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#46 Lukos87

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 07:09 PM

Luke, it's all about technique.
If a lightly built asian chick can belt it out there 250m, you can do better.

Correct, I am aware of that. I have a very poor range of motion throughout the entire body. Ankles, collar bones and wrists have all been broken several times and the back is not much better. Over time I compensated to protect my body in the swing and it's got very stiff and rigid.
OBviouslly I need to work on getting a better range of motion and that will come with flexibility...

Also which lightly built Asian player can do that on the regular ?
Maybe a few in the top 20 in the world but the average drive distance there is 235M.
So we will call Lydia Ko a lightly built Asian chick(and ex world number one) so I don't think I can compete with the technique of a player of that caliber and her average drive distance is 224M.

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:38 PM



Check this out Gaz

 

Nice work in uncovering that Weeti .......... sounds like the method I currently use for hitting a high draw ....... relaxed arms and oily wrists ....... :)


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:42 PM

Luke, it's all about technique.
If a lightly built asian chick can belt it out there 250m, you can do better.

 

I didn't know Sammi could hit it that far? :o


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:57 PM

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:30 PM

I hate to do this but the Car Parker is 100% correct. It is all about flexibility.

I've been a gunner for more than 12 months with regard to Pilates. Hopefully I've run out of excuses.

I first noticed my decline when getting out of a pool. I couldn't hoist myself up and had to use the steps. That's the start of the end.
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Posted 11 April 2018 - 10:02 PM

Nice work in uncovering that Weeti .......... sounds like the method I currently use for hitting a high draw ....... relaxed arms and oily wrists ....... :)


Perfect! That just becomes your go-to need a few extra yards shot!
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Posted 11 April 2018 - 10:53 PM

Luke, it's all about technique.
If a lightly built asian chick can belt it out there 250m, you can do better.


Two things that lightly built Asian chicks in tour have in spades is flexibility and core strength.
Without these traits, their distances are not possible.
You can't have a decent technique without them.

Given that you ride in a cart and use a home made wire contraption to retrieve your ball from the cup, I understand that core strength and flexibility are both foreign concepts to you.
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Posted 12 April 2018 - 07:12 AM

I hate to do this but the Car Parker is 100% correct. It is all about flexibility.

I've been a gunner for more than 12 months with regard to Pilates. Hopefully I've run out of excuses.

I first noticed my decline when getting out of a pool. I couldn't hoist myself up and had to use the steps. That's the start of the end.

 

That was 30 yrs ago..  


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:08 AM

That was 30 yrs ago..

When they didn't have bars in pools...
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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:47 AM

Okay this is something a little different for you to ponder.

 

Over the last couple of years I've had the odd nagging injury, and I've noticed my swing isn't quite as fluid as it used to be.

 

In real terms that I can quantify, my driver distance has dropped slightly, which at this stage is not a real concern, but it is something I have noticed (some of my playing partners are now level with me after our tee shots).

 

That being the case, I'm starting to think about what I can do in terms of "age-proofing" my golf game. (By the way, I have copyrighted that phrase)

 

By "age proofing" I mean what specifics could I be working on to negate this slight loss of driver distance going forward ........ so that my overall game does not suffer.

 

After a quick search I have found the usual, work on your short game blah, blah, blah, but are there any other areas I could be looking to improve on?

 

Your thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated .... :)

Have a look at my post: 

Getting More Distance Exercises

This has helped me heaps 

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 05:08 PM

Two things that lightly built Asian chicks in tour have in spades is flexibility and core strength.
Without these traits, their distances are not possible.
You can't have a decent technique without them.
Given that you ride in a cart and use a home made wire contraption to retrieve your ball from the cup, I understand that core strength and flexibility are both foreign concepts to you.

The concepts are not foreign, just the attributes.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 05:25 PM

Okay, onto the very beginning of age proofing plan ...... and Step 1 is now complete. (Step 1 ..... of god knows how many)

 

Step 1 being to............ modify the grip on my Titleist driver, by taking off a few wraps of tape. (There was about 5 layers under the midsize Golf Pride MCC +4 grip)

 

The theory being, that having a thinner grip will encourage the wrists to work a little more through the hitting area than they currently do. (This follows on from the theory of using a fatter grip on the putter to take the wrists "out" of the stroke).

 

I was watching some golf channel program recently ...... and they were talking about Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, and their ceremonial drives at Augusta this year, and how even at their advanced age, they managed to get their two drives "out there" a decent distance.

 

The explanation according to the golf channel guru's was that they are now using, and releasing, their wrists a lot more these days in order to maintain speed through the hitting area.

 

What I've noticed myself is that releasing the wrists adds a fair bit of speed to the swing, particularly as the arms slow down and the momentum is transferred through to the hands via the wrists unhinging.

 

This is how I usually hit a draw, by slowing the arms down just prior to impact and releasing the wrists (and subsequently allowing the clubface to slightly close thru impact).

 

So with a thinner grip on my driver ( 1 wrap under a standard grip) I should hopefully ... be transferring a bit more speed into the back of the ball, and thus generating a little added distance off the tee. I will need to control the clubface a bit more though to avoid spraying it either one side or the other.

 

I figure for my next comp round I'll be paying a lot of attention to the clubface position at address, and also the feeling of release through the hitting area ... in order to try and get the right combinations, and to have some sort of consistency with it.

 

What I've also done though ...... is to take a bit of loft off the clubface. I've set my driver back to standard in terms of its adjustable head. It's now set on D4 ........ which for a leftie, is 8.5 degrees of loft. (I did have it set for 9.5 with an added touch of draw).

 

When I was fitted for the driver several years ago, that was the setting that the Titleist rep said gave me the optimal flight & roll conditions ..........

 

So, it will be a bit of experimentation over the next few comp rounds, but I've got a few "free hits" in terms of my handicap before I lose a flagged round, so I might as well use the next few rounds as a learning opportunity.

 

If it works well with the driver, then I'll make the rest of the grips in the set a touch leaner as well ........ ;)


Edited by GPJ_Longdriver, 17 April 2018 - 05:26 PM.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:46 PM

Good to see you've resumed workshop pilates.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:51 PM

Yeah the workshop is a good place to start I figure ........ it should allow me to see what if anything my base distance is ..... and from there, work out what next.

 

In terms of physically improving to assist my golf, I reckon the odd stretch now and again won't do me any harm, so I'll be looking into the various new age crap to see what would suit. I'll also google some golf specific things to take on board........ :rolleyes:


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 06:47 PM

Gaz the first essential item is the good old fashioned chest expander. Widely available on eBay for $39, it zeroes in on strengthening golfs oft used muscles. Get one.
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