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I've got a lot to work on...



IttiAfter a month and about 9 rounds, I've got a lot to work on.

My long game is just OK, my alignment sucks, and 100 yards and in needs a lot of work... I'm hoping to shave a 3-5 strokes by the Club Championship in July, the outing the week after, and the Ithaca City Championship the last week in August and over Labor Day weekend.

So I've developed a practice plan to work on this.

1) Alignment: In the past I've had no pre-shot routine. I've watched a few videos on alignment and think I've found something to try, I think it might work... But it's a little different and might take a bit of getting used to.

2) 100 yards and in: my GW goes 110 yards with a full swing. My Main issue is 50-100 yards. 50 and in is pretty good but not great which will be worked on as well. However, 25 yards and in, I just need to work on proximity to the hole. I need more short putts for pars to make more pars.

3) My game planning needs a little work... On some holes it's great I have few issues. Par 3s I'm struggling with. I'm having trouble just shooting for the center of the green. I go flag hunting sometimes and it costs me dearly. 

My goal is to average around 80 when the tournaments come around...

I have a long way to go to become Scratch by 2020.

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Something I do when it comes to full swing alignment is just look over my left shoulder. As long as the first thing I see is "something" the right distance left of my target, I am pretty comfortable with my alignment. 

Now how did I figure this out? Using alignment sticks, I would get into my proper alignment position, based on my target line. Once in this correct position (for me) I would just take a natural, comfortable look over my left shoulder. After practicing this move over, and over, when I turned to look over my left shoulder, I was always looking at "something" left of my actual target . 

It's become second nature to me now. As a check point, if I look, and see something that I think is too close, or too far left of my target, I know to reevaluate my alignment set up. 

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