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About artful_golfer

  • Birthday January 29

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    South Texas
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    I love my family and love to be with them. Anything art related like drawing, painting, pottery, etc. and trolling others artwork at galleries. Outdoor activities - hiking, jogging, the beach (used to be a surfer girl and still have my own blue surfboard) and of course playing different golf courses. Music festivals and live concerts. Reading a good page turner on my iPad.
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  1. I have some yummy suggestions for you to consider adding to your diet transitions. Vegan or meat is fine but . . . 1. Eat as organic as you can. Yes it can cost a little more but what all of those chemicals and pesticides do to your body is not worth any amount of savings. If you are a meat eater that means grass fed and free range without any antibiotics. 2. Drop white rice, white bread, white potatoes and white pasta. Instead choose whole grain brown or wild rice, hearty whole grain breads with seeds, sweet potatoes, oat or almond flours, and lentil, chickpea or spinach pasta. 3. Drop all processed foods (yes, all of them). You don't want the chemicals and preservatives plus you lose too many nutrients with processed foods. Eats lots of fresh fruits and veges. Choose to make your own snacks or reach for nuts and seeds, dried or fresh cut up fruit or veges, and cheese sticks. My golf course snack pack is now a small bag of carrot sticks, apple wedges and individually wrapped cheese stick. 4. No added sugar. Examples: Choose olive oil and balsamic vinegar (fig balsamic and lemon olive oil is extra delicious) for your salad instead of processed, sugar added dressing. Choose to create your own wholesome trail mix instead of processed granola bars. Water and black tea instead of any kind of soda or sugar laced drinks. If you absolutely must have something sweet - try adding a little bit of Stevia. 5. Be gluten free. It's not that hard. 6. Drop inflammatory oils (corn, vegetable, canola, etc.) Choose Olive, avocado, coconut and occasionally peanut oils. This focuses on an anti-inflammatory diet instead of just vegan. We must have a balance of protein and good carbs in every meal or snack. I promise you will lose weight and your joints and indigestion free gut will thank you. Even my sinuses are no longer sore and swollen from allergies. You'll also be surprised what happens with your sugar and A1C levels.
  2. I quickly got accustomed to walking around the green and so now it's habit and not a problem. I haven't tried the X option but I will now.
  3. What a cool string of trick shots. Everything must be aligned perfectly for these Purrfect PuttOUT putts. Simply awesomeness!
  4. That's ok, we know you're still our PuttOUT king.
  5. I'm a better putter than chipper but here goes . . .
  6. Nice idea but I also would worry about wearing a spot or hole in the mat. I practice chip shots indoors on another mat (actually a runner rug) with masking tape on the area where my club will hit. After about 3 years of using it - still works without any holes.
  7. 1. The instructions state use the vertical markings to work on length of back and through stroke. I think that even with a forward press stroke you should be able to use the lines by paying attention to the top of the lines instead of of the line is at the same angle as your shaft. I tried using the plane and the lines for a short time but I don't have a lot of trouble with length of my back stroke. I would rather use a setup with only the alignment sticks. I can tell how the plane and vertical lines would be helpful to someone who needs to work on length of stroke. 2. The only instructions I find on what distance to place a gate is on "Drill - Starting Line. Set the Gate 1-2 feet away from the ball. Work on delivering a square putter face to roll the ball through the gate." I think using a gate (or gates in a line on an actual putting green would be helpful but I haven't tried it. 3. The best distance control aid for me is using the Pressure Putt Trainer cup. If you hit it so that your ball rolls back to you, then you would have made that putt. A "perfect" putt will stick in the micro-target "cup". Your pace and distance must be perfect for that to happen. The attempt in doing that is addicting. I like to attempt 30-50 putts keeping a score of how many are perfect putts. After each round of putts I move to a longer putt setup and start over with my count. I continue until my back hurts too much to continue, which has increased to approx 250 putts in one practice time. Another practice option I use is to leave the Pressure Putt Trainer at the 10 ft. mark, then starting with 1 foot distance, attempt one putt, then randomly move to another mark (like 3, 6 or 10) and attempt another putt. If your distance is off, you must go retrieve your ball instead of it rolling back toward you. 4. The mirror was not included in our testing package. But I would have loved to try it. Other: I find the most difficult drills is trying to make my ball stop inside one of the circles on the mat. It doesn't translate to actual putting on a green, because I try to hit my putts a little firmer than barely rolling in a hole, but this drill definitely helps with feel and distance (on this mat).
  8. "nasty 2-4' putts" - those are the worst! I would much rather face a 15' than a 3'.
  9. Actually I think you are right on target. I’ve done a lot of research into and presented on learning styles. Learning styles affect all of our choices in everything we do. There may not be specific research into learning styles and alignment sticks but I feel sure there are research results that can be applied here. Receiving information in our specific learning styles (no matter the subject) always increases ease of learning and retention. I agree PuttOUT seems to have enough of an assortment in their putting trainer system to fit several learning styles.
  10. I don't like hitting through the gate because it clutters my visual focus and confuses my feel for distance on the target. I figure if I hit the cup on the Putting Trainer then it would have gone through the gate.
  11. Yes! When I clicked to go to a different page, I went to that page instead of the review tab. Yea, thanks! But in one of my posts today, the "like" reaction button is missing. Maybe it will show up later?
  12. Oops, I apologize everyone! When you turn both gate feet with the larger part of the feet inside the gate it does not leave enough space for the golf ball to pass between the feet. But it does work to turn the feet around for the second example I gave above. Below are example photos from setup and drill instructions on the packaging of the Alignment Plane Stick Set. You can see how the gate feet are positioned with the larger part on the outside of the gate. In this video you can see how I turn the outside gate foot around so that my golf ball can pass the foot without any trouble. The idea is to lean the shaft of your putter against the alignment stick to provide instant feedback on keeping everything in your a stroke aligned. This putt was almost 3 feet (space between each tick mark on the mat measures 1 ft). This is how I practice with the alignment sticks. I like it better than trying to use the putting plane setup.
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