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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

Day 462 - April 4, 2021 Played 18 holes with @Hardspoon and then a nine-hole scramble with @NatalieB. Shot 30 on the latter nine, and around par with the first 18. I haven't gone through the roun

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DAY 49  January 21  Spent 10 minutes on the putting green working on my set-up... my right arm has a tendency to become too dominant in my swing and affects my path and face angle.  Sorted that out!!  Then played 18 holes of golf.  I was frozen for most of the front nine -- weather in the high 40s and low 50s... and never got warm enough for a good swing.  By the 9th hole it has warmed up in the 60s, and I played the last 12 holes in one over par.  Fairways and greens once my old body warmed up enough to take a decent swing.

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Day 403

Did some full swing work on priority piece, working with about what felt like a half swing. Did a little pitching practice too. 

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Day 18 - Blast putting work x 20 mins this morning. Definitely seeing improvements in my ability to adapt to speed of surfaces with the varying length of pendulums AND my consistency of length of putt/pace is improving within the subcategories of varying lengths of the pendulums. 

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Day 100: Worked a bit on my priority piece then looked a ball flight with most of my clubs. When I don’t early extend, flight is high slight draw to high push draw. EE seems to cause over draws. 
 

Then I did SuperSpeed training. Finished with partial wedges and short irons aiming at various targets.

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Day 20 (missed 2 and 8 days ago) - Took a look at my grip.  The club was too far down into my fingers with the ring finger and pinkie in the left hand.  Got the end of the shaft right under that lower bulb on the wrist, and felt a much better connection between both hands and the club.  That combined with something I recently watched in a Clay Ballard video about the forearms in the takeaway, and I finally felt like I had the control I want in the takeaway.  Had a good few swings today.  Tomorrow will tell if this is a real change or something I happened to feel my way into today.

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Day 21 - Rehearsed some swings, focus on the hips, against a counter to prevent me from moving towards the ball.

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DAY 50  January 21.    A very long and helpful range session today.  After warming up, I completed the Super Speeder Challenge... Then did 100 swings with the Gold Flex - 50 left and 50 right handed.  Then pulled out my drills from the "How to Train for Golf Like an Olympian" book, and proceeded to go through 23 different drills - hitting 12 balls with each drill.  Today I focused on more torso rotation and less sway in my downswing.  When I do these drills I vary the clubs, using 5-6-7 irons.  Then finished the session with a dozen wedges to a target 50 yards away.  Total time on the range almost 6 hours.  I am trying to get in a lot of practice since I will not be able to do much practice or playing in February, as I am a chairman at two tournaments-- one college and one Korn Ferry.

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Day 404

Did a superspeed workout and logged in the TST gSheet.

Also did some semi-priority piece work on getting the ball started to the right. Went way back in my lesson videos/notes for this one, and found a rehearsal drill I did similar to the Justin Rose pre-shot routine, so I added elements of this to my rehearsal, and hit 50 balls at about 50% speed. I got 48 of them to start right of my target line, so I'm pretty happy. Will add this to my pre-shot rehearsals for tomorrow's round.

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Day 18 - simple chips and pitches in the backyard along with full swings with the 5i and foam balls.  Focused on trail hand grip position.  

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DAY 51  January 23rd.  Great weather so I spent a little over two hours on the range working through 10 drills from the book, "How to Train for Golf Like an Olympian."  Today my focus continued on better rotation throughout the swing.  I placed an alignment rod in the ground facing me when I set up to the ball.  Then hit shots trying to monitor my head movement back and through impact.. this helps me focus on rotating around my spine and less movement off the ball. 

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Day 21 (3,9) - Same idea as yesterday...  Pay attention to my grip with the left hand and forearm rotation in the backswing.  Feeling good about it. 

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Played 18 today. Added the Justin Rose movement to the rehearsals in my pre shot routine. Hit the ball pretty solidly overall today, but especially well with driver. Was starting the ball right of target on almost all my shots today, which is a mini-goal right now. A few were a little blocky without any curve back toward target, but I'll take that for now over a nasty pull-hook. Only three pull-hooks today, which is a major improvement.

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Day 390 - January 23, 2021

Spent about 40 minutes working on things today. Figured out that I likely will want to bend the right elbow a bit earlier, let it be softer so it can bend a bit sooner, from A1-A3. Video uploading eventually, and will post in my Member Swing topic.

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Day 19 - putting drills today.  Worked on 3 - 4 - 5 ft distances.  Tempo - steady head - straight lines (using the white line of the indoor practice green). 

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