Pickers or diggers?

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Scott Rushing
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Pickers or diggers?

So are you a picker (no divot on iron shots) or a digger (you do tend to take divots)?     Big? Small?

scomac
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Picker, although I've been

Picker, although I've been working on changing that.  When I do take a divot, it tends towards smaller in size, nothing like the beaver pelts that you see being taken on tour.

cac
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Digger, Divots are almost

Digger, Divots are almost wedge shape about the size of a £5 note ( 1 dollar bill ). CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

Scott Rushing
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I'm more of a picker myself

I'm more of a picker myself but like you Sco I'm trying to move more to striking the ball first andtaking a small divot.  For me it seems to be dependent on the wrist cock I get.  Today I made a concerted effort to have a good wrist cock and I did have a nice descending blow on the ball and took a divot and got the kind of ball flight I was looking for..but it's not automatic yet

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scomac
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I'm more of a picker myself

I'm more of a picker myself but like you Sco I'm trying to move more to striking the ball first andtaking a small divot.  For me it seems to be dependent on the wrist cock I get.  Today I made a concerted effort to have a good wrist cock and I did have a nice descending blow on the ball and took a divot and got the kind of ball flight I was looking for..but it's not automatic yet

I don't use much in the way of wrist cock.  I guess if I had to pattern my swing after a tour player it would be Steve Stricker.  If I flip the club, I'll hit it fat so for me, even though I don't use much wrist action, timing of the release is the difference between a good strike and a poor one.  More compact back swing and more deliberate tempo and I'm fine.  Get long or start to rush and I've got troubles.  I've also discovered that eliminating the weight shift has helped, so I concentrate on keeping my weight forward as per Tommy Armour's teachings from  the 1950's.  

Aimee
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picker

I'm a picker, if I make a divot it is really small like a $1 coin. When I've tried to hit down on the ball I've only hit it chunky.

It's not how...it's how many

cac
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Heard a funny line from Peter

Heard a funny line from Peter Alliss a few years ago. Very good players and very bad players make a mess of the tee. Everone else and ladies dont leave a mark. CAC. element of truth in that. 

cac handed Geordie.

DON
I try for the Tom Watson

I try for the Tom Watson contact of the ball. He could hit a hundred shots with an iron and only just clip the grass a little. You could see Blades of grass getting cut off by the club head, and never a big divot. He was one of the most consistant ball striker on tour so I tend to try to do it his way. Two added benefits of this type of ball contact is the golf clubs last a lot longer and it's a lot easier on your wrists and elbows compared to taking big divots all the time.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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Clip it

agree with that point of view, Don...several years ago I took a lesson from someone different who had me hinging and hitting down on the ball more, I did get some more distance, but it hurt my wrist. I have managed to keep my tendonitis in my left arm under control probably because I don't hit into the ground much.

It's not how...it's how many

DON
Shock absorbers for clubs.

You might want to look into getting a Sensi-Core type insert installed in all of the shafts in your clubs. They can help a lot with sore joints from hitting golf balls. They work like a shock absorber for your clubs. They only weigh about 3 grams so they do NOT effect the feel of the club at all, and they are pretty cheap to have installed IF you have them installed at the same time you replace the grips on your clubs. Tests have shown that graphic shafts in your irons can reduce the vibrations coming up into your hands by about 45%, and the vibration absorbs I'm talking about reduce around 70% if the virbrations so they are even better than graphic shafts for this. And you can have them installed in both steel or graphic shafts depending on what type of shafts you are playing now. The ones I use are called Pro Soft inserts, and they can be removed if you don't like them in your clubs after you try them. I install them in all of my steel shafted clubs and they work very well and I can NOT feel any difference in the clubs other than my hands and elbows  don't hurt after a long practice session at the range.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.