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Going Backwards to Move Forward

Well, things with the golf game are a little frustrating but I am trusting in my pro.  When I started this series with him, we discussed my goals and we agreed I was not looking for a quick fix.  He is working to make little tweaks in my swing.  I’m waiting for my latest lesson video and will post that but in general he initially worked on me completing my rotation on the backswing to position A4, take a brief pause to and start my hip rotation before starting my downswing and not “Swinging Out” to right field at impact.  Also based on comments from TST members I am working to get less weight on my heals at address.  He had me slow my swing and take incomplete swings with the goal only hitting my driver 100 yards and stopping my swing in the A8 position with my belt buckle aimed at the target and my club in a line from my belly button to the target.  I’ve hit a dozen buckets doing only that.  The frustrating part is that when I did try a full swing my distance was gone, just not enough speed in the swing.  I mentioned that and he said to trust the process and not worry about the distance, it would come as the mechanics get more natural.

In my 2nd lesson He then added more tweaks to have the club face more open at A2, and not let my hands get ahead of the club at impact.  I’ve only hit two buckets since then so much work remains. Also we discuss my “Palmy Grip” and I got new oversized grips which seems to be helping.

I am shocked with myself, I turned down a round of golf this coming weekend because I was concerned my swing was not ready and I would be tempted to revert to my old swing out of frustration and wanting to do better on the course.  I’ll hit the range instead.

I’ve finished LSW and will re-read it in its entirety again.  I’ve not yet worked on my shot zones since my swing is in flux and I expect them to change, hopefully for the better.

My AimPoint instructor is waiting for a little more consistency in the weather but I expect that will occur in the next 2-3 weeks, I am REALLY EAGER to learn it and wish we could do it this weekend.  That would make passing on the round of golf easier to swallow.

My weight loss goal is going better than anticipated and I am currently down 22 pounds in 6 ½ weeks.  My goal was @ 3lbs per week so I am just a little ahead of that, I just hope I do not Leon Lett it (sorry, I just learned that).  I’ve gotten to the point where I can have an occasional “Cheat Day” and enjoyed my Reubens on St. Patrick’s Day.  The cardio is getting easier which will help when I walk the course more often.

Ideally next update will be on AimPoint.


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Awesome that you are making the effort. Please remember that it takes pro's months to overhaul their swing and these guys hit hundreds of balls every day. So commit to the change and practice as much as you can for it to feel second nature

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1 hour ago, pganapathy said:

Awesome that you are making the effort. Please remember that it takes pro's months to overhaul their swing and these guys hit hundreds of balls every day. So commit to the change and practice as much as you can for it to feel second nature

Thanks, I know I am inpatient and want immediate results so I will need to keep this in mind.

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I'm glad to hear things are moving forward, even if a little more slowly than you may want them to. 

I'm curious about your weight loss. On July 45th, 2019 I was 227 pounds. I decided I needed to fix that. I got to 187 by January 1 2020. So, 40 pounds in 25 weeks. I've been able to maintain my weight since then. I'm still at 187. So, I kinda went the other way compared to Bryson D. 

Basically, the biggest change I made was I normally don't eat after 4 PM. 

What plan are you using to drop your weight? 

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Nice work on the weight loss. That's a huge accomplishment, good for athletic endeavors, and also great for long term health. When my first kid was born 7 years ago, I had a wakeup call with my weight/health when I passed 240 lbs (normal weight is 180-190 lbs). I have an innate love of food and eating, so dropping the weight was tough, but I made some changes and got back to where I should be in about a year, and kept it there until the whole Covid-19 thing. Working from home has not been conducive to healthy habits. But anyways, congrats.

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@Darkfrog & @ChetlovesMer: I am using a combination of reduced portions and calories and increased exercise to create a "Calorie Deficit" of @ 1,700 calories per day.  First, I AM NOT a doctor or nutritionist, this is my plan based on my reading.  If you burn @ 3,500 calories more than you consume you should lose @ 1 pound of weight so if I deficit @ 1,700 per day that is @ 11,900 over a week which is @ 3.4 pounds.  I have trimmed my food consumption to @ 1,700 calories per day and try to eat more healthy items.  My average day includes oatmeal, banana, apples, white meat such as chicken & turkey, salmon and vegies, also frequent salads toped with fruits & chicken.  I need to avoid pasta because I am addicted to it and simply eat way to much.  I've also cut out beer since that is calories in with really not much nutrition.  Since only consuming @ 1,700 per day I need to make sure I get good nutrition. I use the apples to satisfy if I get hungry between meals.  They fill me up and are healthy.  

Next I am hitting the treadmill every day, sometimes 2-3 times per day, to get my calorie burn, per my Fitbit, to 3,400+ every day.  Ultimately I will be adding weight training but for now I am looking for the faster calorie burn I get from Cardio.  Building muscle will help burn calories but it is a slower process then cardio.  The trick will be to add weight training to help maintain once I get to goal.

FYI, I am @ 6'2 and topped out at 280(ish) last year.  My current goal started on Jan. 31st when I was @ 269 and I have 2 "Time" goals.  First is @ 233 by April 20th (So I fit in my golf cloths when my league starts) then ultimately @ 210(ish) later this year.  BMI Charts seem to indicate I should get down to @ 190 however I do not see that happening.  


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