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Long term goals and progress- part III

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onthehunt526

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Approaching my 31st Birthday on Wednesday is a good time to look back and assess things.

As many of you may know my wife and I, welcomed our second daughter, Zoey Bree on November 11, 2017. 

But I was thinking of what I need to do to get from a 6.7 Index to below a 5 this year, and even though it's snowy and cold, I've already taken some steps.

I decided it's finally time for me to get some outside help. I've been doing this myself for 21 years and it's about time a second set of eyes looked at my mess of a golf swing. 3 lessons in, I'm hitting a "draw" for the first time in my golf life. 

I went from having a 7-iron carry of 152 yards pre-lessons, to 170 yards after just 3. I know it's only February and it's indoors, but I am happy.

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