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Day 51 - Still incorporating a straight trail arm feel into my pivot, as well as turning my shoulders/hips more at A3. Practice swings in a mirror. 

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Day 3:

30 minute golf workout.

Focus on inside out swing; center spine turn - no hip sway - ball position in stance.

Stretching before starting and then stretching after each set, hamstrings, back and neck physical therapy

i did 2 sets of 10 with the sklz tempo grip trainer

i did 2 sets of ten with the sklz gold flex

each set rotating between the two products while wearing the izzo smooth swing training aid

the 5th and final set was with the sklz gold flex at 15 swings baseball style

tonight i have a lesson with Clubs Teaching Pro.  This is a on course lesson going over course management, best club choice for hitting out of the rough, under trees and such

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Day 22.  Went to the putting green during a morning break.  After some warm up, I set up a ring of coins at 3' and hit from each one in succession, picking up the coin if I made the putt.  Made 8 of the first 12, then made the 4 remaining on second pass for a total of 12/16 = 75%.  I'd be very happy if I could get my average from 3' up to that (and even improve!)

I then did the same from 6'.  Made 4, 3, 2 on the first three passes, then 0, then 1, 1, 1.  This came out as 12 out of (12+8+5+3+2+1+1 = 32), definitely something to improve from.  But at least I'm now measuring.

That concludes "for the challenge" portion;  I'll end up hitting 2-3 dozen full swing practice shots (the usual) working on my full swing priority piece (setup related) each time, too.  

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Day 1: Putting stroke.   Working on getting ball started on correct line using a narrow gate 1 foot ahead of the ball on a 5 foot putt.  Also did my Putt Out drill.  Start at 1 foot until a "perfect putt".  Then move back 1 foot.  Make a "perfect putt" from each distance up to 5 feet.  Any missed putt starts the drill over again from 1 foot.

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Day 131 - played 18 today with a friend at his course. Drove the ball better but still had a few misses. Chipped two in and pitted well. Pulled a few iron shots.

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Day 193 - July 9, 2020

After being smack talked by the seven-year-old billionaire, I hit some shots after lessons all day. Hit them well, too.

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Day 10: Went to the range and did a bunch of 9 to 3 swings focusing on my new feel. 

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24 minutes ago, iacas said:

Day 193 - July 9, 2020

After being smack talked by the seven-year-old billionaire, I hit some shots after lessons all day. Hit them well, too.

That sounds interesting.  Can you elaborate?  Perhaps you should start charging the kid a million dollars per lesson.

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6 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

That sounds interesting.  Can you elaborate?  Perhaps you should start charging the kid a million dollars per lesson.

Nah. I don't like ketchup.

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Day 25

I played 18 holes at Oak Run golf course and shot a 95. This round would have ended up as a much better score without the 2 blowup quad bogeys and 3 shots that went into the water.

I was really happy though because my iron play has improved significantly after working through the 1st 3 days of the Covid-19 Practice Challenge. I did struggle with my driver and fairway woods and this may be due to mainly practicing with irons lately. During future practice I'm going to alternate between woods and irons.

 

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Day 212

Superspeed workout and 20 balls with 9-3 swings working on hip turn. Probably should get out the Planemate again for working on my hip priority piece.

Also hit 30 balls each with half swings using 55 and 60 degree wedges with my Mevo to get a feel for distance with this swing. Will do GW (51*) and PW (47*) tomorrow. 

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Day 52 - Golf league, played 9. Not a great round, had a few errant shots that got me into trouble. Need to work on my drills tomorrow. 

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Day 23.  Went to the putting green for 20 minutes this morning. After some warm up, I did a "round the clock" from 3' drill -- my usual is to see which ones I make, pick those coins up (I place the 12 coins before starting), and then go around again for the ones I miss.  First iteration, made 8, second iteration made the remaining four.  Second iteration, made all 12 in a row.  I don't think I've done that before -- or maybe, if I did, it was forever ago when I thought putting was the key to moving from 25 hcp to single digits (I now know better!).   If I continue this success at 3' (not necessarily "make them all" but make most), I think I should move it out to 4'? 

Prior to going, I reread the grip section of Utley's putting book and the part about gripping the club in the lifeline and fingers stuck in my head.  Not sure if that's meaningful or if today was a fluke.  

I would have done more, such as 6' and so on, but they were about to water the green and I was in the way, so I headed out.  I will of course do more long game practice (priority piece in setup, as described) today as I work, and may aim to get back to the green for more putting practice later.  

By the way, I'm adding something here about why so much putting practice.  Post-lockdown rounds (8), SG vs 10 hcp;  driving, losing .8;  approach, gain 0.03, short game lose 1.28, putting losing 3.63 -- and the insights tab tells me improving putting from within 10' could gain me 2.5 strokes per round.  Hence the priority.  How much depends on the baseline;  if I compare to a 25hcp (when my SGP these rounds is only -0.01 compared to 25 hcp), it says 2.2, compared to scratch it's 2.7.  Still, it's obvious to me that there's a glaring weakness here. 

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Day 2:  Played a 2 v 2 scramble with guys from work.  My focus was to get off the tee with a smooth and easy tempo.  The front 9 was tough to judge because it was pouring and windy.  The back 9 cleared up, and i would call my day off the tee a success.  Everything was playable and there wasn't a single miss to the right.  Found the middle of the fairway on back to back tight holes.  Putting was also very good.  Got a lot of comments on the improved putting stroke.

Playing 18 each of the next two mornings.  Hope to keep the smooth and easy tempo going.

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Day 132 - Filmed my swing in what felt like 100% humidity this morning. I was soaked after 20 minutes and had to wear rain gloves at the end. Dew point was in the low 70s.

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Day 4:

9 minutes golf workout.  I wanted to not over work my shoulders, I bave been feeling it the last few days.

Did my stretching.  Did a cross arm set of 10 swings.  Trying to focus on not pulling up or bailing out.

A set of 10 with sklz gold flex

Another set of cross arm

A set of 10 with sklz gold flex

Last set was cross arm

Stretching between sets as well.

Playing 9 holes tonight 

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Day 11: Did a bunch of mirror work focusing on my new feel. Everything was done really slowly and I also tried to keep track of relative rates of turn. I need to be careful not to have my backswing get too long since I’m seeing better rotation with my thoracic spine.

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