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  1. TheDIYGolfer

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  2. Name/Hometown: Zach, St. Louis, MO Handicap: 0 Current Irons/Shafts: Callaway X-forged (3-PW) w/DG X100 shafts (standard length, tipped 1/4") Custom Fit?: No Cool contest here Good luck everyone!
  3. I honestly have never thought about what part of the golf ball I look at, but it certainly sounds like a topic that I would argue with my instructor about After consciously noticing, I determined that I look at the top of the golf ball (I'm slightly Stack N Tilt). For getting setup the correct distance from the ball: 1. Study tour players setups until you have a good idea of what is acceptable 2. Now practice over and over again in a full length mirror, or take a few pictures/videos of your setup. I have found this to be the most objective way to setup correctly, primarily because when I try to do it by "feel," I end up getting way off. This is because one position will feel entirely different to me over the course of a week, so what I feel is one position is actually another, and then I get all messed up
  4. It's definitely not surprising that a post like that went viral! It's a matter of how we describe certain words. On one hand, you've got the golfer who describes feel in an abstract way: "I feel the sensation of happiness when I strike the ball pure, and I feel the a sense of harmony and the body working as one part to deliver the club-face squarely at impact" On the other hand (might I add that most people will describe it in this way), you've got the golfer who is concrete in their description of feel: "I feel the club hit the ball, and I feel my feet pivot in the dirt, and I feel which part of the clubface I hit." It's a never ending discussion that I hope nobody ever thinks they are going to "win." Personally, I feel in more of an abstract way. A pure strike gives me more than just the feeling of a solid strike. It ignites a much greater feeling, almost in an emotional, euphoric way. I also would describe "feels" in my swing as mental pictures. I get this little mental picture of what it feels like to hit the ball from the inside, and I get a little mental picture of what I feel at impact. In regards to "touch," I feel that this is more of a learned thing. It is the result of practice, and without practice, you really don't have much touch. Just my two cents!
  5. I'm sure we've all gone through it, but I finally got my swing feeling like money, but my putting went down the drain! I can't explain how frustrating this has been, as I've been working so hard on the swing just to be let down by the flatstick. I thought instead of venting to the people I normally bother with my golfing woes, I'd bring it to the forum. So the question: What frustrates you most about golf? Aside from my putting woes, here are my top 5: 1. Practice sessions that end with me wanting to break every club, and feeling like I got worse 2. Not being able to bring my swing from the range to the course 3. Nagging swing thoughts (don't go in the water, don't go O.B., you're due for a miss, etc.) 4. Bogeys from the middle of the fairway 5. Conflicting golf advice I'm interested to hear everyones!
  6. Oh and my opinion on Tiger... I think he would have surpassed 20 by now if he'd have stayed with Butch. But I've always been a big Tiger fan Painful to see him play golf nowadays
  7. Boy can I relate! As you may have seen, I refer often to Bradley Hughes and his instruction, because I have sworn by the old school methods that he teaches. Luckily, my personal swing coach was actually the one that showed me Bradley's stuff, and so we basically work on it and learn it together which is really nice. I also found a site called Advanced Ball Striking which teaches the same stuff Bradley does. To be honest, there is a growing community online now that teaches from the same school of thought (BradleyHughesgolf.com, Advancedballstriking.com, secretgolf.com, secretinthedirt.com), which has been extremely convenient to be able to have a circle of instructors that I can always learn from, and that I know are teaching from the same core principles. I'm definitely one to welcome any advice and filter through it, but I just wanted to post this topic to see what kind of responses it got. Wondered if people were more online these days or still taking in person lessons.
  8. I just read Rotella's new book, How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life, and absolutely loved it! It really got me thinking about my thought patterns off of the golf course. One of the topics in the book talked about swing coaches, and how to find someone you know is good to listen to. I thought this was the best part of the book, because it made me realize how many sources I was trying to improve my golf game from! I have a swing coach, but was constantly going on YouTube for instruction as well. I found that the mixed theories are extremely harmful to a golf game. Definitely been playing better by sticking to what my swing coach tells me, and politely ignoring any other volunteered instruction (unless of course it deals with something other than the actual golf swing). Just thought it would be cool to hear from everyone where they get their golf instruction from? Also, for a little bit more discussion, I pose this question: Do you think that Tiger Woods would have reached 18 major championships by now had he stuck with ONE swing coach for his entire professional career (a.k.a. Butch Harmon)?
  9. "So, maybe I've discovered the secret of golf" This is why we love the game Anyways, just keep working hard on it! There is this thing in the brain called "myelination" that explains how we form "muscle memory." Just remember that in order to myelinate a position in the swing most effectively, you can only be thinking about one thing at a time. Hit balls in groups of 20, and think about just that one thing. Trying to build a golf swing can be extremely overwhelming and frustrating, but just keep in mind, you can't fix it all at once! I've been building my swing for years and years and still run into some of the problems (on a much less severe level) that I had when I first started! If there is anything I've realized about golf, it is that the "secret to golf" comes in increments of about five days at a time and then leaves right when you need it most
  10. I use an app on my Iphone called "Coach My Video." It's free, and has frame by frame clicking. It doesn't draw lines or anything fancy, but I don't generally need the lines to see where I need to go with my swing. For your issue, you're not alone! The difference between what something looks like and what something feels like is tremendous. The hardest part about "giving yourself a lesson" is figuring out how to translate between the two. For example, when I want to come more from the inside on the downswing, I think about keeping my weight to the right foot as long as I possibly can, and then ripping it. Many coaches would tell me to just initiate the swing with the lower body, but I literally cannot do this consciously. It's all about finding a swing thought that achieves the results you want, regardless of if it makes sense in theory.
  11. Ive heard good things about the CamCaddy! I'll definitely check that book out. I think filming the swing correctly and knowing what to do with the video is extremely important, especially since it's so easy to do with smartphones these days.
  12. Just wanted to touch on something that popped into my head today as I was practicing on the range... I had just filmed my swing DTL, and noticed that on my takeaway, I had the club slightly shut, which was causing me some problems later in the swing. I fixed that, and then filmed again. Now my club was too flat at the top of the swing! I'm a bit of a nut when it comes to swing mechanics, but this scenario brings up a point that is so important for us swing tinkerers to be aware of! If you're trying to change something in your swing, it is imperative that you constantly monitor it (via video or a swing instructor) to make sure that the change you are working on isn't causing another problem. I've had it happen so many times where I would try and change one thing which would just lead me to another thing that I needed to change. Ever since I purchased a little Iphone Tripod on Ebay, my swing has become much more consistent. With the tripod, I can record my swing alone, which allows me to always monitor where I'm at with things. If you're a player that doesn't like to worry about the swing, this all doesn't apply, but I thought I would share this with anyone who is more like me! Cheers The DIY Golfer
  13. I would agree with that for sure. Slumping is unavoidable in any sport. I guess I'm referring to a larger slump than the ebbs and flows of golf. I'm more referring to the slump Tiger is in and has been in for several years. Granted, I have no authority to tell Tiger how to fix his game, but it is the only example I can think of that makes sense. Sure, Tiger has had some high and low points with each part of his game, but overall, his game is in a "slump." This post was geared more towards someone who has totally forgotten how to think well on the course. For me, it's more about the grind and practicing hard than trying to force your mind into thinking well. Practice practice practice will lead to the small victories, which will cause a domino effect in the rest of your game. If I had to rewrite this, I would say that it all starts with the intention to practice and get better through hard work. Thanks for your thoughts! Love hearing some feedback and discussing!
  14. To read with pictures and headings, visit this link. Recently, I was struggling with my game, frustrated, and didn't know how to get out of the slump I was in. I was shooting in the high 70s just about every round, and couldn't seem to get myself to even par or better if my life depended on it. After several weeks of reminiscing on some of my better periods of golf, I realized that the main reason I was struggling was a result avoiding high numbers rather than trying to shoot a low numbers. In golf, there are two mindsets that play tug of war while we are on the course. In order to play our best, we need to feed the mindset that produces low scores. As a golfer, I know that this is easier said than done! Changing your mindset on the golf course is nearly impossible if you don't know how to go about doing it! About two years ago, I was playing some of the best golf of my life. I would arrive to the course with a smile on my face, and shoot even par or better without much of a sweat. Golf seemed easy at the time, but as we all know, these streaks don't last forever. Eventually, I fell into a bit of a slump. For several months, I would arrive at the golf course nervous, lacking confidence, and would wish my 3-footers on the first hole in for par. I became frustrated with the poor results I was getting, and starting thinking about where my mind was when I was playing my best. I realized that at my best, I was playing for the sake of playing great golf. The only thing I thought about the night before an important golf tournament or casual round with my buddies was how I was going to break 70 the next day. Not everyone is as score oriented as I can be, but it seemed to work in my favor. Having this mindset completely changed the way I would approach a golf round. Instead of wishing the ball in for par on the first hole, I was charging birdie putts into the back of the cup. I remember a period of time where I started my round with a birdie six rounds in a row! When I was struggling, birdieing the first hole was the equivalent of holing out from under a tree in the rough. It seemed impossible. I don't want to get too personal about my own game, because everyone is different, but I would like to share some things that I learned when I was finally able to turn my game back around. The truth is, every golfer, no matter what skill level can play to win. When I say "play to win," I am referring to the mindset that we as golfers have when we are playing at our potential. For some, this could be shooting a round of 90, and for others, it could be shooting a round of 70. Regardless of your skill level, the lessons I learned in the process of getting out of my slump should hopefully do wonders for your game! Here are the four ways that I was able to break out of my slump and start playing well again: 1. Trying to birdie the first and last hole of every round This may sound a bit strange, as we all know that our first and last holes do not determine the outcome of our round. By consciously making an effort to birdie the first and last hole, we are priming the winning mindset I'm talking about, whether we know it or not. If you are like most golfers, you have probably tried to "ease" into a round. I think that trying to "ease" into a round is another way of avoiding the pressure that comes along with a good start. Sure, it's easy to bogey or double bogey the first couple of holes and enter the "comfort zone", but what good does that do for our score? If you decide to take this piece of advice, apply it with reason. If you hit your drive into the trees on the first or last hole, there is no reason to play the "hero shot" in a desperate attempt to birdie the hole. The point of this is to prime your mind to think in terms of playing to win rather than avoiding losing. Also, if you are a 20 handicap golfer, your goal might be to par the first hole. Use common sense, and I think this will help you. Next time you go to the course, ask yourself: What will I have to do to birdie/par the first and last hole? Where must I place my tee shot to give myself the best approach angle into the green? What is my target? Which side of the fairway/green should I favor? What shot should I hit? By asking yourself these questions, you are opening your mind to an entirely new world. Welcome to the mindset of shooting lower scores 2. Practice practice practice Argghh!! I know this is a scary word, but let's be honest... How are you going to play to win with no confidence in your game? In my opinion, the best way to get some confidence back is by getting in the reps. Go on my Pinterest account and watch some of the instructional videos that pertain to your current struggles. If you can't find what you're looking for there, search YouTube for instructional videos. Then, go to the practice area and apply what you've learned! If you're busy with work, intentionally schedule some times to practice. It is amazing how much confidence a two hour, focused practice session can give you. Just do me a favor, and avoid watching too many instructional videos at once! If you have too many tips in your head, this exercise will be counterproductive. I suggest that you first find some credible sources of instruction, and then stick with one source for all of your instruction. There is nothing worse than jumping between instructors! If you want a great site for golf instruction, check out Bradley Hughe's site. Bradley is a former PGA tour player, and was actually the first player to ever win a professional event with a Titleist Vokey wedge! He is a two time Australian Masters champion, and can surely provide you with the advice you need (I do not receive commissions for referring to his site -- I just love his instruction so much that I can't help giving him a referral). The goal of practice is to give us the confidence that we need to go out there and birdie the first hole! No matter how much you are tempted to play play play, getting to the practice area is essential. If you get bored, listen to some music! 3. Listen to Golf Self Hypnosis Tracks I personally don't know many amateur golfers that utilize self hypnosis for their golf game, but would highly recommend it to anyone. No, it does not require you to embarrass yourself, and no, it is not as uncommon as you might think. Tiger Woods has practiced self hypnosis, and other forms of hypnotherapy (meditation) to improve his game. I like to think about self hypnosis as "intentional visualization." I can't sit in one spot and visualize for an extended period time, which is why I use self hypnosis scripts before bed a few times a week. Personally, I use the scripts from the book Zone Golf, but you can make your own audio scripts, or find others online. By falling asleep to a golf specific self hypnosis track, your brain is basically primed to dream positive golf thoughts. Kelly Sullivan Walden talks a lot about dream therapy in this book, and I have been amazed with the results! If you would like to see my summary or purchase this book, click here. The key to having success with forms of hypnotherapy is having an open mind. Give this a try for a couple of weeks, and be sure to comment with your results! 4. Gain Momentum with Little Victories Although golf is unpredictable, and we often see players turn their games around from day to day, you most likely won't get out of a slump in a day. It will take a few weeks of applying these tips consistently to see results. Unfortunately, a golf game doesn't get better without conscious action. It might improve day to day, but if you want to see long term improvement, I suggest getting serious about applying some or all of these tips. When I talk about "gaining momentum," I am referring to the thoughts that go through our heads while on the course. Say you are standing over a five footer on the first hole for birdie... If you aren't comfortable birdieing the first hole, this putt will not bring a good feeling to you until you make it. Use these small opportunities to gain some momentum, and transform your game! Say to yourself: "I'm going to make this putt, and it will be the beginning of a great round! I will make this putt and keep my foot on the gas for the rest of the round!" By talking yourself through an uncomfortable situation like this, you will train your mind to "play to win." The more often you use your conscious brain to create this type of momentum, the faster you will improve your golf game. Over time, your mind will become aversive to negative thoughts, and you will see your scores drop. If you commit to continuous improvement, it will almost be difficult to play bad! Golf won't get any easier, but it surely will become a lot more fun! I hope you have found some, or all of these tips useful, and I hope that you will apply them (consistently) to your game over the next few weeks, struggling or not. I also hope that you will apply these tips to anything you do in life! Playing to win is not only a great way to approach golf, but also your job and many other competitive arenas.
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