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  1. I walk and my home course is very hilly and am setting up my bag to be as light as possible(I'm 56). Since my home course is short I am only using a 4 wood off the tee. I was thinking that based on what I can tell it is normal for the gapping for woods to be more on average than the the irons. Base on that I was thinking that my woods(and hybrid) can be gapped 15-20 yards and my irons 10 yards. I would like to see how others set up their gapping. TIA.
  2. I played X100's until I tried various shafts some as light as 95 grams. I ended up with 115 grams shafts(uncut). I also went lighter in my woods from 85 grams (trimmed) to 65 to 80 grams (trimmed). My driver ss would be around 110 if I used one.
  3. This is a good question. I build my own clubs and have noticed that the head weights for woods are higher for the same length that irons (11 wood and 1 iron) while hybrids are slightly heavier than irons. I don't know if this has anything to do with why I hook hybrids as they always feel a little light to me. Nonetheless, I've ordered a 25 degree component head and I plan on removing a weight screw and extending it an inch so it will play about 2 swingweights over the Golfworks standard for a 4 hybrid. I hope this will help to make it more consistent. Also, it would be interesting to see a table with the headweights, length and swingweights of the overlapping clubs.
  4. I'm not a teaching pro just another student of the golf swing on his own journey to improve and I have to give a lot of credit to Manny. I remember trying to help a fellow golfer many years ago who practically stopped his swing right after impact. We tried various things but it was apparent he had this ingrained to the point that something drastically different would have to be done. Nonetheless, I didn't see him anymore at the range we practiced. My advice assuming you are having a similar issue is to go hit softballs in a batting cage. Not only will you have to use a different technique you will also have to learn to use the lower body effectively. If you can get to the point that the pressure in your feet tells you when to stat the downswing then this might take focus of the hands and the arms and free them up. I have been at best a single digit hc but hit the ball quite far mainly by focusing on pushing off my right leg. I started hitting softballs is a cage as well. Another drill would be to hit balls with only one hand at a time and practice throwing an old golf club with just the right hand side arm like in the golf swing, this will also get the lower body involved. Good luck.
  5. I did respond to you about the elastic loading and unloading. Most high hadicappers don't understand this and thus this give it very little importance. This is why most believe that if your left heel hasn't come off the ground, or the head hasn't move to the right then there is no weightshift. Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan said this was important but current swing theory seems to disagree.
  6. I never really paid attention to how my fairway woods align and that's probably why I hit them so bad. However, when I finally did find something that suits me my ball striking improved a great deal.
  7. I was thinking this might be the reason some higher hc like myself prefer blades or smaller cb's because hitting from the inside it's probably easier to hit closer to the hosel so toe mishits aren't that common. My DCI's have very little perimeter weighting but I don't believe it is a disadvantage as my longest iron is the 5 iron. I switched out the longer irons for a hybrid and 7 wood.
  8. OP - weaken your right hand grip to make it standard. I like your pushing off the lower body, you probably get good distance and don't have to worry about going over the top. Keep up the good work.
  9. With all due respect rolling the hands and forearms over at the start of the swing is not necessarily bad technique (if the shoulders are rotating too) as many very good golfers have done this. It is also a method of having the legs resist from the very beginning of the golf swing, which very few high hc golfers do. I would say this guys swing looks promising only he needs to weaken his right hand grip.
  10. I would like to play competitively but I feel my swing isn't at the level that I can stop the wheels from falling off at will so it wouldn't be enjoyable. I am not expecting perfection either just a go to swing to get the ball and play when I need to. I think anyone who has to deal with big swing issues would find competitive golf more stressfull.
  11. With all due respect hitting a ball high doesn't mean it will stop quickly, thus making it difficult to judge where the ball will end up on the green. But I think many golfers that use these clubs are probably just happy to be on the green I suppose and I understand (I used to think like this) that but honestly they won't lower their hc that way. As far as gapping goes my irons are at 10-11 yards which for me is perfect so that I never have in between shots. I think as long as one has 7 yards between clubs this is not any disadvantage as more clubs can be added at the top end if needed. According to the Trackman tour stats gapping with long irons is only 9 yards.
  12. There are many swing theories as you know. One particular class of swing theories is that the clubhead speed is generated by the sum of rotation around the joints. This doesn't take into account the elastic loading and unloading of the flexible tissues in the body. This has already been established in other sports like tennis and baseball. This concept of the golf swing leads golfers into thinking they just need a rotary motion of their shoulders and hips and discount any need of feet pressure and weightshift. The Stack and Tilt is a good example. Most will find out at some point that this method does not generate near the amount of clubhead speed in terms of effort and of course limits one from reaching their max clubhead speed. Other theories put an emphasis on the hands and arms and again discount the legs as a source of power. Nonetheless, pointing out that one can't generate the same clubhead speed with the "hands and arm" method sitting down or standing on ice somehow doesn't seem relevant but it does prove that the forces of resistance of the feet and legs is an essential part of the "hands and arm" swing. In fact I promote the hands and arm method but with the understanding of what my feet and legs need to be doing. Another class of swing theories is based on the position of the club during the backswing and downswing and gravity as a significant force generator.
  13. With a spreadsheet the uncut and cut shaft lengths and weight can be entered and estimate the weight of the trimmed shaft. From there one can choose different weight shafts to obtain the desired shaft weights. Also, a strip of lead tape can be put under the grip to make up any difference. A typical strip of lead tape 10 inches long weighs 4.5 grams.
  14. Just about most modern instructors I've seen. I'm an engineer and naturally apply standard physics principles to the golf swing. However, I have learned that these teachers can be effective if one just does what they say to do without trying to understand why. Monkey see monkey do. That's how all the better golfers learn as children.
  15. I don't understand the advantage of players distance for scoring. After all most golfers can use all the height and spin they get get to hold greens, especially guys with low clubhead speed. Most pros opt for higher lofts as well. I think it has to do more with marketing than anything else. I was once enamored of hitting my irons long but then I realized it didn't lower my hc. I have a nephew who is close to scratch and he plays distance irons in the winter and likes to tell me he hits his 8 iron 185. I remind having 15-17 yard gaps between clubs is not an advantage. I think if he went traditional lofts he would be a plus hc as he would have more birdie opportunities.
  16. I've played probably a 1000 rounds of public course golf mostly as a single and a walk-on too. I expect the OP and his buddies are really long and straight off the tee and this can be unnerving for most high hc out there who struggle to hit it 220 at best. Imagine being outdriven 100 yards all day long. As far as advice goes, I've always tried to help if something is glaring but generally limit it to the grip and the stance. Most guys that slice don't resist with their lower body at all so I would recommend they feel themselves resisting with their right leg going back and then push off to start the swing. It's not hard to do but it is not intuitive as the first thing most golfers do is pull their right hand and shoulder back, thus destroying any chance of the legs resisting nor hitting from the inside. I don't remember anyone ever leaving or looking dismayed at my advice, then again my swing has never been pretty, an outside to inside move like Furyk or Wolff but I was always long off the tee so I think that helped convince people to give it a try. After all if a swing as unconventional as mine enables me to hit it close to 280-300 there must be something to it. Other than that I have helped unknown golfers with their grip when they have the right hand under the shaft or held mostly in the palms.
  17. I used to smoke cigars a few years ago as I was able to get premium Dominican cigars for free. However, one day I smoked one that was wrapped to tight and it made me dizzy so much so I started sweating and had to lie down outside so I gave it up. I've never smoked anything more than cigars (or a pipe) and apparently I never really inhaled a lot, until the last one. Nonetheless, speaking of a good smoke and cheap are Dominican Principes. They are not whole leaf but are always fresh because they come in a sealed wrapper. I use to give them to my clients that were big expensive cigar smokers and they always rated them very high for a smooth smoke with little bite.
  18. I'd like to know what Rocco teaches that could be considered dangerous. As far as I know he doesn't promote using a big shoulder turn, nor jerking the left hip or leg out of the way nor dropping the right shoulder. I was somewhat skeptical of his method too but as someone who's 56 with 3 fused vertebrae I can say first hand that his move is easier on my lower back. And I haven't lost any clubhead speed either. I can swing over 110 with my 2 wood at 43.5".
  19. Another update. I am now doing Rocco's one piece takeaway left arm bent and all. Thanks to Manuel de La Torres and more recently Nick Bradely's "Hidden Power Joint" had convinced me somehow I must have been holding the club the wrong way with the left hand because my wrist was never flexible like Torres and Bradley recommend. I wasn't aware that the muscles one uses in the hands was important, but I do now. I do remember Jack Nicklaus said that the club is held with the muscles of the last three fingers of the left hand. I suppose I should have taken his word for it. Now that my left wrist is going flat w/o manipulation I find it easier to find the "slot" to push the club back into behind my head while keeping the right hand in a very good connected position with the elbow pointing down. This is a very efficient position that allows one to swing w/o dropping the right shoulder and get good clubhead speed. I also have more awareness of where the left hand is which of course helps my release and accuracy.
  20. I saw him in Atlanta at the Bellsouth he won in 98 and also the Tour Championship. He definitely was going after it with the short irons like Daly. I remember one par 3 he hit his 8 iron like 200 with a slight breeze behind him. I also saw him carry his 3 wood almost 300 yards uphill. My favorite was his 2 iron from 275. He was spectacular to watch but I realize his swing is not easy on the body long term, he's so stiff. John Daly was more relaxed and that's why he probably hasn't injured himself, but also TW told Daly he was gifted, which I agree with.
  21. Yes I have seen Freddy Couples, Tiger Woods and Davis Love and many others in the late 90's. I was a big fan of TW swing but as I got older and saw what it did to him I realized it wasn't a swing that I needed to copy if I planned on playing into old age.
  22. You are right he hit it hard but he did it with his hands and feet and flexibility as opposed to ripping his shoulders through impact. That type of swing is easy on the body as it uses elastic loading and unloading. Also, Freddy Couples has a very vigorous start of his downswing but decelerates so it looks really smooth. I think Rocco has more efficient mechanics, and it is certainly easier on the back than Freddys big shoulder turn.
  23. TW generated his clubhead speed with a vicious turn of his shoulders against a firm left knee and tight hands. That is great for hitting the ball long and straight but not good for the body. No doubt the weightlifting made that worse in terms of strength and lessened flexibility. On the other hand, Phil Mickleson is much more relaxed and could always hit it close to TW and will probably be hitting it long well into old age.
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