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  1. Yes, you can fade the ball with a strong grip. You just have to find a way to keep the face open to path, which is the cause of a fade. If you want to stop hooking, and start fading, try different ways to get the face open to path. I'm not sure how you go about it, just find some way. Path and face are how the ball curve. The reason you're hooking isn't necessarily your grip, but the simple fact that the face is well shut to the path. Find a way to either decrease that, or learn to do the opposite.
  2. Unless you have the 18th green running through your kitchen, that must have been a hell of a lot longer than a 15 foot putt... Congrats for getting it to tap in distance! :taunt: Lol, I just now noticed that.
  3. Breaking 80 is the toughest barrier to pass for any player. I'd even go to say that breaking 70 has less mental significance. But once you do it you'll be doing it all the time. Funny thing is that when I first broke 80, I knew exactly what I was doing. I had a putt for bogey on the last to shoot 79, from 8 feet. Drained it in the middle. You just got to learn to deal with pressure and let it fuel you, rather than screw you up. I play better under pressure, not worse. You should too. My heartbreak story was when I almost shot 74 on a par 71. I was only three over through 17 holes, and onl
  4. This is the reason I tend to hit high on the face as well as off the heel sometimes. I choked up on my driver recently and actually hit it further because of the centered strike. I personally think 45 inches is way too much for the average person. Either getting fitted or choking down will help. But either method works.
  5. I play all sorts of courses, from those with small greens to ones with massive greens, and most of them with thick Bermuda rough and it's relatively the same with only minute differences in stats. On small greens I might hit 8-9 greens, whereas on large greens I'll hit 11-12. But my average is around 10-11. My three putts can happen from 10 feet or 40 feet. I can't tell you how many times I've three putted from 8 feet. From what I'm hearing 50% is a good number, and also from what I'm hearing 3 3-putts is a lot, so I'll work on that. Of course, I mentioned that I sometimes have more than 3
  6. Hip turn in my view should be free anyhow. Maybe, "passive", is the correct word for it. Hogan never restricted his turn, as he allows the leading heel to rise in the backswing. You can't do that unless your hips turn quite a bit. What I mean is that his hips were passive, and reacted to what he said was his shoulders pulling the hips around. I have the book, I know what he said.
  7. Looks like you're holding it off mate. Looks thin to me. Do you understand how an iron is supposed to be struck? You being an 18 handicap, I'm assuming you don't. I'm assuming you're trying to lift the ball, which explains the loss of wrist hinge in the downswing. The ball needs to be hit on the downswing, not the upswing. Backspin on the ball is what makes the ball fly, not lifting. Allow the clubhead to make the ball fly, rather than trying to lift it. Your lack of understanding the iron is costing you distance and causing these thin shots. It looks like you cast a bit, which only prove
  8. Ok, here's the thing. You're steering the ball. Simple as that. If you didn't steer and try to hit it straight, your over the top would decrease and you'd hit a slight fade. Don't resist curvature on your ball, simply play for it. Aim left or right, and allow for your natural curve. Hit the ball hard and stop thinking about your technique. Stop overcontrolling and swing hard. You'll find the harder you swing, the straighter the ball goes, but that's only if you don't steer during the swinging hard. Stop steering. Swing freely and fast. This will also increase your distance significantly.
  9. Bobby Jones moved his hips in his putting stroke. In fact, he taught that. I think it's more natural, though you said, "excess", which yes, too much is a problem. The hips should only really move on mid to long range putts. On short ones, it barely happens, if at all. The hips should only move in response to the moving hands and putter. The further back it goes, the more the hips move. But it's never much, only a few degrees. I also believe that the hips should be passive in the full swing as well, allowing for hip turn rather than either restricting or creating it. The shoulders pull the
  10. What's a good percentage of up and down for a 6 handicap? I'm a 6, and I get up and down 50 percent of the time. I want to know if that's a good number or if it should be higher. I normally hit 10-11 greens per round. Three putt at least 3 greens per round, sometimes more. Any ideas? (If 50% is indeed a good number, maybe some other part of my game needs work? It just seems that 50% is rather low for up and down considering I'm low single digit and not scratch or plus handicap.)
  11. What does it really take to play scratch golf? Do I really need 300 yard drives? How often should I be getting up and down? How many putts should I take for how many greens? How many greens? Just give me a general idea about what it takes minimum to be a scratch player. I'm a 6 right now, would love to be scratch by next year.
  12. I basically don't love anything about the game. In fact, I hate it, and want to quit, but if I do quit then my friends will criticize me and I would have wasted thousands of dollars on something I don't even enjoy anymore, and knowing I wasted that much money on this would make me a failure. I'm too f****** stupid to play this game well, I guess. Why bother?
  13. You don't need to do anything but practice trying to fade or draw the ball. Start the ball either left or right, and curve it back. The way you do that is simply practice. Practice is all you can do to fix this, in fact, any shot. Slicing? Practice drawing the ball. Push fade? Either learn to draw the ball with a push, or start the ball left for a fade. Practice is about making mistakes and learning shots, not repetition. Practice is about learning the skill. You don't need technique to practice right, and in fact the technique will take care of itself when you practice a shot. The reason
  14. It's mostly rhythm. People mistake swinging slower for rhythm, and a proper transition. Proper transition will give you more speed, as well as extra accuracy. Don't try to swing slower, try to swing smoother. Nicklaus said this in "Golf My Way". Swing as hard as you can, but also a smooth as you can.
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