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Day 113: went to the range for a break. Worked mostly on my priority piece along with aim at set up. Used mostly wedges and short irons. 

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Did some COVID-19 practice plan Day-5 drills, and then some half speed full swing 7-irons. Heading up to the mountains until next week, so likely no full swing practice until next Monday. I am packing my putter for some bead work, and maybe a wedge for some mirror practice.

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Day 34 - Getting closer to where I want to be, need to turn my hips a bit more in the backswing. More swings using Mirror Vision, as well as an alignment stick through my belt loops.

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Day 31 - Worked on "finishing the swing", i.e. positions 7 - 10.   After listening to a podcast that discussed shanking the ball and possible causes I knew that was some of what I have seen of late.  Started with the SW, setting the clubhead just ahead of the ball on the ground, and working from 7 thru 10 in step by step motions.  After about 15 or so "step sessions", took my first swing going with a 3/4 swing with no ball.   A series of swings there and then off to the "hard" foam balls.  Spent the next 20 mins or so just hitting them toward various targets - focusing on what happens after impact and making sure that what happened before allows me to finish well (well maybe not well, but better as I have a long way to go). 

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DAY 31 - blast putting in office; focus on pendulum consistency. I get to play Saturday! stoked...first time since late December I get to see how much improvement (if any) I've made with all of this putting work.

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Day 403 - February 4, 2021

Just ten minutes today, after dealing with some SAM PuttLab issues. Long day. Long lesson. Have a headache now.

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Day 3 - Brushed up on the 5SKs.  Key 1 of steady head.  So now trying to match up what ive been doing with my forearms in the takeaway and backswing with keeping a steady head. 

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DAY 63  February 4th  It was GREAT to get out to the range today for a few hours!!!   I have been working on improving my swing plane on my downswing, ... those who have been reading my notes, know I have a tendency to turn my back shoulder too much around on the downswing instead of under, which causes a pull, and not great club-turf interaction.  The work I have been doing in my garage these last couple days, showed up a lot during my practice.  Do I have a ways to go, yes, but things are continuing to move in the direction I have as my goal.    

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Day 114: Chipping in the basement in the morning then priority piece and SuperSpeed in the afternoon.

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DAY 64  February 5th    The weather was fantastic out on the range.  Spent about 3 hours working through drills to improve my overall swing motion, strength, hand-eye coordination.  I can tell I am making progress in that I am doing better executing the drills...  and I improve my drill performance it translates to my swing.  And when a drill becomes easy, I change clubs or some other way to move the Challenge Point.   Also, did the Super Speed Drills.  And will be posting that in the Super Speed Challenge.

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Day 404 - February 5, 2021

SuperSpeed work (some Mach 3 today) and then a few (not many, 15?) swings with a 6I. Still going well.

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Day 32 - work on shifting weight forward at start of down downswing - no club, concentrating on feeling the pressure change in my feet, also putting swing practice with head against the wall. 

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Indoor putting today. Worked on bead for ~3-foot putts on a very small section of carpet (mostly tile and hardwood in the rental).

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Day 33 - Putting work this morning using a modified "double" gate drill.  Set two balls just wider that the putter head (about 1/4" each side)  with another two balls set about 4" apart roughly 5' away.  Putting on the bedroom carpet, so this simulated "slow" greens, which means a good solid strike is required.  This drill is a follow-up to the head on the wall drill yesterday.  The goal - not "bump" either of the starting gates, finish with the downswing at the same height as the backswing with the struck ball going through the finishing gate.  What I love about this is the instantaneous feedback - at both ends.  Good swing, no balls moving except the ball being putted, was usually rewarded with the ball rolling through the target gate.  Best round was when I stacked all for balls in a row starting in the target gate to just outside it.  Finished the drill with "lag" putts to the edge of the carpet/start of hard wood flooring.  The goal - to see how close I could come to the edge without taking the forever roll down the hall...now that was not easy.  But learning ball control on the greens has been a goal as my scorecards consistently show way too many 3 putts and occasional 4 putts. 

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Day 115: I’ve got to learn to practice before doing a lot of work around the house. I worked on my priority piece, but I was so stiff.

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