Let’s (Not) Get Stuck

This is part two of a seven part series documenting my Winter lessons as a bogey golfer trying to improve.  You can read the Intro here: Winter Lessons Series

Lesson Date: Feb 15, 2014

Quick Recap and Progress

Last week, Rob showed me my obvious flip at the ball so it gave me something to work on at home.  I tried working on the drills indoor at home and I find it’s pretty hard to tell- I can always bring the club back with plenty of forward shaft lean if I swing in super-slow-motion but when I feel confident and try to record a full speed swing, I still couldn’t get the hands back in front of my body- it is trailing way too far behind me and now, I see pretty clearly I have to flip at the ball to have any chance at not catching the ball with a wide open face.

The Fault

Today, Rob was a lot more demanding- I guess the pleasantries were over and it’s time to get down to business.  I warmed up with an 8 iron and he started keying on one of my more obvious faults- one which I’ve been fighting since I’ve started this game.

I can’t seem to help but start the back swing with my hands, suck the club to the inside, and feel like my power comes from swinging the club around behind me.  So much so that my elbows is way behind, outside of my torso at the top of my backswing.

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The Flippopotamus

This is part one of a seven part series documenting my Winter lessons as a bogey golfer trying to improve.  You can read the Intro here: Winter Lessons Series

Lesson Date: Feb 8, 2014

Review

Rob started out by having me warm up while watching me on video and asking me questions like:

  • What is your usual miss?
    • It’s wild.  Left pulls and right pushes/slices.  He says it’s more a hook than a pull after I started missing some left.
  • Do you hit it fat?
    • No, generally if I miss, it’s a thin shot.  I’ve gotten so good at it that I have no fear fairway bunkers.  Greenside bunkers can get ugly.
  • How’s your distance?
    • Messy.  Can easily be one club differences depending on the day.  A 150y 8i one day but 140y 8i on others.

I also mentioned I feel like my ball flight is pretty high and I have lots of difficulty playing in the wind. Continue reading