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Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for 2018! Please read as the rules have changed! Yes, for all of 2018! I'm changing it up. Rather than do this monthly, we're going to hav

3/31/18: Day 365: The post you've all been waiting for.  I did some more work with my A4 to A5 drills. I know it seems like it's monotonous and stupid... But yesterday after I posted I

Well I'm at 276 consecutive days. 1/1/18: I did my path drill indoors today. For those of you who don't know what this is, it involves 2 to 4 water or soda bottles a club and a foam ball. I

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Day 275

Just hit a partial bucket of balls this morning. Didn't focus on much. Just a target down range. Just wanted to get some full swings in to to keep these old muscles active. 

Going to go back to my normal bag make up for a few month. More metal woods, and fewer irons. Conditions look to be a little wetter for the for seeable future. For me, metal woods react better when hitting off damp conditions. 

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Day 85

Today startet with dodging rain drops here in the Western part of Phoenix.  And it is scheduled to continue all of today and parts of tomorrow.  So I started my day with 3/4 swings off a mt and cotton golf balls indoors.  That to keep on tack.   Focused a lot on grip and club position.  My dog had fun trying to get the balls and hide them.  IF, and the is a big IF, I will go to the DR later.

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DAY 313  Spent part of the afternoon visiting two different golf courses... trying to decide which one will be my home course for the next year.   I will be out again in the morning to follow-up on one of them!!   Another option that is popular in my area is a "Practice and Play" program offered by several courses.   For about $40 a month you can use the practice facilities as much as you want -- aka free range balls, etc.  And for very reduced greens fees you can play the course after 12 noon.   For example, in October you can play 18 holes for $6 which includes the cart!!!   And this is on a course where monthly membership fees exceed $500!!

So when I came home I spent 5 plus minutes working with my Momentus Strength Trainer and Impact Ball .... strength and flexibility.   Tomorrow hopefully I will be starting back  - "Rise and Grind"  :-) 


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Day 6

Managed to get in 15 minutes of putting before bed. Again focusing on speed. Hopefully I'll be able to find time for to hit the practice area tomorrow. 

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Day 26.  Today's practice is a bit of a cop-out.  My guests are already asleep by the time I can practice, and the guest room is next to the golf room.  So today is the medicine ball drill from LSW.

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Day 276

Still getting damp mornings due to the western edge effects of Rosa. Did a little DR work with my driver, 3, 5, & 7 woods. Took out my 2, and 3 irons for my up coming cooler weather play. We don't have real, golf stopping winters around here. 

Focus was on hitting balls, and keeping them in, or close to my make shift fairway on the range. My fairway is made up using the flags down range. 

Worked on my aim/alignment process. I stand behind the ball, pick a landing area down range as my aim point. Then identify a spot along a line to my landing area, in front of the ball as an intermediate target. I then walk to the ball, and step in with my right foot, while placing the club face, with my right hand only, square to my intermediate target.Then, while looking at my down range target, I step in with my left foot, and place my left hand on the club. A qick check on my club face, and intermediate target, and I am ready to swing. Maybe I might waggle, mayb not. 

Sounds like a lot, and time consuming, but it only takes me a few seconds. Probably 70% of my preshot routine. The other 30% is taken care of when walking to my ball, where I decide on a targeted landing area, and club selection. 

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DAY 314  Finally it happened.  I got to go to the golf course!!!   Practiced putting for 25 minutes while waiting to meet with my coach. Worked on distance putting drills from 20-60 feet from the hole.  It was so great to be out again!!  I would have hit the range, except, in unloading my closet, I took out two left-footed golf shoes!!   Now to find that pair of two right-footed golf shoes :-)



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Day 86:

Clear weather allowed for a good hour of going from 3/4 swings to full swings.  More of a get the full swing muscles back in action as opposed to anything else.  Used only a few clubs and was happy with the over all results.

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Day 16, Oct 3

Worked on my priority piece into my net with a 7 iron with slower swings and mapping feels for about 20 minutes. Then I worked on partial shots with PW, GW and 54. Had to move closer to the net for the 54. 

Finished with 10 minutes of pitch shots. 

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Day 7

Disappointing day as I had hoped to have time to head out to the club. Unfortunately I had to settle with some putting and chipping at home. Trying to find a good tempo for the putting but really struggling.

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Day 19:

Busy day at work, and bad weather every break I got so just some positional work in the living room making sure my backswing doesn't come too far inside. It feels like my shaft is getting really vertical in the backswing...but ya know...feel aint real...the effects have been good. 

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