All of these are great! Thank you very much…
Hampshire: If your already beyond “hack” status the only other tip I can provide is to start lifting weights. You’d be amazed at how much more control you have over your swing when you have a few muscles to do it with.
I wouldn’t say I’m past “hack” - I consistently score in 50s on nine (long ways to go) But to the point: which muscle group(s) are most important for strength? I suspect (for example) triceps are more important that biceps.
Ravenman: My advice? Forego a couple of your weekly nines and get the lessons. The golf pro fixed things with my swing that I was 100% sure that I was doing right.
You sold me. Sounds like it’ll be money well spent.
BTW: I’ve been asking around and here’re a couple of drills offered to me:
(*) Grip a dish towel as you would a club except one hand at each end of the towel (imagine a very long handlegrip) Do a regular backswing. On the downswing concentrate on pulling with the lift (I’m right-handed) as the right goes along for the ride. At the “point of impact” let go with the left and “push” with the right, trying to get the dish towel to go as far a possible.
(*) At the driving range, start the bucket of balls with the pitching wedge. Hit a few then use the 9, then the 8, and so on to the least lofted iron, then to the woods from 5 to 3, then to driver. The idea is the shorter, higher lofted clubs are easier to hit (hands closer to the ball, swing plane more vertical). As you progress to each bigger club, you adjust gradually, and thus reinforce better muscle memory when you finally get all the way up to the driver.
I missed this week’s usual 9 with the guys (my brother from Ottawa showed up unexpectedly) and work’s been too busy to hit the range.
I’ll try these tips and report back…