It's been said before, ....................

haplesshacker

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Booked up for 7 lessons today, and had the first hour long one today. Then went and played 18 holes. Unremarkable as it stands.

However.

Revalation time.

My problems are generally. Snap hooks, topping with a snap hook (that is ugly!), and pulling, particularly iron shots. All this I already knew.

After a very intense hour with the club pro. Wow.

So far he has established.

1 - I grip the club too much in the palm of my left hand, which was causing club twisting in my hands.

2 - I stand too far away from the ball and have my hands too low in my set up.

3 - Because of this I have a very bad take away, where by the club comes around my body too much when the shaft is horizontal.

4 - I have a very flat swing path. Which apparently doesn't help with the hooking.

5 - My follow through is very left of target, and my arms wrap around my body.

6 - Which leads me too, my hands finishing low, and having an unbalanced finish whereby I'm falling onto my toes and forwards / sideways.

The pro went through all of the above, but concentrated on the grip, the set up and the take away.

It all works!! My shots were more accurate today than at any other time in my short golfing 'career', and my ball striking was better.

Moral of the story is; having good kit is all very well, but if the doofus swinging the club is doing it wrong, you won't ever improve.

It also taught me that reading articules in mags and books, is good to a point, but you do need a pro to actually see what it is you are doing. You cannot 'see' your own swing. However I (even at this stage), can recognise when I'm doing something wrong.

I did have some lessons two years ago, which cured me of my slice, but created the hook.

A lesson isn't a one off, it's a progression, a learning curve that never ends.

So for everyone that thinks a new club will cure this that or the other.

Get a lesson. :D
 
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Maybe a name change needed to 'Notsohaplesshackeranymore' then? ;)
 

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Hapless,
Hoorah.
I'm so pleased you've taken the step to enjoy your golf more.
Can you do me a favour please?
Can you tell your pro you're improving.
We all need feedback, good and bad and he'll be chuffed to hear your enjoying your golf more.
Keep at the practice and steer clear of those shiny new sticks in AG :) :)
 

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Bobmac.

I went stright into the pro shop after my 18 holes and although the head pro had gone off site, I did ask the assistant pro to pass on my thanks. As a manager I am a firm believer in the positive and negative feedback. How else are they supposed to know if what they're doing is right?

As for the sticks, well no doubt you've read elsewhere of my recent two aquisitions. The Bettinardi putter and today, after taking advice from the pro, a G10 3 wood. I had a huge gap between the driver and a 20 degree rescue.

I must be his new best friend after spending almost a grand with them in the last 2 weeks.
 

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Don't fret, I'm still shooting over the 105 on the Greenwood course, but then again I haven't played that course since the lesson today. And the 3 wood was always on the cards. I just have some very generous friends!

Don't worry about it. We all play some good shots, and we all play some bad shots. The difference is that I'll remember your good shots, and my bad shots!

It's only for 'fun' anyway. ;)
 

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Wise words Happless,

Just envy you finding a new club, I shall hummor my good lady and go to ikea in the morning, but the club search continues tomorrow afternoon.
 

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Seriously, I don't know if you saw my post about the golf club having Vokey Spin Milled wedges on sale at £50 each. They also have a bag full of £50 clubs. They're really trying to shift some kit at the moment. Might be worth taking a look.

As for Ikea. At the weekend; are you mad. :D :D It's evil on a weekday. I'd say avoid. It's exactly the same as any other Ikea. You been to one, you've been to them all.

You'd be better off going during the week. The weekends are very stressful there. But don't let me put you off.
 

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Good for you!
I have booked 6 lessons with my pro starting on Wednesday.
My iron play has gone AWOL (mental block) and my physical condition has not been good but I am working on that. So this is going to be my good season. :p
 
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