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A couple of quick updates.

Last weekend, I went to my parents' house to do a self-driver-fitting. As I've noted before, I wanted to do that because I need 1) a place that allows me to swing my driver, because it doesn't fit in my garage, and 2) not in my neighborhood, because I can't risk the popup drive that misses the net and ends up in a neighbor's yard.

I did my setup outdoors, so that any high misses would end up on top of Lake Gogebic:

Unfortunately, this was a bad, bad setup, and ended up being worthless for any fitting. SkyTrak struggles in the sun and doesn't like to look for the ball against a light background. I put it in the worst environment for it, and the numbers it generated  were completely useless (at least I hope). I struggled to get a drive to carry over 200. Given the work I've done on speed, I found this pretty implausible. In addition, I could barely see my laptop screen in the sun. So while it was fun to swing my driver again (and that's worthwhile in itself), I can't say that I made any progress dialing in the driver. I'll need to go back and do the setup in my dad's garage if I'm going to get useful numbers.

In more positive news: I continue to get stronger and fitter. While I've switched from the Amazon Halo band to a Fitbit, I'm still using the Halo app for its body fat scan. In essence, you take a series of pictures of yourself, and Amazon's AI compares them to its database to estimate your body fat percentage. While some have reported odd results, I've found it to be pretty reliable in my case.

In November, I got the Halo and did my first scan. It had me at 25.7% body fat at 170lbs; that's 44lbs of fat. This morning, I was 18.7% body fat at 160lbs (30lbs of fat). So, that would mean I've lost 14lbs of fat. But because I've only lost 10lbs total so far, it means I've gained 4lbs of lean mass.

I'm obviously no Mr. Universe candidate, but I'm quite a bit stronger than when I started working out a few months back. Looking forward to getting on the course!

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A couple of quick updates.

Last weekend, I went to my parents' house to do a self-driver-fitting. As I've noted before, I wanted to do that because I need 1) a place that allows me to swing my driver, because it doesn't fit in my garage, and 2) not in my neighborhood, because I can't risk the popup drive that misses the net and ends up in a neighbor's yard.

I did my setup outdoors, so that any high misses would end up on top of Lake Gogebic:

Unfortunately, this was a bad, bad setup, and ended up being worthless for any fitting. SkyTrak struggles in the sun and doesn't like to look for the ball against a light background. I put it in the worst environment for it, and the numbers it generated  were completely useless (at least I hope). I struggled to get a drive to carry over 200. Given the work I've done on speed, I found this pretty implausible. In addition, I could barely see my laptop screen in the sun. So while it was fun to swing my driver again (and that's worthwhile in itself), I can't say that I made any progress dialing in the driver. I'll need to go back and do the setup in my dad's garage if I'm going to get useful numbers.

In more positive news: I continue to get stronger and fitter. While I've switched from the Amazon Halo band to a Fitbit, I'm still using the Halo app for its body fat scan. In essence, you take a series of pictures of yourself, and Amazon's AI compares them to its database to estimate your body fat percentage. While some have reported odd results, I've found it to be pretty reliable in my case.

In November, I got the Halo and did my first scan. It had me at 25.7% body fat at 170lbs; that's 44lbs of fat. This morning, I was 18.7% body fat at 160lbs (30lbs of fat). So, that would mean I've lost 14lbs of fat. But because I've only lost 10lbs total so far, it means I've gained 4lbs of lean mass.

I'm obviously no Mr. Universe candidate, but I'm quite a bit stronger than when I started working out a few months back. Looking forward to getting on the course!

Really impressive body mass changes!   I'd be curious to know changes to your blood pressure and resting heart rate too.  Mike Carroll put out an article on TPI a while ago that talked about cardiovascular endurance training translating poorly to golf fitness or golf improvement, but I would have to think you're going to feel fresher and less fatigued on 15, 16, 17, and 18 than you might have before.  I think I recall you (and Kirke) are walkers right?

Congrats either way.  Looking forward to following your on-course results.

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Really impressive body mass changes!   I'd be curious to know changes to your blood pressure and resting heart rate too.  Mike Carroll put out an article on TPI a while ago that talked about cardiovascular endurance training translating poorly to golf fitness or golf improvement, but I would have to think you're going to feel fresher and less fatigued on 15, 16, 17, and 18 than you might have before.  I think I recall you (and Kirke) are walkers right?

Congrats either way.  Looking forward to following your on-course results.

Resting heart rate is a huge improvement. Here's November, when I first got my Halo:

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And here is the last 30 days on my Fitbit:

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I should take the opportunity, next time I'm in Walmart, to use the blood pressure machine (unless, I suppose, those have been closed for COVID; I haven't checked).

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2021 Goals

Here's the final post in my preseason trilogy. So far, I've recapped my offseason work and written on the things I want to get done in preparation for opening day. Now, it's time for some statistical benchmarks for my upcoming season.

Let's start with the big picture. Here are my Arccos numbers for my final 25 rounds of last year compared to scratch:

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Let's break it down.

Driving

This has been and remains my biggest liability. Arccos thinks I have both distance and accuracy problems:

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Distance is a problem.

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But as I've written before, this is somewhat misleading. Our course takes driver out of play a lot. The most extreme example is Hole 2, an incredibly short hole with a greater than 90° dogleg:

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It's a PW to the corner. There are no other choices; the area off the fairway is thick tall forest. Going over is simply not a realistic option. So this hole (and others like it, though this is the most extreme) make it difficult to gain strokes driving.

That said, I can't excuse everything by blaming the course. If I go to club stats, Arccos tells me that my normal shot with a driver is 233 yards. For those following this thread for a while, you'll know that's an improvement. But it's not enough. So then

GOAL 1: Arccos driver distance of 250.

Given the improvements I've made on swing speed and fitness, I think this is a realistic goal.

On accuracy, the killer miss for me is always the left miss off the tee.

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GOAL 2: Get the left miss number under 20%. Aim for 60% fairways hit.

Approach

Approach play was my second biggest weakness this past season. The problem isn't hard to find:

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I miss a lot of greens. I'm always going to miss a lot of greens relative to handicap, because the greens at my home course are both tiny and mostly domed. That's how the course defends itself, given it's short length. But the 52% short number: that has to improve. And I think it needs radical action, so let's cut that in half:

GOAL 3: Get missed greens short under 25%.

GOAL 4: Increase GIRs to 35%.

The second number there is pretty modest, but I would be a marked improvement. In general, if I fight hard against missing short (including having good estimates of my club distances and improving my consistency of strike), GIRs will rise considerably.

Short Game

My goal here is maintenance. Arccos has me losing 1.5 strokes to a scratch golfer from 50 yards and in. So let's say:

GOAL 5: Finish the season with a SG Short of -1.5 or better compared to scratch.

Putting

This one is also maintenance, but with a twist. In general, I consider myself a very solid putter:

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My putts/hole numbers are definitely skewed by my high missed greens. But even breaking it down by distance, I'm not losing much compared to a scratch golfer:

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Two issues: I'm not great at short putts. That must improve.

GOAL 6: Finish the season with SG:Putting from 1-10ft of -.3 or better compared to scratch.

The other issue is that it dawned on me at the end of last year that my putting stats were inflated because I was inaccurately pacing off putts. My procedure is to putt my first putt, then step it off to the hole to measure the distance to record in Arccos. What dawned on my is that while my first stride from back heel to front toe is about a yard, the next step (and every one after) is shortened by the length of my foot. That means that all my putting stats from last season are skewed in my favor. So maintenance would indicate improvement. Thus, 

GOAL 6: Finish the season with an overall SG:Putting no worse than -1.6 compared to scratch.

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If you're within range of what Arccos determines is a GIR, and you lay up, does it add to your short of greens stat?  

Is there a way to go back and tell Arccos that you laid up?  I always wondered if that was contributing to some of my high short of green %. 

 

Otherwise, looks like one more club may improve those stats instantly.  

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On 4/28/2021 at 3:30 PM, knightsofnii said:

If you're within range of what Arccos determines is a GIR, and you lay up, does it add to your short of greens stat?  

Is there a way to go back and tell Arccos that you laid up?  I always wondered if that was contributing to some of my high short of green %. 

 

Otherwise, looks like one more club may improve those stats instantly.  

Hmm. Little late with the reply from me here 🙂

Yeah, I'm certain that this can be a factor, and I don't know exactly where the cutoff is for Arccos to think something is an approach shot. I'd like to think that they take into consideration 1) the distance I'm hitting from and 2) the club that I've pulled. So if I'm 250 out and pull a 7 iron for a layup, Arccos knows good and well that I'm not possibly going for the green there. But I don't know on the inside how those calculations are done.

Quickly pulling up my last five rounds, I'm seeing some improvement in club selection/consistent impact:

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For reference (see above), I was:

  • 5% Long
  • 12% Left
  • 25% GIR
  • 7% Right
  • 52% Short

So while my GIRs are actually down over the past five rounds, I'm hitting almost 55% of my shots the right distance, as opposed to 44% at the end of last season.

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