip my 3w. I don't top it coming down into it. Strange I know. unless it proves I'm moving forward at the point of the downswing and the club head needs some extra time to get down there. Not sure. Will have to watch it. but for now, Iif I need it, I have an option that seems to work.
Slowing my tempo I hit some nice solid 3w shots like that. Not a drastic slowness have you..I think my downswing according to my swing analyzer takes like .32s total. So we're talking a fraction slower. But I'm also thinking it might be the too fast tempo that's the balance issue.
Got rained out of playing today...so maybe this weekend
Scott, you know your weight loss could be changing your tempo, maybe speeding up a bit?
well I think that's true...Plus I have been working out and increasing my strength so .. lots of changes in the physical make up...so we'll see how it goes...
This is one reason I HATE golf at times. Here Scott is, he lost weight and got in better shape with exercise and diet. and now his golf game goes to hell. What kind of a game is golf to make you play worse when you lose weight and get in batter shape? NOT FAIR if you ask me. IT should be the oher way around. Maybe being FAT and ROUND isn't so bad after all ????
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
I know Don. frustrating!!! Ha!
Quick range session ... Needed to work on irons. Yesterday I mishit 2 or 3 mid to long irons. So started with the 7I, then 6I then 3w then a few swings with the driver and then the 6I again. Got into a groove and was overall happy with where I finished with the irons. Driver I practiced my drill a bit between swings but I swung the driver 4 times and all 4 would have been playable. So I was pleased. Need to tee the ball a little lower though. First 3 had a high ball flight..last one teed a little lower and a nice trajectory. The change with the setup on the 3W off the deck is still going well. Swing twice and solid contact on both. So maybe i'm getthing things figured out here .. with about 2 weeks to go before my beach golf trip.
Michael and I split a bucket today, he had gotten a shot in his shoulder Friday so playing would have probably been painful plus the weather was stinking humid, we’ve had t-storms on and off for several days. I was focusing on not pulling my wedges left, plus I hit a bunch of mid irons 5-6) since I don’t hit them as often on the course I want to keep my swing confidence. Hitting irons pretty well. Hit a couple of balls with every club just to keep my touch. Taking “staycation” week after next and hoping to get good weather for golf.
Nice Aimee. hope the weather holds out for the stay-cation. I need to eventually work myself into hitting all the clubs in the bag again. I'm working so much on just the challenge areas, but I need to not neglect the other areas too.
Today hit the range and split a bucket with my 12 yr old son. He didn't have such a great session but I kept working with him and he hit 4 really good drives to end the session. I told him let's stop there and be happy. I took some notes about what we worked o so next time we have a place to start with.
I hit the 8I, the 3W, the 6I and the driver, just working on exactly what I've been doing that's been working. for the most part, positive session, kept the ball under control. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being a pro-quality shot, I probably had a couple 10s and mostly 6-8s. A few 2-3's but not many. 3W is still working off the deck. Driver, I had a couple poor ones but many more good or better ones and the swing felt more repeatable. The timing is coming together.
Ended the session working on 3I/hybrid club I bought..well OK, i bought 2 of them..thinking I had lost one (Titleist) and then bought a Mizuno. Stuggle to hit the Mizuno ... just difficult..and then this weekend found the Titleist. Was hitting it crappy too until i stopped, slowed my swing way down and hit balls off the turf. Those came it great with the Titleist. The Mizuno a few times did OK but it seems less consistent. So for now I think I'll keep practicing with the Titleist and then sell the other one.
blech weather, incredible humidity Saturday and rain Sunday. We went to the range Saturday and Michael took a lesson. Our guy owns the range and we are regulars so when we take a lesson we pretty much get as many balls as we want, I hit some before his lesson. One thing I picked up from Michael’s lesson was that I may be standing too far away on the wedges, which can cause the to go left. I had moved the ball a bit further away and bent more at the hips on the mid/long irons, could be that I started getting too far away with the wedges. His lesson was basically all about keeping shoulders level thru rotation, initiating the swing with the right shoulder, not the hands or arms. Not moving away from the ball on the backswing. He hit some nice shots. We video’d using his phone and he took some of me also, just need to get them downloaded to the computer. My initial reaction on my swing is that I collapse my arms on the follow thru too much instead of extending and having hands up high...my hands are too close to my left shoulder as I finish.
Aimee, my gf does that same thing. if I remind her to extend her arms out and have a high finish she usually hits it a little more solid.
Hit the range today..back was sore most of the weekend so didn't know how it would go. hit a few 7 to start and back was Ok. to avoid hitting too many Drivers in a row and tweaking it, I simulated a few holes...hitting driver then an iron ... another driver and maybe a wedge. All and all pretty good. Hit some nice drives but also a few not. It's all timing. When my upper body and arms are synced, it's great. But I could tell when I got the body too fast or the arms ahead. 3W is still working so that's nice
Got a putting mirror and started to refocus on puttinr practice. Can see I sometimes get my upper body to far over the ball and my eyes are way out of place. So worked on that and making a repeating stroke. Have felt like lately I'm not making as many putts as I should. Have trouble sometimes choosing a line,. Went back and put the putting mark on all my golf balls and in 10 days when I'm at the beach for my annual golf trip, I plan to use that line. But hoping my practice will help the putting results. Get the speed and not the line. Or get the line and not the speed.
Scott, the guy we play with, who had been a terrible putter (he could go sub 80 if he could putt) has been using a putting mirror and the improvement has been noticeable.
That's good to know. I can say from the first few times using it, definitely hard to make sure you settle over the ball the same way each and every time. So I'm trying to at least get that consistent.
Down at the beach next week I'm going to really try to take the time to use the center line I put on the ball and get it lined where I want the putt to start. Trying to be more exact with that too in addition to the mirror.
Quick range session today...had about 30 minutes in between some other stuff. Should have gone and did some putting. Worked on irons and when I could stay still, I hit some nice shots. But had too many not good ones. Drivers, both of them, were off today. On the trip the new driver was doing well in stretches but today nothing seemed to work new or old driver. Now I will say the worst shots were with the old driver..the new driver generally tried to get the ball back into the fairway. But wasn't getting the ballflight I wanted. Will go back again maybe tomorrow after work and try again. I need to remember to do my preshot routine even at the range and not just bang balls in a bad tempo.
after my self imposed layoff to heal my shoulder, I went to the range with Michael todat to hit a couple of balls to see how it felt. Took some time to loosen up, first series of shots literally hit one ball with every wedge/iron with a very easy swing. Hit a couple of hybrids and the 4w, couple with driver, then back down the irons. Had a little discomfort but as I warmed up and got loose it went away. Should be OK playing tomorrow as long as I don’t chop out of thick rough. Will likely “cheat” to preserve my shoulder and take a drop if needed, I don’t want to risk it.
Hit the range today. Gorgeous weather. Focused first on setting up a pre-shot routine that I woud do each time. Hit irons in the beginning and getting the wrists right at the top. Modest success. Have been drawing the ball recently which isn't intended but it's been consistent. So may have to work on face alignment or swing path at impact. Want to bew more straight than draw but I'll take consistent.
Driver was pretty good as well. Mostly a slight draw with the new one. Only bad swings are when I start the downswing with the arms and they get ahead of the body. Only did that once during the session.
A noticable problem I had in Arizona was alignment. My buddies noticed it on the day I was playing poorly. So I'm working on that and making my setup be a little more deliberate. All and all a good session
Good range session today. working on direction and alignment. Have been having balls go more left than I expected. So worked on making sure the face alignment of the club was online..My friends have been telling me it's been off a bit which is true. I was just thinking it was my swing more than the alignment. You just can't take anything for granted. Overall hit some very good shots. Worked up through wedge to 7I to 5I to Driver. Havew been struggling a little with my 3W lately..so hit that a little. That did pretty well too. Not sure why it was so off on the course the last few times.
Scott, I had a problem with pulling my wedges left. It got worse the shorter the wedge. Found out I was standing a bit too far away from the ball. If it isn't one thing, it's another. I guess that is why I can't play consistently because I don't have time to practice between rounds and sort these things out sooner.
I try to keep track of what's working in my swing now, and write some swing thoughts down...but usually I forget something in the midst of any single swing. Oh well, I try not to get too upset now..it's not like I put in the amount of time the pro's do. Rain coming in here from the next Hurricane...so not likely to be many swings till the weekend.
Another hurricane coming our way...thankfully downgraded but still..we're already 10" above normal rain fall..don't really need another 2-4"..
Scott, even up by me we will get some after effects of the hurricane, heavy rain here on Thursday night, plan to play on Sunday to allow more absorbtion time. Ground is so saturated, it is a mess. We have already had our average YEARLY rainfall as of the end of Sept.
Good luck with the rain back east you guys. Florida looks like a WAR zone from the videos I've seen on TV. Let's hope that by the time it gets up to you Scott it will be much weaker and not as much rain left to drown you. New York is supposed to get a like as well so Aimee will get some rain soon as well. Best of luck everyone on the East coast. Here in the Denver area we have SNOW coming in Monday and might get 3-5 inches of the white stuff. NOT good for golf, either practice or playing a round.
we managed pretty well though there is damage in places. My ex wife was taking my son home when I tree fell right in front of them. Luckily no harm to them or the vehicle,. Be glad to see some sunshine tomorrow.
Rain came through Thursday night, Friday is sunny here and much cooler, high 60's (we had several days in the 80's this week). Pretty windy in the morning, it was a strong cold front that pushed the rain out. Supposed to be in mid-high 50's over the weekend.
Beautiful here now that the storm is gone but was a little windy. Finally cooling off. Thought about playing today but most of the courses were closed till Sunday here so the ones who were open I figure would be super crowded..so going to pass. Will be hitting the range tomorrow while my son is in his clinic. Maybe get out next week.
Got a lot of rain Thursday night, things were still very wet Saturday and we played on Sunday...the links style course was still pretty damp. Standing water in some traps, packed wet sand in others. Soggy areas in fairways (fair amount of dew in the morning didn't help). The sun never came out to dry things out, it was 57 degrees when we finished at 4pm. Another round with wet socks, but this time I was wearing wool blend ones so it didn't feel as yucky. Unforced errors due to the conditions, 95 again. Can definitely count 5 strokes lost due to thick wet rough, mud, etc. We played lift/clean/place. The greens weren't bad. Just kind of a drag to play in these conditions 2 weeks in a row. We don't have much time left in our playable season and the fall is usually great.