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  1. I have a friend that bought a driver off craigslist that was the current year's model (at the time), but the shaft was an inch and a half short in stiff, but he is taller than I am with a grandpa speed swing. Needless to say he's never hit it well. The worst off the shelf club I've ever was another buddy's Nike Sasquatch. It always sounded like a miss hit, and he would murder that thing into the trees every time. I can't tell you how much time he spent in the woods looking for balls until he finally got a new driver. I bet he gamed that club for three years. I'm not exaggerati
  2. I've never played with a GC2, but I do own a skytrak and have played simulated rounds on a trackman. All my experience is indoors, so I can't speak to outdoor use at all. With trackman, the club data you don't get from skytrak is pretty cool. I think trackman club data could really be utilized to help beginners really conceptually understand the golf swing. Face to path in particular. To see that your path is 5 degrees in to out, and you club 2 degrees open when you hit a nice draw can really help you understand the conditions that affect shape in a way that just explaining it to someone
  3. For sure, but calling practicing on mats a dealbreaker is what I object to. I think just about anyone if not everyone can improve at golf even if swinging solely on a mat. It's certainly not ideal, and I would recommend it, but it's definitely a reasonable substitute. Look at any good teacher on youtube and you'll see them giving lessons on a mat. Leadbetter, Gankas, Harmon, etc. Again, I definitely see the value of practice on turf, and agree that playing or practicing on turf is best. Mat practice definitely has pros as well as cons, and by all means let's point out the cons. I don't
  4. I guess I'd go back. Either to the Bobby Jones/Walter Hagen era to see the 20s/30s, or maybe even back further, to see Old Tom Morris and see how golf started. In either case I'd be cool to see not only golf back then, but just how things were. Do I have to come back to 2020 though? How about late 2021?
  5. I don't think this is good advice. Turf is certainly superior as a practice surface, but depending on the climate where you live, the pandemic, convenience, etc., you can certainly hit off a mat, and you can improve by hitting off a mat. This is especially true since you have a great practice facility at home. I even agree with tatumcat that it's harder to improve on a mat vs. turf, but it's definitely not a deal breaker. Good luck with the lessons.
  6. My 5 and 2 year old are fascinated by mine. I've run it down their backs without any added pressure, and they both enjoy it. So I think it's probably pretty safe in general, but I can't speak to actually using it on a kid for recovery.
  7. You need to think about accuracy as well as distance. Everyone is different, but I don't even have a fairway wood in the bag. I find them too difficult to hit well. My longest club after driver is a hybird. I took my 3 and 5 wood out of the bag because I either chunked/topped them, or connected, but then it was totally unpredictable as to where to ball might end up. If you can hit say a 7i between 120 and 150 or so, that's much more predictable. Just a thought. I also agree with the others that stressed the mental game. From your description, it sounds like you play high ris
  8. I wouldn't walk when it's that hot. I played 18 a couple summers ago in only about 104 or so and I may have gotten heat exhaustion. I don't have any experience with umbrellas as others have suggested, but moisture wicking clothing is essential for hot conditions. I would avoid cotton altogether (not for underwear, socks, etc.). The best thing I think I can add to this conversation is a suggestion to look into Liquid IV. Liquid IV (or drip drop, hydrant, etc.) is a specific ratio of potassium, sodium, and glucose in powder form that you add to water. The ratio isn't
  9. I agree with Dean. To my admittedly untrained eye, it looks like a reverse pivot. Plenty of videos on this topic if you search for reverse pivot. There may be other issues as well, but I'd say the top of your backswing looks a lot like the still from the video Dean posted.
  10. I've tried using the gun to help warm up, but I don't know if it helped me much. I've also used it while hitting off the mat, but I really find it helps me most after I'm done. That said, I'd love to fire it up in a buddy's backswing and see the look I get for it....
  11. I had some superfeet insoles in my hiking shoes I pulled out and threw in my sneakers. I'm sure that helped a lot, but the theragun is like instant gratification.
  12. Pre-covid I'd get an occasional deep tissue massage, and I have a very firm and spikey foam roller, so I didn't notice this as much, but my wife will only use the theragun at the lowest setting with only gravity for pressure.
  13. Can I ask what brand/model? Even at $140, if it works well that'd be a much better price point.
  14. I'm working from home right now, and I've been walking around barefoot on hardwood floors a lot. Both of my arches started bothering me about the same time, so I started wearing shoes again, but one arch kept bothering me. I'm not sure that's plantar fasciitis, but based on a quick google it could be. In any event, I used the theragun on my arches. My one arch was very sore and even hurt some when I used the theragun, but it did immediately feel improved, and after a day or two it felt totally better. I'm usually hesitant to recommend the theragun to friends just based on price, but hope
  15. My understanding is percussive therapy increases bloodflow to the targeted areas and eases muscle tension. Basically the same benefits of massage. But where traditional home massage options either move or vibrate, these newer ones like the theragun, hypervolt, etc., are percussive (actually penetrate into the muscle) and are therefore more effective. From a subjective standpoint, I'd have really bad tension in my neck and around my shoulder blades from hitting off mats and sometimes just from sleeping wrong. I sometimes get sore on golf trips, but I don't find I'm too sore from just playing
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