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Dave D's swing thread - Pg 28 grip work & driver fitting


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#841 Dave D

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:52 AM

Also working on a better weight shift and pivot in the swing, have reverted to my old issue of hips turning and loading too much over left leg.

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My belly hides the edge of my right hip and doesn't appear too bad at a glance in a picture, but in reality it's more where the red line is.

So I thought back to Monte telling me I need to get my weight more in my right heel at the top, to help this I thought I'd try the step drill, which would hopefully also help my transition of not getting the left shoulder moving and tilting too quick:



what proceeded to follow was a flush show, and on video one of the best downswings I've made, hardly any upper body back out of the shot, and rolling up onto the right toe correctly not spinning out with the heel.

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It also felt like I had a lot more room through the ball. one of the noticeable things is the stance being wider, but a big improvement at impact in that my left hip isn't outside my left foot like normal. Will be experiementing with this drill and a wider stance. I used to have a wider stance and had thought about widening it again as I'd noticed when I turn my right toes come up a bit as I rotate. this doesn't happen to me in a wider stance. It also feels like I can get more turn, odd as I always thought narrower helped with turn.

What are peoples thoughts?

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:35 PM

I think I'd fall over doing that drill....

I'm not educated enough to say if it's good or bad technically but it looks a nice motion through the ball.

Edited by dg_1983, 13 September 2017 - 12:58 PM.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:55 PM

Looks really good Dave. Visually it seems to produce a greater level of "dynamic balance".

Nice work.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 05:59 AM

Had an interesting round in a 4bbb match yesterday,

1st hole, par 4, bombed a drive downwind approx. 325 and had 50 yards in, pitched to 6 foot and rolled it in for birdie
2nd hole, par 4, 5 iron gap wedge to 12 foot, rolled it in for birdie.
3rd hole, par 4, blocked 2 OB and made an 8
4th hole, par 4, 3 wood then 3/4 7 iron to 4 foot, birdie
5th hole, par 4, 3 wood LW to 15 feet, rolled it in for birdie.
6th hole, par 3, 9 iron to 15 feet, missed putt
7th hole, par 5 3 wood 3 wood 2 putt for birdie.
8th hole, par 3, blocked 7 iron into right bunker, splash out to 5 foot and holed for par
9th hole, par 5 ,driver to right semi, hybrid to 5 yards short from 250, chip to 5 foot and hole for birdie.
10th hole, par 5, driver 6 iron, 2 putt birdie.
11th hole, par 4, 5 iron 7 iron, up and down from side of the green
12th hole, par 3, PW to 12 foot, pulled the putt
13th hole, par 4, hybrid SW to 10 foot and rolled in for birdie.

And that was the match, lots of birdies (a new record for me of 8 in 13 holes!) and good shots which was very encouraging. Just 2 random huge miss rights with the driver. Should hopefully get the M2 on Wednesday, can't wait!

the new 3 wood performed well and I enjoy how stable the shaft feels.

I was particularly impressed with the hybrid. I hit 2 shots today that I wouldn't have normally been able to hit, 1 on 9 out of the semi, where I would normally have hit an 8 or 7 iron out and left myself 90ish yards, the hybrid got straight through the lie and I ended up 5 yards short of the green from 250. a shot that would never happen with the 2 iron. And the other was on 17 after that match had finished. 3 shot par 5 and I often end up on a slight downslope for the 2nd shot, 2 iron was hopeless from here, but the hybrid ripped it and got me way down there, normally would have had to hit 5 iron and probably had a 5 or 6 iron left in, yesterday the hybrid left me 130 in.

Certainly encouraging signs from the hybrid and those sorts of shots were the exact reason I wanted to find one that works. I also hit a very good tee shot on 13 with it, with water all down the left I split the fairway. No hint of a big miss left with it so far.
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3 Wood: Taylormade 2017 M1 3HL 16* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 75g
Hybrid: Taylormade 2016 M1 20* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 85g
4 iron: Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
5 - PW: Callaway X Forged 2013 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
Wedges: Callaway Forged 51*, MD3 Black 55* & Forged 60*
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:08 AM

Been working hard the last week on getting my left arm off my chest (http://www.golfwrx.c...t-in-downswing/) and combining that with the step drill. I've worked on the arms off the chest before and always struggled and ended up with no rotation, but I think what I was actually doing is just straightening the right arm and not actually getting the left arm off the chest.

Zane is away playing some Mena tour events currently but am going to have a lesson when he gets back, be interested to hear his thoughts in what I'm working on, it's certainly got me hitting the ball better than I have in a while.

Edited by Dave D, 18 September 2017 - 10:39 AM.

Driver: Callaway Optiforce 9* w/ Graffaloy Pro Launch Red Stiff
3 Wood: Taylormade 2017 M1 3HL 16* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 75g
Hybrid: Taylormade 2016 M1 20* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 85g
4 iron: Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
5 - PW: Callaway X Forged 2013 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
Wedges: Callaway Forged 51*, MD3 Black 55* & Forged 60*
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Spider S 33 3/4" w/ Superstroke Pistol GTR 1.0
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 07:29 AM

8 birds in 13 is class - and pretty much unplayable!

Good work. That is really some achievement. I think my very best is 7 in 18!
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

 dg_1983, on 18 September 2017 - 07:29 AM, said:

8 birds in 13 is class - and pretty much unplayable!

Good work. That is really some achievement. I think my very best is 7 in 18!
thanks, yeah it was quite funny really, the opponents just kept looking at eachother being like what on earth is going on :lol:

my partner and I couldn't stop laughing about it in the latter parts of the match.

7 in 18 is still damn good!
Driver: Callaway Optiforce 9* w/ Graffaloy Pro Launch Red Stiff
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Hybrid: Taylormade 2016 M1 20* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 85g
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:46 AM

That's about my total for the season 😂

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:14 AM

 BeTheBall_, on 18 September 2017 - 10:46 AM, said:

That's about my total for the season ��
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Driver: Callaway Optiforce 9* w/ Graffaloy Pro Launch Red Stiff
3 Wood: Taylormade 2017 M1 3HL 16* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 75g
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 12:56 PM

I should add I think 7 in 18 happened once! In 20 years of playing!

1-3 is more common with good rounds containing 4or5

5 plus I'd rare for me

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 03:41 AM

 dg_1983, on 18 September 2017 - 12:56 PM, said:

I should add I think 7 in 18 happened once! In 20 years of playing!

1-3 is more common with good rounds containing 4or5

5 plus I'd rare for me
I'm the same normally, probably only a handful of times I can remember more than 5 in a round.

I'm trying to really commit to hitting my putts a bit firmer, anything inside 5 feet hasn't been an issue but I've been missing a lot of makeable 10-15 footers by either leaving them just short or they just die of pace and miss on the low side.

I played in an open at a club the other week and left a few like this over 36 holes, the guy I was playing with was really struggling with his short putts and was asking me for advice (as I was holing out really well, as I have been for a while now especially since switching to the spider) and he made the comment when I left another 15 footer just short of pace saying I'd make a lot more putts if I gave them a bit more speed, and why didn't I as I hadn't missed from 3 feet.

Now I highlighted this before, at the start of the year I think, as something I wanted to work on but had forgotten about it. So I started looking at a spot a foot past the hole/target point and rolled the ball at a much better pace, and have been for a couple of weeks now and have been holing a few more putts as a result.

I think it stems from when I wasn't putting well and didn't have a lot of confidence that if I missed I wanted a tap in, and quite often would lag it, even 10 footers. Whereas now I'm not worried about a 2-3 footer coming back, so I have no reason not to be more aggressive. And I certainly seem to be making a few more and more look like going in.
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3 Wood: Taylormade 2017 M1 3HL 16* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 75g
Hybrid: Taylormade 2016 M1 20* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 85g
4 iron: Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
5 - PW: Callaway X Forged 2013 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
Wedges: Callaway Forged 51*, MD3 Black 55* & Forged 60*
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 05:20 AM

Had 7 in 18 on Sunday - 3 person scramble, lol, plus a bogey (we aren't wrx worthy).

Love reading these reports and seeing the things you are working on. Always practice with a purpose is what you seem to do and the vids/photos bear that out.

Now back to waiting for Monte's next instagram vids from Scotland.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:02 AM

 Hawkeye77, on 19 September 2017 - 05:20 AM, said:

Had 7 in 18 on Sunday - 3 person scramble, lol, plus a bogey (we aren't wrx worthy).

Love reading these reports and seeing the things you are working on. Always practice with a purpose is what you seem to do and the vids/photos bear that out.

Now back to waiting for Monte's next instagram vids from Scotland.

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thanks, yeah I always try and have purpose, even if it does seem like I'm tinkering at times, must be method in the madness though as my handicap is lower than it's ever been :D

yeah been very jealous watching those videos, I need to do a Scotland trip soon
Driver: Callaway Optiforce 9* w/ Graffaloy Pro Launch Red Stiff
3 Wood: Taylormade 2017 M1 3HL 16* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 75g
Hybrid: Taylormade 2016 M1 20* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 85g
4 iron: Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
5 - PW: Callaway X Forged 2013 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
Wedges: Callaway Forged 51*, MD3 Black 55* & Forged 60*
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:11 AM

Bit of putting work this morning on my indoor "green"

https://www.instagra...by=davedunlop87

need to work on keeping the followthrough a similar length to backswing, much easier to control distance that way. when my tempo is off I can have distance control issues. I've been doing the tempo drill keeping a coin on the back of the putter which certainly smooths my stroke out, but feel like this is masking the issue slightly. Certainly many of the greats have had equidistant strokes.

Edit: end of the month is my last competition for a while so I am planning on then removing the head of the spider s and getting it sandblasted to remove the ghost finish.

Edited by Dave D, 20 September 2017 - 10:16 AM.

Driver: Callaway Optiforce 9* w/ Graffaloy Pro Launch Red Stiff
3 Wood: Taylormade 2017 M1 3HL 16* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 75g
Hybrid: Taylormade 2016 M1 20* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 85g
4 iron: Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
5 - PW: Callaway X Forged 2013 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
Wedges: Callaway Forged 51*, MD3 Black 55* & Forged 60*
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Spider S 33 3/4" w/ Superstroke Pistol GTR 1.0
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Posted Yesterday, 08:24 AM

Better looking stroke doing the equidistance drill:

https://www.instagra...by=davedunlop87

note the high tech amazon packaging being used to adjust the break on the putt :lol:

Driver: Callaway Optiforce 9* w/ Graffaloy Pro Launch Red Stiff
3 Wood: Taylormade 2017 M1 3HL 16* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 75g
Hybrid: Taylormade 2016 M1 20* w/ Hzrdus Black 6.0 85g
4 iron: Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
5 - PW: Callaway X Forged 2013 w/ Project X Pxi 6.0
Wedges: Callaway Forged 51*, MD3 Black 55* & Forged 60*
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Spider S 33 3/4" w/ Superstroke Pistol GTR 1.0
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

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