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About edteergolf

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  1. That would be an over simplification of the strategy but your theory isn't completely wrong. The idea is really to understand your shot cone and to always place that cone in play. The cone must fit between obstacles and penalty areas. It is the cone placement that dictates which club is used off the tee. One must also understand efficiency (average number of strokes from a distance and lie) when choosing the correct tee shot. "Correct" be the word of choice. On every hole and every situation there really is one correct shot and then all the other solutions.
  2. Deadly from a scoring or making birdie perspective. The best in the business average 50% with a few a bit above. When they win they can average north of 75 or 80%! Why? Because when they win they hit a bunch of greens. Pretty easy to get up and down 2 of 3 times when you hit 15 greens. You want to lower the handicap, learn to hit a ton of greens. Lower the score more by learning to birdie a couple of holes inside 100 yards.
  3. I'd be curious to know the name of the course and see from a coaching perspective if there other options available.
  4. Thanks @cnosilfor the support and the kind words. You are a knowledgeable and easy student to work with. Keep up the work with the finesse wedges and let me know how it's going.
  5. @ChasingScratchThank for the very kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed our first session. I love what I do and I'm passionate that there is a better & possibly easier way for a player to improve their golf game. It takes work and at times a lot of it but putting a systematic plan in place can make the process easier. As you are know well aware, I think golfers think it is the right thing to always be finding their way, having to make a choice about what to do, should I be aggressive, etc. when think the decision making process is and should be simple. The is a correct target and a safer target on every hole no matter the circumstances. The only thing to determine is how to get to the correct target in the current environmental conditions. I look forward to the next sessions and watching you improve. Thanks again!
  6. clubs within ten yards is a gaping issue. rental time on a launch monitor - period. Have loft angles adjusted so you have 12-15 yards between all your wedges and irons and 15 or more with long hybrids and fairway woods. Likely won't cost you a round of golf and will have a positive effect on your game.
  7. Takes time but you can get it. There is also a correct direction and wrong direction to turn the ferrule.
  8. I can bend them if the hosel is long enough. Used to do it a lot some time ago but much less often now with adapters. I have the Mitchel machine. Haven't bent a wood or hybrid in six months.
  9. Here lies the trouble. You are not questioning his knowledge when you ask why. I never want any of my players to be without knowledge. If I get a text or call saying why am I doing XY or Z then I have completely failed this student. When a change happens there must be a reason for it and the outcome or lack thereof should be quantifiable. Don't ever just do what someone says and shame on him for not explaining why. Everything has a purpose and everything is a cause & effect relationship. Otherwise you are trying and hoping. It would be ok for my player to say "I was pushing my irons to the right because of X, I attempted to Y but it didn't seem to improve. Did I select the wrong fix or the right fix but didn't accomplish it?" Making the right choice can take time to learn and learn to execute.
  10. Handling mental things can be tough. The best way to overcome them is to be properly prepared. Let's look at flying a plane. I'm no pilot but have had 11 hours of instruction several years back and have friends who are pilots. My question to them is how do you handle all situations your face while piloting. Long story short, systems and checklists. We know all the situations that can be and will be faced when flying a plane. Not only are there systems/checklists for all the normal things but for all the emergency things like losing an engine. How many times have you simulated in practice things going wrong and have followed a system/checklist to get home alive. That round may not reach our expectation but it will likely be survivable and a better score than if you just get mad, frustrated, & confused. See, many mental struggles simply reveal that we aren't properly prepared. We haven't prepared for playing well. We haven't prepared for playing poorly. Most don't even know the true dimensions of their shot cone or the true carry distances of their clubs. How do you make targeting decisions without that most basic pieces of information? That is like sitting on a 3000' runway in 757 believing you will be airborne before the end of the runway. The guy in the Cessna 172 has certainty & confidence that his plane will take off safely. So, if I'm playing and trying to meet an expectation or goal and don't really know my game, the correct targets, the proper plays off the tee, etc. then I'm going to succumb to a great deal of mental anguish. How about the player who knows how his ball flys when hitting it well and when he doesn't, who knows there is a correct target in all circumstances, has a system for when his ball finds trouble off the tee, has a system to calculate the playing distance when faced with wind, and has simulated all his decisions and flights in multiple environmental conditions. Now, somebody is going to bash me and say this is just a game and that most players don't have time to do this work. Well, I don't have the time or the money to be a pilot, but if I take a flying lesson there is no room for any other behavior but following the checklist, constant monitoring of the planes systems, knowing the wind, how fast the plane can go, will go, or the speed to safely land and the winds that I can handle during landing. At the end of the day, chose to do the work and simulation required by your expectations so that you don't succumb to the mental struggles and not enjoy the game.
  11. Nothing easy about golf when your priorities are exactly where they should be!! Decision making is really simple but take lots of discipline. Understanding how the best play and how that translates to your requirements to shoot or be scratch isn't that difficult. The key is cutting through all the mess and noise and getting down to what really matters. Thanks to people much smarter than me and my knowledge of the golf and the golf swing, I've had some pretty good success helping players improve often by just making better decisions. Don't ever forget that the pros, like us, mishit or don't perfectly control their shots just as much as we do. The only difference is the size of dispersion and of the misses.
  12. You mean in three lessons you weren't able to see the solutions to your swing? Don't forget there are online options and when it comes to changing movement patterns, much of the work should be done without a ball when you have limited time to devote to practice. I'm sure you could find 10-15 minutes a day doing movement work. You would be amazed and the change is possible. I still can't believe that you didn't have a full plan of attack over three lessons. Doing the work is one thing but knowing what is needed is an hours work.
  13. I think you have identified the missing topic in this discussion - risk. When I find a player adamantly against my strategy of hitting driver more often it has to do with risk and/or risk and fear. Of course to have this discussion we need very good and detailed stats. Player says I hit driver into the rough too often. The players stats say they hit they hit 5/10 greens from 150 yards. They also say that they hit the driver into the rough 60% of the time so they stop hitting driver. What they miss is that they hit 7/10 greens from the rough from 125 yards. Which strategy has a more likely chance of making par or better. As a coach I give a player the information they need and not what they want. So at the end of the day, I don't care that the player is more comfortable from 150 in the fairway. I care that they make more pars.
  14. Then you have executed the driver decision tree very well. Always pound it where you can, and adjust correctly when you can't. There is no system that would go against those decisions. Nobody is saying hit driver into the trees just because the best strategy is to get close to the green.
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