Practiced this morning, worked on some of the drills highlighted in Lowest Score Wins.
Around the World
I started from 4' and I was awful, so I quickly switched to 3'. It took 22 putts to make 12 in a row, which I thought wasn't terrible, until I realized that I set the balls up from 2-2.5' from the hole. Then I remembered I had a 33" putter, so I stuck that in the hole and placed balls 3" from the end of the grip. I repeated the game from 3', took 30 putts, was nowhere near completing the game and quit.
Then I decided to repeat the 3' game putting with my right hand only; it took 12 putts. I'm doing something with my left hand that I shouldn't be doing, because the RH only putts were dying into the hole. Even slight misses and rim shots fell in because the speed was much better.
3 in a Row
I went back to putting with 2 hands, but I wanted to reduce the effect of my left hand on my stroke, so I switched from a single reverse overlap to a double reverse overlap. I focused on feeling like I was still putting RH only. Sequence went like this:
3' (2 made) - 6' (3) - 9' (0) - 6' (2) - 9' (0) - 6' (1)
I stopped after that because it was apparent I wasn't going to finish the game anytime soon. The misses weren't bad; they were all within 1' from the hole. Tendency was to miss long, rather than short.
Short Game 50
I wasn't sure what target I was supposed to pick. I thought I remember reading about 1' per handicap, so I went with 19'. I started with my 60°. Score was 0 after 4 rounds of 3 balls. I put that club away.
Switched to my 56°. Scored 24 after 4 rounds. I would have finished the game, but the practice green got inundated with people, so I just got out of there.
My putting and short game both need work, duh
I'll upload videos later in the day, but judging by the flight, it was looking pretty good.
I started working on keeping my elbows together more at the top of the backswing earlier this week. I think this will help with my overswing and wrist cupping issues. What I ended up doing was bringing the club up to A4, and the squeezing the elbows together more. Then I brought that feeling back to A1. It felt like my right shoulder was tilted down a lot more than my left shoulder with a little bit of right side bend at address. The right elbow was more in front of my body.
I started taking that preset stance at address by standing over my ball and making that right side bend. Without arching my lower back, I let the bend take my clubhead to the ball. Overall, it felt like I was standing taller and my arms were able to hang out towards the ball a little more as opposed to hanging straight down from my shoulders. It was less bend at the hips than I'm used to, but really I think I bent too much from the hips, anyway.
Like I said, shots were really good. Even the driver. Videos to come.