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Been playing with opening my stance a little with my putting stroke. No real practice just on the course experimenting.  I putted similar to Jack Nicklaus for most of my life but it is hard on my back to practice so I went more upright and square.  I struggle with alignment when upright.  .  If I open up it seem to fit my eye better and I get things started on my line easier.   No real proof its better, I just feel like my misses are much smaller and my confidence seems higher.  I've only made one decent length putt the last few rounds doing this and 1 3 putt, but burning the edge often.

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The flagsticks are out until April, most likely.

After walking the dog, I did one arm curls with 25 lb. dumbbells. (Remember, I'm a senior.)

OK for golf, but mostly to keep my blood sugar down!

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6 hours ago, pulledabill said:

Been playing with opening my stance a little with my putting stroke. No real practice just on the course experimenting.  I putted similar to Jack Nicklaus for most of my life but it is hard on my back to practice so I went more upright and square.  I struggle with alignment when upright.  .  If I open up it seem to fit my eye better and I get things started on my line easier.   No real proof its better, I just feel like my misses are much smaller and my confidence seems higher.  I've only made one decent length putt the last few rounds doing this and 1 3 putt, but burning the edge often.

I putted for several years with an open stance ala Jack.  I did OK, but that's not saying a lot from how I putted before!  It did suit my eye better as I'm right eye dominant.  My problem was looking up too quickly to see the putt... ultimately not go in.  🙄

Then I experimented with a square stance, trusting my line I had chosen, and focused on speed only.  I started looking at the hole so I didn't move my head/eyes to look.  I started with short less than 5 foot putts, then eventually worked back to long putts as I became more comfortable with it.  Now it's natural and I'm much more consistent.

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Since LSU was blasting OU, went to the range for a medium bucket. Didnt put my contacts in and didnt use my glasses either. Not too sure I didnt strike the ball better with no correction. 

Kind of going over basics with ball placement being my main focus for the night. I think I tend to lose that focus at times and certain clubs tend to creep too far forward and then I end up pulling it a bit. . 

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Hit the range today while listening to the Packer game. There’s nothing like newly over seeded thin lie wet ground to expose swing flaws. Forced me to do a drill my teacher gave me, full swing, half speed 7 irons,try to get it to start left and curve right. It took a while but I got it. After that I hit the ball great, even 6 iron was flying high and straight.


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Played indoors at a trackman sim place.  Ouch I haven't swung in a while.

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This is a day late, but I went to the range yesterday to try to work on some things that really messed up my game last Saturday. I started off with my wedges and still had some problems hitting anything that looked like a decent shot. I was shanking, topping, and chunking like crazy. It was like going to Waffle House and getting hashbrowns. The only way I didn't order my wedges seemed to be crisp.

Moved over to the irons, I'm working on an overlap style grip, and was hitting them good. I want to try to take some of the tension out of my hands and feel I can really loosen up my right hand this way.

My driver and 3 wood were pretty accurate and I was happy to see that I didn't hit big slices. Still need to work on centering contact, though.

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After going through the bag I went back to the wedges and realized I was missing one thing: acceleration. When I played Saturday, I was trying to baby my chip shots and pitches. I started to rely on swing length and attacking the ball and, viola! Beautiful, high shots.

Finished out the day on the putting green for about forty five minutes and that was it. I left the range with a great ending to 2019 and am looking forward to what this new year will bring.

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Solid day off the tee.  Mostly to get the muscles moving after New Year apathy!

all speed covered around 105 and distance hovering between 195 and 205.  Too much spray, though, off line.

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This morning I went downstairs to run my daughter’s laundry. While down there, I grabbed my 8 iron, gripped it and held it at address. Picked it up and put it back in the bag and went back upstairs. 😊

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Been watching videos on controlling flight with my wedges. Went out this morning for a bucket but found its almost pointless to practice it off of mats.

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I finally got to the range again today and was finally able to do some drills hitting balls where I could see what was going on. I’ll say this, what I saw was quite promising! If I can continue to work on my leg action (front knee sliding past the front heel/back knee going toward the ball), things could get really good.
Just hitting 6-8 irons, and my Vega wedges for now.


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Focused today on proper sequence of a full swing with my 7i and driver to get better ball and swing speeds at consistent levels.  This week, ball speed has gained about 12-15 mph primarily as a result of making sure the right hip begins the process of the down swing. When it does not work well, it is more the result of brain fart meeting old body as much as anything else. Improved strikes with better speed resulted in about 15-29 yards.  Not 100% automatic yet.

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So, my wedge game has been TRASH lately, (I mean WORSE than the rest of it ). Had some free time today and stopped at Haas Family Golf (shameless plug for Jay, Jay Jr & Bill) and hit nothing but wedges for an hour. Moved a bit away from the ball and moved the ball position back a good bit, and “Voila!” I love this game again. BTW: If you’re looking for wedges, and don’t have Ping in your list, it’s a mistake, IMO. These beauties are money, even in my less than stellar hands. IMG_7092.JPGIMG_7093.JPG


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Well, I did something very stupid while practicing today. 😎 It’s been three weeks since I’ve gotten up to the simulator to hit balls, and during that time, I’ve been putting for a few hours every day. Well, my putting grip is a reverse overlap and my regular grip is just a plain overlap. So in my incomprehensible genius, my instinct was to just grab a club and swing with a reverse overlap. Needless to say, the first 30 minutes didn’t go that well. (Not that the next 30 minutes with my proper grip went much better.🤷🏼‍♂️) At least I identified a grip that isn’t for me. 😜

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Range day with some strong winds.  Got to work out some kinks in my driver.  I'm happy for now.

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Got back from the range a while ago. Ever since I started hitting the gym and doing Super Speed Golf, I've started hitting a bad slice with a driver so just wanted to work on that a bit before I tee it up again. Managed to get driver back to a more reasonable fade (for the most part). Still some work to do... Stopped by the putting green for a while before I left. Been working at home on some setup adjustments and wanted to check that out on a real green. Also, the course I've been frequenting has some pretty slow greens so I wanted to practice somewhere that's rolling a bit faster.

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Ever been the *only* golfer at a course? Happened to me a few days ago when I went to my local course to practice. Yeah it was chilly .. 31° .. but clear and no breeze so not too bad (relatively speaking!).

Briefly considered taking advantage of that rare opportunity and playing solo, but .. already had my mind set on practice, especially some putting and chipping, plus I was layered up and wearing thick gloves. Plus I wanted to work on some of things I've been going over in a recent series of lessons...

Had a good and productive practice sesh, trying to get all the "new" swing elements going, so it all worked out!

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Ever been the *only* golfer at a course? Happened to me a few days ago when I went to my local course to practice. Yeah it was chilly .. 31° .. but clear and no breeze so not too bad (relatively speaking!).
Briefly considered taking advantage of that rare opportunity and playing solo, but .. already had my mind set on practice, especially some putting and chipping, plus I was layered up and wearing thick gloves. Plus I wanted to work on some of things I've been going over in a recent series of lessons...
[/url] Had a good and productive practice sesh, trying to get all the "new" swing elements going, so it all worked out!

31*?! Good gracious. I don’t even STEP outside when it’s that cold! Good on ya!


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Ever been the *only* golfer at a course? Happened to me a few days ago when I went to my local course to practice. Yeah it was chilly .. 31° .. but clear and no breeze so not too bad (relatively speaking!).
Briefly considered taking advantage of that rare opportunity and playing solo, but .. already had my mind set on practice, especially some putting and chipping, plus I was layered up and wearing thick gloves. Plus I wanted to work on some of things I've been going over in a recent series of lessons...
[/url] Had a good and productive practice sesh, trying to get all the "new" swing elements going, so it all worked out!

31*, no way I’d be out there!


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Thanks to how unseasonably warm it was this weekend I was able to get 2 days outside, and in short sleeves to top it off. Been really working on controlling my wedges better so hit a lot of 60 to 70 yard shots on Saturday. Sunday I played 9, just enjoying it, have new irons on the way so was a nice little send off for my current set.

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