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This is a great way to significantly reduce 3-putts. I do this several times a week, and it's amazing how well it works when I get on the course. The only issue I have is that the speed of the green is different in the morning than in the evening. I play with the guys in the morning, but my wife and I play after she gets off work. I do better in the morning.

 

It's a nice feeling to know that the next putt will be easy... if there is a next putt! I've made a lot of long putts recently; a few birdies but the pars are what keeps a good round alive.

That's my only concern about speed. But I'm sure if I do it enough on different practice greens I'll get a feel for it.

 

 

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Had a ton of conference calls today so I worked from home and did a lot of putting on my birdieball green. Really focused on a shorter backstroke and accelerating through the putter rather than feeling like I'm steering the club through the ball

I've got a variation is this for you. Putt from a spot in the middle of the green to the edge and try to get the ball to just roll up on the collar.

 

I learned that from listening to Anneka. It works very well for me.

 

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A couple of days ago I took a playing lesson. If you can take one sometime. If you have a competent coach you'll find it interesting.

 

 

I have been meaning to do this.  One of our local instructors is very good, and I have "audited" one of his group classes on the course.  These have been beginner classes, but he has given me a few pointers and doesn't try to change my single-plane swing.  He has actually said that my SPS is one of the best he has seen, but he doesn't have much experience with it, so I guess that doesn't mean a whole lot!   :)

 

When the season winds down and his time is more available, I think I will see how much he would charge to play 9-holes with me and provide feedback on my game.  He does that with his top junior students now.  One girl is 15 and drives the ball 280; hope she makes it to the next level.

 

 

Well I did it!!  Last week I set up a playing lesson with the best teaching pro in the region.  He has won pro tournaments here in central Washington, but now just focuses on teaching and has been the eastern Washington teacher of the year.

 

Yesterday he and I played 9 holes at my club.  First, I have to brag a little... I beat him!   :)   But that's not really fair.  He hasn't played much at all this year; only on the course with his students who are mostly kids.  I had walked 9-holes with my regular Monday group, then got a cart and drove to the far side of the driving range where he conducts his classes with his students.  I hit a few balls to keep loose while he finished up with a couple pf students, then we headed to the first tee.  He usually plays this course from the tips, but he played from the Blues with me.  

 

I asked him to play with me in order to evaluate my game, not to spend time working on anything in particular.  I just wanted an assessment.  I played better than I did earlier with the guys; +2 vs. +5 earlier in the day.  One bad swing on a 200 yard par 3 cost me 2 strokes!!  At the completion of the round, we discussed several issues that he noticed, and I raised a few of my concerns with my game.  I have known this instructor for a few years, and I "audited" a class he had this summer just to see how he teaches.  However, I was hesitant to take a lesson because I have spent several years committed to the single plane swing, and I didn't want any teacher that doesn't understand this swing to mess with it.  The SPS fixed my huge slice about 10 years ago.

 

He was impressed with my game and said he enjoyed playing with me.  He assured me that he will not interfere with my SPS.  So, next Monday I have another appointment with him to head out onto the course and focus on certain shots from some of the awkward lies on the course.  There are several locations where I struggle.  The fairways of my course are not particularly flat, and it seems that the landing zone on several holes are on a downslope.  Second shots from here are not my best.  The course also has mounds just off the fairway, so uneven lies in the rough are common.  This is where we will be next week.  We might also work on some fairway bunker shots.  I've never been very good from there, and I always try to avoid them... not always successfully.

 

So, what did this cost??  I was amazed!  I wondered if it was just because he liked me, but for 1.5 hours playing on the course, he changed me $40.  Same next week.  I call this a bargain!!

 

Thanks PJ for bringing this up, otherwise I might not have done it.

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I hit about 80 balls today - 5 54's, 5 PWs, 10 9 irons, 10 7 irons, 5 4 hybrids, 5 Drivers, 10 9 irons, 10 48's, 10 54's, 10 60'.

 

 

I didn't lay the sod over on a single one although I hit a couple thin.  Here's what the practice ground looked like when I finished.  I just wish that I had more time to play.  I'm hitting it well right now. :(

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I was able to practice some on Sunday. Went through the bag and hit roughly 10 shots with each club and then ended with about 20 shots to a pin ~105 yards away. Focused on trying to put it within 15-20 feet of the flag on each shot.

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On Monday I had another playing lesson with the pro.  I am enjoying these!!  He had another student with him, so the three of us went out on the course.  John is a nice guy who is a couple of years older than I am, but he is about a 20 hcp. He is a disabled vet and his birthday was yesterday.  He bought a brand new Corvette!!!  

 

The pro worked with both of us with most of my time on downhill/sidehill lies.  I have figured out that this shot requires a lot of clubhead speed that I don't have.  To compensate, I have to use a more lofted club and know that I won't get the distance that I would with my normal club from a flat lie.  But I will get more distance because I hit the ball better.  It's going to take more practice, but I am feeling more comfortable hitting the shot.

 

My highlight of the lesson was on hole #7, a par 4 that is one of my nemesis holes.  I hit a decent drive and had a 5i to the green from a slight downhill lie.  The pro hit his new Titleist 917 driver beautifully and had a wedge to the green.  I hit probably my best 5i of the month, off a lie that I don't really like, onto the green pin-high, about 15 feet.  The pro hit his wedge to about 6 feet.  I told John that the pro was going to make his birdie, so I had to make mine.  I did!!   So did he.  

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Good stuff Kenny! If money wasn't an issue playing lessons would be the only lessons I ever sprung for. Working on my game in actual round conditions would be so much better for me than working on the range.

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Good stuff Kenny! If money wasn't an issue playing lessons would be the only lessons I ever sprung for. Working on my game in actual round conditions would be so much better for me than working on the range.

If it wasn't so affordable, I probably wouldn't do it but maybe once or twice.  The pro's fee, charged through the clubhouse even though he doesn't work there, is $40.  We play for about 1.5 - 2 hours depending on his schedule and how busy the course is.  A week ago we played 9 holes.  This past Monday the course was more crowded, so we cut it short; only played 5 holes + a little time on the back side of the range hitting off downhill lies.

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Definitely want to do this.

 

A couple of days ago I took a playing lesson. If you can take one sometime. If you have a competent coach you'll find it interesting.

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Not sure if this is played or practiced but I played the par

3 course at my muni. No tees just dropped 2 balls on the ground got a yardage and hit them. That meant I hit everything from the 60 to my 4 hybrid 93 yards to 188. Played both balls out. I was 1 over with one and even with the other. It took one hour. I had so much fun.

 

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I received my Swingbyte 2.0 in the mail so I headed to the range and hit a bucket switching the SB between my 7 iron and my driver.

 

 

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Today I am going to work on my bunker play as well as my pitching. The 9 hole course that I sometime go to has a practice area with a bunker and pitching/chipping area as well. Definitely need to work on my short game.

 

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Today I am going to work on my bunker play as well as my pitching. The 9 hole course that I sometime go to has a practice area with a bunker and pitching/chipping area as well. Definitely need to work on my short game.

 

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If you keep at it, you will definitely see major improvement.  A few years ago, a friend of mine broke some ribs and couldn't make full swings, but he wanted to get out on the course.  He could only chip and putt.  By the time he healed up, he was deadly at chipping!  He was never that good at putting and that improved a little too, but his chipping improved dramatically!!

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I sent video of my driver swing to my pro. All looks good, except I'm still coming from inside-out too much. He's supposed to send me videos today of drills to do to correct it. I'm hoping they get here by lunch time so I can go to the range.

 

 

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My pro sent me a video of a couple of things to work on to correct my severe in-to-out swing path, so I went to the range and hit two buckets working on the drills. It's going to take awhile for me to get the proper move down, but I'll keep working!

 

 

 

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Hit the short course again today. 2 over with both balls in steady 25 mph back end of the hurricane winds. Its a fun way to practice. It was so strong that I hit my 90 yard club 110 down wind and my 160 club 130 into it.

 

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I've been practicing my chipping indoors on my carpet lately by trying to chip 2 pennies spaced 2 inches apart, for me it was difficult at first but now I can do it 90% of the time on the first try, all I can say is Wow! This has drastically improved my chipping, played yesterday and had 2 hole outs for birdie and 4 extremely close tap ins. A must try if you want to improve your chipping.

 

 

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Well I doubt I will be hitting the short course for a while given that I can hit balls to my heart's content.

 

I'm thinking that I will try and hit the robot when he's out mowing the chipping green. I did that last year for T and I will do it again this year.

 

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Well I doubt I will be hitting the short course for a while given that I can hit balls to my heart's content.

 

I'm thinking that I will try and hit the robot when he's out mowing the chipping green. I did that last year for T and I will do it again this year.

 

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When you go to Bayou, and no one is there, why don't you create your own "short course"?  Skip the long game and go to each green and hit shots from "familiar" spots.  Move on the the next green.  I find it a lot better than the chipping green, and I have more confidence on a shot next time I play the course and end up there.

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