TL:DR - had a walk around a course yesterday and found a new miss-hit. Starting to work out "on course" distances for the new clubs. Getting feeling for the new wedges and close to green work with them.
Walked 20 holes yesterday afternoon, carrying the clubs - love the new carry / stand bag. Leg's felt it by the end, so too my feet. Back held up much better than expected. Not as tight and sore this morning as I had expected. Going to need new shoes if I keep walking!
Got a good gap between groups, so played a few balls from the same spot trying to figure out actual distances with the new AP1's.
Still trying to figure it out even now.
Hit a couple of 4 iron and 5 irons there were long and straight, but forgot to remeasure (with rangefinder) when I got to the ball. I "think" I got one 4 iron 180m. One 5 iron, was 155m out and it dropped at the front edge of the green - I think the sprinkler head was measured to the font edge, but not sure.
I was TRYING not to HIT the ball, but swing the club, and put into play the swing changes recommended, including really making sure my grip was the 'new' correct set up.
Some ugly shots too.
Got a NEW miss hit - a weird, must be super open face, shot where the ball flies off the right. Not a slice, not a shank, but felt very toe-ish and divot was very deep to the too side. These were on wedges shots. Purely sequence issue I suspect.
Putting was generally good, but greens had been cored and sanded, so not an ideal test. Really didn't worry about putting as the walk was for the irons.
Driver - had to have a swing, see what it felt like, would do, with the new swing and grip. Lost sight of it, but felt it went OK, hit another, it felt weird, lost sight of it too. Suspected it went way off. Walked the fairway, looking ... found them both. The first, 210m from the tee (rangefinder measure) and the other, the second, about 20m short of it ... both just, like 10cm into the first cut. Hmmm. Would like to have seen the ball flights.
Wedges were very hit and miss - see note above re the weird miss hit.
Tried different clubs, for the up and down saves. Some I wouldn't normally do, but executed OK. PW and W were OK for the chip n run, but really depended upon the lie. Felt more comfortable with the 52, 56 and even 60 deg for high chip / pitch with less roll.
56 deg, lobbed well, with it and the 60 deg very nice from the sand.
52 deg, full shots had the weird miss hit. But, got a couple solid too. MUST not over hit this club. BEST TO SWING IT.
Mixed bag of distances. I'm feeling the new clubs 'on course' WITHOUT OVER HITTING, just a good solid swing, for which I can control accuracy and therefore consistency, will be around:
- 4 iron - carry of 165m, roll out 170-175m (depending upon hardness of landing surface)
- 5 iron - carry of 155m, roll out 160-165m (depending upon hardness of landing surface)
- 6 iron - carry of 145m, roll out 150-155m (depending upon hardness of landing surface)
- 7 iron - carry of 135m, roll out 140-145m (depending upon hardness of landing surface)
- 8 iron - carry of 125m, roll out 130-135m (depending upon hardness of landing surface)
- 9 iron - carry of 115m, roll out 120-125m (depending upon hardness of landing surface)
- PW (43*) - carry of 105m, roll out 100-105-110m (backspin, stop dead, or kick forward)
- W1 (47*) - carry of 95m, roll out 90-95-100m (backspin, stop dead, or kick forward)
- 52* SM6 - carry of 85m, but likely a less full shot club so more like 75m.
- 56* SM6 - carry of 50m, as not a full shot club for me.
- 60* SM6 - carry of ?? - not sure, doubt it will even be a full swing type club. More sand and high lobs <20m.
Interestingly with this:
That is EXACTLY the carry distance I get on the driving range. Hmmm.
I know the shot yesterday, hit from tee side of the 150m marked sprinkler head (measure to front of green?) and the ball landed and stopped on the uphill of the front edge of the green. Divot mark was about 15 - 20cm to the right, green side, of the where the ball had landed, so I know it had no roll. I'm going to walk onto the course today and check the distance with a rangefinder - should have done it yesterday. Idiot.
Yep, no where near confident with it. Just not grooved. Just really don't know what the f*&% I'm suppose to be doing with it ... yet.
Suspect hands are WAY too tight. Due to new grip and changes. Need to loosen up. What will impact be on overall swing?
New grip is good. Keeps swing solid, contact solid and consistent.
No 'handsy' feel, so totally more consistent.
Over the top still coming it the downswing BECAUSE I SUSPECT my hands get too far outside at the top, so have to be 'swung back over' to get back to the ball.
Shoulder turn good.
Hips back OK, good.
Legs holding strong.
BIG issue is getting hips to rotate and weight moving forward before the arms take over on the forward / downswing.
STILL swinging with arms WAY TOO MUCH. Gotta get the sequence right and consistent. Have to TRUST the swing, let it work.
Edited by hack2489, Today, 11:39 AM.