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  1. Even more so with junior golfers. Speed comes from more efficient and improved mechanics. Work in the gym supports those improvements. When done correctly you gain speed and accuracy. I see juniors on a daily basis developing terrible habits trying to swing as hard as they can incorrectly. Speed is an effect of good mechanics.
  2. That’s simply not true. Again they are gaining more strokes off the tee on average. It’s not a one off it’s an average. Zach Johnson has won more majors than Dustin. Nobody is saying length isn’t an advantage. But chasing length at the expense of accuracy has derailed plenty of guys careers, including two guys who were world number 1 in the last decade. Gaining speed is fine but how you do it is extremely important. It should come from more efficient mechanics and supported by gym work. You should gain accuracy, not lose it
  3. It’s not about having to pitch out sideways. The rough absolutely affects distance control and makes proximity to the hole worse. Being in the rough is bout a 50 yard penalty. Stats and experience backs that up. Hitting it slightly less accurate but further is absolutely an advantage. Hitting less than 50% of fairways to gain 20 yards isn’t gaining anything. Johnson Wagner averages 105mph with driver yet is 19th in strokes gained off the tee. JJ Spaun is 21st with a clubhead speed that’s 110mph. Chris Baker is the same strokes gained off the tee as Dustin Johnson while being
  4. Not exactly accurate. From a strokes gained perspective 180 from the fairway has a lower expected number of shots to hole than 130 from the rough. From a proximity standpoint hitting it in the rough is about a 50 yard penalty vs hitting in the fairway.
  5. Only worked at Winged Foot because all the greens are open in front. Phil almost won hitting 3 fairways. Historically driving accuracy hasn’t mattered there. Almost all other US Open venues you won’t win hitting 45% of your fairways. It was a perfect storm for that golf course. That strategy cannot be applied across the board
  6. Tiger was a CIF champ in cross country in HS IIRC. what most seem to miss here is there are levels. Almost all my top students “specialized” by 14. But they still play pickup basketball, backyard football and plenty of other athletic activities outside of golf. But they aren’t playing organized sports other than golf once they get to high school
  7. No that’s where the ideal place to make contact is. Same height as Tigers. And you’ll see same in that study. 4.9mm above center. That was an example of what a great pattern looks like
  8. They definitely do not hit it low on the face. In fact it’s the opposite. Most are surprised how high on the face a properly struck putt is
  9. You’re compensating for a lack of depth. If you kept clearing left side you’re path would be a mile left and silly steep. It’s your compensation to shallow things out late
  10. Naia Golf is essentially the same as high school golf in FL. I teach one of the better players in that conference and have taught multiple NAIA National Champions including a back to back Jack Nicklaus award winner In NAIA.
  11. Again, no it’s not. SM490 is a Japanese classification. They have the same steel in the US, but it’s called something completely different. It’s essentially the same as 1025. Making putters out of a material like Timascus is infinitely harder. Making any putter out of stainless steel would be more difficult. It’s a low carbon non hardenable steel with 0.20% carbon (same as 1020). Nobody is using it because it doesn’t make sense to import a Japanese steel that’s the same as commonly available 1020/1025. Any machinist would tell you that using titanium, tungsten, or any hardenab
  12. that’s all complete BS. Plenty of carbon steel is significantly harder than the stainless steel used in putters. SM490A is essentially the same as 1025 which is extremely common in carbon steel putters. Feel has way more to do with a putters properties than the materials used. I can make a stainless putter the feels softer than a 1018 putter by changing cavity depth/face thickness and over all weight distribution
  13. Plenty of schools have a “limit”. Even if it’s self imposed it’s still exist. I have multiple kids who had big $ offers that now can’t even go to that school as a walk on. The coach definitely wants them but it doesn’t work logistically. And these are power 5 top 50 schools. And these are top 100 ranked kids
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