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  1. I'm like you. 5'4". I play my clubs 1/2" short and ALSO have the lie adjusted several degrees flat. You will not see any loss of distance with just 1/2 inch. Now if you take 3-4 inches off, yeah, you'll see about half a club or so. But half an inch will do very little, except make the club marginally easier to play. Getting your lie adjusted is FAR more important.
  2. For a non-technical thought, I like Penick's "Take Dead Aim." For a technical thought, at least for full swing, I like "Make the follow through twice as long as the backswing." Makes me really accelerate through the shot, and produces a reliable power fade for me.
  3. Rest and ibuprofen and heat to get rid of the inflammation and promote healing. Physical therapy to strengthen and heal. Lessons from a pro to fix the improper technique so you don't injure it again. Regarding the last one: a lot of guys struggle with this because they are hitting with their arms and hands, upper body strength being used in the wrong way, and the transition is sometimes too abrupt. All that puts tension in the right arm and elbow. You need to feel the club more in your fingers, and "swing" the club smoothly towards the target and just let the path of the clubhead pass through where the ball is, instead of "hitting" the ball. I like to think of the shaft/grip as being the handle of a heavy bucket, and I'm swinging and throwing the heavy bucket at the target. Just think if you had a 5 gallon bucket, half filled with water or sand... hold the handle like it's a golf grip, and then swing back and forth a few times about waist high, and then you need to toss the bucket towards the target to your left. The pressure on the right elbow changes... instead of twisting from the shoulder and elbow like an arm-wrestling contest and then pushing with your tricep (that's the motion that is hurting you), the motion should be more of resisting the centrifugal forces of the club pulling away from you, which you should feel in the fingers, and it should passively lengthen the arms, and you should feel your right bicep and right index finger controlling how much the clubhead dips out as you swing the club, instead of "hitting" at the ball with your right tricep and forearm. You could also imagine holding a heavy dumbbell and swinging and tossing it towards the target. You wouldn't push it with your right arm and forearm, but use your largest muscles (thighs, back, torso) and feel it pulling away from you rather than you pushing it away from you. A lesson or three from a good teacher should help you move in that direction.
  4. Definitely. I swap out 3w and 5w... depending on if it’s a long course (3w for the par 5s) or a short dogleggy course (5w off the tee on a few holes). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Oh yeah. I was a teenager when he was on SNL. He was very funny. Matt Foley... the Bears fan... the dancer... the nervous interviewer... [emoji1787] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I’m 44.8 years old (ha!) and have played regularly for about 25 years. I’d recommend following Marty Music on youtube. He’s a goofy likable guy that does easy lessons. There are plenty of other good lessons on the tube besides him but he’s a good place to start. Other than that, you can always just pick a song you want to learn and type it plus lesson in the search bar and you’ll find a few. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. A day late and a dollar short... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I miss my old 300cc Titleist driver. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I have a practice green in my basement, and a few years ago used to practice putting with a mix of balls... I noticed the Wilson Duo seemed to come off hot... it’s a real bouncy low compression ball. Since I noticed that I try to only use similar spec balls, like prov1, snell black, tp5... higher compression soft cover — and not low compression balls. But the Duo was the only one that seemed to roll out more than others, but it was really really low compression—like 35, iirc? Might’ve just been that year’s model; I think Wilson changed the specs later. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. You can bend the shaft to adjust toe hang. Simple 3/8 pipe bender. Flatten the lie by bending it near the putter head, then bend it just above that spot to return the shaft upright again and voila you’ve got toe hang. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I’m skeptical about his approach long term as I said before, but I have to say after this past weekend I am impressed by his “Moneyball” approach. Driver, wedge, hot putter wins today. I’m trying to recall how often I’ve seen a guy win who normally has a balanced game, but then for a particular tournament he suddenly gets hot with the putter... seems like I hear that in the strokes gained commentary fairly often when watching. Bryson adapted to make it happen.... trying to be the best driver and the best putter, drive for show AND putt for dough! I see in his SG he’s a solid scrambler too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I played 9 yesterday. First time out since November... due to a wrist injury (right hand/trail hand). Played one handed. From the ladies’ tees. Took a few mulligans for absolute mishits (it’s hard swinging onehanded!) and shot a 40. Actually got to putt for eagle on a par 5 (missed it but got my bird). My right wrist is slowly improving. Maybe I will get to play for real in the spring. Slow and steady with the physical therapy... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I played 9 yesterday. First time out since November... due to a wrist injury (right hand/trail hand). Played one handed. From the ladies’ tees. Took a few mulligans for absolute mishits (it’s hard swinging onehanded!) and shot a 40. Actually got to putt for eagle on a par 5 (missed it but got my bird). My right wrist is slowly improving. Maybe I will get to play for real in the spring. Slow and steady with the physical therapy... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I’m thinking along the same lines. It’s definitely interesting as an experiment from “the golf scientist” — but sustainable... for years? We’ll see. I tend to think that fast massive gains are difficult on tendons and joints. And in golf, when the swing becomes too violent/explosive and not graceful enough, body parts will blow out. This is what happened to Tiger, in my opinion (and also according to others, such as Gary Player, for example—an early example of a golfer who was big on diet and physical fitness, with very specific convictions/theory about what an ideal golf physique is). Tiger was the best, bulked up to become better, it worked for a few years and then body parts started breaking down... the knee and back are obviously known but I’d bet he has issues we don’t know about too. If Bryson stays on this path, I expect injuries in his not too distant future. His swing does not appear graceful to me, but explosive and violent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I bought an Instant Pot branded one off Amazon. I use it with a tote or little cooler or tonight I just plugged the kitchen sink drain, filled it with hot water and did it in that. You need some decent ziploc style bags (not the zipper kind but the old kind). You put the meat in, zip it halfway, then submerge it in water as you zip up the last bit... that makes a vacuum seal. Use clothespins and a stick to clip the ends to it and keep them from going under water just in case the zip seal isn’t 100%. If you have a thermometer you can do it in a pot on the stove; you just have to tend it a bit. That’s a good way to try out the technique for proof of concept before you spend $100 on the gadget that makes it easy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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