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I've been working on updating my clubs so far this year, going to start shopping for a backyard net, and have been visiting the local golf stores weekly to get my mindset back into the game. Along with that I've been reading or skimming through various golf books from the local library.

I don't think I'll look at building a greenhouse because it would just turn into a storage space for lawnmower and snowblower and bicycles and wagons and anything else. Great to have but not for now.
Net should be fine. I wouldn't build a greenhouse for the purpose of golf, I'd build it for gardening. That I'd be able to use it for golf would be a bonus, plus I like multitasking tools.
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post

I've been working on updating my clubs so far this year, going to start shopping for a backyard net, and have been visiting the local golf stores weekly to get my mindset back into the game. Along with that I've been reading or skimming through various golf books from the local library.

I don't think I'll look at building a greenhouse because it would just turn into a storage space for lawnmower and snowblower and bicycles and wagons and anything else. Great to have but not for now.
Net should be fine. I wouldn't build a greenhouse for the purpose of golf, I'd build it for gardening. That I'd be able to use it for golf would be a bonus, plus I like multitasking tools.

 

That's definitely more efficient. I'm not one of those "There's a tool for each task" types, especially when we're talking about golf.

Plus, my first tool was a Swiss army knife. B-)

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That's definitely more efficient. I'm not one of those "There's a tool for each task" types, especially when we're talking about golf.
Plus, my first tool was a Swiss army knife. f1_cool.gif
To be fair, some jobs are a lot easier to do if you own the specialized tool for it, but it doesn't mean you can't get away with using something else.

To make this golf related, you can flop a 6i with the right technique, but it's a lot easier with a lob wedge.
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I've flopped my driver before 8)
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I've flopped my driver before 8)
Haven't we all a1_smile.gif

Do your buddies invoke the infield fly rule on you, too?
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No infield fly rule, but I have been tempted to try and run out and catch the ball before it landed a few times in the past.
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No infield fly rule, but I have been tempted to try and run out and catch the ball before it landed a few times in the past.


Been there, done that!   My wife had one of those today.   Needless to say, she was bummed about it.     On a positive note, I was playing today for the first time since early January.   On top of that, today was probably the best day I have EVER had off the tee...   12 out of 14 fairways!!    Unfortunately,  I managed to negate several of those great drives by sticking a couple of second shots in the water and three putted a couple, so my score was not near what it should have been.    But... at least I was playing golf today!!:banana: 

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Hi All. Just wanted to get this thread going again.

 

I have much more confidence in my 30 to 105 yard ranges, we'll see how the round goes for me and my son (who is also in this range of golfers for the time being).

 

The improvements since last time are a more in to out swing and flat left wrist per key 3. Still working on all three keys, but I think the first three are successfully combined. My muscles are more or less healed well enough to play a round or two this weekend.

 

The main change is to relax the dominant (left for me) arm. This cause my OTT swing from a few weeks ago.

 

I am temporarily using MP33 KBS Xstiff shafts even though they give me shorter distances than my son's i20. I think they are 2 degrees flat and weaker than these: http://www.golfclubspec.com/iron_results.php?id=148. So, my 9 iron is actually 46 degrees rather than 44. I know that they are flatter by that much because I had them bent to 3 degrees flat without having him check the loft. Going to need to change them back sometime. My PW is also about 50 degrees, and that correlates with the fact that I get 5 yards more with this than my 52 degree wedge. This is okay for now, and I don't mind being a high/short hitter for the time being.

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I am still working on keys 1 - 3, too.   Progress has been slow - bad habits are hard to break.   Good luck with your efforts, Lihu.

 

I finally made time & fitted for a driver but end up not buying a new one.   It turned out, I currently have an optimum driver for me.  So, after a 30 minute fitting session, the conclusion was to spend money on lessons :-\.   If I were to buy one, the fitter recommended SLDR or Titleist.   He recommended one more brand but I forget what it was. 

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I am still working on keys 1 - 3, too.   Progress has been slow - bad habits are hard to break.   Good luck with your efforts, Lihu.

I finally made time & fitted for a driver but end up not buying a new one.   It turned out, I currently have an optimum driver for me.  So, after a 30 minute fitting session, the conclusion was to spend money on lessons b3_huh.gif .   If I were to buy one, the fitter recommended SLDR or Titleist.   He recommended one more brand but I forget what it was. 

Good lessons help, if you instructor builds on your progress, it also builds your confidence.

I've had my share of setbacks, and need a lot improvements.
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Had a few chances to get out and practice and play this week.   Shot 88 on Tuesday, 88 on Thursday (with 9 pars) and 96 today.   Today's round was played in a wind that was blowing about 20mph most of the day, with gusts into the low 30's (according to the NWS).   On a few holes, crosswinds played hell with a few shots and those really came back to bite me hard on the scorecard...

 

Biggest thing I am working on at this very moment is getting my tempo back.   I have a tendency to get too quick at times and that causes shortened backswings, quick transitions and some big pushes with an open face...  (aka: some really ugly shots)   I've always struggled with this and the gains I made toward the end of last year seem to have gotten lost completely during the winter.   I spent some time this week on the range working on smooth easy swings and clean, crisp contact.   My only swing thought at the moment is S-L-O-W.  While my scores didn't necessarily show it, I know there was definite improvement.  When I got it right, I have never struck the ball better/straighter/longer..    Just gotta keep telling my self to slow down until it becomes ingrained......

 

On the plus side, my putting has been better.    I just about wore out the carpet practicing while the weather was crappy.   Turns out though, the greens are faster than my carpet, so the putting stroke I was using to putt the ball 6 feet in the house, will roll the ball about twice that on the actual greens!  LOL

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Had a few chances to get out and practice and play this week.   Shot 88 on Tuesday, 88 on Thursday (with 9 pars) and 96 today.   Today's round was played in a wind that was blowing about 20mph most of the day, with gusts into the low 30's (according to the NWS).   On a few holes, crosswinds played hell with a few shots and those really came back to bite me hard on the scorecard...

Biggest thing I am working on at this very moment is getting my tempo back.   I have a tendency to get too quick at times and that causes shortened backswings, quick transitions and some big pushes with an open face...  (aka: some really ugly shots)   I've always struggled with this and the gains I made toward the end of last year seem to have gotten lost completely during the winter.   I spent some time this week on the range working on smooth easy swings and clean, crisp contact.   My only swing thought at the moment is S-L-O-W.  While my scores didn't necessarily show it, I know there was definite improvement.  When I got it right, I have never struck the ball better/straighter/longer..    Just gotta keep telling my self to slow down until it becomes ingrained......

On the plus side, my putting has been better.    I just about wore out the carpet practicing while the weather was crappy.   Turns out though, the greens are faster than my carpet, so the putting stroke I was using to putt the ball 6 feet in the house, will roll the ball about twice that on the actual greens!  LOL

What courses do you play?
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I got out and shot a 94 today. 7 fairways and no GRi's. The wind was playing hell with me as well. Only had one 3 putt all day. but I only got up and down once. The winter rust seems to be my distance control. But its really hard to tell with the wind conditions. But for my first outing since december and only 2 trips to the driving range. Things are looking pretty positive.
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I got out and shot a 94 today. 7 fairways and no GRi's. The wind was playing hell with me as well. Only had one 3 putt all day. but I only got up and down once. The winter rust seems to be my distance control. But its really hard to tell with the wind conditions. But for my first outing since december and only 2 trips to the driving range. Things are looking pretty positive.


That's great. Spend more time on the range, but not too much. . .!

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What courses do you play?

 

Usually here in Troy but I also get in a few rounds at Incline Village, Sun Valley and once in a while, at the Landings at Spirit.  I've also played at Florissant once and Bogey Hills once and a few courses at the Lake of the Ozarks.  I see you are in O'Fallon, where are you playing?

 

Played again today.  Shot a 94.  8 fairways, 4 GIR's.   After bragging about the improvements in my putting, it let me down today..    I had 39 putts.............:pound:  Oh well, it was a beautiful day!  Too bad it is supposed to snow tomorrow.............:censored: 

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Interesting thing that has been helping me over the last month or so. NOT going to the range as much lol. I will only go once or twice a week now, and a little before a round on the weekend. The other nights (or mornings before work) I'll spend anywhere from 10-45 minutes just doing slow motion swings, usually with a 5SK or other YouTube swing video on my laptop, and a mirror to compare with. Particularly working on Keys 2,3,4, also a little chipping and putting (indoors and at the range). Game has taken off since I've been doing this. Could be a coincidence, and all the lessons and practice are just coming together, but everything feels really solid. Body is also feeling less worn out. I know others have recommended practicing this way, but just wanted to re-enforce how effective practicing at home can be.

 

Have hit personal bests on 3 courses since switching up how I practice.

 

Things to work on are hitting more GIR (can always hit more!), driving distance and accuracy, capitalizing on birdie chances (putting from 10-25 feet) . . . to name a few lol

post #647 of 944
Two things that don't mix: recent recovery from overworked muscles, and carrying clubs.

In fact carrying 135gm wood shafts and 130gm iron shsfts.

Even worse, swinging them.

I got sudden fatigue after 10 holes. I did par the 10th one, and ended the day just happy to finish a full round.

I could barely drive 220 at the end of the day, much less swing the MP33 irons. However, I could swing my son's Ping i20.

Looks like yerba mate and yoga tomorrow.
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Went to the range on Thursday afternoon. Hit about ten good 9 irons then started to shank six in a roll.

 

Quit and went to the chipping area.

 

Went home and swung the orange whip for about 15 minutes.

 

Was on the range Friday hit about sixty balls and not one single shank or anything close to one.

 

Played 18 today and did not hit one single shank.

 

I think my problem is the six inches between my ears.

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