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A chronicled look at my journey to get down to a 5 index. It started 10 years ago on the Sand Trap and now the saga continues to beyond the original goal into whereabouts unknown. 

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New Equipment Update and Tweaks

The starting line-up has changed with the addition of a face balanced TM Spider Tour putter. I ordered it at 33.5" with the tour red body with black, silver, and tour red accents with a black shaft. Three footers don't stand a chance.  Intrigued with the driving iron buzz, I checked out the offerings wanting to be fit into a 2 iron Cobra or Titleist U510. When the dust settled, the Titleist U500 was declared the champion in the 20* lofted 3 iron with the 6.0 Hzrdus Smoke Black. I let go of

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Just Do It!

It's been a while, but I haven't had a lot to write about. Until Saturday. It finally happened. The hip pivot showed up. It's been my number one thing to fix for a long time and I finally had enough.  Two weeks ago, I took some video and just realized that if I am ever going to get to the next level of consistent sub 5, I need to fix 2 things. The hip pivot and the overswing. So I decided that I would do the damn wall drill and turn the right cheek towards the target a few hundred times unt

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Even Par Blocky Boy

My comeback started in July and its time to check in on what's going on. I found a serious group of guys that all play scratch and single digits that play for a little cash twice a week. Its been great for my game to play it down every time. The last 8 rounds I have shot 75, 77, 80, 78, 82, 75, 81, and 78. But let's talk about the last 75 and 78 because I learned a lot from those rounds. The 75 was the second round of the day after a 39-43 (OB, Lost Ball on back) performance so I was not expecti

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Mr. Boom the Golf @$$hole

A few months ago my group was on the second 18 of the day when we get to number 6 which is a 415 yard dogleg right that you can cut off if you carry some trees about 220 out. We hit our shots and I rocked one that made the corner and I've got 9 iron in. One of our guys takes it straight toward the green and really cuts it off leaving him 100 yards but hidden from the tee box. We get a text from the group behind us that they let a quick twosome through and they will be coming up on us.  I am next

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Tales from the Golf Shop

Today I decided to go to the local Golf Super Duper Store to try out a 3 wood that caught my eye. As the product expert sets up my request, I take a few practice swings with my own club. The lighting is not great, its hard to see if my club face is square, and I hit about the 3 worst balls in my life warming up. I was hemorrhaging on the astroturf as someone's grandfather just stood behind me wondering why the hell I asked to try the tour model.  Then, on the 5th ball, I finally hit the ball dow

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Six Greens and Six Over

After the stellar 75, I followed with rounds of 81, 78 (1 birdie, no doubles, bogey-bogey from both fairways finish), and another 78 on a tough course (3 birdies with a double bogey-bogey finish). This last round, despite 2 doubles, was about playing golf (not playing swing) and making good decisions in tough conditions. Let me set it up for you guys.  I arrived at the course early and hit about 25 balls into a significant left to right wind. This is my least favorite wind, but I was there

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Centered and Crispy

If there is one thing that I have learned over the years is that your setup and backswing should put you in the very best position to make a good swing through the golf ball. So during this latest comeback, it was pointed out to me that I was slipping back into a pattern of relying too much on compensating moves because I was working against myself before I made my downswing. My setup had the outside of the right hip even with the outside of my right foot which encouraged a hip slide instead of

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Geeking out on Lofts and Wedges

So those of you that know me from back in the day know that I am a numbers guy. I totally geek out on lofts especially when it comes down to wedges. Here is one example of my thought process that really still applies today:  So to set the backdrop, back in the early 90s my first real iron set came from my buddy who played on the Tommy Armour Mini Tour.  TA had the hottest irons at the time with the 845 Silver Scots and had Davis Love and Freddy Couples on Staff. My friend sends me a custom

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Silky Smooth

So today was a total surprise. I didn't sleep well and was out early to meet my group a county north to play a friendly track that is very receptive at 6400 yards and rated at 70.5/127. The driving range was closed so I chipped, putted, and hit 5 balls into the "driving net" they had set up by the bag drop. Feeling a little tired, I decided to concentrate on my swing keys and to not try to kill it. The first key is set up and making sure my right hip is even with my right instep. I had been gett

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Let's Go!

So let's get right to it. I have probably played 10 rounds this year since the "comeback". Now lets just say there has been some good, some bad, but not too much ugly. The worst score was an 88 and last month on a trip to Orange National I posted between 80 and 86 for six rounds averaging one birdie per round (fill in the blanks with doubles and maybe a trip or two). Since the trip I have seen my old coach and shot some video and most of my issues start right at set-up. Its the simple things tha

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Where it Started

For those of you joining on the new blog format, I started this thread 10 years ago (see link above for 12 pages) and chronicled my path to getting back down to 4.5 index being a weekend warrior. It was my way of capturing the lessons I learned and the golf I played.  Stay tuned (or not) and I will chronicle the next chapter from equipment, practice, rounds and general golf thoughts.  

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