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  1. I've had the full swing yips, posted on the forum previously about this, there are good discussions you can research. What tourpure said is I think the most helpful advice. The yips are ball centric but you can talk yourself into yipping if you're blindfolded, too. Since it's mental there's really no where to hide. The best ideas are the ones that focus on how you "see" the ball during setup and swing. Hank Haney "solved" his, he wrote in a famous Golf Digest article, by staring at the underside brim of his cap during the entire swing!! Only a superb athlete could ever do well with that "cure" much less keep from falling over. I participated, albeit remotely back then, in the only real scientific study about the yips done by the Mayo Clinic of Rochester. They ran out of funding but concluded that the cause was "focal dystonia" and perhaps addressable with beta blocking drugs (it was a dr. study so you'd expect the answer would be drugs--sorry I'm unapologetically critical of the drug company/"studies"/FDA relationships. I've had the cannot take it back with chip shots, full shots etc. To this day I really cannot use anything but a SW on a chip and will yip a 6 iron chip. So I've been to Hell and mostly back, quit completely for 15 years because of it and played RH (I'm LH) for 2 years-==poorly I might add. To this day I putt RH and cannot putt LH. So there are workarounds for putting, switching from LH to RH or vice versa. Many tour pros use a bevy of weird putter grips and hand holds to get that ball rolling and I'm guessing many have experienced the putting yips. To this day I think Speith's tour record setting number of holes with greater than bogeys scoring was connected to the driver yips. The full swing yips is the only real showstopper that could end your career unless you can overcome. I have a full swing yip now about once every 2 rounds--more if it's a tournament-- the flinch at impact yips which violently opens the club face at impact sending it 45 degrees offline into parts unknown. When you feel you're going to yip, you must back off the shot. You will not be able to convince yourself it'll be alright. It won't. But resetting your brain that way helps, as does making more physicsal connection between your upper arms and the sides of your body. Of course that doesn't help for any long shot like a full swing drive but it can work wonders for.a chip (that by the way is $3000 worth of advice, the amount I paid for many consecutive days of lessons trying to get over the yips.) Don't ever give up, their frequency will lessen. It's fear based and ball based. Figure out how not to stare at the ball and figure out how to calm yourself down in the face of a yip. One drill that helped: get out your driver and try to drives of 60 yards, 90, 120, 150 etc. while making a full swing.
  2. Comments? I watched the twitter feed video over and over and over and it doesn't look like he's set up for a slice so is it all in his swing path and hands? It was a remarkable shot, tv commentators said they didn't know anyone else who could do that under these conditions--hyperbole sure but the point is made.
  3. I reread all the posts and want to thank you all for your comments. Actually did not anticipate such strong feelings but I’m quite pleased to see them, even the ones that are just sarcastic without adding anything to the discussion. It means that you care regardless of the way you express that ( my advice-if you want to add to any discussion state reasons. Flippant f.u. type responses only make others not care about your posts.) So I watched alot of Sunday’s coverage thinking about the negative posts from many of you—-looking for problems In his commentary so I could be a more critical viewer. And I found a number of those kinds of comments many of you found objectionable. But in the end I gave up looking for Azinger’s missteps and found myself caught up in his passionate, enthusiastic —and for me—knowledgeable commentary. That freed me up to enjoy top notch pressure golf accomplishments.
  4. Uh oh you got me, I'm really Paul's sister, dammit you're good!
  5. Well one thing's for sure, you all have plenty of passion for golf and that's surely a good thing! The only comments that I think I need to react to are those casting Nobel Prize winners as ordinary Joes and Janes who pulled strings and got the award with little or no credibility. All I can say is that is a lot of baloney.
  6. thank you straightshot 7! I might be in the minority it sounds like but I do. I've found that once you do or don't like something or someone we're hardwired to find supporting evidence for our initial assessment. Changing that dynamic is very very difficult. That's not my opinion, that's social science research by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman.
  7. Yikes, I'll watch more closely for the problems you all point out, maybe I haven't been paying close enough attention. Thanks for your replies.
  8. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate (since I watch alot of tv golf both men’s and women’s) Paul Azinger’s respectful, insightful and poignant commentary. It’s not unusual for him to respectfully disagree (without exactly saying so) with Hicks or others when it comes to the difficulty or ease of a particular shot at a particular time. When a player from 60 yards out from an accessible pin hits it to 15 feet Azinger says- with disappointment in that outcome-“if you’re on the pga tour you’ve got to own that shot”- meaning that shot fell well short and giving the viewers a better sense of the expectations at that level. When players like last week were shooting the lights out in a 7500 yard challenging course he reminds the viewers that this is a hard course. He’s demonstrative and shows great passion for the game-and especially the moment as he exhibited during that words can’t describe it playoff between Cantlay and DeChambeau.
  9. Monte's advice--as usual--is likely the best take on this. Chasing AoA, even for a moderately low handicap player (say a 3 or 4) is fraught with more problems than it's worth. I'm one of those and I'm here to testify it is a problem. With the swing being so dynamic, the changes to increase AoA ripple through the swing to create more problems than the distance to be gained. That's my take on this. Improving your swing dynamics, the flow of it/tempo, positions (if you're that way) and impact are the best ways to gain AoA.
  10. I thought I'd posted on this thread--my current status and what's helping--but can't find it anywhere so please excuse me if this post repeats something I've posted here. I'm a bit embarrassed to state this but I chucked all the osteoarthritis gels, creams, sprays, pills and even my own ibuprofen gel I made---and started a strict (meaning I have yet to waver from it) daily regimen of about 1 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar and a small dollop of honey. I've been doing this for about 5 months now and it has significantly helped my problem. Diagnosed with STT joint arthritis but the actual pain comes from the stress on the lunate bones in both wrists (likely from the arthritis) turning those bones about 180 degrees around, pinching pain in the wrist making it almost impossible to hold on to the golf club during a normal swing. This regiment someone told me about works better than all the gels, creams, pills I've been experimenting with/taking. All I can attribute this to is that we're all different from each other in our DNA and what works for one doesn't work for another. I'm more surprised by this than pretty much anyone but I'll take it!!!!
  11. Wow such thoughtful replies and analysis and a couple very simple fixes too! Thank you all for posting. One of these suggestions will work better for me than others but what I really like is the big idea of finding a natural body movement that will have me swinging more up at the ball. Both the Ken Venturi example of practice swings up over the ball a couple times then the hit and the water bottle, head cover laying 6" ahead of the ball and not hitting those with the ball will make me more likely to swing up in a way that will be more in tempo and rhythm with my natural swing. The discussion about AoA and loft I'd read plenty about before starting this topic and the research on this has resulted in different outcomes over the past 15 years. was more loft now it's less loft and more shallow swing to produce a greater attack angle so I'm following the more recent research. I use a 10.5 but I'm actually going to dial it down to 9--even though I'm a slow swinger (like 88-92.) From what I read this is the best way for me to hit it farther. For sure if it's spinning too low I'll lose yardage because my Speed is just too low to keep it airborne. thanks everyone! (oh the poster who uses a 4" tee with the ball way forward--who says he swings hard to the low point and then the club decelerates into the ball past that point, that doesn't sound right. did you mean to say you're decelerating into the ball?
  12. Stats show the pga tour averages -1.6 degrees of AoA but lpga averages +3 degrees. I have a low swing speed and could use the extra yards (who couldn’t!) but realize I’ve been going about it incorrectly. Now realize shallowing my angle of attack is what I need to do. good drills? Thanks!
  13. Ha! Well said sir! It is the carry that separates him and allows those unique lines of attack--and for me that alone supports Diaz' opinion
  14. Thank you to all who have responded. I was visiting my hand surgeon for a final consult before scheduled surgery and he announced he was retiring. Referred me to his colleague. That exam proved to be the best consult I'd ever had on my arthritic hands. Long story shortened, the pain issue I experience is not in my thumb joint or even the basal thumb area of the actual arthritic STT joint, it's in my wrist. The stress of the arthritis in my joint has pulled on the ligaments that stretch across the back of my wrist and in turn those ligaments have now been stretched out and no longer are taut enough to support the bone structures in the back of my wrist. So one bone in particular, the lunate, has basically turned 180 degrees around because It's no longer supported by the ligament very well. Movement often causes considerable pain when that joint flexes---which it does pretty much throughout a normal golf swing. Bottom line from him: there is no surgery for this problem other than the kind of surgeries that will severely restrict wrist rotation. Until and unless I can no longer function day to day--like opening the toothpaste or sleeping or turning a door knob or getting dressed--don't bother with surgery it's too fraught with problems.
  15. Not really, that's part of the problem---adding 10 acres of land on to a course in order to achieve that. Not feasible.
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