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6/20/09 10:01 PM
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KirikMyName!
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Hey guys, within the past 8 months or so I have started to get back into golf. I was never very good to begin with (shooting low 90s at best), and have recently been playing in the upper 90s.

My problem is that I only use my irons, even off of the tee. I don't hit the ball very powerful either, so I'm usually only hitting the ball around 200 yards off the tee with the 3 iron.

When on the range, after hitting anywhere from 5-10 shots in a row with the 3 iron that I feel good with, I'll grab the 3 wood, and then go and hit 5-10 shots that either don't travel higher than 2 feet off the ground, or slice horribly.

Any advice on gaining confidence with the woods? I know in order for me to start shooting under 90 I'll need to start hitting with the woods.

Thanks in advance
6/21/09 11:57 AM
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call up a course near you and get a lesson from one of the pros.

you're welcome.
6/21/09 12:11 PM
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Foiled again.

Maybe that's why this is the least visited forum on this site, besides MidgetporngalafeastForum
6/21/09 12:29 PM
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foiled again? honestly, no one here is going to be able to help you without seeing your swing.

spend 50 bucks and have someone take a look at your swing. it's worth it.
6/21/09 1:49 PM
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The problem is, if you see my swing, you will turn around, and walk away weeping.

It's that bad...
6/21/09 10:05 PM
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dude, seriously, go get a pro to look at your swing.

if it's as bad as you say, you'll see instant results.

make some phone calls.
6/24/09 4:30 PM
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first off i'll say that if you do avg. your score in the 90s you are pretty good.....

i believe only 30% of players hit under 100s on avg.

i had the same problems with you on the woods but i think my main problem is that i saw it as more delicate than an iron and the head shape intimidated me which would lead me to topping the ball. sounds like the problem you have (besides the slicing...you'll need to fix something else on your swing for that). gain some confidenct and don't be afraid to dig down into that ball.
7/6/09 12:54 PM
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I worked with a pro once. I'll never do it again. I'm sure he was trying to help, but trying to make the changes he wanted me to make basically caused me to quit playing. It made swinging the club uncomfortable.

I was happy playing in the 90's and 100's. Shouldn't have even tried to get better.
7/6/09 1:11 PM
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probably felt uncomfortable because you were swinging the club correctly.

if you want to get better, take lessons. if not, keep the bad habits.
7/6/09 5:34 PM
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Best trick I was ever told by a pro is to "look at the back of the ball" when you address with woods.

It keeps your swing on an ascending path, instead of the descending path that works with irons.

Still, if you're slicing, you've got real trouble that you need a pro to help you figure out.
7/23/09 2:36 PM
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I've found instructional videos to be helpful, especially David Ledbetter's From Beginner to Winner. Careful when swinging a club in front of your expensive LCD.

Using a mirror or taping your own swing then comparing it to the swings you can see in televised PGA Tour events is useful as well. Or take a look at a talented golfer at your local range and try to emulate what they do. The problem with this is that you might try and start doing what Jim Furyk or some other unconventional swing stylist does. If you can pull it off and start actually playing like Jim Furyk then power to you. However [Ping commercial] easy there chief[/Ping commercial], the chances of that happening are jack and shit; and Jack left town.

The most efficient way to get constructive criticism and make real improvements on your swing is to get a lesson from a dedicated professional. Don't be such a stingy golfer, use the money you'd pay in greens frees for a lesson and several buckets of range balls. You're welcome.
7/23/09 2:39 PM
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8/4/09 10:50 PM
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So here is a clip of my swing. Disregard my ridiculous commentary and skip towards the end, where you can see my swing.

Two notes: 1: yes, I am aware that my swing is awful to look at (not Barkley bad, but pretty lousy). But it's the swing that makes me feel the most comfortable.

2: I hit a 3 iron on this shot, and it went about 200 yards and straight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7KOdsoWjL8
8/4/09 10:52 PM
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Also, this was taken at Osprey Ridge Golf Course in Orlando. Good course, probably my favorite of the Disney golf courses
8/4/09 11:02 PM
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 Well, that swing is pretty awful.

You need to fix your setup a ton. First learn a proper grip. You need to flatten your swing plane a lot. You go straight up over your head.

Just goto youtube and look at some pro's in slow motion. Look at their swing plane. Then quit golf.

J/K.

Go see a pro. Your swing way out of wack. There is also no way you hit a 3 iron 200 yards with that swing. A 200 yard 3 iron would be long for most golfers.
8/4/09 11:14 PM
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well, he probably hits the ball thin a lot with that swing. It probably flies low and gets a of of roll.
8/5/09 2:01 AM
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Thanks guys. Like I said, my swing is pretty awful, but the ball usually goes where I want to go. And yes, I'm typically hitting my 3 iron anywhere from 160-190. Don't usually hit it thin, usually I hit it flat if anything.

The day this video was shot, it had rained pretty hard earlier in the day, and the balls weren't rolling far in the fairways, and I was consistently around 160-180 including the minimal roll.

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