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I took the day to work slowly with the three wedges.

After physical warm-ups, I got ready by some short gentle swings using my 50º with my feet together.  This allowed me to concentrate a bit more on the rest of the swing motion.  When the time came to begin the smacking of the spheres, I was nice and loose.

All the wedges performed well.  I may not have gotten all the distance expected, but they were close.  Direction was better, even though I still tend to finish a bit to the right.

For the longer wedge shots, using my 50º, I was keeping it well into the 100 yard target areas.  I made sure to keep my swing active yet not over powering as to loose a lot in total.  I then tried a few gentler partial swing for shots between 50 and75 yards. Mostly good though I did hit a very ugly thin shot.

54º was good, though I still "over ran" a few beyond where I hoped they would have stopped.

60º was the best overall as to what I tried to do.

I am saving the sand trap shots for this weekend when slightly cooler weather will be upon us.

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On 9/4/2019 at 3:19 PM, edingc said:

Back to the basics today. After shooting 79 two weeks ago, I've had a couple awful rounds spraying the ball all over the place. 

Worked on my takeaway and getting the shaft at a better position at P2. Drills courtesy Monte Scheinblum's Efficient Swing series.

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Quoting my own post, but very happy to report day two of back to basics was a huge success. Started with small takeaway only swings in the pitching area like my posted picture, but then grabbed half a basket and headed to the range.

This summer I've been going back and forth between hitting the ball great and then suddenly losing a club or more of distance (and way less club head speed based on my Swing Caddie). I am now certain my takeaway getting sloppy was the problem. Focused on getting a good takeaway and I added a good 10-15 yards to my irons and wedges. I was happy to see my 7 iron work up to the low 90s. That's a great sign that I'm doing things well in the takeaway.

I'm running out of practice time before the range closes for the year, but together with the takeaway, I also need to focus on getting more consistent pressure shifts in the swing. Every few swings I get it right, but if I want to strike the ball better consistently that's an area of focus for me going forward.

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I don’t know why I bother to practice - I knew I had figured out what I was doing wrong earlier this week.

Went to the range, warmed up, first shot was a 9 iron just short of the tree that I was aiming it - it was 155 so I knew I wouldn’t reach it - after hitting 9/10 9 irons that would have been on the green - a few close, I pulled 7 iron and brought out the Swing Caddie - picked a different target - a flag off in the distance that was 25 yards right of the tree - I hit all 5 of those straight (no fade or draw) between 155 and 159.

Pulled 7 wood - same flag - 5 balls - between 194-205 all high and straight - one a tad too far right. Driver 9/10 great - everyone over 130 ball speed - Several over 135 - right around 240 total - flying past the flag that was 217 (remember these were range balls so I’d get a bit more speed and distance with my gamers.

Ended up with a series of wedges to differing distances and a perfect 8 iron right to the base of that tree at 155.

Also my teacher who was there gave me a drill to help improve swing efficiency a bit more (he was between lessons - he said I’m swinging it well enough to move onto more advanced stuff)

Now I need to get this to the course -thats been up and down for me of late.




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I don’t know why I bother to practice - I knew I had figured out what I was doing wrong earlier this week.

Went to the range, warmed up, first shot was a 9 iron just short of the tree that I was aiming it - it was 155 so I knew I wouldn’t reach it - after hitting 9/10 9 irons that would have been on the green - a few close, I pulled 7 iron and brought out the Swing Caddie - picked a different target - a flag off in the distance that was 25 yards right of the tree - I hit all 5 of those straight (no fade or draw) between 155 and 159.

Pulled 7 wood - same flag - 5 balls - between 194-205 all high and straight - one a tad too far right. Driver 9/10 great - everyone over 130 ball speed - Several over 135 - right around 240 total - flying past the flag that was 217 (remember these were range balls so I’d get a bit more speed and distance with my gamers.

Ended up with a series of wedges to differing distances and a perfect 8 iron right to the base of that tree at 155.

Also my teacher who was there gave me a drill to help improve swing efficiency a bit more (he was between lessons - he said I’m swinging it well enough to move onto more advanced stuff)

Now I need to get this to the course -thats been up and down for me of late.




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Took out a jumbo bucket, and boy did it feel great. Had enough to get a little partial swing work in, going for the 100yd mark with a few different clubs (thanks for the suggestion), then took some time going from a "tee shot" to an "approach", filtering through all the clubs I typically take off the tee and then getting in all my irons and wedges from there too.

Also, had a bit of an epiphany. I've heard plenty of times that your "full swing" should really be ~85% or something like that. I've always tried to apply that by slowing my swing down a hair, and haven't really had much improvement in consistency. However, today I tried slightly shortening my backswing, and it was going absolutely great. Didn't feel like I had to try slowing my swing down, but it also kept me from feeling like I was swinging out of my shoes. And really consistent strikes! And on top of it all, not even enough change in distance to notice!

Sometimes it amazes me that not everyone is hooked on golf.

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Hit about 60 balls before playing 9. Trying to focus on staying down through the swing and not letting my arms get all wonky on the back and through swing.

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Anyone else ever have a day like this?

I had a limited time to work as I was on my way to an appointment.  Plan was to hit 15,  or, even a few more, whacks with the mighty driver before meeting my doctor for a fairly short bit of follow-up. My range allows you to use a pre-purchased card to activate the ball set up about 90 minutes before they open.  So it was time to go.

I felt forced to leave, as I could not put up with a loud, irreverent and even profoundly profane group of young gentlemen (using the term quite loosely) of, I surmised, high school age, who decided to utilize far too much foul language and invectives. 

I was fairly sure of their age, as I taught HS for 47 years. They actually were screwing around in the parking lot and did not even pretend to practice; I suspect they did not have the card which allows the machines to work in the hour and a half before the range opens. Total time they were driving through the lot was perhaps 10 minutes tops.

After I think I hit 7 or 8 shots or so,  it became clear it was time to leave, as I could not concentrate at all. I was not even sure they fully saw me.

So it was a morning dealing with "those types".  Ok, I am an old geezer, but it was not fun. 

I do not blame the course as it was the actions of some, shall we say, idiots. 

As I was packing up and changing my shoes, they left.  By then time was a factor for me.

I am just venting as I have been substituting for 6th grade classes this week and the behavior level I saw this week was about the same level. Perhaps the golf gods found a off the wall way to tell me that I need to take a deep breath, relax, and have a focused practice tomorrow.

Thus ends the sermon from your favorite curmudgeon!

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Went to the driving range to continue working on getting the right elbow in-place, and took my first swings with the new Flash SZ.
I then spent 30 minutes on the putting green using a new hand placement, and it seemed to work well.


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2 hours ago, PMookie said:

Went to the driving range to continue working on getting the right elbow in-place, and took my first swings with the new Flash SZ.
I then spent 30 minutes on the putting green using a new hand placement, and it seemed to work well.


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Worked on grip, tempo, sequencing, lag, release, alignment. Just hitting 60-70 yard wedges. Mostly focused on using a half or 2/3 backswing and a very full follow through, which when put together help you to really delay your release so you get that sidearm skipping stone throw feeling. When I get it right it feels like Freddy Couples looks, like I’m just throwing the club to the target and oh there the ball goes too!


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The day I hoped for yesterday.

Early AM to get in 25 driver drives.

Average speed was some of my best, 110

Without adding extra yardage for the stiff range balls, I was about 205.

No arm of hand tension, good turning of hips and follow through.

No fat or thin shots,  a few pushes, but nothing gawd awful.

Now to figure out how to take all this off the range so I can win friends and influence people.

 

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9 ball test with 3 trajectories and shapes... Nailed it with the 7 iron and then decided to try it with a 2H which didn't work nearly as well. 

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Went to the driving range to continue working on getting the right elbow in-place, and took my first swings with the new Flash SZ.
I then spent 30 minutes on the putting green using a new hand placement, and it seemed to work well.


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What are you working on? Just curious. I recently went left hand low to take some of the action out of my wrists and it seems to be working really good. Best of luck to you!

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Worked on the 5 iron low punch. Need that to get out of the trees. Yesterday at the range I was either shanking or topping it. In the backyard, with plastic balls, concentrated on rotating with the shoulders and not takeaway with the hands. Much better results. Ready for my golf trip now

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My club has the best practice facility - which my friend Dennis and I hit today - we then played 2,3,8,18 in - I was even.

It also has a great 19th hole - 8 dollar martini’s with this view. I hit it very well on the range and for those 4 holes.


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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Alpha Distanza 40 weak R flex shaft

Tour Exotics EX 10 3 wood

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

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EVNRoll ER 5

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My club has the best practice facility - which my friend Dennis and I hit today - we then played 2,3,8,18 in - I was even.

It also has a great 19th hole - 8 dollar martini’s with this view. I hit it very well on the range and for those 4 holes.


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Nice shorts


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5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead

Irons; Ping G410 5-SW & Mizno 919 Hot Metal 5-SW

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Nice shorts


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That’s Dennis’ tame look


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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Alpha Distanza 40 weak R flex shaft

Tour Exotics EX 10 3 wood

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,58

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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I must be doing something right.

20 dutiful driver events were such that , I almost dare say, I may know what I a doing; at least, for thisweek I do.

It is amazing how much not forcing a club and not over-swinging often gets me far better results.  My speeds today were some f the best in terms of consisItency. Distance was solid, 200+ yards with god following role.  

I had only one push right.  I was a but upset at first, but then came to understand, if that were a drive at the course scheduled next, it would have probably ended up in the second cut of rough at worst! Heck, I have seen many a pro do that as well.

Except for that miscreant whack, I somehow got, primarily, a nice draw.

Now, I cannot state all was glorious today. While my 6i was good with only one rather than shot, my 3h was lacking both loft and distance. I need to spend either time mastering my 3h, or seriously take a look the value of this particular club. (My coach had suggested that the Karsten 3hdesign might be the reason as it does not, in most respects, match design of my other bride. When we next meet, I will try out a 3h at the G400 line)

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What are you working on? Just curious. I recently went left hand low to take some of the action out of my wrists and it seems to be working really good. Best of luck to you!

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Going from L-H-L back to normal after YEARS!


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Going from L-H-L back to normal after YEARS!


I did that as well this year. Played LHL for years but didn’t feel right when I put the Evnroll on the bag so I switched to conventional.
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