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3 minutes ago, THEZIPR23 said:

I have been rebuilding my swing, currently trying to fix 3 swing faults that I have had for the last 20 years. What I find when I go through video is that they are still there almost no matter what I do. Don't know if it is just because I focus on trying to see them or if I am just unable to correct them. BUT they are definitely less pronounced and the results are much better. Focus on the results. From following along on your journey your results on the skytrack seem to show vast improvements on the areas of your focus. 

Results trump everything every single time. 

This is very good; appreciate it. And I'll need to be reminded of it from time to time, because I'm definitely the sort that might develop a functional swing, but always be lured in by the Adam Scott swing.

Function > cosmetics.

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Drove by my course this morning. I still have (gulp) a while to practice before opening day.IMG_20190328_084508.jpeg

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3 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Drove by my course this morning. I still have (gulp) a while to practice before opening day.IMG_20190328_084508.jpeg

I don't know why, but the course closed sign is making me laugh. Like, I don't think I need a sign to know that...

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6 minutes ago, GB13 said:

I don't know why, but the course closed sign is making me laugh. Like, I don't think I need a sign to know that...

Yeah, it's overkill, insult to injury level stuff there.

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18 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Drove by my course this morning. I still have (gulp) a while to practice before opening day.IMG_20190328_084508.jpeg

That sure is some funny looking grass....

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34 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

Drove by my course this morning. I still have (gulp) a while to practice before opening day.IMG_20190328_084508.jpeg

Wow! I will refrain from telling you that our forecast says 70-75 for the next 14 days...

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4 hours ago, THEZIPR23 said:

Wow! I will refrain from telling you that our forecast says 70-75 for the next 14 days...

I will also "refrain" from telling you that a course in Minneapolis finally opened, and I'm going out for a round tomorrow. 

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Listen, I get it: most of the inhabitable earth can play on golf courses before I can.

Kick a man while, he's down, why don't you?

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Drove by my course this morning. I still have (gulp) a while to practice before opening day.IMG_20190328_084508.jpeg.a44c2bd590f4cf56a0034f3140a4ba6c.jpeg

That is truly depressing. It's the end of March the bulbs should be coming up in your garden and the grass should be turning green.

 

FYI I played 18 today it was in the 60's but the 20 mph winds cooled it down a bit. And yes you can send me that finger memo if you'd like

 

 

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You should put Tiger’s, Justin Roses, Louis Oostuizen’s, and some of the other great ball strikers impact vs address position. You’ll notice every one of them has higher hands at impact.

I got caught up on that last year and it messed me all up.

Keep up the good work though.

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2 minutes ago, Shankster said:

You should put Tiger’s, Justin Roses, Louis Oostuizen’s, and some of the other great ball strikers impact vs address position. You’ll notice every one of them has higher hands at impact.

I got caught up on that last year and it messed me all up.

Keep up the good work though.

Adam Young mentioned the same thing to me on Twitter.

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Adam Young mentioned the same thing to me on Twitter.


Mine are similarly as high as yours. I tired to “match” my impact position and started hitting weak fades. Went back to not caring and starting hitting it well again.
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On 3/21/2019 at 8:07 PM, GolfSpy MPR said:

So I've created a Google Sheets spreadsheet to track my SkyTrak skills challenges. Here's where things stand through three attempts:

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MPR:  Nerdy suggestion - transpose your data headings and data input; ie. put the data headings going across the top row and then enter your session data as "row inputs" ... so each new date is in Column A, Row (last+1) and then next data element is in Column B, Row (last+1), etc. Then freeze the heading row(s) at top.

A sheet has more rows going down, vs columns across; it's easier to keep a growing list of data. I also find it easier to add in Column aggregates, eg. Max, Min, Median, Std Dev, etc.

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Another skills assessment completed. Another very solid result:

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And the comparison with previous attempts:

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A few observations. First, @cksurfdude, I'll give that approach a try. Saw your post as I was posting this time.

Second, I finally got some good results at the 105 and 120 distances.

Third, though the handicap was slightly higher than last time, the dispersion was tighter. Just need to move the pattern slightly right.

Finally, I had what seemed to be useful swing thoughts throughout. First, I traced a line with my eyes from my target back to the ball, and set up to that line. That seemed to help get everything set up well.

Second, my main thought was to imagine I was throwing a medicine ball. It's something I've been doing. Getting into my setup with that thought, imagining holding the weight of the ball, forces me to get a nice stable base. And swinging with the thought of throwing the ball down my target line freed my mind from a lot of technical swing ideas. In general, that seemed really productive.

Still doing a lot of lurching forward in the backswing through transition; I'm thinking that if I don't take the club back quite so far inside, that might help (and more importantly, might help me fight the left pattern).

 

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So there's been a bit of a setback.

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This is what happens when you're trying to work on swing form and actual results at the same time. I do not want to fall into the trap of playing "golf swing," but at the same time, there are changes to my swing that I want to make for functional reasons. In particular, I want to calm down my lunge toward the ball at the top of my backswing into transition. My weight comes forward, and I have to stand up to save the shot.

I'm decent at it, but it not a recipe for consistent golf. That said, making a swing adjustment while doing a skills assessment isn't a plan for good numbers 🙂

So there were some really ugly results in here, but one point worth noting: I actually had a predominantly right miss with the swing I was using. So although I was struggling to strike the ball well (leaving a lot of shots short), I was pretty successful in fighting off the snap hook that I get with my normal swing.

So it's still a work in progress. And I think we're getting another foot of snow this week, so I still have plenty of time to keep grinding before I face a real course.

Here's a swing from my practice at the end of last week. Still not keeping back entirely, but better than before:

 

[Looking forward to spring, not only for golf, but because I'll be doing a thorough garage cleaning.]

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Such a nice sound. Hope the warmer weather reaches you soon! 

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MPR good work. Don’t worry about the garage. It happens up here, you get ready to clean it in November and then it’s -2000° the next day with 14’ of snow piled up... I know first hand. Sending you a PM for something I’ve noticed in your videos, not a professional tip just a set of eyes that videos himself swinging the golf clubs too.

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Continuing to explore the features of the SkyTrak to help me reach my goal. Even since I first read Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible, I've been a bit intrigued by the clock wedge system. But without a range, I've really had no way to get my numbers, and so my short game approach has been to use my SW for every partial swing shot, unless the situation explicitly called for a LW.

So the fact that the SkyTrak has a wedge matrix feature built in is great. In setup, you tell it 1) how many wedges you have, 2) what size swings you want to do, and 3) how many swings of each kind you want. The math means that your swing count will add up in a hurry. I'm doing four wedges, four size swings (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full), and five shots for each kind of swing. That's 80 shots; it took me almost 50 minutes to complete the matrix.

Here was my first result:

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So the obvious things that jumps out is the major gap between the 1/4 and 1/2 swing distances. In my case, I think I need to reduce my own conception of the 1/2 swing, and maybe slightly also the 3/4 swing. I also still need to figure out how to hit a full swing wedge that doesn't just launch higher without carrying further. My desire is to have my full swing SW be 90, GW be 105, and PW be 120. I know that's possible for me; it's not a matter of speed but of consistent technique.

Anyway, the potential is there for this to be a workable system for me. I use a laser rangefinder on the course, which is an important component for making this usable.

I'm continuing to love the SkyTrak data. In addition to the matrix itself, it gives you the dispersion chart for each club. Here's my SW:

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With the 1/2 swing, I had one shot that was an outlier, otherwise all the partial swings had pretty tight groupings. I really think I need to look into getting some wedges that are a degree or two flat; the wedge pulls are a regular feature of my short game.

 

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Continuing to explore the features of the SkyTrak to help me reach my goal. Even since I first read Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible, I've been a bit intrigued by the clock wedge system. But without a range, I've really had no way to get my numbers, and so my short game approach has been to use my SW for every partial swing shot, unless the situation explicitly called for a LW.
So the fact that the SkyTrak has a wedge matrix feature built in is great. In setup, you tell it 1) how many wedges you have, 2) what size swings you want to do, and 3) how many swings of each kind you want. The math means that your swing count will add up in a hurry. I'm doing four wedges, four size swings (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full), and five shots for each kind of swing. That's 80 shots; it took me almost 50 minutes to complete the matrix.
Here was my first result:
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So the obvious things that jumps out is the major gap between the 1/4 and 1/2 swing distances. In my case, I think I need to reduce my own conception of the 1/2 swing, and maybe slightly also the 3/4 swing. I also still need to figure out how to hit a full swing wedge that doesn't just launch higher without carrying further. My desire is to have my full swing SW be 90, GW be 105, and PW be 120. I know that's possible for me; it's not a matter of speed but of consistent technique.
Anyway, the potential is there for this to be a workable system for me. I use a laser rangefinder on the course, which is an important component for making this usable.
I'm continuing to love the SkyTrak data. In addition to the matrix itself, it gives you the dispersion chart for each club. Here's my SW:
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With the 1/2 swing, I had one shot that was an outlier, otherwise all the partial swings had pretty tight groupings. I really think I need to look into getting some wedges that are a degree or two flat; the wedge pulls are a regular feature of my short game.
 

Good stuff. Instead of reworking the swings, maybe add another swing in between or take a video of the lengths to make sure you are making the swing you want.

When can we all come over to build our own wedge matrix?
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32 minutes ago, cnosil said:

When can we all come over to build our own wedge matrix?

It depends. If can get here before Thursday, you're welcome anytime. Otherwise, you'll need to wait for the plow trucks again. 😫

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