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Day 63 (6/06/21) - I fell asleep last night without adding this practice....worked on half swings with a noodle set at about 45* with the goal of getting rid of my over the top move.

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Day 234: played the first steamy round of the year with a friend. I sweat buckets and had to wear rain gloves. Played ok, but was a bit off. Shot an 84 from the Blue tees (longest on the course).
 

I did see a doe and her fawn, two Mockingbirds harassing a Red Tail Hawk, and saved a painted turtle from almost certain death by lawnmower. Little guy did not appreciate it.

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Day 64 (6/07/21) - More chipping practice in the front yard. 

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Day 537:

One of those days where I felt completely unmotivated to do anything - physically and mentally exhausted. Finally scraped myself off the couch and did some indoor bead putting practice, and some backswing work with LVP camera.

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Day 104.  Wind down after work, 30 minutes in the golf practice room.  Setup, slow backswing, stop at the right spot, reset, after three good backswings, take a fourth and swing forward.  Again, the whole thing is slow.  

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Day 1 (8 Jun 21) - streak broken (missed more than 2 days of posts in the last 28) so starting over....pitches with the 54* from varied distances and lies with the goal to get the ball to land and check quickly.  Distances were from 5yds up to 30 (about max in my yard).  

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Day 65 (6/08/21) - Went to the range today:

  • Warmed up with some chips on the putting green and partial wedge shots on the range,
  • Hit 20 balls with a 8-iron, mostly partial swings, with a noodle set at 45* to discourage/prevent/re-educate my over the top move,
  • Hit 12 Drivers full swing trying to maintain the feeling from the noodle drill, and
  • Finished with a few shots from the practice bunker. 

Good practice session overall...short and focused. 

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Day Fourteen, June 8, 2021

Hit some shots with a slower feeling arm swing... that actually went farther... What the hell, I hit 60°, 54°, AW, 8i, 6i, 4i.... oh and I worked on my posture and widening my swing radius.

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Day 528 - June 8, 2021

Practiced downtown for 15-20 minutes before a lesson. Really felt some good flow with a much "less" arm action.

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Day 538:

Did some swing mapping for downswing with LVP camera, and then hit some balls outside. Think I might have found a good feel for clubface control during downswing. 

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Day 105.  I didn't get the same length of wind-down as I got yesterday, but after work today I did get ten minutes of slow 7-iron swings, with the aim of slow to the top, making the top at a better place than it was a week ago, do that a few times and then hit the ball also on a slow swing, as if I were trying to send it 75 yards on a full 7-iron.  Swings are slow, I don't think I'm getting it as slow as 75 yards though.

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Day 2 (9 Jun 21) - Pitch drills today using the PW.  Was initially sloppy in the ball striking, "felt" completely out of sync.  Consistently thinned a good number of the shots, so I stepped back, slowed down and decreased the swing to about 1/2 swing to work on mechanics.  By the end of the drill ball was much better coming off the club.  While not a great day, it was a good day. 

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Day 66 (6/09/21) - Slow swings using a noodle and whiffle ball. Goal to limit/eliminate my over the top move.

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Day 529 - June 9, 2021

Do I get to count practicing my grip for 15 minutes while trying to figure out just WITF @woodzie264 was doing?

Okay, I played a few holes with Nat this morning.

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