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Thanks for the screenshots showing the interface. I have been hearing about Skillest a lot on the How's my Hand Path Podcast, so it was great to see it laid out here. A great option with lockdowns looming in many different areas. 

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11 hours ago, BMart519 said:

Thanks for the screenshots showing the interface. I have been hearing about Skillest a lot on the How's my Hand Path Podcast, so it was great to see it laid out here. A great option with lockdowns looming in many different areas. 

Definitely a great option with lockdowns. Also, at least in my area, it can be hard to find an instructor that is of the caliber of the instructors on Skillest. That is definitely a plus.

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Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
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Wanted to provide an update now that I am using the monthly subscription plan. My instructor, Alex, asked me to send some videos of what he wanted me to work on. I sent them in today and he responded within like 15 minutes with some comments on some things that I still need to fix with setup. So I went out, tried to make the change, and now just submitted a new set so he can validate if i made the change correctly or not.

Not all instructors may be this prompt in giving feedback, but it can definitely be a quick turnaround, especially when you are working on something very specific and you need validation if you are doing it correctly or not.

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Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
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Sounds interesting and may like into it.
The instructor I had previously gone to was in his 70’s and retired due to C19.


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Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

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2 minutes ago, Rickp said:

Sounds interesting and may like into it.
The instructor I had previously gone to was in his 70’s and retired due to C19.


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Pretty sure that my instructor is a youngin (says the 36 year old)

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Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
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Pretty sure that my instructor is a youngin (says the 36 year old)

If I go that route I have to be careful of instructor I chose. I don’t need someone who wants to give the student a perfect swing those days are long gone for me. My need would be someone who realizes the limitations of a mid 70’s golfer.


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Left Hand, 

Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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@dlow206 - What a great review.  Thanks for taking the time out to give such a detailed write-up.  I'm lucky enough to have ready access to good instruction for my daughter and me, but this is such a good option for people.  And it seems to be pretty well priced for what you get.

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One thing that I really like about Skillest (especially with the subscription) is that I get back personalized videos recorded by my instructor. This may be a subtle difference with other online lessons, or maybe it is even instructor specific. With other online lessons, i have gotten back an analysis of my swing and then some generic videos of drills to perform or changes to work on. However with my instructor on Skillest, if we are working on something even as small as grip change, he will send back a video response where he demonstrates what i did incorrectly and then the correct position. For example, he spent two minutes on video explaining what I was doing wrong with my left thumb, how it should actually be placed on the club and why it is so important. For me, these types of details help me learn better.

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Spring 2020 MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Updated 12/27/2020
Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - KBS Hi-Rev S
Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER2
 

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15 hours ago, HardcoreLooper said:

@dlow206 - What a great review.  Thanks for taking the time out to give such a detailed write-up.  I'm lucky enough to have ready access to good instruction for my daughter and me, but this is such a good option for people.  And it seems to be pretty well priced for what you get.

Thanks for stopping the thread. I definitely feel like it is a good value for the price, particularly the monthly subscription. While everyone has different perceptions on what a good value is, the subscription model on Skillest is truly unlimited. I have sent more than one set of videos in on a single day for example. The first set was trying the drill, the instructor gave some feedback on the drill, then i sent in a second trying to incorporate that feedback. For me that is important, because i am one of those people that ask "is this right", "is that right".

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Follow my golf journey to break into the 80s

Current tester for the Titleist TSi Driver

Spring 2020 MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Updated 12/27/2020
Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - KBS Hi-Rev S
Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER2
 

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If anyone is interested in trying Skillest, they are running 25% off one off lessons and 7 day passes for black friday. Code is FRIDAY25 and is good until 11/30.

Follow my golf journey to break into the 80s

Current tester for the Titleist TSi Driver

Spring 2020 MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Updated 12/27/2020
Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - KBS Hi-Rev S
Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER2
 

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How do you guys who use skillest decide which swing videos to send in? I've been thinking about it for a while now but most of my practice is into a net so its hard for me to decide which swings produce good results and which ones produce my common misses, the big misses I can tell but I'm looking for more consistency in my swing, and avoiding the big misses more than anything else.

I've been looking into some type of online instruction for a while now and have looked at a couple of guys on skillest. Ideally I'd like to take lessons in person but I've had a hard time finding someone in my area who is consistently available especially year to year. Any one try any of the other instructors?

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9 minutes ago, Patriots68 said:

How do you guys who use skillest decide which swing videos to send in?

I haven't used skillest, but I've posted videos for review on another golf forum (I won't name competing websites here).   The instructor there says frequently that your swing is pretty much the same all the time, your faults will still be there even if the result is good.  Just be sure the camera angle is what the teacher wants to see, do it in slow motion if he wants that.

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8 minutes ago, Patriots68 said:

How do you guys who use skillest decide which swing videos to send in? I've been thinking about it for a while now but most of my practice is into a net so its hard for me to decide which swings produce good results and which ones produce my common misses, the big misses I can tell but I'm looking for more consistency in my swing, and avoiding the big misses more than anything else.

I've been looking into some type of online instruction for a while now and have looked at a couple of guys on skillest. Ideally I'd like to take lessons in person but I've had a hard time finding someone in my area who is consistently available especially year to year. Any one try any of the other instructors?

Having worked with a couple online instructors last year albeit not via skillest. Take one swing from face on and one from down the line.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s one that was a big miss or a good swing. A good instructor will communicate with you and ask questions to gather info about you and your swing to include your big miss.

The vast majority of us produce the same swing movements on all of our shots. A good instructor will be able to see what causes the big miss

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Does Skillest charge their course fee of $12 for every lesson (I was looking at the 7 day pass). It says it is for a lifetime of storage etc. Hence wasn't sure if it was a one-off additional charge or something that comes with each lesson that you book through them.

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On 2/23/2021 at 10:45 PM, Serge said:

Does Skillest charge their course fee of $12 for every lesson (I was looking at the 7 day pass). It says it is for a lifetime of storage etc. Hence wasn't sure if it was a one-off additional charge or something that comes with each lesson that you book through them.

sorry, didnt see this before. yes, there is a fee per lesson. If you get a subscription, like a monthly subscription, there is a Skillest fee added on to the monthly fee. 

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Current tester for the Titleist TSi Driver

Spring 2020 MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Updated 12/27/2020
Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - KBS Hi-Rev S
Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER2
 

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Since I originally created this post, I had transitioned off of using a coach on the skillest app and then started using a different coach on skillest. i am now working with Jonathan Chown: https://www.instagram.com/jchowngolf/?hl=en

One thing i have found important as i have worked with different instructors is that besides finding a competent instructor, you need to find someone that can best facilitate your learning, which includes their communication style. Some teachers are brief and to the point and tell you this is whats wrong and work on this. Other teachers go into more detail about why certain things are happening, etc. 

For me, I am a nerd in general and i really like to know the details. For example, i have a tendency to lose balls straight right, sometimes severely, especially with irons. The prevailing golf instruction thought from a grip perspective would be to strengthen my grip. It actually turned out that if weaken my right hand i actually hit the ball straighter and sometimes turn the ball over. Jonathan went into great detail explaining to me about match ups and how with my normal grip (strongish but not super strong right hand), im a bit closed at the top and then my reaction to that is to early extend, open the face on the way down, etc. so that i don't hit it super left with a closed face. With the weaker grip with the right hand, my face is square at the top, whereas some people with the weaker grip actually get the face really open. 

That's just an example, and Jonathan always responds to my lesson submissions with at least 10 minutes or more on analysis of my swings and a custom video on drills for me to work on, even though i probably bother him too much and send in videos weekly. He also responds quickly to my questions when i send him a message. 

Follow my golf journey to break into the 80s

Current tester for the Titleist TSi Driver

Spring 2020 MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Updated 12/27/2020
Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - KBS Hi-Rev S
Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER2
 

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