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  1. Up until this year, there was probably a 7-10 stroke difference between my casual play and tournament/money game play. It's frustrating and a tad embarrassing to be unable to play near your handicap in that scenario. What has helped me tremendously, in addition to pretty much everything said by others so far, is to slow my heart rate down using a breathing technique I read about a month or two ago. Once I have decided exactly what kind of shot/putt I want to hit, I take a slow, deep inhaling breath as I begin to address the ball. Then, I hold it for a second or two and let it out very slow
  2. Actually, I was playing on the course where the Korn Ferry finals are to be held next month, so the fairways are crazy pristine, but normally, I get your point. As to ball first contact, I was indeed making ball first contact, but the feeling was that the ball contact through the turf was... I suppose the best description I can think of is dampened or severely muted. It felt like the clay was absorbing all of the energy of the ball strike and the ball could not elevate with any ball speed.
  3. After having always been a very shallow ball striker, taking the thinnest of divots, I thought I would experiment on the driving range with a steeper strike with the intent of taking a deeper divot (since the pros almost always take impressive divots, there had to be something I was missing out on). What I discovered was that I was able to hit my irons a full club farther with a 3/4 swing than I could with my current full swing, and the result was a very straight, medium-flight shot (I typically hit it pretty high). Consequently, I am thinking "eureka"! Yesterday, I felt it was
  4. I have been learning, finally, to stop casting with the trail hand. I have been learning about the lead hand release when lagging the club, but then you hear people say they are getting "handsy". Are they the same thing? If not, what is "handsy"?
  5. I try not to get psyched up at all. I attempt to achieve what the great Moe Norman called "positive indifference" meaning that I am only focussing on the shot at hand and trying to clear my mind of ANY thoughts related to the positive or negative potential outcomes.
  6. I don't disagree with you at all which is why I posted this thread. I believe that misreads near the ocean or a mountain are a function of an optical illusion unless there's something scientific that says otherwise, which I wouldn't think there would be. It's why I am wondering if Aimpoint can overcome the perceived optical illusion in most situations like this.
  7. Spent much of this weekend watching the Farmer's Insurance at Torrey Pines and the announcers kept attributing putting misreads to the ball breaking toward the ocean fooling golfers. My first thought is...does the ball really break toward the ocean because of some gravitational pull, or is it due to a subtle optical illusion that golfers need to be aware of? Would love to know if there are actual studies to support/refute ocean putting bias. I have heard it as well with regards to putting near mountains. That got me to wondering. If the perceived break in a putt really is an optical illus
  8. Monte, in this "down vector of pressure into the front foot" from your Instagram link (excellent post, BTW), I imagine the weight transfer being similar to if I was swinging an ax to chop at the base of a tree. As you're bringing the ax head down, you are shifting your weight to the front foot to deliver as much force at impact as possible. I am only referring to the weight shift to start the downswing. I understand that once the weight is transferred to the left foot, you need to straighten that left leg at impact to continue the follow through of the club whereas an ax head would be expec
  9. They’re Rogue irons. They have that urethane microsphere injected in the heads. I’ll bet that’s the difference.
  10. Well, the clubs I bought were almost identical to what I got fit to in the same store on the same launch monitor (same model and shaft and lie only 1 degree different). I was hitting the 7 iron 165 comfortably with a few touching 170+. I hit 160 only once with a really full swing with the frozen 7 iron.
  11. I live in the currently frozen Midwest where the temperature was 8 degrees F yesterday. I took my brand new, never hit graphite irons to my local golf shop to rent some time on the simulator. Before going, though, I met the family for lunch, leaving the irons in my car for over an hour, where they sat in those temps. When I began to hit them for the first time to try and learn my yardages, the distances across the board were about 10 yards less than what I had expected and even flushed shots felt a bit dulled. Do you think this is to be expected with frozen irons and room temperature balls?
  12. I totally agree that watching the LPGA can be helpful. Their balance is spectacular as a whole. Additionally, they often hit the same clubs I do with similar distances so I find it fun to mentally play the game with them by predicting what club they will use in a certain situation based on my playing. Even then, I occasionally learn something new about course management and flighting for different situations.
  13. Excellent point, Dave. I forgot that I also learned to ignore "Get in the hole!", "Babaluey!", and "You broke my living room window!" when I am on the course, so there's that...
  14. I admit it. I watch a lot of golf. Every once in a while, I will notice something a tour pro does that take to the range and try out. It's amazing how watching has helped my game. I learned to play within my natural swing shape to improve accuracy from Jon Rahm. I hit a slight pull but I had been trying to force either a straight ball flight or a fade when I realized watching him that I am going to be far more successful hitting a pull-cut to my targets. I learned to shift my weight to my front foot on the follow through and stand tall by watching Ricky Fowler. When I see his finish, e
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