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  1. Dan C and Monte you really cannot go wrong. Also, you mentioned your back. I have a fused L5-S1 and have found their viewpoints to not be hard on the back at all.
  2. Does anyone have any insight on how ball position impacts backswing plane? It seems as though playing the ball further back results in a more flat and laid off plane, whereas playing the ball further up results in a more normal or even upright plane. Does this seem accurate?
  3. Why does it have to be one or the other? You can pursue both. For mobility focus on hips and thoracic spine and shoulders and traps. For strength focus on slow, controlled movements, at a moderately difficult weight. Compound lifts with good form. Form is first priority, which goes in hand with the mobility part. Both are important not just in golf but in life. Lots of people stay away from strength training out of fear of being "too bulky" Believe me... lifting moderate weights 2 times a week isn't going to make you huge. Besides... you can always tone it back if you think you're getting too bulky. To me that is just a cop-out for many people who just don't want to strength train. Long story short.... do a bit of both.
  4. Wow! What a journey you've been through, that is horrible to hear. But great to hear you are alive. You don't hear of too many head on crashes at those speeds that have survivors. Anyways... I would say strengthening your right forearm and hand strength will do wonders for the ability to hit with one arm. Also, when I taught youth golf lessons I would have contests with the kids to see if I could outdrive them with their youth clubs with one arm. I always found I could hit the ball really straight and far with one arm using a youth club. Not saying get youth clubs but maybe shorten the length of the clubs a bit and/or choke down, and find something that is a bit more light weight and lighter flex. Good luck!
  5. Jonathan Vegas and Scott Piercy use it and they are respectable, pretty long-tenured PGA tour players. That may give you some validation.
  6. Watched the video, seems like good content. Can't wait to give the drill a try. Might have to use a coin instead of a tee since its still winter. :(
  7. Relax those knees a bit. Get comfortable. You look rigid. Club head is going way out and no real vertical hinge throughout the swing. Set up with relaxed knees and arms, low hands, firm grip. Helps to get the upward hinge. Good luck.
  8. Once you get used to both, for most people the end result is negligible. Each have their pros and cons. I've used both. Smaller hands, I would recommend interlock in most cases.
  9. Depending on your geographic location of course, but there are likely better alternatives. Reputable pro with good reviews in an urban area Online coach, few good ones on WRX Travel to a clinic of a top notch coach
  10. Nice. Now make it stick. Think about why this works, and what is actually happening that is causing this result, and not just the feel. Because before you know it this feel may not replicate the same result.
  11. I used the vardon grip for about a 2 year stretch. Really liked it, but have since gone back to interlock which I've used since a kid. One note of caution: If you have somewhat smaller hands, this can result in causing a stronger right hand grip. I have smaller hands, but used to play with a stronger grip, so the vardon grip for 2 years wasn't a problem. My trend back towards a neutral grip is what caused the switch back to interlock. I think this often gets overlooked.
  12. Yes, for a righty your right pinky would overlap on top of your your left pointer finger or kind of in the crease between your left pointer and middle finger.
  13. Thank you for that input. There are so very true and some not so true pieces as far as applying to me. I would like to think I have a pretty good grip and stroke. I've worked with instructors in the past, I'm a scratch player, played in college, etc. When working with alignment aids I can put everything on line like I'm supposed to, but what I am trying to say in my posts is how hard it is for me to get that alignment practice to carry over. The less I practice the more and more I start to aim left and push it. Doesn't take long on the alignment practice line or chalk to get rid of the push. Struggle with the line on the ball, tried it many times.
  14. Thanks for all the input. This is helpful. Several people mentioned a line on the ball, and I have experimented with that several times before and I just cannot get used to it. Not for me. Going to need to find another work around. I also used to use a two-ball putter back in the day when those first became popular. That helped with alignment quite a bit. May be time to experiment with a mallet putter again.
  15. Don't have any recommendations on programs but some general flexibility advice. Through my long fought battle with spine issues I did all sorts of therapy, yoga, and my own biomechanics research and have 2 key thoughts that a majority of people don't understand and end up wasting tons of time. Everything you do for flexibility should be these 2 things: Either a long static stretch, such as a long yoga pose. Typically at least a minute, I highly recommend 2 minutes per stretch. This is the amount of time it takes for the muscle to register a change in its elasticity. Example: hold a hamstring stretch for 2 minutes. Or a dynamic movement where you're working through a certain range of motion at a medium to slow pace but not holding it. Example: Hip rotations, side lunge, etc. Ideally you incorporate lots of both. The biggest mistake: no dynamic movement and doing nothing but static stretches, but only holding for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, etc. This does next to nothing and will take a long time to see significant progress.
  16. It could have to do with an improper wrist set. Make sure you're having a bit of a vertical hinge that gradually takes place throughout the first portion of the backswing. Sometimes hands too high at address make this difficult to do, in my experience.
  17. I have had a problem with my putting alignment issue since I was a youth golfer, and I have been aware of it for a long time, and always have to fight against it. I have the tendency to aim to the left and then push it to the right to get the ball back on track with what "feels" accurate. I have recently been trying a little bit more of an open stance, more slouched, head behind ball kind of like Jack Nicklaus did, and that seems to have me aligned better. But not sure if this is the style that fits for me. Still experimenting, guess its winter so the time of year to do that. My question for any putting experts on here would be is this an issue with my my eyes and just the way I register proper alignment in my mind, or is it a problem with how I am lining up with my body? When I use alignment line or string in practice and get properly aligned, it feels like I am aiming way right, and I can never get it to stick or feel comfortable at all when on the course. I never know exactly how far right I have to feel to be properly aligned without an aid. Thoughts?
  18. He needs more loft. Stop having him play the ball so far forward, that is just masking the equipment problem and it is probably the reason he is hitting behind the ball. Look into 15 degree senior flex driver.
  19. He needs more loft. Stop having him play the ball so far forward, that is just masking the equipment problem and it is probably the reason he is hitting behind the ball. Look into 15 degree senior flex driver.
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