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1 hour ago, GolfLug said:

I think patience qualifies as mental game.

Playing golf and babysitting my kids while trying to play golf are two different things.

Unless you’re saying I need to practice babysitting for when I meet up with you in Sand Valley?

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Thanks. And thank you for taking the time to work with me. The really hard work is the road ahead... You, too, John. I definitely needed five full days on the swing changes, but I also got

Finally got out to try my clubs on TM. Going to repost pictures from my TM session with my old clubs for easy comparison. PW: MP4 JPX910F 6i: MP4 JPX910

I've been playing pretty well these last 5 rounds so I wanted to do a little assessment and compare with my end-of-season stats from last year. Right away, my driving and approach games are

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29 minutes ago, billchao said:

Playing golf and babysitting my kids while trying to play golf are two different things.

Unless you’re saying I need to practice babysitting for when I meet up with you in Sand Valley?

Sure, practice babysitting all you want but fair warning - you can't train/practice/prepare for what I will put through whoever will play a round with me at SV.  

Anyway, back to topic - you have a great swing!..😄

 

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Note to self: firmer grip on short game shots. Something I figured out during my short game session at Chautauqua last year and apparently forgot.

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Current state of swing - pretty good. Still working the same stuff, backswing slow and short with the weight left. Key element I need to add in is keeping the right elbow in front of me. I tend to pull it inside at the takeaway.

Current state of game - nonexistent. Literally. I can’t get a decent tee time anymore. I haven’t played in two weeks.

I went for a club fitting for a new 3W and hybrid last weekend. The fitter was honest with me and said he’d have trouble fitting my swing, so he comped the session and pointed me in the direction of Club Champion. I have that fitting on Saturday. He did suggest I look into a 4W 7W combo instead of what I play now which is 3W 2H.

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26 minutes ago, woodzie264 said:

Nice swing

Ditto.  Bill, you've got a scratch handicap swing but a sandbagger's index.  😄

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17 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Bill, you've got a scratch handicap swing but a sandbagger's index.

That I can’t even play to. It’s a borderline vanity cap at this point.

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Change in transition feel. Instead of right knee bend, it’s sit left. Pretty much as if I got up from a bar stool to my right and immediately wanted to sit back down on it again.

Went with this because I’m getting the right elbow behind me a little in transition and hitting blocks and pulls (no clubface control), and I’m tipping the club head under plane a bit. This move delays the hip rotation slightly so that my arms sync up better.

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1 hour ago, billchao said:

Pretty much as if I got up from a bar stool...

Out here in WA state I don't know that feeling anymore.  All the barstools have been hidden away for over a year...

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45 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Out here in WA state I don't know that feeling anymore.  All the barstools have been hidden away for over a year...

I have stools in my kitchen. It’s how I came up with the description of how the move feels.

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On 5/7/2021 at 6:12 PM, billchao said:

 

Change in transition feel. Instead of right knee bend, it’s sit left. Pretty much as if I got up from a bar stool to my right and immediately wanted to sit back down on it again.

Went with this because I’m getting the right elbow behind me a little in transition and hitting blocks and pulls (no clubface control), and I’m tipping the club head under plane a bit. This move delays the hip rotation slightly so that my arms sync up better.

I think I’m onto something with this feel. I only hit two bad pulls all today (I hit another one but it was just a poor swing), but the biggest sign I’m on the right track is that I hit my 3W well each time I hit it. One resulted in a lost ball, but it turned out I was lined up right the whole time.

Didn’t hit any big draws that weren’t pulled, so the path was better.

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Just trying to find my swing again. Hurt myself working out and hadn’t swung a club in three weeks. It took a couple of sessions, but I think this is back to where I was before.

Have to remember to pivot around my left leg. Left pivot, left sit. Everything is kind of left side dominated right now.

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Wrapped up another great trip to Erie, which means as usual I have a lot of homework to do. There's a lot of stuff (unsurprisingly) that @iacas has told me in the past that I'm still struggling with, like needing to be more calm and focused before every shot.

Bear in mind if you do read this that these are my feels.

Putting

Erik checked my aim fairly early on. I do have an Edel putter, so the aim wasn't too bad. It was simply twisted slightly open at address. We also moved the ball back about half a ball and shifted my posture a little upright to get my eyes inside the ball.

We did make a mechanical change to my stroke, as I swung the putter with my chest, essentially rotating my trunk around. Erik showed me how to swing the putter by keeping my sternum relatively still and letting my arms swing more around my body.

The biggest change we implemented is putting with a purpose. As in, I wasn't really doing it. There were times on the course where my distance control was great and others when it was absolutely atrocious, with no real explanation. We figured out that I was basically spaced out and not really putting, just hitting the ball basically. We worked on some preshot stuff to feel the distance and for me to envision the hole as I make my stroke, to keep the target in focus the entire time.

Short Game

Mostly stuff I've already been taught. Softer arms in pitching, trust the pivot. I tend to use my arms too much and when I quiet them down, I don't allow myself to pivot fast enough because I'm worried I'll hit the ball too far so I end up hitting everything short. Trust the pivot.

Chipping is less wrist hinge, butt of club stays pointing to my belly button. Need to be more calm before the shot. I also need to learn to use different clubs to vary trajectory.

Full Swing

I'll write this in a separate post. It's getting late and I don't want to do this section injustice by writing something up quickly.

 

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