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  1. Thanks guys, I'll try to get some video tomorrow at the range.
  2. I posted in my league post about looking for help with shallowing out my swing but figured it would probably get more traction in here. I've been digging into the ground way too much on my iron shots. I'm actually making solid contact with the ball most of the time, but there's weak follow through due to the amount of ground I'm chunking up after. If anybody has any tips/drills/ideas that may help I'm all ears. I'm planning on hitting the driving range this weekend ahead of our championship round next Tuesday.
  3. Been trying to talk my wife into playing, but I don't know if I'll ever see that day come. She has on occasion come along to "Ride and Wine"
  4. Tuesday was a much better ball striking day, though I still struggled more than I would like. With the help of one of my buddies, I think we finally figured out the issue. I'm getting too steep with my attack angle which is resulting in my digging into the ground, even when I'm making solid contact with the ball. I did hit 7/18 greens but the putter was ice cold. I didn't track so I could focus on my ball striking, but I had at least 3 four putts and a few 3 putts. I shot a 73 that easily could have been closer to the mid 60's I shot the first couple weeks. We have the championship coming up next Tuesday and I'm squarely in the middle of the pack as far as handicaps are concerned. I really need to put everything together for one round to have a chance to win. I'm planning on getting out to the range at some point this weekend to work on shallowing out my swing just a little, so if anybody has any tips or drills that might help I'm all ears!
  5. Week 4 gave us a scare with thunderstorms rolling through the area most of the afternoon. Those cleared out but we did play the opening 9 holes in the rain. As a result I didn't track my shots as usual, but shot another 76. I'm still struggling with my irons/full wedges. I went to the range Sunday and hit a small bucket of balls and was striking the ball fairly well, so I don't really know what's going on when I get to the course. This is the longest period of struggles I've had like this, so I don't really know where to go from here. I think with my focus on trying to control my swing more, I've sacrificed some swing speed but also am not doing a good job of accelerating the club through contact. Even the few shots I'm making solid contact on are traveling 10-15% shorter than I'm used to. This week I'm going to go back to swinging hard and we'll see how it goes. We've got one more week of qualifying before the tournament, so I really need to get this sorted out pretty quickly.
  6. Just to clarify this is based on @palvord's comment that it didn't take into account lie/elevation/etc. I think its going to be recommending the wrong clubs than what the guys would hit normally in those circumstances.
  7. I've been using the Zero Friction gloves. I really like them and they hold up really well.
  8. I graduated in 2011. Let me know if/when y'all get together, I'm just south of Greenville in Simpsonville.
  9. Life's been busy and I just realized I never posted my Week 3 update, so here we go. I shot a 72 which was a slight improvement from last round but I was still really struggling with my irons and full wedge shots. I only hit 4/18 greens for 22%, well short of my goal of >50%. I've been fighting against my natural swing for a while now trying to "fix it" but its just not working. I feel really stiff and robotic in the changes and don't feel like those adjustments work for me. I'm going to try this week to just step up and hit the ball and see where we're at. This was my worst round in terms of birdies, as I didn't find a single one the entire round. However, I did have my best putting round with just 33 putts which met my goal of no more than 34 for the round (and only 1 three putt). With reducing the number of putts, I limited myself to three doubles and no crazy big numbers. One of the things I noticed over the last couple weeks is that my chipping is improving, but I still have too many that I am leaving outside of 10 feet. I'm working on making better decision as to whether to play a bump and run verses a more lofted shot in certain situations, and I'd like to get both shots down since this course and many around the area have some drastic elevation changes that call for both types. Week 4 Goals 50% GIR (sticking with this until I get there) 33 or less putts No more than 3 chips left outside 10 feet In other news about the league, we did have a guy make an ace on hole #18 this week which plays between 95-100 yards. We've had 14 guys post scores so far, with the best sitting at a 6 handicap and the worst at a 45. I'm sitting right at an 18 which is tied for 7th but looking to improve that over the next couple weeks.
  10. For sure, any time y'all get up this way I'd love to get a round in. What part of the state are y'all from?
  11. Thanks for the encouraging words, I really appreciate it.
  12. Week two is in the books and it was not a pretty one at all. We played the back 9 first and I shot a 35/41 for a 76. I only hit one of my three goals and wasn't even close on the other two. Goal 1: Hit >50% of GIR (PB so far is exactly 50%) This was a spectacular failure. For whatever reason, I could not make solid contact all round off the tee. I only hit 3 balls well, 2 of which ended up on the green for a solid 11% GIR. After striking the ball much better the last few weeks, some old demons haunted me this round. I started off just a little fat, which then turned into complete chunks, and then for the last 4 holes I switched to skulling the ball, including this beautiful 180 yard 52* skull on 9. Goal #2: <2 Three putts (PB so far is 3 three putts) This was the only goal that I hit for the round. I was demoing a new putter and it felt much better in my hands than my current gamer. I had 4 one putts, 12 two putts, and 0 three putts. However, I did have a couple holes where I checked out and had 2 four putts, both of which included one putt from the fringe. Overall I was very happy with my putting, it was the only thing that saved me from shooting in the 80s. Goal #3: 4 biridies (PB so far is 2 birdies) Going along with goal #1, its hard to make birdies if you miss so many greens. I only converted one of my two GIRs, the other I left about 3 inches short of the hole and tapped in for par. All in all it was a pretty tough round but I feel like I battled through and had a much better mental approach even though I wasn't hitting the ball worth anything. I've had rounds like that turn into really big numbers in a hurry out on a full course. Heading into next week, I'm keeping the two goals that I missed this week while focusing in on total putting. Goals for Week 3: >50% GIR 4 birdies =<34 total putts
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