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Singin' the New Pro Blues

Discussion in 'Hacker's Anonymous' started by ClairefromClare, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    I started some lessons with a new golf pro this week. I like him, and I think this will work, but the jury's still out. He started out by changing my stance (admittedly too wide--I have balance issues) and moved the ball way forward in my stance. This will take some getting used to. Finally got out today to see what happens on a course. When it works--consistency remains an issue--the loft is fabulous and the ball really bites. But if it's humanly possible, I've gotten even shorter. Kept having to move up at least two clubs, and I HATE not knowing which club to use.

    Playing lesson on Tuesday. He's gonna get an earful. I need to see a plan that this will improve things.
     
  2. Wi-Golfer

    Wi-Golfer Golfer on hiatus. Supporting Member

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    I was playing the ball pretty far forward in my stance until about a week ago. Decided to move it back & let me tell you it has been a game changer. Shot the best I ever have yesterday & my driving has me very happy.

    Give the new changes a few days & if they don't work, go back to your old routine & or get a new coach.
     
  3. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Taylormade Ho' Magnet

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    I've starting keeping my stance closer together, and playing the ball back more so.. I've shot the best I have just this weekend..

    Keep plugging away, maybe it'll start to work, and the more comfortable you get, you'll get the distance back.
     
  4. West Coast Duffer

    West Coast Duffer Orange County California

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    Stick with it, ive seen big improvements in my game since ive started seeing the pro. He had me play the ball further up in my stance and im striking it much better.
     
  5. soxngolf

    soxngolf The Chick

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    With any switch in my swing, I am always worse before I get better, give it time. Good Luck!
     
  6. MCDavis

    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Hang in there, Claire...it'll get better!
     
  7. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Thanks. I'm kinda hoping it's a weight transfer issue or something. I can only manage about 1.5 swing thoughts at a time, and right now that's not one of them. Or even half of them.

    But geez--had this gorgeous 100 yard shot to the pin. Totally nailed it--ball stopped on a dime 4 feet behind the hole. Only problem was, I had to use the 140 yard club to execute it. Grrr!
     
  8. JEFF4i

    JEFF4i She lives! Supporting Member

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    Where's our video?
     
  9. MCDavis

    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Claire....say it isn't so!!!!
     
  10. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Is your ballflight higher? Or just shorter?

    Maybe some impact tape would help you see whether you're hitting off the toe, now that your ball position is forward of your "comfort zone."

    Say all you want about PING forgiveness, but they do tend to feel the same no matter where you on the face you make contact, so it's hard to know by 'feel.'
     
  11. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Higher & shorter. These aren't the PINGs. They're not even (yet) the Callaways. Those are on order (or they'd better be). I'm having a heart-to-heart with the pro tomorrow. I can guarantee him lifetime employment without this grief.
     
  12. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    I don't know why I thought you had PINGS....[​IMG]
     
  13. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Because you pay attention to me--that's your first mistake. ;) I demo'd them Friday and ordered a couple, but don't have them yet.

    Most of what I have in my bag now is crap--what you get when the airline loses your clubs 10 days before your league starts and you need left handed women's clubs.
     
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    JEFF4i She lives! Supporting Member

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    Ouch. How do you like that wedge though?
     
  15. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Spent 90+ minutes with the new pro on Saturday. Current diagnosis is that my dominant (trailing) hand keeps taking over. (If I say left and right, I'll just drive everyone nuts.)

    I thought I'd come up with a brilliant training aid here--I put my watch on my dominant hand and stuck an emory board in the band, on the inside of my wrist. Figured that would catch any wrist flipping. But it didn't. Any other brilliant ideas out there? Other than focusing on keeping my leading wrist straight? I've got WAY too many swing thoughts going on, and my poor little brain can't keep up.
     
  16. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    I suffer from the exact same problem at times.

    Go to the left side of the range (!) and hit 20 yard shots with your pitching wedge - right (leading) hand only. There is no better drill for ingraining the feeling of hitting down and through the ball with the leading hand. Short backswing and a good, full follow-through! Keep your head still!

    Don't hit too many in a row. This drill will tire you out and you will get sloppy. Hit some one-handed shots, then take your normal grip and hit some 40 yard pitches, trying to feel that lead hand.

    You might also try grabbing the club with a normal grip in your lead hand, but a thumb/index finger only grip with the trailing hand. Hit 40 yard pitches. Feel the shaft against the thumbpad of your trailing hand. You want to feel that the trailing hand is guiding the club, not forcing it.
     
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    SplooGe Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Lead hand only swings. Dominant hand just gets in the way.
     
  18. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    I figured... I got my work cut out for me. Thanks, gentlemen.
     
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    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Rats, rats, rats. New pro heads back to Florida* on Tuesday--baby on the way. Won't be back up here for six months. So I scheduled one last lesson for this afternoon. He just called to say he has the flu.

    Now I have to get these pitching drills right on my own--easier said than done.


    *Naples, Eracer--not Tampa.
     
  20. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    I've got a cousin in Naples. Father John Lindell, retired Episcopal priest. PHD in Theology. Super nice (and very smart) guy. Should have R35 sit down with him someday.... :D
     

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