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    Question for Golfers

    I am about an 18-20 Handicap. That's honest, taking penalties, not improving lies etc. I have taught myself the game with these books:

    The Five Lessons by Ben Hogan
    The Putting Bible by Dave Pelz
    The Short Game Bible by Dave Pelz

    Frankly the issue with my game is the short game, but I am looking for advice on understanding my swing better as my short game is getting better with practice. Has anyone had experience with a DVD or Book that really helped them? Or a training aid?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    I am about an 18-20 Handicap. That's honest, taking penalties, not improving lies etc. I have taught myself the game with these books:

    The Five Lessons by Ben Hogan
    The Putting Bible by Dave Pelz
    The Short Game Bible by Dave Pelz

    Frankly the issue with my game is the short game, but I am looking for advice on understanding my swing better as my short game is getting better with practice. Has anyone had experience with a DVD or Book that really helped them? Or a training aid?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
    Play a sport instead.


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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Get lessons from a Pro. I see you live in Chicago there has to be 100's of golf pro's in your area.



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Quote Originally Posted by temperflare View Post
    Play a sport instead.



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Put away the books and find a local PGA Professional and take a lesson. Money will be well spent and you will learn a lot to help your short game



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    i went to Golf Pro at Golf Galaxy... it greatly improved my short game which still lacks a little... but over all they are really personal and can relate to you... they improved my drive by at least 50 yards and all my overall game.. i cut 3-4 strokes per round with their help



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFB View Post
    i went to Golf Pro at Golf Galaxy... it greatly improved my short game which still lacks a little... but over all they are really personal and can relate to you... they improved my drive by at least 50 yards and all my overall game.. i cut 3-4 strokes per round with their help
    3-4 out of 150 isn't that good;)



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    I want to get lessons, but be at the mid 80's when I do. Reasoning being I want to have a good fundamental swing and understand it so I know what they are talking about. I know it is the harder route, but oddly enough that is what I like.


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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    I am about an 18-20 Handicap. That's honest, taking penalties, not improving lies etc. I have taught myself the game with these books:

    The Five Lessons by Ben Hogan
    The Putting Bible by Dave Pelz
    The Short Game Bible by Dave Pelz

    Frankly the issue with my game is the short game, but I am looking for advice on understanding my swing better as my short game is getting better with practice. Has anyone had experience with a DVD or Book that really helped them? Or a training aid?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
    Something i learned at a young age was to choke up on 'flop' shots or shots within 50 yds. At the same time, you need to bend your knees more.

    I am a great Lob wedge player inside 50 yds. I choke up, almost to the end of the grip, open my stance, and place the ball even with my back foot. Put the ball towards the rear of your stance and this will help eliminate topping the ball. This will also give the ball a higher trajectory and lots of backspin.



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    I want to get lessons, but be at the mid 80's when I do. Reasoning being I want to have a good fundamental swing and understand it so I know what they are talking about. I know it is the harder route, but oddly enough that is what I like.
    Problem with that is you will have your bad habits more ingrained into your swing and muscle memory. Probably best to go sooner then later.



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Watch CW's last golf lesson video.


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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    I want to get lessons, but be at the mid 80's when I do. Reasoning being I want to have a good fundamental swing and understand it so I know what they are talking about. I know it is the harder route, but oddly enough that is what I like.
    Thats backwards thinking. The golf pro if he is worth his salt will more than likely change everything about your swing anyway.



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Quote Originally Posted by WhatMeWorry View Post
    Problem with that is you will have your bad habits more ingrained into your swing and muscle memory. Probably best to go sooner then later.
    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    Thats backwards thinking. The golf pro if he is worth his salt will more than likely change everything about your swing anyway.
    I agree with the above posts, sooner you take lessons probably the better.



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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Go do a Swing Analysis study first... cheaper than the lessons. It'll help you understand where your swing plane is, if you're off path any (inside-out, or outside-in), etc. It's much cheaper that getting lessons, and once you understand your natural swing, then go get lessons immediately as they'll take what you just had analyzed and correct it and you can focus your lessons on aspects that need fixing. A lot of times you can find coupons for free or discounted swing analysis venues (biomechanics). It'll also help you with building clubs custom to your stance and swing.


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    Re: Question for Golfers

    Take the money you plan to use for lessons and books and buy more beer. You will enjoy your round of golf much more.



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