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11 hours ago, Rickp said:


Never heard of the 2 greens with different grass and green speed. Interesting, must confuse players sometimes.
 

We have this scenario near me as well.  Facility has 3 courses; one course has champion bermuda and the other two have bent.  There is a practice green with each grass type. 

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We have this scenario near me as well.  Facility has 3 courses; one course has champion bermuda and the other two have bent.  There is a practice green with each grass type. 

Never heard of that. I guess we do learn something new every day


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I hit two large buckets of balls yesterday. I spent a lot of the time working from just 1/2 shots, to full shots, working on getting my right elbow in the proper spot on the way down, and the position my hands should be in at impact. A lot of punches. I’ll say this: when my elbow is where it should be, and I hold my posture correctly, the feeling of the ball off the face, and then seeing the ball flight, is magical and keeps me coming back for more!!!!


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Another easy-going small bucket for me, mostly wedges and shorter irons. I did hit a few 5i that were quite good (for me). It's amazing what happens when you let the club do the work and have good tempo since you're making sure not to even go over what feels like 70%.

Man, do I ever love the CBX wedge. If the CBX 2 are even better... wow. But that thing was great on the range. I'm taking my dad to Pine Hills next week (playing the Nicklaus course) so I'm making sure not to aggravate my elbow at all this week to play it safe.

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Ran out to hit balls, and then when I got to the course, I thought, “Why not just play 9,” so I did... With two irons, 7 & 9, a 54* wedge, my putter, and driver. That’s it. Funny thing is it worked just fine! On any holes where they might have been too long for the irons, I had a slight breeze at my back, and I worked on really compressing the ball. For holes the irons were a little long, it was fun to hit less-than-full shots into the greens.
I hit three or four different balls off every tee where driver was possible and I found the Q-Star a worthy opponent to the Snell MTB, the TP5X, and the AVX. It held its own off the tee, distance-wise, although it flew noticeably higher off all clubs. Our greens are so hard, NOTHING holds, so I wouldn’t be missing much by playing a ball like this.
Here are three drives off 7. Q-Star was the longest!IMG_0393.jpgIMG_0394.jpgIMG_0395.jpg


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Great half bucket, chipping and pitching lunch session today.

How in the world do you get to the point where you are controlling the hands but not being tense while doing so? Tension is the death of my swing, and it took me about 15 balls before I was able to just relax and let the swing happen.

Tense 9 iron - 130ish yards, high 70s swing speed, thin contact, sawed off/out of balance finish, high weak fading ball flight.

Tension-Free 9 Iron - 145 yards, mid 80s swing speed, flushed contact, balanced follow though, penetrating straight/slight draw ball flight.

This is a cyclical struggle for me. Just can't convince my brain that I will get the club in the right place without putting a bunch of tension in my wrists, forearms and shoulders. 

 

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2 days in a row hitting a small bucket with no major elbow pain. I'm a fan!

Hit a small bucket bouncing around the bag, playing an imaginary 9 hole round. I struggle still with arm rotation on the backswing, for some reason my arms do it naturally when I take half swings but when I go any more than that they don't want to rotate and I end up with a flubbed shot. When I get it right, my goodness - what ballflight. When I don't, ballflight is so much lower and off to the right.

Bumped into my brother's father-in-law at the range and had a nice chat about practice vs. playing and the focus differences. 

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Ran out to hit balls, and then when I got to the course, I thought, “Why not just play 9,” so I did... With two irons, 7 & 9, a 54* wedge, my putter, and driver. That’s it. Funny thing is it worked just fine! On any holes where they might have been too long for the irons, I had a slight breeze at my back, and I worked on really compressing the ball. For holes the irons were a little long, it was fun to hit less-than-full shots into the greens.
I hit three or four different balls off every tee where driver was possible and I found the Q-Star a worthy opponent to the Snell MTB, the TP5X, and the AVX. It held its own off the tee, distance-wise, although it flew noticeably higher off all clubs. Our greens are so hard, NOTHING holds, so I wouldn’t be missing much by playing a ball like this.
Here are three drives off 7. Q-Star was the longest!IMG_0393.thumb.jpg.e6853978422c5367c6267b911cdc427e.jpgIMG_0394.thumb.jpg.ab4c25821b724915af12dc390f1caed2.jpgIMG_0395.thumb.jpg.580c1bae4dd8215a0b2e20d66d647520.jpg


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Curious about others use of Q-Star around the greens doing chipping practice


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I started the George Gankas program this week.  I have only gotten through the pre-shot module (posture, grip, ball position, alignment, etc) so I worked on implementing his setup ideas without worrying about changing anything else in my swing.  Noticed a really big difference in the shot shape I was generating (much less right to left curve).  Even hit a few baby fades with the driver.  Very promising.  Really looking forward to progressing through the program.

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Two large buckets, still working on getting the right elbow in position, and then knuckles-down at impact. Started with the first bucket using the Tour Striker ball to keep connected. Right elbow is showing to be the key in my swing....


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I started the George Gankas program this week.  I have only gotten through the pre-shot module (posture, grip, ball position, alignment, etc) so I worked on implementing his setup ideas without worrying about changing anything else in my swing.  Noticed a really big difference in the shot shape I was generating (much less right to left curve).  Even hit a few baby fades with the driver.  Very promising.  Really looking forward to progressing through the program.

Joe,
I’m curious how do you think his program would benefit Super Seniors?


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7 minutes ago, Rickp said:


Joe,
I’m curious how do you think his program would benefit Super Seniors?


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So far I think it's for everyone. Does a great job so far of breaking every little thing down and explaining cause and effect of everything. 

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Another good half bucket at lunch, split between 7/9/54 and driver. Really trying to focus on staying tension free, and that helped work some of the kinks out of my driver swing. I saw two driver swings hit 108 MPH on my Swing Caddie, which ties my personal best reading since I've gotten the SC200. 

I'm also beginning to write down what feels are working at the moment, as this is the best I've swung my irons all year. The inevitable end of the season is coming soon, so I want something to reference for when I only get to hit balls off mats once every other week or so through the winter. 

I bought Monte Scheinblum's "Efficient Swing" series a few weeks ago when he was running a special for $37. He's not in vogue like GG is, but I find his teachings really resonate well with me. I had purchased his "Drive for Dough" series a while back as well, but this new purchase is really focused on building a swing from the ground up. For me, I focus on the takeaway, pressure shift and backswing and then can just let my body do the rest. As I said, I'm hitting my irons better than I have all year, so it must be working.

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1 hour ago, edingc said:

I bought Monte Scheinblum's "Efficient Swing" series a few weeks ago when he was running a special for $37. He's not in vogue like GG is, but I find his teachings really resonate well with me. I had purchased his "Drive for Dough" series a while back as well, but this new purchase is really focused on building a swing from the ground up. For me, I focus on the takeaway, pressure shift and backswing and then can just let my body do the rest. As I said, I'm hitting my irons better than I have all year, so it must be working.

Love Monte's stuff. I have his first 3 videos and they were a big help with my short game. 

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1 hour ago, russtopherb said:

Love Monte's stuff. I have his first 3 videos and they were a big help with my short game. 

The "Use the Bounce" series? Good to hear a positive review. He just has a unique way of explaining things that clicks with me.

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The "Use the Bounce" series? Good to hear a positive review. He just has a unique way of explaining things that clicks with me.


Yep. Highly recommended.


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4 hours ago, edingc said:

Another good half bucket at lunch, split between 7/9/54 and driver. Really trying to focus on staying tension free, and that helped work some of the kinks out of my driver swing. I saw two driver swings hit 108 MPH on my Swing Caddie, which ties my personal best reading since I've gotten the SC200. 

I'm also beginning to write down what feels are working at the moment, as this is the best I've swung my irons all year. The inevitable end of the season is coming soon, so I want something to reference for when I only get to hit balls off mats once every other week or so through the winter. 

I bought Monte Scheinblum's "Efficient Swing" series a few weeks ago when he was running a special for $37. He's not in vogue like GG is, but I find his teachings really resonate well with me. I had purchased his "Drive for Dough" series a while back as well, but this new purchase is really focused on building a swing from the ground up. For me, I focus on the takeaway, pressure shift and backswing and then can just let my body do the rest. As I said, I'm hitting my irons better than I have all year, so it must be working.

 

3 hours ago, russtopherb said:

Love Monte's stuff. I have his first 3 videos and they were a big help with my short game. 

I have all of his videos.  Monte explains the swing is a way that resonate's with me as well.  

He held a clinic in the Seattle area last month, and my wife and I attended.  We really enjoyed meeting him and his assessment of all 12 of the attendees' swings were spot on.  He gave each person one swing change, and one swing change only, to take home and work on.  I know I have more than one thing to change, but he's right in that if he gave me multiple things to do, I wouldn't do any of them correctly!!

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11 hours ago, russtopherb said:

Love Monte's stuff. I have his first 3 videos and they were a big help with my short game. 

I have his first three videos as well and even had him look at my swing with a video lesson.   I kind of liked what I saw, with the short game aspects but didn't make a lot of progress.   After my last  short game lesson,  I felt like Monte's stuff was a bit lacking.    

That is why there are so many different instructors and why there are different ways to teach. 

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Rough day at the range today. Hadn't hit a golf ball since last week (Wednesday, I think?) due to all of the rain we've had. I've been focusing on making a better hip turn with a lot of mirror swings, and for some reason I think I just psyched myself out before getting to the range. 

Hit a bunch of stone cold shanks with my wedge. Only brought the 7 iron which was awful. Ironically, driver contact, flight and direction were good (result of better turn instead of sway, less head movement), but distance and clubhead speed were only OK (saw a max of 98 MPH, a full 10 MPH slower than last week's best). 

Long story short - I was anxious to try the new hip turn, shanked several wedges to destroy my confidence, and then had to spend 45 minutes after my half bucket doing takeaway drills because I started shanking chips and pitches in the short game area, too. Ouch.

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Meh day out on the range. Irons were decent but woods were just slice city. Yesterday they were OK on the course but the driver led to too many penalties.

If I was smart in the way of the playa I’d just tee off with my Heavenwood and leave the ego at home.


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