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Singin' the New Pro Blues

ClairefromClare

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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.
 

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and moved the ball way forward in my stance.

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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

soxngolf

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

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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!
 

Eracer

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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!
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.'
 
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ClairefromClare

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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.'

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.
 

Eracer

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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.
I don't know why I thought you had PINGS....
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ClairefromClare

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I don't know why I thought you had PINGS....
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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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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.

Ouch. How do you like that wedge though?
 
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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.
 

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