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Figured this would be a good place for people to talk me off the ledge haha. Also, first thread I've started, so here's to many more!

 

I've golfed for about 5 1/2 years, and I always struggle with the fact that a smooth, easy swing will probably produce a shot that goes farther than one where I try and swing out of shoes. Even today, I got a new shaft and hit a few, and when I made a nice, easy swing, the ball just flew off the club face. When I tried to crush it, I topped two and sliced one about as far right as it could possibly go. I think part of it is that I'm not a long hitter, and feel like I need to get as much distance as possible, but it usually ends up getting me in trouble...

 

So I guess my question is, how do you all deal with this? (Or am I the only one  :D ) And how do you force yourself to put a smooth swing on a ball instead of trying to crush it?

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It sounds like you are more than capable of putting a nice swing on the ball - you just need to remind yourself before each shot to take a smooth swing. 

 

I usually just remind myself to stay balanced throughout the swing and that allows me to make a nice smooth swing

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Not the only one. When I go after a shot it usually is some sort of miss hit. Adam Scott had a good tip that I use. Think of the slowest possible golfer you know tempo wise and take some practice swings at that speed. Breath, let out the tension and make an nice easy pass at the ball.

 

 

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It's tough. Natural instinct when we get it to the top of our swing makes us want to throw our hips, whip the club, and swing out of our shoes. It's tough. I deal with it too. On the range I just pop drive after drive down the middle nice and smooth and still produce 110 swing speed. Go to the course and all of a sudden try to unleash one (right after my swing thought being nice and smooth) and block it way right and probably only swinging about 100 because I've got so out of sync. If you figure it out let me know

 

 

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It sounds like you are more than capable of putting a nice swing on the ball - you just need to remind yourself before each shot to take a smooth swing.

 

I usually just remind myself to stay balanced throughout the swing and that allows me to make a nice smooth swing

Balance is big for me. When I try to swing out of my shoes I find my body swaying and usually get stuck on my back leg.

 

 

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I just had a breakthrough yesterday with this. I guess my swing was pretty quick, even though it didn't feel it. I had someone help me a bit and they slowed me down tremendously. All of my shots have been a lot better since then. It is taking some getting used to, as it feels like I'm barely swinging, but my shots are a lot more consistent.

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Not the only one. When I go after a shot it usually is some sort of miss hit. Adam Scott had a good tip that I use. Think of the slowest possible golfer you know tempo wise and take some practice swings at that speed. Breath, let out the tension and make an nice easy pass at the ball.

 

 

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Good thought. I like that. May have to try that on the range this week.

 

It's tough. Natural instinct when we get it to the top of our swing makes us want to throw our hips, whip the club, and swing out of our shoes. It's tough. I deal with it too. On the range I just pop drive after drive down the middle nice and smooth and still produce 110 swing speed. Go to the course and all of a sudden try to unleash one (right after my swing thought being nice and smooth) and block it way right and probably only swinging about 100 because I've got so out of sync. If you figure it out let me know

 

 

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm still working on understanding/getting all the parts working together to produce a good swing, but it's great to know I'm not the only one. 

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Don't feel like you are hitting "at" the ball ... feel as though you are hitting "through" the ball. (If that makes sense) Also, right before you take the club away ... exhale and lose the tension in your hands and forearms.

Tension ... the #1 killer of bad shots IMO

 

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The never ending chase for a few extra yards ... welcome to golf!  

 

It sounds like you know it, but you just don't truly believe it yet.  Kind of like how shorter drivers can go farther than longer drivers.  Center of the face with the correct swing path will always go longer than trying to swing 1-2 mph extra and kill it.

 

This may sound weird at first, but my tip is to play in flip flops.  It sounds weird but a couple seasons ago any time it was over 70 and not wet I played in flip flops.  It really helped me to tone down the tempo.  After doing it for the entire season it became my normal swing rather than something I had to think about all the time.  If your feet are slipping you're swinging too hard.  If it's nice out I still playing in flip flops from time to time.

 

If nothing else try it at the range and see if it helps keep you from swinging out of your shoes.

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The never ending chase for a few extra yards ... welcome to golf!

 

It sounds like you know it, but you just don't truly believe it yet. Kind of like how shorter drivers can go farther than longer drivers. Center of the face with the correct swing path will always go longer than trying to swing 1-2 mph extra and kill it.

 

This may sound weird at first, but my tip is to play in flip flops. It sounds weird but a couple seasons ago any time it was over 70 and not wet I played in flip flops. It really helped me to tone down the tempo. After doing it for the entire season it became my normal swing rather than something I had to think about all the time. If your feet are slipping you're swinging too hard. If it's nice out I still playing in flip flops from time to time.

 

If nothing else try it at the range and see if it helps keep you from swinging out of your shoes.

I do something similar, but at home. Barefoot I will make some swings in the house. Your feet can be an amazing tool to let you know what your doing during your swing, swaying, falling forward or back, etc.

 

I like to assess how I feel when I warm up before a round if I'm feeling tight I swing within the restrictions. If I can't get a good turn no sense in forcing it.

 

I like to watch Louie oosthazien- probably butchered his name. Not tall or big and hits his 7i what? 180yds? He really uses his bodies momentum effectively keeps his arms passive.

 

My biggest problem is grip pressure so that's what I'm most conscious about. When I'm trying to get too aggressive it starts in my hands.

 

 

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My best approach to needing to put a little extra on the driver is as follows:

 

1. Tee the ball higher because I naturally raise up a little more on my toes through impact when generating more club speed.

2. Widen my stance about one foot width. I keep the ball position the same relative to my front foot though.

3. I play a fade because it is easier to play for and control.

4. I hold the grip slightly firmer with my top hand to restrict the head turning over. This also allows for my bottom hand to generate more speed through impact.

5. I'm right handed, so as I setup, I press my right knee in towards the ball. This dramatically restricts my lower body to create more separation with the upper body, causing more coil.

 

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Great thread, swing tempo is what I am currently working on. What I am trying on the course these days is counting to 3 while I am swinging. 1 -back swing, 2-top of swing, 3-downswing. Has helped keep me from getting out of tempo with the classic "swinging too hard".

 

 

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My best approach to needing to put a little extra on the driver is as follows:

 

1. Tee the ball higher because I naturally raise up a little more on my toes through impact when generating more club speed.

2. Widen my stance about one foot width. I keep the ball position the same relative to my front foot though.

3. I play a fade because it is easier to play for and control.

4. I hold the grip slightly firmer with my top hand to restrict the head turning over. This also allows for my bottom hand to generate more speed through impact.

5. I'm right handed, so as I setup, I press my right knee in towards the ball. This dramatically restricts my lower body to create more separation with the upper body, causing more coil.

 

Cheers

Burk

 

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Really like #5. Never thought of that. I struggle with swaying. I'll have to try that out!

 

 

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Really like #5. Never thought of that. I struggle with swaying. I'll have to try that out!

 

 

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Yea it works really well. I picked it up a few years back from one of the developers of Opti shot. He said that their studies with tour players shows that the best drivers of the ball do that routinely on harder swings to prevent getting off the ball and being stuck behind it.

 

Really like #5. Never thought of that. I struggle with swaying. I'll have to try that out!

 

 

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Yea it works really well. I picked it up a few years back from one of the developers of Opti shot. He said that their studies with tour players shows that the best drivers of the ball do that routinely on harder swings to prevent getting off the ball and being stuck behind it.

 

 

 

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That's pretty cool! I remember reading a "tiger woods tips" awhile back and he stated he did the same.

 

 

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I can relate. It feels good to crush a shot at the range and have people start watching you swing, but that's all that it really is, a nuked shot that you probably have no idea how far it is going to go or even where. I believe Golf is a game of restraint. My handicap is dropping because I recently started focusing in distance control. Who cares how far you can hit your 7 iron. The number on the club doesn't matter. How hard you swing doesn't matter. Swing easy, club up if needed, and focus on distance and dispersion control.

 

 

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Figured this would be a good place for people to talk me off the ledge haha. Also, first thread I've started, so here's to many more!

 

I've golfed for about 5 1/2 years, and I always struggle with the fact that a smooth, easy swing will probably produce a shot that goes farther than one where I try and swing out of shoes. Even today, I got a new shaft and hit a few, and when I made a nice, easy swing, the ball just flew off the club face. When I tried to crush it, I topped two and sliced one about as far right as it could possibly go. I think part of it is that I'm not a long hitter, and feel like I need to get as much distance as possible, but it usually ends up getting me in trouble...

 

So I guess my question is, how do you all deal with this? (Or am I the only one :D ) And how do you force yourself to put a smooth swing on a ball instead of trying to crush it?

I've fought it years. I'm trying to make a fuller turn with more extension. With no turn and short back swing, I feel the need to generate clubhead speed with a hard, fast turn. Way too much wear and tear on back, hips, and Trail shoulder and elbow. I like the reference to Adam Scott's approach. Allison Lee said basically the same. Harvey Pennick told me I'd played too much baseball. "You don't have to hurry, it's not going to go by you."

 

 

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My golf game isn't exactly one to mimic. After that let me tell you what I do.

I am a grip and rip kind of player. But I practice the same way I play. I was told when I first started I needed to slow down.but 10 years later I'm a decent player. Do what feels comfortable on the course and practice that way

 

 

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So I guess my question is, how do you all deal with this? (Or am I the only one  :D ) And how do you force yourself to put a smooth swing on a ball instead of trying to crush it?

I use this drill which really helps smooth out transition and not lunge or hit from the top: https://media.giphy.com/media/4t7DXPxB1fTH2/giphy.gifI shortened the ball retriever for the purpose of demonstration. Any sort of rod or pole 10-12 feet you can grip like a club works.

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Barefoot I will make some swings in the house. Your feet can be an amazing tool to let you know what your doing during your swing, swaying, falling forward or back, etc.

 

1. Swinging out of your shoes?  Take them off! :D

 

Seriously, though, this was something that Sam Snead recommended, and it helped me with stability, tempo, and transition.

 

2. Another possibility; you're swinging fine.  This happened to me.  I'd feel like everything was coming together when I would really go after the ball, but I'd sky it, I'd have a massive slice, etc.  I had to slow down to get everything to match up correctly.

 

Then I went and got fitted.  I had a stiff flex stock shaft, but my swing speed was about 115 when I was trying to moderate my tempo. After the fitters got done laughing (jk, but we did have a lot of fun), they put in with a much stiffer, heavier shaft.  My drives straightened out almost immediately, and the feel is wonderful.

 

If you have a trackman or gc2 at one of the ranges/courses that you frequent, see if your equipment matches your swing.

 

(Ugh... just realized all my posts sound the same... go get fitted, go get fitted... Seems to be my stupid answer to everything :( )

 

Anyway, best of luck.  Definitely give a shoe-less swing a try and see how it feels.  BTW, don't use driver until you feel like you've adjusted your swing (small drop in your height).  Coming in fat with a driver can hurt you and your club.

 

Cheers!

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