Monthly Archives: July 2022

Even When Not Perfect – You Can Be Pretty Good (Two 5 Irons @ TXG The Same Distance)

I’ve been looking through my removed posts and found the one I had on my 5 irons at the TXG facility back in 2018, when I was just getting numbers for my clubs.

Now, you all know I’m not happy with how I swung the club back in 2018, because of two things specifically, the left-dominant setup/action and my grip.

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Take A Look At My Balance & Setup In 2018

Note: This is a blog post I may have posted back on March 2nd of 2021, but for some reason I don’t remember it, and ran across it in my Drafts Folder.

What I want to show in the face-on video how my balance and weighting were much better than of recent sessions – it’s possible the 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic affected my feel for the setup, but I’m working on it at present for the next session.

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Take A Look At My Balance & Pivot From 2018

Note: This is a blog post I may have posted back on March 2nd of 2021, but for some reason I don’t remember it, and ran across it in my Drafts Folder.

What I want to show in the face-on video how my balance and weighting were much better than of recent sessions – it’s possible the 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic affected my feel for the setup, but I’m working on it at present for the next session.

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How Important Is The Setup In The Swing?

The issue of balance and weighting at address is a fundamental one, as I’ve said before the only contact we have with the ground is with our feet during a normal swing, so how we stand over the ball is as critical as… the grip.

There was a time when I didn’t actually swing left-dominant with my golf swing – that was something that happened, as I’ve alluded to before, when I was foolish enough to listen to Moe Norman talk about how he swung with his left arm, back when I began my golf swing research in the spring of 2005.

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The Picture Clears – It’s The Setup Balance

Just to show you how pernicious the effects of dropping one’s guard on the setup (most have already said, “one careless swing ruined my round,” but was it the swing or the setup before the swing?), I believe I’ve found my bugaboo of the last five years.

Well, of course, the final bugaboo, because I’ve had to change my grip (’19) and finally late in ’21 figured out I was swinging with the wrong side dominant – the last bugaboo in my personal swing modeling is what I was doing wrong with my setup balance.

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Down & Through, That Is The Purpose

Game versus Sport, the eternal balancing act of golf, dictates that even mechanically-iffy swings can be successful given good impact conditions and an overall great short game.

But there is a reason you don’t see anyone anywhere swinging like Moe Norman, the man who could hit the ball practically dead straight – and we’re talking so little side-spin that the first time Moe was ever analyzed on a launch monitor, it was thought to be malfunctioning.

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Remember “Swinging A Stick?” Well, That’s My Visual Again

The old-timers here at WAX Golf will remember the video I made back in 2013 where I compared the visual and action of a proper golf swing as merely “swinging a stick.”

Now that I’ve settled the grip question in my mind and have got back to the proper bias and setup position, that familiar visual and feeling have returned.

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I May Just Be An Idiot (Probably) – On The Swing Model

I’ve made mention this week that, having investigated the grip issue extensively for two weeks, the notion of a super-weak grip for the MCS Classic Golf Swing model was more than likely a red herring.

I also said that there was an issue in the setup that kept coming up and which I kept discarding, and wouldn’t you know that it wasn’t that issue, either?

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Conclusion – The Weak Grip Was A Dead End

I reached this conclusion when I realized that the four gentlemen in this small study group of mine (only the four best players of all time) all had idiosyncratic moves that may have been caused or at least influenced by the weak grip.

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Paddy Harrington’s Impressive (And Frightening) Move

This swing apparently produced a 367 yard drive, but a grain of salt warning, it was on a Scottish links course (the King’s Course at Gleneagles in Scotland) and we know how the ball runs half the distance of the total drive (joking, but close) … but anyway…

Padraig Harrington is the swinger in question here, and by the PGA Champions Tour caption, they apparently think his footwork is to be admired (we know they wouldn’t insult a player in their feature Tweets, so we have to assume a positive tone here).

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