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  1. I know nothing about this guy so this is probably a dumb question, but I didn't want to wade through 9 pages of falderol. I assume he has a youtube channel and such. Do people pay this guy to teach them to "swing like Hogan"? If so, he should probably be arrested for impersonating a golf swing.
  2. I've used one for many years and it definitely made me more consistent in the quality of my stroke. I leaned heavily on Quintic data to confirm that it wasn't all in my head. I have the Visio fitting guide to help decide the arc you need. You will need someone to help you with getting the measurements as it's almost impossible to get accurate measurements by yourself . PM me and I'll send it along.
  3. Sure did. It's a long boring story of what lead to my walking away. But I was an ex golfer for nine years. Didn't miss it for a second. Didn't even watch golf on TV. Amazingly enough, the world continued to spin and no one seemed to notice I wasn't on the golf course. It's just a game. Unless your living is playing golf, it's just not that important. Life is a one way ticket so do what you enjoy. If you don't currently enjoy golf, do something else for awhile and see if you miss golf. If you don't, you made the right choice. If you do miss it, come on back. The game isn't going anywhere.
  4. I'm not sure where one would find the TPI curriculum online. I know there are some good golf fitness channels on Youtube. I have used some videos from the ULaunch youtube channel. his page is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9OrJwSE3AF79ku_4NUGeUw A fellow competitor of mine swears by the Fit for Golf app.
  5. I don't know if you would call what I've done to be "chasing distance". I have moved through competitive golf since I was a kid and now as my age has relentlessly continued to march ever forward, I'm prepping for the State Senior Am next summer. In my prime, my club head speed on a "normal" driver swing was around 115mph. If I went after one, 118 was about all I had in the tank if I wanted to keep it on the golf course. Age and a lack of flexibility conspired to steal a fair amount of speed apparently. I had not been on a launch monitor since 2015 and my competitive career had pretty much ended. The little amount of golf I was playing was just hit and giggle stuff with a few friends, that were not long to begin with, so I didn't really notice the decline. Last March I stepped into a hitting bay to hit a few new drivers at the local golf store and looked at the reality of age. 109mph was all I could get, even feeling like I was coming out of my shoes. Well....that would not cut it. I found a TPI guy locally to get me fitter, more flexible, and stronger, and I got busy with the speed sticks. I'm up to 113mph on my "normal" driver swing and 116mph on a full bore rip in about 9 months of committed work. My dispersion is getting better as my fitness and flexibility has gotten better. My TPI guy sees no reason I can't get a few more mph before the Senior Am qualifiers start this March. So, I don't guess I've been chasing speed as much as fighting off father time for just a little longer.
  6. I can recommend Bill Moretti in Austin. His Academy of Golf Dynamics has been around since the 80's Top 100 teacher and has a stellar record for developing players. And he's one of the nicest guys in golf. I attended one of his 3 day clinics back in the early 90's and really enjoyed it. Learned a few bunker techniques that served me well. https://www.golfdynamics.com/
  7. I thought I was a pretty good player. Won a couple of Club Championships before I was 19. Played college golf. (never won, but played pretty well) Won a City Championship. Then I signed up to play the Adams Tight Lies Tour. I was done in one and a half seasons. Lost all of my sponsor's money. Spent all but $28.00 in my checking account chasing the dream. Best finish was 11th. My pay-out was $318. My entire career winning would be less than $1000. What held me back was: 1. A golf swing that didn't hold up under pressure. Flawed concept of the golf swing. 2. Poor understanding of myself and being my own worst enemy. Anger issues were a major problem 3. Poor practice habits and HOW to practice 4. Most of all was probably tying my worth as a person to my score. The pressure to NOT lose my sponsor's money was suffocating and was self defeating. I have plenty of regrets. But I don't regret trying.
  8. Really great progress. Congrats to both of you. I was working with a sports psychologist back during my prime trying to get better in my entire approach and practice methods and he encouraged me to keep specific journals on practice intentions/results, and on my process journey. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the value and I failed to focus on keeping a journal. A lack of maturity and probably some laziness was my undoing in many ways.
  9. As a longtime Mid-Am competitor I would say you will need to show some tangible success at the State and Regional level to make a legitimate run at the U.S Mid-Am. A lot of the U.S. level Mid-Am level field is ex D1 college players, ex-mini tour players, and money game veterans. There are a lot of seriously talented guys you have never heard of. Get your GHIN into shape. Look into the DECADE program. Consider the Aim Point system as it makes putting more standardized on unfamiliar greens. Play your State-Am and Mid-Am qualifiers this next season to see where your game is and to get a gauge of where you need to be. Play money games when you can, to get used to competitive pressure again. Win your Club Championship and at least be top 5 in your City Championship. A traveling +3-+4 is a serious challenger in any competition. Out work everyone you know and commit to the process. Good Luck
  10. Just a little tidbit that might offer something for consideration. One of the most respected teachers in my area that taught a LOT of lessons over the years and had a good size youth program, has pretty much lost his entire teaching business. He is an old school teacher (Golfing Machine GSEB) that uses video mainly. He is stuck in his ways and is convinced he can do what needs to be done with his experience and video. A new "facility" opened a couple of years ago that advertised Trackman indoor and outdoor lessons along with Bodi-track and other technology. The instructor they hired came from Golf-Tec and had no real playing experience to speak of. He is now the de-facto teacher for all the local high school golf teams, and has more youth players working with him than all the Club pros in town combined. Don't under estimate the attraction of technology to golfers seeking to get better. Especially younger golfers that have grown up with technology and data. A great teacher doesn't "need" all of this technology. But no one has ever been smarter from NOT knowing something. The instant feedback of Trackman can make a big difference to how students see their lessons and their game progress.
  11. There are times at my range, especially in the winter, when I'm the only guy there. My range slopes down at the front of the teeing area where I can walk out with a few balls and hit downhill shots. Both sides of the teeing area slope up so I go from one side to the other with a few balls and hit some balls above my feet, and then to the other side to hit balls below my feet. The only option I don't have is an uphill shot. Luckily I play at a very hilly and undulating course and I get ample opportunities to execute these shots. But it still helps to block practice these shots when I can. I played PGA National a few years ago and they had an amazing practice area where you could hit on different slopes. After that I wondered why more ranges don't put some slopes in for players. That said, I've never seen anyone but me at my range practice on the slopes, and there were almost zero divots in the sloped practice area at PGA National, so maybe few people see the need.
  12. What do you consider a "strong arc"? So much depends on your body type, posture, putter length, and about a dozen other things. If you were to shorten your putter 2 inches and bend over more, that would shallow your arc. Likewise lengthen your putter two inches and stand up taller, your arc will get stronger. The lie of your putter can effect your arc also. Or you can putt like Isao Aoki and have to toe of the putter sticking up 2 inches higher than the heel and your hands very low. That would create a very strong arc if you just rotated your shoulders around your spine. So, if you don't rotate your shoulders as much, you could have a very shallow arc if you just release your arms to swing the putter, or if you have more of a pop stroke with lots of wrist action. So to answer your question, lots of current Tour pros would putt with a stronger arc than some, if they stand up more at address (think Raymond Floyd) they will tend to have a stronger arc. Or have a shallower arc if they bend over more with a shorter putter (think Robert Garrigus) You can swing any putter on any arc. There's a fair bit of marketing in the idea that certain putter styles fit certain strokes better. I have what many consider to be a fairly strong arc (15 degrees) and a putter with more toe flow "should" be a better choice for me. But the Quintic machine clearly showed that I got a better roll, with less skid, and better starting direction with a center shafted putter. My .02 that's based on a LOT of tinkering with putting is to not focus too much on the size of your arc unless you're going to go to trouble of actually measuring the parts of your putting that contribute to your natural arc with the current length and lie of the putter you're using. Phil Kenyon used to have a very detailed explanation on his web page of what goes into your arc and how to properly measure what it takes to figure out your best arc. If you can't find it, PM me as I think I have a copy on my old PC. If you get an opportunity to get on a SAM Putt Lab or Quintic machine, those are a very valuable tools that will take the guess work out of what your arc is and if that's the arc that optimizes your ability to roll the ball on your target line.
  13. Splitrail in Aledo Tx. Three State qualifiers there over the years. Never qualified. Always played it poorly. Weird thing is that I've played it for fun and scored pretty well.
  14. Unless golf is your profession everyone should quit when the game no longer brings you any happiness or joy. If golf feels like a job, makes you unhappy, or effects your relationships with those you care about, it has become something unhealthy, toxic, and in fact makes your life more difficult. Nothing you do as a "hobby" should make your life more difficult. If golf isn't fun, find something that is. Life is way too short to be unhappy with a game.
  15. Exactly. The interaction all happens after impact. It's just a feeling, but an important feeling for me. As to ball interaction or turf interaction. Both is the only correct answer. But in a bizarre-o world where both don't exist, impact is always king so ball interaction is the primary goal of any club.
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