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    Quote Originally Posted by jeege View Post
    Welcome to the dark side of swinging lefty haha very cool seeing the progress! Keep up the work my man.
    Thanks man, appreciate it!

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    Welcome and I'll be following your progression!

    Being Lefty is the best way to go and basically the norm considering you're Canadian!!

    Good luck from a fellow right handed that plays as a lefty!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yantropov View Post
    Welcome and I'll be following your progression!

    Being Lefty is the best way to go and basically the norm considering you're Canadian!!

    Good luck from a fellow right handed that plays as a lefty!


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    Haha thanks man, what made you take up the game left handed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoingLefty View Post
    Haha thanks man, what made you take up the game left handed?
    Probably due to hockey.. I'm left-handed for hockey golf baseball


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yantropov View Post
    Probably due to hockey.. I'm left-handed for hockey golf baseball


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    Yeah, makes sense. I shot left in hockey as well.

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    So I hit the Sim today by myself. Warmed up then played my first full eighteen. It was from Am tee's, slow greens and six ft gimmies on and I took no mulligans. Had three pars, all on par three holes, sunk a forty one foot putt on one of them which was pretty funny. (putting on sims is not great)



    Pretty happy with that although no clue how it would relate to a real score. On the first nine I shanked so many chips and pitches closer than fifty yards. Even one yard off the green I shanked a couple. On the back nine I figured it out and might have shanked one. I got stuck in the woods on one hole on the back, took me three shots just to get it out.

    My driver speed had dropped from the previous session I noticed. I was only hitting it about 88mph where I had got up to 96mph the week before. After the round I hit the driving range. I had it set in twelve degrees loft and was getting it out there to a max of 235 yards. The cool thing was I adjusted some things in my swing and man, I was getting the speed up there! Consistently over 100mph. Usually 101-102, but I had a few over 104 like this one:



    Pretty surprising but another shout out to the Orange Whip, I should get those guys to sponsor me.

    And these are the averages of a few swings. My dispersion may need work...



    I adjusted the driver down to 10.5 and hit some more but the flight was too low. I had to leave at that point so didn't get to try it at 11.25 degree setting. I was pushing the ball as well so I have now set it to 11.25 and also put it in draw bias. Not the most draw setting, but one from it. I also put the weight to draw in the bottom of the club. I think that loft will be better and the draw bias should help too. I'll probably do this again Wednesday or Thursday.

    It was a real learning session for me. I am trying way too hard and it's costing me. Letting things go, instead of forcing them is my aim and I failed at that quite a lot today. Still, my back was great and I'm happy to learn and keep going. Oh and it was only -20 C here today so it's getting warm now
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    A ha the old adage about lefties, are they normal? The Latin word for left is sinister, so our history is packed with abuse.

    I am left handed with two hands and right handed with one. So golf ,cricket , baseball I'm lefty, tennis, writing I am right. My father was the complete opposite. As little boy, he tried to teach me cricket and saw me pick the bat up left handed, and let me go with it. Casting a fishing line for me is left handed if I use both hands (over my left shoulder and with left hand highest) and right handed if I use one. Go figure.



    Good luck, and do not try to buy a 13 degree three wood...……….


    Oh, I have issues with L3 and L5 after a squash injury thirty years ago. Keep weight at normal, and listen to your back. I go to a chiropractor every month, but I am 64 this year. Easier now I am less than 180 pounds.
    The problem with playing with seniors is that half of them did not see where your ball went, and the other half can not remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leftyuk View Post
    A ha the old adage about lefties, are they normal? The Latin word for left is sinister, so our history is packed with abuse.

    I am left handed with two hands and right handed with one. So golf ,cricket , baseball I'm lefty, tennis, writing I am right. My father was the complete opposite. As little boy, he tried to teach me cricket and saw me pick the bat up left handed, and let me go with it. Casting a fishing line for me is left handed if I use both hands (over my left shoulder and with left hand highest) and right handed if I use one. Go figure.




    Good luck, and do not try to buy a 13 degree three wood...……….


    Oh, I have issues with L3 and L5 after a squash injury thirty years ago. Keep weight at normal, and listen to your back. I go to a chiropractor every month, but I am 64 this year. Easier now I am less than 180 pounds.
    That's interesting that you write right handed but do most other things left handed. That's some good info on "sinister" too, I never knew that. I'll never see a ciro again but I do a lot of physio work. The weight part is a very good point, I will double down on that effort. I'd like to be sub 210lbs by May.

    Oh and no worries on a 13 degree 3 wood finding its way into my bag. Only way I could see that happening is if it replacing my driver.

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    Just got back from the sim again. I joined a league. Today I played Pebble Beach. The rules are you play from the Am tee's and 6 ft gimmies are on. It goes until Spring so it should be good fun.

    My Score today was 94 with a 42 on the back 9. The front was not great, I just wasn't hitting the ball very solid at all. I really started to hit some decent shots on the back (new long drive record for me 252 Yards) though. My chipping and pitching was much better too. Only had 2 shanks I think, maybe 3. I made a few putts too which was nice.


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    I haven't been out to the range at all, it's been -25C here for the last 10 days or so. Even with the heaters, that's a bit much, even for me.

    I however just had a swing breakthrough at home. I wasn't even swinging, I was just thinking about my swing and that there is still a tension in it. A tightness in the follow through in my upper back. It wasn't crazy bad or anything or even painful but it was there. I have been thinking that it was just my injury and that it was probably going to be like that no matter what going forward. Then I started thinking it might not be...

    This whole approach I'm making is based on feel. So I starting thinking, was there something that was restricting my swing. Was I as free as I could be? And then bam, it just hit me. My hips. I started thinking that I was restricting them somehow in the swing. I grabbed my orange whip and tried something. Bam! It worked right away. In my swing I was not turning my hips much at all. It doesn't look too bad on tape but the feeling when I loosened them was immediately effective.

    In order to turn them more, I had to "squat" a bit more in the back swing and especially the follow through. I took a few normal cuts and same familiar tension. I then started that squat move in order to turn my hips more and just crazy. Major increase in club head speed right away (at least it felt that way, have to get on a sim to see). Much more free and no tension in my back at all. Real freedom! Wow. I was using the ground much better as well. I reverted back to old habits a few times and man what a difference, my swing was slower and tense. Switch back to the big hip turn and squat and it feels like butter.

    Figuring this out is a major mile stone because it's something I never would have found if I was seeing an instructor I'm sure. I did the same thing swinging right handed for 20 years. I was a long hitter as it was but if someone could have seen that I had this issue I'm pretty sure I could have competed in long drive haha. Never once did an instructor point it out. I bet unless you were really, really looking for it, it's not something a coach would notice. Next post is my method to figuring things out in my swing by myself. Well so far. I'm sure it will change in some ways as I go. I'll try and keep it updated.

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    My Methods ( long) for finding My Swing.

    This is my method for uncovering or finding my swing:

    1. I have to be loose and swing with rhythm. If I don't have a nice rhythm it brings in tension and kills the swing. This means a very light grip too.

    2. Pay attention to what feels tight when you are swinging. Is it your feet? Ankles? Knees? Hips? Back? Neck? Jaw? When you notice something off, stretch it out or look up some exercises on youtube for that part of the body. Play around with some things and try and get some freedom back. This may solve the issue. If not...

    3. Try making some swing changes to see if you can get rid of the tension. Take your club and just make a bunch of practice swings. Try moving your weight around. Balls of feet, on the toes, on the heels. Try swinging a bit smoother. Try a shorter back-swing. Try swinging faster. Try Varying the angle of the swing. Try changing your grip or setup. Where you feel free and without tension is your path. Where I have been able to reduce tension it has never failed to provide a better strike and freer swing.

    4. Closing your eyes can increase awareness when looking for tension or a solution to it. (balance is key here, go slow if you haven't tried this before)

    5. Think about your swing when you aren't golfing. Think, where does it feel like you are trying too hard to do something? Does it feel like a huge effort to take the club back? Does it hurt a little? Is there tension somewhere? Why? Wherever there is excessive effort I think there is a good chance that's where your problem is or a huge clue to it. Now that tight left arm going back might be caused by many things however, you're going to have to go back to #3 to find it.

    6. Do lots and lots of mobility work. 10-20 minutes a day will add up but an hour and you will see a huge change. Get a matt, some massage balls of different sizes and a foam roller. Do it in front of the tv. I sleep better when I do it before bed too. Again youtube for your mobility work. Kelly Starrette is a good place to start. He has lots of great stuff. Some things you can do at work without looking like a fool too haha. Lower body strength exercise is good too of course, squats and that kind of thing.

    7. Video of the swing is mostly only useful to look at after finding a problem by feel. When you find an issue, fix it through feel and then compare before and after swings with video, it's cool to see. It's immediately obvious in retrospect that there is an issue. "Why couldn't I see that before? Seems so obvious now."


    I'll update this as I evolve and sharpen my methods for anyone interested. I realize this is crazy talk to a lot of people and most will disagree with my methods. That's fine, i'm not trying to convince anyone. It would have been crazy to me a few years ago too. I was enamored with hitting "positions". So terrible imo now. The proof will be in the pudding as they say. It will be interesting to see what happens at least

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    Oh man, strange day.

    So I had a match set with a buddy on the sim. Last night I get home and crashed way early. Fell asleep at 8pm, and woke up at 2:30 and did not get back to sleep until 7am. Golf was 11:30 so when I woke up at 10:30 it did not give me time to stretch out. I did warm up but it wasn't as good as it should have been.

    We started and I was hitting the ball unbelievably. first 4 holes I was 2 over with 4 GIR. The hip change I made made it so easy to hit the ball. It was awesome....and then it wasn't. I was setting up to swing when the guys in the stall next to me started yelling something to each other and it threw me off. I should have stepped away but I didn't and made some super weird jerky swing (almost missed the ball) and I felt a pop in my back. ****.

    For a moment I was scared to move and broke out in a light sweat. But I did move and it was ok, kinda..... There was definite pain in my lower right back. I could swing gently to a degree so for the rest of the round I just chipped and putted while my buddy hit my full swings. No point risking anything. So I got home and have been stretching out and it's better now. Still there is a major tender spot in my back and I'll have to see how it is tomorrow.

    This is a wake up call. I need to totally reconsider my physical training. I can't be in 75% of the way like I have been the last week or two. I have to be 100% committed. I got cocky and let some things lax. I was so far ahead of where I thought I would be, I just got overconfident. I have not been as consistent in my exercise as I had been. I'm doing it most days but not as long etc. I've been slacking a bit. And for me, I can't do that anymore. It's not going to work. I need to get more serious about that, starting now.

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