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    • Today I played at Hillandale Golf Course, which measures just over 6K from the whites (par 71).  This round was an excellent round, and it’s one that I’ll remember for a while. It didn’t start out that way though. I parred the first hole, bogeyed the par-5 second, and tripled number three after missing the green from a chip and three-jacking from three feet. I then ripped through the last six holes on the front nine at just one over, leaving my front nine score at 40. The back nine is where it got interesting. Hole-by-hole through the fourteenth: No. 10: Bomb down the middle, PW to green, two-putt for par. No. 11: Iron to middle of fairway, hybrid just short, up-and-down for par. No. 12: 5W to right side of fairway, 9I to green, two-putt for par. No. 13: Driver to fairway, 7I short, up-and-down for par. No. 14: Sliced drive, 6I layup, 9I to green, two-putt for par. At this point, I was still +5 on the day, just one over on the last 11 holes. Then I pulled my tee shot on the par-3 fifteenth, tried a bump-and-run that came up short, then couldn’t make an up-and-down for bogey. Seven over.  The 16th was better. After a tee shot that just missed the fairway, I took dead aim at the pin and hit it a tad long, still on the green. Two-putt for par. Now to the par-3 17th, where I pulled a 7I dead left (the third time in a row I’ve done it on that hole), and made double from there. I’ll spare the details of that hole.  On to the 480-yard par-5 18th, which was playing slightly downwind. I needed a birdie to shoot 79, and I knew it. In a golf camp once where I played from the golds here (makes the par-5 hole 430 yards), I needed a four to shoot 39 on the side and did so, making an 8-footer. I felt confident that I could do it again today. I gave the drive all I had, and I was rewarded with a long and straight drive. When I reached my ball, I saw the 225-yard marker a few paces in front of me. The green was in play. I went for it and hit it a bit right, but still in the fairway. I knew then that a personal best was just a formality, because I would’ve needed to take eight shots to get down to not beat my record of 85. My pitch shot settled ten feet out, leaving me with a solid chance for the birdie I wanted. I took a bit longer than usual on this putt, and then sent it on it’s way. Perfect line...but it stopped a roll short of a birdie and 79. I tapped in for a par and 80. A new personal best by five shots! This was some of the most consistent  ballstriking I’ve ever had. I’ve definitely putted better, but I’m satisfied with how I putted (with the exception of one hole). Chipping, for the most part, was also solid. No lost balls today, unlike yesterday.  Another thing I’m proud of, maybe this more than anything. Starting on the 11th hole, thoughts started to materialize about the fact that I could break 80 today. Before those thoughts got through my head, I was able to push them out and concentrate on the shot I had to hit right then. It wasn’t easy, but I did it.  But, if I hadn’t three-putted on the third hole, I would’ve shot 79 or even a 78. I’m still thrilled with an 80, especially after I shot a 91 yesterday.
    • FWIW to others, I replied offline (in a PM) to @louisfr.
    • Day 15: Hit a medium bucket of balls at the range. Trying to find a more intuitive and less technical feel than "feel like the angle between the chest and lead arm doesn't change during the backswing". Feeling like both arms stay straight for as long as possible was producing some really nice shots. Then I putted for about 20 minutes or so.
    • Here are two videos I use for speed training (along with superspeed); though I take it further back than shown in the first video. It takes a lot of swings for the body to adapt. I will also use these swings prior to hitting a drive, if I am 'gripping and ripping' and the risk-reward is low (or is that high?). The second drill is     
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