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Day 18, Range today because they have heated bays! I wanted to see if what I am working on in helping ball flight. I was pretty pleased. I did mostly slower swings to start but did do a few 80% swings. As long as I followed my feel, flight was a nice slight push with a little bit of curve. This was with wedge, 8 and 6 irons and driver. If I felt like I was swinging out from the top, I would pull or hook it, which didn’t happen much. The feel is  swinging down from the top and letting my right hand feel like its getting on top.

I couldn’t film because of space and it was dark and rainy.

Scott

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Day 18 - Raining so I practiced chipping indoors. Started with Orange Whip wedge, followed by 9-iron and 49* wedge. 

  • Clubs: Ping, Edison, Maltby, Callaway, SeeMore
  • Other: Maxfli Tour or Vice Pro; Callaway ORG 7 bag; Shot Scope X5; True Linkswear 
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Day 47 (02 Jan 23)  - Worked on engaging bounce with the SW today in the backyard.  Varied setup on ball - forward, middle, back - and lies - hard pan, tight and semi rough…

Since I technically missed posting yesterday’s work (see above) by failing to hit the submit reply button (2nd miss in the past 26 days), I’m starting over….

Day 01 (03 Jan 23) - Weather cooperates (70+ in Eastern NC in Jan) so the grandson and I played a quick front nine at RiverBend. Uses the round to work on swing tempo and shot strategy related to course management.  Also limited the clubs so I had to work based on typical distances I hit those clubs.  Love that type of challenge.  The grandson had a blast and said I was his favorite babysitter as I will take him to ply golf….think he has the golf bug 😁

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 34: 1/3/2022

Chipping today. Set up 3 targets in the basement. Chipped balls with my 60 and my 54. 

Plan to do full swing and putting tomorrow. I should have a bit more time. 

My bag is an ever-changing combination of clubs. 

A mix I am forever tinkering with. 

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Day 64, January 3, 2023

Got 15 minutes in after completely replacing the innards of the downstairs toilet.

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Erik J. Barzeski —  I knock a ball. It goes in a gopher hole. 🏌🏼‍♂️
Director of Instruction 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 :edel: :true_linkswear:

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Day 3 - Did some mirror work today. Checking that the club is inside my hands at A2. Also making sure the grip is where it is supposed to be. 

-- Daniel

In my bag: :callaway: Paradym :callaway: Epic Flash 3.5W (16 degrees)

:callaway: Rogue Pro 3-PW :edel: SMS Wedges - V-Grind (48, 54, 58):edel: Putter

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Day 2 (04 Jan 22) -  Worked on balance with the driver.  Started with easy swings feet together, then progressively widened the stance until I was at my normal width.  Also did some swings with most of my weight on my lead foot, trail foot behind on toe tip.  Has been a drill to reinforce confidence in the lead foot supporting my weight and rotation through the swing.  

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 35: 1/4/2022

Worked on priority pieces hitting balls into the net in the garage this morning. 

Did my swing speed training 

and practiced putting with Day 15 of the COVID-19 practice plan

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My bag is an ever-changing combination of clubs. 

A mix I am forever tinkering with. 

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Day 19 - More chipping practice indoors today, this time with 9i and 54* wedge. 

  • Clubs: Ping, Edison, Maltby, Callaway, SeeMore
  • Other: Maxfli Tour or Vice Pro; Callaway ORG 7 bag; Shot Scope X5; True Linkswear 
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Day 18, more indoor work with slow swings.

Scott

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

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Day 4 - did a super speed session. 

-- Daniel

In my bag: :callaway: Paradym :callaway: Epic Flash 3.5W (16 degrees)

:callaway: Rogue Pro 3-PW :edel: SMS Wedges - V-Grind (48, 54, 58):edel: Putter

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Day 20 - Slow motion swings indoors with my 9i. For each swing I was intentional about grip and stance, then slowly moving through the entire swing. 

  • Clubs: Ping, Edison, Maltby, Callaway, SeeMore
  • Other: Maxfli Tour or Vice Pro; Callaway ORG 7 bag; Shot Scope X5; True Linkswear 
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Day 3 (05 Jan 23) - More nice Jan weather, so got outside to work on the setup and initial takeaway.  Been working to keep the arms extended and not collapsing.  Hit a few hard foam balls with the 5i to finish out the drill. 

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 5 - did an hour at the simulator. Played about 25 holes and checked my driver launch numbers on the range. 

-- Daniel

In my bag: :callaway: Paradym :callaway: Epic Flash 3.5W (16 degrees)

:callaway: Rogue Pro 3-PW :edel: SMS Wedges - V-Grind (48, 54, 58):edel: Putter

 :aimpoint:

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Day 19. Wrist is a bit sore from my range session on Tuesday so I just did some chipping indoors.

Scott

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

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Day 66, January 5, 2023

Good twenty minutes today before a lesson. I was looking forward to maybe 40 minutes… but he arrived early.

Erik J. Barzeski —  I knock a ball. It goes in a gopher hole. 🏌🏼‍♂️
Director of Instruction 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 :edel: :true_linkswear:

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Day 36: 1/5/2023

Got to the range today and worked on my priority pieces first. I also hit some balls at targets just to see where my swing kind of is in terms of effectiveness. 
I finished with hitting pitch shots to a number of targets 30 to 90 yards away using the 60 and 54 degree wedges. 

My bag is an ever-changing combination of clubs. 

A mix I am forever tinkering with. 

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Day 20. Wrist is still a bit sore but I still did slow swings indoors.

Scott

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

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