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  1. Chris Ontario, Canada HCP: 14 Currently playing Taylormade Rocketbladez 5-PW
  2. Chris, Toronto, ON (Canada), 16HCP Dream Srixon/Cleveland Bag: Driver: Srixon Z565 - 10.5* Fairway: Srixon ZF65 - 3 Wood -15* Hybrid: Srixon ZH65 - 19* Irons: Srixon Z565 (4-7) Z765 (8-PW) Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 Tour Satin (50*, 54*, 58*) Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado
  3. According to the DST website, this shot type/shape indicates that your body stalls it's lateral movement towards the target and your hands are forced to flip prior to impact. Your hands are behind the line of tension. The solution is to let the weight of your body move laterally onto your lead foot during the downswing and allow your body to rotate towards the target. Keep your hands ahead of the line of tension at impact, with a flat lead wrist.
  4. I recently spoke with Rich Massey - VP Operations of DST Golf. I was curious about the CR-10 and he explained the benefits and also how the tour pros use it (vs. the compressor) to reinforce proper setup/address and impact position. One of the drills the pros use with the CR-10 is to address the ball with the grip pointing to their belly button and hitting balls from this starting position. The drill forces you to arrive at the proper impact position during the golf swing instead of being there at setup. After he explained the drill, I obtained a CR-10 and tried this drill on the range. It was hard at first, but I figured out how to arrive at impact and tested it with my own clubs (particularly the driver). For those who struggle with the long clubs in the bag, this is a fantastic drill. After doing this drill, I hit some of the straightest drives this season. For the testers who have the CR-10, would you mind trying the drill above and seeing how it works out for you.
  5. They aren't on the DST site. But here is what I was doing that helped me: Stop and Go: The second drill I did is called the Golf Step Drill: Instead of using a regular club, I was performing both of them with the DST. If anyone else has other drills they use with the DST, please feel free to share. As an update, I went back to my club fitter today who has Trackman. While getting fitted for woods, he had me hit some iron shots. I'm easily 20 yards longer (carry) in my irons due to a faster swing speed and better clubface contact - mostly courtesy of the DST. I was using the drills before the DST, but not getting these results. With the drills and the DST, I've made this type of improvement. My kinematic sequence is so much better.
  6. cksurfdude: You'll get there soon. The DST made me realize I was trying to square up the clubface with my hands, versus rotating my body through impact. The "Stop and Go" drill combined with the DST showed me how to do just that. Also, I used "Baseball Drill" the "Golf Step Drill" with the DST to learn how to transition my weight. The DST combined with these drills is a catalyst for learning the proper motion.
  7. Exactly how I felt. Glad to hear it is working out for you. Once I was able to get the correct motion into and through impact, I was able to apply speed in the correct area and in the correct way, and that's when I started improving my distance. StrokerAce: Knowing what you know now, would you buy it again?
  8. Absolutely. When I reverse engineered my swing, I noticed that I had to clear my left hip (more than I was) and have it continue to rotate through the impact zone in order to square the club face. I also couldn't cast or come over the top (dramatically) as I used to. As well, I started to feel a proper coil with tension in the back hip as I took my swing back.
  9. Here are the answers to your questions: 1) I was able to see improvements by the third session. The beautiful thing about this club is that it works because of a concept called self-organization. Human beings are adaptable and we'll figure things out by necessity. We didn't learn how to walk because someone showed us perfect technique first, we figured it out through trial and error. What's great about the DST is that you can only hit it if you are in a good impact position. Because of that, you'll figure out how to get there from the start of the golf swing. When I first got it, I started with chips/pitches. Once I was able to hit 7 out of 10 successfully, I moved on to 1/4 swings. I followed the same process for moving to the next level: 1/2 swings, 3/4 swings, then full swings getting it airborne, then full swings getting it to a target, then full swings to a smaller target, etc. That's what I did. For me, it took me two sessions at the range and one at home to get to hitting full swings accurately to a target. For others, it might take less or even more time. 2) I don't think learning a technical swing change is a one-and-done thing. I just finished reading the "Practice Manual" and my attention currently is in between internal focus (ie. extend right arm) and external process (ie. swing to first base). These swing thoughts are great for making swing changes but not playing golf. My next step is to move towards becoming target focused with the DST - if I can concentrate on the target and hit shots successfully to it without any swing thoughts, I'll have ingrained a great motion that I can repeat on the golf course. Right now, I'm playing golf swing... not golf. Even though I'm still playing golf swing, my golf game has improved. The first time I played after using the DST, I couldn't hit a slice with my long irons. I bogeyed the first couple of holes because I was setting up for my old shot pattern (slice) and ended up hitting it where I was aiming. Once I got used to my straighter ball-flight, I started to hit greens. Chips and pitches too were struck solid. But I ended up with a new problem... I was advancing the ball further on Par 5's leaving me with approach shots between 50-100 yards which is something I don't regularly practice because of how infrequent it used to occur. I totally believe that once an old set of problems (ie. slice and lack of distance) is resolved, a new set of problems will be created (ie. blocking and approach shots from 50-100 yards). But what a nicer problem to have. 3) I currently use this to warm up before my round. Here is how I use it: partial swings with the DST working up to a full swing, then use my own clubs working down to the driver, then work back up to partial swings. Using the DST before the round gives me confidence... if I can hit it well, I'll be able to hit my own clubs well. 4) It depends on where you struggle. I think you really only need one because impact with a wedge is similar to impact with a longer club - just adjust for forward shaft lean. The reason why I want one for indoors is because I'm some what frivolous, but also because I practice hitting chips around the house, and I think using the DST instead of my own wedges will continue to reinforce the movement I'm building. In addition, I need to start mastering those delicate wedge shots of 70-80 yards or so.
  10. Thanks jlukes. The results are astounding. I was paired up at the course with a group and for the first time I received a compliment on how well I struck the ball.
  11. Just joined so that I can contribute to this thread because the articles on MGS helped me with my decision to buy the DST. About me: My usual rounds are between 85-90 strokes. I lose strokes from my drives but gain a few from a half decent short game and putting. I bought the DST hoping it would help cure my slice... and it has. Using the DST: When I got the DST, I started with chips and pitches - which was easy. But when I moved to half-swings, I was shanking it 80% of the time. I was frustrated, but somehow the DST exaggerated my swing flaw of casting the club. At the very least, I knew what I was doing wrong. I went home and did slow motion swings with the DST to figure out how to actually hit it. Since this puts you in the proper impact position, I started to reverse engineer my swing. From impact, I moved back to the delivery position and realized I needed to retain the angle in the right hand, straighten my right arm into impact, and clear my left hip to be able to the hit the DST. This club made me actually feel (for the first time) all the instruction I've received from lessons, video, and books. From the delivery I moved to the top of the swing and figured out how and when to shift the weight from my back foot to the front, when to start rotating the hips, and dropping the club into the slot. I had so many light-bulb moments with the DST. Results: The next time at the range, I was able to hit balls using half-swings and full-swings with the DST. I moved to my own clubs and was hitting my irons and hybrids straight and pure with a nice divot. Before the DST, I rarely took a divot. But now I do.. hence my username. The moment of truth came with the driver, and I wasn`t successful at first. So I went back to swinging the DST and realized that I need to continue to turn my front hip in the downswing and through impact. The next shots with the driver were straighter, further, and some of them even had a slight draw. My banana slice was nowhere to be found. DST vs Tour Striker: This will probably be the last training aid I will ever want... OK... maybe for my full-swing. I also have the tour striker and while that one is great at showing me angle of attack and forward shaft lean at impact, it didn't give me the same feels as the DST. As someone else has written, the grip on the DST is inferior and I'll need to change mine soon because of how often I practice with the club. But a new grip is worth the cost because using this club is improving my swing and maximizing my time at the driving range. 8 iron or wedge: I purchased the 8-iron and I'm glad I did as it's great on the range to see a longer ball flight. However, I also wish I had the wedge as it would be useful to practice chipping indoors due to weather/seasons. Knowing what I know now about how much this product has helped me, I would have ordered both at the same time to save on shipping and import fees.
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