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Scientific Golfer

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  1. I mentioned the issues in the beginning of the original post, but to reiterate: In the early part of backswing the club gets flat, laid off (whatever you choose to call it). At the top of the swing the the club is deep behind me and crosses the line (and often goes past parallel). On the way down the body (torso and hips) are way ahead of the arms and club, and the arms are dragged by the slow moving body. At impact the spine is very right side tilted, the right/back arm is very bent and cramped into the body with the body turned more open then it should be at impact. All these flaws lead to swing variation, lack of speed, and far too much effort for very little power. Far from the efficient swings seen by the likes of Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, or Rory Mcilroy to name a few. None of the teaching pros i've worked with after developing these flaws have been able to provide me with instruction that has lead to any significant change when it come striking the golf ball. I can video my swing before and after the lessons and there is no apparent change. While some instructors may have sound concepts others go off on tangents teaching concepts that don't adhere to the logic of physics and biomechanics. Just because someone may have PGA or other credentials doesn't mean they are good teachers. Concepts I have tried include, but are not limited to : Swinging with the clubhead staying outside the hands (at least until hip high back). Swinging the grip close to the back leg during the takeaway. Keeping the clubface facing the ground longer. Pointing the thumbs up at the sky at lead arm parallel back. Keeping the left elbow pointing to the body or the ground (in an attempt to keep the upper arm from rotating). Tilting the shoulders on a steeper plane during the swing (to try to keep the arms in a position more in front of the torso). External rotation if the back arm (in an attempt to keep the rear arms on front of the chest so that it can't separate as much at the top and so the arm doesn't have to work to get back in front of the toros on the way down, but opens the clubface and rolls the arms. Pulling the right elbow into the side on the downswing (which creates the flaws of having the arms and club open, the hands get high and move away from the body, the club gets steep and too upright creating another poor impact position. I could go on with dozen of other thoughts, positions, and movements i've tried, but that would make the post much longer. I've come to the decision at this point that my best bet would be to find things that will put my in sound positions every single time, and grove that position/movement through repetition. Thus that is why i've asked for suggestions on training aids that will force me into good positions and motions.
  2. Growing up I spent a lot of time copying the way Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman setup and swung. I was very much a hoverer of all clubs, but after years of studying and using other methods I got into a habit of grounding my clubs. There are a lot of benefits to hovering, and your post makes me think it would benefit me to go back to the hovering style using focus and repeation to I grain them again.
  3. I don't get where you got the idea that your angle of attack and downswing are too shallow, and even more so that they are causing you fat and thin shots. I can post slow motion swings of Rory Mcilroy and Sergio Garcia with similar shaft positions to you on the downswing. If anything I'd say (like some of the others that posted) that posture changes are what is causing you problems. They aren't drastic, but over all it looks like your legs have some overactive movement during the backswing (which causes the posture to change), that your back foot gets off the ground sooner than necessary on the downswing and your legs and hips underneath you and towards the target line, and causes your belt line to go from the diagonal at setup to very horizontal at impact.
  4. Thanks for coming on here and chatting with us. I used to be a master club fitter for a company, and it was disappointing to hear many of the misconceptions and myths people had when it came to golf equipment and fittings. I think people on this forum could really benefit from dispelling some of the misconceptions and myths out there. I'd say dispel any myths or misconceptions you guys encounter on a regular basis, or that you think people would really benefit from having explained. If nothing pops straight to mind how about touching on things the following misconceptions I've heard: "I'm a fast swinger (person's own opinion), and my buddy (hacker playing partner) says I should get extra stiff shafts", or on the other end of the spectrum the guy who maybe a senior and says he was told he should be getting senior or woman's shafts by his uneducated playing partners. (How more flexible can relate to high, and stiff to lower ball flights. How stiffer doesn't mean straighter, and more flexible doesn't mean more side to side dispersion) Maybe touch on how launch and spin is more important than swing speed when it comes to choosing shafts. Maybe touch on the importance of angle of attack on shaft selection. Maybe touch on how torque is related to feel, and with modern shafts it has little baring on dispersion (aka higher torque doesn't mean spray more shots). I remember people having misconceptions on graphite vs steel when it came to consistency, duribilty, flex, etc. Perhaps talk about some of those misconceptions or myths. Thanks again!
  5. Thanks for sharing your experience. With regards to your question of why certain clubs felt awful one day and worked well the next I think there were numerous contributing factors. I definately think having different shafts in the heads can make a big difference on feel and perception. We don't setup and swing the same every day (but do have tendencies), and that also could have been a big factor. The swing weight of the head and shaft combo as well as the weight of those specific test heads could have been different. Finally, like you suspected what you suspected about them being different clubs from the set 8i vs 7i vs 6i could have been a factor. You didn't mention it, but did they fit you for lie angles at all locations? How did the place you bought from fit you (did you go in somewhere and get fit, or was it a by paper fitting based on your previous fittings and stats) ?
  6. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.golfdigest.com/story/this-is-a-robot-it-can-also-te/amp At $150,000 it's out of my price range, and something else I'd be curious to know about it is how it knows how to swing like particular pros. It would be one thing if said pros swung while using the device, and the device records them. Can pretty much guarantee that the device wasn't around when Ben Hogan (one of its apparent swings) was, and even if he had been he didn't seem like the type of person that would have wanted it recording him. If it's taking positions from videos the camera angles/positions of the swings can have a huge effect (be flawed) on said angles, positions, and movements. Has anyone on here ever had the benefit of trying one?
  7. I prefer reading instructional books when it comes to golf. I've got two entire book cases full of them, plus three stacks of books next to my bed. I'm more apt to re-read ones that I have then buy new ones, for the sake of having something new. I'd say in general I've recommend books written by those known to be some of the best players in the world (Faldo, Price, Els, Norman, Hogan, Elkington, etc), or the instructors that taught them (Butch Harmon, Rick Smith, Leadbetter, etc) over less establish people. My favorite book and one that I am reading again right now is Nick Faldo's Golf the Winning Formula. It was published back in 1992 when Faldo was at the height of his playing career, and it's an excellent break down of all parts of playing the game. It was an eye opener the first time I read it. I was surprised that some of the things he wrote of hadn't been talked about more often by instructors, and players to that point, and even today. Once in awhile another great player or instructor might mention a few of the points lending further credence to the information, but much of the information is still a secret from those who have not had the benefit of reading the book. It details the reasons why he would setup and swing, chip, putt, etc the way he did, and pitfalls people (including pros and non-pros alike) are likely to encounter if they are instead getting in some of the positions and making movements that have at one time or another been advocated by other people playing or teaching the game. If anyone's debatinging reading a particular instructional book, but wants a second opinion post here, and if it's one of the books in my library I'll share my thoughts on if I'd recommend it or not, and positives or negatives of it if you want that information. PlaidJacket, the Magical Device book is not among those I've read. If you find it worthwhile let us know.
  8. Thanks for sharing.I'll check it out. What's been your favorite thing on there so far?
  9. Thanks for the recommendation. If I'm looking at the correct thing the Chilliwacker appears to be a device where you swing, and if you are way off plane you wack the device. It doesn't look like it does anything to teach you how to get in the correct position, nor give you a feel for the correct position or movement. I'm looking for something that is more likely to train the right movement instead of creating negative reinforcement when a bad move is made, but I'll keep it under consideration.
  10. I've been to lots of instructors, and unfortunately none have given my information or been able to resolve/improve my issues during the lessons. With the current stay at home order in person golf instruction is out of the equation, and online would be problematic in that it becomes a case of who would I choose, and what guarantee is there of said person being able to give me information that will work. Also at this time I don't have a hitting net to hit into in my backyard (ordered one recently, but probably won't get it for a week) . As proven on video, with a swingbyte device, and Zepp device my practice swings and actual swings hitting a ball are very different swings. (Which is of course very annoying). After getting a net, and setting it up I'll re-evaluate the online lesson option if I haven't found another solution. Thanks for the advice, but looking up what the Tour Striker Planemate is (an exercise tube connecting a belt to a low part of the shaft) it doesn't look like it would teach me how to make a proper backswing, and if anything looks like the resistance tube will encourage pulling the club lower and deeper behind the body. None the less thanks for making a recommendation.
  11. Thanks for the suggestions. The wall think doesn't particularly help since it's not going to show my how to avoid the wall, and damage us likely to occur to the club when it would not the wall. Plus the club has to go back to some degree. To avoid the wall completely one would likely need a purely lifting manipulation and no turn. Even if I did do that I feel like I'd be trying to replace one fault with another. I'm a member at a country club , so I have access to a grass driving range (except right now with it closed and the government order to stay at home). I have a PVC pipe circle training aid on order (hopefully I'll get it in about a week) in the hopes that it will help me feel what the correct position/movement feels like, and possible groove it through repetition. Thanks for your input.
  12. My swing flaws include taking the club back where it's very laid off behind my body by the halfway back point, then I get extremely across the line and sometimes past parallel at the top. At impact my upper body has a large amount of side bend giving a very cramped look with an unpleasant amount of right elbow bend. I recently picked up a Tour Striker ball like inflatable ball attached to a lanyard that is supposed to encourage arms / elbows to maintain their distance apart during the swing in the hope that the maintaining of elbow width during the swing would/will eliminate the across the line / past parallel issue. I'm looking for other aids that might help train out my flaws during the boring Stay at Home government orders. I've been contemplating the TPro device thinking it might reduce potential arm torso separation in the backswing, and possibly encourage right arm extension into impact (pushing the band away from the body. https://gravityfit.com/golf Anyone ever use the device, and would you advocate it? Any other devices you guys would recommend to work to eliminate the flaws previously mentioned? I'm a fan of aids that put you in correct positions, and give you a feel for what the correct positions or movements feel like (ex: Butch Harmon right grip golf gloves). I extremely dislike things that tell you to swing around/ between objects but don't put you in those positions, nor have any scientific support for why you should be making those movements/positions.
  13. Tom Santa Clarita, California 3 Taylormade P790 (original) (3* flat) T100S
  14. I'll go with Charles Howell III for tier 5 and -5 for the tie breaker. BTW: Someone might want to edit the copy/paste that reads the winner will be announced the week after the "masters" unless it's going to take nearly a year to determine the winner of this.
  15. I voted for my tier 1-4 players. Since it doesn't look like Fred Couples is in any of those tiers i'll make him my tier five vote. As for the winning score for a tie breaker...even though the course is going to play soft i'll say - 280 (aka -8)
  16. Tier 1 Rory Mcilroy Tier 2 Branden Grace Tier 3 Tony Finau Tier 4 Matthew Fitzpatrick Tier 5 Charles Howell III Tier Breaker -5
  17. 1. Tom, California ​2. 2 handicap (speed can vary any where from 100 to 115). 3. Epic Sub Zero 4. G400 LST
  18. Tier 1 Phil Mickelson Tier 2 Thomas Pieters Tier 3 Brandon Grace Tier 4 Fred Couples Tier 5 Ian Poulter Tier Breaker 1st = 279 (aka -9) 2nd = +9
  19. - Your first name and home state/province Tom , California - Your current handicap 1.6 - Your current golf ball Taylormade TP5x - Do you feel you're a "high spin" or a "low spin" player In the two most recent fitting sessions I had with Callaway (about a year ago), and Taylormade (about a week ago) when I was trying drivers and fairway woods both reps/fitters thought I was spinning the ball a bit too low (back with the Callaway testing I recall some 1500 spin rates, and with Taylormade I recall a 1800 with driver shots). I would think since I try to make the same setup and swing on all clubs (and only change my ball position ... and occasional maybe spine / axis tilt when playing a driver vs everything else. (Driver ball positioned edge of target side shoulder. All other clubs - hitting off ground - in line with my target side ear/shirt logo, center of pectoral muscle.) I would think my spin as far as high vs low would carry over from driver on down through the bag. In conclusion I would suspect I would be considered a low spin player, and might benefit from the higher spinning MTB Red. Much simpler to change to a higher spinning ball then change all the golf club shafts to get increased spin...
  20. Tom, 39, California. Lack of distance is holding me back from being a better golfer. I'm not a short hitter when compared to the normal groups of people I play with (I'm at the top or around the upper few of the people I play with), but there are a lot of people that are longer than me. Given my index I am severely lacking compared to what stats say the average person of my index should hit the ball distance wise. Given my general fitness (compared to the majority of society and majority of golfers I'm acquainted with), my flexibility, my strength, and lack of any physical injuries or aliments there should be potential distance untapped. Its likely that the lacking area is in knowing how to move in a way that is efficient to producing distance. Statistics on and off the tour support the premise that if you have distance you'll hit more greens in regulation, the shorter your approach shot the closer your proximity to the hole is likely to be, the closer to the hole you are the more short putts you'll have, the shorter the putt you have the more likely you are to make the putt. The more greens in regulation you have (large factor) and the more putts you make (smaller factor) the better your scores on average. Having the data of Gears, BodiTrak, and Trackman to see what is actually happening in the swing, and having someone who can understand and interpret the data from those correctly could be the key to improvement.
  21. 1. Tom, CA, USA ​2. Ping Cadence TR 3. Current putter is not custom fit, but has an adjustable length shaft. 4. Either is fine. In recent years I have leaned toward more mallet style putters (with higher MOI), so the Queen B 9 would be the closer of the two to that style (however I've putted well with both styles, and would be happy to use either).
  22. Your first name and home state/province: Tom, CA Current handicap/avg score: 2 Have you ever gamed Wilson irons? If so, which set? I have not, but I'd definitely be willing to play them. What is your current iron set? Taylormade Rsi TP. I'm able to out drive my playing partners by 30-50 yards at times, but when we get on par 3s I often find those same players hitting the same club, or less then what I do. Its finally worn on me, and I've decided its time to go to a distance iron and see how much better my game could be. For an iron categorized as a distance iron I've got to say the looks (based on pictures here and on Wilson's website) look much more appealing than other distance irons I've seen in the past.
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