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Yesterday i was pondering about what using the bounce means. Today i hit some pitch shots into my net, setting up in a way to expose the bounce. Was hitting off a mat so it wasn't a perfectly real experience, but i get what using the bounce feels like now. I feel like the bottom of the club sorts of glides along the turf into the ball. 

Made me realize how dangerously i used to live, hitting a pitch shot trying to pick the ball with the leading edge and shaft lean. 

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Beautiful day, still working on that 155-165 yardage gap and 3 wood. Spent time in the trap as that’s always a weakness then hit a bunch of 7 irons, averaged 146 yards of carry, out came the 6 - 153 average - just NG.

A real positive was 5 wood, averaged 195 carry with that, 198 with the 3 wood but better ball speed and lower launch tells me there might be some roll out there. 3 wood will be in bag Sunday


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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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Practiced my 1.5 hand drill my instructor gave me. It's helping me keep my left arm straight on the follow through rather than getting gator arms.

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Had the battle of the 6 irons today after church.

D7 forged that’s currently not cutting in
D7
Ping G30

I’m going to put the G30 in the bag for a trial starting with tomorrow afternoon’s round - we shall see. It won by being the most consistent - still a few yards shy on carry but I should get 160 out of it maybe a tad more.


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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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Planned on chipping and pitching practice but rain was coming down so I hit the covered range for my swing drills. Very happy with my ball striking and Im getting some confidence back in my game for the 1st time in a long time. 

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I hit a large bucket of balls. I try to start with my wedges and work my way up to a driver. I followed that up on the putting green. I watched a video recently of Phil Mickelson doing a putting drill. Place 10 tees 3-4 feet out around the hole and put 10 balls. Goal is to get 100 in a row. I never make 100 but I do 100 puts. Link to video

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I went to the range today to focus on some things that both helped and hurt me the last round I played. 

I started out with the positive and worked on short chips focusing on keeping my hands and arms dead throughout the swing. I saw some pretty good results in the 20-50 yard range with good flight and distance control. I also hit a few fairway woods as they performed the best they have in a while during my round. Not too bad, not too good with them but definitely an improvement over the consistent topping I've seen recently.

Then I moved on to what hurt me, iron play. If I could use one word to describe my irons recently it would be meh. I'm living dangerously on the hosel getting weak fades and shanks. I focused on trying to hit off the toe today with mixed results. 

My biggest problem is my mental game on approach shots. I've become a mental case any time I have an iron in hand. It was compounded today as the range was filled with golfers preparing for a tournament and ripping balls all around me. I finally moved on to trying to go through my routine and just walking up and hitting without locking up over the ball. I hit the ball a little better, so I need to remember that in the future. 

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Chilly and rainy this afternoon so I opted to work on chipping indoors. Mostly trying to get form and direction control dialed in a little better. 

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On 4/23/2021 at 5:56 PM, dlow206 said:

Yesterday i was pondering about what using the bounce means. Today i hit some pitch shots into my net, setting up in a way to expose the bounce. Was hitting off a mat so it wasn't a perfectly real experience, but i get what using the bounce feels like now. I feel like the bottom of the club sorts of glides along the turf into the ball. 

Made me realize how dangerously i used to live, hitting a pitch shot trying to pick the ball with the leading edge and shaft lean. 

It's funny, I have never really though about actually using the bounce on pitch shots... I usually just use it for chips around the green.

I read "Your Short Game Solution" by Sieckmann last season and have tried to adapt his teachings into my short game... It's definitely big on presenting the bounce from 40 yards and in. 

On the power shots, he's more about hitting the low flighted heavy spinning drop and stop pitches. I've been struggling with them, so I wonder if I should step back and hit the high, bounce friendly wedge shots in the short term (and work on building the lower flighted shots when I practice)...

 

On my practice front, I've been doing tons of tempo drills and really trying to create a better "pendulum" swing... I think I went too far in letting the club move itself, and spent some time starting my swing with enough force... it seemed to work well on the practice green, but I've struggled to convert good practice on the practice green into good putting on the course. It's mostly mental and all about confidence... I think a few rounds with decent putting and I'll start lowering my putts per round. 

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2 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

 My wife and I had to get outside in order to clean her car for its lease inspection and afterward decided to bring out the Divot Board to work on contact. I read @rbsiedsc post on keeping his back to the ball longer on the downswing and thought I'd try it out. I made pretty decent contact and it seemed to move strike more toward the toe. 20210425_161037-01.jpeg.13ef55dbf5219947e26d874c9b1ca6c1.jpeg20210425_161539-01.jpeg.b49e1c5a0a3195bb4c3a43bbd761d728.jpeg20210425_161715-01.jpeg.b62576177b6c2d07b18f31306852eca8.jpeg

I'm not saying I was super consistent, I did have a few bad ones thrown in. 20210425_161926-01.jpeg.f1c7fdf12139a39a7f9cec6ca3926c7a.jpeg

I had a couple that were worse, but didn't take photos of them. Overall, it made me feel better about my irons. 

Finished off by working on differential drills using a chipping and pitching motion going no higher that 9 o'clock. I was able to hit shots off the toe, heel, and center pretty much on command. I think I'll stick with doing this drill with a shorter swing for a while before going with the full swing. 

Every time I see this thing makes me want to snag one!

looks like a good swing day

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7 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

 My wife and I had to get outside in order to clean her car for its lease inspection and afterward decided to bring out the Divot Board to work on contact. I read @rbsiedsc post on keeping his back to the ball longer on the downswing and thought I'd try it out. I made pretty decent contact and it seemed to move strike more toward the toe. 20210425_161037-01.jpeg.13ef55dbf5219947e26d874c9b1ca6c1.jpeg20210425_161539-01.jpeg.b49e1c5a0a3195bb4c3a43bbd761d728.jpeg20210425_161715-01.jpeg.b62576177b6c2d07b18f31306852eca8.jpeg

I'm not saying I was super consistent, I did have a few bad ones thrown in. 20210425_161926-01.jpeg.f1c7fdf12139a39a7f9cec6ca3926c7a.jpeg

I had a couple that were worse, but didn't take photos of them. Overall, it made me feel better about my irons. 

Finished off by working on differential drills using a chipping and pitching motion going no higher that 9 o'clock. I was able to hit shots off the toe, heel, and center pretty much on command. I think I'll stick with doing this drill with a shorter swing for a while before going with the full swing. 

Nice work!!  Building that confidence up is key. Next step is to take the confidence to the course and make it work, I struggle with this part as well. 

4 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Every time I see this thing makes me want to snag one!

 

You and me both. 

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34 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Every time I see this thing makes me want to snag one!

looks like a good swing day

 

28 minutes ago, ParFore74x said:

You and me both. 

I will say it's probably the best practice aid I've seen. I've completely scrapped using my hitting mat with my net because of the valuable feedback it gives when you can't hit off the ground. Plus, you can use it without a ball like I did today and can benefit from the practice. 

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After a focussed practice at the range saturday I was having a practice 9 today.

My session was highligting that a half swing with my driver was consistent and getting good distance, a full 'Bryson' swing got a lot of air and was not consistent in direction.

Unfortunately all that went missing today, out of 7 drives 2 got any height.

More practice required.

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Started week 5 of SuperSpeed today, speeds were down a bit but I expect hills and valleys in this training. I can't complain, I hit my two longest drives in a long time this past weekend 273 and 263. Throw in a 221 yard 3 wood and a 195 yard 5 wood and that makes me pretty happy. I'm not going to mention I had a tailwind on all these shots. 

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4 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

Started week 5 of SuperSpeed today, speeds were down a bit but I expect hills and valleys in this training. I can't complain, I hit my two longest drives in a long time this past weekend 273 and 263. Throw in a 221 yard 3 wood and a 195 yard 5 wood and that makes me pretty happy. I'm not going to mention I had a tailwind on all these shots. 

That's good work, regardless of wind. 

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11 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

That's good work, regardless of wind. 

I appreciate it! I definitely ain't going to complain because it cost me distance hitting in to it. I wish I had gotten Arccos to work earlier (thank you again @B.Boston for your help) I had a 3 wood go over a green at 215 yards and wish it would have been recorded. 

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5 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

I appreciate it! I definitely ain't going to complain because it cost me distance hitting in to it. I wish I had gotten Arccos to work earlier (thank you again @B.Boston for your help) I had a 3 wood go over a green at 215 yards and wish it would have been recorded. 

Any time man! Those are some sweet shots! Like you said hills and valleys with the training, but my on course speeds seemed to stay pretty consistent after the first few weeks. 

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Sunday night I sucked it up and practiced in the rain.Worked on pitching/chipping  with my 9i, pw, 51, and 54. Trying to get back to getting the ball on the ground quickly which is the way I learned and truly prefer. 

Tonight was the range and really happy with my swing change progression. Swing plane change is coming along nicely at this point. 

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