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  1. Thanks @scratchmcgee Just to make sure I understand, is it this drill? https://www.instagram.com/p/CNqVQ3qFo1E/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  2. FWIW we belong to two private clubs. Before Covid, I could easily go out almost any afternoon, even weekends and have the course almost to myself. I would play alone and have a four ball scramble, trying all kind of trouble shots and greenside recoveries. This year, both clubs book every single tee time on the sheet and even the evenings are busy. And oh, yes as @kftgolfermentioned above, initiation fees have gone way up AND at my home club our membership is full, we have a waiting list.
  3. For standard pitch shots I usually use a 58 from the fairway and a 54 from the rough out to about 80 yards. For greenside bunkers, I use both the 58 and 54 depending on lie and sand consistency. For a chip and run, I try to vary the loft by how much green I have to work with.
  4. @Paddy_2_Iron Was your lesson in person? Do you live in Jacksonville or did you travel?
  5. scratch - with the medicine ball drill, did you do this at a driving range or at home? If it was at home, were you hitting golf balls?
  6. I had two pair of Eccos blow out. I doubt I'll ever buy Eccos again.
  7. @games Reading the thread I'm not sure, how often do you get lessons? Is this once per year? More often? How long do you work on a change before you have it? How many instructors do you work with? Is there something you do to get them all working on the same priorities?
  8. Go to a fitter and have your shafts checked. They may be the wrong ones for you.
  9. You can't improve by surfing Youtube instruction videos or listening to random posters on the internet.
  10. Man those Youtube videos can be like crack.
  11. In the 70s, 260 average was a long ball. He was playing shorter courses than today. Back then, the "Blue Monster" was about 6800 yards and they called it a monster. Mahaffey played at a different time.
  12. In Nicklaus's prime in the 60s, he was one of the longest if not the longest guy on tour. Of course he didn't have to go all out, he was already crazy long. “If we had (the new) golf ball in my day," Lee Trevino told USA Today in 2007, “The best of us would have hit it 300 yards and Jack Nicklaus would have hit it 360.”
  13. I can bury it in the ground several ways. Swing flaw - I have an old habit to get the club behind me and flat at the top, then come back underplane extremely inside out and the low point will be behind the ball. It's either fat or thin depending on the height of the arc. Lower arc = instant fat. ** FWIW I've worked my a** off to stop this move. I've learned more drills that keep me from sucking the club inside, flat and behind me than I ever knew existed. I owe several of the instructors I've taken lessons from for this. Unfortunately, I'm a slow learner or just a poor
  14. Do some people do this to avoid ground contact? Honestly, sometimes especially when practicing pitches in a nicely manicured short game area, I will cringe when I take even a small divot. Could some people do this in their full swing? Could they also do it because they hit a lot of fat shots especially as a beginner?
  15. You're mistaken. Not only does Nicklaus say this, I took lessons from Dick Grout, Jack's son. Dick grew up with Jack Nicklaus. That's how I know: 1. What Jack Grout taught and 2. Some of the things Grout did with Nicklaus. Clapton is a very talented musician. He's an example that great technique is NOT the key to great performance, if you have his level of talent. His talent is his ability to play melodically and his ability to write good music. He's a guitar equivalent of a very talented guy digging it out of the dirt.
  16. What about early Nicklaus's anything but classic swing? 1. He hoisted the ball, kind of a scoop move through impact. 2. He had a flying right elbow. Nicklaus grew up in my hometown. He was a tremendous athlete. Good in football, good enough to be recruited by Ohio State. Good at basketball, he was a powerful forward at 5'10" tall playing against guys 4-6" taller than he was. His coach Jack Grout had a few fundamentals: 1. Take a good grip 2. Keep your head still 3. Swing as hard as you can. Grout would hold young Jack by the h
  17. Interestingly enough, Clapton's technique isn't great or even textbook. As an example, he doesn't use the little finger on his left (fretting) hand. The man is a terrific performer and player, but as a guitarist he would fail the equivalent of golf's grip, stance, alignment fundamental rules. Hendrix held his guitar upside down and he was a great.
  18. What's a high handicap to you? I think that definition may vary. A few years back he was a 12-13 handicap. He slipped and signed up for lessons and stuck to them for a long time. Now he's a 16-17, has been for several years and is probably going the wrong way.
  19. For the first premise. Good instructors fix their students as fast as the student can execute what they are taught. I'm sure there are some less reputable instructors who would do this, but honestly it's clearly hard to get some students to improve. The instructor is not likely what's holding most back. Second premise. I think you are on to something. I heard one instructor say 90% if the students who come to him have a bad grip. Plenty have a poor takeaway. I wonder how many of us would be much better if those things were changed?
  20. Yes, he practices more than 4-5 hours weekly. I'd guess in his case it's more like 10-12 hours weekly plus 3-4 rounds on top of that.
  21. @huskydawgThat's not a strange question at all. People tend to divide into those two approaches. Some people see the line with curve all the way to the hole. Some people estimate how much they think the ball will break, pick a spot and aim at that spot. We can visualize in different ways and still be effective. Like one of the other posters in the thread, I use Aimpoint Express.
  22. So you watch carry? Is there anything else you like to watch?
  23. Thanks! Which data points are important to you? In the case of Trackman or Flightscope Xi Tour or X2/3 there are about 27 data points to choose from.
  24. You mentioned it's a 25 yard forced carry. What's between your ball and the green? What happens if you had hit it 5 or 10 or 15 yards farther than you did?
  25. Yeah, their full swings are probably much more effective. I have to play most rounds hitting partial shots for everything. When it gets really bad, I just hit punch shots!
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