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..Callaway XR 4H (Project X SD)
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..Cleveland CBX2 54 (Rotex graphite) and Callaway X-Jaws 60 (TT-DG S300)
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Hard to think of a cheaper training aid than some foot spray... Worth every penny

Finally got to do some “chipping” after what seems forever. Was pleased with results after 4+ months. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

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Went to a practice green more to work with my new digital level on reading slope AimPoint style (in percentage grade). My reads were about an equal 1/3 mix of pretty close, a little under, a little over. It's definitely a new skill that needs to be learned and practiced!

Did roll some putts, too, working mostly on distance control uphill and downhill; threw in a few sidehills too just to make sure I wasn't getting overly confident in my abilities 🤪

You're not supposed to chip onto this green but there's a reasonably wide grassy area surrounding it, so took two balls and an old 58° and worked on landing them next to each other - something else that's not too bad and is improving .. but yeah also needs more work......

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..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 3W/HL (17*) and EXS 7W (both Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway XR 4H (Project X SD)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 (Rotex graphite) and Callaway X-Jaws 60 (TT-DG S300)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g)
..all in a Datrek Hybrid bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push cart.

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Couldn’t wait any more to try and swing the hzrdus green (for some reason lost my head took and had to go get @B.Bostonyesterday after work).

was hoping to get out this weekend for possibly the last round of the season but everything was booked sollllllid so either a range day tomorrow or simulator we’ll see.

just a handful of dry swings and crap balls launched jnto the woods. Taking it with a grain of salt but everything was relative center mass. One thing I realized I really have to swing this club with this shaft which I like. Going to be a lot of fun if I can get her going. Similar to my 3 wood seemed like everything (10 shots is all I did today) was center or coming left a little. If that’s the case I’ll be very happy. I also changed to the A1 setting vs the D2 and it was definitely launching a little higher than I expected will probably play with some of the settings a bit
 

don’t mind the yard....it’s been a wild leaf and pine needle season I can’t keep up.

 

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Went out to the range today mostly to finally get the chance to test out the Honma Big-LB and see if it could use it as my tee club until I can get fit a new driver. Hit about 10 shots with it, mostly good other than one push and one slice, but other shots were carrying 250-260. Pretty happy with my strikes because 3 wood is usually my worst club in the bag. Definitely recommend this club though if you aren't great with a 3 wood as it is very forgiving.

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Did some planemate drills in the house with NTC thoughts. Hopefully can translate to my round tomorrow 

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Practicing putting indoors  Switching from cross handed to conventional.   I’m usually a reverse overlap but I finding that if I place my hands closer together and do a double reverse overlap either with my cross handed or conventional method I don’t rotate the face angle as much   Feels odd but I more confident with making shorter putts that way. 

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..farged (technical medical term) my lower back so no playing and no swinging but did do some putting practice on the ExPutt..

..random 5 to 10 footers, flat practice green, green speed 10 and only missed 6 out of 60 putts .. one at 3 feet, 1 at 1 1/2 feet, rest within inches .. so pretty happy with that as it's an improvement from where I'd started the ExPutt testing.

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 3W/HL (17*) and EXS 7W (both Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway XR 4H (Project X SD)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 (Rotex graphite) and Callaway X-Jaws 60 (TT-DG S300)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g)
..all in a Datrek Hybrid bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push cart.

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Not a day to play; it would mean playing 6 days in a row, and my back is a little sore.  So I spent 2 hours chipping this morning using my LW and GW for my usual chipping strokes, which includes mini-pitch shots and bump and run shots.  I also used my PW and 9i a few times just for giggles.  The PW I could use for bump and run shots that are between 30-60 feet.  The 9i would be OK for shots from 60-100 feet.  I almost never have that length of shot on the course where I could use the bump and run shot.  At that distance I am pitching the ball with my LW, maybe SW if I am in deeper rough.

Along with my chip shot practice, I used the time to see how different softer balls react off my wedges.  It's getting cold here, and we can play most of the year if we don't get snow.  I ordered some Grade 5A balls from Golf Balls Direct online and they arrived yesterday.

My chipping practice consisted of two balls each of the following:
       2020 Srixon Soft Feel
       2020 Titleist TruFeel
       2020 Titleist Tour Soft
       2019  Titleist ProV1x  (playing standard)

I have several shots that I typically play around the green; low with spin, medium with not much spin, and bump and run.  All shots with my Callaway '19 PM Grind 60º but only bump and run with my Edison 49º GW.  

The PV1x is not spinning as much now since the green is firmer than in the summer; not irrigated every day, but it still had the most spin (obviously).  The Titleist Tour Soft is the firmest of the soft balls, and had the most spin.  The Srixon Soft Feel and the Titleist TruFeel were very similar; each had a more muted sound than the Tour Soft.  Of course, the PV1x is clicky in comparison.

All of the balls stopped on the green within what I would deem acceptable distances for the shots I made.  For shots where the pin would be located close to the edge of the green, I would want the PV1x.  For 15-20 foot shots I could get all of the balls within my gimme range.  🤣  Low and medium height chips with the same swing produced similar rollout distances for the soft balls and not much further  than the PV1x.  

Bottom line: I could play any of these balls, so the difference may be in how they perform off the tee and on iron shots.  I will be playing a couple of these soft balls tomorrow and over the winter perhaps.  They are certainly cheaper than PV1x balls and they feel better to my hands when I hit them.  Also, when it gets colder, nothing stays on the green... not even a PV1x.

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Dusted a month of dust off the sticks and hit the practice green for some pitching and chipping practice. The bump and run thread sent me out to experiment a bit. 

Played  around mostly with 47, 51, and 58 degree wedges. I have a 54 but dont chip with much as I dont love the bounce around the greens. 

Lack of touch certainly showed but I wil solve that quickly as I bought a winter pass as I enjoy winter golf 

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Had a lesson via FaceTime yesterday, and hit balls today. The new move has resulted in ZERO back pain following range work for the first time in years! 

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Driver: :honma: TR20 460, :Fuji: Ventus Black 70X

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Platinum M5 HT Mallet, 36"

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1 hour ago, PMookie said:

Had a lesson via FaceTime yesterday, and hit balls today. The new move has resulted in ZERO back pain following range work for the first time in years! 

That’s awesome news! What change or move did you make??

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8 hours ago, JohnSmalls said:

That’s awesome news! What change or move did you make??

Flared my feet, left foot quite a bit, to be able to open my hip, more rotational on the downswing to take the pressure off my low back. My hip arthritis and back disease aren’t very good for the “classic” swing, so I finally got a teacher who could help ME and my limitations.

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Driver: :honma: TR20 460, :Fuji: Ventus Black 70X

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Platinum M5 HT Mallet, 36"

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I've been working on half swing drills with every club, almost like pitch shots.  Trying to get everything moving and working together.  I get a little "detached" at the end off the season.  

Also working on a better impact position.  

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Played a fun Par 3 the other day; have to call it a Practice round after taking a Mulligan and two uhhh "free" Fall Leaf Rule 🤣 drops (it's a tight little course through the trees on the inside of the regulation course).

Trying to work on my new and improved iron swing after a bunch of lessons; especially trying to move into and through impact much better.

First few holes the tee shots were flying pretty straight, but then things started going left on me..?? Ball was still flying well, just left left left .. kinda of a combo of a pull and a draw (I think). Have to tell my instructor next lesson...

So Hole #4 was about 120 to the flag; wind left-to-right and there's a big old tree at the left of the green with overhanging branches covering a left side approach. So .. of course .. I hit my shot high and left behind the tree....

Not sure if I'd find it, I hit a second. Which went on exactly the same path - if you were looking at a shot tracer like on tv the two paths would have overlapped!

Get up there to see...

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See them cozied up together on the left? ... Can I claim that as a ball-striking "talent"?

Not sure which was the first ball so took the one further from the green - which just happened to be sitting on thin grass 😉 vs bare dirt - but blocked by the tree so chipped on to the back of the green, 2 putt bogey.

Next hole I doubled after tee shot feel short in the wind (shudda taken one more club) and having a very awkward lie then proceeded to 2-chip (left the first putt literally 1" short).

Which is when I realized that even though my wedges have improved since the start of the season .. it's now maybe the weakest part of my game (except for bunkers) .. so gotta go to work on that!!

Following hole #6 is when I took the Mulligan - first tee shot was playable, just hit poorly and short-left. This is the longest hole at 160 yards and a little uphill and I really wanted to hit the green ... second tee shot I did!

..and about 4 feet from the cup .. and yes! .. I made the putt for my first "bounceback" birdie (although yeah technically bogey but hey practice round and the Mulligan shot was hit well ☺️).

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 3W/HL (17*) and EXS 7W (both Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway XR 4H (Project X SD)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 (Rotex graphite) and Callaway X-Jaws 60 (TT-DG S300)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g)
..all in a Datrek Hybrid bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push cart.

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Was gonna play another Par 3 this afternoon; got there to be told there's at least a 30 minute wait... Not surprising on a tee shirt and shorts day in November! (in NY)

So hit the range for some iron and wedge practice; focus.. like the other day.. on moving better into and through impact.

Caught one 7i just right, really solid - now if I can just internalize that feel and replicate it on demand. No prob, eezy peezy right? 🤪

Finished off hitting a few balls with each wedge at the same 66yd target; left-right dispersion wasn't too bad but still have more work to do on better distance control (unless the green is really really large and deep 🤣).

 

PS:

Actually a good thing I didn't play ... left my putter at home, in the basement where I'd been practicing previous days...!!

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 3W/HL (17*) and EXS 7W (both Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway XR 4H (Project X SD)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 (Rotex graphite) and Callaway X-Jaws 60 (TT-DG S300)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g)
..all in a Datrek Hybrid bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push cart.

Forum Member tester for the ExPutt Putting Simulator

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Practice indoor mat over concrete floor. Super fast Almost like stimp 14. Barely touch it and ball rolls and sometimes speeds up.  Probably not the best way to practice   Reminds me of few greens that if I’m caught above the hole on a really dry day that it really tough to get close.  
I find that if I can read those green well and just start the ball the proper path I have a chance.  In these situations reading may be most important and just nudge the ball 

I’m interested to see how the tough the greens are during the Masters this fall 

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Chipped in the backyard with three wedges to three hula hoop targets using Birdie Balls - they're lighter vs a regular golf ball but designed to fly true .. plus they're easier to find in the grass and leaves!

I had one of my retriever ummm "helpers" 😉 out there and a few of the Birdie Balls came back slightly customized 😜 ...

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Anyway, left-right dispersion is nicely improved vs start of this season, but still have some more work to do on distance control.

(..that last part sounds familiar .. didn't I just say that somewhere? .. am I starting to repeat myself in my old age..?)

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 3W/HL (17*) and EXS 7W (both Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway XR 4H (Project X SD)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 (Rotex graphite) and Callaway X-Jaws 60 (TT-DG S300)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g)
..all in a Datrek Hybrid bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push cart.

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Hit a small bucket at the range today in preparation of playing 18 tomorrow. I remembered how my round on Sunday started and also the feel I went back to 4 holes in after everything went to the right. Much closer to target today, aiming at flags and a few elevated greens.

Driver is still a ¯\(°_o)/¯  for me. Some shots were dead straight and great flight. Others were worm burner hooks. Who knows anymore. 

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took advantage of the T shirt weather to practice some putting at lunch today...

The gallery was not inspired...

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Ping G410+ 9*, Accra TourZ X265 M5 

Ping i20 17* & 23* hybrids, stock stiff shafts

Mizuno JPX 919 HMP 4i, PX LZ 6.0

Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5 - PW, PX LZ 6.0

Cleveland Tour Action 49*, 53*, 57*; PX LZ 6.5 (w/ some custom heel grinding)

Ping Heppler Fetch

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My 94 yo Dad out on the putting green today....  Draining a 20 footer!

 

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Ping G410+ 9*, Accra TourZ X265 M5 

Ping i20 17* & 23* hybrids, stock stiff shafts

Mizuno JPX 919 HMP 4i, PX LZ 6.0

Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5 - PW, PX LZ 6.0

Cleveland Tour Action 49*, 53*, 57*; PX LZ 6.5 (w/ some custom heel grinding)

Ping Heppler Fetch

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