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Lesson 9/25:

Some bad things had crept into my swing, and I think I have the tools to fix them.

Setup:

  • I was setting up a little to close to the ball. Not sure what precipitated this, but as soon as instructor pointed it out, I stepped back maybe 1/2 to 1 ball and right away addressing the ball felt more comfortable.
  • I've started fidgeting with my right hand grip at setup again, resulting in an overly strong right hand. This seems to happen when I stand over the ball too long, maybe because I am not committed to the swing. Worked on increasing grip pressure with this hand through backswing. I'll need to work on this.

Backswing:

  • Need to get a little more depth, but otherwise okay. Might have been I was focusing too much on downswing that I short changed backswing. Nothing major to work on right now.

Downswing:

  • Clubhead exit was too much up and out, and not enough left. Worked a bit with a PVC/pool noodle plane thing in front of the ball to get a feel for the clubhead exiting more around and left, and less up, after impact. Might pick up some PVC pipe, elbows, and a tee-fitting at a hardware store, or maybe order a Pure Plane Pro device for this.
  • Everything in the downswing looked pretty good up until club delivery, where I was shoving/flipping my right hand pretty hard. Right before delivery, clubhead was in a good position, but I was still shoving/flipping it closed through impact.
  • Tried out a feel/thought of holding the face open through impact. Initially instructor just had me try to hit the ball with an open face and hit a push-slice way right. Even though it felt like I was leaving the face wide open, the ball was not atrociously offline right. After a few balls of getting used to the concept, I backed off the feel a little bit and was hitting the ball pretty straight. It'll take some work to deprogram my right hand/arm for this one.
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Had what I felt was a pretty good practice session today - going to note this so I don't forget. Feel/thought for downswing was; right shoulder down/around, pressure into left heel/lead foot "roll" a touch, hold clubface open through impact. Seems like a lot for one thought/feel, but I have a good rehearsal that incorporates all three, so my brain isn't trying to process three separate motions.

I hit balls in sets of three. The process is to address the ball, make a backswing, and then do a downswing rehearsal; then go back to the top and repeat the rehearsal two more times (total three rehearsals). Then address and hit the ball. Worked with a 7-iron, and measured my swing speed with Mevo warming up at about 80 MPH (Typical 92-93 MPH). The point of measuring swing speed during warmup was to make sure I was not working at full speed.

I used impact tape to see where ball was contacting the face. I did the first four sets with "Almost Golf Balls", which makes a barely noticeable mark on the tape. For the last set I hit three real balls. I was practicing in near dark, so had to bring the impact tape inside the garage to see. I think this was the most centerface contact I have ever made - basically all 15 balls off the center.

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Not expecting to hit the ball this well all the time, but this is promising. All the balls started on target or right, which is what I want to see.

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