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  1. For those interested in a more weighted approach, I’ve been using this over the winter with these shift-turn drills. It definitely creates a “don’t use the arms” feel if you maintain awareness about the body movements required to use it. IIRC correctly, the original guidance for this included the forward swing starting position to build momentum as well. No affiliation, won this at a golf tournament. https://www.momentussports.com/product/strength-trainer/
  2. Just a thought on a different kind of trigger. I’m putting 60% of my weight on my lead foot and creating a trigger move to push (push/turn) off that lead foot to get the backswing started. Definitely helped me with going from the step drill to a static swing.
  3. Keep at the drills for a few days…it doesn’t happen right away, but after enough reps, your timing should become more natural and start to be automatic. The sense of your arms being neutral to your body movement actually starts happening. At least it did for me after a few days….the awkwardness of the step drills also went away. I found the kettlebell helpful to move things along as well.
  4. I was told about the reading glasses thing after surgery and they were right for the first month. After that, I sort of just readjusted to not needing them...just got lucky. I'm at 11 years out and am just now using them on really small stuff, but still read my iphone, etc without them just fine. I guess everyone has a little bit different outcome.
  5. One thing in addition, now that I'm 11 years into LASIK...there is the natural aging process that starts coming into play post LASIK. My vision is now off from 20/20 and slipping a little each year. No one puts that in the marketing brochure, or I don't recall that discussion upfront. Even so, LASIK was such a beneficial game changer for me, I would do it again in a heartbeat. My optometrist had a small freak out when I asked him if I could do it again...I guess it's a red flag for them. I'll sit tight on it for now.
  6. Agreed, that would be helpful. In an early video, he simply said it was a side benefit. Probably true, but it's what most people are looking for and most interesting. That might be why he doesn't place too much of an emphasis on it. He does bring it up spontaneously once in a while...so maybe he'll eventually integrate it into a before/after. At least we have our own experiences to map against this...we, generally, know our own baseline speed and with a few months of work, we get to see if it was all worthwhile...a good winter project, I suppose...
  7. One thing I realized after watching the Kwon videos is how difficult student find his drills at the outset. Same for some commenters here by the looks of it. I think it shows just how out of sync we can be with his "step-turn" sequence...almost like everyone is trying the exact opposite in their execution and their minds are thinking they are doing it properly. Shows how it can be learned after a while, but there's no quick fix to it. Like so many things, gains are earned through putting in the work and hyper focusing on being very precise about the process. In reality, that's how the brain gets re-wired in a sense...you have to break it of its bad habits through brute force, then the re-learning has a chance to stick.
  8. Thanks fo sharing this. It leads me to thinking we've really missed the boat on "feels". I think we're sort of stuck on "feels" as a way to achieve certain positions as opposed to something more productive, like the "feel" of how we use forces and weighting/unweighting in our lower bodies. Maybe some people already do this, but it's new territory for me. I'd like to get a better way to think about foot pressure, perhaps by using the step drill pressures as a decent approximation of how much force to create at similar points in the swing. Captain Obvious has entered the discussion, but I think Dr. Kwon probably intended this, but didn't necessarily say it in his videos.
  9. Thanks much, will check that out!
  10. Agreed. I have to imagine there are regular staff meetings in which pushing certain heads, or shafts are discussed based on margin or even excess inventory. The simple fact of the matter is that the risk of an unbiased fitting is obvious...it's that you get a biased fitting instead. It's a good business approach, but not necessarily aligned with the customer value prop. The reality is there is a range of products that perform reasonably similarly that could all deliver results within a reasonable amount of variance. I suppose it's on us as the consumers to stipulate those terms going in and make a decision accordingly. That's not how we generally approach a high end fitting (we assume an unbiased, objective recommendation is the framework for the process, but it simply is not).
  11. i agree it's what they actually do...but most of us who have been to CC went in there thinking, "I'll go wherever the data leads me." In that case, why wouldn't the stock shaft be in the mix? Particularly for Ping, who has done so much engineering on their own stuff...? Not arguing the point, but if I were Ping, I'd feel pretty PO'd about an approach that disregarded their own shafts and resulted in a $900 Ping product when a $400 Ping product could have performed similarly...just sayin'
  12. This is something I've been thinking about this week, once the Dr. pointed out in the video on the prior page to not use the squat move. I'm fine with that as the squat move always seemed to be forced into my own movement (maybe not everybody's?). But what we really have never been taught, or generally discussed, is how much pushing with each foot is the "right" amount? I'm thinking the amount used in the drills is probably adequate for the actual swing....it's enough to be very intentional but not so much that we're trying to actually leave the ground...More than a little, but less than a lot, I suppose. Probably 100% more than I use today....
  13. Good points on the bad habits that can develop…agree that just trying to crank ball speed numbers could lead to trouble. I’d suggest to be very disciplined and have a purpose to some part of the swing your working on…that and double check it with some mirror work. You’ll be better for it.
  14. It's a surprise, yes but not totally. Everybody needs an exit and/or liquidity at different points and good for them, if they achieved that at TXG (Ian or his partner, etc.). Couple things I see in this, as a fan of their channel and a veteran of CC, TrueSpec, and some boutique builders: Most of us are content consumers for their stuff, and very happy ones at that. TXG represented a pretty objective (albeit not perfect) approach to imparting knowledge and data to us, which was welcomed, given how golf marketing has worked (unfounded claims, BS perfomance, Tour sponsorship, etc.) for the past 50 or so years. Losing Matt definitely changes TXG videos (akin to losing an actor in your favorite series, I suppose) and probably is a net negative on the value proposition of their future content. For that, we are worse off. On the CC ownership, yikes. In the near term, both parties can probably claim a win, but that is fleeting, at best. Like with content, we all feel objectivity is all too rare and losing an authentic provider of a club fitting doesn't help us as consumers. I'd bet on Ian finding a different venture in 1-3 years that evolves his craft and creates a new platform for him to be himself. That said, I no longer believe fittings are quite the same as 5-10 years ago and that their value has diminished. Fittings are now "optimizations", given how quality and performance of all the components in your bag are capable of performing now. It's like buying a high end car now...luxury cars are almost all universally good to great and most people start with a brand that they identify with and choose a car out of that portfolio (features, price, etc.). Golf clubs aren't very different....and the investment is usually small enough to walk away from. You can now get fit with any golf manufacturer and be in the ballpark of a "perfect fit". I think that's the future...pick Taylormade and head off to the Kingdom...choose Ping and go to their location....choose PXG and run off to one of their stores. You'll leave with an objective fitting of their own product from a smaller set of choices that actually performs for you as opposed to a CC fitting that is inherently biased toward a wholesale shaft deal that they did with VA.
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