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I had a backyard wedge session last night with the 53*.  I was out for a practice 9 on Sunday evening and hitting many different shots on each hole rather than 'playing' and noticed my 65 - 80 yard shots were not good.  Then I started thinking how I hadn't really practiced them much over the previous couple weeks.... duh!  I usually hit 30 - 40 shots in the 45 - 65 yard range at least 3x's per week and the swing tempo translates to the longer yardage but with a different wedge.  The first batch had inconsistent contact and distance results but by the last batch 11 of 12 hit the green and rolled out in a nice grouping.  

My nephew stopped by yesterday for a starter lesson.  He is late 20's and hasn't really played the game but agreed to be our 4th in a league.  He was too busy to stop by for some basics before the league started up and last week he averaged about 10 for each hole.  He was making better contact in about an hour and then he and a buddy went to play.  He told me later he actually had 2 pars mixed in with a bunch of bigger numbers. He said full shot contact was much better and most shots were lost around the green.  Maybe he'll halve a hole or two this week!  😄

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Modern Bag:  Ping G410+ 9*, Accra TourZ X265 M5;  Snake Eyes 15*, 18* & 23* Hybrids; Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5 - PW, PX LZ 6.0;  Cleveland Tour Action 49*, 53*, 57*; PX LZ 6.5 ;  Ping Heppler Fetch;  Ball - Snell MTB-X; Bag - Sun Mountain H2NO 

Classic Bag:  Driver - Wilson Staff Persimmon; 3w - Hogan Speed Slot; 5w - Wilson Staff Tour Block; 3 - pw - Staff Dynapower; sw - Ram Tom Watson;  putter - bullseye standard or flange.

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First trip to the range this spring, and took along my new Mevo+. AirPods in to hear the feed back and Mevo sitting in front of the bag.  A busy place. As it’s my first time really out (I’m not counting hitting into a net at home) I wanted to get a handle on my numbers from the Mevo - first time for it too away from home. No big surprises (getting older has resulted in loss of swing speed) but I see some clear difference in my driver in launch angle. Something to work on. 
 

Biggest thing to work on w my irons in solid contact rather than fat shots behind the ball. 7B6F02E4-3796-469E-88CA-2D50DFCEFD53.jpeg.ea254ecba325556869610cb3d28cc842.jpeg 
These are my key practice clubs. The TourStrikers. Makes sure I have a descending blow. It’s helped over the years but I suspect um getting more out to in.  With the TourStrike Pro I hit some amazing pulls or hooks. Nice and high (which it good) and pretty solid (also good) but big sweeping curves to the left. Not sure if that’s a function of the small hitting face and Ho I jphave to manipulate it or what. But when I grab a regular iron after that warm up they are back on line. 
 

best part of practice - outside, sunshine and 80*....

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik SubZero 9* Neutral w stock Evenflow Riptide R flex shaft
3W  Titelist TS2 15* Draw w Tensei Blue R flex
3H, 4H Cobra One Length F9 Speedback hybrids (1”short) w Fujikura Atmos R flex shaft
5I-GW Cobra Forged TEC Black One Length (1”short, 2* flat) KBS 90 R flex shafts
56, 60 Cobra King MIM One Length Black (1” short) KBS HiRev2.0 125 S flex shafts
ER7  or Scotty Futura X - 35”

OnCore Elixr (lemon or lime)

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Ordered the accuracy plan and can’t wait to work on things on the range and course. @Kenny B, don’t give me odd looks when I hold fingers up after every shot. 

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS with RDX Blue 70g S [back up and on life support Epic Flash SZ with Tensei Orange Pro S (1" tipped) at 44.5" ]

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F3 hybrid soft stepped XStiff 

4-AW: th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0211  with KBS Tour Stiff 2.5* up 1/4" long Unofficial Review

Wedges     :cleveland-small: Zipcore Tour Rack 54/full and 58/mid (review here)  (Backup 54*,60*: :ping-small:  S Tour KBS Tour Stiff 3* up)

Putter: TAII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter 

Ball: :Snell:MTB-X and :OnCore: vero X1 (may dabble in proV1 at some point)

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On 4/25/2021 at 4:32 PM, 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. 

Great job!  Keeping the back to the target longer has really helped me, and it is the result of Monte's No Turn Cast drill and Justin Rose's pre-swing drill.  Keep it up!!

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Update. Divot board work today again. Really trying to understand divot patterns. Also worked on the nail drill. An amazing visualization. Really helped me understand club path. Think that will be super useful if n my long game and that is where I come more OTT. Took out the 5i with the planemate red band for some feels. Then back to work on the divot board. Boom!

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS with RDX Blue 70g S [back up and on life support Epic Flash SZ with Tensei Orange Pro S (1" tipped) at 44.5" ]

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F3 hybrid soft stepped XStiff 

4-AW: th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0211  with KBS Tour Stiff 2.5* up 1/4" long Unofficial Review

Wedges     :cleveland-small: Zipcore Tour Rack 54/full and 58/mid (review here)  (Backup 54*,60*: :ping-small:  S Tour KBS Tour Stiff 3* up)

Putter: TAII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter 

Ball: :Snell:MTB-X and :OnCore: vero X1 (may dabble in proV1 at some point)

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47 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

Great job!  Keeping the back to the target longer has really helped me, and it is the result of Monte's No Turn Cast drill and Justin Rose's pre-swing drill.  Keep it up!!

I'm liking it pretty good, I even incorporated the feel in my SuperSpeed training yesterday and noticed it's pretty much a feel I get when doing the step change. I like how it helps sequencing and not using my arms and shoulders not start the downswing. 

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2 hours ago, rbsiedsc said:

Ordered the accuracy plan and can’t wait to work on things on the range and course. @Kenny B, don’t give me odd looks when I hold fingers up after every shot. 

Just as long as it isn't 1 finger aimed at @Kenny B....unless of course he deserves it!!  🤣

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Modern Bag:  Ping G410+ 9*, Accra TourZ X265 M5;  Snake Eyes 15*, 18* & 23* Hybrids; Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5 - PW, PX LZ 6.0;  Cleveland Tour Action 49*, 53*, 57*; PX LZ 6.5 ;  Ping Heppler Fetch;  Ball - Snell MTB-X; Bag - Sun Mountain H2NO 

Classic Bag:  Driver - Wilson Staff Persimmon; 3w - Hogan Speed Slot; 5w - Wilson Staff Tour Block; 3 - pw - Staff Dynapower; sw - Ram Tom Watson;  putter - bullseye standard or flange.

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While working on getting my pressure on the right side to start the backswing, caught myself moving off the ball a bit too much and then a little bit of a slide on the downswing. Working on staying centered, but also ensure I don't get pressure to my left side too early. Overall goal is to keep arms in sync with pivot. 

Doing this gets me coming in shallow without the right shoulder dipping early. 

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Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Accra 95 icwt S
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3 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

Just as long as it isn't 1 finger aimed at @Kenny B....unless of course he deserves it!!  🤣

I'm sure I deserve it!!  My wife aims one at me occasionally.  I assume that it means I'm #1 with her.  🤣

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FINALLY got to hit some balls today! Boy, was it ugly for awhile!!! I’m hoping to hit again tomorrow, so I’m praying this rain that’s threatening gets past us!!!! 

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback/:callaway-small:Epic Max LS, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy:  :callaway-small: Epic Speed 4w, MMT 80X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4-10, :Nippon: Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

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8 hours ago, rbsiedsc said:

Ordered the accuracy plan and can’t wait to work on things on the range and course. @Kenny B, don’t give me odd looks when I hold fingers up after every shot. 

I'm working on the strike plan and really enjoy it. It's going to take a while to accomplish everything in it, but once I do I hope to get the accuracy plan. I'll be interested to see how well it works for you and hope to hear about some great results!

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3 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

I'm working on the strike plan and really enjoy it. It's going to take a while to accomplish everything in it, but once I do I hope to get the accuracy plan. I'll be interested to see how well it works for you and hope to hear about some great results!

Thanks. I figured I could bypass strike plan so will see. I sadly missed out on the divot board deal with him. 

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS with RDX Blue 70g S [back up and on life support Epic Flash SZ with Tensei Orange Pro S (1" tipped) at 44.5" ]

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F3 hybrid soft stepped XStiff 

4-AW: th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0211  with KBS Tour Stiff 2.5* up 1/4" long Unofficial Review

Wedges     :cleveland-small: Zipcore Tour Rack 54/full and 58/mid (review here)  (Backup 54*,60*: :ping-small:  S Tour KBS Tour Stiff 3* up)

Putter: TAII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter 

Ball: :Snell:MTB-X and :OnCore: vero X1 (may dabble in proV1 at some point)

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38 minutes ago, rbsiedsc said:

Thanks. I figured I could bypass strike plan so will see. I sadly missed out on the divot board deal with him. 

Talking about divots, i went from being a turf destroying superintendent's worse nightmare, to taking thin divots. Little bit perplexed that it changed that much overnight with one swing change. 

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Spring 2020 MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Updated 4/27/2021
Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Accra 95 icwt S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - Nippon Modus 105 Wedge
Putter:  :odyssey-small: Two Ball Ten S Tour Lines - 31"
 

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On 4/26/2021 at 3:23 PM, bens197 said:

Rolled a bunch of putts today while the big kid took a nap.

I've been focused on a couple different putting drills since I bought the PuttOut and one thing that's really helped me was addressing my tempo.  

I am taking the putter back much slower and keeping the head low back and through the stroke.  Not only has contact been better but the on-course results are there.  For someone that never loved practicing putting, I wish I had bought this thing much sooner.

Totally agree bought one off @B.Boston and I have really enjoyed it. Definitely been putting more.

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59 minutes ago, ejgaudette said:

Totally agree bought one off @B.Boston and I have really enjoyed it. Definitely been putting more.

Glad you're enjoying it! That thing just plain works. And it’s addicting. 

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Continuing working on my short game with form and direction control with wedges this afternoon. Went to one if the local munis to use the chipping green which is almost always empty. Driving range was packed, putting green had several people on it, and there were several groups waiting to tee off on one and ten. Chipping green was empty though so I was able to get a solid hour in. Definitely saw solid improvements with direction control and decent progress with distance control on short shots so I wrote up that session as successful. 

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Not exactly sure why I hadn't done this before. I work at a high school where I teach and coach baseball.  We have a giant indoor hitting facility complete with nets, hitting mats and PLENTY of room to swing.  Yesterday I had the bright idea to bring my hitting net into the building and get a full bag session in before my team's game....I feel like a goon sometimes...

 

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Irons :  :ping-small: i210 4-PW

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14 minutes ago, HeathS16 said:

Not exactly sure why I hadn't done this before. I work at a high school where I teach and coach baseball.  We have a giant indoor hitting facility complete with nets, hitting mats and PLENTY of room to swing.  Yesterday I had the bright idea to bring my hitting net into the building and get a full bag session in before my team's game....I feel like a goon sometimes...

 

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Now that’s working smart!

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10 hours ago, ParFore74x said:

Now that’s working smart!

RIGHT!? Been here 4 years and this is the first time I've done this.  I question myself sometimes! 

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3-wood:  :adams-small:  Tight Lies (15*) 

5-Wood:  :Sub70: Pro (18*) 

Irons :  :ping-small: i210 4-PW

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