Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
How did you do with the 2nd shot Aimee? I had mine Friday and Saturday I was a mess. no energy...a fever...no appetite...I tried to play in the morning (Since it was my birthday) but I stopped at 9...played like crap...nothing was working. PLayed Wed in Pinehurst NC and played OK ... drove the ball well...but irons were off. Rusty..nothing to hit off of...chunked some...bladed some. So I played about like I expected too. Going to try and practice more if the weather will stay nice - which it's not with a big rain front coming through. But I have to figure out how to hit my irons more solid. Might be time for another lesson...maybe i'll watch my old lesson videos...maybe that'll help.
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Scott, I got hit hard by the 2nd shot, had flu-like symptoms - achy joints, tired, chills. Had my shot around 9:15 a.m. and by 4:00 I could tell it was coming on...after dinner I was wiped out. Day after I was tired all day, still a little achy. Today woke up feeling great. My husband got his shot Saturday around 9:30 and he felt OK all day until bedtime, he started to feel it coming, and today he's immobilized on the couch, achy and no appetite. We should be able to get some more practice time in next weekend, temps trending upwards.
It's not how...it's how many
Went to the range to get some swings in before my round tomorrow, weather was really nice. I hit the new hybrids better than last time out, will see what happens on the course since there are a couple of holes that I always use my hybrids on (par 3 and a par 4 approach shot that come to mind). Was sending the irons left, so before I hit all of the balls I asked our instructor to take a quick look. I was not holding the club face open long enough, turned over too soon. Easy fix, hit a couple of SW with him watching and I got the feel.
Aimee - sound very similar to my experiene..Glad you and yours got through it OK...
Had a range session yesterday...wiill say .. I bought some Walmart version of Dr Scholls foot spray to spray on the club face instead of using impact tape. Very easy to do and very telling about where you impact the ball on the clubface. My misses are toe shots..trying to work on the swing basics to get more solid contact...frustrating because like 1 in 7 shots are pretty flush, Just not clear what I'm doing wrong in the other 6
Bailed on our tee time, the weather was cool, damp, and cloudy. Not worth it (unless it were Feb). Went to the range and hit the Rogue driver with the (reg flex) shaft from my old driver. Very nice. If I pick up a couple of yards due to the lighter flex, should be perfect. After a few rusty swings to start (I always start with SW and wirk my way up the irons), I hit some decent shots except the 4w. I will need to work on that in the spring. The key for me with my irons is keeping my hands loose so the clubface rotates. And for all clubs making sure I get the club thru the ball before rotating. Satisfactory range session.
Good way to end the Year Aimee. HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL...
I played several times this last week..weather was real warm here in the Carolinas. Score wise, shot 82 and 83 in 18 hole rounds and then shot probably 40 or so for the 2 9 holes..but generally there I'm working on my game so I don't really keep score because I might hit shots more than once if I'm trying to pace myself behind other groups.
Thought I had fixed my swing a little by standing closer to the ball but ... during one of the rounds, I wasn't hitting it very well even with that. i was chunking it more. Last 2 9 holes I tried something that seemed to work at the range one day. So the issue for my swing right now is my hands seem to come in closer to my body on the downswing so I hit more shots off the toe. So I' ve played with a slight "Jim Furyk" where I swing a little "out" on the take away, pushing my hands a little more out front. Feels a littel like his Figure 8 swing but I will say I have pured some really good iron shots and didn't chunk as many. Anyway, will keep playing with that a little over the winter and see how it goes.
Weather dropping from 76 to 41 as a high tomorrow .. been very wet today so no golf for a few days at least.
Scott - that thing you mentioned about the swing path on the irons - I have had the same issue. I generally know I'm coming in too close because the inside of my right forearm scrapes my belt buckle! My last iron-focused lesson was to work on feeling the clubhead pushing away on the back swing, also. I have to watch that I don't over-do it because then I swing across coming down. We are getting our first snow today, so winter is here. Actually thinking about going to a golf school down in Virginia in the spring (long weekend) - someone I work with spoke highly of it, it's driveable distance-wise.
Hit the range today since we had an unseasonably warm day. First time hitting the new driver setup, but my swing was not cooperating so pretty hard to tell. Today the irons were pretty solid, I found that not taking a full swing (what felt like not a full swing) and focusing on getting through the ball, I guess "releasing", got some nice ball flights.
Thanks Aimee. Yes I have been working on pushing away on the take away and that's helping. I hit a really great 6I Tuesday, walking 9 at my course. Purest shot I've hit in a long time. Had some other decent ones but it's been such bad weather lately that I haven't be going out. Probably shot 8 over for 9 holes but that was mainly 2 holes of poor bunker play. Hoping it warms up here soon. It's been quite cold lately.
Had a lesson yesterday. Interesting..a big issue was my posture..I was squatting down too much, which I had done to quiet the lower body and try to make better contact. but it limited my hip movement...So he had me stand way taller .... first swing was nailed..8I...LOL....but we worked on staying tall...keeping my knees from bending too much...and making a better turn. I had some good shots so it's there. Worked on the driver because I'm inconsistent..somethings flushed sometimes right sometimes left. A lot stiill applied but I was getting too much spin on the ball. 4500+. Needs to be under 2800. My angle of attack was NOT good with the driver..so I have to work on hitting more up on the ball. teeing it higher helped. But I stiill wasn't where I need to be. I might go do a fitting and see if a new shaft will help in that driver. All and all a great lesson. Going back in a few weeks...after I work on thiinigs a bit
Sometimes its the simplest thing, right? Probably similar to how I founf my contact off the fairway was better when I focused on bending at the hips...I was probably either flexing my knees too much or not holding my posture. I am out of commission again this weekend (post surgery).
Hope the surgery went well..hopefully a fast recovery!
Thanks, yes, vision improving every day (I can read street signs while driving, again)...it is still surprising, I have worn glasses or contacts since I was 10 years old. I have one shot at playing in 2 weeks before the left eye gets done, then I am shut down again until the end of July, since you have to restrict exercise for 2 weeks after surgery.
Well fingers crossed you'll recover quickly. My brother had bad vision from an early age, due to premature birth. The first time he had contacts he could wear, he was amazed he could see the hairs on his arms...
The lesson I took...was good...but man is making a change to the swing hard. the Irons are coming around but the swing with the driver..ehhh. I have always had trouble with the driver...like I forget how to swing it...and the changes to my posture and wing now are harder for me to get a good feel on the driver swing. I hit some OK shots today but need a lot more practice..just doesn't feel right
Usually our swings that feel comfortable are the oroblem, right? After lessons, everything feels weird because it is different, until it is repeated enough times until it takes over as the "normal" swing.
Went to the range today with Michael, he had been resting this week due to a sore arm but since he's playing tomorrow, wanted to get some swings in. His new irons are Ping G700 with good graphite shafts, I hit a couple of short irons and wedges, and 3 with his driver. I need to keep my blood pressure down during the healing process, so 3 swings, then sit/rest for a while. Made some good contact considering I was hitting his clubs, and no glove. Best of all, I can see the ball again! Hope to get cleared by the Dr. to play next weekend before I get the other eye done.
Congrats Aimee! glad the sight is improvinig. Going to the range a few times this week if weather holds..supposed to be periods of rain each day. I take some swings in the yard each day and I feel like it's getting a little more comfortable...but we'll see.
Went to the range early, before temps got over 90, and hit in a covered bay. Struck the ball so-so, not a disaster. Figuring that I should get some practice in for probable play next weekend. Still hitting irons with the face a little open, my misses went right.
I'm hoping to get to the range this week to continue iron work but the knee is in rough shape. MRI today...waiting on results and next steps. But I did see Saturday that the work I've done with the driver and launch monitor didn't work like I hoped. Just trying to get my launch angle higher isn't all good. I hit several drives that came up MUCH shorter than normal since I raised the driver to 11.5 degrees. I'm sure my launch number if higher but it's too high now. So going to back it down to 10.5. Curious to see how the monitor I bought (I kept the Garmin) works in the fall..we are having such bright sunny days right now and in the morning with a little mosture in the air, I wonder how well it's able to track the ball through all that. But a buddy has a Trackman and I'm going to take mine and use both and see how the numbers align. Irons still need work..but might be next week before I risk it.
Went to the range mid-morning to avoid the heat, Michael and I split a large bucket. Not hitting consistently, my last round I had bounced driver into the ball off the tee, and did it again at the range, so I worked some drills with half swings to make good contact. I finished with some wedges/short irons to maintain accuracy. I have to focus on hands leading the swing so I don't open up and send it left. Inside 100 yards I want to be within 10 yards of my target.
Do you have any drills you really like? I'm still trying to find some. Had a lesson just before we left for vaca but was feeling ill so I didn't want to risk it.
I hit a lot while standing on one foot (left foot flat, right foot just toe touching) which helps me to reinforce balance and keeping the weight forward. Then I'll hit my driver off a tee literally swinging 3 to 9 o'clock (sort of like punch shots). It is good for establishing follow thru and good contact. Then I'll move to hitting mid irons and hybrids off the mat, then driver again. My instructor used to have me hit with just the right hand off the tee (again with half swing) but that really tires out the forearm, so I don't do those much. The stall we usually hit from has a flag around 60 yards away so I'll use that for full wedge target and punch shot target. Then slightly past and to the right a row of 3 little evergreens, I use that for ensuring high ball flight and trying to see if I can shape shots (for fun). I hit a lot of shots 9i and below since those are the "scoring" irons approaching and around the green where I want to make sure I get over a greenside bunker, etc. I always finish my practice with short shots.
Took a lesson Wednesday from the alternate instructor since my primary guy was off. My husband's friend was visiting and we were supposed to play (I took the day off) but he hurt his back. I was happy to get a lesson since I had been having issues, so win-win. Basically my topped drives were from a couple of things: trying to hit up on the ball too much, and too much weight on the back foot. He showed me video of before and after and it was very obvious. Literally fixed in 6 swings, he offered to just charge me for a half lesson, but I found more things to work on. This guy is a big advocate for bowed left wrist with the irons to prevent early release and to ensure hitting the ball on the center of the face rather than bottom edge coming up into the ball. That will take me some time to work on, it was reasonably easy to get it with wedges, but longer irons not so much.
Went to the range on Friday to reinforce Wednesday's lesson, hitting the irons very solidly and nice and high. Hybrids also. Not where I want to be with the driver, but that's probably just jitters factoring in and causing tension.