Last year, in an effort to improve the capability of our forums, we switched to new software. We expected tremendous scalability and rapid customization that would significantly improve each Member's experience across multiple devices and integrate flawlessly with social media platforms.
Unfortunately, after a significant capital expense, we have decided that the length of time and the additional cost to reach our goals make this enterprise untenable.
Thus, we have made the difficult decision to transition the forums to our original software platform. We’re excited that, in the nearly two years since we began the process of our most recent switch, our original platform has been upgraded significantly, and we are confident that the reversion will not only provide the stability that we desperately needed prior to our last move but will also return to the Membership the high level of customization that made our online community so great. We have also added technical resources to the GolfWRX staff that will allow us to build custom modules and modifications that we are confident will take the forums to the next level.
We remain the world's largest online golf community, and we still hold true to our core values and mission statement as written in 2005. Bearing both of those elements in mind, being the best and offering our Members a platform that is world-class are both requirements, not options, and it is that spirit that has motivated this decision.
So, please pardon our mess over the next five days or so while we transition the forums.
A few important notes: Current content will be accessible during that time, but the forums will be READ ONLY, and you will not be able to start new threads or reply to posts. Personal Messaging is enabled but PMs sent/received from the time the board was frozen will not carry over. We know this is inconvenient, and we apologize, and we greatly appreciate GolfWRXers bearing with us through the transition.
We are very excited about starting this next chapter for GolfWRX and getting back to the high-quality Member experience we all expect as soon as possible.
The golf grip - novice to novice
I believe that correct golf grip and how it keeps the hands together is probably the number one issue for novice golfers. It is something I have been trying to understand as an adult golfer for at least 25 years and recently after reading an article by Jack Nicklaus where he stated the biggest problem among poor golfers is they regrip the club during the swing I realize it is also a big issue for the majority of other novice golfers like me.
I also feel that this is not an issue for better golfers based on previous discussion I have had and my personal experience with my nephew who has been playing golf off and on with me since he was a boy. He is a scratch golfer, 32, and has one local club tournament(s) and he flies it 300 yards on ave. with the driver. However, when we talk golf he doesn't like to get into specifics after all to him it is simple and natural. I understand his point of view and believe this is one of the reasons better players just don't "get" the problems we novice golfers have, even some very good teaching pros.
What the better players don't "get" imo is that without a correct grip the hands and arms are never connected, so for most of us a flying right elbow with parts of the hands coming off the club is just a natural move for us. They also don't understand that our awkward swings are mostly the consequence of a poor grip.
Another point of contention I have is with teaching pros who constantly tell novice golfers not to "flip" their hands through impact, when these guy clearly have never made a swing with their hands and arms disconnected like we novices do most of the time and thus can't comprehend a swing with the correct grip feels like the hands/forearms are "flipping" through impact.
These observations are also based on my own experimentation as well. Generally, my normal disconnected swing gets me 95 mph w/the driver, and I have to swing to the point I am off balance. However, when I have the grip done correctly my arms feel mechanically connected, albeit still soft, and I can easily generate 20 mph more with the drive with a more relaxed swing and I hit the ball much straighter with little effort. I have found that while both hands are involved in the backswing the right hand needs to hold the club in a way that doesn't prevent the left hand from getting into a good position. On the contrary I believe most novices like myself struggle with an incorrect right hand grip that is too much in the palm which forces the left hand to regrip the club during the swing.
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