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12 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Just put this together:

 

love before and afters. Nice work!

Shows that if you put in the work, you can make changes. Some people are just too stubborn to believe that. While I'd have loved to have proper mechanics from a young age, it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks, as they say...

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The good news: Arccos replied yesterday and got my course information straightened. So far, everything looks pretty good. The OK news: I had a deeply mediocre nine holes this morning (10 over), a

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With the before and after video, I thought I'd nerd drive into some freeze frames for the sake of comparison. First, it's worth noting some differences that make this not quite a one-for-for comparison: 1) in the before video, I'm using a 7 iron, I think, while in the after it's a GW, 2) the camera angles aren't precisely the same, and 3) obviously, I'm using the PlaneMate in the after.

The Takeaway

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You can see already a pretty drastic difference here. In the before swing, I'm sweeping my hands low and inside, immediately pulling the clubhead inside (marked with the red X). On my current swing, I want the clubhead outside my hands at this point. My feel is as though I'm using the a training aid to keep my arms together (either a band or a Smart Ball), so that the initial move of my backswing is chiefly a rotation of my shoulders, with very little hand or arm activity.

Lead Arm Parallel, Back and Down

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The obvious thing to note here is the shaft pitch on the backswing and the beginning of the downswing. On the before swing, the shaft is very shallow up and then steep coming down. While neither is as extreme on the after swing, it is clearly steeper going up and shallower on the way down. Another more subtle difference: it used to be that as I reached the top of my backswing, my entire body would be moving toward the ball. Here, note the vertical lines on my head and my rear. In the before swing, my head is moving out over the ball, forcing me to stand up the shaft simply because there is no room for it to come in on a shallow angle. In the after swing, I'm doing a much better job staying centered.

Impact

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Here, two things to note. The first is that on the before swing, my trail elbow is well outside my trail hip. The second, and somewhat related, is that I have zero room between my hands and body on the before swing. There's a slight Furyk-y quality to the before swing, but without any of the good results that would justify keeping that move. In the after swing, I'm turning much more in the sequence that I want.

Follow Through

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The connectedness of the after swing is what stands out to me here. In the before picture, my arms have outraced my chest. I've already completed stood up out of the swing. In the after, I've turned the initial posture into a matching side bend, my arms are in front of my chest, and I'm releasing the club.

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Among other things, three things I love with the 'after' pics...

1 - the hip position in the impact zone hasn't moved toward the ball  -  No Rocky Horror pelvic thrust going on here!  👌

2 - the spine angle you maintain through impact -  No standing up and losing power or the ball flight path  👏

3 - the fancy high ceiling hitting bay you have access to!!!  🤣  

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12 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

Among other things, three things I love with the 'after' pics...

1 - the hip position in the impact zone hasn't moved toward the ball  -  No Rocky Horror pelvic thrust going on here!  👌

2 - the spine angle you maintain through impact -  No standing up and losing power or the ball flight path  👏

3 - the fancy high ceiling hitting bay you have access to!!!  🤣  

The first two have take a ton of work. So much of it has been figuring out, over time, that those faults can't be "fixed" without also changing other things. The idea of "matchups" in the golf swing is so important: so many faults are actually necessary compensations for other moves in the swing. If the "fault" were eliminated while the other move were left alone, the swing would be entirely non-functional.

To figure out all the stuff that needed to change, I had to watch a lot of slow motion of my son's swing 🙂

And having the church building almost entirely to myself during the week is a nice perk.

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Well, hello SuperSpeed number that I've never seen before!

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This was my very last swing of today's session, using the lightest stick.

Main thought today during SuperSpeed was to increase the stretch from the "ball" position to my hands at the very top of my swing, to pull my hands up as high as possible. Got the idea from this tweet from Mike Carroll at Fit for Golf:

 

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One additional SuperSpeed observation: I went back to my spreadsheet today from when I first started doing the speed drills with my DIY sticks; that was the very end of October of 2018. I've certainly not been anything like consistent with it over the past 2.5 years. Indeed, my most recent burst began about six weeks ago.

But I was pleased to see a major before and after story here. Here are my numbers from the very first time I did a SuperSpeed protocol:

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And here are my numbers from Monday's session this week:

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Short version: I've picked up around 20mph with each stick. I now swing the red stick as fast as I initially swung the green stick.

My speeds now are certainly the fastest that I've ever had. Absolutely looking forward to seeing what happens with it on the course this year.

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7 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

One additional SuperSpeed observation: I went back to my spreadsheet today from when I first started doing the speed drills with my DIY sticks; that was the very end of October of 2018. I've certainly not been anything like consistent with it over the past 2.5 years. Indeed, my most recent burst began about six weeks ago.

But I was pleased to see a major before and after story here. Here are my numbers from the very first time I did a SuperSpeed protocol:

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And here are my numbers from Monday's session this week:

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Short version: I've picked up around 20mph with each stick. I now swing the red stick as fast as I initially swung the green stick.

My speeds now are certainly the fastest that I've ever had. Absolutely looking forward to seeing what happens with it on the course this year.

That's some great progress right there!

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I’ve got some optimism that I might be on the course here in less than two months. Our snowfall has been much less than normal so far this winter:

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Obviously, that means that once temperatures begin to warm up, there’s less time needed for the snow to melt and for the course to begin to dry. April golf is a real possibility this season, though I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll stop talking about that now.

It’s time to start talking about wrapping up my off-season and my goals for 2021. As this will be long, I’m going to do this in three parts: my off-season report first, plans for the next few weeks, and then an examination of my Arccos stats with specific plans for each area of my game.

Let’s start out with the great baseball spring training cliché: “Reporting to camp this year, he’s in the best shape of his life.” While that’s probably not exactly true for me (it was probably the year+ I delivered for FedEx), I’m certainly in the best shape I’ve been in in almost a decade.

In another thread, I documented my early experience with the Amazon Halo fitness band. I got my Halo in November, and it immediate began prodding me to get more active. I started chasing the activity points, slowly at first: walking around the church building while reading, for instance. By December, I had begun a routine that including the weight machine we have at home and my stationary bike. I also bought a pull-up station. In January, I swapped my Halo for a Fitbit Charge 3; I especially wanted the O2 sensor for the potential to get a heads up on COVID.

These fitness trackers have really sparked a healthy change in my life. My workout schedule now looks like this:

  • Sun: rest (sorta, because I normally take close to 20,000 steps on days when I preach multiple times)
  • MWF: 20 minutes on the bike (typically 5–6 miles), circuit of weightlifting and body weight exercises
  • Tue: 45 minutes on the bike (typically 10–12 miles)
  • Thu: rest
  • Sat: 60 minutes on the bike (typically 14–16 miles)

I didn’t start off immensely overweight: at 5’10”, I weighed 170lbs in November. As of now, I’ve likely dropped 5–8lbs. More importantly, though, Halo’s body scan feature (which I continue to use) tells me my body fat percentage has dropped from 25.7% at my first measurement in mid-November to 20.3% as of last Wednesday. My resting heart rate was over 80 when I first got the Halo; it’s now down in the low 60s and has touched 59 a day or two.

The increased strength continues to show up in my golf speed work. I do SuperSpeed training with my DIY sticks on MWF afternoons. I restarted SS in January; so far, although I’m now in my ninth week, I’m still sticking with the basic protocol. Knee swings are a challenge (they take up even more room than I have in the church building).

But I’m making huge progress. Here’s the numbers from my first day returning to SS in January compared to yesterday (D.A.=Daily Average, the average speed of all the swings that day):

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Now, I take these with a grain of salt. The Swing Radar unit is pretty widely acknowledged to read faster than Trackman. And I’m also not expecting to go with my full speed technique on the course. But if my heavy SS stick is now in the 115–120mph range, and we generously discount 5mph for the radar and another 5+mph for scaling back, I still expect to be comfortably over 100mph. When I did a driver fitting last spring, I was sitting in the 96–97mph range, so this should be a meaningful improvement. I’ll have a lot more to say about my driver in the next couple installments.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ll spend 15–20 minutes working with a whole battery of training aids. I’ve got a doodad that straps to my arm to help with tempo. I have another band holding the tops of my arms together. I have a doohicky that attaches to my trail hip to keep my arms in front of me. I’ve got my PlaneMate. I’ve got FlatBalls. I will use any of these, and sometimes 3 or 4 of them at once.

While some might consider me nuts (they’re probably not wrong), I think these aids have actually helped me establish a much better swing. And while some of that is cosmetic, I don’t think it is merely cosmetic. The fact that my entire body no longer lurches toward the ball in transition can’t help but give me at least a fighting chance at more consistent contact.

Making swing changes without hitting balls at all can be useful, I think, for ingraining new patterns without the worry of hitting the ball well. But there’s a degree of uncertainty: what’s going to happen when I do have to hit a ball again? As the weather warms up, Kirke and I are spending more time in the garage on SkyTrak. So far, I’ve been highly encouraged by my early results. The biggest plus has been in my contact, and credit for that has to go to the Divot Board. I now can tell right away, even on my garage mat, if my strike is off. And my strike is on much more than it ever was before. From a combination of faster swing speeds and better contact, my spin rates on SkyTrak are much more where they should be. It’s fun watching wedge shots rip back, even on a simulator.

So that’s my offseason report. I’m in a good place conditioning-wise. My swing is faster and better with much better control of my impact. My next post will detail my plans for the next 4–8 weeks (depending on the weather) for making the transition from swing training to getting ready for opening day.

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Good for you, all around!! That's really really impressive to not only drop that weight, but keep/gain muscle in the midst of losing weight overall. Excited to see how your season goes, and here's to a hopefully toasty and dry-ish spring!

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Good for you, all around!! That's really really impressive to not only drop that weight, but keep/gain muscle in the midst of losing weight overall. Excited to see how your season goes, and here's to a hopefully toasty and dry-ish spring!

Thanks! I've gotten to the place at which I really enjoy getting my workout in each morning. As a guy who will be 42 in a few months, with a daughter who isn't yet a year old, I'm working out for two reasons: to be alive and active for all my kids (and my wife for that matter, as she is younger than I am), and to out-drive Kirke for as long as possible 🙂

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18 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Making swing changes without hitting balls at all can be useful, I think, for ingraining new patterns without the worry of hitting the ball well. But there’s a degree of uncertainty: what’s going to happen when I do have to hit a ball again?

I quite agree that "dry" swings, or without a ball, can be VERY useful.  I can't recall the instructor whose blog I was reading, but he spoke to the idea of that little white ball too often becomes the object and the "hit" mentality takes over, to the detriment of ingraining the swing moves you're trying to incorporate.  GolfTEC is big on this approach too; of all the lessons I've taken I'd say 90% of the drills I've been prescribed have been without a ball.

Congrats on an overall successful offseason...I know you don't have on-course results yet, but I'm willing to bet they'll be very positive, and you're healthier overall as it is which is a reward in and of itself.

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Off-season, Part 2: transition to play

My last post covered my off-season work to this point, which mostly has been fitness and full swing revisions. Here (hopefully more briefly), I'll tick off the goals I have for the next several weeks as I try to transition my work to get ready for opening day.

Driver

This is the big one and the most uncertain. In my next post (or if you look back at my end-of-season wrap up from last fall), you'll see that my driving is unambiguously the worst part of my game and that which is holding me back most from my single digit goal. There are quirks here: my Arccos driving data is always going to be skewed by my home course, which is short and has multiple dogleg holes in which driver isn't an option.

[The extreme version is the second hole, which is a 270 yard par 4 that has a 90° dogleg at 130 yards. Arccos really hates me taking PW off the tee on this hole.]

Laying that aside: even if I look at my stats on holes where I am using driver, it's a tremendous weakness. Arccos lists my top 3 things to work on: one is strokes lost from being short off the tee, and one is strokes lost from penalties off the tee. Obviously, I'm hoping the increased speed helps with the former.

My hope is that I'll have the chance to dial in my driver before the season starts. I've mentioned before that my garage ceiling doesn't allow me to swing any more than a hybrid. My dad's garage ceiling is much higher. If I can convince him to set up his hitting net, I want to spend an afternoon there with my driver, four shaft options (including the Rogue White currently in my driver), and various weight settings, trying to dial in the best performance for me.

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Approach

The obvious goal here is to nail down my bag gapping before the season starts. Again, planning to spend some quality time on the SkyTrak to do this in the weeks ahead. One of my on-course goals (in the next installment) is going to be to get my GIRs up, and knowing my yardages and trusting those is going to be critical for that.

Short game

Last year, I committed to a wedge clock system for the first time, and it was by far my best short game season ever. So I'll be doing that again this year. Because I've made changes to me, my swing, and my wedges, though, I'm obviously going to need to re do that wedge matrix on SkyTrak. Kicking around adding even more more mark on the clock, depending on how it comes out. I'll also be doing the same thing I did last year: printing a chart of my wedge matrix and taping it to my range finder.

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A little side project on the fitness side of things: some time ago, I bought an ab wheel. I started out using it from my knees, but one of my arbitrary goals for the year is to get to the point at which I can go full extension on the ab wheel from my feet. I'm getting quite close:

Just a tiny bit further to go here, and then it'll be time to dedicate myself to my second arbitrary fitness goal: one handed pushups.

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11 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

A little side project on the fitness side of things: some time ago, I bought an ab wheel. I started out using it from my knees, but one of my arbitrary goals for the year is to get to the point at which I can go full extension on the ab wheel from my feet. I'm getting quite close:

Great work. Those ab wheels are a killer. Obviously you know by now I make everything I can. I took an old broken pull cart, took the wheel, put a solid aluminum shaft through it and put Jumbo golf grips on each side. My home made ab wheel is a little taller but it works just fine. But my goodness that is just a tough exercise. But you have inspired me, now I have to go dust it off and put it back in use.  

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

A little side project on the fitness side of things: some time ago, I bought an ab wheel. I started out using it from my knees, but one of my arbitrary goals for the year is to get to the point at which I can go full extension on the ab wheel from my feet. I'm getting quite close:

Just a tiny bit further to go here, and then it'll be time to dedicate myself to my second arbitrary fitness goal: one handed pushups.

But can you do the gravity challenge? 🤣

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Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - KBS Hi-Rev S
Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER2
 

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13 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

But can you do the gravity challenge? 🤣

I had to look that up. And, it turns out, no. 🙂

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Got in some SkyTrak time this evening. Just told it to give me random targets from 100-210 yards. Started off rough, hitting about 25% of the greens. Changed focus to an Adam Young-esque nail drill and picked things up considerably, finishing with 40% of greens hit. Given where I started, that was a pretty decent finish. Tomorrow is going to be in the 50s in the afternoon here, so I'm hoping to grab some more garage practice time before things turn chilly again starting Wednesday.

I'm generally pleased with where my swing is right now. No more major adjustments before the season, just maintenance and feel tweaks:

As per Irish Mike's advice on Twitter (Fit for Golf), I'm adding creatine to my working regimen for the first time starting tomorrow. Giving it three months or so, and I'll be interested if it adds anything to the results of my workouts.

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21 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Changed focus to an Adam Young-esque nail drill and picked things up considerably, finishing with 40% of greens hit.

I've probably heard of this drill, but it really didn't sink into my consciousness until I heard the guys talking about it on Chasing Scratch (which has become an addiction, btw). Now I'm seriously considering purchasing The Strike Plan from Adam Young. 

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Still working on strength, fitness, and speed. This week, at the advice of Irish Mike, I started taking creatine for the first time in my life. Not expecting anything crazy, but I'll report back in if there's anything noticeable.

Finished another week of speed training (though I missed Monday this week). Today is week 10 since restarting speed work back in January. Here are my charts so far:

  • Light green: lightest stick, first set
  • Blue: middle stick
  • Red: heavy stick
  • Dark green: lightest stick, final set

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Steady progress. I need to spend a garage session hitting balls while only focusing on speed, to work on transferring the speed to my actual play.

 

:callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero, 9°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 X
:callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero 15°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 S
:cobra-small: F6 5-6W, 18.5°, Fujikura Motore 6.3
:adams-small: XTD Proto dHy 21°, Aldila Green NV Hybrid 105 S
:Sub70: 699 Pro, Modus3 105, 5–PW
:Sub70: Forged Black 50°, 54°, and 58°
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4 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Still working on strength, fitness, and speed. This week, at the advice of Irish Mike, I started taking creatine for the first time in my life. Not expecting anything crazy, but I'll report back in if there's anything noticeable.

Finished another week of speed training (though I missed Monday this week). Today is week 10 since restarting speed work back in January. Here are my charts so far:

  • Light green: lightest stick, first set
  • Blue: middle stick
  • Red: heavy stick
  • Dark green: lightest stick, final set

image.png

Steady progress. I need to spend a garage session hitting balls while only focusing on speed, to work on transferring the speed to my actual play.

 

Creatine is good stuff. I have never personally felt any significant difference when taking creatine vs. not, but the research is strong on it. I still cycle on and off of it, no harm in it, maybe be making a small difference. 

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Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Nippon Modus 120 S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - KBS Hi-Rev S
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