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1 hour ago, iacas said:

Maybe more of just "watch the height of your head." You can "sit left" without lowering so much.

I didn't see this before I went back to practice some more. I'll try it in front of a mirror.


Full swings from the end of the session, feeling more right elbow higher:

 

Contact was better, but it's still...off. I'm going to have to find the feel that worked in Erie that produced this swing:

Gotta slow it down and review. Maybe build myself a swing path aid. I feel like I'm not getting the arms extended properly.

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Good practice session today. More right elbow, less sit, better contact overall.

I mad a minor setup adjustment. I address the ball with too much right shoulder ER to begin with and I have to basically counter-rotate in the backswing to get into a little bit of IR and the right elbow higher than the left.

Today I made the conscious effort to be a little more IR at address which points the underside of my elbow less in front of me and more towards the target. This allows me to get into the elbow position I want by simply turning without manipulating the elbow.

I also leaned a little left because I felt like my weight distribution was closer to 40/60 than 60/40.

 

Could probably do with a little less shoulder tilt at address, too. Maybe a smidge more sit. Now I'm just nitpicking.

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7 minutes ago, billchao said:

Good practice session today. More right elbow, less sit, better contact overall.

I mad a minor setup adjustment. I address the ball with too much right shoulder ER to begin with and I have to basically counter-rotate in the backswing to get into a little bit of IR and the right elbow higher than the left.

Today I made the conscious effort to be a little more IR at address which points the underside of my elbow less in front of me and more towards the target. This allows me to get into the elbow position I want by simply turning without manipulating the elbow.

I also leaned a little left because I felt like my weight distribution was closer to 40/60 than 60/40.

 

Could probably do with a little less shoulder tilt at address, too. Maybe a smidge more sit. Now I'm just nitpicking.

I thought I was the only one with sirens in the background when I record my swing!😜

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10 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

I thought I was the only one with sirens in the background when I record my swing!😜

Didn't even notice. I was in the zone 😎

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Haven't been able to get out and play in a couple of weeks and even my practice time has diminished a bit.

Still struggling between doing the sit move too much and too little. If I don't consciously do the move, I don't do it, but sometimes I do too much. Not remotely close to being ingrained yet.

Still hitting toe shots, so failing priority #1. At this point I think I'll be happy if I could eliminate toe hits by the end of the season.

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48 minutes ago, billchao said:

Still hitting toe shots, so failing priority #1. At this point I think I'll be happy if I could eliminate toe hits by the end of the season.

Thing is we pretty much got rid of those quickly.

Look, take a fresh look at what causes the toe shots. You're most likely either:

  • bending the elbows to pull the club head in a bit.
  • swinging slightly left or right or doing something so that the sweet spot lines up too early or too late.

I recommend making shorter swings with solid contact - punches with long arm follow-throughs - to get the feeling of center contact back. Even if it's by putting a tee outside the ball and trying to hit both the ball and the tee.

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1 hour ago, iacas said:

Thing is we pretty much got rid of those quickly.

Yes, we did. Even got me shanking the ball once in a while. I haven't caught one on the hosel for a couple of weeks, now.

1 hour ago, iacas said:

I recommend making shorter swings with solid contact - punches with long arm follow-throughs - to get the feeling of center contact back. Even if it's by putting a tee outside the ball and trying to hit both the ball and the tee.

I kind of knew this was the answer (shorter, slower, etc.). Part of it is my own fault, being impatient and not having as much time to practice so I'm trying to speed things up to stay in "game shape" on the chance I can get out and play. You'd think I should know better by now 🤦🏻‍♂️

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Rain finally let up so I practiced a bit today. Added in the long arm stuff and got much better contact.

I remember now that I was doing some of this in Erie with the pump drill, letting my arms come down with the sit move. Lately I've been doing the pumps with just the sit move and leaving the hands behind and I think that's where my recent issues stem from.

 

These ended up longer swings than I intended. Have to remember to swing out, even with the mat pointed in that direction.

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18 minutes ago, billchao said:

I remember now that I was doing some of this in Erie with the pump drill, letting my arms come down with the sit move. Lately I've been doing the pumps with just the sit move and leaving the hands behind and I think that's where my recent issues stem from.

YES!

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Tee shot from the 9th hole in today's round. Yes, the camera angle is off. No, I didn't take the video with the intention to analyze it. Just wanted see what I was doing and check a couple of things, plus the sun came out and I had a little time.

This shot started on line I wanted (right edge of fairway) and ended up in the left rough. There was a little bit of a breeze 😜 

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8 hours ago, billchao said:

Tee shot from the 9th hole in today's round. Yes, the camera angle is off. No, I didn't take the video with the intention to analyze it. Just wanted see what I was doing and check a couple of things, plus the sun came out and I had a little time.

This shot started on line I wanted (right edge of fairway) and ended up in the left rough. There was a little bit of a breeze 😜 

Nice. What did you mount the phone on?

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2 minutes ago, billchao said:

GorillaPod with a phone holder. Same setup I use at home.

I could never get the GorillaPod to stay still on my bag. Maybe I got a cheap imitation one.

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Just now, boogielicious said:

I could never get the GorillaPod to stay still on my bag. Maybe I got a cheap imitation one.

Which one did you get? I had the small one which kind of sucked, then I bought the next size up. Phone holder is Squarejellyfish, had to replace some of the hardware on it because plastic wingnuts do not hold up to repeated use.20190518_080024.jpg

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23 hours ago, billchao said:

Which one did you get? I had the small one which kind of sucked, then I bought the next size up. Phone holder is Squarejellyfish, had to replace some of the hardware on it because plastic wingnuts do not hold up to repeated use.20190518_080024.jpg

Mine is the smaller one.

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4 hours ago, boogielicious said:

Mine is the smaller one.

I had the same problem with that one. The one I have now works great.


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I hit the ball solidly today with a fade. Even took divots! Any toe misses were only slightly toed and I definitely didn't hit any off the chrome, so I'm back on track.

Misses today were push-fades. Open face. Happened fairly often, too, like one in four shots. Even after I adjusted my aim and shifted my target to the left edge of the green, I'd start the ball at the center of the green or even towards the right edge, then it would fade further right.

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6 hours ago, billchao said:

I had the same problem with that one. The one I have now works great.


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I hit the ball solidly today with a fade. Even took divots! Any toe misses were only slightly toed and I definitely didn't hit any off the chrome, so I'm back on track.

Misses today were push-fades. Open face. Happened fairly often, too, like one in four shots. Even after I adjusted my aim and shifted my target to the left edge of the green, I'd start the ball at the center of the green or even towards the right edge, then it would fade further right.

But, not bad, eh?

Not that one round of SG data is great, but what were the breakdowns for your four skills compared to, say, a 5 handicapper?

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5 minutes ago, iacas said:

But, not bad, eh?

Not that one round of SG data is great, but what were the breakdowns for your four skills compared to, say, a 5 handicapper?

-3.61 driving, -1.31 approach, -2.96 short game, -1.17 putting

So nowhere close. Yet at the same time if I played the whole round with the understanding that the left side wasn't in play, I probably would have scored better.

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