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  1. torbill

    2020 US Open

    I clearly remember people hating Jack when he was beating Arnie, and they claimed that he had a bad personality. A lot of people hated Bill Gates for the tactics he used to get Microsoft up and going, and said he was a jerk. They hated Steve Jobs and said the same thing about his personality. Now a lot of them hate Elon Musk. And along comes young Bryson de Chambeau, into the fray, re-thinking old ideas. People who forge change, who rock the boat, who innovate, have strong ideas and personalities, and they take a lot of folks out of their zone of comfort and familiarity. Agents of change
  2. I have never gone through such a decline. At my next birthday I will be 77. (Jeez, did I just write that, can I possibly be this old?!). I would say that in my best years I was hitting my drives maybe 260. Now, in normal playing conditions I am at 230-240 yards. Part of this is equipment - balls and clubs. No question. Part is technique. I use to just step up and hit the ball. Now I have studied swing mechanics and am much more analytical. I have a better understanding of what makes a ball go far. I have changed my swing to save my back. I have always based my
  3. I disagree with comments about needing higher swing speed to get to single digits. I am 76 years old. My driver swing speed is 95 mph on a really good day. I am 6 handicap and could easily get to 4 if I spent more time on my short game. I could be a scratch player with my distance off the tee, for the courses that I play - if you can hit your driver 230 yards consistently you can play scratch golf on most courses under 6500 yards. I agree with the person who said to take a lesson from Monte or Dan - better yet, take several lessons. The secret to good play: Hit fairways off the tee, wi
  4. The thing that bothers me most about him is the visciousness of the swing. He is literally swinging out of his shoes, with great strength. I remember reading a piece quite a number of years ago by, as I recall, a professor Engineering Mechanics, who was analyzing the forces and motions and who said that athletic training is (was) becoming so specialized and precise that athletes were now generating power and leverage that was taking their bones to near the breaking point. He gave numerous sports as examples. Backs are especially strong and I can’t imagine “breaking” one’s back. But sure a
  5. Juliette, I have read your response 3X, and I have no idea what point you are trying to make. What is it that you are saying about science? Please advise. I know more in my little finger about science, and mechanics in particular, than BD will ever know, and I don’t see science. I see a tremendously strong PGA tour player. I see nothing that is any more sciency in what he is doing that what the next person is doing. I have never seen an explanation, based on mechanical forces and motions, that suggest that he has found a fundamentally better way to swing a golf club. I have never seen h
  6. OP claimed sea change and regrets that it is obsoleting great golf courses. I agree on the golf course part. But, sea change in what? Ball speed due to physique is the claim. I don’t necessarily see that. What I see is a continuation of the evolution to better techniques and equipment and stronger physiques, BD being a continuation and in my view an anomaly. Tiger really started the physique thing as I recall, and the evolution led all the way to Koepka. Heck, even Phil got into the act a bit. . The distance trend is a progression of better bodies, better equipment, better technique. BD
  7. You know, on the basis of my experience there never was much of a problem with their new 4-piece. I bought 4 dozen and put them on the shelf, thinking that they were junk based on what I was reading here. This spring I played a few rounds with the ball and never had a bit of a problem. I keep playing them, and the only problem is that the cover isn’t durable - they get chewed up with strong iron play. But I have never put a smile on a single one of them, and I have never had a separation of any kind. I am a very good player and rarely hit a ball in the forehead, and I am old and only have
  8. Exactly. If they would put them out where players are driving the ball these days, and put a decent lip on them, and add sand to the greenside bunkers there might be some challenge in bunker play again.
  9. The way the courses are normally set up adds fuel to the distance sweepstakes. For any of us it is usually punishing to hit a drive thirty yards off line - underbrush, low hanging branches, woods, and highly unkept undergrowth. The way that PGA courses are set up... no such thing. So, hit the gym and let it fly and good things will happen. Greater distance equals greater dispersion. It will be interesting to see what happens when Bryson plays a US Open type setup. I think he will still do well, as he is pretty accurate, but I think that some of his distance advantage will be neutralized
  10. Ballard doesn’t teach connection of the the hands, actually. I’m not sure what this would mean. Ballard doesn’t teach pronation. Anything that happens with the arms and wrists and hands is an effect, not a cause. With Ballard the power and control comes from the legs/hips/shoulders. The basic problem of golf is getting the upper and lower body to work in a coordinated way. Upper/lower body coordination can be done in a couple of ways. One is to synchronize the two, which takes a lot of skill and practice. An easier way for amateurs to do it is through connection. Ballard claims that co
  11. This gets a bit off the topic of the OP, but you say short practice swings. I actaully use the method on chipping and pitching shots. I make all my shots except putting, using Ballard’s connection, wider stance and weight shift method. On chips and short pitches I feel the distance with my legs, not so much in my arms. I got on to this when I heard Ballard on a video say that if you want to pitch a penny accurately to a wall you don’t stand there flat footed and swing your arms; rather, you feel the distance with your legs. Well, I was pretty good a pitching pennies, and right away I real
  12. I played a ton of ball when I was young, too. I hurt my ACL sliding into base and got interested in golf. I followed all of the hot trends in instruction, like the X-factor and heavy rotation, and got chronic back pain for my trouble. In the end, I found a method that took me back to my hitting and batting instincts, and my back is now much better and even at my age I am a 6 handicap player, heading lower if I fix my short game. The method is from Jimmy Ballard. You no doubt never heard of him as he is now pushing 80. But he claims to have worked with over 300 PGA tour professionals, the lis
  13. Carlos, this is not your father. This is your grandfather. Listen to me!! Grin... I’ve had golf related back problems for probably 40 years. I am 76. Do not go down the path that I went down. What concerns me about you is your age. You had no back problems. You began golfing. You golf frequently. Your back is killing you. This is not good. Once you get through with your therapy and are feeling better, it would be good to understand your swing mechanics in relation to your back. So much of modern golf instruction has been instruction that will hurt your back in the end. If you are tr
  14. Chipa, I find the Ballard method by far the simplest of any I have come across, and I’ve come across a lot of them. What he’s teaching is a simple throwing motion, adapted to the golf swing. It’s a natural for people like me, who grew up with throwing and hitting sports. There is no focus on intermediate positions, movements that are hard to perform, or other things that create complexity. He teaches simple, flowing, athletic movements. But I do agree with you, I understand what you’re saying, that he goes into great detail on specifics. What I see in all of the detail is three things: Firs
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