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I played last week and doubled the first four holes. When I finished the the front nine my wife, who was keeping score, added the score and wrote a 45. I thought she missed a hole because I started at 8 over. When I looked at the score I had shot the last 5 holes in one over and the first three holes of the back in two over.
I am coming back from a five year break from golf for medical reasons so these bogey type scores are are good for me as I am happy with bogey golf.
I started with the interlocking because thats what my Dad showed me. Later I switched
to Vardon thinking that would allow me to work my hands as one unit. It worked at the time
and was able to improve my game.
The change of grip was aided by keeping a club by my TV chair and at the office. Pick up the club
and take the grip, at a point I was able to take the grip without thought. I have made the same change
with a putter grip change with the same results. I some one asks me how I grip my putter I have to grip the club
to tell them because the grip (reverse overlap) is natural to me.
I won't use a tee that a previously player left sticking on the tee. I will pick it up but will not use it on
that hole. This does not bring me any magic. I am still a terrible golfer but I still love the game.
I saw instruction by Dave Pelz where he demonstrated his straight back straight through method with a swinging door example.
His demo showed that a door hinged at the top hit the ball straight and a door hinged so it swings in an arc that required the ball position to be at the same spot without any variance in ball position.
This method made sense to me and removed the variable of ball position. When I used a putting thought of an arc swing I over controlled the putter causing a line variance.
I recently switched to a face balanced putter that seems to make the path easier to attain.
I finally found a tip that used a cardboard box (golf club box works well) on the outside of the line. By avoiding this visual I was able to correct an in-to-out swing that was bringing the hosel into play. Simple tip, worked for me.
Shot 45/50 today Blew four chips on the front and had four three-putts on the back. Putts were 16/21. The 16 putts on the front nine give me the confidence that I can putt. Didn't make any long bombs, just solid first putts.
Had only one penalty. Will continue to work on short game. Believe I can get to boogie by the end of the this season (or soon).