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8 minutes ago, cksurfdude said:

I have a tendency to setup with my shoulders opened up a bit .. and yeah any small mis-alignment can lead to big swing problems... As always: a work in progress!

For sure. For me, when my shoulders are actually aligned parallel to the target, if im not focused, then I start pointing the clubface left of the target, and then start hitting pulls in relation to the target. It's interesting how everyone has different spatial perception.

I'm sure there are others reading this thread asking, "how do you guys not know where you are aligned". When your spatial perception is different than reality, it is hard. For example, I can use alignment sticks and my feet aligned parallel to the target, my hips aligned parallel, but my shoulders closed because i perceive my shoulders to be aligned properly. So its not necessarily as easy of a change as just line up with alignment sticks or something like that. 

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12 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

For sure. For me, when my shoulders are actually aligned parallel to the target, if im not focused, then I start pointing the clubface left of the target, and then start hitting pulls in relation to the target. It's interesting how everyone has different spatial perception.

I'm sure there are others reading this thread asking, "how do you guys not know where you are aligned". When your spatial perception is different than reality, it is hard. For example, I can use alignment sticks and my feet aligned parallel to the target, my hips aligned parallel, but my shoulders closed because i perceive my shoulders to be aligned properly. So its not necessarily as easy of a change as just line up with alignment sticks or something like that. 

Some great stuff on the arm lock. Was interesting in Byrons 3D printed iron video he talked about how rolls his shoulder over toward his chest and then his hand as far to the left as it can go as this locks in the lead had and it can't open. It was really interesting.

 

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... I was hitting some putts at the PGA Show and Mike Johnson of Peritti putters commented on how I rock my shoulders and have such a smooth putting stroke. I told him I putt with my hands not my shoulders and he laughed and said "this is what I do 24/7 and 365 days a year. Trust me, you putt with your shoulders". 

... This is the preverbal Chicken or Egg riddle and I feel like my hands rock my shoulders not the other way around. I should know since I am the one putting but as a teacher watching many students, I know what we think we are doing may be different than what we are actually doing. So maybe Mike is right and I do putt with my shoulders but it sure doesn't feel like it. In the end it is irrelevant because I am happy with my putting stroke and get complimented on it all the time, basically because I have great speed control and it is very smooth looking and is the cornerstone of my game. 

... The takeaway from this should be do not concentrate on any one aspect of your putting stroke, concentrate on the whole stroke and make your main focus holing your putt. The brain will over come technique every time if you have a positive attitude toward making every putt. Just like the full swing where you should be playing golf on the course not playing golf swing ... concentrate on making putts and not the putting stroke*. 

* of course if you have problems like yips, very poor distance control or a lack of confidence, practicing your putting stroke while concentrating on a technical aspect is a good idea. But once you start playing, even if you are struggling, never think about your stroke, only think about making your putt. 

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1 hour ago, ejgaudette said:

Some great stuff on the arm lock. Was interesting in Byrons 3D printed iron video he talked about how rolls his shoulder over toward his chest and then his hand as far to the left as it can go as this locks in the lead had and it can't open. It was really interesting.

 

Interesting   About the how he positions his lead arm.   I tried the arm lock and my feeling is that it’s more of a lead arm putting control technique

I tend to have a tighter trail arm grip and feel my putting is more consistent with trail arm control.  Maybe that’s why I can’t get the concept of arm lock. 

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1 hour ago, ejgaudette said:

Some great stuff on the arm lock. Was interesting in Byrons 3D printed iron video he talked about how rolls his shoulder over toward his chest and then his hand as far to the left as it can go as this locks in the lead had and it can't open. It was really interesting.

 

 

32 minutes ago, Haro said:

Interesting   About the how he positions his lead arm.   I tried the arm lock and my feeling is that it’s more of a lead arm putting control technique

I tend to have a tighter trail arm grip and feel my putting is more consistent with trail arm control.  Maybe that’s why I can’t get the concept of arm lock. 

I've only been experimenting with this, in terms of what he does with his lead arm. If you have the right joint flexibility, then it gets really locked in there so that the face can't really open or close much. So then your left or right miss becomes just a path issue. I am all sorts of double jointed, so doing these contortions is not a problem for me. 

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1 hour ago, edingc said:

Not only is it a what did I practice today, but it's a what did I build today...

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We got our first snow of the season last night and so that meant today was spent getting the indoor net setup for the FlightScope Mevo+. I ended up building three 2"x3"x8ft lumber "clamps" that went around the rafters in our garage to hang the cage netting. I had to make some small adjustments to how I envisioned it along the way, but all in all it turned out perfectly. It tucks away a bit so that I can still pull my car in the garage.

I broke it in with about 50 7 irons and some wedges. It took all the balls without issue. So excited to have an indoor space to hit that doesn't require a 40 minute drive.

Still struggling with my swing, and thankfully have a lesson scheduled for Thursday. Lots of blocks and fades. I did get at least a couple nice looking wedges in today, though:

 

Great job building the net, Cody! I'm glad you have somewhere to get some practice in where you don't have to make a long drive (No pun intended). I look forward to hearing about your progress throughout the off season. 

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Been working on armlock putting indoors every day. After many minor adjustments to setup, finally have the setup portion dialed in. Very Bryson in nature, very upright. Its working well indoors, need to take it outdoors to practice distance control. 

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Got a small bucket range sesh in at the local Muni last night during our daughter’s soccer practice. I’m currently about 2.5 weeks into Level 1 of the SuperSpeed system (thanks to @edingc for getting me his homemade training set) … and man, my contact and ball flight with my irons were noticeably firmer and farther. 

Went GW, 9i, 7i, 4h and finished off with the 3W … the 7i was easily clearing their 158 yardage flag through the air, whereas previous sessions with the 7i would land just at or short of the flag. Def a confidence booster for sure and happy to see how the SuperSpeed will benefit my iron game as I go through the training program. 

And I’ll add, evening range sessions are the absolute best. It’s easy to see your ball, and IMO, the ball flight just looks much more polished at night than it does out under the sun. 😆 

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On 11/13/2021 at 6:32 PM, edingc said:

Not only is it a what did I practice today, but it's a what did I build today...

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We got our first snow of the season last night and so that meant today was spent getting the indoor net setup for the FlightScope Mevo+. I ended up building three 2"x3"x8ft lumber "clamps" that went around the rafters in our garage to hang the cage netting. I had to make some small adjustments to how I envisioned it along the way, but all in all it turned out perfectly. It tucks away a bit so that I can still pull my car in the garage.

I broke it in with about 50 7 irons and some wedges. It took all the balls without issue. So excited to have an indoor space to hit that doesn't require a 40 minute drive.

Still struggling with my swing, and thankfully have a lesson scheduled for Thursday. Lots of blocks and fades. I did get at least a couple nice looking wedges in today, though:

 

Nice setup, Cody! 👌🏼 For me, I’ve never been comfortable hitting indoors into a net … it’s an annoying mental block that I just cannot seem to get past. And it’s especially more pronounced with the driver, my swing speed will be anywhere from 7 to 10mph slower when hitting indoors. 

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Lost the feeling for a draw last time out   Went to heated driving range

develop confidence when I setup a bit differently What I was doing last time out was fidgeting with my grip too much once I was setup over the ball.  Just fading ball all day 

In practice I Hit entire bucket drawing

Sequencing by alignment my body right of the target taking my grip aiming club slightly right of target and lastly address the ball  and ball position 

The other day. I was sequencing in different order.  Ball position first/then my body alignment and grip last 

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Working on armlock again indoors and making some small adjustments to my setup. Think i have finally landed on the right setup that works well for me. Need to get on a Quintic in the next month or two to get the loft and lie angle dialed in. 

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Keep trying to work on the wrist angles and I'm just not getting it consistently. Every once in awhile I am able to get the lead wrist correct but it's tough. Also trying to get a little more relaxed overall. Thinking so much about my wrist position is causing a lot of tension everywhere and my swing just doesn't flow that way. 

I've got a two week trip for work coming up so I'm debating on trying to get a few rounds of golf in during my free weekend in the middle of it. 

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Perks of having the indoor hitting net setup -- I've had three straight days of about a bucket's worth of balls working on the things from my lesson on Thursday. And, with no charge to hit the balls, I have zero issue with hitting 10-20 balls working on drills before moving into full swing practice.

Today things really started to click after focusing on getting into a better posture at setup. I tend to get too hunched over in my setup with my upper body leaning too far out, shifting pressure into my toes. Today I borrowed something from Gankas and imagined lining up an alignment stick from my armpits, across the top of the knee and down through my ankle. It really helped me stay balanced throughout the swing and got my impact location moving back in from the toe to the middle of the club face.

I have been focusing on 5 iron and 7 iron mostly, trying to get my AoA more shallow with them and also getting the height of my long irons to be better. I tend to move forward in the downswing and hit low, toe-y hooks. I'm finding I really need to have what feels like a lot of secondary axis tilt in my setup with the 5 iron. I was very happy by the end of the lesson to be seeing peak heights in the 30 yard range with the 5 iron.

Near the end of today's session I had five straight 7 irons that were tight baby draws on line with ball speeds around 127-128 MPH. I'll take that any day!

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Due to weather and outdoor facilities closing around me, I’ve taken my practice to the basement. I need to rebuild my swing. I all too often make contact behind the ball and ground first. I need work on my hands leading into to ball with a more descending strike. I bought a Callaway Chip Stix golf training aid to extend beyond the grip to help with that hands forward feeling. During the coming weeks I’ll also be heading to the indoor golf practice facility.

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More putting practice. I notice that one of the fundamentals for me is not to turn my head to quickly on short putts as I missed making those easily. Just trace the ball with my eyes first then after it the leave my field of vision then turn my head to the hole. I generally will not see 3-4 footers -5 footers go in.  But the 5-10 footers I can turn my head to see the ball go in the hole. 
I tried to look a spot either just in front or behind the ball but it feel unnatural to freeze my eyeballs 

longer putts. Over 20 feet I don’t follow this fundamental I just turn my head as I stroke the ball. And I tend to use more my thumbs and arms   my stroke setup is different and I tend to forward press my longer putts. This seems to work for me 

I just have to trust it and neutralize my hands in short putts and avoid peeking to early 

 

Having the pin in for longer putts helps me as I often would be short of the cup  But something above ground to aim for I have a bit more “hit” on my longer strokes so it helps visually to “hit the pin”  and gives it a chance  I don’t think it makes as much difference for short putts for me 

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Low today... 34º.  High today... 37º.  Fog.

Stayed home and practiced inside hitting one-handed shots with a 7i.  Using right hand (dominant) is pretty easy; using left hand is not.  To improve my left hand shots I have to focus on bowing my wrist at the top of backswing.  If I don't, it's a shank.  Bow my wrist and the shot is straight.  After two days of this my wrist is sore, which makes bowing difficult.  Got to keep doing this to strengthen it.

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My intent was to play but lets just call it practice. The front nine looked to be a little backed up out on the course so I went off the back. No one in site coming down #9 so I was free to play. I hit the driver well so even though it a long steady up hill of 413 yards I parred it. Hole #2 great drive to a slight dog leg left hole. Leaving me 100 yards. So then I see a group of 4 putting on hole #15. The green is behind the green of #11. There was no one in front of them. I make my par on #11.  Then I play holes 12, 13, 14, and 15. I get on the tee box of 16 and the same foursome was still putting.  For goodness sakes it was a par three of 175 yards. What on earth could take that long. I played over 1300 yards and caught them.

I played hole #16 then went back and played 12, 15, and 16 again (1000 yards total). I was at the tee box on 17 and they were still on 17 green. That is just ridiculous. I waited for them to clear the green and then played 17. I got on the tee at 18 and they were still on their approaches to 18. I think I dozed off waiting.

I finished up on 18 and the same group was over on the tee on #1. They were still teeing off when I finished 18. So I headed home without getting to play the front nine.

So when I went back to play the holes again I tried a Callaway Chrome Soft Pix ball that I found. I played it well off the tee and the approaches. I could not putt at all with it. The pattern messed with me and I three putt all three holes. I even went back to the original putt location and tried again with the same results. It was a visual distraction and I just couldn't get it going on my intended line. On 17 and 18 I went back to the original ball I was playing and had no issues putting. 

At least I learned not to buy any pix balls. 

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On 11/13/2021 at 4:32 PM, edingc said:

Not only is it a what did I practice today, but it's a what did I build today...

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We got our first snow of the season last night and so that meant today was spent getting the indoor net setup for the FlightScope Mevo+. I ended up building three 2"x3"x8ft lumber "clamps" that went around the rafters in our garage to hang the cage netting. I had to make some small adjustments to how I envisioned it along the way, but all in all it turned out perfectly. It tucks away a bit so that I can still pull my car in the garage.

I broke it in with about 50 7 irons and some wedges. It took all the balls without issue. So excited to have an indoor space to hit that doesn't require a 40 minute drive.

Still struggling with my swing, and thankfully have a lesson scheduled for Thursday. Lots of blocks and fades. I did get at least a couple nice looking wedges in today, though:

 

That stow-away design is a great approach.  Do you plan to add a projector and screen?  I think that is the aspect of the indoor PLM system that intrigues me most... love watching the balls flight path.

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