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onthehunt526

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The Continuing Story Of My Golf Game

Apparently I should only devote 15% of my practice time to putting. That's what Erik says anyway.

My 30-75 yard game stinks. I mean it's bad. Like Alina is better from 30-75 yards than I am. (Not even a joke) It's sad, I'm 40 yards out hitting some sort of half sand wedge. Alina I hitting 8 iron or driver... I knock it to 20 feet... after stupidity, she hits her shot to 10 feet. Then pleased with her self she walks up to the green with her dad. I miss the 20 foot putt, she drains her 10 foot putt. She's 4 (was 3 when this was happening last year)... I mean she did practically hold a golf club before she could walk. Zoey, my nearly 4 month old, stares into the corner at my wife's golf clubs all the time. I try to go to the golf course, to get out of the house, Alina grabs her clubs.

Sorry, had to throw that little anecdote about my daughters in there.

Anyway, I'm try to do figure out is a 30-75 yard shot, a pitch or a full swing motion... If the 75-yarder is full swing, and 30-yards is short game... I can clock face, actually most yardages. I've been known to hit an occasional "7:30" PW from 60 yards from time to time, 

All I know, is that it is an achilles heel, and needs a hell of a lot of work.

So, here's the Stalin reference of the blog: I don't have a KGB agent watching me hit balls, telling me what to practice. I  can practice what is a glaring weakness, correct?

On a nice side note, I got my new irons this week (I think it was Tuesday), I'm actually playing blades now. And not some Thrift Store blades (though my first "set" was a nice Wilson Sam Snead half-set we found there for $30). My new Exotics CBX Blade Irons are now in the bag. I decided to go to a 44" driver this year. The last couple of years, I've been swinging a 45.5" driver. I'm all over the place with the 45.5" club, where is, I am much more consistent with a 44" club. So I've got that now...

Stay tuned next Sunday as I do a thorough what's in the bag with Photos... I may try to do A VIDEO.

If you have any questions, ask.



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The exact quote is "Unless you have a glaring weakness or a facet of your game which far outshines the others, you should spend 65% of your time practicing the full swing, 20% of your time practicing the short game, and 15% of your time practicing putting."

If your short game is a glaring weakness, then work on it until you feel or data from GameGolf shows it isn't a glaring weakness anymore. 

Some of the worst PGA tour players proximity to the hole from 20-30 yds is 13-14 feet. https://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.380.html

You as a 6.7 hcp amateur putting it to 20 feet from 40 yards out isnt all that bad of a shot. 

For reference, I'm a 10 hcp. According to GameGolf, from 25-50yds, I get 39% of my shots to within 15 feet. That means 61% of them are greater than 15 feet away, and I dont consider my short game to be a glaring weakness. Its not one of my strengths, but not a glaring weakness either.

 

 

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I don't know that if is the short game @klineka, or full swing or what. Toward the end of the 2017 season here in Upstate New York (so like October/November). I was struggling with "full wedges". I have an issue when I can miss the green completely from 75 yards. A 60° wedge for most of us... I was having issues with hitting these shots that were either fat, or I'd take no divot and the ball would end up short of the green... I think a lot of it was this over the top move I had... Craig and I have really worked to get my path to the point that I'm comfortable with. Though I am at like 340 days in a row on the Practice Challenge, most of my work has been on rebuilding my full swing... I am really trying hard to A) Try to be eligible for the State Mid-Am next or maybe this year. B) Possibly be on the Newport Cup team in 2019 (Yeah right, @iacas would never select a cook as his number #6)... I mean I'd love to make the team... the only "team" I was the best at what I'm doing was the "Quiz Bowl" team. I am a plethora of useless knowledge, and I can tell you the date for any date ever in a few seconds.

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How does one figure out distances on short shots?  Driving range balls are dead compared to regular golf balls.  From my experience at the courses I frequent, on one course the range balls seem about 10% less lively, and on the other course, the range balls seem about 20% less lively.  Of course, those are just guesses, but the fact is, I don't think range balls can be used to calibrate distances with various clubs. 

So how do you intend to figure out the distances with these half shots you need to execute? 

 

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7 hours ago, Marty2019 said:

How does one figure out distances on short shots?  Driving range balls are dead compared to regular golf balls.  From my experience at the courses I frequent, on one course the range balls seem about 10% less lively, and on the other course, the range balls seem about 20% less lively.  Of course, those are just guesses, but the fact is, I don't think range balls can be used to calibrate distances with various clubs. 

So how do you intend to figure out the distances with these half shots you need to execute? 

 

I don't use range balls, I use my shag bag on our practice area at my home course. Maybe I need to practice this more.

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