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  1. Trust me...you don't want to hook it. The hook has plagued my golf game for the past 10 plus years. It's not fun or glamorous in any way. There is nothing worse than hitting a shot on the dead center of the clubface and looking up and seeing the ball go careening into the trees up the left, then hit the ground and roll another 100 yards further left. For the 8th time that day. What Lee Trevino said is certainly true: "You can talk to a fade, but a hook won't listen." Be content with your one-way miss, my friend.
  2. I know you're getting all kinds of different advice to your post, but I will just say that based on my experience, adjusting the lie angle will have varying results among golfers. I played irons that were two degrees upright ever since I started seriously playing--went to a static fitting 15 years ago and the guy measured my wrist to floor and told me that's what I needed. I recently purchased a new (to me) set of irons that was one degree flat. I normally hit it left, so I figured maybe the flat lie angle would straighten things out a bit. The reality was, I noticed no difference in the direc
  3. For most of my golfing life, I’ve struggled to chip with my sand wedge, but usually have no trouble when I use my gap wedge, and I’m starting to wonder if this is related to my equipment. My gap wedge is part of my P790 iron set, but no sand wedge is available so I play an Adams Tom Watson forged 56 degree wedge (bounce is 13 degrees). I can’t tell you how many times I chunk little greenside chips with my Adams wedge, but if I chip with my gap wedge the club seems to glide right through the turf and I have much better results. My problems arise when I have little green to work with and need th
  4. Swing the club straight back, you're too inside on the backswing. This may work for some but it just kills my swing. I overdo it, get very disconnectedwith no backswing depth and hit it all over the planet. Monte's No Turn Cast video made me realize that the arms swing slightly inside, not straight back. My ballstriking improved leaps and bounds from just that one tip alone.
  5. I was the classic "Let me try to hit wedge from 145 out" guy before reading this thread. But yesterday I played a money round with two of my good friends and I followed Monte's suggestion and clubbed up on those wedge shots that I'd normally try to swing out of my shoes on. I have to thank Monte because his advice resulted in a couple of kick-in birdies and helped me take 16 of 18 skins in the match. This is no joke! I seriously was laughing out there on the course about how much easier it was to play like that, and how dumb I was for trying to nuke my wedges all these years and not realizing
  6. Cardoustie, that is great to hear that you're playing great golf at the moment. Keep it up. Everything about life is just a little sweeter when we have our golf swing on point and we're playing our best. Question about the left shoulder down thought: How do you avoid losing your posture and dipping down in your backswing when you do it? I ask because that tends to happen to me when that's my swing thought.
  7. Fire your coach, go back to your old swing,and start enjoying the game again.
  8. Thanks all. Most of your replies pretty much confirmed what I was thinking, which is that the price may not be coming down any time soon. I should have mentioned that I play irons 3/4" to 1" long, so I do need a custom set. I've been keeping my eye on eBay but they don't come around too often, and they end up being only a couple hundred bucks cheaper than if I buy a brand new set (a buddy of mine works at a large golf retailer and can get me a small discount), so I may just end up buying them new.
  9. I'm on the market for a new set of irons and I really have my heart set on the 2019 TaylorMade P790s. I'm just wondering if anyone knows if, now that the 2020 P770s are out, they will soon see a drop in price. I really want to pull the trigger and buy some now, but I'd kick myself if in a month or two the price goes down. Does anyone know when historically TaylorMade tends to drop prices of the previous year's model clubs? Or have any insider info about this? Thanks and happy golfing, all!
  10. When I first started playing golf, I had a bad slice, but somewhere along the line as I got better, it turned into a hook that I can’t seem to fix. I have posted my swing a couple of times in the past. I’d say this problem has been going on for over 10 years. Misses tend to be pulls, and pull hooks, and shots where the ball starts at target and misses left (ball rarely starts out to the right, and if it starts left it never fades back). I took this video while on the course the other day. Had about 220 into a par 5 and was going for the green in two. Hit the ball solid, but it ende
  11. I think there are a lot of good things going on in this swing. On your DTL video, however, I noticed that your hands move out away from your body as soon as you take the club away, so you get really disconnected right off the bat. This can cause all sorts of issues and could also be contributing to your overswing. There are all sorts of videos and drills out there about how to fix it, but I think just focusing on keeping your hands in during your takeaway will be a great place to start.
  12. Main question: is it possible to get your body and feet aligned one way, while your club face and brain are aligned a different way, which would lead to getting “crossed up” and perhaps cause the ball to go offline? Has this happened to anyone? Hey all... I’ve posted several times about the fact that I miss everything left. I’ve had lessons, tried self-diagnosing, asked friends for help, and nothing ever works. I’ve literally been hitting the ball solid but missing everything left for upwards of 10 years (extremely frustrating). But now I’m wondering if it has something to do with the way I’ve
  13. To those who make their backswings with more of a closed clubface (face more pointed towards the ground at P2, perhaps tending toward a strong grip), how do you keep from hitting it left? My understanding (and what tends to happen in my own swing) is that if the clubface is closed during the swing, you'll contact the ball with a closed face, and the ball will go left. But I see pros all the time with strong clubfaces that hit it dead straight. How do you guys not miss everything left? What needs to happen in the golf swing for a closed clubface to arrive at the ball square and produce a straig
  14. It's kind of reassuring to read that I'm not the only one whose chipping fell completely apart. Glad that 596 seems to have figured it out. As for me, I had a lesson and the instructor was just basically speechless. The only thing he said was, "Whoa." I duffed maybe 10 in a row in front of him and he was no help at all. I don't think it's my technique--I'm afraid it could just be nerves and the dreaded yips. I can fat one, skull the next, then double hit (which I'm embarrassed to say I do quite often, even on short greenside chips). I've just been trying to work through it on my own and have
  15. Really don't mean to hijack the thread, but since there are already two threads about Monte's clinics/lessons, I didn't want to start a third. My question is, should I book a 9-hole playing lesson or a private one hour lesson with Monte? In my case, I really never feel too comfortable when I'm on the range, and I can start hitting random weird shots that I don't ever hit when I'm on the course. But would a playing lesson give me enough technical, swing-based instruction? I know that the course management stuff is ultra-important, but I mainly want help with my swing (and my short game as well)
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