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Official Golf Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, May 22, 2010.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    You're probably right on that strategy.

    My pro put me into regular stiffness clubs. It's a lesson he's teaching my body, albeit probably an expensive one. One of my main problems is I want to, his quote, swing like I'm using an axe. I want to really muscle it. When I do that, I do not keep my head level (it goes up on the backswing and is clearly visible on the video he takes) and then I make inconsistent contact with the ball. He's really working on the "just swing the club and let the ball get in the way" type philosophy.

    So the result is when I maintain form, my club head speed is slower than what I'm actually capable of generating. The idea is to get the correct mechanics ingrained and then, a few years down the road, I'll be able to unleash but keep proper form. So there's the expensive part: the eventual re-shafting to a stronger flex.

    Speaking of which, had no idea the high tech now common in golfing. He has two video cameras on you for practice and some pretty cool software for playback, where he can get all John Madden on pointing things out. Then this iron with something wrapped around the shaft, and takes tempo, headspeed, toe down, kick angle, etc. Then the tape on the bottom of the club to see how you make contact. It's pretty interesting.


    Interesting to note that I've seen long-drive specialists practice with whippy-shafted drivers - mostly to practice their timing - and they still hit it long and straight with those. So I wouldn't get all starry-eyed about having stiff shafts. Besides, you can always replace the shafts down the road and keep the clubheads.
     
  2. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Well then hand one of them over. Mine's getting tired. [​IMG]

    I'll see if she'll let one of them out of her purse.
     
  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Interesting to note that I've seen long-drive specialists practice with whippy-shafted drivers - mostly to practice their timing - and they still hit it long and straight with those. So I wouldn't get all starry-eyed about having stiff shafts. Besides, you can always replace the shafts down the road and keep the clubheads.

    Yes, I would much rather make consistent contact and hit straight than occasionally get an extra 10-15 yards. I'm sure those I eventually hit the course with would prefer it too. [​IMG]
     
  4. tropics

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    Going out to the Colonial today to watch golf, drink beer and ogle women. [JulieAndrews]These are a few of my favorite things [/JulieAndrews].


    nice one
     
  5. tropics

    tropics Well-Known Member

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    clubs, all taylormade except ping putter

    [​IMG]

    and to keep it style forum related:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    ^ Like the shoes. What brand? Foot Joy?

    Nice stop at the range today. Dialing in the new 7 iron nicely. It's all about just swinging through the ball.
     
  7. StephenHero

    StephenHero Well-Known Member

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    I use zen-isms for athletic self improvement "Be the ball" and such. They don't do shit.
     
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    I use zen-isms for athletic self improvement "Be the ball" and such. They don't do shit.

    Have you tried talking to your clubs before hitting the links? It may help.

    "You gotta want it boys!!"
     
  9. nootje

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    Have you tried talking to your clubs before hitting the links? It may help.

    "You gotta want it boys!!"


    I prefer prayer and a sacrificial beer to the golf gods.
     
  10. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    Played today, or sort of played. Greens were punched. Used some shovels that I borrowed from a friend. Hit 14 greens with a couple of kick ins. Now I am thinking of picking some up for myself. Fun, the first time out since January. [​IMG]
     
  11. tropics

    tropics Well-Known Member

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    ^ Like the shoes. What brand? Foot Joy?

    Nice stop at the range today. Dialing in the new 7 iron nicely. It's all about just swinging through the ball.


    shoes are from brooks brothers
     
  12. wetnose

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    So the result is when I maintain form, my club head speed is slower than what I'm actually capable of generating. The idea is to get the correct mechanics ingrained and then, a few years down the road, I'll be able to unleash but keep proper form. So there's the expensive part: the eventual re-shafting to a stronger flex.


    Not really...if you go with hirekogolf.com, you can get some great deals. They do single iron orders as well.
     
  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    shoes are from brooks brothers

    Ah. They look nice.
     
  14. leftover_salmon

    leftover_salmon Well-Known Member

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    88 today -- new personal best (beating out a few 89s from last year).
     
  15. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    88 today -- new personal best (beating out a few 89s from last year).

    Nice!

    Tried talking Mrs. Piob into doing 9 at our nearby course where we hit the range. She doesn't want to try yet. Understandable, given we've only used our irons to date. [​IMG] Hope to get out and try at least nine within the month.
     
  16. leftover_salmon

    leftover_salmon Well-Known Member

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    Nice!

    Tried talking Mrs. Piob into doing 9 at our nearby course where we hit the range. She doesn't want to try yet. Understandable, given we've only used our irons to date. [​IMG] Hope to get out and try at least nine within the month.


    Yup, as long as you're not dangerous or way too slow, best way to learn is out on the course.
     
  17. edinatlanta

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    88 today -- new personal best (beating out a few 89s from last year).

    NICE!

    Nice!

    Tried talking Mrs. Piob into doing 9 at our nearby course where we hit the range. She doesn't want to try yet. Understandable, given we've only used our irons to date. [​IMG] Hope to get out and try at least nine within the month.


    9 holes is the way to go.

    Went to the range today, seemed to have replaced my slice with a hook. And was fairly mediocre.
     
  18. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Break through for both of us today. She's still very inconsistent but I watched her hit her best shots ever today. I think it's a combination of the clubs and the lessons. She still over thinks and will often pull the club head up in fear of getting a hard "stinger," when you go so fat you just dig up deep turf. However, several shots, straight and true, a nice 60 yards or so in the air with her 7 iron. Certain progress.

    Me. Every swing that I just relaxed, swung easy, let the club do its job, a nice 7 iron shot. Good air, 120-140 yards in the air. Every time I tried to muscle it, a total fuck up. Instant feedback. This is actually a break through, in that I was consistent every time I just relaxed and swung.
     
  19. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Well-Known Member

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    Every time I tried to muscle it, a total fuck up. Instant feedback. This is actually a break through, in that I was consistent every time I just relaxed and swung.

    I've noticed this seems to be my biggest roadblock, just to play golf, let the club do the work.
     
  20. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    I've noticed this seems to be my biggest roadblock, just to play golf, let the club do the work.

    Mrs. Piob and I were debriefing tonight. I told her, 40 years of harder, faster, stronger is hard to overcome, but my golf instructor has it totally correct. Lighter flex than what my upper body might call for that leads to correct swing mechanics. Relaxed and easy = success. Trying to muscle it = failure. Maybe a few years from now I can combine both, but for now, relaxed and easy [​IMG]
     

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