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So I’m on a journey to get to mid-low single digits and I thought I would post it here in case anyone else can find it valuable and it might be fun to follow the journey as it goes.
Been playing golf for about 20 years, taken lots of lessons but could never seem to improve the way I thought I should. Once I left the instructor, my old habits would come back and I wasn’t sure how to fix them.
I attribute my decent short game for the reason I got to this point. My ball striking was poor.
I now work in a different city than I live so my options for golf instruction were better. I like seeing the swing plane lines, shaft angle at impact etc. I find the visual really helps. So when I looked at the Golftec website, I was intrigued and after calling and being told what the deal was(including getting fitted for clubs at the end), I was sold.
My first lesson was in August and I was about an 11 handicap. I have had 3 lessons and am now a 9 and I finally broke 80 for the first time.
I also live in Canada (Alberta) and all the courses are closed until spring.
 
Lesson 1- hitting a push to the left ( I’m left handed)
Was always my miss but I had no idea why. Turns out I had a weak grip and took the club away outside the swing plane.
So after seeing myself compared to a pro in certain positions, I really understood what I was doing wrong. After I started getting more comfortable with the grip and backswing, I gained about 10 yards with my 7 iron.
 
Lesson two,
I was hitting the straighter but still couldn’t turn the ball over. And when I hit a wedge, sometime I would shank it. Again I just didn’t know why.
Turns out my body stops rotating through the shot and my arms take over. This makes the hosel get closer to the ball.
The fix was to learn how to hit the ball from the inside. So after doing some drills it started coming together.
A few days later I played and shot 79. I had a few bad shots and my putting was not great but for the most part, I hit the ball really well. On one hole I normally have around 180-190 in. This time I was 145. I had so much confidence!
Went to play 9 with my Girlfriend and my ball striking has regressed a bit.
Hit balls at home in the garage and I knew something was off. I figured it was the way I use my lower body but wasn’t about to start self analyzing since I have these lessons.
Lesson three-hitting them fat
Turns out I wasn’t far off with my analysis, it was my lower body moment creating the problem.
On the downswing, I turn my hips aggressively toward the target, but I wasn’t shifting my weight. Basically, I was spinning out and by not shifting my weight forward, I was hanging back creating a low point slightly before the ball.
I have some drinks to work on without a ball and I will practice with a ball and with the Golftec software on Monday.
 
What I like about these lessons is I get to see myself on film vs a pro and I get to understand what I’m doing, and how it creates the ball flight. I feel I’m starting to get the tools I need to figure out what I’m doing wrong when it happens.
I’ll post an update when I get back for another lesson. Hope you find this beneficial!

 

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I have some of these same issues so, yes, this is already valuable. Thanks for taking us through the process with you. Maybe I'll improve vicariously through your lessons 😁. Keep it coming. Unfortunately my biggest problem....too many swing thoughts, which keeps me from swinging freely and trusting. I think I'm on my own on that one.😬

 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, PJ Blake said:

I have some of these same issues so, yes, this is already valuable. Thanks for taking us through the process with you. Maybe I'll improve vicariously through your lessons 😁. Keep it coming. Unfortunately my biggest problem....too many swing thoughts, which keeps me from swinging freely and trusting. I think I'm on my own on that one.😬

 

 

 

 

Too many swing thoughts sounds so familiar! You tube,Instagram watching the pros so much overload! I won’t try anything new unless my coach says to. Quite liberating from my own mind! Haha. If you have any questions just message me. 

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Had another lesson last night and as I figured, we would be working on lower body movements. 
Like before I wasn’t shifting my weight forward correctly and I was turning my hips too soon on the downswing. The before pictures are in the left frames, you can see when I turned my hips too soon on the downswing, the back knee would kick out and I’d be on my toes at impact. When you look at the frame with Rory, you see his back leg is almost straight. I’m learning to push off the ground like Rory does which gets your weight forward and gives you more power. 
I mentioned to my coach It felt like what I call effortless power and he agreed saying this is how it’s created. 
You can also see in the one picture the amount of “ hip sway” or forward shift was double from when I went in. 
Things are looking up and I’m excited to get to practice this. 

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4 hours ago, milesgiles said:

^doesnt look/sound right, your lead hip is too far ahead of your torso at impact (a fault I definitely have..)

 

id check this before you go down a rabbit hole 

Could be, I’m trying to exaggerate the movement right now so when I swing for real I’m in a better position.

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