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  1. 630 yards on a the par 5 4th at Heritage Park in Olathe Kansas. Lit fire to a drive and was actually in the rough by about 3 feet and then hit a 2 hybrid from 270 that caught the down slope in front of the green and got up on the front edge and rolled to 20 feet. Didn't make the putt but did make an easy birdie. Did play a course in Winchester Virginia called Rock Harbor that has three par 5's that are 715, 693, and 683 respectively and they are monsters and are the best set of par 5's I have ever seen on any course public or private. Tough ask to get home in two on any of them at that length though!!
  2. Lol...true but it doesn't hurt his pockets...it hurts Cobra's to have him not be happy with their current gear.
  3. I didn't get a chance to get them set up while I was home and so I won't be able to test them for a few months unfortunately as I'm back to work overseas.
  4. I love mini drivers. I like the Cally 1.5 but I hear the used market has the prices pretty high right now. My only gripe is that usually the face isn't as deep as I prefer. I did find a Callaway Hawkeye VFT driver that was brand new despite being 20 years old. I cut the shaft down to 43 inches and hotmelted it to get the swing weight where I wanted it and the thing is a rocket ship and has a very deep face which I like. It was also in the loft window that I was looking for and I think I paid 45 bucks for the club. I will hit it until I cave the face in as it fits perfectly into my yardage gaps. I'm not sure what the exact cc's are but it is a compact head that I would guess is around 300 cc's. As other's have said there are a lot of options out there to try and something should be able to fit what you need. Best of luck in your search. R to L.
  5. You just have to work out where the low point is for you and work from there. That is why I laugh when people look at ball position in relation to the feet, which is already incorrect, when what matters is where it is in relation to the anchor point just target side of your sternum. That point is what sets your low point orientation. Now you can ruin it by trying to hold angles and such with the second pendulum of the swing which is the wrists but that just muddies the water too much for now. Ball position will not look the same for all athletes because we are all built different. The ball flight and strike will tell you if your ball position is correct regardless of how it visually looks on video or how it looks to you when you look down at it. You actually likely didn't make a terrible swing...you just had the ball at the incorrect location along your swing arc. The objective is to make swings that feel like practice swings that actually hit the ball !
  6. @Paddy_2_Iron Best of luck with your journey and I will check back in on your progress in a few weeks and just let things simmer and see how you progress in that time as I will be on vacation for a while. @Krt22 and @JeffreySpicoliif you have any further questions then you should ask and I will gladly clarify because being disrespectful because you aren't tracking with the way that I convey information because it is different only shows your lack of comprehension. The feet position is irrelevant as that isn't what determines the club's path as the shoulder plane is what does that regardless of where the ball looks in relation to the feet, it's position in relation to the fixed anchor point just target side of the sternum is the true ball position. I put up videos of myself going through the same processes that I am trying to type out and describe. Me hitting a 3 wood on video is not bragging, it is an attempt to put video representation to a concept that I am typing out. The ball wasn't too far back in my stance, it was exactly where it had to be for me to lever the ball and hit it straight without manipulation. The fact that you would just make that blanket statement without even asking what the ball did or what my typical ball flight is shows your own lack of understanding. Do you think I would put up a video of me hitting a low push, which would actually be ball flight of a ball that has moved to far back in the stance in relation to low point as an example while trying to describe how I find low point of the swing arc for a stock shot? That being said maybe I will do just that and make a video to show the difference between stock ball position, ball too far forward, and ball to far back in relation to low point as that would actually be a useful video in my opinion. For you to even look at that video where I literally set the club on the ground at my low point a few inches in front of the ball and say it was too far forward is flat out silly. You can hear that the shot was levered and I assure you that my ball flight is high and very straight.
  7. If you hit a shorter club longer than a longer one that is the same loft...you were ill fit for the longer club..period. This phenomenon only seems to happen with drivers as there is a perfect real world example that I will present. One length irons...you have never...ever...heard someone say " you know I hit my standard length gap wedge further than the one that is the length of a 7 iron." Your engineer friend is correct that you should hit a longer lever further until the point of diminishing returns but that longer lever must be fit correctly for the proper gapping to be maintained. The weight, total weight, and club characteristics of the longer lever did not match correctly while those in the shorter lever did. If this were common then golfers would hit two irons the same distance and that simply can't happen with irons as the distance gapping is absolutely mandatory. Irons typically have about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch length difference and a 3 degree loft difference and this creates a 15 ish yard distance gap. Yes, less mass and more length can create more speed, but that doesn't mean that it will be delivered efficiently to the ball. An ill fit club creates inefficient delivery of speed and that is what happened in your case.
  8. Umm have you ever taken the before mentioned Physics and Calculus classes? You are initially flooded with information and you have to do your best to piece it together and find understanding as quickly as you can. It is unfamiliar, but over time it becomes easier and easier to comprehend and begin to apply. For you to say that ball flight laws and d plane are "unnecessary" is flawed logic. Ball flight laws and d plane are singularly responsible for every shot that you ever hit so why would that not be part of your learning early on, like day one early on even before grip stance and posture at taught because they are not fundamentals to begin with. The math of golf can be taught in a rudimentary way early on where the person doesn't even realize that they are being taught a dense subject but eventually the question about why this or that will arise and that is when the deeper details can be explored. This information sits in plain sight but I see that most are so distracted by changing their swing motion that they never get to the real root of the problem which is a fundamental lack of understanding of what they are trying to actually accomplish which is levered impact aimed at a target. The understanding that there is only one point along the swing arc that will produce a given shot should give a person curiosity to go and experiment and find that location because pretty golf swing doesn't mean a thing without being in the correct location in relation to the ball so the question is which is really the most important? @Paddy_2_Ironis going through the process and I applaud him along his quest as I am certain that he will improve at a rapid pace so long as he keeps testing, retesting, and coming back and asking questions.
  9. You also know what is also difficult at first...calculus, physics, trig, foreign language. But with exposure and persistence you can become "fluent" in a subject. I apologized for getting too deep too fast but D plane and ball flight laws are actually "basic" fundamental math and must be understood well before making swing motion changes that likely aren't even necessary. The fundamentals of impact are not " noise" and should be taught on the first day that someone picks up a club as they are fundamental. Grip, stance, and posture are not fundamental as they are up for interpretation and can be done in a multitude of ways. When @Paddy_2_Iron went out and tested and came back with a question I let him set the pace and answered his question. I assure you that it isn't noise. My handle is "Righty to Lefty" because I used to play right handed and switched to lefty and have nearly broken par right and left handed and never had a lesson before ( 2 over righty and 1 over lefty). It took me 6 years to break 90 right handed and 6 months to do it lefty because I was equipped with the exact same information that I am giving now. You think it is by chance that I happened to have youtube videos of the exact same thing that he is asking that I made years ago...I had those exact same questions and so did my friend that I refer to in the video. He just called me a few days ago because he shot even par and won a Veterans Golf Association tournament and he and I went through these exact same conversations some 18 months ago. I am not trying to sell anything...I am dealing with the facts and yes I get a kick out of it when someone goes out and starts coming back with the exact same questions that I used to have because I know that they are actually going out and testing it. It seems overwhelming at first but in time it becomes second nature. Physics meant nothing to me but a college credit until I started seeing the parallel between the math and golf. Give me the engineer that designed Ping Man any day over a pro mostly regurgitating how they play golf. The pro knows how to play golf...the engineer knows how golf is played and can recreate a machine that would blow the doors of of any pro ever to exist because impact is the same for everyone, everyday, forever.
  10. Yessss!!! You are now teaching yourself because you are now armed with the answer to your question prior to the shot and you are teaching yourself how "you" get it done and piecing the rest of the equation together and that is why I say give yourself a moment before changing your swing motion because getting yourself in the correct orientation to the ball will clear up the majority of what you think ails you. I wish I had some of my swings on film before I learned the math of golf as you would have seen a lot of the typical "flaws" that are seen visually when you are out of position in relation to the ball. The body starts to do what ever it can to try and get the task done that you are asking of it. Whatever your triggers are just know that impact and the ball flight will tell you exactly how well you got it done regardless of whether or not it looks "technically correct" on video or not. If you are paying attention to each and every shot you will know when to move the low point a hair more forward to maintain leverage as the strike and ball flight will let you know. Every swing you ever make has only ONE point along that swing arc that will match your intentions...you just need to make sure the ball is present at that location! You are correct that the 7 iron will have less natural shaft lean than a wedge simply because of how the club is built even though the relationship in relation to the ball will will be the exact same for both or any club hit off the ground for that matter. The reason why you have to move in a semicircle is to maintain the same relationship to the ball, but aim it to a different location. If you literally move the ball forward or back in your stance more towards your front or back foot you are changing it's position along the swing arc and this will change where the face will be oriented and the shot trajectory. Rotating in a semicircle is how you take a shot you just hit and aim it at a different location while keeping everything the same. This is exactly what Rory did in that video I posted and it is actually a good video because it showed just that exact concept where he made an adjustment that is actually barely noticeable but it brought the shot onto target. This attention to detail is how thin the line is between a "good" and a "bad" result from a perfectly fine struck golf shot. No fix to your swing motion will overcome being out of position in relation to the ball I assure you. Keep going out and testing and reporting back and asking questions and you will keep putting the puzzle together and be on your way.
  11. Yes it is common for it to look like it is back in your stance and it is not a band aid. It looks like it is back in your stance because of the build of the club. The butt end of the club with a wedge when soled with the stamped loft on the club will be in front of the club face and it gets progressively less as you move away from wedge towards driver. The ball is still in the exact same relationship in regards to low point orientation but it will look like it has moved back or forward in your stance when it actually hasn't. This is very important to note because if you literally move the ball up or back in your stance, which by that I mean you move the ball to a different place along the swing arc while keeping your low point fixed, you will compromise strike and face orientation (unless you are intentionally playing a low punch shot.) You are not artificially creating shaft lean, you are putting the ball in the correct location in relation to your low point and this is the key. The strike and ball flight will tell you if it is too far back in your stance in relation to your low point and you will know this if you hit a low line drive to the right with a ball hit off the ground. If your ball flight and leverage are good then you are in the correct relation to the ball. Do not worry about where the ball is in relation to your feet as your feet are irrelevant because the ball is being held in your hands, and thus the fixed anchor point is is just target side of your sternum just about where a logo would be on your shirt. The club does not follow the line of your feet...it follows the plane of your shoulders always. This a 7 iron shot where I had to move the low point slightly further forward to maintain leverage on that particular day. Depending on how you feel on any given day your low point may have to be set in a different location to maintain natural leverage and that is important. You actually see me finding my low point of my swing ( I actually touch the ground where I am setting it) and most will say the ball is back in my stance but this shot flew high and straight. If the ball was actually back in my stance the ball flight would be low and left (left handed golfer). The ball has to be where it has to be for you to maintain lag tension and leverage on the ball and that is what matters. If it is in the incorrect location you will have to manipulate the shot and try to hold on to angles and that is a death sentence. This is a day where I felt a little stiff and I adjusted for it: This is a fairway wood shot where I felt good physically and note how much closer to the ball I set my low point. I was maintaining leverage well on this day and every shot hit off the ground would be set in that same relation to the ball until I begin to fatigue: This is a video I made for a buddy about setting the low point and how the build of the club and fatigue will affect it and why you have to adjust as you play: I hope the picture is becoming clearer in that I mean before you begin to change your swing motion you should first completely understand your position in relation to the ball because as you get into the correct position in relation to the ball you will be shocked at how so many "flaws" will begin to clear themselves up without effort. The worst thing you can do is believe that your ball position has to be in one place always. It has to be where it has to be for you in your current physical condition. The better conditioned I became, the more stable my low point location became, and the more "traditional" it became in how it looked on video but you have to understand that its location in relation to the ball can and must move to maintain leverage. Keep on asking questions and testing and reporting back as I am gathering that you are starting to build a solid base to build off of.
  12. You just gotta test em out and find out what works for you. You are mostly paying for the logo on anything you are buying as no one has the market cornered on glove making materials so many companies are capable of making a good glove. You just have to find the one you like the best.
  13. Fantastic! Compression is the first thing you should be searching for and that completely makes sense that you struggled with the driver as the driver is struck at a completely different point along the swing arc than every club hit off the ground. That is why most typically struggle with one or the other in beginning as the swing motion is the same but where they are struck along the arc is very different and must be understood. Note that the low point is actually in the same exact spot for all the clubs being struck off the ground but the build of the club will make it look like it is moving when in reality it is in exact same spot in relation to your low point. That is what makes a pitching wedge look like it is back in your stance and a fairway wood look like it is up in your stance when in reality they are both in the same exact location in relation to you but you have to learn to trust it and it will come in time.
  14. Thank you for your in depth insight and response on this thread...if you didn't understand or you believed that I was incorrect in the information that I provided then you are more than welcome to interject and add to the forum. I apologized for straying off topic in my prior posts, but this response if purely on topic and in focus with what was being asked. If all you had to interject was "just stop" then you are the one that should exit the thread, or keep your comment to yourself as it in no way furthered the discussion at hand, and rather than respond disrespectfully I will just leave it at that. @Paddy_2_Iron Moving on this was the setup for the first shot that went in the water (I have to go off of the information given and you can see that his plane is roughly in between that tower and the white billboard..the clubface is pretty much pointed at the tower. This is not where he will be at impact because that would not result in a levered shot at impact. For the second shot the adjustment seems subtle, and it is, but all he did was rotate the whole structure of the shot left and that is evident by how much more of the bunker and the billboard that you can see in relation to his forearms. The club face is roughly pointed at the right edge of the bunker now. That is why the first thing that should be analyzed is did your lever the shot...if you did then you were in the correct location in relationship to the ball, but your aim was off, and that should be your adjustment. He is not hitting a push, he is hitting a straight flying shot square to the arc with an in to out swing path. This is why I said that the ball in your shot did not go where it should have. Let me know if I wasn't clear on something.
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