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Day 96, February 4, 2023

Planned on like an hour downtown, but it was literally (well, almost) freezing, so… Just did about seven minutes at home.

Erik J. Barzeski —  I knock a ball. It goes in a gopher hole. 🏌🏼‍♂️
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Day 45 - Nice day so I did some chipping practice in the yard, using various clubs. 

  • 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. Short game work indoors today.

Scott

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

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Day 97, February 5, 2023

Got fifteen minutes in before Junior Elite Program this morning. Looking forward to a good hour or so tomorrow.

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 66: 2/5/2023

I got to the indoor range early again today. Spent a lot of time working on my priority pieces both in slow motion and full speed going for one "feel" at a time. Then I moved on to hitting pitch shots to 20 - 25 yard targets. I tried to be really hard on myself from that range. Next, as usual I got out the putting mirror just for a half dozen balls to check my alignment. Then did the random ball speed control drill for quite a while today. I tried something new with the drill. This time I made my target area only 2 feet wide. So, I hit 12 to 16 footers into a box 4 feet long but only 2 feet wide. It added a new level of challenge. Lastly I finished up with some chipping practice for about 20 minutes and then headed home. 

My bag is an ever-changing combination of clubs. 

A mix I am forever tinkering with. 

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Day 36: did a super speed session and some mirror work. 

-- 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 46 - More chipping in the yard today, this time with 54* wedge. After the first 5 or so (warm-up) I went through my pre-shot routine, including picking a landing spot, for each one and tried to visualize the shot beforehand. The motion was for a chip and run shot. 

  • 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 37: Putted on my mat while listening to a presentation. Working on set up - upright and elbows bent - and stroke - more back and through. Feels pretty good at the moment.

-- 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 98, February 6, 2023

Twenty or so minutes before a lesson (and after teaching Carey) for a bit.

Wasn't great. But the backswings are good. Still need to focus on staying a teensy bit wider.

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 67: 2/6/2023

Pretty good day of practice today. Spent time this morning working on my priority pieces in the garage net. This afternoon I went to the outdoor range to check ball flight. I also had a chance to hit wedges to targets between 30 and 100 yards. 

My bag is an ever-changing combination of clubs. 

A mix I am forever tinkering with. 

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Day 99, February 7, 2023

Went downtown from 7 until nearly 9. Almost all backswing stuff, with the last nine swings being about three to four seconds long and exaggerating the whole swing.

Was a good day.

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 1 (7 Feb 23) -  Starting over as I had about a 2 week break (the missus and I were on a family cruise to the east Caribbean, so I opted to go off grid for a few days and reset).   Today, first full day back home, started with slow half swings with the 7i in the backyard (clear skies, mid-50's for temp).   Then moved to hitting some of the hard foam balls to about 60yds, again keeping the swing to about half swings focused on setup, grip, and weight shift.  All told, worked on these drills for about an hour.     

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 47 - Putting practice today, using the mirror to make sure that my eyes and shoulders are consistently aligned. It turns out that they were not so more work needed. 

  • 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. Some indoor work. Still having trouble with my left wrist but I’m not sure what is causing it. It doesn’t hurt the day after hitting or a Fit for Golf session.

Scott

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

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Day 68: 2/7/2023

I got my speed training in today. 

I also hit balls in the garage for about 15 minutes today. 

My bag is an ever-changing combination of clubs. 

A mix I am forever tinkering with. 

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