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  1. Just an interesting thought I had the other day. I'll start us off. I am an INTJ. I'm SUPER analytical and process-driven which is great for my golf game; however, I am also SUPER self-critical which isn't so much of a good thing for golf. 

    Golf is such a mental game, your personality must have at least some influence on the way you play the game in my opinion. What are your thoughts? Am I way off here?

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  2. Mine is with Edwin Watts (which I think is the same as Roger Dunn). I had just been playing seriously for six months and it was my first fitting. My coach had sent me with a list of things to try.

    I began by hitting the drivers (rookie mistake) and was carrying it about 200. Keep in mind I was eleven years old and had not played very long. My "fitter" started telling me to swing faster and faster. He tried to change my grip from an interlock to an overlap and reconstructed my entire swing. I was never fit for clubs; he was just coaching me with different heads.

    At the end of the fitting (or lesson) I could barely hit the ball. I had tons of swing thoughts and just could not piece anything together. He handed my dad a business card and promised I would be a scratch golfer in four months. I was a 21 at the time.

    It was a horrible experience.

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  3. Hello everyone,

    I have been working with a new instructor for almost three months and we have fixed nearly all of my prominent swing issues. The one that remains is my head likes to drop down and towards the golf ball in the backswing. When I try to not move it, I either top the ball, or move slightly closer and toe the living crap out of it. Has anyone else had this issue, or do you have any tips for keeping the head still without topping or toeing the ball? In this video, I do a decent job, but I toe the ball badly.


  4. I played a round with my new golf instructor yesterday, and I could not drive the ball straight at all. I did not feel that I was swinging bad, and my instructor said I was swinging well. He concluded it was a club problem. I had a lesson this morning where he fit me for a new driver. Below are the specs of my old driver and my new one:

    OLD: Titleist TS3 10.5* Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 55g stiff flex 45"

    NEW: Callaway Maverick Sub Zero 10* Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 70g XX-stiff 44"

    All of the sudden, my misses are in the fairway, I'm hitting my driver 20 yards farther, and on a much more favorable trajectory. 

    It blew my mind how much just changing a club has changed my confidence on the tee.

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  5. I switched from Ping G700s to Titleist T100 a year ago. When I switched, my handicap was 8, and I was NOT a good ball striker. I was so tired of looking at a chunky club, I was willing to sacrifice forgiveness. At first, it was very frustrating hitting small mishits and seeing bad results, but the smaller club head gave me better feel of my mishit. For example, I could better feel if it was a toe shot, or fat shot. I credit this better feeling to my incredible improvement to a +1.5 handicap. Below are three questions I think you should answer before you make the jump, because it is a jump.

    • How important is looks? Are you tired of a big head? Does something smaller scare you?
    • Are you okay with the possibility of worse scores when you first switch?
    • Are more focused on hitting greens, or workability and feel?
  6. Earlier this year just before Covid, I purchased an Amazon Basics golf net. It was ridiculously cheap, and if it was terrible, I was only out $70. It wasn't terrible though. I had a Rukket net for a long time before I got rid of it, and this net is practically the same thing for half the price. It handles all of my clubs, even driver. If you are looking for something affordable that isn't hard to store, I recommend it.

    It seems to have gone up in price to around $90 for some reason, but it's still cheaper than most.


  7. I just recently took my 3 wood out of the bag for the first time ever. I had a gapping session that showed no significant difference between my 5 and 3 wood. I never struggled finding the middle, but I always hit it low. That was strange for many reasons including I hit my irons to the moon and back, and I don't have speed issues (106-108mph with driver).

    However, a twenty-handicap friend of mine hits his 3 wood the best out of all his clubs. 

    In my opinion, it is different for everyone. When I was first learning, I always topped my 3 wood. I believe this is one of the reason's I never really fully bonded with it. If I didn't start hitting 3 wood until I was a better golfer, I believe it would have performed better. 

    There is no shame using a 5 wood though; I hit mine 245 carry and get it high in the air. Many other junior golfers would agree with me.

  8. I just finished my first professional gapping session yesterday on Trackman with a temperature of 85*F and an elevation of 550'. I went to the course today and hit the ball extremely well, but I was 10-15 yards short all day of the yardages determined yesterday. The temperature today was 60*F so I expected 6-8 yards difference but not 10-15. Anyone else had a similar experience? 

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  9. Has anyone ever had the idea to have a forum-wide golf tournament? You could have everyone play within a one week time period. Their lowest score from the week can be posted along with their handicap and course rating/slope in one thread similar to when posting for a reviewing opportunity. The lowest gross score could win something. Thoughts?

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  10. 3 minutes ago, cnosil said:


    No, I wouldn’t say you had a fast backswing and think you have a good swing tempo.

    Explain distance inconsistencies. What is your dispersion pattern with a 7 iron....how wide and deep?


    If I hit 10 shots, about seven would go right at 175 yards. But then two-three shots will either be long or short. My coach and I are currently accrediting the shorter distance to recent swing changes. I just changed coaches to Brandt Snedeker's old coach so I've been seeing him for a few months. We are saying the longer distances are me growing and I will have extra spurts of muscle growth. This was one last look to make sure there was nothing else I could do. My dispersion is pretty good with a push miss.

  11. 2 minutes ago, cnosil said:

    What are the inconsistencies in your swing....Basically why aren’t you a +5? Is it the swing or bad strategy? What is inconsistent
    In your swing? What causes you to have bogey or worse?

    That's a great question. My MAIN issue is putting. I am currently working with a putting coach who has been on the PGA, Champions, and LPGA tour for 38 years. I am spending a majority of my time there. My next biggest issue is distance inconsistencies with my irons, not caused by bad contact. This is why I am exploring changing my backswing tempo. I came here to get opinions before I started because let's be honest, I don't want to waste my time. 

    Take out everything swing mechanics for a minute, if you saw my swing on the range or something, would your first thought be that I have a fast backswing? Just curious.

  12. 1 minute ago, cnosil said:

    The post I responded to you discussed fast and slow backswings. I asked you to define fast and slow, not tempo. A very fast and very slow swing can have the exact same tempo and both match the 3:1 ratio desired by Tour Tempo.

    Either way, what are you trying to accomplish? Based on past topics we know you have a coach; is he trying to get you to change your tempo?

    I am trying to knock out any inconsistencies in my swing. I have noticed very few modern tour players with fast backswings. I do feel when I use super speed sticks, I am able to load more power into the ball when I take it back slower. I am a perfectionist, and that helps and kills me at the same time....

  13. 7 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

    So what does your coach/pro say you need to work on?


    Right now, I'm just working on getting my left hand knuckles turned down to get a little bit more control on the face. I have an insane amount of lag, so by turning my knuckles, it evens out the face and allows me to not worry about the face. Because of my skill level, I don't see my coach that often, and we've never brought up tempo before, but I'll probably bring it up in my next lesson.

  14. 17 minutes ago, cnosil said:

    That is a swing video, it doesn’t define fast or slow.

    People have lots of swing theories and ways to improve. Tour tempo is just another idea on how to swing and play better golf. If you decided to go down that path, you could be successful. You could also be successful following the principles that George Gankas teaches, you could follow stack and tilt principles, you could follow single plane practices.

    Please explain how a video does not show tempo? Tempo is the relationship from start to impact. The video shows that and shows the speed of the sequences. How would you go about showing or defining fast or slow without a video?

  15. 10 minutes ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

    Not necessarily. The point of the comment was that A) this is too much technical to think about during the swing and B) does the player have a "bad" backswing in the first place?

    Changes in stance and grip can fix backswing problems much more than tempo.. unless the backswing is too fast. But again, too fast is subjective to the player. I would say a backswing is bad if the club is not started back on the proper line, too inside or outside for the shot the player is trying to hit.

    Get a lesson or have a pro check you to determine if the swing is indeed too fast for your style and ability.

    Take Dead Aim

    No, I've got a darn good backswing. Club is on plane, correct left arm position, full turn, etc. I need to update my handicap to +1.2 but not sure how on here 🤣. I am simply trying to refine my swing. My backswing seems fast to look at, but doesn't feel fast to me. 

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