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51 minutes ago, chisag said:

 

... Here is the thing. There are so many moving parts to a golf swing that will make solid contact with the ball with a good trajectory, combining spin and height and of course going where you are aiming. Oh yea, and the exact distance you need the ball to travel. All those moving parts need to work in unison in order to accomplish these goals. But it only takes doing one moving part incorrectly to throw the entire process in chaos. 

... This would be bad enough but diagnosing exactly which part is the culprit can be very difficult. And what we all do to some degree is trying to fix ourselves by changing what we are doing well. We have all had swing keys that fixed our swing at some point in time. But more often than not those swing keys addressed a particular fault and if that part isn't the culprit in our current swing, the key that worked can actually cause more problems.

... As an example lets say you were over extending on the backswing without a proper wrist hinge and getting disconnected. You either stumbled on a tip or found out on your own that if you cock your wrists sooner, it stopped the over extension disconnection and brought your swing back into sync. Fast forward to a current swing out of whack and you remember the "cock the wrists sooner" swing key that worked so well, but the problem is you have stopped turning your shoulders and cocking your wrists sooner makes things even worse. 

... Obviously the guys on tour have a coach that keep an eye on all those moving parts and usually stop a flaw before it becomes a problem. The fact that Tiger needed coaching should be an eye opener. As an instructor I am my own worst client just like a lawyer defending themselves, so I know your frustration. I have found that ignoring a swing problem during a round is usually better than trying to fix it while playing. Of course I am not talking about well struck shots with a swing that feels good and are just offline or moving one way or another and poor distance control. I am talking about what we all have experienced ... the swing just doesn't feel right and we know something is out of whack and we are hitting shots we normally don't hit. If we could only figure out what little piece needs to be "fixed" we could regain our form. 

... So other than making some adjustments to deal with how you are playing today, don't try and fix your swing on the course. Heading to the range after the round is ideal and all the pros do it, but most of the time we don't have the option. Of course lessons are always a good idea. And sometimes whatever that little swing flaw was, it disappears the next round and things feel pretty good without "changing" anything. The more we love the game and the more competitive we are, the more we are our own worst enemy. I go through weeks sometimes playing 5 rounds or more and it seems like a constant struggle and then hit a stretch where it just seems so easy. But perfect is not an option so whenever possible cut yourself some slack, even though on the worst days it seems impossible when swinging so poorly, and accept what poor swing you have today because your better swing will always come back. 

 

Not going to lie. I kind of needed to read this after today's round. Course was only able to let me play 9 this morning because they have a tournament going on and so I was able to play the back before the tournament caught up. Anyway, went to warm up and everything was just OK. Nothing great, but solid enough. Went to the course and it was legitimately a struggle. Almost all of my tee shots were low and left. Just not hitting anything all that well. I mean, I did manage to hit a number of trees pretty solidly, but that's about all I can say. Managed to walk away with only one par, but at least I was able to walk the course since the weather has finally gotten a little cooler. 

It was honestly just an ugly round. I've been going through some swing changes and it got me thinking about how do you manage to play in the middle of making drastic swing changes. "my swing" is definitely flawed, but when I'm practicing and playing often enough, I can time it pretty well to be mostly effective. The idea behind the swing changes is to reduce the reliance on timing everything perfectly. Reduce variables so to speak. It's a rough transition for me, and so I go through periods of just awful results. Tomorrow I may go out the range and pure everything with the swing changes. It's just not there yet. 

So how does one stick through the bad rounds and keep going when I know I could just revert back to my "wrong" swing and put up better scores? Should I just forget about playing for a solid chunk of time until I have the swing changes grooved? Out on the course I find myself kind of half committed to the changes, and half relying on timing, and that leads to some very interesting results. 

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16 minutes ago, RichL85 said:

I've been going through some swing changes and it got me thinking about how do you manage to play in the middle of making drastic swing changes. "my swing" is definitely flawed, but when I'm practicing and playing often enough, I can time it pretty well to be mostly effective. The idea behind the swing changes is to reduce the reliance on timing everything perfectly. Reduce variables so to speak. It's a rough transition for me, and so I go through periods of just awful results. Tomorrow I may go out the range and pure everything with the swing changes. It's just not there yet. 

So how does one stick through the bad rounds and keep going when I know I could just revert back to my "wrong" swing and put up better scores? Should I just forget about playing for a solid chunk of time until I have the swing changes grooved? Out on the course I find myself kind of half committed to the changes, and half relying on timing, and that leads to some very interesting results. 

 

... We have all been there. Just remember, it took Tiger about one full year to make a permanent swing change. That's hitting balls every day and having a coach help with his transition. So for Am's a swing change can be catastrophic when actually playing golf because you will be caught between swings. Your brain wants to do what it has done in the past so it is a constant battle. Everyone has their own path so no right answers. That said, I have always felt you should put thoughts on hold and just play golf. Save the changes for the living room, yard and especially the range. If you can't dedicate serious range time, a swing change will be darn near impossible.

... But you will be caught between what you have done and what you want to do with your swing, so just accept the good and the bad results. I know, I know it is easier said than done. There is also nothing wrong with committing to the swing change on the course and just playing poorly while the changes start to take hold as long as you are OK with really bad caught in-between two swings golf. But either way committing to one or the other is paramount because going back and forth will make both approaches frustrating. 

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6 hours ago, Lacassem said:

Beautiful morning though so not all was lost. And had a single chip in which is good!

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Nice pics, thanks.  

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6 hours ago, Lacassem said:

I walked off the course after 15 holes today…..I am so lost on my swing right now and only 2 weeks after one of my better ball striking rounds. So lost….

Beautiful morning though so not all was lost. And had a single chip in which is good!

 

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Relax, it’ll work it’s way out.  You have a lot going on with new sticks that took forever and end of Fall coming up.  You’ll work it out.

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Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr   
5 wood; Ping 425, Senior Shaft 55 gr       
7 wood; Ping 425, Senior Shaft 55 gr      
5 hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous R2     
Irons; Mizuno JPX 923HM 7-GW Recoil 460 F2
Wedges; Titleist S9 54*, Mizuno SW 56*

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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1 hour ago, Rickp said:

Relax, it’ll work it’s way out.  You have a lot going on with new sticks that took forever and end of Fall coming up.  You’ll work it out.

Thanks Rick!

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1 hour ago, Lacassem said:

Thanks Rick!

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Rick

 

 

Left Hand, 

Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr   
5 wood; Ping 425, Senior Shaft 55 gr       
7 wood; Ping 425, Senior Shaft 55 gr      
5 hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous R2     
Irons; Mizuno JPX 923HM 7-GW Recoil 460 F2
Wedges; Titleist S9 54*, Mizuno SW 56*

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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Just now, Kenny B said:

What are you going to do when we lose the 👍 emoji?  😬

Panic I guess!!!  I just found that emoji last year 😱

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Rick

 

 

Left Hand, 

Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr   
5 wood; Ping 425, Senior Shaft 55 gr       
7 wood; Ping 425, Senior Shaft 55 gr      
5 hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous R2     
Irons; Mizuno JPX 923HM 7-GW Recoil 460 F2
Wedges; Titleist S9 54*, Mizuno SW 56*

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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Day 1 of our Fall Blitz two day tourney.  Weather was awesome 66*-84*. I shot a 42/43:85 FIR 9/14 64% GIR 4/18 22% with 30 putts.  I had 6 Up & Downs for 54%. Finished in 5th place heading to Day 2.  $7k in winnings plus $4k in the Calcutta. 

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Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.png0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft & 0811 XF w/Evenflo Riptide CB Senior shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Titleist T300 48* GW w/Fubuki MV Senior shaft and Edison forged 53* and 57* wedges with KB PGI Senior shafts(80 grm).

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip or Ping Ketsch

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black/Lime). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG, Titleist Pro V1x or Titleist TruFeel

Using Shot Scope V3 and MG4000 Rangefinder

 

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Owen and I played a scramble outing with Mark and our other friend Kevin at Marengo Ridge yesterday.  Cool temps and a steady breeze meant layering up and I've come to realize that I just can't play in those conditions, lol. 

Marengo is a tricky course; lots of trees and other hazards, plus a ton of doglegs and other blind shots.  We didn't play badly but we also just never got on track.  Approaches were routinely short for all of us and the ones that weren't short left miles of putts.  

Owen started out okay but since he'd turned 21 in August he's drinking a bit on weekend rounds.  Since he doesn't drink often it hits him quickly and hard.  He fell off on the back and also decided to leap a fence for an OB ball to predictably disastrous results.  He's got a pretty scraped up knee and a severely wounded ego!

Me, on the other hand; I have no excuses and just played poorly.  I couldn't hit a putt on line all day and couldn't put together a string of good shots in general.  Overall we went (-3) 69 to finish on the bottom third.  We're already looking forward to it next year!

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Titleist Vokey SM7 50° 54°  and SM8 60° wedges

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Got out with @Mr_Theoo and @MaxEntropy at Delaware Golf Club near Columbus today.

Hit some good and some bad. 44/45 89. Found my driver on the back but just made some dumb mistakes.

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Hybrid: :mizuno-small: Fli Hi 3 & 4 Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 80 6.0

Irons: :mizuno-small: JPX 923 HMP 5-PW UST Mamiya Recoil 95 F4
Wedges: :mizuno-small: T-22 Denim Copper 48°, 52° & 56° UST Mamiya Recoil 95 F4
Putter :Sub70: Sycamore 005 Wide Blade
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Played pretty well with a sore back and 46º when we teed off.  Shot a 42 on the front nine (+5) with a double on #3.  Played the back nine at EVEN par 35 with 2 bogeys and 2 birdies... so 77.

The highlight was on the short par 4 risk/reward hole #14.  If the wind is right, I can drive the green; no wind today so I tried it anyway.  Beautiful line at the flagstick, but when I hit it I knew that the trajectory wasn't high enough to cover the bunker that runs from 80y out all the way to the front of the green.  Until this last year I never would try for the green, but my bunker play has been really good.  Ball was in the bunker 20y from the pin, just short of the grass in front of the 3 foot elevated green.  Beautiful 60º wedge shot to a foot for a tap-in birdie... thank you Monte for the bunker lessons!!!

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3 hours ago, MattF said:

Got out with @Mr_Theoo and @MaxEntropy at Delaware Golf Club near Columbus today.

Hit some good and some bad. 44/45 89. Found my driver on the back but just made some dumb mistakes.

Fun time, fun course. About the time Matt found his driver, mine went AWOL, but I still managed to mostly avoid the big numbers (two doubles) and scrambled around in 42/44 (par 71). 

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3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-AW:  :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
SW: :cleveland-small: Zipcore Black Satin 54*
LW: :cleveland-small: Zipcore Black Satin 58*
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Day 2 of our Fall Blitz. Did not perform like yesterday. Shot 45/45:90 with one birdie (Par 3 #7). Finished tied for 7th out of 37 with +4 for 2 days. My points quota was 19. Had a CTP on #7.

FIR 10/14 71% GIR 3/18 17% with 34 putts with 3 lip outs under 2 feet! Ouch!

 

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Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.png0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft & 0811 XF w/Evenflo Riptide CB Senior shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Titleist T300 48* GW w/Fubuki MV Senior shaft and Edison forged 53* and 57* wedges with KB PGI Senior shafts(80 grm).

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip or Ping Ketsch

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black/Lime). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG, Titleist Pro V1x or Titleist TruFeel

Using Shot Scope V3 and MG4000 Rangefinder

 

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Last round was a very average 43/43-86. Only 3 GIR but still managed 8 pars with decent putting.

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Driver:  PXG 211 Project X Evenflow CB, 50g 5.5

Fariway:  PXG 211, 3-Wood Project X Evenflow CB, 60g 5.5

Hybrid:   PXG 211, 3H Project X Evenflow H, 80g, 5.5

Irons:  :titelist-small: T300 4-5, T200 6-PW Nippon 880 Pro R

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Putter: :EVNROLL: ER2 Murdered Out

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Got out yesterday afternoon for another round, but it wasn't quite as good as my Tuesday round - 39/38 for 77. I birdied the first hole, but that was it for the highlights. I just kept totally blowing a shot every couple holes. There was a lot of luck down the stretch to help me save some pars. Like on #7 I pull hooked my drive into trees, but then put a 3W on the green. Next hole I put my second into a bunker on a par 5, and missed the green short escaping it, but ran in a 12 footer for the par save, just odd stuff like that. Still nothing wrong with +5 (Net +1) They have 3 nines, and the holes 5-8 on my second 9 is a really tough stretch. The yardages are 425-435-410-595 and they always play into the wind.

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Driver: PXG 0211 10.5* 

Fairway: Titleist 917 F3 15*

Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro Boxer Gold 18*

Irons: Titleist 714CB 4-PW

Wedges: Vokey SM5 & SM6 50/54/58

Putter: SeeMore X2 Costa del Mar

Ball: Srixon Z-Star

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Got one round in this weekend. I hadn't picked up a club for a couple weeks. Started solid Bogey, Double, Bogey, Bogey and shot Even... Seems standard, just not good for the heart

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In my bag:

Driver: :cobra-small: Speedzone Xtreme 9.0* Fujikura Motore X F1 6X

Wood: :cobra-small: Speedzone Tour Fujikura Motore X F1 7X

Hybrids: :cobra-small: King Utility 19.5* Diamana Tensei White Pro 90TX

Irons: :srixon-small: Srixon ZX5 4-6 (1 degree weak), ZX7 7-PW Project X 6.5

Wedges: :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 50*, 54*, 58* Tour Issue S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Nashville Z1C 34"

 Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X 

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