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Yup. Birkies in the summer and Merrells in the winter for me. Both have super arch support but I think that has hurt my balance in my swing actually. Been reading more about the benefits of minimalist footwear and am intrigued.

 

 

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Yup. Birkies in the summer and Merrells in the winter for me. Both have super arch support but I think that has hurt my balance in my swing actually. Been reading more about the benefits of minimalist footwear and am intrigued.

 

 

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I have a son who plays barefooted. Is that minimalist enough for you?

 

 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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I have a son who plays barefooted. Is that minimalist enough for you?

 

 

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I've done it and it is wonderful. Some places frown upon it a bit though and if you miss a fairway and end up in some of the waste areas here you want a bit protection on the bottom of your feet.

 

 

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Spent some time on the greens today. I'll be focusing there for the next few weeks. Here's the little lunch time routine I came up with.

 

20 minutes on practice green

Random hole selection putting until the ball goes in

 

20 minutes on chipping green

The chipping green has 5 target pins so I practiced getting up and down for 2 rounds.

Round 1: 5@each made 23/25

Round 2: 3@each made 14/15

 

 

Really enjoyed that so I think I'll keep this one in the practice book. Still found a way to work up a sweat.

 

 

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This was a long season so kudos to you if you read the whole thing. You may deserve a beer if we ever play together. I've had some personal stuff going on lately so I blocked off some time for some much needed range therapy. I gave my 52* a workout.

 

 

First half: Chipping green

Did the same drill from the other day going up and down. I shot 5 balls at 5 targets over 2 rounds. This time, I picked a harder tee and had much more difficult putts as a result.

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The tee

 

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Round 2 scatter. I didn't even think to take pics until now. Round 1 was all over the place and you couldn't even tell which hole the balls belonged to.

 

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After a made a putt, I'd throw the balls into a pile. On the left is round 1 (14/25) and the right is round 2 (19/25)

 

 

 

Second Half: Pitching Green

I threw scatters of balls at 75, 85, 100, 115, and 125 then hit them all with the 52* at this green.

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There was a decent cross breeze so the longer shots were coming L to R about 15-20 yards. I love playing in wind like this because it makes things interesting. 125 is definitely outside the comfortable range of this club but it can be done if necessary.

 

After hitting all of those, I flopped some balls from the 115 trying to land them on the 75 marker. This was the resulting cluster between 60-70 yards out.

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After flopping those balls, I took some whacks with my 3 wood and hybrid since I just got some align grips put on them. Side note: I like those grips. An overly strong grip gets me from time to time and those are a nice reminder to keep it neutral.

 

Then I went up to the flopped balls and chipped those balls onto the green by using my "pick it" swing.

 

 

Here's the scatter of the session. Only had 3 land short and 1 in the bunker (duffed pick shot). The rest were on or slightly long. These are mostly rocks so I don't mind the long shots since they're landing the right distance. Normal balls on a normal green would stop.

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Total time: 2 hours

 

 

It was a great workout and I always love coming out here when no one is out. Just me, my thoughts, and the green. Thanks for reading.

 

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Thanks for sharing. Wish I had a practice facility like that.

 

 

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I'd like to echo that! Good read and, yeah, what a nice looking setup. Glad you felt better after [emoji482]
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Went to the range last evening with two objectives- first, tempo and getting my left shoulder under my chin (backswing) and back facing the target.  That sets me up for the second objective, which is a "Matsuyama-like" pause at the top, and a smooth, slowly accelerating transition to an inside out swing and 10 - 12 yard draw. 

 

Works for most of my irons and hybrid, but cannot for the life of me, consistently get my driver or 3 wood to do the same.  I even set the driver head from Square to closed and shifted the weights so the heavy weight is at the toe to see if that would help- and it did seem to help, even the misses were less pushed right, but still not exactly where I want them to be.

 

Always open to suggestions from the group!

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Driver :callaway-small: Callaway Mavrik 105 set to 9.5, square, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60G Stiff shaft
#3 Wood  :callaway-small: Callaway FT Tour 13 degree neutral setup, Fuijkara 370 Stiff Shaft
Hybrid  :cobra-small:  18 Degree King Cobra Baffler pro, Baffler Stiff shaft
4-PW :titelist-small: Titlest 714 AP2, Standard loft and lie, MGS S Shafts
:benhogan-small: 53, 57 degree loft Hogan Equalizer wedges
1962  :wilson_staff_small: Wilson "Sandy Andy" sand wedge with HUGE bounce!
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Went to the range last evening with two objectives- first, tempo and getting my left shoulder under my chin (backswing) and back facing the target. That sets me up for the second objective, which is a "Matsuyama-like" pause at the top, and a smooth, slowly accelerating transition to an inside out swing and 10 - 12 yard draw.

 

Works for most of my irons and hybrid, but cannot for the life of me, consistently get my driver or 3 wood to do the same. I even set the driver head from Square to closed and shifted the weights so the heavy weight is at the toe to see if that would help- and it did seem to help, even the misses were less pushed right, but still not exactly where I want them to be.

 

Always open to suggestions from the group!

My same issue. No pause, but I bet your tempo is quicker with the woods. Mine usually gets stupid fast because I feel like I need to smush the ball. When I swing what feels like 80% with my woods it works, with better distance.

 

Just my personal set up, I hit a draw from a slightly open stance, check out Zach Johnson, he looks like he is going to hit a cut every time, but he is open and hits a sweeping draw (most of the time).

 

What I thought was square was actually extremely closed. What is square feels extremely open to me, but slightly open feels square. That makes no sense.

 

 

- A.S.

 

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Thanks -  I will try it before my Saturday round and see what happens...in any case, I will dance with the one I brung!!!!

What's in the bag?
 
Driver :callaway-small: Callaway Mavrik 105 set to 9.5, square, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60G Stiff shaft
#3 Wood  :callaway-small: Callaway FT Tour 13 degree neutral setup, Fuijkara 370 Stiff Shaft
Hybrid  :cobra-small:  18 Degree King Cobra Baffler pro, Baffler Stiff shaft
4-PW :titelist-small: Titlest 714 AP2, Standard loft and lie, MGS S Shafts
:benhogan-small: 53, 57 degree loft Hogan Equalizer wedges
1962  :wilson_staff_small: Wilson "Sandy Andy" sand wedge with HUGE bounce!
Putter MLA Pro Classic
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Currently Gaming "Costco Kirkland Signature Tour Performance" balls

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Thanks -  I will try it before my Saturday round and see what happens...in any case, I will dance with the one I brung!!!!

What's in the bag?
 
Driver :callaway-small: Callaway Mavrik 105 set to 9.5, square, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60G Stiff shaft
#3 Wood  :callaway-small: Callaway FT Tour 13 degree neutral setup, Fuijkara 370 Stiff Shaft
Hybrid  :cobra-small:  18 Degree King Cobra Baffler pro, Baffler Stiff shaft
4-PW :titelist-small: Titlest 714 AP2, Standard loft and lie, MGS S Shafts
:benhogan-small: 53, 57 degree loft Hogan Equalizer wedges
1962  :wilson_staff_small: Wilson "Sandy Andy" sand wedge with HUGE bounce!
Putter MLA Pro Classic
:titelist-small: Titlist ProV 1, ProV 1x

Currently Gaming "Costco Kirkland Signature Tour Performance" balls

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Practice/played only a few holes today (course was busy and I needed to get back home, plus the old back is sore so had to keep it short) and focused on just two specific things:

1. Hit a 6i solid off the tee and into the fairway; and

2. Hit a solid second shot.

 

Accomplished #1 twice in a row, and while the two second shots were solid - GW both times (course is pretty short) - on the first hole I was right online but literally 1 yd short and on the second hole I had the right distance but ended up less than 1 yd left of the green. So all in all I'm happy with those four shots .. a much needed confidence booster!

 

I tee'ed off on the third hole with 6i (usual club for this tee) but it turned left and outside of the dogleg right. Playable, but took a second tee shot and this one went into the dogleg and faded off a bit and ended in the rough just on the far side of the fairway -- very playable with a "good look" onto the green.

 

So now on to a small bit of short game practice.

 

Time to try something new, drawing some inspiration from forum thread...

"That one shot you wished you had, and how to get it"

https://forum.mygolfspy.com/index.php?/topic/20923-That-one-shot-you-wished-you-had,-and-how-to-get-it.

 

...and also from a response in there from @STUDque...

https://forum.mygolfspy.com/index.php?/topic/20923-That-one-shot-you-wished-you-had,-and-how-to-get-it.&do=findComment&comment=327851

...where he outlines a long, low running pitch shot.

 

Had hit short pitches on those two tee shot balls to get them near each other and inside of the 100 yd marker. Now for the new test: can I punch/pitch these towards the green from back here .. vs a 'standard' wedge shot .. and get them to rollout towards the hole?

 

Test 1: good contact, ball is flying straight but a bit higher than expected so hits a few feet past my landing spot and rolls out too much and to the far edge of the green and just into the rough. OK, not a total fail, but dropped a shot there I would be trying to save.....

 

Test 2: a little more shaft lean and a little less oomph. Comes out lower and slower, hits my spot and rolls onto the green .. ending up maybe 7-8 ft "below" the hole, with a makeable putt. OK .. I'm calling that one a success!

 

So something new to work on!

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..Callaway Big Bertha 4H and 5H (both Recoil ZTR)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX-2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
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Nice one surfer. That's great you had a chance to practice on the course.

 

 

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Working on 60 yard shots again. 7 iron landing at 40 yards 6-8' high will roll out that 20. 53° mid traj 20-25' 57° floaters 30+'. And a driving PW that's 10-15' high that takes a high hop then bites.

 

Have had a left to right wind here for the last 2 weeks. It really sucks to practice in that if you have a natural fade, I can't tell how much is my actual shot and how much is the wind. I'm talking 15+mph winds.

 

Trying to get out early Saturday for some warm up before the tournament starts at 10.

 

 

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Alan, et-al.....

 

Well, fixed one thing, broke two others!!!  - My drives (by and large) found the fairways- I did as you suggested, slowed down and made sure I committed to and finished the shot. 

 

That said, my Iron play - and my 3 wood, for that matter, went off the rails- I normally play a baby draw, but all thru the weekend I was pushing everything, sometimes with a fade to boot.  best I can figure, I was sliding my hips forward during the downswing, which really REALLY bothers me- That was a thing I struggled with several years ago, and it seems to have reared its ugly head again - any recommendations or drills to prevent that slide, and to promote a full turn, would be appreciated!

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What's in the bag?
 
Driver :callaway-small: Callaway Mavrik 105 set to 9.5, square, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60G Stiff shaft
#3 Wood  :callaway-small: Callaway FT Tour 13 degree neutral setup, Fuijkara 370 Stiff Shaft
Hybrid  :cobra-small:  18 Degree King Cobra Baffler pro, Baffler Stiff shaft
4-PW :titelist-small: Titlest 714 AP2, Standard loft and lie, MGS S Shafts
:benhogan-small: 53, 57 degree loft Hogan Equalizer wedges
1962  :wilson_staff_small: Wilson "Sandy Andy" sand wedge with HUGE bounce!
Putter MLA Pro Classic
:titelist-small: Titlist ProV 1, ProV 1x

Currently Gaming "Costco Kirkland Signature Tour Performance" balls

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4 swings in yesterday...pulled a back muscle.  So there is that.

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Alan, et-al.....

 

Well, fixed one thing, broke two others!!! - My drives (by and large) found the fairways- I did as you suggested, slowed down and made sure I committed to and finished the shot.

 

That said, my Iron play - and my 3 wood, for that matter, went off the rails- I normally play a baby draw, but all thru the weekend I was pushing everything, sometimes with a fade to boot. best I can figure, I was sliding my hips forward during the downswing, which really REALLY bothers me- That was a thing I struggled with several years ago, and it seems to have reared its ugly head again - any recommendations or drills to prevent that slide, and to promote a full turn, would be appreciated!

I'm struggling with that push fade too. Just in time for the season to be over. Lessons, properly fit clubs, and dedicated practice is my goals for next year.

 

 

- A.S.

 

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Well, here it goes.. Had 8:00am tee time Sat. Father in law, wife and myself. perfect morning.. 

 

Get to the course and then it starts.. Wife Flushes her sunglasses.. Great this is going to cost me.. They were Fossil brand had them for a couple years but they were not cheap.. 

 

Move onto the important stuff. Open with a double.. Not happy but OK.. then i take a bogey after leaving tee shot behind a tree, OK i'll take my medicine.. Par #3 thats more like it.. That is where it ended.. I'm 11 over through 7.

I get to 8 Long straight par 5. My tee shot doesn't even make the forward tee.. Major D!ck out.. My wife now is out driving me before she even hits a ball.. Errrr. 3 wood to 225. 3 wood to the greenside bunker.. ok I might save a par.. ON know. I have to KNEEL on the edge of the bunker to be able to hit it. i do get it out on 1. but a long way from the pin.. I finish the front 14 over... 

 

Head to the back, Same thing on 10 another double. I scramble to save a bogey on 11.. the next 7 holes I play 1 over, including a chip in and a drive on a downhill par 4 that find the fringe.. 

 

i Shoot 51/38.. WTH.. I could not buy a bogey on the front niine. and then i end up with a 4 over back nine.. What the hell.. I hate this game. 

 

 Good news Wilson D300's are getting better.. LOL

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