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  1. 7 hours ago, JerryB said:

    Did you wind up going this route or some other options?  How did it work out?

    i went with a different set of irons and my pitching wedge is 46* so now i have a more traditional 4 wedge setup at 46/52/56/60

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  2. already booked my christmas wish list item but i went *just a little* over the $2000 limit. 

    chartered a jet down to florida for a week with plans to play 8 rounds with my pops. 

    a few trump courses are on the list and then we’ll take it from there. 

    my wife still isn’t comfortable getting on a plane, so i sprung for private 

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  3. 37 minutes ago, tommc23 said:

    Nah I worked out to get stronger and that was it. Strongmen and powerlifters don’t always care about that we honestly just care about numbers lol

    say what you want but every man in the world lifts weights to be more attractive to women (or men).

    i know a lot of power lifters. they all show up on their accessory days to do abs and bicep curls. 

    what kind of strongman training did you do? stones? logs? 

  4. 15 minutes ago, tommc23 said:

    I knew I liked you squat and deadlift are the only things on the list you sound like a power lifter lol

    i’m not.  squatting and deadlifting are just crucial to anyone who wants any sort of strength base or who wants to be even decently athletic.  i also train gymnastics, but i’m not a gymnast, daily yoga but i’m not a yogi.  i train to be an athlete, so i try to hit on everything across all all disciplines

  5. 1 hour ago, ncwoz said:

    From other threads I knew your lifting experience was pretty extensive, but man those are some crazy good numbers, especially at 195!

    @edingcand I were talking about how loading up the big 3 and making sure to take them through their full range of motion is surprisingly helpful for mobility (as opposed to the "muscle bound" stiff stigma I've heard specifically in the golf world), but I'm curious what your plans are to improve your mobility? I'm getting back under the bar more consistently myself and have noticed some helpful flexibility improvements, but I still have a few tight areas that could use some freeing up.

    haha thank u. it’s something i put a lot of years and a lot of effort into.

    yeah that’s a pretty big misconception when it comes to lifting. you can greatly improve your mobility by moving under heavy loads. 

    here’s a link explaining the difference between flexibility and mobility. people get them conflated all the time. mobility is more useful, and what we should be chasing as golfers. 


    i’ve always offset my lifting with a lot of yoga and focused mobility work. but mostly it’s the lifting itself and putting my body through full ranges of motion for your hips, knees, and shoulders that keeps me nice and mobile. if i had to recommend one area to work on to get the most bang for your buck, i’d say T-Spine mobility is where people should focus 


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  6. 57 minutes ago, sub80 said:

    Chip Strokes--you have all the right ideas.  You only need specialty programs once you have maxed your base as an athlete--generally that might look like 2x body weight for DL, 1.75 BW for squat, 1.25-1.5 BW for bench

    thank you for all your input. i’ve been doing this a very long time, so i’m well past any newbie gains. 

    at 195 i deadlifted 625 and squatted 545. i was also a nationally ranked oly lifter so i know a few things about explosive power.

    5/3/1 and starting strength are excellent resources and i’ve used them both in the past. it’s never too late to go back to fundamentals. 

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  7. 1 minute ago, edingc said:

    I have a balky right knee from being overweight as a kid and made worse by a baseball injury in high school. I have the leg strength to push myself on squats, but it's usually a matter of needing to trust that my knee isn't going to give on me.

    as long as you're moving correctly,  squatting will help protect your weak knee.  strengthening the muscles that surround the joint, along with increasing your knee's natural range of motion will wipe out any knee pain you experience.

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  8. my answer all depends on the circumstances of the round.  

    if i'm on a trip and the round is part of a larger experience, then i'd be willing to pay more.  and there really isn't a top end to that budget.  i enjoy my vacations.

    if i'm just driving to a course, playing it, eating a meal and driving home, i wouldn't go more than $500 out of pocket.

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  9. 1 hour ago, tommc23 said:

    Yea goes into gear for all of 30 seconds I finally got a shop to take it but won’t get to it for a week. Driving home now in a uhaul then flying out to get it.

    that really sucks, what a headache. sell it to the shop and get something new. 

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  10. 16 minutes ago, AndySP said:

    I’m beyond jealous of your numbers. I think they are unreachable for me, but I totally dig the grind to get faster and stronger. I am also hoping to gain a few mph’s this winter. 

    Do you periodize your exercises or are you training power and strength at the same time? I’m also wondering if you are adding in any over speed training as part of your plan. 

    don’t be jealous. speed is great but it brings its own set of issues to the table. my misses are much bigger and controlling loft and spin is really hard. 

    i don’t periodize. power, strength, endurance, it all gets rolled in together. i focus mostly on explosive compound movements, and have never been a fan of training body parts in isolation (with the exception of bicep curls bc they’re awesome). i believe if you want to become a better athlete you need to train yourself to move athletically. 

    i might try the super speed program later on in the winter, but my plan is to just swing my driver as hard as i possibly can 20-30 times a few times a week. i’m gonna let being strong and flexible take care of increasing speed. 

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  11. last time i grew a beard, i didn’t shave for a year and it grew down to my chest. 

    these days i just buzz my face every few days. id go broke buying razors because i have a 5:00 shadow by lunch. 

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  12. 3 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

    I want one of the major stat tracker products (Arccos, Shot Scope) to partner with one of the consumer-grade LMs (SkyTrak, Mevo/Mevo+, Rapsodo). Imagine this: you collect stats for several rounds, and then your LM creates a custom practice plan for you based on your actual strokes gained weaknesses on the course. To be sure, this wouldn't be the same as having a swing coach to fix the problem, but it would have you focus on the correct places for your swing practice

    i don't have any real input other than this is an awesome idea.  

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  13. i'm doing my first backsplash install next week.  it seems straightforward enough, and the hardware store local to me is excellent, so i know i'll be able to go in there and get everything i need in one shot.

    but i figured i'd ask here for any tips and tricks that might save me some time and money.  i'm using a mosaic ceramic tile.  will i be able to cut this using a cut off wheel and diamond blade? or do i absolutely need a wet saw? 

    thanks in advance and i'll be sure to post some pictures when i'm done...for better or worse.

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  14. id kill for your peak height numbers.  i swing my 7i around 108 and even with launch angles below 20*, i see my apex up in the 150ft range.  

    ask a few have mentioned, i was forced to learn a knockdown shot and it's been a real game changer.  now if there's any sort of wind, i'm taking one to two extra clubs and backing off my swing speed.  i still generate plenty of spin, so i can hold greens even with a flatter trajectory.

    don't change that stock swing at all! just learn a new shot to add to the arsenal.

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