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Posted on Jan 28, 2015
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etakmit

Joined KS: Jul 10, 2013

Do you go out and take lessons?
Do you prefer to dig it out of the dirt?
Maybe a combination of both.

What about exercise, keeping in shape, etc?

Posted on Jan 28, 2015
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etakmit

Joined KS: Jul 10, 2013

Personally? As a 20+ handicapper who's finally getting on the 'improvement' train I like a combination of lessons and digging it out of the dirt!

I can learn something but if I don't apply it fairly soon after and often it won't stick. So I need to take a lesson or two and then hit the range or course a couple of times during the following week.

As to fitness, right now I'm not doing anything. It's middle of the winter and there's no golf in the northeast with feet of snow!

I will be back in the gym in the next 2-3 weeks. I'll really work on my core and just get some strength back and lose a few pounds. Once I do my flexibility will start to come back and that'll be the biggest help in improving my game. It's all about the flexibility for me.

Posted on Feb 09, 2015
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ascdga

Joined KS: May 24, 2013

If you can hit off grass do so. Avoid the matts. Unless you are a very good ball striker matts will not give you correct feedback when hitting irons. Even good ball strikers will see a deterioration in their ball striking after prolonged practice on matts.

Slo-mo video is also an excellent tool but only if you or a coach knows what to look for. You may think you are "changing" something but video will often show you are not.

Make time for practice. No shortcuts in golf. If you have access to a proper short game practice facility spend at least as much time practicing those shots as the full swings. Not even the pros hit every green in reg. If I want to get serious again with golf then I would spend more time on the sort game than anything else.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015
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bogeyman

Joined KS: Jun 03, 2013

ascdga,
Does hitting from the mats affect the golf clubs as well? If so, how are the clubs affected (loft, grooves, etc.)?

Also, do you think the affect on your swing from hitting off the mats a psychological one? As I've said, whatever works, but this begs the question: Is there really a difference between hitting off the mats and hitting off the grass, even though the quality of the mats are great?

Posted on Feb 27, 2015
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tw2000

Joined KS: Feb 06, 2013

etakmit on Jan 28, 2015
Do you go out and take lessons?
Do you prefer to dig it out of the dirt?
Maybe a combination of both.

What about exercise, keeping in shape, etc?

Practice makes perfect, and it's never been truer in golf. Colin Montgomerie seems to be on the "less is more" mantra for practice, but I don't agree with him. Put the hours in so the mechanical stuff becomes ingrained in your psyche that you don't think about the mechanics of the swing anymore.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015
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ascdga

Joined KS: May 24, 2013

bogeyman on Feb 25, 2015
ascdga,
Does hitting from the mats affect the golf clubs as well? If so, how are the clubs affected (loft, grooves, etc.)?

Also, do you think the affect on your swing from hitting off the mats a psychological one? As I've said, whatever works, but this begs the question: Is there really a difference between hitting off the mats and hitting off the grass, even though the quality of the mats are great?

Hitting off mats can cause your lie angles to become more upright but usually only for the softer forgings. Cast tend to be much more resistant to bending.

Hitting off mats gives you inaccurate feedback. A bad strike on a mat is not punished as it is on grass. The game is played on grass so best to practice on that. I've never hit a fat shot on a mat. I can hit the mat 4 inches behind the ball and still make contact and hit it out there a respectable distance. That ball will go maybe 10 feet forward and 3 feet off the ground if I did that on grass. What's worse is if I only hit it 1 inch behind the ball. Now it's going even further on a mat and I have no clue. I go out on the course and now my ball goes less than half the distance and my club keeps getting caught in the ground.

Hitting on mats can also be hard on the joints.

Mats are fine when starting out. It's important to make contact and see the ball go in the air. Starting from grass right away will tend to be discouraging for some.

Really good players can hit off mats occasionally and not damage their ball striking too much but that is because they can tell when they make good and bad strikes. But even they will see a deterioration in their iron play if all they did was hit off of mats.

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