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  1. My opinion - for most people, trying to get more open is a bad idea. It tends to happen as a result of good things early in the swing and can't be forced. Either post a video here or seek help from a professional before risking going down the wrong path.
  2. 61, which is +1 on a par 60. I struck the ball relatively poorly for the first ~12 or so holes, but putted unreal, so made 5 birdies. Then, started to strike the ball well but couldn't score to save my life. Good round overall, but +1 with 5 birdies didn't feel as good as it should have. Take away - I am a solid putter, especially on greens that roll true. I play a lot on courses with shaggy / bumpy greens and feel like my putting isn't great as a result, but every time I play somewhere with pure greens, I'm pleasantly surprised by my putter. Yesterday was a perfect example where I was +3 strokes gained vs. scratch according to Arccos.
  3. Not to sound like a jerk, but if you hit a driver 160 it’s cause your swing is not good. Trying to hit it farther at this stage is likely a mistake. The goal should be to improve your swing. With a better swing more speed will come. I can’t say what exactly needs to change, but if you have a coach follow his advice and distance will come. A 32 year old should be able to hit it 250, if not further
  4. I just wish I was as mentally strong as him...Maybe one day...
  5. I'm not a local, but my brother lives in the area. We've had fun at Admiral Baker (North Course). It's a Navy course open to the public. It's nothing amazing, but walkable and usually in pretty good condition. I'm sure there are better options, but may be worth considering. Coronado probably worth considering too if only because of the location.
  6. Both? I play both Apex Pros and MP33 any given day. You can debate what type of clubs a low single digit should play with, but the MP33 are certainly more penal than the Apex Pros, and at times I feel like the Apex Pros are a bit too chunk for my liking. One day I'll find a middle ground, but playing both has been a good approach for me thus far.
  7. For me, it almost always goes bad off the tee. I get mad, curse a little and then fight like hell to get up and down and make the best score I can. More often than not, I can find a feel and tee game starts to come together and despite a tough stretch of holes, everything is ultimately ok. I think the key is to vent my frustration while still focusing on what I can fix / control. That said, if everything is off for a day, I just keep playing trying to find something and then hit the range afterwards, video myself and get myself back on track so: 1) I'm not upset after the round; and 2) the outing was somewhat productive.
  8. Thanks for the response. Agree this is partially strategy (e.g., pulling wrong club) and partially just not being comfortable with tight dog leg rights with trees in my start line / trouble left. I think the bottom line is I need to get my driver and 3 wood to curve less, not necessarily the opposite direction, to play well on courses with tons of dog leg rights. It's something I've been aware of for a while, but this course really shows the need for a soft draw with a repeatable start line.
  9. On putting, unless I'm missing the functionality, Arccos looks at it from the "basic" perspective. That said, I can say with relative certainty I'm gaining strokes from 30ft, because 9/10 times I have a tap in when lagging. It's rare for me to need to make a 6 footer after my first putt. That said, if you gave me ten 10 footers, I'd bet I'd lose strokes to a scratch player. Think it's a mind set thing to some extent
  10. I use Arccos. My phone sucks so I usually just enter the round after the fact, which takes about ~10 minutes. I find it helpful and sometimes very surprising, so it's a good way to sense check how any given round actually went and then look at my game more broadly over a longer time frame. That said, I don't believe you can follow the data with blind faith. For instance: - Strokes gained off the tee: I gain strokes almost every round because I hit it ~285-300 which is longer than an "average" scratch golfer, despite often losing strokes due to accuracy. Depending on the course, how far I hit it is irrelevant cause accuracy is at more of premium. Strokes gained isn't smart enough to determine when accuracy really matters, so I think it overstates my true proficiency off the tee. - Strokes gained putting: I gain strokes every round putting cause my lag putting is great. I do think a scratch players makes more putts than I do from "mid range", which I think is a hole in my game and holding me back from scoring better more often. If you track data and also use your own experience to identify holes in your game though, I think you will have a really good idea what to focus on, which is half the battle
  11. Can you spare ~$50 for an online lesson? If so, send a video to Dan Carraher or Monte Scheinblum. To the untrained eye, there are a lot of good things going on in your swing (trail hip working up, relatively good positions, etc.). I think some high quality advice and pin pointing the 1-2 things you actually need to focus on will yield large dividends.
  12. Anyone else have a course that just seems to have your number? For me, it's a local muni that in theory isn't very challenging, but I just cannot play well there. Every round seems to unfold in the same manner: get off to a good start / play well though 7 or 8 and then completely fall apart thereafter. I play poorly because after holes 7/8 there are tons of dog leg rights with tree lined fairways. As someone who often draws the ball too much, I just can't start the ball on a line that will hold the fairway let alone avoid the trees on the left. As soon as I start missing it left, it gets into my head and I seem to fall apart. If you've faced a similar issue, how were you able to overcome it? For those who draw the ball, how have you adapted to play holes like this (obviously, I'm trying to draw it less, but that's a work in progress...)? Just curious about others' experiences. It's not a big deal and I can play elsewhere, but I want to be able to play this course well given ego. I also think being able to score well on all types of courses is important to being a better golfer.
  13. For what it's worth, when I practice the Cast A, I try to cast it even further behind me and "motorcycle move" my lead wrist. Not to say what you are doing is wrong, but your cast looks to be more like 7. You can probably get there with what you are doing, but, for me, more exaggeration is better.
  14. Fair enough. You know your swing better than I do. I just know a lot of people spend time chasing the wrong thing, so wanted you to avoid that.
  15. I would bet your hands aren't to blame (at least fully) so I think taking your hands out of your swing is likely a dangerous path to go down. It's possible your hands are moving incorrectly, but that doesn't mean you should stop using them altogether - it would be much better to improve how they move so you don't have a rigid / powerless swing. It's also possible something prior to "using your hands", such as an open club face, requires you to roll your club face closed and encourages hooks. Rather than jumping to conclusions though, I'd suggest posting a video here and people will try to get you on the right path. That, or sign up for an online lesson. Both will hopefully get you headed in the right direction rather than chasing something that may or may not be correct.
  16. Practice swings aren't meant be your "real" swing and never will be for two primary reasons: 1) There is no ball; you will always swing different when a ball is front of you vs. not; 2) unless you have a really aggressive practice swing, your practice swing will never be at the same speed as a real swing. Given this, a practice swing should be meant to get the feel the shot you are about to hit. That could mean trying to feel the tempo, trying to feel the path, trying to feel a change you've been working on, etc. Often times this can / should be exaggerated. After these practice swings, focus on the target and make your best swing.
  17. Not to derail the conversation, but you are a 2 with 34 putts per round? If that's the case, you must be an excellent ball striker and/or play on concrete, highly sloped greens. Impressive.
  18. For all those saying that Monte (or others) encourages players to bow the wrist, I'm not sure that is what he or any instructor is espousing. What he is saying is that data shows that all good players bow their wrist to close the club face during the downswing. This isn't to say they do what DJ, Rahm or Morikawa do, but they absolutely do not extend the lead wrist (this is what "bad" players do) and at a minimum have some amount of flexion. When and how much are not consistent across players, which is why teachers generally don't prescribe any set amount or ask people to bow their wrists. That said, at least in the case of Monte, he provides a drill that exaggerates flexion of the lead wrist in order to allow a player to feel the flexion and incorporate it into the swing. This isn't unlike any other drill / feeling - they generally need to be exaggerated to be effective. I think most golfers would benefit from making sure they have a club face that is more closed heading into impact, as this is generally a better position to play from and the average golfer struggles with an open club face / stall / flip / etc. As such, I would say being aware of flexion of the lead wrist on the downswing and how it impacts your swing is good at a minimum and focusing on it may be necessary to improve your game.
  19. This is based on one or two rounds, but I've recently tried to give up on the concept of teeing the ball high / hitting up on it. Honestly, trying to hit up on the ball does absolutely nothing for me 8/10 times. I've started to tee the ball barely above the crown or maybe a bit more and make an "iron swing". With a 9.25 degree driver, the result is a mid-to-low flight drive with way less movement than when I try to tee it higher. It is also at least as long (280-290), if not longer, due to the penetrating flight and roll (think Jaco Niemann).
  20. 70. My best round ever at a challenging course. Pretty amazing as I was 3 over on par 5s and 5 under on par 3s and 4s. I've been working pretty hard on some changes lately, so my handicap has been going up due to inconsistency, but this round was a sign I'm on the right track. My left miss is essentially gone, which really frees me up and let's me play with much more aggressively.
  21. Knowing your distances is very important, but feel is also incredibly important. For instance, it's nice to know a 3/4 58 goes 85 yards (or whatever), but what if the lie is extra thick or a flyer? What if there's a massive ridge in the green and long is dead, so you absolutely need to land it short and run the ball up? If you have that detailed of matrix, that's probably can't hurt, but I doubt the best wedge players think about it so mechanically. As such, on the course practice / experience is paramount.
  22. It's too early to say for certain, but I think I've fixed my one major swing issue this year. I can still play good golf with the issue, but it's holding me back from the next level. If I've actually fixed it, it's a massive accomplishment and will allow me to focus on other finer points. I'm excited about what's to come.
  23. There is another thread floating around here with Malaska and Cogorno, which shows this same move. This is the end all be all in my opinion. Push your front hip socket back when your hands feel like they are at P6 / at your back hip and voila, no more EE. Do it slow at first with your weight on front foot and video yourself. Problem solved...
  24. Definitely agree with this. I'm a ways away from having the real estate to install one due to outlandish costs in SoCal, but wouldn't balk at installing one even if distance was off (assuming I wasn't ingraining poor habits). I can only imagine how much better my game would be with 1.5 hours of practice each night, so kudos to you
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