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  1. awww poor guy... he looks like "hey yo human - either get that other furry thing outta there or go get me a *new* bed!"
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    Bubba (on left) comes for a visit. Yes - this was after a *LOT* of running around in back .. the third guy is laying down somewhere else...
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    Happy puppies on a sunny, warm February (?!!?) day
  4. We had a string of very unseasonably mild days here in NY - 50s, clear and mostly calm. Got out Saturday for 9, family brunch Sunday and then went back to the same 9 on Monday. But here's where it gets (kinda) interesting: ..on the same course, the same golf dude, with the same set of clubs, same golf balls, etc. (You can see where this is going!) ..Saturday the tee shots were all over the place and the wedge game was just non-existent (at least putting was mostly ok); lotta mistakes and poor shots and ended up +17 for 9 (Par 36)..... ..but then... ..Monday all tee shots were in the fairway or close and playable; short game wasn't spot-on but was good and although not all shots were good ones they were all moving in the right direction - even the two grounders in a row on an uphill Par 4 still left me in a good spot to get to the green. Approaches were mostly short, one or two were long so distance control of course needs more practice; lag putting was pretty good and left me close several times; but I think the real key was I didn't make two mistakes in a row! The highlights... 4 Pars (yea) 4 Bogeys (including #7 where I habitually f*** up) 1 Double (topped second shot on a Par 5 and then added a 3-putt where I pushed the 3-footer for bogey...) And what I'm really happy with is... * an up & down out of a footprint in a deep greenside bunker on an uphill Par 3 after I pulled the tee shot left and watched the ball hang for a second on the crest of the slope but as it rolled it caught the slope and went down down down. Also finished with the same ball I started with! So finished +6 on a Par 36 which is a new "PB" .. whoo-hoo! (I made one 42 last Summer but that was on a Par 35) --- Here's the view looking back from the #1 green towards LI Sound...
  5. We had an unusually calm, clear, sunny and warm(-ish .. 50*) day here (in NY) yesterday .. so I went out in the morning for a long paddle (SUP). Got back home and my wife was done with her "homework" .. marking report cards .. and we decided to go out and take advantage of the beautiful day and golf. Being a holiday week, we opted for one of the Par 3s a short drive away. The wind had picked up a little bit but it was only a minor factor when hitting straight into it; the bigger problem was the low angle of the afternoon winter sun and the glare. Being winter and all (and having already exercised my back and arms!) decided to go with just wedges, putter and an 8i. Hit the ball fairly decently ... excepting, of course!, for the few times I did not... Those times yielded me a double, a triple and a (gulp) quad. Man, gotta get those kinda holes under better control..... I also needed two tries (dammm) to get out of each of the two bunkers I dropped into, and splashed twice .. on the same two holes I often do... But on the bright side I made a few pars, a few "easy" bogeys where my par putt grazed the edge of the cup and even one birdie! That was on an uphill hole, plays about 130 (with elevation), with trees overhanging left blocking the line to the blind green, a deep bunker in front, and also trees right. There is a bailout area to the right of the green. Hit the 8i just soldily enough to carry to the front edge and bounce onto the green. Got up there to find I had a not too-long (8-10ft?) not too hard-breaking putt .. and nailed it (yea!).
  6. Kind of feel similarly. Probably they're working on it, as they include user feedback into their development queue; it would also be nice to see some software-related improvements .. eg. they mentioned they improved the GPS accuracy (a complaint of mine) and also better data visualization / presentation, as discussed in the V2 review thread. But ultimately my own biggest gains will continue to come from improving my swing, and on-course confidence, and strengthening my course management.
  7. Good info, thanks! I first heard of the WHOOP on The GC, actually, on a segment with Scott Stallings .. who swears by it as a big help in his own physical makeover. For me, though, while a good feature is the sleep monitoring I'm not into adding yet another monthly subscription to my personal overhead; I'd look around for another sleep-dedicated device.
  8. If you can, try to get someone to capture video of you making swings and mark each one with where you thought your "feel" was .. when you review it can help you correlate the "feel vs real". I've been taking a series of lessons where they always video you; at first I didn't even wanna watch it (ughleeeee!) but now I'm understanding the insights and visual reinforcements the vid clips can give you.
  9. I think this is key -- what was _your_ proximity to _your_ target (on any and all shots)? (me: I'm rarely going at pins; more often to the center of the green) As a part of my post-shot routine, I try (!!) to objectively evaluate things like... - Did I hit it solidly? - Did I hit the kind of shot I'd intended? - Did I get it within .. roughly .. 10-20% of my intended target? The way I look at "scoring" my shots are... - within 10% means you hit a 90% successful shot = an "A" grade - within 20% means you hit an 80-something% successful shot = a respectable (and playable) "B" grade - etc. Then I try to evaluate what I did do well and what still needs more work (which a lot of times is related to focus and concentration).
  10. Hmmm... not Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again"... There must be so many great golf course options along the way b/w WA and SoCal .. how ya gonna choose?!?
  11. Heat first, then cold. Don't know if you're into it or if there is any near you, but accupuncture has been a big help for me.
  12. OK, just an FYI update... Our (Kenny's and mine) dates are set - we'll be there starting Thursday 4/02 and then leaving the following Wednesday morning 4/08.
  13. This is all really GREAT stuff! And, in fact, echoes very closely several of the key points I .. was supposed to have .. learned at a mental game clinic I attended about a year ago. Hope the kids are absorbing it all!!
  14. I have to get myself to do more of that "reset" process, vs rushing ahead not fully prepared and committed to the current shot.
  15. Same here! How can you pass up that deal?? I've played them before and liked them. This time I went for the white, tho, not the matte green; tho a cool color, the hi vis does not always stand out plus the matte seems to trap more dirt and moisture vs "shiny" finishes.
  16. ..was gonna say something very similar.............. ..oh, hmmmm ... so I'm not the only one who does that??!!?? (and yeah that's the the mistake that still "gets me" when I do it........)
  17. Thx! I'm so ready .. each Winter, as in another year older, the cold just seems colder....
  18. Yeah, thx, have seen several very positive comments about his clinics .. really looking forward to it! I'll have my phone on video recording when I mention "Rob" - so I can catch his reaction...
  19. Starting this thread now .. which I'll be adding to later on .. about an upcoming meet-up with @Kenny B .. with whom I've been exchanging PMs and posts for a few years now, but have not yet had the opportunity to get together with IRL. Well, it's finally going to happen - over the first weekend in April - and centered around a Monte Scheinblum clinic. Which is why I wanted to start this now -- there were 6 spots only in this clinic, of which 3 are now taken by myself, Kenny and his wife Martha. SO.......... * If any other MGSers are in the SoCal area, or really anywhere, and want to come join us and help take over the clinic .. it's... -- Saturday, April 4th thru Sunday or Monday .. depending on whether you sign up for a 2-day or 3-day clinic -- third day Monday is on-course playing lesson -- cost is $200/day (9a-4p) + a small facility fee -- location is Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine -- info and sign-up at.. -- https://rebelliongolf.com/clinics/ Oh, PS: I'm most likely arriving at least one day, maybe two, before the clinic and staying over at least one more day, too - ie. more potential spy-golf-beer-time.
  20. That's a James Sieckmann technique I was shown at a clinic last year -- ball back, weight forward, shaft lean and just let the clubhead drop down onto the back of the ball.
  21. First and most importantly: I cannot take credit for the words quoted below -- they were posted in the "How'd You Play?" thread by the exceedingly articulate and sage @chisag (and re-posted in here with his permission ). The mental game of golf is something that not only intrigues me, but is something I'm trying to learn more about and incorporate into my own play; his words just seemed to me to really encapsulate and highlight the essentials of what I'm working towards. OK, so... Chisag was responding to a comment from @CarlH that started with... "We had an assistant pro at the Yellowstone CC that used to play on the LPGA tour. I was struggling to break 80 on the course and asked her what I could do to break that barrier. Her reply was pretty simple --- what are you thinking about on hole 15?" ___________________________ "... Changing your behavior is a learned skill. I was lucky because at an early age I played Qb and when I threw an interception I could let it fester or forget it and move on. Festering was counter productive and it did not take me long to learn that, so when I threw a pick I learned from it and moved on. Next possession it was already forgotten and I was concentrating on the play that was just called. Nothing else. Same thing for acting and auditions. Once I finished an audition, I let it go completely because it was out of my control. The more I did it, the easier it got until quite often the next day another actor would ask if I had an audition yesterday and I would reply yes, but don't remember what it was because my mind was on the audition I was about to have right now. "... Golf is exactly the same. As much of a cliche as it sounds, you can only play one stroke at a time and that stroke is the only one that matters. When you do that, thinking you need 5 more pars to break 80 will not be an option because if you are only concentrating in the shot you have right now, you will have no idea what you need to break par. The only time I am aware of my score is when I have all pars because that is hard to ignore, but once I have a bogie, birdie or eagle I lose lost track because I'm only thinking about the shot I am about to have. Nothing else is important. Same thing for hitting a ball in the water and thinking "I need to hit a couple of great shot to save bogie". If you hit it in the water, take your drop and only concentrate on what is the best shot to attempt right now. This will improve your focus and your execution. "... Facing a long putt, entertaining the thought that this is a 3 putt just waiting too happen is the same thing. That's 2 more shots ahead of the shot you are playing. Look at the putt and only focus on your speed and line and hit the very best putt you can. The rest will take care of itself. By thinking positive about the only shot you have control over, you give yourself your best chance of making it a good one. And repeating myself, but the same thing happens if that first putt rolls 6 feet past or comes up 6 feet short. Forget the putt you just made and only concentrate on making the putt you are now facing. By now I hope you can see every single shot is a singular challenge and as a competitor you want to embrace every challenge with your best effort. "... I know some of you are thinking this is pretty much impossible, especially after playing many years, but it really isn't. If you are serious about breaking 100, 90, 80 or 70 play golf and only focus on the shot you have to make right now. I think you might be surprised at your score when the round is over. It is also much more fun and relaxing to hit your the shot to the best of your ability giving it your best effort, then shift your focus to your partners or enjoy your surroundings and only get back to the golf when preparing for your next shot. Remember, this is a learned behavior so if thoughts creep in about future holes or what's needed to break 80, just recognize it and then keep doing the best you can with concentrating on one shot only and you will get better and better at it!" (^ Post #11835 on Page #592 of "How'd You Play?") _____________________________________________
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