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6 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

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.

That may be on my purchase list for next fall. This cage has a target and baffle net that could be replaced by an impact screen for about $250. The projecter would have to go on the ground, which would require a $300 protective case, plus cost of the projector. Probably another $1k investment total, and it would have to be setup and torn down each time. As it is right now, I can go from cars in the garage to fully setup and hitting in about six minutes.

I currently don't have a Apple device to use the included free E6 courses. A co-worker is lending me an unused iPhone so I can try out the sim capabilities soon.

Right now I just have the FS Golf app read distances out loud and then I can check dispersion on the phone screen by walking over. I'm getting pretty good at "feeling" the shot and can guess dispersion and direction pretty accurately already just by feel.

I've been very impressed by the Mevo+ and it's accuracy indoors.

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Was working on my putting and this sound counterintuitive but I feel the shorter the putt and more arc I try to produce in my stroke.  The longer the putt , the straighter back and through or even ugly cut stroke happens on my longer putts.    
The effect is all minimize by a crosshanded technique and the cut stroke is minimized when I forward press.  
I just find that I have better distance control/speed control  for my putts when I arc my short putts and try more straightish hit through on longer putts 

also rehearse swings   What’s the purpose ? I been feeling getting ready to strike the cue body in pool is the same analogy  In billiards it’s to get the “rust out” and hinge freely with my elbows and shoulders    With putting I try to have the putter butt end move with my belly or midsection 

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Had a really good quick range session yesterday.  I was mostly there to get some swings in with a newly built hybrid but decided to that I should also get some chipping practice in.  It's becoming painfully obvious to me that my dropped strokes with chipping aren't the result of technique anymore.  On the practice green I'm putting probably 60% of chips and pitches inside an area where the outer ones are inside what I would class as my 50% make range.  Maybe half of those 30% of those are inside my definite make range (3 feet or better).    I've even moved to randomly scattering the shag tube around the green on a variety of lies with some in the sand and the same seems to be holding true.  

However, I don't often play well enough to play to these percentages during a round it's clearly mental.  The practice green doesn't matter so I can take each stroke with confidence and without the creeping fear that I'm about to blade the thing to the high side of the green and face a miserable comebacker downhill. 

I think the only way to get over this is for me to play as much as possible.  🙂  That being said, I unfortunately don't have time for two or more 4+ hour rounds a week and the execs are letting 5somes out :(.   I think I have a good solution, one that I discovered last week.   I played the Rancho Park par 3 in between meetings last week (surprisingly for the first time) and got in in a 1200 yards of pitch and putt practice in just over an hour.  I'm kind of embarrased that I hadn't considered these little courses as perfect practice environments for what I'm working on. There's a series of these little par 3's all over LA (pretty much one in every location that I have regular meetings)  and none of them are booked solid like the execs and full size courses.  I can hop on play for an hour and continue with my day.  I'm genuinely excited.  That lights out short game is right around the corner now.  😉

After chipping and pitching I moved to the range. Lately I've only been hitting small buckets.  I focus on a couple small technique things for half of the 40 odd balls -- picking one or two of the following :  building lag, hip turn, partial exaggerated swings to groove my impact, weight transfer, etc. things.  Just slowly trying to sharpen technique without trying to groove things.  I'll spend 10 of the balls working on accuracy and working the ball (I'm not particularly consistent with that yet but it seems to help me when I play if I plan for a shot shape).  Then I'll use the remainder to experiment -- what happens and what kind of distance can I get when I really try to step on different clubs, what happens when I really hood the face, can I accurately predict and control where I want a low hook to go, can I control my impact enough to hit it where I want to on the face (so far -- yes, but mostly no).    I'm finding this low volume practice seems to really work for me.  Mostly because I don't and can't sit there and try and groove a club and I don't have enough balls to reinforce a bad habit by trying to 'fix' something when I'm having an off day. 

In any case to work on my hybrid I did a lot of impact and backswing work with it to kind of get a feel for it and get myself on the plane I wanted with it then swapped out for driver and another iron before returning to it mid-way through the bucket.  The thing is awesome.  I feels like consistent with better control than previous hybrids I've used but the ball still explodes off the face.    It also seem to be able to produce a wide variety of distance with it depending on the swing I use.  It produces an arrow straight 215ish carry with an easy smooth no fuss no muss swing.  I can't seem to put much movement on it beside a light draw or fade ( I think the RBZ 2's were historically very forgiving almost to a fault) but that's a huge positive for me, especially since I built it to find fairways when I'm having an off day.  It also seems to do equally well off the deck.  If I really step on it I can get it to go out to about 230 again with very little movement while a very soft 3/4 swing seems to bring me a very mellow 205 with not a lot of rollout.  I'm really going to enjoy this thing and I may soon be mulling pulling my 4 iron out of the bag in favor of another one of these.  We'll see.

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Indoors at our local First Tee’s driving range - took the driver and a seven iron.

Once warmed up I played a mini game in my head.  Driver went X yards on a imaginary hole which would leave me Y to the green.  Then I have to use the seven iron to hit the green.

Keeps me from mindlessly hitting balls one after another.  Besides trying to hit the distance, focus on good solid strikes.

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I've been putting horribly the last few months but haven't had the motivation to make the time to work on it.  Yesterday a couple family youngsters stopped by for a visit and they headed to the putting green to keep from getting bored.  I joined in and while messing around had the one kid video my stroke with my phone.  I figured out I had my shoulders waaaay open in set up and that had my stroke all messed up trying to keep it aligned with the putting line...an out to in to out stroke path.

Squared up my shoulders which got my stroke more in line with the line of the putt and things got better quickly.  Makes me mad at myself I didn't take a couple videos a couple months ago....would have saved a good bit of frustration.

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

I have done very little in the way of practicing over the last while, but I'm going to pull out the puttout the next few evenings and see if I can track some putting stats with it. I really enjoyed this training aid even though it is extremely frustrating at times. With cold temperatures officially here it is unlikely that I'll be doing any outdoor practicing from now until spring even though technically courses are open. 

Remember that they only count if the MGS ball logo is oriented correctly in the cup 🙂.

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Just now, fixyurdivot said:

Remember that they only count if the MGS ball logo is oriented correctly in the cup 🙂.

If you do recall I was using a Open ball so the jug had to be the proper way!

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

If you do recall I was using a Open ball so the jug had to be the proper way!

Oh yea, that's right.  But either one needs to sit correctly... simply putting the ball in the cup is child's play 😉.

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2 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Oh yea, that's right.  But either one needs to sit correctly... simply putting the ball in the cup is child's play 😉.

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Sounds like a challenge was just thrown out.

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2 minutes ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Sounds like a challenge was just thrown out.

Should a “Yellow Ball” be used ?

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Just now, Rickp said:

Should a “Yellow Ball” be used ?

Asking for a Friend……

After the ribbing he gave me for being in the sand a lot and not posting GIR's, I'm staying away from yellow balls. 

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On 11/23/2021 at 11:25 PM, toehold57 said:

Indoors at our local First Tee’s driving range - took the driver and a seven iron.

Once warmed up I played a mini game in my head.  Driver went X yards on a imaginary hole which would leave me Y to the green.  Then I have to use the seven iron to hit the green.

Keeps me from mindlessly hitting balls one after another.  Besides trying to hit the distance, focus on good solid strikes.

After warming up on the range-- I basically do the same thing hit balls playing a imaginary golf round on my home course that I know well. When I go to the putting green after getting the feel some I basically putt out my round and chip when I remember I missed a green. Most people belt balls one right after the other on the range and I get some strange looks when they are resting etc. I guess it looks funny I hit a driver and assume I hooked it and have to make a knockdown low cut and then a wedge or hit the driver and go to the bag and pull like say a 6 iron. My practice time is limited now because of the physical restraints so I make the best of it. Before a round I may hit like 10 balls on the range with just a wedge to time myself up and get loose. If I can time my wedge up then I am ok so to speak. One of the reasons I hit whiffle balls in the yard with wedges mostly just keeping loose and timing it up

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2 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

After the ribbing he gave me for being in the sand a lot and not posting GIR's, I'm staying away from yellow balls. 

Heck last week it was sorta cold starting off in the Shootout--- I was going to switch to the Srixon Soft Feels. Problem was I had taken the white ones out of the car and only had a dozen green ones. Played those or actually the one. Played it for 18 holes. Caught he double hockey sticks from my partners. 

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11 hours ago, sirchunksalot said:

I was getting a little stir crazy today and thought I'd run by the range and see if it was open. My mid range wedge game cost me in my last round and I felt like practicing it a little bit. 

I happened to get there about an hour before they closed, picked up a large bucket, and got to work. 

I realized my biggest problem was I wasn't accelerating through on the short shots. I started out picking targets and running through all my wedges and hitting to them. 

I moved on to full swing monitoring contact with foot spray and found out I'm hitting fairly consistent, just favoring the toe a bit

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I'm still working on feeling like I'm throwing a frisbee with my left arm working on weight shift and when I get it right, I'm seeing improvement in consistency. 

I was even hitting good shots with my 5 wood. I had one where I fell into old swing habits and hit a dud. I hit some drivers after that.

I moved on to simulated holes just to get the feel of switching clubs between shots and had to even pull out a 5 iron punch on the third because I was blocked out by a tree on the third hole. I played four holes this way and felt like I gave myself a good look at two putt bogeys on each one. My goal is to be playing bogey golf come spring and try to give myself an occasional shot at scores in the 80's.

My confidence is starting to come back and it's nice to get out and hit some balls on such a beautiful day.

 

Not bad consistant contact at all---- As long as it is consistent you can live with it. IMHO as long as you can consistently hit it on one spot on the club you can figure out your distances and flight. About the path of my hits in general. Truthfully if you look at any older clubs I have played for some time I have about the same wear pattern. The key is knowing what is going on, Which I have never considered myself a ball striker but a inventive shot maker and get out of jail artist. I remember one time this old pro was looking at the short irons of my first set of VIPs. He did not know me per say but was a friend of a friend--- He looked at the faces of my short irons and the sole wear. He told me you are a trap cut player and swing outside in. He nailed it--- Yep it does not have to be perfect or textbook to work. 

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4 hours ago, BIG STU said:

Not bad consistant contact at all---- As long as it is consistent you can live with it. IMHO as long as you can consistently hit it on one spot on the club you can figure out your distances and flight. About the path of my hits in general. Truthfully if you look at any older clubs I have played for some time I have about the same wear pattern. The key is knowing what is going on, Which I have never considered myself a ball striker but a inventive shot maker and get out of jail artist. I remember one time this old pro was looking at the short irons of my first set of VIPs. He did not know me per say but was a friend of a friend--- He looked at the faces of my short irons and the sole wear. He told me you are a trap cut player and swing outside in. He nailed it--- Yep it does not have to be perfect or textbook to work. 

I can live with the toe hits better than being off the heel, I'd like to eliminate a couple of those suckers that were thin. They send shivers up my spine in the cooler weather, even hitting forgiving irons. My hands were about numb after a couple of them, but I guess working in the auto industry doesn't help with that. 

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4 hours ago, sirchunksalot said:

I can live with the toe hits better than being off the heel, I'd like to eliminate a couple of those suckers that were thin. They send shivers up my spine in the cooler weather, even hitting forgiving irons. My hands were about numb after a couple of them, but I guess working in the auto industry doesn't help with that. 

LOL I know what you mean on the thin shots one of the reasons I did not play yesterday or today it is cold and a thin shot would really cause me hurt now------ You want to feel sting and vibration?  Thin a old blade 2 iron with a range rock on a cold day. Man talk about sting and vibration. 

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