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We have a thread asking how did you play today, but what about those days you simply worked on your game rather than played?

 

What did you work on today?

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Today I spent about an hour in my back yard hitting birdieballs with my sand wedge and pitching wedge.  Really focused on developing a better preshot routine - more time looking at the target and visualizing the shot and less time looking down at the ball.  Felt like this routine allowed me to make more consistent swings that weren't focused on mechanics and instead focused on results.

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What's this practice you speak of and where do you get some? :lol:

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Hit about 20 50-60m pitches, been struggling with these distance lately.

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A couple of days ago I took a playing lesson. If you can take one sometime. If you have a competent coach you'll find it interesting.

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Hit about 20 50-60m pitches, been struggling with these distance lately.

I do this several times a week.  We have a pitching green, and there are always range balls on it.  I prefer to use my own used balls that I play with, but if I am just working on technique, range balls are OK.  I have found that by working on my short shots like this, my full swing has also improved.

 

 

A couple of days ago I took a playing lesson. If you can take one sometime. If you have a competent coach you'll find it interesting.

 

I have been meaning to do this.  One of our local instructors is very good, and I have "audited" one of his group classes on the course.  These have been beginner classes, but he has given me a few pointers and doesn't try to change my single-plane swing.  He has actually said that my SPS is one of the best he has seen, but he doesn't have much experience with it, so I guess that doesn't mean a whole lot!  :)

 

When the season winds down and his time is more available, I think I will see how much he would charge to play 9-holes with me and provide feedback on my game.  He does that with his top junior students now.  One girl is 15 and drives the ball 280; hope she makes it to the next level.

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After winning my singles match and my team winning my club's Ryder Cup I practiced drinking beer and gloating.  I unfortunately am way out of practice in both areas.

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I worked on my lag putting yesterday. Hit countless putts from 30-40-50 feet trying to work on speed and have them stop within a 6 foot circle around the hole.

 

Then went to the practice area and hit 3 balls to many different hole locations and from different lies. Here's the different part, I hit one ball each with my wedge, an 8i, and a 5i. Solely working on feel.

 

 

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I swing Strings Concordance 10 times in front of a mirror in my study after doing some stretches. I try to do this daily at work.

 

Its easily as heavy as a standard medicine ball.

 

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Wow I hate looking back on posts from my phone! :)

 

I played yesterday and just grabbed and hour to work on my short game via my 3 ball drill. Take 1 club, drop 3 balls, pick a hole, play them as they lie and putt them out.

 

When I'm on my short game I can get up and down 9/9 somewhat regularly.

 

I couldn't do 3 in a row today. Clearly I needed the work. I will try again Monday and Weds. I'm playing Tuesday and Friday.

 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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All 18 greens are closed at my club and we are in Tempe for 10 days so I hit some balls today while my son took a lesson. Spent half my time hitting nothing but fades through the bag and the second half hitting nothing but draws through the bag. There may just be something to this practice thing.

 

 

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Went and shot nine holes at a course I've only gone to one other time this year. Shot pretty good, minus my drives. Only a few drives played in the fairway, I was hitting a lot of hard fades. Still shot a 40 though. Progress!!

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Played a putting game with my two boys after taking them to the range. We each take turns picking a hole and where to hit from. Lowest strokes wins. Highlight of the day, my 6 year old made about a 30-35 foot bomb.

 

 

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I practiced patience. I nearly broke about 3-4 clubs over the knee because of how poor I played but managed to hold the anger down.

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I'm going to work on my posting. :)

 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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Showed up at the course to play and test a few new clubs but it was full and by the time I could get on wouldn't have had time to play much more than 9.

 

So I decided to practice instead. After the range, I spent about an hour working on a lag putting drill. From one spot on the green I hit a ball to a hole 15 feet away then a ball to a hole 40 feet away. Repeated many times. Hopefully this will help with my feel on longer putts.

 

 

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Had a ton of conference calls today so I worked from home and did a lot of putting on my birdieball green. Really focused on a shorter backstroke and accelerating through the putter rather than feeling like I'm steering the club through the ball

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Showed up at the course to play and test a few new clubs but it was full and by the time I could get on wouldn't have had time to play much more than 9.

 

So I decided to practice instead. After the range, I spent about an hour working on a lag putting drill. From one spot on the green I hit a ball to a hole 15 feet away then a ball to a hole 40 feet away. Repeated many times. Hopefully this will help with my feel on longer putts.

 

 

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This is a great way to significantly reduce 3-putts.  I do this several times a week, and it's amazing how well it works when I get on the course.  The only issue I have is that the speed of the green is different in the morning than in the evening.  I play with the guys in the morning, but my wife and I play after she gets off work.  I do better in the morning.  

 

It's a nice feeling to know that the next putt will be easy... if there is a next putt!  I've made a lot of long putts recently; a few birdies but the pars are what keeps a good round alive.

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