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Day 155.  Quarantine practice plan, day 11.  I really like this drill and I plan to incorporate it into my practices on a regular basis.  I took video but it's still on my phone, I will likely put it in the relevant thread tomorrow afternoon. 

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Day 34 (30 Jul 21) - Played 18 today.  Worked on clubbing up on the approaches with a 3/4 swing.  It has helped with getting the ball onto / near the green.  Had some great shots into the greens and even when not on the green, being confident to bump and run with an 8i or pitch with the 54wedge.    

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Day 156.  Played 18 holes at a local-to-me course that I'm growing to really like.  Highlights include three threes on the scorecard and a really good recovery shot -- I was in the trees on hole 15, I had to keep my shot under the trees and go 100 yards, and there was a bunker about halfway between me and the green, so I couldn't roll it, but I also couldn't hit it high because of the trees.  I made a near-GIR with that shot and got up and down for par.  Down in three from about 100 yards out and in the trees was great :-)  

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Day 115 (7/30/21) - 9-hole league tonight. I hit really good drives, but didn't follow-up very well. Generally speaking, my short game was mediocre.

Between my tennis elbow acting up and a bad scrape and bruise on my left wrist which I managed to do cleaning the garage today, I've decided to take the week off to heal, so my next entry will be starting over at 1 after league next Friday night.

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Day 279: worked a bit on my priority pieces then worked on set up and center face contact with 6 iron, 5w and driver. Finished with SuperSpeed training which I have done for a few months. Surprisingly I hit 104 with the blue and 107 with the driver. Driver was 107, 101,100, 99 and 99 hitting balls. 

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Day 35 (31 Jul 21) - easy day of working on trial arm position thru the swing.  I tend to under rotate (hips stop, arms try to carry the load), this drill forces the hips to keep going, taking the trunk with it.  

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Day 157.  I spent ten minutes hitting balls with my 6-iron indoors.  I'll be playing tomorrow, and I would have liked to get out to practice chipping and putting on a real green, but it wasn't in the cards for today's plans.  I am glad I at least got some practice in, though. 

Hmm... I see Boogie did Superspeed.  I'm not sure why I put mine away a few months ago, but I need to get them back out and get back to it.

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Day 1:

Starting over because I keep forgetting to post.

More chipping/pitching COVID-19 drills with new wedges. Then downswing priority piece work with 7-iron. 

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Day 2:

Played 18.

Full swing was decent except two costly shots that resulted in +3 penalty strokes (1 approach OB, 1 tee shot into penalty area).

Short game was good except for one “I don’t always hit my sand wedge 170 yards, but when I do, it’s from a green side bunker” moment.

 Putting was also good today.

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Day 36 (01 Aug 21) - More work on swing tempo focusing on getting a consistent 3:1 tempo.  

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Day 158.  This morning I hit a dozen full shots (usual routine and place) with my 6-iron.  

This afternoon, I began work on quarantine day 12 (trail arm throwing) -- without actually throwing the club.  Still, I can feel how this is different, and I'm going to go back and forth with this and full swing for a bit.

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20 hours ago, onthehunt526 said:

Day 67, July 31, 2021

More three-quarter swing stuff today. I really am trying to shorten the backswing.

Day 68, August 1, 2021: 

My backswing is still too long. I’m trying to get it shorter I look at it on film and it’s way too long, did some pitching length swing length feeling swings, so it’s probably half to three quarter length backswing.

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Day 281: Played 18 this morning. Driver, for the most part, was excellent. Made a slight change in my backswing that we worked on in Erie with the head less out at A2. Combined it with the long, slow high feel.
 

Wedges were coming out low, so I went to the range after to work on that. 

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Day 37 (02 Aug 21) - Wedge work in the backyard "rough" today, its been raining enough that I have not been able to cut the grass so its anywhere from 2" to 6" high in places.  This makes for interesting work on controlling the ball flight, but given how often I tend to be left or right of the green in the taller stuff, it makes for good practice.  I can practice up to 30yds in the backyard and stretch that to 55-60 if I "borrow" the neighbors yard.  Worked exclusively with the Ping Eye 2 (50.5, 57.5) and Eye 2+(53.5) wedges.  Fought being flippy handsy by purposely slowing down and letting the legs lead the torso back and also starting the downswing.  

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