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18 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

I actually have a propane heater in the garage, like this: https://www.amazon.com/Dyna-Glo-TT15CDGP-Liquid-Propane-Heater/dp/B0044R8Y4Y/ref=sr_1_4

It's not going to warm the whole garage at these temps, but it's a decent way of warming up the hands from time to time. As for clothing, I had on jeans, a flannel shirt, and a quarter-zip jacket. And a winter hat. Honestly: I play at least a month of my season in the same outfit 🙂

I'm not born here, but we Yoopers adjust to the cold 🙂

EDIT: here's a terrible video of a swing: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XSC54KiRPfYmDfsH9

The lighting is entirely inadequate, so I'm not going to even make the effort to convert it to YouTube. But you can see that I can make a full swing.

Good to hear you've got something! I couldn't imagine hitting a golf ball in 10 degree weather. I wired in this 240V heater last winter (https://www.amazon.com/King-KBP2406-5700-Watt-240-Volt-Single/dp/B000PSFRTG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1548095436&sr=8-7&keywords=king+garage+heater). I can get it close to 80 in my small garage during single digits, but it costs me an arm and a leg. I need to add some insulation to the garage door and a few other places to make it more efficient. I usually try to run it around 65 as of now.

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1 hour ago, TR1PTIK said:

 I couldn't imagine hitting a golf ball in 10 degree weather. 

If you want a 450yd drive it's awesome on a links! 😄

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I greatly admire the DIY route, but...... I'd still suggest at least one session with that instructor - have him work with you to develop a practice plan, and then ask him to accommodate some limited amount of remote feedback so you can occasionally send him a video update and he can review/comment to keep you on track with your plan, or maybe later on talk about "next steps"..?

I'm fortunate to be able to arrange to see a pro I really like only a few minutes from my house, and we have a sort of guided practice review as a follow-up to the previous lesson(s) .. which has been really helpful for me.

The key thing is I'm now practicing at home "better" and am able to work more closely on exactly the "What" of all the things he's had me do during our lessons. 

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Did some short game work yesterday. Discovered something fun: the SkyTrak does a decent job picking up 10 yards chips in my basement. There's a level of excitement: I hit the ball, and then have to watch quickly to see whether it's ricocheting off the wall toward me or the SkyTrak. Good pressure to hit the wall squarely 🙂

In all seriousness, it was an enjoyable little practice. The SkyTrak (again) lets you know if I struck it poorly. And I played around with using each of my four wedges at the 10 yard distance, seeing the different launch angles and spin rates that each produce. I'm likely go to stay with my practice of using my 54° for most of these shots, but using a variety of clubs to hit the same shot (think 14-club challenge) is a useful skill-development practice.

My other practice was with my PuttOut. Even with real holes to putt to on my green, the PuttOut still has two things going for it: it rolls the ball back to you on a make, and it offers the tiny little target for the perfect putt. So I added to my PuttOut game repertoire with this:

I noted in a followup tweet that I end up getting stuck in the 4–6' range, which is awesome, because that's where I need practice. It's also a good mental game practice. When I miss a five footer and have to drop back to four feet, there were multiple times I immediately missed a four footer because I was still frustrated. Can anyone else relate to this? My hope is to really strengthen my putting from this range. I feel more comfortable from 8' than I do from 4'; call it a version of the Jordan Spieth syndrome.

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10 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

I noted in a followup tweet that I end up getting stuck in the 4–6' range, which is awesome, because that's where I need practice. It's also a good mental game practice. When I miss a five footer and have to drop back to four feet, there were multiple times I immediately missed a four footer because I was still frustrated. Can anyone else relate to this? My hope is to really strengthen my putting from this range. I feel more comfortable from 8' than I do from 4'; call it a version of the Jordan Spieth syndrome.

Yep, I do a similar drill with at the range. I need to pure 3 shots in a row with each club moving up the bag. If I miss 2 in a row, I go back a club. If I miss, I usually go into a downward spiral back to my 58*. It is frustrating, but it helps me play better under pressure and while not playing well. I always struggle with my 8 and 9, once I get to my 7, I feel pretty good that I can make it to my 2 iron. If I had to get ONE length irons, based on my current results, I'd make them the same length as my 6 iron. 

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I'm coming to this a little late, but I'm definitely going to follow along with both you and jlukes. I have never used a systematic approach to improving my game other than to play, with the exception of SuperSpeed. It's going to be very informative hearing how you approach your improvement.

I'm rooting for you to improve MPR, I'd love to see you hit single digits. Best of luck to you!

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Love my puttout! Did you get the mat too? I use it on my mat upstairs and my birdieball green in the basement 

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34 minutes ago, jlukes said:
Love my puttout! Did you get the mat too? I use it on my mat upstairs and my birdieball green in the basement 

I don't have the mat, but I use the PuttOut regularly on my basement putting green, even though I have real holes to putt to there. Having the little target is great for focus, and not having to bend down for the ball is appreciated. 🙂

Really excited to report that I finished the drill I mentioned above for the first time today. And not only did I make three consecutive putts at each point from 1 foot to 8 feet, but I never missed one, so I never had to go back. 24 straight makes!

Standing over the third putt from 8' to finish the drill, I told myself that this one was to shoot par for the first time in my life, just to add a little more pressure.

 

It stopped in the perfect putt hole.

That might end up being the highlight of my golf career 🙂

 

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Added another SkyTrak short game to my practice. I set up the SkyTrak again in the basement, doing 10 yard chips into the wall. But this time, I set it on the "Closest to the Pin" challenge. Here's where it gets cool: I set it to have six shots, and then to track the cumulative distance from the pin. My goal: to keep all six chips to a total of less than 18' from the pin.

My best was just over 19'. So I get to keep grinding on this now.

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Added another SkyTrak short game to my practice. I set up the SkyTrak again in the basement, doing 10 yard chips into the wall. But this time, I set it on the "Closest to the Pin" challenge. Here's where it gets cool: I set it to have six shots, and then to track the cumulative distance from the pin. My goal: to keep all six chips to a total of less than 18' from the pin.

My best was just over 19'. So I get to keep grinding on this now.

How good is skytrak at picking up those shorter shots? 

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How good is skytrak at picking up those shorter shots? 
So far, when I do it inside, the SkyTrak has been nearly flawless picking them up. It's been dicier in the garage, but right now, I'm attributing that to inadequate lighting, which I'm planning to fix when I work up my more polished garage setup this spring.
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I’m kinda with the other guy about lessons now. You might think you’re doing something right, and ingrating (sp?) into your mind and muscle memory- but in reality it might be a fatal flaw. Getting a basic lesson or two (maybe video tape it for future reference) might save a lifetime of bad habits. Getting correct structurally right away, and then working on that might be a time saving device. 

One other thing is, and hopefully not sounding like a stinker,  that being realistic about scoring shouldn’t become a “hang up”. I have a few friends that just aren’t ever going to be a single digit, ever. I’ve always believed that some people are born with a swing, and some are not, no matter how hard they try. So while I admire your goals, don’t become overly crazy about getting there if it just isn’t working no matter what you do. The vast majority never break 90, much less 80. A rotten round can be saved by just one or two great shots, and usually, that great shot makes the round acceptable. Always strive for excellence, but don’t beat yourself up for not reaching a goal that perhaps might never be attainable, and enjoy the day regardless, and just do the best you can...

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It's easy to recommend lessons.  I don't disagree that lessons from a good instructor may be the swiftest path to the single digit goal.  But I went to school in the UP and my in-laws live in Mass City, so I am well aware of the golf scene up there (or NOT up there?).

It may not have the greatest success rate, but I am another example of the possibility of reaching single digits without a real lesson.  I went to the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic in Lansing as a child and had a golf clinic (or Ping infomercial) there.  

I beat balls in a YMCA field as a kid but made real strides with a lot of range time with Leadbetter's Fundamentals of Hogan.  I didn't have a fraction of the setup that you have put together.  So I think with the right mindset and the right instructional book (and a few prayers), you should be able to focus in on the methods or positions explained in the book, verify them with your video gadgets and see the results on the skytrak.  And if you start making changes that have an adverse domino effect and things start falling apart, you are better set up than 99.9% of the golfers out there to catch it before bad habits get ingrained.  

Hank Haney is always talking on his XM radio show that you can send in a couple of swing videos and they will give you some tips to work on for free.  I can't recall exactly the email, but it is swingschool or golfschool at Hank Haney.  I think I'm going to give this a shot once I can hit a ball outside.

Whatever your path, best of luck!  Let's get self-made single digits cappers to double digits!

 

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In terms of handicap I have the same numbers (and goal) as you so I'm really curious and excited for you to see how it goes!

Last season I made some strides playing 1-2 times a week, but this season I should be going nearly every day in the summer. Anyway, you may have already answered this but how often are you planning on playing this upcoming season?

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In terms of handicap I have the same numbers (and goal) as you so I'm really curious and excited for you to see how it goes!

Last season I made some strides playing 1-2 times a week, but this season I should be going nearly every day in the summer. Anyway, you may have already answered this but how often are you planning on playing this upcoming season?

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I typically get out 2-3 times a week, with the majority of my rounds being nine holes. Golf season here in the UP starts (at best) in late April.

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Did my first work with foot spray powder this evening. Turns out that the swing changes I've begin to implement have resulted in a very consistent toe strike on full swings. Good to know, and another thing to dial in.

Also, I compress the snot out of foam practice balls:

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(For those saying, "I thought you said you had a toe strike pattern?", this picture was from three pitch swings. At least I'm finding the center with those.)

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16 hours ago, romeopapazulu said:

Hank Haney is always talking on his XM radio show that you can send in a couple of swing videos and they will give you some tips to work on for free.  I can't recall exactly the email, but it is swingschool or golfschool at Hank Haney.

You can also send them to his twitter account.

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21 hours ago, jlukes said:

How good is skytrak at picking up those shorter shots? 

Was gonna ask that same question...

MPR how not necessarily exactly accurate but consistent do you find Skytrak to be from, say, 100-125 and in?

I'm always looking for more and better ways to practice wedges and short game inside.

Thx!

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Oh and also question#2:

Similar question about the Zepp - do find it's giving you reasonably accurate and consistent numbers .. especially from, say, 100-125 and in..?

And - did you compare/contrast the Zepp to other "clip-on-the-club" devices SwingByte or R Motion or ___?

Thx!

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Was gonna ask that same question...
MPR how not necessarily exactly accurate but consistent do you find Skytrak to be from, say, 100-125 and in?
I'm always looking for more and better ways to practice wedges and short game inside.
Thx!
Some really good questions! I'll do a fuller write up on the SkyTrak in for course, but here are some initial thoughts.

A common complaint about the SkyTrak is the delay between hitting the shot and the display of the result. The delay is real. That said, it's a great time to guess, based on the shot, what the result will be. Only very rarely does SkyTrak really come back with a result that makes me skeptical (with the "puzzled puppy" head tilt).

Most often, the odd short game result comes from some really bizarre spin reading. For instance, I've had a 30 yard pitch with 2,000rpm of left spin, that landed and ripped sideways. I believe Kirke had a 60 yard hybrid shot with 10,000rpm backspin. These obvious misreads tend to stand out.

But otherwise, in the vast majority of the cases, I'll hit a shot and guess the result, and SkyTrak is right in line with expectations. I take that as a pretty good measure of consistency.

I'll get back to you on Zepp and SwingByte. I've not used either much on short game shots. I've used SwingByte more with putting than anything else, and Zepp exclusively for full swings.
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