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Next round after that 72 was yesterday. I kept going with my same feels.  Driver once again started out a little hooky, but I played for it and it worked out. Ball flight was pretty consistent, a 5-8yd draw.  It's a little more than I want, but it's ok for right now. The tough part is trying to hit a cut.  My swing path is in to out a bit much so makes it hard but I made do. 

Ended up with a 69 (-3).  Made a few more putts. Short game wasn't as on point this round.  With everything a little wet all day, I couldn't get the ball to stop.  Overall, I am pleased with how things are going.  I have a few scramble events coming up next. 

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I played Snoqualmie Ridge Friday (site of Boeing Classic). It's my second round there but that didn't seem to help with club selection on the tricky holes.  Swing thoughts remain mostly the same as before: hands ahead, flat feeling takeaway, want squarer foot stance with chest feeling closed to produce a in to to path.

The round was one of the most up and down days, carding 6 birdies, 3 double bogies, and 2 bogies to finish at 74.  Wedges were on fire, sticking them tight and making my <10ft putts.  I had a few 15-30ft putts for birdie miss but I had no 3 putts which is good.  Putting felt solid for once.

One of my doubles came from me getting lazy in the middle of the round and I lost a drive out right (my only miss to the right that day).  The other 2 came from bad course management and not feeling comfortable over the ball.  They came on hole 9, par 3 over the pond, and hole 14, par 4 over the canyon.  Hole 9 was about 175yds into a 5-10mph wind, pin is front left, so no room to miss long or short and the green is only 10 steps long at most.  I tried to hit a little knock down 6iron and play for 185-190. I clipped it really well and it stayed under the wind and plugged into the back bunker. Nothing I could do from there.  Should've hit the 7 iron in the same way I did the 6, but I dreaded being short and in the water.  Hole 14, my plan was to hit 3 wood out to the right because I honestly have no idea how much I can take off because of the down hill tee shot. The green is a full 270yd carry but way down hill.  The first guy, who played there a lot, hits driver just right of the green and in decent shape. I hit driver 15yds further than that guy so I'm thinking maybe a gripped down driver at the green would be good. What an idiot I am.  I have never once bunted a driver well, why would this be the first time I succeed?  It duck hooked and then stick to my original plan.  3 wood out to the right and it's perfect in the middle of the fairway with 55yds to the pin.  Hopefully I can play those holes better next time.  An interesting note is that I birdied the the holes after those doubles.

Full swing plan continues to be a) work on the flatter back swing and then b) work on a bit more hip turn.  I like how the swing and game feels. Got to keep the momentum going.

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I have a good feel for getting a bit more hip turn around impact, which is to think about dropping my right shoulder in the beginning of the downswing.  I have to remember to keep my hands ahead though otherwise I get the hooks.  

I have also started doing the Super Speed training.  Club head speed when hitting balls was 115mph before starting this. I'd like it to be closer to 120mph.

Next tourney round is Monday at Sahalee.  Goal is to be conservative (for me) off the tee. Missing the fairways brings a ton of trouble.  So, 2iron will likely be used a bit more off the tee.

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2 minutes ago, phillyk said:

I have a good feel for getting a bit more hip turn around impact, which is to think about dropping my right shoulder in the beginning of the downswing.  I have to remember to keep my hands ahead though otherwise I get the hooks.  

I have also started doing the Super Speed training.  Club head speed when hitting balls was 115mph before starting this. I'd like it to be closer to 120mph.

Next tourney round is Monday at Sahalee.  Goal is to be conservative (for me) off the tee. Missing the fairways brings a ton of trouble.  So, 2iron will likely be used a bit more off the tee.

I have played all 3 nine hole courses at Sahalee but I can't remember many of the holes other than the downhill par 3 over the water.  Lots of trees lining the fairways.  Stay in the fairway.

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53 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

I have played all 3 nine hole courses at Sahalee but I can't remember many of the holes other than the downhill par 3 over the water.  Lots of trees lining the fairways.  Stay in the fairway.

I have watched the 2010 USSO and 2016 LPGA KPMG at Sahalee....what a fantastic course....especially the back 9.

Beautiful tight tree lined parkland style private track.

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On 11/12/2019 at 1:33 PM, phillyk said:

Haven’t really taken a video in a while. Decided to record one while work is slow. 

The swing has been feeling pretty good of late. Main swing thought is getting hands and hips through earlier before impact. It’s not quite there yet but it’s definitely better. Secondary thoughts are rotating earlier in the backswing and following through towards target and “up”. 
 

Short game had been getting much better. Recent scores have all hovered at or below par. Putting is biggest factor. Some days I sink a few while other days I miss everything. Proximity to the hole is a factor, sure but some days I feel like my read is always below the hole. 

I like this swing here.  You really track the club up the elbow plane beautifully and then come down pretty much right on the elbow plane.  The videos after this one look like you are a bit under plane both on the backswing and especially the downswing.  Seems like on this video you could be really neutral in your delivery and basically hit straight bullets all day.  I get scared when someone is a bit underneath on the way down.  

Further, I don't understand why you would a flatter backswing.  I like the one like you see here where you track up the elbow plane.  I know you still come underneath on the way down, but seems like you could get into a bad habit if you go flatter on the backswing--you could easily come too steep down.  I like what you have in this video--up the elbow plane and right back down it.  The steeper/up the elbow plane backswing looks like money.  You basically set yourself up for a fantastic downswing where you can feel that plane and can come right down it for the straight ball, go underneath it for a bit of sling, or come across it for a fade.  That flat backswing stuff just doesn't jive with me--been there and done it and can't stand it.

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40 minutes ago, ncates00 said:

I like this swing here.  You really track the club up the elbow plane beautifully and then come down pretty much right on the elbow plane.  The videos after this one look like you are a bit under plane both on the backswing and especially the downswing.  Seems like on this video you could be really neutral in your delivery and basically hit straight bullets all day.  I get scared when someone is a bit underneath on the way down.  

Further, I don't understand why you would a flatter backswing.  I like the one like you see here where you track up the elbow plane.  I know you still come underneath on the way down, but seems like you could get into a bad habit if you go flatter on the backswing--you could easily come too steep down.  I like what you have in this video--up the elbow plane and right back down it.  The steeper/up the elbow plane backswing looks like money.  You basically set yourself up for a fantastic downswing where you can feel that plane and can come right down it for the straight ball, go underneath it for a bit of sling, or come across it for a fade.  That flat backswing stuff just doesn't jive with me--been there and done it and can't stand it.

As i flattened my backswing to help with getting my hips going a bit more on the downswing, I started coming to the inside too much. I’ve mostly ignored the backswing now and am focusing more on controlling swing path and face at impact. The feel now is almost like releasing the club a bit earlier. The miss is a flip, unfortunately, but so long as I keep my target in mind, it keeps me straight. I shouldn’t say I’m ignoring the backswing, because it’s still important, but I switched the focus a bit. 

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