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Week 10: Titleist


dagolfer18

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Another week down, and we’re nearing the end of the semester. Here’s what happened this week:

Wed. (10/19): Wednesday afternoon I had a putting lesson, specifically lag putts, in response to poor putting at The Cardinal. Here are two key points that I took away:

•Match the follow through with the backswing. I never realized that my backswing and follow through on my putts didn’t match, so this one was big.

•Look at the hole during the practice strokes. This, he said, was to train my brain on how long the putt was, and soon I was lagging it really well. 

After the lesson I worked another 15-20 minutes on lag putting, then went to the clock drill. That took about 30 minutes, and to finish I decided I would not leave until I two-putted six times in a row from at least 20 feet.

Honestly that was a productive day for my golf game.

Thurs. (10/20): I went out and played a practice round, bouncing back and forth between playing out the hole and holes where I was often hitting the same shot multiple times and trying different shots.

For example, the sixth hole is a par 3 with a heavily sloping green. I spent probably 20 minutes on and around that green hitting multiple putts and chips. It was another productive practice session.

Fri. (10/21): This was the whole reason why I named this week “Titleist”. Friday afternoon my new irons arrived! So out with the irons and hybrids and in with the T200s. I immediately went to the range with them.

I think I hit every iron in the bag, and I spent a solid hour on the range hitting my new irons. It was great.

Sun. (10/23): Today I went and played Gates Four, about a 30-minute drive from the university. 

The front nine was nothing special, a 43 with a double-bogey finish. The bogey on 9 threatened to turn into a big number but I managed to chip one close and save the bogey.

Then, after a bogey-double start to the back, I went on a run, going +1 in the next five holes, including a two-putt from 70 feet. Then I got to the par-5 17th where two pars would give me an 83 on the day.

But then I pulled my drive into the creek on the left, and it all went downhill from there. I limped off the green with a quad, then made a bogey on 18. A 45 on the back added up to an 88. And, while the 88 doesn’t look great on the card, I look at it this way:

Change the quad on 17 to just a bogey, and I shoot 85. In hindsight, that was a short and narrow par 5 and not really a driver hole. As well as I was hitting the long irons today, I think I would’ve done just fine hitting a 4 iron off the tee and playing it as a three-shot hole.

 

So there’s that week! I’ve got a few things lined up for this week.

Thurs. (10/27): I have a lesson at 3:00. Unless something changes between now and Thursday afternoon I will likely work on the driver. I had a couple of sketchy swings with the driver today that threatened to turn into hooks, so I’d like to get that straightened out.

Fri. (10/28): Part two of my equipment upgrade: the driver and woods. While I’m not exactly hitting my dad’s woods poorly, I want to be able to stand over a shot with a wood in my hand and know it’s fit for my game.

After trying out some woods at Golf Galaxy last week, I’ve decided I’m going to be fit for the Titleist Tsi3 driver and woods. The plan is to either have driver/3w/5w or driver/3w then probably an 18 degree hybrid.

Sat. (10/29): My brother wants to come down to Fayetteville and play, so Saturday morning we’re playing King’s Grant. 


Stay tuned!

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@dagolfer18, are you keeping stats or strokes gained data? Also, pardon my slight criticism, but you seem to be playing much more than practicing. Is that part of the plan?

I feel like you have a unique opportunity, and since you've posted on pubilc forum I feel I can ask,, "what have you accomplished this week?"

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1 minute ago, mohearn said:

@dagolfer18, are you keeping stats or strokes gained data? Also, pardon my slight criticism, but you seem to be playing much more than practicing. Is that part of the plan?

I feel like you have a unique opportunity, and since you've posted on pubilc forum I feel I can ask,, "what have you accomplished this week?"

I do not keep strokes gained data, but I honestly I should probably start doing that. I do keep stats on GHIN though.

I do typically play a lot, but I’m starting to lean more towards practice. At least, I would like to start to lean more toward practice. In my practice plan (still in progress) I currently have a “practice on weekdays, play on weekends” sort of setup; but that could change.

As for what I’ve accomplished this week, I seem to have stabilized my lag putting.

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23 hours ago, dagolfer18 said:

I am still trying to come up with a practice schedule that I can commit to.

Dude.

22 hours ago, dagolfer18 said:

At least, I would like to start to lean more toward practice.

It doesn't take anything except actually doing it.

  • Have you started a Member Swing topic? No.
  • Did you practice more this week than you had in many previous weeks? No.

So what are you doing? It's been another week. As you note, the semester is over in a little over a month.

22 hours ago, dagolfer18 said:

As for what I’ve accomplished this week, I seem to have stabilized my lag putting.

These kinds of things aren't "fixed" for good.

Look, I'm trying to give you a kick in the butt. You need to improve more than you've ever improved at golf in the next year or two. And you're dragging your feet on even making a plan to do so?

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32 minutes ago, iacas said:

Dude.

It doesn't take anything except actually doing it.

  • Have you started a Member Swing topic? No.
  • Did you practice more this week than you had in many previous weeks? No.

So what are you doing? It's been another week. As you note, the semester is over in a little over a month.

These kinds of things aren't "fixed" for good.

Look, I'm trying to give you a kick in the butt. You need to improve more than you've ever improved at golf in the next year or two. And you're dragging your feet on even making a plan to do so?

Thank you for this @iacas. I’ll be honest, my lesson Thursday will be only my third lesson this semester, and my second full swing lesson. That is on me for not going after more instruction, whether from one of the instructors there or here on the forum. I am completely willing to own that.

I think a large part of the reason I don’t have a specific practice schedule is because I don’t have anything specific to practice. That is partly why I have a lesson Thursday. And here’s what else I’ll do:

•I am planning on going to the range tomorrow. I’ll have someone take a video of my swing at whatever angles needed.

•I will post those videos to a My Swing thread.

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I saw in the article it said a tripod is pretty much a must, but I unfortunately don’t have one. Would I do ok if I just had someone film my swing at the angles described?

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Then I got to the par-5 17th where two pars would give me an 83 on the day.

But then I pulled my drive into the creek on the left, and it all went downhill from there. I limped off the green with a quad

Even if you did choose the wrong club off the tee and hit it into the creek, assuming you dropped next to the creek and were at least what, 100 yds or more off the tee box, laying 3 after the drop? I'd personally be more concerned that it took you 6 strokes to hole out from what, like 350 maybe 400yds than I would be that my tee shot went into a creek on a narrow hole. 

What was the sequence of shots after you dropped that lead to the quad?

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7 minutes ago, klineka said:

Even if you did choose the wrong club off the tee and hit it into the creek, assuming you dropped next to the creek and were at least what, 100 yds or more off the tee box, laying 3 after the drop? I'd personally be more concerned that it took you 6 strokes to hole out from what, like 350 maybe 400yds than I would be that my tee shot went into a creek on a narrow hole. 

What was the sequence of shots after you dropped that lead to the quad?

3rd: Fat with an iron out of the rough, left me 230 out uphill.

4th: Actually a pretty solid shot but it hopped into a greenside bunker

5th: Off a downhill lie, I caught all ball and it flew over the green

6th: Out of fluffy rough I got almost directly under the ball and it didn’t make it to the green.

The second chip was better, but still not great. It left me about eight feet, and that one lipped out.

Honestly after the drop I should’ve made no worse than a double but it just turned into a blowup hole that got under my skin.

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1 hour ago, dagolfer18 said:

I saw in the article it said a tripod is pretty much a must, but I unfortunately don’t have one. Would I do ok if I just had someone film my swing at the angles described?

For $45-$50 dollars, you can get a set up that will last you years. This is nearly identical to what I have. 

11 hours ago, dagolfer18 said:

Thank you for this @iacas. I’ll be honest, my lesson Thursday will be only my third lesson this semester, and my second full swing lesson. That is on me for not going after more instruction, whether from one of the instructors there or here on the forum. I am completely willing to own that.

I think a large part of the reason I don’t have a specific practice schedule is because I don’t have anything specific to practice. That is partly why I have a lesson Thursday. And here’s what else I’ll do:

•I am planning on going to the range tomorrow. I’ll have someone take a video of my swing at whatever angles needed.

•I will post those videos to a My Swing thread.

If you are on your third lesson, and you had nothing specific to work on yourself, then get a new teacher. Lessons are not a place for you to hit the ball solid and feel good afterwards. It is a place to figure out what you need to work on and how to work on it by yourself such that the next time you take a lesson you should be improving on that or need to work on something else.

Example, 

In my previous lesson, we figured out what to work on. Then spent the lesson working on feels that get the club and body to do what we want it to do. Which means, it feels strange and in some instances dumbfounding. Then, it is my job to work with these feels over the winter to ingrain muscle memory to change the image of my swing. 

There are times where I will hit the top of the ball, or almost whiff at the ball because my focus is on the swing, not hitting a ball. A lot of times, those type of results produce the best change in the swing. I know when I go play, I can get back to focusing on the ball and find contact again. 

 

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1 hour ago, dagolfer18 said:

I saw in the article it said a tripod is pretty much a must, but I unfortunately don’t have one. Would I do ok if I just had someone film my swing at the angles described?

Yes, but tripods are cheap and this is a big part of your “job” right now.

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3 hours ago, dagolfer18 said:

I saw in the article it said a tripod is pretty much a must, but I unfortunately don’t have one. Would I do ok if I just had someone film my swing at the angles described?

There are plenty of cheap tripods available on amazon. I have the one below, which was less than $25 and it works fine. I also have a LivePod2 tripod ($50) that I previously used with my Live View Pro camera, it is a little easier to set up then a more traditional style tripod.

https://www.amazon.com/UBeesize-Adjustable-Smartphone-Bluetooth-Compatible/dp/B07QJVB3YF?pd_rd_w=SCAJn&content-id=amzn1.sym.deffa092-2e99-4e9f-b814-0d71c40b24af&pf_rd_p=deffa092-2e99-4e9f-b814-0d71c40b24af&pf_rd_r=WX5FGHWRMV30839FPTZC&pd_rd_wg=gD0Ds&pd_rd_r=19ee464e-c3c6-45e7-af8e-0dcd770377be&pd_rd_i=B07QJVB3YF&ref_=pd_bap_d_rp_1_t&th=1

There's also the Selfie Golf setup that uses a camera holder that clips onto an alignment stick, which can be staked in the ground or clipped to your bag.

https://www.amazon.com/SelfieGolf-Record-Golf-Swing-Accessories/dp/B07PRJK85J/ref=sr_1_3?gclid=Cj0KCQjwkt6aBhDKARIsAAyeLJ2oNFQT0LJBOL-uyxnScT9xljVbOsmtkyQp6JKZsu_gUVkggolqPQ0aAhUzEALw_wcB&hvadid=616991211242&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9032065&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=121851951428043742&hvtargid=kwd-96413416114&hydadcr=24664_13611849&keywords=selfie+golf&qid=1666715308&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIyLjYwIiwicXNhIjoiMi4zNCIsInFzcCI6IjIuMjIifQ%3D%3D&sr=8-3

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Quick question: how do I convert the video’s URL to a non-shorts URL? I got as far as uploading the two videos to YouTube but they uploaded as shorts and not regular videos.

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