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I'm working on fitness and full swing accuracy. I believe these two go hand in hand. My short game and putting are relatively solid and I'm losing all my strokes to penalties and counter-productive

My current project is perfecting a power fade with all of my clubs from driver to wedges. I must say that the amount of misinformation on this shot is mind-boggling (from professional teachers on down

Starting over from scratch! In 2007, I was 39 years old and at my best.  Handicap of 1, playing 3-4 times per week, practicing during lunch and after work 3 -4 times per week in addition to pla

Some time ago, I posted a note saying that I am working on making good contact as my major point of focus..  I read an article in Golf Digest that said that based on statistics over many rounds, each  bad contact contributes to 1.4 extra strokes.  Looking at my scores (21 index), my scores range from 89 when I make zero contact errors to 102 when I make eight contact errors.  This range seems to fit the statistical model.  I've tried focusinguon other parts of the game (drives, fairway woods, approach shots, pitching and chipping, and putting), but it seems that  reducing contact errors seems to have the biggest pay-off for me.

By the way, I read another article in a golf publication that said that getting 20 more yards on drives saved one stroke in 18 holes, and hitting the fairway on all holes saved two.  It seems that reducing contact errors has the biggest pay-off of the three areas of improvement.

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this evening i worked on hitting sand wedge shots between 50-75 yards.  this isn't something that gives me much trouble, but i always try to find a day or two a week where i just hit about 30-40 little "feel" shots and try to make sure i'm not developing any rust.

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Putting putting putting.

It's gone from one of the best parts of my game, to one of the worst. Not sure what it is...but my lag putting and short (under 8 feet) putting has just been off the past month or so. I can't blame the putter, but I'm tempted to buy a new one just in hopes that it will mentally help me get past this issue I'm having.

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Need to figure out where this weird hook came from with my irons.  I have a feeling it's from having too flat of a swing/shoulders but won't know for sure until I can get to the range.

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Working on ball striking, especially, with mid & long irons to improve GIR stat.  Gripping 1 inch short, and straightening out my left wrist on back swing.

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I am working on my 7-5 irons lately.  My scoring irons and wedges have been fairly good for me, especially the wedges (56, 60).

For me, it is about trying to make contact and not trying to hit the ball so hard.  When I swing with a good tempo, good things happen.  When I try to really get after it I tend to "spin out" and slice the #(&%@ out of it.

My mantra lately: I am trying to hit the ball better, not farther.

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I am working on my 7-5 irons lately.  My scoring irons and wedges have been fairly good for me, especially the wedges (56, 60). For me, it is about trying to make contact and not trying to hit the ball so hard.  When I swing with a good tempo, good things happen.  When I try to really get after it I tend to "spin out" and slice the #(&%@ out of it. My mantra lately: I am trying to hit the ball better, not farther.

[quote name="FooFader" url="/t/23008/what-are-you-working-on/900_100#post_896563"]Stopping overswinging! Time to put some hard work in and sort it out [/quote] Amen to both of these posts. When I'm smart enough to just swing at 80% the game gets real easy but I'll be damned if I can remember to do that!! Seriously thinking about putting fluorescent 80% stickers on my shafts just above the hosel so it's the last thing I see before starting my backswing. I need to be a stupid monkey but so I far I'm stalling out at dumb ****!

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full wedges - used to be my money shots.    I'm hitting them all about 10 yards shorter lately & nowhere near as accurately as I expect - suspect i'm flipping.     Been working on flat left wrist & getting accuracy back to where it needs to be.   Should be working on putting though - hate it so much, I just can't bring myself to do it

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My ball striking is not improving.  I am going back to what may have worked in the past.   I am going to hit at least 100 plastic balls at home since I can't go to range everyday.  Let's see if this helps me get back to my swing form.

I am sticking with gripping down by 1 inch and continue to improve my course management.

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the thing I am working on MORE, is my wedge play and putting.. Which is about 1 inch short of awful !! lol.. Like so bad it's the primary reason my scores are high 90s to low 100s..    I use to just work on my irons and maybe hit a few balls with my wedges at the range..

Well starting a week ago, I started to head over to the wedge and putting area to work on my short chipping game and also to work on my putting...   I usually spend a good 30 to 60 mins here just working on flop shots and stuff...

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Right now I am working on long to mid irons (specifically the 3, 4, and 5), and putts outside 10 feet. For some reason I have a strong fade with my longer irons, even though I hit most other clubs straight or even with a slight draw. For the life of me I cannot figure out why.

As my game has been improving I have been hitting more greens than I used to, although I am not really sticking it to the pin so I end up with lots of long putts. Before I would typically hit it just off the green, pitch it close, and have a short putt. To improve my score I gotta get those long putts dialed in!

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Figured out the hooking irons, was flat shoulders like I thought.  Messing with driver now, realized my stance was waaay too narrow so getting used to a wider stance and being able to really lay into the ball.

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I have never had a lesson in golf in my life.. that being said I started to notice that these people that had expensive gear clubs you name it, they had it, but yet I somehow knew how to just golf.. idk why I have played every sport you can name and not to brag but i have done very well at it.. if I had a coach or what have you mentor me I think I can be very good at the game of golf....

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