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Day 282, August 10, 2022

Went downtown 2.5 hours before lessons today. Setup the GEARS, did a little other housekeeping in between as breaks, but practiced more than half of that time.

Good session, really.

Erik J. Barzeski —  I knock a ball. It goes in a gopher hole. 🏌🏼‍♂️
Director of Instructor Development, 5 Simple Keys®/Golf Evolution • Owner, The Sand Trap .com • AuthorLowest Score Wins • Golf Digest "Best Young Teachers in America" 2016-17 • "Best in State" 2017-20 • WNY Section PGA Teacher of the Year 2019 • Penn-State Behrend Head Coach • • • • • • • • • • :aimpoint: :edel: :true_linkswear:

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Day 16: 14 hour workday, but managed about 10 minutes of 9-3 swings, concentrating on left wrist position and  a proper pivot action. 

JP Bouffard

"I cut a little driver in there." -- Jim Murray

Driver: Titleist 915 D3, ACCRA Shaft 9.5*.
3W: Callaway XR,
3,4 Hybrid: Taylor Made RBZ Rescue Tour, Oban shaft.
Irons: 5-GW: Mizuno JPX800, Aerotech Steelfiber 95 shafts, S flex.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 56 degree, M grind
Putter: Edel Custom Pixel Insert 

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Day 157.  6' "make 'em twice" putting drill on a real green.  Four of the twelve fell by the second go-around (as in, made them first and second pass).  Four more had their second fall on the third go-around.  In total, I took 38 putts.  I know it's a small sample size, and probably an easy hole location, but wow would I love it if I could make 6' putts at that rate while playing;  the rate I made them during today's drill is just short of PGA Tour rate of 6' putts.

Oh, and here's an oddity.  4:00 (where 12:00 is straight downhill and 6:00 straight uphill) didn't make the first four go-arounds.  But I made it go-arounds five and six.  Every other location fell twice in the first four go-arounds. 

-- Michael | My swing! 

"You think you're Jim Furyk. That's why your phone is never charged." - message from my mother

Driver:  Titleist 915D2.  4-wood:  Titleist 917F2.  Titleist TS2 19 degree hybrid.  Another hybrid in here too.  Irons 5-U, Ping G400.  Wedges negotiable (currently 54 degree Cleveland, 58 degree Titleist) Edel putter. 

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Day 5:

Mostly full swing work with 7-iron, focus on backswing depth. Also a bit of putting indoors afterward. 

-Peter

  • :cobra: King RADSPEED
  • :pxg: GEN4 0341XF, Fairway
  • :pxg: GEN4 0317X, Hybrid
  • :srixon: ZX 3-iron, ZX5 4-AW
  • :cleveland:  RTX Zipcore 54 & 58
  • L.A.B. Golf Directed Force 2.1
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Day 24: 8/10/2022

Played 9 holes for golf league last night.

The driver was all over the place. Hit some great ones and some real stinkers. Made 4 pars and 4 doubles ... and a pretty uneventful boogie. Shot 45. 

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Day 649: Got some range work in before it rained. I did get some DTL video but FO was not in the cards due to crowds. Worked on my drill with 6 iron and driver for 15-20 minutes. Then worked on set up with irons. Finished with partial wedges aimed at different targets. Very muggy too. Playing tomorrow AM.

Scott

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Day 286 - Got to the range today after it stopped raining. Hit a small bucket, including 9 to 3 and full shots with Driver and 7-iron. Practiced hitting my 5-wood, then spent time in the practice bunker. 

On the practice green I hit chip shots with my 58*, then did the "Makeable Putt drill", scoring 9 points. I hit mostly 2-putts (first putt beyond the hole), plus a 6' 1 putt and a 2-putt which ended up short. This is a terrific drill and my first attempt mirrored what I've been doing on the course....just missing (sometimes long sometimes short) and leaving a tap in. I'll add details to the thread later.

  • Clubs: Ping, Callaway, Edel, True Linkswear
  • Other: Snell MTB Black (Optic Yellow); Callaway ORG 7 bag;  Shot Scope V3
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Day 25: 8/12/2022

Back to basics today. Worked on my priority pieces from the garage mat into the net. 
Did my priority pieces with 9 iron, 7 iron and 5 iron. 

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Day 158.  Putting practice for 50 minutes.  6' drill for "make each twice" took me 53 putts.   Small sample size and all that, and I wasn't able to get more than two to fall in the second go-around (as in, made the putt both the first two go-arounds), so that number is higher.  But... I'm happy.  I then did 8 step, 10 step, 12 step, 14 step putting for distance.

-- Michael | My swing! 

"You think you're Jim Furyk. That's why your phone is never charged." - message from my mother

Driver:  Titleist 915D2.  4-wood:  Titleist 917F2.  Titleist TS2 19 degree hybrid.  Another hybrid in here too.  Irons 5-U, Ping G400.  Wedges negotiable (currently 54 degree Cleveland, 58 degree Titleist) Edel putter. 

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Day 58 (11 Aug 22) - at the beach today, worked on hitting off packed sand with a few sand splashes for good measure.  

Ping G400 SFT 10deg  R flex

Ping G410 3w R flex

Ping G400 3h and 4h R flex

Taylormade SLDR 5i thru PW graphite shaft R flex

Cleveland CBX wedges - 50, 54, 58 or 52, 58 (depending on my mood)

Odyssey Versa or White Steel #5

Srixon Q Star

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Day 283, August 11, 2022

Snuck in five minutes of work today between packing. Left wrist curls, backslash swing.

Erik J. Barzeski —  I knock a ball. It goes in a gopher hole. 🏌🏼‍♂️
Director of Instructor Development, 5 Simple Keys®/Golf Evolution • Owner, The Sand Trap .com • AuthorLowest Score Wins • Golf Digest "Best Young Teachers in America" 2016-17 • "Best in State" 2017-20 • WNY Section PGA Teacher of the Year 2019 • Penn-State Behrend Head Coach • • • • • • • • • • :aimpoint: :edel: :true_linkswear:

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Day 17: Worked indoors, a combination of one arm drills, 3 to 9 swings, and full swings using hackmotion. 

JP Bouffard

"I cut a little driver in there." -- Jim Murray

Driver: Titleist 915 D3, ACCRA Shaft 9.5*.
3W: Callaway XR,
3,4 Hybrid: Taylor Made RBZ Rescue Tour, Oban shaft.
Irons: 5-GW: Mizuno JPX800, Aerotech Steelfiber 95 shafts, S flex.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 56 degree, M grind
Putter: Edel Custom Pixel Insert 

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Day 6:

Worked on priority piece with 5-iron. Grudgingly used LVP camera as a digital mirror to check on backswing depth.

-Peter

  • :cobra: King RADSPEED
  • :pxg: GEN4 0341XF, Fairway
  • :pxg: GEN4 0317X, Hybrid
  • :srixon: ZX 3-iron, ZX5 4-AW
  • :cleveland:  RTX Zipcore 54 & 58
  • L.A.B. Golf Directed Force 2.1
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Day 650: Played 18 this morning at North Kingstown. Driver was dreadful. I’m at a loss as to what is different on the course.

Scott

Titleist, Edel, Scotty Cameron Putter, Snell - AimPoint - Evolvr - MirrorVision -MEVO+

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3 hours ago, boogielicious said:

Day 650: Played 18 this morning at North Kingstown. Driver was dreadful. I’m at a loss as to what is different on the course.

Hang in there, brother. I've been there. We all have. Driver is great at the range, but sucky on the course. 

A couple of things.

  • It will come. Keep up your range work and it will transfer. Just know that it will ... eventually. Be patient. Stick to the plan. 
  • Maybe try to hit the driver a little extra in warming up before the round? When doing so, try to find a swing thought that works "that day". 
  • You can always try visualizing the range when on the tee-box. Imagine you are on the range. Really "see" the range. That can also get you thru. 
  • If none of that works, one thing that sometimes works for me is to image the golf ball sitting on the tee is a nail, and nail is just started to be hammered into a baseboard. I'm trying to hammer that nail into a baseboard. But the only hammer I was given is 46" long. Forget all the mechanics and just try hitting the nail on the head. 
  • Lastly, sometimes it only takes one round of hitting it well and suddenly everything kind of "clicks" into place. Sometimes it only takes one shot. 

 

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Day 26: 8/12/2022

I got some really good practice in today. Went to the range. Hit about 50 balls with my 6-iron. (Block Practice) How I did it was 5 balls at a time. Focusing entirely on one of three things. 

  • Five balls focusing on a movement I'm trying to get right with my hips. Slow mo first. A little faster second. Then do it full speed with no ball. Then full speed with a ball. 
  • The next five balls. Focused on a move I'm trying to get right in my backswing. Again, slow mo, a little faster, full speed no ball, and then full speed with a ball. 
  • The next five balls. Focused on my hand path. Same as above. Slow mo, a little faster, full speed, then hit a ball. 
  • Rinse and repeat. 

Then I hit ten balls with the driver. I'm trying to improve my driver consistency. So, what I did was focus on a pre-shot routine and my set up. Tried to hit all 10 into an imaginary fairway. 

Then I went over to the putting green and after warming up I did @iacas's "Makeable Putts Game". I scored 13 points... Not sure if that's good or bad. But I know I can do better. 

Lastly, since I also want to improve my wedge play, I went over to the short game area and hit 36 different pitch shots from about 20 to about 70 yards. (Random Practice?) 

I really wish I had time every day to do the practice I did today. I feel like everything I worked on are important things that can help me improve. 

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Day 287 - 9-hole league tonight. Got off the tee pretty well, otherwise did very little right.

 

  • Clubs: Ping, Callaway, Edel, True Linkswear
  • Other: Snell MTB Black (Optic Yellow); Callaway ORG 7 bag;  Shot Scope V3
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Day 284, August 12, 2022

Played Nicholas Memorial GC in WV on my way to NC.

Erik J. Barzeski —  I knock a ball. It goes in a gopher hole. 🏌🏼‍♂️
Director of Instructor Development, 5 Simple Keys®/Golf Evolution • Owner, The Sand Trap .com • AuthorLowest Score Wins • Golf Digest "Best Young Teachers in America" 2016-17 • "Best in State" 2017-20 • WNY Section PGA Teacher of the Year 2019 • Penn-State Behrend Head Coach • • • • • • • • • • :aimpoint: :edel: :true_linkswear:

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