With the season winding down I will be spending the winter working on:
- Flatter shaft coming from A4 to A5.5, ideally in line with my trail forearm at A5.5 but I'll take what I can get. For this I'll be doing a lot of video of extremely exaggerated feeling swings with no ball, I will also probably make some chalk lines on my practice mat to ingrain the path visually as well. A big key for me here will be SLOW and EXAGGERATED movements to help me map out what I need to be feeling at full speeds.
- Changing the path of my trail knee on the downswing so that it is working more towards the target instead of towards the ball. Presently it tends to drive out towards the ball causing my shaft to get too steep (see point 1) and my hips to spin out too early and everything goes to shit...I've got a couple of strategies for this, I'll put stuff in the way of my knee so it has to find a new path and I'll work on rolling the trail foot more, maybe even some "toes up" swings to get the correct feel.
- Club head inside my hands at A6, this will obviously be MUCH easier to do consistently if I work on the first point and is more of a result of what I'll be working on than something I'll actively be working on, y'know...
- TEMPO. When I'm hitting the ball well all of these pieces come together easily and the game becomes much more enjoyable. I have noticed that whenever I get into a good groove and am hitting the ball well my tempo is much slower and smoother allowing for much more time to get the sequence right. Kind of a 'chicken or egg' scenario, I know, working on tempo alone won't fix points 1-3 but it will make it easier to work on points 1-3
The first three points are all inter-related and any improvement in one area will immediately impact the other two points so I feel like I have a pretty solid road map to work with this off season.
I feel like a made a lot of progress this year, and played the best golf of my life but started slipping into old, bad habits towards the end of the season as I let the practicing slip and didn't stay on top of things as far as what I need to work to improve. With the courses closing up within the next 6 weeks I'll be getting back to a more diligent practice routine, review my Evolvr lessons I have on file and maybe earn a stupid monkey badge!
I won't put any significant time into putting because putting is pretty easy and I kick ass with a flat stick!