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  1. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/your-putting-stroke-frank-thomas I think the above article helps explain why some golfers perceive having a SBST swing, when actually, there has to be some arch to the swing.
  2. Develop feel for the club head. Do back and forth (non-stop) practice swings concentrating on the club head. They don't have to be full swings, 9:00 to 3:00 swings work fine. Start with the club square, then turn it in so it is closed, then open it. Each should feel different. Do with your eyes closed to really feel the difference. It shouldn't take too long to be able to feel when you are swinging with the club head closed. Malaska recommends this as a warm up drill for players of all levels.
  3. I got her a set of 4 espresso cups and saucers. Exciting! Right? Back story: About 30 years ago we bought Cafe Richard espresso cups on a trip to Paris. She loved the cups. Over the years we managed to break all of them. The company changed the design of the cups a few years after we got ours and the original design was discontinued so I wasn't able to replace them. My wife did not like the new design. We've looked for replacements every time we've been to Paris. They must have come out with new ones in the original design in the last year and a half. I found them on-line. I don't think she knows the original design is now available.
  4. I"m happy today because I found a great gift for my wife for Christmas. We're at the point in our lives where we don't need anymore "stuff." My wife likes one gift under the tree, but it's always a challenge to come up with something special for her. I think If found the gift for this year.
  5. The state of Iowa is in morning tonight: legendary Coach Haden Fry died today at the age of 90. I was a junior at Iowa when he came to the university. We'd had 17 straight loosing seasons. Three years later, we were in the Rose Bowl. Perhaps his biggest contribution to the game was his coaching tree. Not bad for a boy from Odessa Texas transplanted to the corn fields of Iowa. I think I'll raise a glass to his memory.
  6. When my kids were little, I would wait for the first big snowfall of the winter and drive them out into a small wood on our farm. I would read them "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Today I got a text from my 35 year old daughter. She said it was the first big snow at her house in Canada. She asked if I would make a tape of the poem and text it to her. I got the tape made and sent before choking up.
  7. Bandon, especially with the opening of the new course this year. Nebraska golf: Sand Hills, Prairie Club, Iron Horse. Sand Valley.
  8. It's December in Iowa. I played 18 last Wednesday and 18 on Thursday. Stayed inside on Friday because of the weather. Went deer hunting on Saturday, hit some balls on Sunday, and shoveled snow today. Done for the year?
  9. I play with a fairly relaxed group of guys. We will text in the morning to set up a game for the afternoon. If one of the golfers has a conflict, it's not uncommon for them to say "Go ahead and tee off at 2:00, I'll join when I can," or " I have a meeting at 4:30, so I may have to take off early." We can get very serious about our golf, but the main reason we play is for the camaraderie. It's better to play 14 holes than none.
  10. I recommend two books for you to read and study. Note, they are not your typical, technique oriented golf books. First, The Lost Art of Playing Golf. If you take it to heart, it will change the way your approach the game and practice. No more worrying about keeping your left wrist flat, are your pronating or not, etc., but focusing your attention on actually playing better. It also has a section on practice and keeping track of your results. I would recommend this book to golfers at any level. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Art-Playing-Golf-ebook/dp/B07WF8K43B/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=CjwKCAiA5o3vBRBUEiwA9PVzat3lfbczLg20x8B0arBmbFzytiPwnhzEigS156JmHz3QRup2vZtvihoC-UYQAvD_BwE&hvadid=394318228996&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9017776&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=7612051476004675907&hvtargid=aud-840076997981%3Akwd-828733160059&hydadcr=7465_9611852&keywords=the+lost+art+of+playing+golf&qid=1575223693&sr=8-1 Second, GLT Golf Practice--How to Practice Golf and Take Your Range Game to the Course. The book has a good, if somewhat simplified, overview of different types of practice and how each works best for what you are working on. It then has a series of games/drills to work on for game improvement and to track your results.. It has suggestions on how to do the games based on your current level, beginner, intermediate or advanced. It also has suggestions on how to incorporate the drills into circuits (where you move from one drill to the next to the next and then repeat) so as to maximize learning and skill retention. https://www.gltgolfstore.com/p/golf-books/glt-gp001.html The book is a bit expensive, but it was worth it to me. Much of the same information is available on the GLT (Game Like Training) Youtube channel. Personally I like the book as it goes into more depth and provides a better overall framework. Go to their Youtube channel and under "playlists", you can find their golf practice circuits.
  11. Guinness is good for you! https://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/guinness-healthier-your-light-beer
  12. "Atomic Habits," by James Clear. Subtitled "Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results," and "An easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad ones." I first became aware of the book "Atomic Habits" through golf websites. It was recommended by a several instructors/writers because of it's application to improvement in golf. (Google "atomic habits golf" to find the different articles.) I then started seeing references to the book on weight loss sites and fitness sites. (Google "atomic habits weight loss", "atomic habits diet", and "atomic habits fitness.") I finally downloaded and read the book. I highly recommend it. It is not a golf book, or diet book or fitness guide. It looks at habits--those things we do during the day without really thinking about them. It helped me recognize all sorts of things I was doing out of habit, what triggered the habitual response and best of all, how to change the bad habit into good. Small changes, but changes that lead to big changes. I recommend the book, for golf and for weight loss.
  13. Agreed. St. Andrews is a wonderful town. Lots of golf in the town or nearby. A great way to do a first trip.
  14. Looks like we were typing at the same time, Dave.
  15. I have done multiple trips to Ireland and Scotland. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The courses in Ireland tend to be more dramatic--bigger dunes, more separation of holes, more elevation changes. But, the courses are pretty spread out. You will spend a lot of time in a car in Ireland and frequently change hotels. (Again, these are generalizations.) The courses in Scotland tend to be flatter, but are no less of a test of golf. But, the courses are grouped together, so much less travel is involved. You can stay in the same hotel for days and only have short drives to multiple courses. Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry in one hotel, the Old, New, Jubilee and Kingsbarn from one hotel. North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield. Both are great trips. My favorite courses are about evenly split between the two, with the nod to Ireland, particularly Northern Ireland. But if you want to relax more and travel less between rounds, then I would recommend going to Scotland first.
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