Golf general advice and help thread.

domtheone

Distinguished Member
So i had my 2nd ever golf lesson last night (first one about 16 years ago).

Turns out all my problems (hooking the ball) are down to my grip.

Had it on film. My right hand (i'm a leftie) is all crooked (because I don't interlock my hands at all in my grip) and that's why i'm hooking the ball all the time, due to a closed club face.

The pro made me hold the club differently (felt terrible, like I was gonna shank everything) and hit some half swing 6 irons. All 6 of them went either straight or a bit off to the left (fade). No hooks/draws whatsoever.:eek:

Played 2 holes after the lesson and hit some half/3/4 shots, including a few nice 9 irons down the hill on our 2nd hole. Then a few decent wedges and a PW from 110y to 3 feet :D. All going very high (for me) and fairly straight.

Might take me months/years to get used to the new grip though. Really does feel horrible. Like playing right handed or something :rotfl:

3 decisions to make now.

Quit golf (not forever, just give up club golf again and play socially now and again)
Stick with my existing grip, knowing that i'll have these problems forever.
Change the grip (this years golf will probably be a write off as I try to change to the new grip).

Probably going to go with the latter but we'll see.

Lot of hours down the range over the coming months I think.....

Still blown away by what happened last night:eek:
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
If you are enjoying it don't quit! Just be prepared for a period of transition as you get used to playing properly (so to speak).

It is often the smallest adjustments to the game that make the biggest difference.
Spending £300 on a new driver won't suddenly make you hit like Tiger. But a golf lesson or two can cure a lot of ills.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
So i had my 2nd ever golf lesson last night (first one about 16 years ago).

Turns out all my problems (hooking the ball) are down to my grip.

Had it on film. My right hand (i'm a leftie) is all crooked (because I don't interlock my hands at all in my grip) and that's why i'm hooking the ball all the time, due to a closed club face.

The pro made me hold the club differently (felt terrible, like I was gonna shank everything) and hit some half swing 6 irons. All 6 of them went either straight or a bit off to the left (fade). No hooks/draws whatsoever.:eek:

Played 2 holes after the lesson and hit some half/3/4 shots, including a few nice 9 irons down the hill on our 2nd hole. Then a few decent wedges and a PW from 110y to 3 feet :D. All going very high (for me) and fairly straight.

Might take me months/years to get used to the new grip though. Really does feel horrible. Like playing right handed or something :rotfl:

3 decisions to make now.

Quit golf (not forever, just give up club golf again and play socially now and again)
Stick with my existing grip, knowing that i'll have these problems forever.
Change the grip (this years golf will probably be a write off as I try to change to the new grip).

Probably going to go with the latter but we'll see.

Lot of hours down the range over the coming months I think.....

Still blown away by what happened last night:eek:
So you had a baseball grip ? Very easy to hook as ( leftie ) your bottom left hand will hood the clubface if not connected as one .

Funnily enough I had a round this morning ( no shock there :D ) but before I left I had a little practice in the back garden as my short irons have been a wee bit off.

Simple drill of putting a golf towel under my right armpit ( left for you ) and making swings without the towel falling out . Keeps the body and arms connected through the golf swing .

And what do you know , I was bloody striping it this morning and then some :thumbsup:.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
If you are enjoying it don't quit! Just be prepared for a period of transition as you get used to playing properly (so to speak).

It is often the smallest adjustments to the game that make the biggest difference.
Spending £300 on a new driver won't suddenly make you hit like Tiger. But a golf lesson or two can cure a lot of ills.
Yup agree , I've said on here recently that one of my playing partners is having lessons but often he reverts back to his ( comfortable ) swing as the changes the pro made are not comfortable .

When he sticks to it he plays really well ( scored 21pts on the front nine last time out ) although I prefer it when he goes back to his old ways ;).
 

domtheone

Distinguished Member
So you had a baseball grip
Yup. The pro spoke about inter locking my fingers etc but that's way down the line he said.

Main thing is to see if I can play with my right thumb nestled further down in my left palm.

Gonna be a difficult year ahead :D
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Yup. The pro spoke about inter locking my fingers etc but that's way down the line he said.

Main thing is to see if I can play with my right thumb nestled further down in my left palm.

Gonna be a difficult year ahead :D
I interlocked for years but since starting again i now overlap as interlock was giving me blisters . Soon get used to it mate and becomes natural :smashin:.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Had a bit of fun last week on a local links course that is part of our network, it was free to play . Two of my playing partners suggested it as they have never played a links course even though I warned them they are hard work . I was called a wimp for being so negative so we made a football up and set the date. When I arrived I said expect huge scores on almost every hole , was called a wimp again.

Twas a very windy day and obviously much worse on the course . Two of us were enjoying the challenge as the first five holes were into it . The ones who suggested we play here lost eight balls between them on the first four holes , hated it so much that after the fifth they had had enough , we stopped and had a round at our local .
 

sneakyweeone

Active Member
So i had my 2nd ever golf lesson last night (first one about 16 years ago).

Turns out all my problems (hooking the ball) are down to my grip.

Had it on film. My right hand (i'm a leftie) is all crooked (because I don't interlock my hands at all in my grip) and that's why i'm hooking the ball all the time, due to a closed club face.

The pro made me hold the club differently (felt terrible, like I was gonna shank everything) and hit some half swing 6 irons. All 6 of them went either straight or a bit off to the left (fade). No hooks/draws whatsoever.:eek:

Played 2 holes after the lesson and hit some half/3/4 shots, including a few nice 9 irons down the hill on our 2nd hole. Then a few decent wedges and a PW from 110y to 3 feet :D. All going very high (for me) and fairly straight.

Might take me months/years to get used to the new grip though. Really does feel horrible. Like playing right handed or something :rotfl:

3 decisions to make now.

Quit golf (not forever, just give up club golf again and play socially now and again)
Stick with my existing grip, knowing that i'll have these problems forever.
Change the grip (this years golf will probably be a write off as I try to change to the new grip).

Probably going to go with the latter but we'll see.

Lot of hours down the range over the coming months I think.....

Still blown away by what happened last night:eek:
Stick with it it will soon feel natural. I moved from baseball to interlocking and it was natural after a few games.
 

Shanew1705

Well-known Member
So after those group lessons ive paid my membership for a reduced fee for 3 months which also uncles some 1 to 1 lessons

Got my first lesson Sat, looking forward to how the 1 to 1 will different from the group lessons and cant wait to get started properly
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
We actually played in a club comp today :eek:. The new club Pro has put in mid week stableford comps .

Off the yellows and I scored 35pts of 17hcp . Wasted a lot of shots out there today as Driving was great , short irons really poor . Putting great .
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
And today I score 41pts in our fourball , driving is excellent and long, really getting some serious distance with irons and putting great .

I shocked two of my playing partners today in flushing a 7 iron 187 yards on the second par three to 20ft pin high. Was asked after the shot, what was that ? 4 iron ? Nope 7 .

I can now hit the ball further than I did in my twenties thanks to the tech of the club's and balls .
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Had a round at Riegate Hill GC this morning . Arrived at the tenth tee to find four groups waiting to tee off as they had put a society off the 1st n 10th tees. Luckily they had been informed to let our group tee off before them, no pressure then :D.

All my group took irons off the tee because the slope on the fairway the bunkers gobble up an errant drive and at 311 yards is the smart play . They were a rowdy lot with " ain't any of you gonna go for it " and as such I pulled the driver out the bag.

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I nailed it , I mean really nailed it :thumbsup: to a deafening chorus behind me as the ball came to rest on the front of the green 15ft from the pin.

Chaos then ensued as all the silly buggers rushed me on the tee for high fives and hugs :eek:, I believe some of them may of had a tipple or two before teeing off :laugh:.

Unfortunately I missed the putt for the eagle :( but was an easy birdie :smashin:.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Just got to add that my mate shot 87 round Riegate Hill of a 25 hcp, that's a bloody 61 :eek:. He had three sevens in that round as well .
 

leo79

Well-known Member
Had a round at Riegate Hill GC this morning . Arrived at the tenth tee to find four groups waiting to tee off as they had put a society off the 1st n 10th tees. Luckily they had been informed to let our group tee off before them, no pressure then :D.

All my group took irons off the tee because the slope on the fairway the bunkers gobble up an errant drive and at 311 yards is the smart play . They were a rowdy lot with " ain't any of you gonna go for it " and as such I pulled the driver out the bag.

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I nailed it , I mean really nailed it :thumbsup: to a deafening chorus behind me as the ball came to rest on the front of the green 15ft from the pin.

Chaos then ensued as all the silly buggers rushed me on the tee for high fives and hugs :eek:, I believe some of them may of had a tipple or two before teeing off :laugh:.

Unfortunately I missed the putt for the eagle :( but was an easy birdie :smashin:.
I would have scuffed it and got as far as the red tee.
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
I had a similar one yesterday. Playing on my own and got to the par 3 9th which is right by our clubhouse. Our club championships had finished earlier and there was probably 30 people about watching. I'm not good with an audience as it is, but nailed my 7 iron onto the green to about 4 foot from the pin. :clap:
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
I would have scuffed it and got as far as the red tee.
Yup I hate a crowd looking on , lucky we had already played the front nine and was driving the ball ok . Off the first is a different matter. There is always that thought though , don't fudge it up .
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Now here is the flip side of hitting a stonker of a drive as I did at the par 5 ,14th on the same course . At 504 yards from an elevated tee you can get it out there with a good drive and I did just that leaving 201 yards to the middle of the green.
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I could of taken a gap wedge to the right and another onto the green , easy par or maybe birdie .

Nope, with not so gentle persuasion from my mates i took out my stronger of the two four hybrids and went for the green.

Chunked it into the lake then chunked the drop gap wedge into the lake and turned an easy 5 or 4 into a hard earned 8.

Why we keep coming back innit .
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Played some great golf this morning with a 79 including a level par 36 on the back nine with three birdies and an :clap:Eagle :clap:on the 466 yard par five fourteenth . A 343 yard drive that took a huge bounce off the back of the fairway bunker and A wedge from 123 yards to two foot from the pin.

My first eagle since I started playing again :D. And the first time I have ever shot level par on nine holes.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Major renovations still taking place at our course , clubhouse is going to be great with the bar areas overlooking the 18th .

New PGA pro and new pro shop is open , all new driving range with three levels of artificial grass to play off. New pro has a bay for lessons and club fitting, the old pro shop was not well stocked ( Lynx Black Cat ) and the pro was not interested in stocking it. Ping specialist fitting , ah bugger my wallet :D.
 

tommitch

Well-known Member
Played at a local course that I've never played before on saturday, hit a beautiful 115 :D, lost a ball on nearly every hole but was a laugh really, actually enjoyed just playing and not worried about the score so much :smashin:
 

raduv1

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Our coarse had its club championship over the weekend , unfortunately work prevented myself from taking part . They have though once again upgraded the coarse . All new cups for the greens and new hole cutter , and a new traffic light system for flag placement on the greens . Front pin = red flag, middle pin= yellow flag, back pin = white flag .

Stiffed a couple today , PW on the first to 3 foot for a birdie and a rather poorly hit seven iron on the 11th to two foot for a birdie .

My mates giving me grief for the latter as I hit it a lil fat and never got the ball above 30ft . It hit the fairway at least 30 yards short of the green and somehow managed to roll all the way back to the top tier of the green.
 

raduv1

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Golf Online are doing deals on golf balls on bulk buy . Just ordered three 12 ball packs of the Matt green Callaway 2019 Supersofts for £56 ish with free shipping . The Matt finish makes them easy to spot on those early morning days with dew on the grass n full sun :smashin:.
 

raduv1

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Our new golf pro has orgernised midweek comps on Wednesdays so we have actually been taking part . Good call as tee times are hard to get . Played three so far two medals and a stableford. Level par on first medal , two over on second and 35pts on the stableford so playing pretty close to my HCP. My playing partner though is having a rough time as was +14 On the last medal , he hates having to mark his score on a card as I usually do all of that and it gets to him.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
The wife ( bless her) got me a new pair of golf shoes for our wedding anniversary :smashin:, I will soon rival her in how many shoes one can fit into a wardrobe :D.
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And I may go green tomorrow morning on our 7am tee time .
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See how my driving is tomorrow as I had the driver regripped with a midsize Golf Pride MCC plus 4 align . Just a lil experiment to see if a midsize will reduce the pull hooks .
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
I've played 43 rounds of golf at our course alone this year :eek: and I expect a minimum 15 at others in the region with network card and winter deals . Don't tell the wife :censored:.
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
These Callaway Supersofts Matt green balls are a bit of a revelation for me . Very easy to spot on early morning dew fairways with low full sun . What's even more impressive is they don't Mark up , or the Matt finish hides marks somewhat . Played 18 holes with the same ball this morning and it's like new .
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
Placed 5th in last weeks medal with net 73 , not bad .
 

sneakyweeone

Active Member
Placed 5th in last weeks medal with net 73 , not bad .
The way your playing a cut must be on the cards soon:) its great when your playing well enjoy it while it lasts.
Myself I'm struggling this summer with regular rounds in the early 100s. Struggling a bit off the tee, irons not bad but putting woeful. Thinking about a lesson to get myself back on track but its finding the time!
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
The way your playing a cut must be on the cards soon:) its great when your playing well enjoy it while it lasts.
Myself I'm struggling this summer with regular rounds in the early 100s. Struggling a bit off the tee, irons not bad but putting woeful. Thinking about a lesson to get myself back on track but its finding the time!
Yeah not playing to bad , finished third in the midweek stableford with 35 points , 14 on the front and 21 on the back . Still sitting on 16.5 hcp wise .
 

raduv1

Distinguished Member
I am considering changing my irons next season. I like my Rogue X and short irons i get a fair distance with great dispersion . I'm thinking about swapping out my 5, 6 and seven irons for the Cobra one length F9 irons as should be easier to hit being seven iron length. Lofts on mine are so low that it does not inspire confidence. Not to sure on the gapping though .

A mixed set of irons , good idea ?
 

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