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Day 94 (01/25/22) - Spent 5 minutes swinging a weighted (about 5 lb) club, mainly hip to hip length swings trying to be fairly slow and rhythmic. Plan to work up to longer periods of time and longer swings between now and March. 

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Day 34: 1/25/2022

I felt like changing things up a bit today. So, I did speed sticks. I have to say.... I felt pretty slow. 

Then I looked at the Swing Speed Radar and it confirmed it... I was slow. 

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Day 48 (25 Jan 22) - played 18 today.  Experimented with using different clubs on the approach shots.  For example going with a 5i and maybe 8i in on a par 5 rather than a fairway and wedge in.  Made for good use of all the clubs.  

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Day 86, January 25, 2022

Hit 7-irons and 6-irons today while waiting for a GEARS thing to upload to my Dropbox. Did them at some speed, with some rehearsals in between. More of a checkpoint day, to see how I'm doing, what my status is.

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Day 95 (01/26/22) - Did putting "bead" work today. I don't have a metal yard stick so instead used one of the lines on my putting mat, stopping the ball with a pillow to make sure it had stayed on the line. Then setup two balls about 1/2" wider than my putter head on each side putted w/o hitting either ball. Finally did the same thing with a gate set 3' out and putted until I was able to stroke several balls in succession through the gate and without hitting either side ball. 

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Day 49 (26 Jan 22) - Today I started working on the drill suggested to me on my page of the Member Swing forum.   Working on eliminating the chicken wing in the swing.  Back story - motorcycle wreck in ‘16 left me with a left foot w/no toes and grafted skin.  As such learning how much weight it will bear in the swing has me chicken winging to protect it.  This has been evident in every video I have of me making a swing.  Folks here recommended a drill for elimination of the c-wing.  Focused on the sense of weight on the lead foot, ever so slight hip shift, and maintaining the arms.  Finished with very easy swings with the 52 and 9i - no more than 1/4 to me swings. 

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Day 35: 1/26/2022

I had like three 10-20 minute sessions today. Of course I did my mirror work. Don't underestimate mirror work. I think its helping me with my priority piece.

I also did a few putting drills. The usual bead work, the two gate drills and I also tried to beat my best score on the four-foot-3-ball-progressive putt challenge. ... I did not beat my best score. It remains at 20 inches. 

I did the chipping ladder drill as well. 6 foot chips, 12 foot chips and 18 foot chips on the carpet. I used both the 54 and 60 degree wedges. I went through both clubs 4 times up and down the ladder. Next time I do it, I think I'm going to use a hitting mat, perhaps a piece of artificial rough. The carpet does a good job simulating a tight lie, but I'd like to chip well from tight lies and from the rough. 

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Day 96 (01/27/22) - Practiced setup and backswing to A2, A3 and full swing with my pitching wedge. Did some putting. 

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Day 50 (27 Jan 22) - continued the anti-chicken wing drill, incorporating it into my setup.  No more than 20%, keeping things slowed down.  As much as I wanted to…each swing was followed by what was good and what wasn’t self assessment.  Planning more of the same tomorrow.  

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