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  1. Awesome; thank you very much! I thought that was the case, but could not find any confirming information out there. Including the weight on the sticker seems like an easy best practice for all shafts.
  2. Hi All, I had a shaft break on me tonight and realized I don’t really remember what type of shaft I had on them. I can’t seem to find a picture of these shafts anywhere, probably because they are a little older. This is the picture of my shaft sticker from my Titleist 714 AP2s. Does anyone know the specs on these? Thank you! Nick
  3. Have you put an aiming magnet on your club face to check alignment? What looks open to many is actually square.
  4. I gained 10 mph in clubhead speed and lost 20-30 yards on my average drive due quality of contact and accuracy issues. A theory that I've heard, which I tend to agree with, is that speed training helps the low handicappers who already have excellent mechanics add speed. It also helps high handicappers who need to swing faster and more athletically in general. For mid-handicappers like myself, the swing sticks can magnify swing flaws, which certainly happened in my experience. Now, I'm working on my swing mechanics. I hope to get my mechanics in good enough spot that I can go back to the swing stick training. I know it can add speed, but for me it cost me distance.
  5. I think I heard that too, but his swing mechanics would make hitting a curve ball extremely difficult. First, he had a lot of head movement, making the pitch harder to track. Second, a curve ball is breaking down, so to maximize your window to hit the ball, you need to swing up (an exaggerated visual from Ted Williams book is in this post). By swinging down on curveballs, he took his margin of error to almost zero. I’m really impressed he was ever able to hit a professional curveball the way he swung. It would have been fascinating to see what he could have developed into if he had some better coaching.
  6. There is a live thread going about baseball vs. golf right now, which got me thinking about the time that Monte played and how instruction was so different in both sports. Michael Jordan was the best athlete on the planet and tried his hand at baseball during the same timeframe Monte was doing well on the Korn Ferry. I found his ability to hit as well as he did incredible. Some of the best hitters I ever played with likely would not have been able to perform as well as he did. And yet, the instruction he got from Walt Hriniak was miserable. Baseball back then, but now to a lesser extent, players would get blackballed for saying anything negative about a coach, so Hriniak's methods were able to continue, as wild as that sounds to say right now. Jordan was told to keep his head down, swing down at the ball and take your top hand off the bat, which basically encouraged the baseball version of the flip at impact. He also encouraged hitters to throw their arms away from their body at impact, which would rob you of a lot of power. When you watch Jordan swing, it just seems like he had no chance ever to become a major league hitter with those mechanics. The point is, the best athlete with the most attention on him in the entire world, received some pretty awful coaching in my opinion. I doubt you can find a single guy even in the minor leagues today whose swing would look anything like what Jordan was coached because it just can't be successful. I would have loved to have seen what Jordan could have done with different coaching, but it goes to show you that anyone can get lured into chasing aesthetics or worse, practicing mechanics that will make you worse. It's painful for me to even think about!
  7. Just my hypothesis, but I feel like a lot of amateur practice swings look smoother, but have the clubface wide open. Golfers intuitively sense that they need to get the clubface closed in some way when hitting a ball, so the "ball swing" loses some of visual smoothness, but hits the ball more effectively.
  8. Yeah, reading The Big Miss by Haney was pretty illuminating. The book provided good insight into Tiger's desire to always improve, but I couldn't help but think how much better Tiger might have been had he worked on developing his skills differently. In much of the book, it seems like Tiger is working on areas that seemed to me to be largely aesthetics-driven. Imagine if he had worked on increasing the driving distance gap between himself and the field. For iron play, it seemed to me like he would have benefited from an externally-focused goal instead of an internally-focused on changing mechanics. What if Haney provided random distances and shot shape requirements and tracked how accurate Tiger was so he had that goal to work on. There is no way of telling if my thoughts would have led Tiger to more success or would have hurt his development; it was just my ideas when reading the book.
  9. For me, the issue is not the act of chasing perfect positions, it’s the act of chasing positions that have no impact/detrimental impact in play (but someone believes they are perfect positions). Every player has to work to get better, but they need to work on the right things. In every sport, the competition is getting better every year. Even if you are a top player now, in a few years that same level of play will leave you on the outside looking in. To be successful, you need to make changes and improve, but so many of us went down the wrong path and spent our precious practice time on activities that made us worse, not better. In a world where everyone is getting better and you get worse, the gap gets way bigger. A big part of success, in my opinion, is understanding what you need to improve and how to improve it. Nick
  10. Thanks Monte, Read your other post; it is awesome. I love the story. I knew your Dad played in the MLB from one of your posts or videos, so I had looked him up on Baseball Reference and saw he played a year for the Cardinals. I didn't put it together that he played the year Brock broke the record; that had to be really cool. I've always thought that era of baseball would have been really interesting to play in, so I'm sure your Dad has some great stories. With the Busch family owning the Cardinals, it seems like it had more a family feel back then if he interacted with them at during his year in St. Louis. Nick
  11. Monte, Thank you very much for sharing; this is a great story. The big takeaway for me is that I really need to understand the swing mechanics that I am targeting and focus on improving in that direction. If someone at your level can get poor instruction, a recreational guy like me can certainly get it. I always find these types of stories fascinating. Behind a lot of great players is a great coach. I'm sure there are a lot of guys on tour right now that would tell you they wouldn't be there without the help of a certain coach. It is just one example, but Billy Horschel credits Buddy Alexander as being instrumental in his development into a tour player. The lesser told stories (but the ones that are every bit as interesting to me, and likely even more common) are the ones like Monte's where a promising player was derailed by coaching, or perhaps never provided the right coaching to help them take the next step. I thought I'd share a little of my story below if anyone is interested because I see a lot of parallels (at a much lower skill level) to Monte's story. My Backstory in Baseball My backstory mirrors Monte's at a much lower skill level (a LOT lower). I played D2 baseball from 2006-2010. I knew that a high velocity fastball was the number one skill that great pitchers possess. Although this is fairly common knowledge now (some coaches and players probably still do not accept it as fact even now, but the number is dwindling), back then, there was way more talk about needing to locate and change speeds, etc. All important skills, but not as important as developing a powerful fastball. A lot of the coaching I received centered around slowing down to get more accurate. But losing that would have taken away my strongest skill. Or I would get suggestions that seemed like simple aesthetic changes; no one could tell me how the change would help me throw faster, more accurate or more consistent. I subscribed to a pitching website and devoured pitching instructional material. Just like Monte's story, the more athletic, explosive pitching motion that I was using back then is commonplace in instruction now, replacing a lot of the "slow and controlled" movements taught back when I was playing. I might have read/studied pitching more than all of my teammates combined. But, I was not able to put it together before my time in college ran out, so I finished without ever having much success outside of a handful of afternoons where things came together for me. Similar to Monte, the shadow my playing career has not left me. I haven't had a single week go by since I finished college that I haven't dreamt about playing baseball. Now, I'm channeling that energy into getting better at golf; I think I can apply what I learned playing baseball to my golf practice now. How I Applied What I Learned in Baseball to Golf Aesthetics vs. Real: I have sought out instruction that can explain the "why" of different mechanical moves. I want to be coached by people who can explain the why, so I don't get caught chasing aesthetics. All -Around Skills/Game: I focused too much on velocity for my fastball and movement for my breaking pitches. I was successful in that regard. The only guys who threw harder than me ended up getting drafted and I had strong breaking pitches. But, I could not throw them for strikes enough to be effective. It is painfully obvious to me now, but I needed to work on throwing all my pitches for strikes and mix them well, instead of continuing to focus on velocity development. The same applies to golf. I was enticed by speed training, but I know I need to work on accuracy, short game and putting as well if I'm going to put up good scores and not just hit good drives. Strength Training: I played baseball during the height of Tim Lincecum's success. The prevailing notion at the time was that weight room training was a relative waste of time because you just needed mobility and practice to throw like Lincecum, so I spent my time stretching. I now realize that Lincecum was an exception. It sounds odd to say it this way, but weight room training is a short-cut of sorts because developing a baesline level of strength helps athletic performance so much relative to the amount of effort required to develop it. I also want to keep playing golf for a long time, so I view this as an investment to keep me healthy and playing. Practice: I needed to do a better job of finding ways to practice when I wasn't able to throw off a mound. For golf, this has meant that I've figured out ways to practice at home, indoors, in hotels on business trips even if I'm not able to get to the range. I have found creative ways to make sure I can practice instead of feeling frustrated that my preferred practice method was not available to me. There are a ton of other lessons I learned (sometimes I toy with the idea of writing a book about it, although I realistically have close to 0% chance of writing it.) Love the story Monte. Thank you for sharing! Nick
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