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  1. Yes, proper shallowing opens the face. You can fix it in one of a few ways: strengthen your grip, or do the motorcycle move (lead forearm rotation and / or wrist flexion), or all of the above. I started working on shallowing and rotation. I’ve improved quite a bit on that. I then started struggling with blocks, slices and hooks. If you had asked, I would have told you that was because my grip was too strong. In looking at it and getting an instructor to look at it, my grip was so weak that the fix is literally for me to close my lead hand grip by 45 degrees. That is probably 5 degrees too closed but I don’t want to have to think about the forearm and wrist moves above during the swing. So I close the face and preset the wrist flexion somewhat on the takeaway. It’s amazing how much more closed my face is, yet I’m not sling hooking everything (because I’m rotating and shallowing better).
  2. I had little trouble with it. Switched about 10 years ago. I was a little “scared” of the smaller heads etc at first, but honestly I started hitting them better almost instantly. I find very little difference between shovels and player’s irons for me personally. And I’m not a stellar ballstriker by any means. But I like that the player’s irons force me to improve to find the middle of the face more often.
  3. This is 100% a series of swing faults. A 32 yo with any athleticism whatsoever could hit a driver 160 from their knees. Either your instructor is way off base, or (more likely) you have a lot of faults that rob you of any power AND you aren’t hitting anywhere near the center of the club face. And to other’s points, maybe you are swinging incredibly “softly”. Anyway, you need a hard reset.
  4. To answer your question, no I didn’t lose distance at all. In fact, I’d estimate I’m now almost 30 yards longer than I was with the driver. My point was that, while I was going through a major overhaul and nothing seemed to be clicking, I had to have something that allowed me to keep trusting the process. So I’d try to appreciate as many small gains as possible. The “good thing” for me is that I had gotten so bad that I really had no other options. Either quit, or find an instructor I liked and stick with the process. I found the George Gankas program and I haven’t looked back. I’m still up and down as I continue to fix all of my faults. And it has taken me almost 2 years to get here. But I stuck with it and my golf game is in so much better shape than it was a few years ago.
  5. I’ve been there before, OP. A few times, actually. It’s the worst feeling. You put so much time and money into this game, and you play like a 35 handicap sometimes. I used to get so angry watching some 25 handicap make decent contact with the ball, while I (as a 13 at the time) literally couldn’t get an iron airborne. It stinks. I don’t know that a break is necessarily going to help much. Maybe it will allow you to not care as much about your performance, but I don’t know. I got out of my rut with 2 things. The first was more (but different) lessons, and hard work implementing the fixes. It took almost a year. It seems to me you weren’t vibeing with your latest instructor, so maybe go find another one? The second thing I did was to try to find at least some joy in all the things about golf besides my actual performance. Because I played a number of crappy rounds as I was relearning my swing and recovering from surgery, I was forced to appreciate the little gains. I remember I struck a 5 iron solidly one day and was so happy about that. It was probably 30 yards shorter than what I would normally play it, but hey you have to find something to feel good about. I tried to enjoy being outdoors. I started walking more, so that at least I was getting exercise. Gradually, I started to care a little less when I played like crap. And it helped that I started playing better due to the lessons, etc. Good luck with it.
  6. I’m nearing the end of my 2nd year with this program. It’s the best $900 I’ve ever spent on my golf game (you do get a slight returning member discount, and I got a Black Friday discount the 1st year). I am light years better now than I was when I started this program. Every now and then I’ll come across an old swing video of mine and just chuckle at how terrible it looked vs where I am now. That said, I’m not sure I will renew for the 3rd year. Not because I don’t think it was worth it (it totally was), but because I think I now have enough knowledge to do a lot of my own self diagnosis. In the 1st year I voraciously consumed the videos and uploaded my swing, etc. In the second year, I’ll watch maybe 2-3 clips a week on a specific topic I have a question on. And I’ll upload my swing about once a month. Still totally worth it, but lately I pretty much already know what Jake is going to tell me when I upload the videos. This is because George’s program did such a good job giving me swing knowledge, and Jake has done such a good job telling me the things to know about my swing. I hear they are adding new content. And I should probably dive deeper into the short game shots, course management, and skills and drills section. So maybe I will renew a 3rd year. But I’m on the fence. I’m now at the point where I think an in person lesson with George (or maybe Jake) would do wonders for me. I know what I need to work on, but sometimes you need another person helping you put your body in the right positions, get the right feels, etc. I’d have to travel to Cali, and would have to get on his calendar somehow. But I’d take the $500ish I’d spend on the membership and apply it toward the lesson with George I think.
  7. My “dream” golf budget this year would include: - home simulator setup - multiple golf trips (Scotland and Ireland again, Pinehurst, maybe Pebble area again) I already have a club membership, and I like my golf clubs and don’t really have much desire for new ones. I might reshaft my irons and update my wedges but that’s about it. It isn’t so much about budget for me; it is mostly a time question. I could do all of these trips if I only had time. And I could do the simulator, except we’d have to sacrifice a room in the house or the garage, and my wife would never be ok with any of those options.
  8. Congratulations! Nice touch by the course giving you a flag. I got my first this year and all I got from the club was a large bar tab lol! It’s something you will never forget.
  9. Don’t you know it is impossible to drive it long and also drive it straight? It is much better to drive it 230. That way you’ll always guarantee a fairway hit, and you’ll be able to compete with tour pros. (If you can’t tell, I’m being facetious…there is another 17 page ridiculous thread or whatever on this very topic…anyway, it’s only a matter of time before someone comes on your thread and tells you more distance is a bad thing lol)
  10. Considering that my wife now wipes the floor with me when we play tennis, it would be a little hard to take if she was also better at golf lol. I’ll give her one or the other In our younger days we played tennis together often, and I was decent and she was decent. I would usually “beat” her, or I would let her win a lot. But, I play tennis maybe 3 times a year now, and she plays 4-5 times a week. It’s amazing to see how much better she’s gotten. I’m lucky to get a game off of her now. I haven’t been fortunate enough to play much with a really good female golfer. One day at my club, though, we saw a couple play the 12th hole. The woman played from the men’s tees, and she had a beautiful swing. She was clearly very good. One of the guys shot 68 that day and thought he had the best round of the day. But nope…turns out that woman shot a 66…her name was Austin Ernst.
  11. I have the Callaway 2013 x-forged irons with a mixture of shafts (long story) but mostly Project X PXI 6.0s. Because of the “long story” re: my shafts, I figured I might just buy new irons (though I love my ‘13 x-forged). Also, I’m turning 50 soon, and I have some of the aches and pains associated with that age, and a few surgeries to boot, etc. I still move it pretty well, especially for my age, but figured maybe modern irons and graphite shafts might allow me to gain a little yardage and have a more forgiving setup. I’ve now tried 4 different new irons (some PXG and some Callaway) all with graphite shafts, and I’ve hated all of them. The irons should be more forgiving. The graphite shafts might be too light. Anyway, I was curious as to other’s thoughts on irons today vs 8-10 years ago, and transitioning to graphite shafts, etc. At this point, I’m leaning toward keeping my current set and just reshafting them maybe with Nippon Modus 105s, or Project X I/Os.
  12. To the OP, I’ve dealt with a lot of similar issues as you. Got to an 8 handicap at one time but it was all smoke and mirrors. My swing was terrible but I had grooved a “fix” for a few months and my index dropped quickly. After a surgery and some other stuff, it crept back up to where it should have been (14 at the time). Now I’m a 10 and improving, and this one doesn’t feel like smoke and mirrors…I feel I have more improvement on the horizon. Finally, I suffered (and probably still do somewhat) from that excessive forearm rotation like you that causes you to roll the club inside. Anyway, a few thoughts for you. First, this isn’t a “mental block” or “swing yips”. No amount of “mental game” is going to fix your swing. The only mental block here is that, on the one hand you seem to want to improve, but on the other hand you are failing to acknowledge that some swing flaws are keeping you from improving and that it will just take some hard work to fix it. This hard work means identifying the flaws, practicing the moves correctly in the camera, grooving the changes by hitting balls, building a pre-shot routine that helps to remind you of whatever feel it is you are trying to groove, etc. I know all of this because this was me before…” I should be way better than I am, my swing is fine, it must be my mental game, why do I hit it so well on the range and not on the course?” Sound familiar? Second, on one hand, golf is infinitely complex (and you probably feel this way right now). On the other hand, golf is really pretty simple. At the end of the day, all it really takes is a stable face angle, and delivering the club on the proper plane (and the right combo of face angle and path for your pattern). That’s it. For example, it seems like you miss too many 2 foot putts. I’d be willing to bet that your putter face angle changes too much during the swing. Otherwise there’s almost no way to miss 2 footers unless you aimed way off. Whenever I start spraying the ball everywhere, after some frustration trying to find the right swing thought, I usually take a step back and remember that my face is likely too open which causes a lot of compensations. Plane is harder to fix but I generally know why I get dumped under and can create some feels to fix that. Point being, getting better doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go away from “your swing” but it does mean that you have to make fixes stick that get you on plane with a stable face. Good luck!
  13. I have the SL2. Overall I love it. It is a good walking bag, and having both the single and double straps is a nice option. It is super stylish. I get comments often. It is lightweight. It carries easily, and carries all 14 of my clubs. It is very well made and durable. There are cons though. The pockets are tight, and thus the bag doesn’t hold all that much for its size. This isn’t a deal breaker, as much more stuff would make it heavier (and that’s what I’m trying to avoid). But the pockets do not expand in the least. Also, the zippers get stuck often. It’s really only one zipper on my bag, and I can always get it to zip after some fooling around with it, and the problem seems to have lessened maybe as the bag has “broken in”. But I was very close to returning it in the beginning due to the zipper issue. All of that said, at 30% off price this is a great bag.
  14. Early hip turn causes an inside takeaway, and causes your arms to run on at the top (which leads to disconnection). It isn’t impossible to play golf with an early hip turn, but it requires some compensations. Ideally the hips start at about P1.5.
  15. I went to Walmart and bought a shag bag of 24 new but crappy/inexpensive golf balls. Some Wilson ball I think (and nothing against Wilson, they make some good stuff…these were just their lowest of the low). Anyway, I took a 3w, hybrid and driver to the worst tee shot on my course and hit 3-4 tee balls with each. Of course, I hit 9 of 10 dead in the middle, and then played the hole the next day and hit one in the hazard lol. So even this isn’t foolproof…it takes multiple attempts and takes simulation of a “real” shot, etc. But keep at it and it will help. And the biggest thing is just getting your mind right on the course, about your routine and being totally OK with the range of outcomes. That’s the biggest thing.
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