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About JBH

  • Birthday 05/11/1984

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    My wife and children, football, cars, golf, and an active lifestyle.
  1. “Does your husband play golf too?” Works in almost every situation. Best used on long putts that are way short. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. JBH

    Does it matter?

    As I have been told many times...no...what matters is marrying up the correct compensating moves in the downswing to square the face at impact. If you can do that it doesn't matter. For example...I'm pretty sure Dustin Johnson's wrist at the top of his driver BS defies traditional teachings. However; he still is able to compensate and square the face at impact, so no one would dare tell him he is doing it wrong. In the LPGA there a player (don't remember her name) that over swings with the driver, but is one of the longest drivers in the LPGA. Again she makes the correct compensating moves to square the face at impact. This goes against traditional teachings as well. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  3. Stick to the same pre shot routine and develop a definitive method of aligning yourself. Then after you have that baseline adjust your alignment accordingly to how and where you miss to. I'm a sight putter, so I don't do the whole alignment stick thing. I pretty much death stare at the whole and approach my ball and get into my setup and then I trace the putt line to the ball and I set the club down and set my feet. Works well for me. What doesn't work is when I don't do it lol. So I practice my routine every time for every putt even short ones. If I'm prone to miss a certain direction I adjust and keep that adjustment and in grain that new alignment. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  4. I believe there is an element to experience in general, but I think it is easy to over state it. Naturally you should play better as long as you continue to play and work to improve. At the same time if your goal is just to drink beer and not work to improve you won't see much benefit at all. In my time playing I've seen a lot of improvement in my swing and stats. My swing looks nothing like when I first started and I can hit far more clubs in the bag. It wasn't all practice either but a constant work at trying to do better each time. If my stats show anything it would be a perfect TM commercial. With GG my first driver of a SLDR averaged 210 yards, my replacement with an R15 averaged 220 yards, and my current R15 TP averages 238 yards. Fun note, my current driver is playing a 3w shaft at 43.25 inches...so much for lost distance with a shorter shaft. However; I didn't get that increase in distance by club alone. I got it from practice and playing over the years. So there is something about getting better with time. As long as you invest in improving. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  5. There are two tests that I've always wanted to see. 1. Driver Length test. Using the same head and shaft at lengths of 43 1/2", 44 1/2", and 45 1/2". Head weight is adjusted to match SW each time. I've always wanted to see what the real difference in accuracy and distance is. I would also keep outliners in the results as a miss rate. 2. Loft for loft test. Using the same loft and shaft at the same length with the iron number covered up, and pit different types of irons against each other. In other words, a way to evenly test blade, CB, GI, and SGI irons on an even playing field. All variables would be the same using the same shaft and length, and all the lofts would match. SW would be adjusted to match all the clubs. I would also keep outliners in the results as a miss rate.
  6. I echo what everyone else is saying. It is better to get fitted first because the outcome may be a different OEM and/or a different model iron than what you might have had in mind. It will also more likely benefit you. However; it also depends on where you are purchasing from. Some places like Golf Galaxy and Dick's Sporting Goods will do a free fitting for you, after you purchase the clubs, and usually on store purchases only. At that point you'll go through a full fitting with just those clubs and you are able to adjust loft, lie, and even no-cost shaft upgrades for free. If you choose a shaft upgrade that charges extra, you'll have to pay the difference. This option is usually cheaper, because a traditional fitting first charges for the fitting as well as the cost of the irons. If you are dead set on a specific iron it isn't a bad way to go.
  7. @CK - Thanks for the input. I hope its not misleading at all. I also agree with what you are saying as well. I believe a lot in the natural motion of the swing. As Ace put it, we probably inhibit our own natural swing with all these swing moves.
  8. I agree, turning the hips is critical and you can't do this without that. The problem I have with the article, not the OP, is he doesn't explain the drill very well. He explains it as creating passive torque. No, it is not passive torque, and if it was, how did he create it? The article is a great example at how misleading drills can be. The drill doesn't explain, at all, what is actually occurring, or how to do it properly. It is a nugget that gets you coming back for more. It is extremely important to know why this drill is useful, and what you have to do, to get this drill correct. My good friend in his spare time loves watching and reviewing swing videos. I call him my swing guru and he will break down a swing to the most finite of details. I'm always bouncing swing thoughts and ideas off him and seeing what he thinks. He has recommended to me this same drill several times, and I've read about this drill in Penick, De La Torre, and King's book. So the idea isn't new, but understanding the reasoning behind it, is what is important. You can do this drill even without a club, and my friend recommends using a coat hanger. As my friend has told me, most golfers don't transition their weight to the left foot like they should. We all know this. Another issue is the bump, or lateral shift of the hips to towards the target, that cause the rotation. At some point most golfers get the hip turn before the shoulder turn, but the arms still lag way behind when fully turned, hence where this drill comes into play. When you shift weight correctly to the lead foot, a small lateral shift should occur with the hips, which simultaneously drops the arms as the drill prescribes. It isn't passive torque per say, it is the bump and turn that Hogan is so infamously known for. If you dig further into Penick, De La Torre, and King, they all say the same relative thing. The downswing starts in the opposite sequence of the backswing, with the feet, legs, hips, shoulders, arms, and hands in that order (Even Hogan says this). The left heel is big for I think De La Torre, and definitely with King. They both advocate a natural raise of the left heel. In other words, don't fight your left heel wanting to naturally rise during the Backswing. At the same time don't create it if you naturally don't have the left heel rise. The transition is putting that left heel back into the ground which initiates the weight shift, and then the lead knee coming out over the foot, and the lateral hip movement towards the target. All of that causes the arms to drop without thinking about it, as if passively (must be why he says passive torque lol). At that point, the shift of the hips will cause and start the hips to rotate as they should, ahead of the shoulders, and the arms/hands. Your wrists, thanks to the hip movement are still hinged, giving you more leverage, and result in a later release. I will say, if you don't naturally raise your left heel, don't try to create it, focus more on the lead knee and/or hip bump. I personally don't raise the left heel, and my lead knee going over the lead foot does the same correct movement at transition. I will agree that forcing the left heel movement can cause spine tilt issue which can lead to bigger issues. It is important to stick with what you naturally do going to the top, and from there use your heel, knee, or hip bump to initiate the transition, which will cause the arms to drop, like the drill suggests. Keep in mind, this drill is also for a two plane swing. You can see it when he draws the swing plane of the shaft. If you are a one plane swinger, this drill will probably do little for you, and I'm willing to bet, that one pro golfer who doesn't do this is Deschambeau, since he uses a true single plane swing . I hope this explanation helps explain and break down what is supposed to happen. Everything I've mentioned comes out of the books I've read and my friend who loves studying swings. I don't want to miss lead anyone, and if you feel mislead, please let me know.
  9. My first thought was “What Ping makes an SUV now?!” I'm curious how these driving irons compare to hybrids. Are they a good replacement for them? I haven't used a driving iron yet because I haven't found a need too. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. I asked a good friend of mine about this and here is what was explained to me. It teaches an approach of bringing the arms and hands down earlier so the shoulders are more square at impact. There are a few ways to this, and the drill is an old one of swinging only with the left hand. However; what it really is supposed to teach is a bump of the hips towards the target that automatically drops your arms in that position. When you take the right hand off the club, it is more noticeable. You almost can't drop the club with just the left arm without the hip movement. Another way to get there is to drive down the left heel. This works for those who lift the left heel during the backswing. When you drive the left heel back down it causes the bump of the hips and drop of the arms. The full sequence of events starts by driving the left foot down, which cause the left knee to kick out towards the target, causing the hips to shift towards the target, which then cause the arms to drop as the hips rotate. That's how it was explained to me at least. I hope that helps some. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. I have found that changing the game doesn't have anything to do with millennials being special in any way. The change to the game, in which the industry is concerned is reversing the downtrend of popularity to the sport. It just so happens, that the millennials are the current generation of youth that is of focus. However; again, it isn't about them being special. The debate is how to increase popularity and reverse the downward trend. When it comes to millennials, there are a few concerns, such as instant gratification, needing to see improvement, and time. Instant gratification is probably the biggest knock on millennials because of modern technology and the instant "now" mentality. Golf doesn't provide that in any way. It is also a driving factor in seeing improvement, and we all know, you can't go from shooting over 100 to scratch in a summer, so the slow progress and slow gratification, make the game less attractive to millennials. In focus groups, the length of playing time is also too long, especially considering modern working norms. Also consider a two parent household, with both parent working (something prior generations didn't experience as much). This makes it extremely difficult to balance time for a family, work, etc. None of these are a way to express how millennials are special. Additionally there is bigger problem of cost. Unless you second hand buy equipment it will cost north of $1000 to get all the equipment you need, and that is with at least reputable equipment. Lets face it, avid golfers secretly laugh at box sets, and don't take those golfers seriously. Additionally there is the cost to play, the pressure for lessons, fittings, etc. As an added twist when you compare this to other sports, golf is extremely high priced for the same "fun factor". Speaking of other sports, the last main focus, is bringing in youth and the lack of youth programs. They exist, here and there, but they are still not at a level where other sports thrive in gaining young players. Even where youth programs do exist, there is still emphasis on purchasing high dollar equipment, lessons, etc. All of these points lead to what to change about golf to bring back its popularity. It isn't about changing rules (some do argue that), but it is more about changing the culture of golf, and brining in programs that bring in younger people to keep the game going for future generations. There are ideas for 9 hole mini leagues that focus on using 5-7 clubs. This reduces time of play and equipment needed. 9 hole leagues used to be popular, where now its either 18 holes or none. Bringing back the popularity of 9 holes instead of 18 can help fix the millennials issue on time. Youth programs that include equipment and on smaller portable courses. One idea I ran across talked about using a football field and converting it into a miniature 9 hole course for children. They sign up for teams like many other youth sports, and are given the equipment needed to play (3-5 clubs). Then they compete on a level playing field by age group. YMCA, and other youth sponsors would go as far as not emphasizing winning, but more fun and learning to play. Coaches would help with basic swinging fundamentals only, and the coaches would be volunteers, not PGA pro staff. Older youth programs would use the same format, but expand it to actual 9 hole courses, leaving 18 hole courses and programs to high school and older age teens. Older youth would still be issued the equipment needed like many little league programs are. You can bring your own equipment, but if you can't afford it they will be provided for you. An additional fix to the cost issue, youth programs would have a single entry fee matching those of similar sports, and also do away with green fees for every game. Which is one of the biggest issues expressed by parents. The idea is to bring golf's cost to be competitive with other youth sports and make golf an option. Many parent find golf to be too expensive and just don't consider it. These programs would reverse that trend. Another program idea I found, takes putt putt golf to a new level, by adding mini par 3s as part of the course. This would be a 2 club game on 9 or 18 hole course with the longest tee being 50 yards. Basically chip and putt par3s with greens being similar to those found on putt putt courses. The idea is similar to Top Golf, but less pressure and emphasis on accuracy and points. Courses could be built indoors and/or outdoors and catered to older youth and family fun outings. Of course traditional golf is left the same. The big change for the game as we know it, is more on ranges that go more high tech and state of the art. Proposals include using launch monitors at outdoor ranges that gives feedback not only on ball flight, but simple coaching methods and positive feedback. In addition these high tech ranges would included simulated games, without putting. You'd would be given the length of the hole and take your shot until you reach the green and then advance to the next hole. The emphasis is more on making the range fun and enjoyable with the hopes that more people will take their game to the course.
  12. A friend of mine has two drivers and for no reason at all. Actually it is because he has no idea what equipment he has. One of the drivers is a more modern large driver, I think it is called the killer bee. The other driver is part of an old set, that has 1w stamped on it. It is a steel headed driver with a steel shaft. The head is smaller than a modern 3w, and is about the size of a modern 5w.
  13. JBH

    Hidden Gems

    Here are a few that I've played at during my travels around the states. Brickyard Crossing at Indianapolis, IN. By far my favorite course to date. Extremely beautiful, and extremely unique. You literally play a few holes in the middle of the speedway. The Fort near Indianapolis, IN. I played here because it was designed by the same guy who designed the Brickyard Crossing. Absolutely amazing course. Niagara Frontier Country Club at Niagara Falls, NY, is a great course to play at. Kelly Plantation near Destin, FL is a beautiful course as well. Some of the tee boxes are feet away from someone's backyard pool.
  14. I have 3 I abandoned. 1. I had a habit of always trying to fix my swing with every shot on the course. I would always try to adjust to fix where I messed up on the last swing 2. I abandoned always changing my grip. I'd constantly change my grip thinking that was it. 3. I gave up on the idea of setting up for drives with backwards leaning shaft. I previously had a slightly forward leaning shaft and was told that was bad, so I changed it. It robbed all my distance and brought back my fades and slices. I abandoned the idea and went back to a slightly forward leaning shaft for my driver.
  15. I've been playing B330s for a while. My local shop was cutting me a deal of 4 dozen for $100 so I was buying them up. However; I'm running low, and can't get the same deal anymore. I've tried the e6 soft and speed and a few other brands like Mojo, Wilson marshmallows (not the duos, but don't remember the exact name), Titleist NXTs, and Callaways Chromes. I even have a dozen pro-v1s and have yet to play them. From what I've seen, the 330s have been the best, because of the stopping power on greens. My dozen pro-v1s won't get any play time unless I lose every 330s I have lol. However; every other ball I have to adjust for more roll than what I see with the 330s. The e6s are easily the straightest and longest that I've seen flight wise. The spinning of the two is a bit better around the green. The Wilson marshmallows as I call them, feel like hitting marshmallows. They aren't duos, but they were horrible. I saw no real difference between Mojo, NXTs, and Chromes. The 330s is absolutely great at short stops and allows me to attack the pin more aggressively. I didn't believe the hype over a tour ball until I played them. However; I will most likely transition over to an e6 because they are cheaper, and what Bridgestone recommends I play. That is unless I can get the 330s cheap again .
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