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  1. To try to answer the original question, I believe that trying to maintain a single plane (not sure that’s technically possible) will result in a mechanical, unathletic move. I think it’s more productive to view things in terms of how the movements the golfer makes affect the angle of the shaft throughout the swing. some questions that might generate better discussion: *all of my answers are all things being equal* “Is there an advantage to shallowing the club?” Yes, I believe there is an advantage. “Is a big shallowing move advantageous?” Only if a player is capable of rotating enough to support it “does the swing become easier if a player has a shorter, laid off position at the top of the swing and doesn’t shallow significantly?” I would say that could be easier to manage for some people
  2. The worst golfers have non functional grips producing clubfaces that are impossible to manage repeatedly and virtually never result in solid strikes. The biggest difference I see between ams and pros in general is arm structure, which is a very broad term but I would define it in terms of the amount of bend in the right arm at the top of the swing. I’ve seen everything from high caps to scratch players with less than 90 degrees of flex in the right arm. That flaw is virtually nonexistent among tour players.
  3. A poor ball striker becoming a good ball striker is rare. It takes passion and time If someone wants it bad enough, they will find a way. The reality is that most don’t have enough of either. There is a myth perpetuated by some that you need to find one teacher and stay married to their every word for eternity. I have taken lessons from several teachers and have learned valuable things from each one but ultimately there wasn’t a single one that had all of the answers for me. They were sources of information and ideas that helped me educate myself about the swing which enabled me to work through things so that I could own my swing and not have to depend on someone else to save me when things go south. I don’t claim to have all the answers, and am always eager to learn more.
  4. Lesson tees are filled with high handicap slicers and mid to low cap goat humpers. Dumped under early extension generally can’t be fixed by avoidance drills alone. In fact, that could make things much worse. Have to get to the root of things for your specific move.
  5. Cool. X will spin plenty. Should just come down to practice. Try to find a range that has an extended short game area. There are many ways to play from that distance. Some better than others IMO. Choose the one where your contact/distance control is the best most often.
  6. What golf ball do you play? How skilled are you closer to the green? I think it has to start there. Otherwise, this is a distance most amateurs should never leave themselves IMO. If you are really good around the green with say a 58 or 60, you can use anything from 48-54 and basically make the same swing as you do around the green.
  7. There isn't a drill for your issue unless you want to hit it really bad. You have to go back earlier in the swing and find whats causing you to have to flip in order to be able to play golf.
  8. Sam Snead's feel as well. https://golf.com/instruction/driving/sam-snead-secret-distance-rare-1960s-video/ 3. Turn your body for the final “punch” It’s only around impact, Snead says, that he feels like he stops making an arm swing and starts using his body to rotate. As you can see, that’s not what’s actually happening — his body is constantly rotating — but nevertheless, that’s his feeling. That the first half of his downswing is a pull with his arms, and the final part of his downswing is a rotation with his body. It’s the “final punch,” as the narrator describes it.
  9. I think its easy to look at the p system and prescribe a change in mechanics, but equally as important is when to do the thing, and the "when" is often so counterintuitive that most could never figure it out on their own. The mechanics help put us in a functional spot to deliver the club the way we want, but the glue is in the sequence, rhythm and tempo. Having the correct perception of the timing of that sequence, and then doing it repeatedly is the key to good golf. The hard part is that our perception changes over time and I believe that is one of the reasons we have periods of up and down, despite the fact that our swings (mechanically) don't usually change a ton. If you look at a pros swing where they pipe a drive perfectly, compared to a swing where they block it into the rough, you will likely not see a big difference in the swings on 2d video. You will hear things like "I got quick," which is a possibility. Another way to say it might be that the sequence or rhythm was off a tiny bit.
  10. Yes, low point control is one of the main differences between pros and ams. However, my point is that thinking in terms of dynamic loft leaves out a lot of important details, especially in terms of dynamics and doesn't guarantee solid ball striking.
  11. I would disagree. Vastly differing amounts of rotation in the body segments, shoulder rotations, forearm rotations, wrist angles, elbow bend, knee flex, I could go on forever. Pros are all over the map in terms of their impact positions. I would say average golfers have more commonalities in their impact positions than pros.
  12. That's the fastest I've heard for over 60. Very nice.
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