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djstevec

2,492 posts

60 months

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marksx said:
Well I am getting worse at this sport!

I played 18 holes at Howley Hall if anyone knows it.

Sooo many toppped shots. I got round in 161. Eventually.

People watching my swing don't see a huge amount wrong with it. Maybe I am just trying to hit the ball too hard. Towards the end I really slowed my swing down and saw an improvement. But it was really slow.
As others have said, book a lesson, or for better value for money, a group beginners class. You wont have 1-2-1 tuition, but the pro will take you through the basics of grip, posture, stance, ball position.

danneth

650 posts

73 months

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Skii said:
Very nice, I'd love the Lob wedge to complete my set - a well known Pro ? do tell !

btw - I see the 1 Iron is looking very pristine.. winkbiggrin
I don't use all 4 irons, nor do I carry the 1 or 2 iron I'd like to say I'm a fairly decent golfer ( playing off 6 ) but theres just no need for them clubs trying to strike a shot with them clubs is not one of my strong points, would much rather use the snake eyes hybrid.



The pro is local to me ( Worksop ) and has recently moved to the USA, my uncle use to keep his pennies in order for him, guess I won't be getting any further cast off's frown

danneth

650 posts

73 months

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Fas1975 said:
To the people giving advice about having lessons. LISTEN TO THAT ADVICE! I started in June, played a couple of rounds, go practicing at the range at least 2 times a week, but I've continuously invested in lessons. I see people at the range, just turning up and hitting, and they're mediocre at best, and as someone just said, £15 on a lesson will pay much more dividends than 100's of balls fired at will downrange.

I'm now at a stage where my swing is consistent, and we're now dialling in some aspects of my swing. I'm now seeing consisten 120-140 yards, using range balls, with an 8 iron, and 200 yards + with a 6. This is all down to lessons. It's getting expensive, but I've invested in top end equipment, I want to get the best out of it.

Take lessons!
140 yards with a 8 Iron and then 200 yards + with a 6 iron? Something doesn't seem right there?

My 8 Iron is a solid 160yards, I know selecting a 6 Iron isn't going to add 60-70 yards to that

SpeckledJim

7,899 posts

139 months

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danneth said:
I don't use all 4 irons, nor do I carry the 1 or 2 iron I'd like to say I'm a fairly decent golfer ( playing off 6 ) but theres just no need for them clubs trying to strike a shot with them clubs is not one of my strong points, would much rather use the snake eyes hybrid.



The pro is local to me ( Worksop ) and has recently moved to the USA, my uncle use to keep his pennies in order for him, guess I won't be getting any further cast off's frown
Carry the 1-iron in case you get caught in a storm. Wave it over your head - not even god can hit a 1-iron.

(your uncle must have been busy - your mate the pro has an awful lot of pennies.)

danneth

650 posts

73 months

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SpeckledJim said:
Carry the 1-iron in case you get caught in a storm. Wave it over your head - not even god can hit a 1-iron.

(your uncle must have been busy - your mate the pro has an awful lot of pennies.)
I've watched various pro's try to hit the 1 iron some have a decent strike with it, others like me would rather leave it in the spare room lol
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simoid

12,941 posts

44 months

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Typical PH... claiming an average driving distance of 280 odd yards isn't that large smile

290 is an incredible mean average.

Think about that.

They'll be hitting a fair number of drives below that, into wind, uphill, not a perfect strike and the like, so they're likely to be regularly hitting 300+ yard drives.




I'm quite a bit hitter for a club golfer, but not massive considering I'm a fit 23 year old. If I hit a 250 yard drive, on the flat in calm weather, I've hit a stonking drive. 290 for me requires a bounce on a path or some other divine intervention hehe

Those on the PGA tour do have perfect fairways, it tends to be better weather and a bit firmer fairways etc, which may give them a few yards.

Nardies

801 posts

105 months

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danneth said:
140 yards with a 8 Iron and then 200 yards + with a 6 iron? Something doesn't seem right there?

My 8 Iron is a solid 160yards, I know selecting a 6 Iron isn't going to add 60-70 yards to that
I guess it depends what angle you are on the range too, I.e you're closer to some targets if the range bay are in an arc. 200+ with a 6 iron is pretty unbelievable really, I hit pretty big but only manage 180odd with a 5 iron.

Sexual Chocolate

1,583 posts

30 months

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danneth said:
140 yards with a 8 Iron and then 200 yards + with a 6 iron? Something doesn't seem right there?

My 8 Iron is a solid 160yards, I know selecting a 6 Iron isn't going to add 60-70 yards to that
I saw that and thought the same.

140 8 iron
170(ish) 7 iron
200+ 6 iron. Hmmm....
220 5 iron
240 4
260 3 iron/hybrid
300 3 wood
350 Driver.

So when you on tour?


There is a 189yrd hole on my local. I use either 5/6 and occasionally a 4 iron on it and my HC is 1.6

Sometimes its hard to work out just how far you have it. Usually a lot of people over estimate.

fatpasty

1,561 posts

52 months

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Sexual Chocolate said:
danneth said:
140 yards with a 8 Iron and then 200 yards + with a 6 iron? Something doesn't seem right there?

My 8 Iron is a solid 160yards, I know selecting a 6 Iron isn't going to add 60-70 yards to that
I saw that and thought the same.

140 8 iron
170(ish) 7 iron
200+ 6 iron. Hmmm....
220 5 iron
240 4
260 3 iron/hybrid
300 3 wood
350 Driver.

So when you on tour?


There is a 189yrd hole on my local. I use either 5/6 and occasionally a 4 iron on it and my HC is 1.6

Sometimes its hard to work out just how far you have it. Usually a lot of people over estimate.
When I was playing 3 times a week and had a 9 handicap I used to carry a 2 iron. I could get about 220 out of that roughly without much roll etc on a firm course.
Your yardages don't sound correct to me.

Well done to you if they are.

Sexual Chocolate

1,583 posts

30 months

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fatpasty said:
When I was playing 3 times a week and had a 9 handicap I used to carry a 2 iron. I could get about 220 out of that roughly without much roll etc on a firm course.
Your yardages don't sound correct to me.

Well done to you if they are.
They not my yardages. See quoted post.

Mine are roughly

Ws' 100 - 125 (52,56)
9 - 130/140
8 150/160
7 170/180
6 180/190
5 190/200
4 190/210
Hybrid 20deg 200/220
3 wood 220+
Driver - 250+


About normal I reckon.

Rosscow

2,270 posts

49 months

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Sexual Chocolate said:
They not my yardages. See quoted post.

Mine are roughly

Ws' 100 - 125 (52,56)
9 - 130/140
8 150/160
7 170/180
6 180/190
5 190/200
4 190/210
Hybrid 20deg 200/220
3 wood 220+
Driver - 250+


About normal I reckon.
I reckon that's pretty much spot on for me, too.

I'd add 60 yard for a full swing with my 60 degree wedge.

djstevec

2,492 posts

60 months

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This seems a pretty good offer to play any of the three courses at Gleneagles; http://www.gleneagles.com/offers/golf-offers/tee-t...

£201.40 Four Ball Offer

The PGA Centenary Course is the Host Venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup.

Between now and 30 April 2013, we’re delighted to offer a fourball on the Ryder Cup course, the PGA Centenary, for the fitting sum of £201.40. That’s only £50.35 per person, a saving of up to £109 each. The offer also applies to our two other championship courses, The King’s and Queen’s.

Valid from 1 October 2012 to 30 April 2013 and no handicap cert required to play any of the courses.


SpeckledJim

7,899 posts

139 months

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^^^That is an excellent deal indeed.

mattnunn

6,314 posts

47 months

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Yep I saw that, given the summer we've had I'm not suprised they're chasing down people to play these courses, I expect they take a pretty big deposit. I've missed out on games at Dalmahoy and North Berwick this summer, I don't mind paying £15 to play in horizontal rain but I'm not paying a top course fee to be ruined and wet.

I would love to have a crack at the proper Ryder cup set up though. Someone told me Hoy Lake have a winter special too at ~ £60

djstevec

2,492 posts

60 months

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mattnunn said:
Yep I saw that, given the summer we've had I'm not suprised they're chasing down people to play these courses, I expect they take a pretty big deposit. I've missed out on games at Dalmahoy and North Berwick this summer, I don't mind paying £15 to play in horizontal rain but I'm not paying a top course fee to be ruined and wet.

I would love to have a crack at the proper Ryder cup set up though. Someone told me Hoy Lake have a winter special too at ~ £60
I played the Centenary course in 2008...wasnt impressed tbh. But Jack's been back and made a lot of changes to the initial design. Hopefully they put some good fairway drainage in too as it was dire.

But Id love to play the Kings course again....rain or not!

Sexual Chocolate

1,583 posts

30 months

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That is a good deal. Must play those courses at some time. PH meet at Glen eagles anyone?

djstevec

2,492 posts

60 months

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Sexual Chocolate said:
That is a good deal. Must play those courses at some time. PH meet at Glen eagles anyone?
Some very cheap and very good B&B's in Edinburgh. I might even have the Cerb back on the road by then too!

FellowPazzini

2,879 posts

57 months

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Chipping is so hard. My scores would be vastly improved if I could hit the -50 yard distances better. There is just no consistency with my chipping and I've not a clue how to fix it. I usually use the 60 deg. wedge within range, just the right tempo results in me 80/20 thinning it further the opposite side of the green so when I take a little slower it goes up and down 5 feet in front of me. Very frustrating indeed, can get next to the green in 2 on a par 5 (sometimes) then it'll take another 6 or 7 shots from less than 20 yards.

Any tips, drills, helpful vid links or books would be most appreciated smile

Nardies

801 posts

105 months

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Hating golf right now.

I've had about 5 hours of lessons over the last couple of months, and have seem dramatic improvements all over my game, especially putting. The pro had sorted my grip, posture, wrist hinging, hip movement, rotation and release and I've been putting the hours in down the range, and having the odd game too, mostly recently going around in 89 (officially I'm still a 28 handicap).

So why do I hate it?

I was having a fairly leisurely round recently, front 9 was generally ok, then game the back nine. My drive off the 10th tee was straight down the middle, then came the approach iron shot. Shank. LOLs all round, myself included. Walked to the other fairway, where the ball ended up, went through the normal routine. Shank again. This is how my round continued. I'd say 50% of my remaining shots were shanks, the other 50% being absolutely fine.

I've since been to the range and gone through 4 buckets of balls, with the same result. My Pro is away for 4 weeks, and I've got a tournament in 2, so I can't even turn to him for advice on what I'm sure is a simple fix. At first I thought I was leading with my hips, so concentrated on that. Hit 5 shots perfectly, and confidence grew, then it was back to shanking. Then I tried the old 3 ball trick to try and force me to stop coming over the top, all I did was consistently catch the ball I wanted to hit, and the one I didn't.

So right now, my confidence is through the floor and don't know what to do next! Any helpful advice out there?! frown



DuncanM

2,412 posts

165 months

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A shank is typically caused by standing to close to the ball so that your natural dynamic swing path is with the shaft further out/online with the ball = Shank.

You could try standing with your arms out from you more, make it almost uncomfortable.

Also, on your backswing make sure you keep your hands stay close to your body, don't let them swing out rather work around.

Another great idea is to post up some swing vids and get some great advice from Steve and Taafy smile
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