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  1. This is a personal observation from this week. Bought Garmin R10 launch monitor, setup in yard with net etc. Very good for videotaping and a set of stats. However this week realized that the game of golf is hitting to targets not a net. So not a full replacement for practice with focus on real target. And yes all practice shot and real golf shot should be with focus on target. Also at times chipping with spin have gotten so focused on technique that ended up with poor alignment.
  2. Have a minor foot condition that will take years to heal properly, walk golf courses using Superfeet inserts in spike less golf shoes. Key is to raise your heel up. They are at REI and also can be ordered online.
  3. This is quite interesting. Thanks. It would seem for these guys that further in the swing there is pull from left hip around as well as possibly right shoulder.
  4. Watched your video, tough to see lower body vs upper body. Looks like they move fully together and head moves with them. if you can separate bottom and top a little with trained professional golf coach you will gain distance and hit straighter. good luck
  5. Agree with many that lessons are in order, however with home sim data you may be able to figure out some of your issues. Depending on your sim you may be able to get face angle and angle of attack for each shot. Essentially with irons you should be hitting down on the ball and with driver opposite. Good luck.
  6. One recent anecdote. Went to fitting that compared 2017 GBB Epic to 2022 Rogue. Trackman Carry and Distance same, slight spin differences. Worse contact on 2022 gave nearly same carry and distance, not so for 2017. Tough to justify personal error as only difference - in past would have purchased new club.
  7. Over the last two weeks the Garmin Watch to Garmin Golf App has been off by a lot. Thought is was a GPS issue in steep hills and valleys courses from watch not getting distances accurately. However yesterday on my home course on a par five that is 540 yds. First drive was good, watch gave 295 to hole, debated laying up but then hit 3 wood onto green, distance given for 3 wood shot 260 yds. So watch at 295 yds was wrong. On hilly courses the distance to hole seemed off entire round.
  8. Had a very good experience at PGA Superstore if there is one in your area and bad experience with GolfTec
  9. Walk and even started carrying clubs at times. Recently found ASICS golf shoes, marketed in US through Srizon. Similar to the running shoes pull out base inner and put in an orthotic. Keeps heel slightly higher that is much better for walking and running. Like a running shoe for golf. This year's model is more waterproof then last years, although still not as dry as my old FJ's, will be only so so in downpour. Have also heard great things about Sketchers.
  10. Did sort of have an ah ha moment when I had taken multiple lessons and then practiced for about 6 months when swing got much better and gained distance. This was many years ago and got me hooked on the game. In order to get better, believe you need to focus on where you are truly gaining strokes in a round. Putting is absolute key as can go from 3 putts to more consistent 1 putt from say 4-7 feet, had round this morning where 3 putted tice. Next place to look is driving, how many times a round do you hit out of bounds or into hazards? These strokes really add up. A consistent, long, and in fairway or short rough drive might be the hardest shot in golf. Then there are others... To get better swing take lessons that give you videos to see where you need to change, to putt better practice with drills on carpet in house and at course.
  11. I recently ordered a launch monitor for the backyard. Think it will give some data, give general shot shape, and be more interesting for hitting into net this winter. For real numbers by club go with course data with real golf balls. Have a Garmin watch that helps with accurate distance range stats, but also think you can use scorecard notes and math to learn distance ranges by club if you figure out approach distances. Take lessons with full Trackman and video capture and the data is really useful, especially with golf pro comments, but that is easily $20K setup and not practical for home.
  12. See picture. These were decoration in VRBO we stayed at on a golf course. They have wood shafts. My son and I played 3 holes, given wood shafts I lowered swing speed using a mashie. 2 pars, 4 bogeys, 1 double in 6 holes. Not nearly as bad as one would think. Limited conclusion is that good swings trump equipment for normal golfers.
  13. Getting a fitting is especially important if you have an "unusual" build or swing speed or swing. Agree to above that you should get cost applied to the new clubs if applicable. Also agree that you need to go to a fitter with a quality launch monitor that shows dispersion. My belief is that you may want to consider doing this in pieces both to save money and to learn as you go, if so start with irons.
  14. Thanks DaveP043. I am at point of looking into total annual cost dived by rounds I can reasonably do in same year - Winter is tough. Unfortunately don't have equal levels of golf courses public and private, and practice facilities within reasonable driving distance.
  15. Ended my "membership" at public course and now looking at others. Personally have picked courses based on quality of course and then relative cost. Given lack of overall success looking for some guidance as initiation fees have gone up in my area. Any comments appreciated and thanks.
  16. Thanks everyone. My big gap is between PW (same design as other irons) and specialized 52 degree wedge (similar to other wedges). Like suggestions of bending 52 degree or buying 50 degree as although would leave gap the other way it is really much less frequent and covered by other wedges.
  17. Personally play 48 degree PW, 52-56-60 wedges. Hit most sand shots with 56. Have gap now from 110 to 120 yards as 52 degree tops out and 3/4 PW is more yards. Any suggestions appreciated.
  18. A famous golfer recently said that there are mental and physical mistakes, and he only gets mad with himself at the mental mistakes. A few mental mistakes I have and continue to work on overcoming include: Play better with better players in foursome. Really should not matter. Play worse in slow round. Again should not matter. Setup to swing and change or override direction picked in "box" behind. Sideways view is distorted so best to walk back and relook. Pick wrong target in setup. Ex. aim for pink house rather than blue house Poor set-up alignment, comes from rushing to hit and not stopping when you know is bad and regrouping Not practicing putting day before tournaments, also not doing a yoga session the day before Maintaining mental focus for all 18 holes when getting texts etc. The above can add 2-6 strokes in a round if you are not careful .
  19. In Colorado have found that you can where athletic shoes. Nowadays have had to add orthotics. Play most rounds in adidas samba soccer shoes, when course is empty like to jog between shots. On wet course switch back to FJ golf shoes.
  20. No, ideally would like to get to a more unconcise swing for driver and long irons but still have to think of at least one or two thoughts during each swing.
  21. Yoga can do wonders and prior to playing or any muscle strain you can do dynamic stretching. You can google these. Starting out less is more. Also believe in ibuprofen - but can cause stomach issues.
  22. Have had terrible rounds this year with snow limiting practice time, until today with a 78 from tips. Read something that I will share on how to break 80. Keys to focus are: Driver - put into play rather than focus on length; Putter - remove 3 puts, practice 6 ft and less puts; Wedge - chip so you have up and down chances regularly. Good luck on the baby.
  23. Looking to see if others have genuinely improved, actual drop in handicap, based on personal statistics now available. Fully believe these are important in club testing and fitting but that is once every year or two. Personally got excited with my Garmin watch but for every stat review believe time would be better spent practice putting. Old school measures like divot shape-size-spot and center mark on iron seem to show as much or more.
  24. Went to the push cart reluctantly about 3 years ago. There was golf study done in CO that confirmed that players do get slightly tired and possibly stiff in shoulders carrying by last 3-4 holes. The carts fold well into car. On model, had to replace my first during covid, ended up last available mid priced Sun Mountain. For 2 weeks in summer 2020 did carry again. With no water on courses really missed the cup holder for second bottle and les weight. Have 4 wheel model that supports running between holes when I get first tee time of day.
  25. Putting statistics can be somewhat misleading period for just putting unless they add in length of putt. That statistic is only available on the Men's tours. Apolloshowl above is showing that the top women are missing about 1-1.5 putts per round more than the top men. Very close and could be a result of greater average length of putt as others have stated. Anecdotally, many of us get stomach hit watching Adam Scott hit two great shots to 6 ft and then miss, or Dustin Johnson a few years ago, or Keegan on Saturday. It simply is not as much of a Venus-Mars scenario as it appears.
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