Day 106 (22 Apr 21) - 3/4 swings with the 50 and 54 wedges w/real golf balls in the back yard (and the neighbors). Focused on engaging the bounce of the club and not flipping the club. Worked on getting the balls to land and stop w/in 5 yard circle. For the 50 this swing is about 50yds and for the 54 it hovers in the 30yd area. Love it when you can pick all the balls within that diameter circle. Followed it with some pitches of about 10yds keeping the head down and focused on the ball. Could see the shadows of the club and ball out of the corner of my eye....that was somewhat disconcerting as I would think "Oh no....its off to sliceville." Then to look up and see it land right at my target. Really forced me to keep the head in place through impact as it forced me to "trust the shot"......
Since I've only really attempted the game for the past 2-1/2 years and I will be 62 this year, therefore losing all the memories would be the "better" option. Sadly I would lose the first birdie my 4-1/2yr old grandson made (yes we teed him up about 100yds out, but it was still birdie on a par 3 no less), but I would also like to think my best memories would be made going forward as my game will continue to improve to a point (age and loss of physical abilities will begin to rob the improvements), my sons' games will continue to improve and of course I will get to see and remember the great milestones my grandson will make as he grows into the game. Forward and onward.....
I can see the usefulness of the drills, especially day 5. That is another way of envisioning what my instructor is trying to get me to do. It makes so much sense that if I get my hips to turn earlier (and perhaps harder), the arms can follow, and the club will be square without my hands having to flip it to catch up. I will do all of the drills, but that is the one I am going to focus on the most. I'm also going to look more carefully at my trail elbow in the backswing, and make sure it isn't collapsing a bit too much.
I think that little flip is what causes my occasional fat shots, when I don't time it quite right it throws the clubhead into the ground.
My SC300 claims those shots carried 155 or so, I think it is a little generous, I think the carry is closer to 145, total of 155, based on golf course results. But, at least I am almost hitting solidly for an old, falling apart guy.
First night of league tonight, I need to cleanse my mind of extra thoughts for those few hours, and see if I can make some improvements over the weekend!
Still using an XS and really haven't felt like I needed to upgrade my phone. Now with the new AirTags, I think I'm going to get a new one just for the U1 chip, lol.
I like this strap, always losing my sunglasses.