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 Amen. For some reason, after playing golf on and off for the better part of 12 years, this finally clicked for me the past week. I'm not putting a death grip on the club and am just letting gravity, momentum and the club do the work; as a result, I'm hitting my driver straighter -- and way further (bombed a few 270+ yard drives the past few rounds...I'm only 5'7") -- than ever. I still don't trust myself as much with my irons though, since I feel that being too loosey-goosey on them will result in hitting it fat or thin, since I'm not trying hard enough to hit down on the ball. I figure I just need more time on the range with them to ingrain the idea that swinging easy with irons is OK. Fuck, I'm in golf withdrawal already. I've played 5 rounds in the past 4 days but am not playing tomorrow. I wish I was. This thread is awesome though, just for sharing experiences and tips.