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About Dornenglanz

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  1. Called away on business - so failed to practice yesterday, and can't see myself getting any in today or tomorrow. Unless someone can recommend some "mental" or "visualisation" drills that will keep me in the game, I'm stuck!
  2. Day 8: Played for about an hour on a par 3 pitch/putt course. Putting was pretty good, despite poor greens, and pitching was not bad either. Mostly used PW and SW, but also experimented with more lofted wedges to see the effect of higher trajectories and more spin/bounce.
  3. Day 7: 10 mins putting practice indoors. Started aim through two tees, slightly wider than a ball. The carpeted area is obviously not quite flat, but hard to read. However, once I worked out the slope, I did reasonably well. Next I found a metal egg cup - also slightly larger than a ball. I aimed at this from various distances on two different surfaces - one much faster than the other. Reasonable accuracy. Then I remembered a drill where you have to put over the centre of a 2p coin from no more than 12 inches, 10/10 times. I managed this, so doubled the distance. Managed 10/10, so added another 12 inches, and was getting about 6/10, mostly undone by variations in the carpet. Worthwhile, I felt.
  4. Day 6 (not backdating, just had internet issues last night / this morning): 5 mins indoor putting practice from about 3 feet, aiming to roll over a 1 pence coin. Started very well, but actually found my accuracy was way worse than usual on average, Will try again today, I think.
  5. Day 5: 5 mins working on drill my pro asked me to do: club upside down, half swing, bring arms down quickly and stop and feel the club whip forwards as the wrists hinge. Also did some continual swings, feeling weight change.
  6. Day 4: Lesson with pro. He's concerned that my swing is too steep and closes the club face, so we worked on a number of drills to encourage me to allow the club to drop and come through rather than be brought down with the action of my arms. I'm going to try to work on some of these drills at home, or maybe in the garden. He says I should practice with short swings and a 6I to get the sequence of events right.
  7. Day 3: 15 mins at the range, with wedges, working on understading how far I hit each club with a full swing. I learned that my swing is not really consistent enough to give me a reliable answer. However, I hit about balls and most of them were clean hits, which felt encouraging.
  8. Day 2: Spent about 30 mins working on chipping with my 5H, on the tiny par 3 academy course. I'm sure the answer is "it depends" but I've not yet settled on what my go-to club is for this kind of shot. I started with an 8I, but my teacher suggested moving to something with more loft to generate more spin. He uses a 52 degree wedge. I have a 50, and I've used that a bit. But I'd seen some players successfully using their rescue club, so I thought I'd try it. It's better for direction, but much harder to judge distance. Then went and played with my son at one of the local courses. Played absolutely terribly. Literally the worst I have played since I started this summer! Got pretty angry with myself, but calmed down, and decided to call it a day afer 5 holes, as we were both tired and hungry, and the car park is right by the 5th green.
  9. Massively failed at this last month, so going to try much harder this month! Day 1: Played 9 holes, on a course that I happened to be driving past. Wasn't scoring - just trying to play shots in real life, with real conditions. Played some really pretty good shots, and only had two poor holes. Wasn't focussed on anything in particular.
  10. I'm in. I intended to reply to this yesterday (the 1st) and to do my 5 mins, but yesterday was my mother-in-law's birthday, and my day was somewhat taken up! So, notwithstanding day one, I shall update this daily with my practice.
  11. Had my best ever round last week. I've not yet played 18 holes yet - still focussing on 9 holes and par 3 courses, but progress is progress. So, on the nearby par 3 links, previously I'd shot 49, 51, that sort of score, which, for a 27 par course is not great. I've been working with my teacher on hitting the ball straight, with good alignment, and rotation so as to bring the club face through square. Turns out the work has paid off.... I hit a total of 38, which was 3 shots ahead of my target. I hit pretty much all of my shots straight. A few green misreads and a few bad puts added 4, and one chip that was too hard added another, but I was delighted with how I played. I also managed my first ever "green in regulation". Now, to reality: this is a one-off, on a par 3 course, but: it represents real and measurable improvement, and given that I had never played before June, I'm pleased!
  12. Played 9 holes (18 hole course with 2 tee positions, only had time for 9) at a course local to where I am on holiday. Mixture of very good and very bad. It's a short course (1883 yards, one par 5, 3 par 4s, for a total par of 32), but demands accuracy. I managed 2 pars (including the 5), 2 bogies, and 1 double bogies, but runied it with a few absolute shockers (lost 3 balls, went OOB twice on the last hole). 52 in total. Still, notwithstanding the shockers, one of the best rounds I've played since I started, only back in June.
  13. On the hole my putting is reasonable. It's rare, once I am actually on the green, for me to put in 3. If my shot onto the green is really great, I might put in 1, but it's usually 2, with the occasional 3. Once I am within 100 yards of the green, I stand a fair chance of getting onto the green. So that's 3 shots. 4 if I screw up my short shot, or put in 3. Most of the points, for me, are lost in getting to being within 100 yards of the green. I'll hit the ball into rough, or out of bounds, or top it, or whiff it, or slice it or hook it wildly. If I hit a good one or two iron/hybrid shots to get me to where short game and putting takes over, I'll be in with a chance of a bogie, double bogie, or even sometimes a par. But my inconsistent swing, and lack of confidence off the tee, is what causes me to turn in the horrible scores... 7, 8, 9 on a hole.
  14. I've noticed that if I mishit one, I often mishit the next two or three. I agree that this is partly mental. Today I traced it to tension in my hands. Having hit a bad one, and moved a few feet down, I found that I was gripping the club very tightly. Consciously relaxing that grip made a big difference... the image I have is that of holding a small animal: you want to be holding it firmly enough that it won't escape, but not so firmly that you squash it.
  15. I went out for 9 holes this morning, with the intention of hitting a goal that would mark my progress towards breaking 100. However, after three holes, I had shot 5, 7, and 8, and was playing badly and getting angry about it. Rather than persist in this frame of mind, I decided to reframe how I was thinking and playing. For the last six holes I didn't score, and started setting different goals, such as "no penalties", or "stayed calm", or "played more than one good shot in a row". By the ninth hole I had come up with a scoring system that would represent a different way of measuring my progress. So, I went round again, using it. I found it really useful, and I enjoyed myself, and I felt as if I played much better. Here's the system: For every hole, award a mark from 0-4 for the following areas: Mental Game: 0: Bellowed with rage, threw clubs about, swore wildly etc 1: Became very angry, several times, had major effect on hole. 2: Swore, allowed bad shots to influence subsequent shots. 3: Reacted to shots, played impatiently, winced at missed puts, nearly swore. 4: Stayed completely calm, even in the face of poor shots. Course Management / Club Selection: 0: Made ridiculous club selections; played wildly inappropriate shots 1: Made very serious errors in club selection; selected a number of very risky shots 2: Made a poor club selection and played an unnecessarily risky shot 3: Either club selection, or hole strategy less than ideal 4: Sensible, conservative club selection and hole strategy Full Swing Shots (on average): 0: Missed the ball completely, severely topped the ball, or hit the ground first 1: Wild shot, hooked or sliced, incurring penalty 2: Reasonable swing, but suboptimal impact, resulting in thick, thin, or poor aim 3: Good swing and contact, advanced the ball in the right direction 4: Perfect swing and contact, hitting green or fairway in regulation Short Game: 0: Missed the ball completely, severely topped the ball, or hit the ground first 1: Poor shot, thick or thin, with little control, of distance and direction 2: Reasonable swing, but suboptimal distance or direction, requiring another shot 3: Good swing and contact, landing on green within two putts, or on fringe. 4: Perfect swing and contact, landing on green within easy putting distance Putting: 0: Putted in > 4 shots 1: Putted in four 2: Putted in three 3: Putted in two, or putted a simple shot from within a club length 4: Putted in one shot from more than a club length On holes where there is no need to make a full swing (such as some of the par 3 courses I play), simply don't count full swing shots. On holes where more than one full swing shots are needed before short game comes into play, simply take what seems to be a reasonable average. You can then work out a precentage performance for each hole. My theory is that in order to be at a point where one is getting close to breaking 100 (9 bogies, 9 double bogies), that all holes will be around 70% or more. I will experiment and see if this is born out I found on my second 9 that my mental approach changed. I found myself thinking: there are free points here - keep calm, make a sensible shot selection, that's 8/20 already. Then, by not trying too hard, and not trying to work miracles, the shots were more relaxed and less likely to result in a 0 or 1. Putting was largely 3 anyway. I made far fewer mistakes, and generally played better. I anticipate that this system and the scoring criteria might need some tweaking, but I'm going to try it for a while. Hopefully it might be of interest or use to others.