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  1. It really doesn't matter how you hold the club if you're able to deliver the clubhead to the ball properly. What's the issue(s) with your strikes/ball flight path?
  2. EVERY great ball-striker's trail arm is bent at impact and continues straightening PAST the ball. You don't necessarily need to know what you are doing "wrong". What you need is an intention that will achieve the desired effect of the right arm extending past the ball. The intention to do just that may be the very best one.
  3. Any of those choices could be best for you. Why not "interview" some instructors with a few pre-arranged questions?
  4. So the pitcher doesn't push off of the mound? How much velocity do you think a major league pitcher could achieve if the mound were made of ice.......and the pitcher was barefoot?
  5. Good point. But I suppose golf instruction magazines have always been that way. But now, more than ever, people are impatient. At some point, you just can't make something simpler without leaving out information that is critical for gaining sufficient knowledge. My advice to aspiring students is to treat lessons as if you had to go back to school. Would you go intending to spend a good deal of time listening? Would you ask good questions? Would you bring a notebook? The impatient person doesn't even consider treating a golf lesson with this level of respect.
  6. If I follow what you are saying (I apologize if I am misinterpreting it) - You explain to a student why they have do something and tell them how to do it? This assumes the student is a technical learner - not all students are. Understanding WHY you are making a technique change is surely not for "technical learners" only. In any event, EVERYONE learns in a variety of ways, not simply one way. You have incorrectly made the assumption that the instructed intention(s) will not involve "feel". They may. Or they may not. Understanding WHY you are using a new intention to improve technique
  7. Not "positions"...but "conditions"...between the clubface and ball. How? Anyway you can. That's the ART. The collision conditions are the SCIENCE.
  8. Bingo! That's why I suggest evaluating your performance for the quality of the strike first, not the outcome. And i suggest that pros measure impact. That way performance is measured. Improvement is measured. You need a launch monitor to do that. Now I don't need a launch monitor to tell within a degree or two what the horizontal path, vertical path, and face-to-path is. But when I just tell you, you don't believe it like you do when there is an objective measurement. So as a teacher, if you evaluate a student before a lesson and the student desire straight ball-flight, and the face-to-path, o
  9. Bingo! That's why I suggest evaluating your performance for the quality of the strike first, not the outcome. And i suggest that pros measure impact. That way performance is measured. Improvement is measured. You need a launch monitor to do that. Now I don't need a launch monitor to tell within a degree or two what the horizontal path, vertical path, and face-to-path is. But when I just tell you, you don't believe it like you do when there is an objective measurement. So as a teacher, if you evaluate a student before a lesson and the student desire straight ball-flight, and the face-to-path, o
  10. Bingo! That's why I suggest evaluating your performance for the quality of the strike first, not the outcome. And i suggest that pros measure impact. That way performance is measured. Improvement is measured. You need a launch monitor to do that. Now I don't need a launch monitor to tell within a degree or two what the horizontal path, vertical path, and face-to-path is. But when I just tell you, you don't believe it like you do when there is an objective measurement. So as a teacher, if you evaluate a student before a lesson and the student desire straight ball-flight, and the face-to-path, o
  11. No, but your impact conditions, on average, explain why you perform at the level you do. Improve your average impact conditions, and you've improved your performance. Measure your impact conditions, and you're measuring performance and improvement.
  12. Bingo! That's why I suggest evaluating your performance for the quality of the strike first, not the outcome. And i suggest that pros measure impact. That way performance is measured. Improvement is measured. You need a launch monitor to do that. Now I don't need a launch monitor to tell within a degree or two what the horizontal path, vertical path, and face-to-path is. But when I just tell you, you don't believe it like you do when there is an objective measurement. So as a teacher, if you evaluate a student before a lesson and the student desire straight ball-flight, and the face-to-path, o
  13. Bingo! That's why I suggest evaluating your performance for the quality of the strike first, not the outcome. And i suggest that pros measure impact. That way performance is measured. Improvement is measured. You need a launch monitor to do that. Now I don't need a launch monitor to tell within a degree or two what the horizontal path, vertical path, and face-to-path is. But when I just tell you, you don't believe it like you do when there is an objective measurement. So as a teacher, if you evaluate a student before a lesson and the student desire straight ball-flight, and the face-to-path, o
  14. Can a 4 handicap man beat an LPGA Tour player? Hahahaha, you're kidding, right? A male 0 handicap wouldn't consistently beat a top LPGA Tour player from the same tees. Check the scores from last week's Founder's Cup. How many 4 handicappers do you know of shooting in the mid sixties from the middle or white tees? If they did, they wouldn't be 4's, they'd be +4's. I know, i know, they play easy, short courses with no rough and easy pin placements. And your home course is set-up like a major championship.
  15. There's two major problems. First, you're right, most PGA teaching pros have no idea what they're talking about. That's because the instruction training for PGA of America members is a joke and few have the discipline to self-educate. Second, there are lots of bad students out there. Golf puts us under pressure, and oddly in a state of mind where we are totally incapable of making even the slightest change to what we do or even applying ourselves to understanding what the pro is trying to teach us. You're not a good student. You've seen 16 different pros and NONE of them helped you? At some po
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