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    I usually adjust my swing to either a 3/4 or half depending on the distance. Honestly never really ever tried choking down, but makes a lot of sense, especially when I am in between clubs. Have had a lot of occasions on a par 3 where I need to go back the 2 club lengths at the tee box and still either need to hit an easy 7i, or hit the best 8i of my life. Tried choking down on a 7i last week and did notice the ball was a hair shorter. Another tool in the bag next time I go out!
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    I prefer choking down when between full clubs. I’m looking forward to having the time for lots of partial wedge practice this year for the first time since my late 20’s. Back then I was comfortable with my lob wedge from any distance from 40 to 90 yards by shortening my swing. Closer than 40 yards I’d just look at my target and go by feel.
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    3/4 backswing aggressive yields best results for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BFAST View Post
    I choke down. It was a tip from Jamie Sadlowski at the Cleveland event when I asked him how he gaps his bag when he can hit it so far. I said you can hit a PW 185 yards, how do you gap your bag?? He also said when someone trys to slow down their swing they have a tendency to decel and usually doesn't go well. So he uses a shorter "lever" choking down and moves slightly closer to the ball so to say to take yardage off and also it depends on what window he wants to flight it through too will depend on what he does.
    This right here.

    I find when I do a slower swing with a bigger club my brain tries to check it by making me decelerate and end up with a duff. Its the reason for my chipping yip's, decelerating.

    Now if I am between a 4i and a 5i a slower 4i helps me strike it better, but sometimes with such a pure strike I sometimes hit it further that my regular 4i distance. Man golf is hard.
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    Funny enough, over the winter (on a simulator) and in to this young season I have been working on 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 shots with the 46, 52, and 58 wedges and have found fairly significant improvement over the "swing slow" method which I previously used. I think taking a full swing but just slower can create timing issues, at least it did for me in that I would get handsy to compensate and would chunk far more often than I would have liked (i.e. more often than never!).

    With varying backswing method the timing for me seems more natural.

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    Thinking ‘slower’ anything in golf = decel for most, and decel = death in golf.
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    Almost always
    Longer club
    Choke down
    Finish the swing with my normal tempo.

    If a shallow green or a must to stay below the hole, I'll take the shorter club. I focus on timing and not swinging harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jman View Post
    Thinking ‘slower’ anything in golf = decel for most, and decel = death in golf.
    So true.

    A mental killer is the thought or word "don't".

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbunker View Post
    So true.

    A mental killer is the thought or word "don't".
    One thing I’ve always done, is chew my HS kids when I ask them what they were thinking and the word slower comes out of their mouths.

    I also hate don’t. Instead most end up trained to think of where they ‘can’ on a shot instead of don’t/can’t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jman View Post
    Thinking ‘slower’ anything in golf = decel for most, and decel = death in golf.
    I need to really improve my greens in regulation, and 6-PW have been the culprits, mostly due to decel. Will change that up this year.
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    If you only have one shot, the full swing, the two easiest shots to add for this situation are choking up, or hit the knockdown.
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    Unless the green is really shallow, "in between clubs" is an idea for firing at the flag, or a specific part of the green. If I'm feeling that froggy, longer club, grip down, maintain a smooth swing.
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    I never think slower, I think smoother so I don't decelerate at impact, I'll also open up the face or try and fade it in to take distance off. I generally get bad results from choking up with full swings. Chip shots is different

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    Shortened backswing, everything else the same is my highest percentage approach. Choking down can work for me on longer clubs, less on mid/short irons. Main challenge is not to *increase* my tempo - something in my lizard brain says if I'm taking a short backswing I need to compensate by rushing back down...which is the last thing I need to do.
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    I definitely take the longer club and choke down. Trying to dial in yardages with different swing speeds or shortening the backswing don’t seem to work for me.


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