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  1. best DTC clubs period. Had the 623m's and they spun waaaay too much for me. Messaged Eric who was super helpful and went with the pf1/pf2 combo and haven't looked back. Ball flight is perfect and they hold the greens nicely. I like them just as much if not more than the last 2 iterations of Srixon blades and I loved those a ton. My only caveat is the lack of 3 iron/their driving iron. I'm not a huge fan of it. Their driving iron seems a little inconsistent to me. I have the 21 degree and 1 will go 230...the next one feels just as solid but looks spinny and goes 210...could be the shaft though as I went with the recoil as opposed to the Project x in my irons but who knows
  2. New Level irons are money. I have the pf2/pf1 combo and they are fantastic and fairly forgiving....probably on par with the VR blades which I used to play as well. Outside of that, the Srixon Z forged are really solid too.
  3. Honestly, the biggest help for me was a few things. The first was getting it through my thick skull to not dwell on range results when working on something. I was always guilty of giving up on something after that initial week or 2 week period of "I got it" and then it falls apart and i would abandon. I finally decided to stick with it. I don't care if I chunk every ball I hit on the range now...I stick with it. Eventually it gets better every time. Just can't expect results in a few months or less. Like i said, it takes me like a year to really feel comfortable with something and even then I still drill it here and there. The second was leaving whatever I'm working on...on the range. Range is practice time. Playing golf is scoring time. Don't get me wrong...there will be days when I take what I'm working on at the range and focus on it at the course but that's purely practice. When I'm trying to score I forget about it and just go play. Maybe I work on getting the feel for the move when I'm warming up a bit but that's only early on in the process. After a few months I don't. Monte says it best (paraphrasing): People focus on what their body is doing on the course and what the ball is doing on the range when it should actually be the opposite. Third is finally having a good instructor like Monte to work with. I only get the chance to see him at the annual clinic but it works. Ideally i would stop by to CA once more in the year but time doesn't really allow it. I picked up the game late (at 17) but got hooked. Unfortunately the instructor I worked with when I was getting started was awful....Literally told me to drag the club back keeping the head on the ground until it got past my trail leg, then had me bump my hips way forward, keep my head back and down...wouldn't let me rotate or turn my head until well after impact......Consequently the issues I face now are a late wrist hinge in the backswing and an urge to slide forward while getting my shoulders very vertical. In spite of the things Monte and I have worked on I always fight those issues from time to time. The difference is that now I have the tools to work on them when it goes awry. I still go back to some of my first lessons just to keep it fresh.
  4. Eventually it clicks....seemingly overnight sometimes. What has been proven to help is actually getting 8 hours of sleep which allows the brain to form new connections quicker and easier. Andrew Huberman has a great podcast on this. Keep working at it though. I'm still working on my stuff from the Monte clinic in Feb and I'm just now starting to get there. Takes me 8-10 months to get comfortable and like a year to truly get it. But even after a year I still monitor it and will work on it every few range sessions. Being impatient will guarantee failure. Took me a while to learn this but once I did, my handicap dropped from a weak 5 or 6 to a pretty solid +2.5 in 4 1/2-5 years. Don't bail after a couple rounds or even a month of horrible scoring. I find the biggest breakthroughs come after a short period of struggle...it's like your body is fighting to let go of it's bad patterns and once you do it clicks.
  5. I always buy the vids. Even if some of the items don't apply I love learning about the swing so I enjoy watching them just from an informative aspect. Plus, who knows, later on down the road there could be something that didn't apply before that does now so they are great for that as well. Looking forward to purchasing this one and watching as always.
  6. depending on complexity you may need to break each move into it's own timeframe meaning you work on that for some months, then the next, then the next. i would start with the biggest issue one first or the one that could be affecting the others first. Be patient and stick with it (assuming it's the right stuff to work on). Change takes time and work. I hit balls for 3 or so hours both Sat/Sun and try to focus exclusively on the change and it takes me a year to implement anything. About 8-10 months in I start to feel comfortable with it and 12 months before its mostly natural with some days working on it still here and there.
  7. Can anyone shed some light on the characteristics of one versus the other? Is the Ventus lower launch/spin or is the GD lower?
  8. Can anyone shed some light on the characteristics of one versus the other? Is the Ventus lower launch/spin or is the GD lower?
  9. few possibilities. 1. What the instructors told you isn't good information 2. You aren't sticking with it 3. Your mindset needs adjusting. I can't comment on 1. 2. Assuming what they say is good info, you gotta stick with it. It takes time. I didn't start getting lessons again seriously until 5 years ago. In that time I went from a sketchy 5 hc to a +2.5. It takes me 8-10 months to start to feel comfortable with a change and about a year before I don't have to think much about it....maybe just here or there when practicing to keep it in check. During that span...I'll shoot scores something like this......72, 80,80,78,84,72, 76,68,69,79, etc. It's up/down. A few bad rounds don't mean a thing. The key is that each round you are hitting some good quality shots and gradually you hit more and more of them. Sometimes you will have some big blowup rounds where nothing clicks but I choose to see that as getting closer instead of further from the goal because in my mind that means I'm stuck in between the new movement and the old whereas I can no longer compensate for the old move but I"m not quite there yet on the new. 3. The practice tee/range days are for focusing on what you are working on. Earlier on, i would even include the range when warming up for a round. But when you play, just play. Go out there and just hit shots and don't think about whatever swing fix you are working on. Eventually the range practice will work its way into your swing, you just have to give it time. I find it helpful though to play more rounds where I do focus on the change and don't care about score just so i can get comfortable trying things on the course.
  10. Personally, I would recommend you learn to take yardage off your PW and if you hit it 120yds, learn to hit it 100yds consistently. It will be straighter and more controlled and you will hit more greens. This can filter all the way through to the mid irons. Then get a sand wedge either 54 or 56 and learn to hit that all sorts of yardages up to full. I would say getting a 58 or 60 wedge would depend on your swing speed. If you are only hitting it 60 yards full swing, probably not worth it....just learn to hit a higher sand wedge. If its something you can comfortably hit 85-90 yards without going hard then sure.
  11. Has anyone noticed a distance increase switching to the ProV1 vs the X? I have been a lifelong V1x or Bridgestone Bx player as for years the Prov1 was always dubbed as the shorter and spinny ball. However, its seems in recent years that's kind of changed somewhat. I'm a +2 but my driver does tend to go a little high and spin a bit much at times so that's why I'm thinking I may need to switch to the prov1.
  12. If you want the feel of a good backswing shoulder turn look up the Dan Carraher stick drill....basically insert a stick in the butt of your club and keep it on your lead side and let it work down your lead leg into the backswing. It will come off eventually but keep it there as long as possible....Forces your arms in a touch and gets your shoulders steeper/more on the the correct angle. A lot of people turn shoulders way too flat (myself included) and make a bit of a fake shoulder turn as a result. It's much easier to stand up out of posture, ie lose tilt at the top doing this. If you can get your arms/shoulders to work correctly, it's much harder to stand up out of it. Actually if you get them working better, it's not necessarily a bad thing to feel like you stand up a touch because that gives you room to move down into the ground more on the downswing.
  13. Strength has little effect on speed. The only strength that is really beneficial is grip strength. You can do exercises that help with fast twitch muscle development but the improvements will be minimal. Most of the longer hitters I know couldn't bench 135lbs but they can get it out there 300+. Technique is generally where you will see the biggest gains followed by proper club fitting, especially with driver.
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