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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.
  14. Some guys, who have the talent and timing of a tour pro (Paddy is a Euro tour pro), let the hips get a little flatter so that they can get some more hip turn in the backswing (Others like DJ just keep the pelvis tilted the whole time). To be able to clear the left hip they have to rapidly get back into anterior pelvic tilt (belt buckle facing down) in transition to allow the left hip to get back underneath them. If you watch Paddy's belt buckle in his transition move, the first thing he does is get that belt buckle pointing toward the ground. That gets to the second point, there are two different types of pelvic tilt. You have the tilt as it relates to the ground (left hip lower than right hip at the top of the backswing), but also tilt as it relates to the spine (belt buckle down). Here's an illustration of the latter. You don't need a ton of it, and it can be overdone, but you do need some.
  15. Just gotta say I love the practice diaries you post here. They motivate me to better structure and maintain my own practice schedule and routines.
  16. I've just diagnosed this in my own swing and have been working on it. Of course I've read Monte's diagnosis probably a dozen times across different threads, but it just didn't click until recently. Essentially the hip turn is too flat, the pelvis needs to be more in line with the spine, otherwise known as anterior pelvic tilt. The feel is simple though, just try to keep your belt buckle pointed a little more down towards the ground, less level with the ground. You'll instantly see that your lead knee will only kick in a tiny bit but most of the flex will be out towards the toe. Another video that should help on that topic.
  17. I think the wheel and arm method is potentially illustrative for some, but an imperfect metaphor for the swing. He mentioned talking about tempo and slow then fast, but the wheel can't move in space like a golfer can, so it has limitations because it's fixed in space. Any movement on the wheel is going to have a rotational component, which means the pivot points are always going have a change of direction. With only one arm, the pivot is in a fixed position. With two arms, the pivot can be moved in 3D space to accommodate other types of forces on the club. From my understanding of the golf swing, the transition and early downswing movement of tour pros is much more of a linear force than rotational. From the top they are pulling the club linearly (in the direction of the handle) to start, not applying outward rotational forces until much later in the downswing. Take a look at swing thoughts by prominent teachers over the years that I believe matches this type of movement to more easily relatable thoughts (Jake Hutt's throw the pool noodle away from the target line, Chris Como's axe throw drill, Dan's you can't extend the trail elbow too early thread from 2015, Monte's Broomforce, Tiger's swing thought that all speed is past impact, various others water skier visualizations). You need to tow the club in a linear fashion to start to build up momentum, then add just enough rotation to turn the club so that the club head doesn't want to kick out until your hands abruptly change directions after coming up and out of the hand path low point. This is why the G-Force and Lag Shot swing trainers work, because of the flexible shaft. If you start with any sort of rotational movement at all, it's going load and flex that shaft. If you start in a linear direction (in the direction of the handle), the club starts moving without flexing the shaft.
  18. People who have attempted to use metallic dots have reported that the R10 essentially doesn't read them. It makes sense, the object in flight would probably differ too much from what it has been taught to read as a golf ball. It's very likely that the metallic strap under the cover of the new RCT balls would be similar and would appear to be "not a golf ball" to the R10. They are almost certainly not working on this since the methods employed by Trackman and Flightscope are patented. That's the whole reason that the Garmin has taken the approach it has to calculating ball flight.
  19. I mean I guess agree to disagree that nobody can ever have lower body swing thoughts. Monte has stated in the past that different people might have to have different thoughts or intents, and some might even need to have lower body swing thoughts. Yes, he's said that most people need upper body thoughts to avoid firing the hips from the top and getting out of sync, but some others still need lower body thoughts. For me, I need to have a lower body intent once I've completed cast A, or else I end up stalling out and falling into an old, ingrained, poorly coached baseball swing movement from middle school where the coach wanted us to resist body turn and just throw the bat at the ball with the arms to get easy but weak contact.
  20. Fine then just call it turning aggressively through the swing (ala bump dump and turn). I know firing the hips from the top is a bad thing because of timing and sync. I was specifically discussing how I hold off on the turn to perform Monte's cast A moves to sync everything up before even considering the lower body. I'm not sure how you'd turn aggressively once the upper body and lower body are synced without firing the hips.
  21. I've had a breakthrough (#4,349 if you're counting). This time I was trying to be much more methodical in my practice and approach to practicing NTC and Broomforce. The key was to just slow everything down. My practice was trying to incorporate the feelings of the counter-top drill with cast A. I had to have two thoughts to start, first was cast to 8 slow, slow, slow while keeping my shoulders completely closed. First, by slow, I mean literally almost feel like it's just the weight of your arms and club doing the movement to 8 o'clock, almost like a little 20-30 yard chip shot. Second, I found that I got lazy with my shoulder turn and would let it go too early (this lead to OTT since it reduced my depth too early). If I consciously tried to keep my left shoulder pointed down between my toes while I did zipper-away and casted to 8 o'clock, it finally started to click. Once I got to 8 o'clock, I simply fired the hips as fast as I could.
  22. 1. Chicago, IL 2. 26.3 3. Cleveland Classic #4 4. I have tried my buddy's DF2.1 and was very intrigued by it. 5. I've been super interested by LAB putters since testing my friend's DF2.1. The forward press grip, the weight, the feel off the face all felt great. Mishits felt and rolled much better than my current putter. The only real hang-up was the size just didn't fit my eye. 6. I do.
  23. You seem pretty methodical about your practice. Something I aspire to be in mine, but often get undisciplined and deviate. You should check out the Game Like Golfing methodology for making changes and see if it helps you.
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