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  1. As I'm sure you're aware there is a relationship between radial and flexion. The more you radially deviate, the harder it is to go into flexion, and vice versa. It's sort of a chicken/egg situation. Most ams radially deviate far more than they need to, and much further than the pros do. With that much radial deviation, it is painful to flex the wrist. Like most ams, my natural tendency was to also max out radial deviation, which made it a lot harder to time the ulnar deviation in the downswing (the more you have the sooner you have to let it out). My fix was to just get more flexion earlier in the backswing, which naturally limited my radial so I didn't max it out. In turn, that made it a lot easier to ulnar deviate in the downswing. Take a look at pros like DJ and Morikawa who have noticeable wrist bow/flex, they have little radial deviation, even at the top of the backswing the angle between their forearm and the club isn't anywhere close to 90*, probably more like 120-130*.
  2. Hmm I seem remember one of Monte's IG posts showing Rory's driver swing and specifically noting additional gain in lead knee flex in transition. How does this fit in with that? Or is that purely from the re-centering move slightly shortening the distance from the lead hip to the lead foot?
  3. Interesting discussion at the very end around @1:10:00. The guy builds in some squat motion and Dr. Kwon admonishes him and says that the lowering is messing with the timing and to only focus on the up.
  4. That's the million dollar question. Every instructor seems to have their own bent/bias based on the feels that they found worked for them or fixes something that was broken with their swing early in their careers. GG clearly has a squat and rotate feel that resonates with him, Monte needs to feel early ulnar deviation (cast A), Malaska needs to feel early lead arm supination (the Malaska move) to counter his inside path. Everyone needs to experience different feels to get to the same place, the hard part is figuring out the particular feels that resonate with you. My approach has been just to expose myself to all of it and see which approaches seem to fit for me, though an approach that does not work for many (see Brendon's ever-evolving swing). The other hard part is determining when to stop listening to an instructor altogether. I recently stopped watching Russel Heritage videos altogether after a video he put out adamantly stating that the float load was the entire source of power in the swing. To a degree, I think Dr. Kwon is trying take some of that feel based instruction out of the equation by focusing on a specific movement rhythm so as to take some of the conscious thought triggers out of the specific phases of the swing.
  5. Hmm it's kind of hard to explain. I'm not getting super technical about positions of the arms and hands necessarily. Or maybe I am. Essentially my only thought from the top of the swing is to move to the delivery position, but do it in a body driven manner. But the biggest problem with position based checkpoints is getting there and then what comes after in a dynamic manner, especially when you don't have in-person coaching. The continuous swing/step drills help me keep what comes before and after that delivery position dynamic and body-driven and helped refine intents that a static position couldn't on its own. Probably as clear as mud but it has worked wonders for me so far. I obsessively film all my daily practice sessions, and on film, it's transformed my former early extension, stall, flip into something that actually resembles an efficient pivot driven swing with a stable club-face. I just need to keep grooving the motion to ingrain it, and keep working on the release mechanics to fix the shanks that have started to creep in.
  6. For any other subscribers to GSA, what has seemed to help me the most is blending the Kwon step drills with Tyler's delivery position drills. First do the delivery pump drills so you educate your body on where that position is (and monitor on video to make sure you're getting there correctly). Then do step drills blended to pump into the delivery position. Then do continuous step drills making sure you're passing through the delivery position on each downswing. Lastly is just making a regular swing trying to incorporate all those feelings (and constantly monitoring on video). For me, making sure I was passing through a checkpoint window like delivery ensured I kept everything on track, but also provided an important feedback feeling for a swing without stepping. Edit: @6:20 in the latest video Dr. Kwon holds Brandon's driver forcing him to lead with the body. This is the exact same feel I use on both sides for both backswing and downswing. Sort of a variation of the Sergio ring the bell, just imagine a bell behind you on your trail side instead of a bell above you.
  7. Yep, it's the whiffle ball. R10 needs to detect something roughly in the ball speed range of an actual golf ball for it to measure it. Some people have reported success with heavier practice balls like the Almost Golf balls though if you can't use a real ball for whatever reason.
  8. Woah, spin rate measurement is huge, wonder how they are getting around the various patents. Very interested to see how the spin measurement stacks up on the range to other launch monitors. Though, also going to be cognizant that this is the first firmware update with measurement, and will likely get more accurate. Hopefully there's an indicator to show whether the spin was measured or calculated in the shot results.
  9. I'm very curious about the accuracy if fed a non-optimal camera angle or dealing with golfers outside the norm on body proportions. Since it's only using a single camera instead of a stereo camera solution like the Kinect, it won't have raw data to compute depth for 3D measurements, so the machine learning will have to be doing a lot more of the heavy lifting which could lead to accuracy issues. But could be an amazing tool to lessen the gap between remote and in-person coaching, excited to see where this goes.
  10. What I really wish this and the Hackmotion graphs would do is show the neutral calibration points that people at home could use as reference points. Tyler even said in that video that the zero calibration is not an anatomical neutral, which makes it a little harder to figure out how much to radial in the backswing. My anecdote (and I know feel vs real) is that I find my best success when I don't radial deviate past what I can only describe as "punching form" ie the index and middle metacarpals in perfect line with the ulna/radius as if you were throwing a jab, which is vastly less amount of radial deviation than what feels natural.
  11. Not to detract from the trolls and actually get back on topic, I'm not surprised that you're finding more success with no radial deviation (hinge) in your backswing. As Monte has said on many occasions, most amateurs have too much wrist hinge, and hold it far far too long. Tyler Ferrell advocates the similarly with unhinge then supinate. The release is almost entirely supination and extension of the (lead) wrist and almost very little un-hinging (radial/ulnar deviation). By not hinging, your keeping your wrists at where they should be for impact (ulnar deviation). So either keep playing like that or you can start adding hinge back in as long as you let it out much earlier in the downswing.
  12. The explanation is that the R10 has likely has logic to determine what is or is not a golf ball so that it doesn't have a ton if misreads by thinking anything moving in the expected window at all is a golf ball. If it sees a clubhead speed of 80mph then it sees another moving object going 50mph (a standard foam golf ball), this probably wouldn't fit the expected launch characteristics of a golf ball being struck by a club at 80mph (which would be closer to 80*1.5 = 120mph), so the logic would consider it "not a golf ball" and not read it. If it's reading an Almost Golf Ball, then it's likely that due to them being harder than a standard foam ball, they retain enough initial launch speed to be considered a ball in flight.
  13. Just coming back to this thread, as I will probably do many more times, to post how unbelievable it is that so many hidden nuggets of gold are in the NTC methodology, for lack of a better term. I feel like there's so many concepts that I never internalized or just plain glossed over, or didn't realize they were an issue in my swing in the first place, otherwise known as How Not to Use Monte's Instructional Videos #101. I had always glossed over the very first No Turn. I had never thought my hip turn was an issue. Only recently I realized that my turn was excessive and flat (because it didn't look flat on video, to me at least) and is causing me a huge number of issues. After working on a bunch of things a little voice told me to go back and try not to turn at all in the backswing per the very first drill of NTC. I just feel like I'm keeping my left butt check on a wall behind me as I go into the backswing. I feel as unathletic as Mr. Havercamp, but on video I make the perfect 45* hip turn. Going to take a lot of getting used to, but glad I'm able to start internalizing some of the gems here.
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