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Small bucket this morning, still working on tee shots. Driver was OK. Fairways were money off the tee. Hit some darts with my short irons. Felt really good. 

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On 9/9/2021 at 10:34 AM, JerryB said:

Went to the range with my son to work on my driver and woods.  My driver is slicing pretty hard right and I'm just not hitting woods well in general.  

I get zero distance on my longer clubs.  I'd like to blame my older hand-me-down equipment but I'm sure it's mostly just me being terrible, lol.  I'm finding that I get better woods contact when I play the ball nearer to my back foot, which seems counterintuitive, but I digress.

Was messing around with different tee heights, grip, and setup for the driver. I was able to straighten it out at the expense of popping it way up instead.  So, not great.

Son finished before me so he was watching me finish my bucket.  He noticed that I keep my arms more or less locked which results in an outside-in swing.  I tried flexing a bit more aggressively at the top of my back swing which seemed to straighten me out without sacrificing my meager distance.  Ran out of balls and had somewhere to be, so I'm not sure yet if breakthrough or dumb luck.  Hopefully I can get back in the next day or so.

We went back out today and were joined by a friend from work.  Same thing; hit a bucket almost exclusively with my driver.  Rotating my lead hand more towards the top of the shaft (so the back of my hand is pointing much more upward) really straightened me out.  My friend pointed out that I have nearly no lower body movement at all and he showed me how to rotate my hips and shift my weight more.  Some better movement combined with the grip change gave me a bunch of drives that were straighter and far longer than any I've had before.  Huge, HUGE confidence boost!

I have a 3 wood and a 3 hybrid; I hit a few balls with each.  I still have issues with the three wood but I managed to really pop a few with the hybrid.  Seems if I play it back a bit and keep my hands ahead of the club head I can get pretty good results.  Again, not sure if good, bad, or just luck.

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Spent 2 hours on the range today - I’m anxious to get my feedback from my last video that I sent in.  I know there’s more to be done to get the right elbow in order.  Still I hit lots of good wedge and 9 iron shots. Drove it fine also.

 

From there I went to 2 problem spots of late - 9 wood and penultimate wedge - mixed results with 9 wood - clearly better with full shots with the SCOR 56 than the Edison 54 - so the SCOR is back in - I’ve still got the Edison 59 in. 

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I like to occasionally take my higher lofted wedges and try to hit some short controlled chips.

 

The kind of shots that require a delicate touch but still need you to swing through the ball.  For me, I think more about hitting the sole of the club into the ground and through the ball on these ones.  

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Been working everyday on my pitching. That’s been the weakest part of my game.  Trying to really use the bounce of my wedges more. Making progress but it’s slow going 

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Hit a bucket at the range this morning working through the bag. Session put the final nail in whether or not I was going to keep the Rapsodo. Finished up the bucket alternating hitting groups of 5 to compare the old HiBore XL to the Mavrik Max. Once the phone recovers I'll have to look and see if any of the data is there to see if I'm keeping the Mavrik.

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Hit the range today with a large bucket, intent on finally getting a former grasp on my club yardages.

Wedges weren't great today so I'm going to have to try with them again.  But as I moved up in clubs I seemed to get a better handle on things.

The adjustments to my driver, wood, and hybrid seems to be paying off. My son suggested a setup change during a round yesterday and I tried it again today.  Wood and hybrid were much more consistent this time and all three clubs were both longer than before and much tighter in dispersion.  

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Range session to see how my swing work translates to hitting balls. Still slightly across the line and in my transition my lower body needs to be more involved. Face contact decent. 
 

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10 hours ago, rbsiedsc said:

Range session to see how my swing work translates to hitting balls. Still slightly across the line and in my transition my lower body needs to be more involved. Face contact decent. 
 

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Somethings I notice.

At address you have open shoulders while your hips seem to be square to target but then your feet are staggered. (First pic)

The right arm starts to get under the left arm early and the right hand underneath as well. Also a pretty flat turn of the shoulders (second pic)

Then we see the club starting to get behind the hands and there’s very little to no wrist set at this point (third pic)

In between third and fourth pics the butt of the club is pointed outside of the ball when it should be on the imaginary ball line or slightly inside it. This leads to a flat swing and the shoulders/arms get too much rotation (fourth pic)

In transition you don’t have much choice but to have the left shoulder and arm rotate internally because it can’t rotate externally any more to flatten the shaft. So you get what some call the arm wrestling move and this steepens the shaft. (Fifth pic)

From here the hips start to spin out and because of the steep shaft you have to early extend to get back to the ball and at impact you can see the clubhead is going to strike heel side of center and have some added spin. (Last 2 pics)

Theres some improvement in I don’t see the same amount of arm lift as before especially early in the swing and then to the top. The majority of work needs to be done from address, possibly grip and up thru the fourth pic. Once those get better issues from that point to the top of the swing will improve. 

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There are days where you take off for a practice session during lunch and days where you feel like you should of worked through lunch instead of practicing....and today was one of those days.  I wasn't happy with how I hit the ball during the first round of the league playoffs (almost gave it away with a poor iron shot on the very last hole - had to go to two tie breaker holes but I managed to squeak by to make it into the next round of playoffs). So I went to a course closest to me that had both a decent range and a decent putting area.  Well the putting area was closed 😠. So I got a large bucket to work on the full swing and I pretty much hit every nightmare shot out there. Shanks, slices, pushes, push hooks, pull hooks, Roy Mcavoy range dipsy doodle (being a lefty and in the MIDDLE of the range didn't help with these shots either), fat, thin you name it I hit it, except for any decent good shots.  Today's range session had me questioning my sanity with this game and every aspect of my swing. I really hate days like today /rant off.  I'm joining you @Shankster you'll have some competition for  speed rocking chair rocking!

 

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After last weeks 93 in my first tournament (with 5 pars, a birdie, and 33 putts -- SMH!!!) I made a mess of the other 11 holes, mostly because I was often short on approach landing inside my nemesis of short range chipping.  Being short didn't help but most of those extra strokes were flubbed chips.  So today I decided to work on two things, really knowing the carry range of my clubs from flushed to mishit and a boatload of short range chipping.  

I went through a large bucket, taking my time with each club, and really keeping an eye on the range of numbers I was seeing from my launch monitor.  It was a middling day, I struggled with tempo, accuracy, and my swing felt sloppy.  But, rather than go down that rabbit hole I decided to keep my focus on ranges.  In the end my tempo, swing, and accuracy all kind of ironed out on their own -- Kind of a good unintentional lesson in avoiding 'swing thoughts' and focusing on the task at hand.   All an all a pretty successful day.  I have a pretty solid range for each club now that I've written down in a little notebook I'm keeping with my bag for when I play.  

At the chipping green I spent a lot of time chipping out of an area 5-10 ft. off the fringe.  Right now, when I play, these shots make me so nervous.  I just don't feel confident making them.  But, come hell or high water I'm going to bring this segment of my game into line with the rest of it.  I probably hit 140-160? chips today?    I'd just a hit a sleeve of 20, reload it, and rinse and repeat.  The first couple sleeves was pretty ugly -- lots of chunked, flubbed, skulled shots, and more than a little swearing both loudly and under my breath.  I stopped going after the pin and just aimed to get on.  Things got a lot better.  I was landing almost all of the shots on the green with the majority short and a few up against the fringe behind the pin.  Once I got a rythm going I started to try and attack the pin again and build feel for what I need to do swing wise for different types of lies.  This is the part that I think is going to finally get me feeling comfortable with these types of shot, but for now it remains a work in progress.  

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Hit  a bunch of pitch shots in the backyard to work on technique.  Felt like I got some things worked out;  now I just need to get out to the course before I forget it all 🙂

 

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Not sure where to post this   Had an excellent day with my approach shot to the green  Was getting out of my own way

I have stopped using the driving  iron , I think it was causing the habit of "hitting up" infecting my mid and short irons.

Focus on hitting down on the, making a small divot , and felt I was flushing pure without effort , ball was online , very little curve . Funny thing was I was focus on the hosel part of the club , but I knew I wasnt going to shanke cause I was turning my shoulders in unison.  Type of grip was as not as important  as where the ball position was . felt middle of the stance was a good starting part for ten finger grip .  just foreward of center and slightly away from body for intermesh grp.

generally playing the ball back of center for knockdown, but I find that i shuffle my feet and place it more forward in the stance, can play more of "stinger" type shot

I was still having trouble guaging my 75-100 yard shots. I flew over the green with  one pitch approach with 1/2 swing  I had only one other approach at the that distance that  I had to intention "hit thin" to take distance off  and that worked.

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Topping almost every fairway wood    I think it’s cause I’m hitting like a driver on tee

i practice on the side hill lies and notice that if I tap the sole of the head against the ground as preshot routine. can hit the fairway wood more flush without fear of fatting or topping   Somehow it helps me shallow the swing 

after awhile I felt confident to try to hit a driver of the deck.  It went only as far as my 3 wood but I get the concept that I can hit a driver like a 3 wood but can’t hit a 3 wood like a driver unless I purchase a 3 wood with a deeper face and tee it up 

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I read an article on Golf dotcom 😉☺️ titled "Why practicing without a golf ball can seriously help your game" that starts out with ...

"The secret is in the dirt, Ben Hogan once famously said. The only problem is that millions of golfers have spent countless hours digging but haven’t turned up any treasure."

It goes on to talk about "positive effects of visualization in sports" .. no, not news to most on here ... and continues with a golf-specific example, and some tips on how you could use and benefit from practicing without a ball.

I found it interesting as this season I've been to the range way fewer times vs previous years, in part due to the old aches and pains in the back and joints plus kinda saving my energy for real golf rounds .. but more so as I've actually been doing more "dry swing" practice this year, including rehearsing the new movements from my series of lessons.

Since I've .. generally .. been striking the ball better lately maybe it's helping?!!?

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Post April practice seems to be a "standard practice" among MGS players.

It's a revelation.

I told the guys about it, and none of them believe me.

One went so far as to explore the USGA rule book to confirm that it's allowed.

He couldn't find confirmation there.

Better safe than sorry, so we all agreed to continue our present routines.

 

 

 

 

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Its funny , I sucked at driving and primarily use a 3w/5w off the tee and fairway

This was   8 years ago and so very confident with FW that I would leave the driver at home cause I wasnt sure where the ball will go 

Over the  years developed my driver swing 

Now the driver is my strong suit and use it every chance I get off the tee  and I suck at the  3w/5w so bad 

that I  top and fat it more frequently than I ever did.

 

 

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Hit the range after playing nine this morning.  Hit my longer clubs a bit but I think I was tired after playing so the driver especially was not good.  Worked on the wedges for the second half of my bucket.  Wedges are still inconsistent but it's becoming more consistently inconsistent, if that makes sense, lol. Pulling a lot of them to the left of my target.  Need to get that figured out.

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Once again took advantage of being my own boss today.  I  had a gap in between meetings near a little par 3 course with a great putting green so I threw the sleeve and putter in the car and figured I'd be able to get in 30-40 minutes of putting.  I had a really good day with putting practice from 6' in even with the heavy sloping that this green has I was perfect from 3' for the day and my putting stroke felt good.

First I did the two tee gate drill from 3,6,9,and 12 '. On an uphill slope for 3ft,9ft and downhill slope for 6 ft, 12 ft . 

  • 3'-- 20/20
  • 6'-- 18/20
  • 9' -- 12/20
  • 12' -- 4/20

Next I did some long range lag putting practice w/ a side slope and uphill/downhill aiming to leave the ball inside 3'. 

50 ft. uphill.

  • 13/20 inside 3'
  • 18/20 inside 6',
  • 1 make (counted as inside 3')

50' downhill 

  • 12/20 inside 3'
  • 16/20 inside 6'
  • 2 makes (counted as  inside 3')

Last I ran through the putting drill I've been using where I use the sleeve of 20 and start from 3'.  I take all the makes and move 3' further out.  Rinse and repeat.  I did this on a side slope today and made enough putts to make it to 12'.

  • 20/20 3'
  • 15/20 6'
  • 3/15   9'
  • 0/3    12'

It was a good day of putting and I had a couple takeways.  First my make percentage plummets beyond 6' though I am leaving the 9 & 12 footers at tap in range.  (I wouldn't expect it to be particularly good anyway especially in real world conditions where I don't get to hit 20 in a row from the same spot).  Second the make percentages in these drills are more indicative that I'm building a repeatable and reliable putting stroke then being lights out at 6'.  Third follow through is everything for my putting stroke, even at short range.  If I don't finish the stroke I will push and pull the ball like crazy.

 

 

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