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  1. Looking forward to a detailed update, congrats on the great progress this season! How much of the gains would you attribute to ball striking improvements from the PlaneMate on full swings vs chipping/short game?
  2. I'm very interested to see how this progresses and would be all over it if I wasn't on vacation while in between houses for the month of August. Would really like to see if there are any drops in scoring that happen or unintended consequences of swinging with no ball or feedback.
  3. The radar should allow you to monitor and experiment to see if certain swing thoughts help you with speed (loose grip, bigger turn, etc). These could be valuable keys to incorporate into your on course swing to see immediate gains. Another benefit will be seeing if your speed is dropping and assessing possible causes - did you just lift weights or play 18 holes, are you hungover after sleeping 4 hours the night before... My back is stiff today, it takes me an extra 5-10 swings to get loose and up to speed. Also, are you seeing your speed drop over the course of the protocol which could indicate too high of reps or training to frequently. Some independent sources are putting out information that you can get the majority of the benefit from SuperSpeed in a fraction of the reps and only use it 1-2X per week.
  4. Look for "mesh cargo net" from your local auto parts supply store. Usually will come with reinforced grommets for tie downs to fasten it to whatever frame you want to use and come in a variety of sizes. I used 1-1/2" plastic plumbing pipe for my frame. In the future I will look for a place to hang the net with a rope and a pulley so I can lift and drop it as needed and there is no frame to deal with. The frame was double the cost of the net, so hanging with a rope and pulley or hooks will greatly reduce your overall cost in addition to being easier to handle.
  5. Just get a steel ruler from the hardware store for $5 and save chasing and resetting the marbles after every miss.
  6. Admittedly, I do not know all of the features of the ExPutt. But, I don't think indoor practice will help much with lag putting other than face angle control and working on a consistent contact point on the putter face. I putt 25' down the hallway carpet (probably plays around 40'+ due to the speed) to various targets and practice the ladder drill, but the golf ball launches different on carpet versus grass. The impact of grain, uphill/downhill, and break on long putts requires practice and calibration on the green. Not to mention visually seeing the putt versus rolling the ball straight towards a monitor a few feet in front of you. A virtual ladder drill should help distance control, but again, limited application to the real world. Best use of indoor time at home is start line - both face angle and aim.
  7. You need to figure out the issue(s) causing her to top the ball. She could be swaying away from the ball on the backswing and not shifting weight back towards target, failing to maintain spine angle, ball position issues, could benefit from longer clubs if above average height. A simple exercise would be to follow the Adam Young school of thought and change her intention. Have her focus on a single dimple or marking on the lower half of the ball at address and try to hit the bottom portion of the ball.
  8. SuperStroke Flatso is another option with a large flat surface. I agree with the comments above about the over size or diameter of the grip doing more to quiet the wrists than the specific profile.
  9. I changed the watch over to "manual" mode to collect putts and no longer use a putter tag. Helps accuracy and eliminates errors when I am tapping down pitch marks on the green.
  10. What was the length of the 1st putt on the greens you 3 putted for the 77? Even pros have 3 putts, it is not a realistic goal that they will never occur. Once you are 50-60' away from the hole, 3 putt% starts getting pretty high.
  11. SAM Puttlab would give you recommendations faster, but it's not necessary. I average between 70-80% @ 0.5 deg error, you won't consistently be hitting 10/10. 0.5 deg of face control is associated with the skill level of professional players based on averages I read online. Throughout COVID isolation and up to this point I have only successfully got 10 in a row about 40 times (high score 25 in a row) and I try this multiple times on a lot of days. A big thing I found was my backstroke was too long, leading to deceleration, a slower stroke, and more time to manipulate the putter. I use a count "1, 2" or key words (similar to the metronome comments above) to help maintain consistent timing. This noticeably increased my success rate, as well as some grip tweaks - I had a predominate pull miss caused by too much right hand rotation. Experiment with ball position, move the ball to the big toe on front foot and then center of your stance. See if this gives you a one-sided miss and work from those extremes toward ideal ball position. Tempo and stroke length is more likely the issue with what you describe.
  12. Good way to practice hitting the ball on the face of the club instead of the crown or thinning it I guess. I did notice the groove, hasn't caused any problem with Bridgestone Tour B's and I have hit a few on the top edge from teeing up very high and trying to max out distance. Had a Tour B XS last approx 36 holes before it was lost which included a couple tree strikes. I do wish I waited another year and got the Speedzone, but I haven't tested it to see if it actually performance better on mishits. I don't notice the face destroys balls faster than I lose them at an average of 1-2 per round.
  13. Applying SG (from pro data) to your game as scratch or better makes sense, it bakes in some assumptions - namely that you already are a strong putter, ball striker, and short game player. On the flip side, if you only have 1 hour/week to practice or your "practice" is playing on the course you are going to be hard pressed to have a dynamite approach game. You can "save" more shots around the green than someone hitting 10+ greens simply because you have more opportunities to get up and down if you hit 4 greens than the guy who hits 15 greens. This is getting a bit off topic from improving putting, I was hesitant to mention better chipping so you have shorter putts as the same applies to irons and wedges from 100+ out, you always want to hit the ball closer. I agree with you on Strokes Gained, where my view differs is handicap golfers (OP is a 16) often have room to improve putting and short game which can be learnt and maintained easier and in less time than the skills required to consistently hit 10+ GIR per round. The average weekend player could probably increase their make rates by 10% or more from most distances if they average over 32 putts per round or 3-putt more than twice, a PGA (or scratch) player doesn't have that room to improve, so getting your drives up to 350 like Bryson is where your biggest gains are . Improving putting can be done at any time of year at home with minimal equipment. You can't reduce your approach proximity with a 7 iron at home unless you have a hitting bay and monitor or maybe one of those TourStriker Planemates everyone is raving about. Keeping your full swing sharp requires a lot more time and equipment than your putting and chipping stroke because it is a more difficult movement and skill. Adding 10 mph club head speed will probably net you more strokes gained than any amount of putting practice and technically you would never have to touch a club or go to the course. If you don't have some kind of target for putts/GIR, putts/round, 3-putt %, or make rates; you can't track whether your putting has room for improvement or not. Putts/round is flawed just like fairways hit, but it's better than nothing. I think we can also agree if you hit 0 fairways or had 40 putts, you have room to improve no matter how many GIR you hit.
  14. Fair enough and we are in agreement with that point on the value of putts per round. When you used 40 putts as the example I was a bit confused. As you could hit 18 GIR and still be giving up 5 strokes at 40 putts/round. That is why I mentioned a rough number unless you hit 10+ GIR, then 35/36 is reasonable. So shooting for 32 putts/round is an easy number instead of something like: Target putts/round = (GIR x 2) + (18 - GIR) x 1.5
  15. If nothing else, AimPoint has been a huge help on putts 6' and less. The read is very simple and gives you a confidence boost that you are picking the right target. There is minimal stress over those testy 4-6 footers. The new simplified read on double breakers is awesome as well.
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