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  1. @MacDutch I did not keep up with my hcp. I think my last posted round was in May. When I first started I was very hcp and 18 hole score driven. For some reason, I lost that pretty quickly. I think I realized I was chasing the wrong tale for where I am or maybe I felt like I had to prove something and realized I don't. To be honest, the only thing right now I am constantly thinking about is keeping my head still or do not lean my whole body from right to left throughout the swing. Things I have identified that are really causing issues in my long game. I will try to keep up with the hcp system again so it is accurate. But first I had to make sure I am back in a house and settled, which I finally am. I played a round two weeks ago and shot a 79, but it wasn't the most difficult course you have ever seen. So not putting much meaning behind that. I will think about some smaller goals and how I can include them into updates.
  2. @iacas I took the sentences out talking about your book using ESC stats. IMO ESC does not purely talk about PGA stats. Yes he does have more data available from the PGA, but also mentions amateur golfer stats a lot throughout the book. Whenever he has them available. Referring to them as 80s, 90s, 100s golfer and so on.
  3. Just a quick update. No, my project is not dead. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. if you read most of the posts in this thread you will see that I had a move planned and so on. So here it is for the ones that are interested (https://rangegolfer.com/already-august-time-flies/), mentioning some of the same stuff I posted in July and some other things.
  4. Sry guys for the lack of updates. I think I mentioned it a couple of months ago. We are currently in transition moving from one location to another. We are moving to Georgia and we spend the last three weeks in Florida hanging out with family. Our house won't be move in ready till the end of July. And I pretty much was busy packing the house beginning of June. The project is still on. After reading some recommended books I did change my practice plan. My putting improved really quickly and there was no need to spend that much time on it. So I switched to more full swing practice time. I sarted to get more and more comfortable and just before we had to move I ended up winning the intramural league at my course. It was a two person teams event competing against each other in a sudden death event over several weeks. Got my first golf trophy! Yay! The practice is working and my biggest identified weak spots are driver accuracy of the tee and long irons accuracy. This is what I will be mainly focusing on. My next home course won't have a membership for the range, but only for the green fees. So I am planning on building an indoor practice setup inside my garage at our new house. I didn't take the time to update the site while moving around. I will get back into that when our house is ready and all the furniture is in the right place ;) Currently sitting in a hotel till the end of July and typing this on my phone.
  5. If you use a launch monitor light FlightScope or Trackman on the range to figure out your dispersion (Shot Zone), do you go by "carry" or "total"? I would assume total, but I feel like sometimes the total (carry plus roll) is a little bit further than I see what is happening on the course. Or do you go by carry and use your personal experience to estimate the roll? Obviously, the roll depends heavily on course conditions and angle of fairways or greens. Just wondering what your thoughts or procedures are?
  6. So wanted to throw a little update out there. I was pretty quiet last three to four weeks. I started focusing on my plan and finished reading the books "Every shot counts" and of course "Lowest Score Wins". I read "Every Shot Counts" first, finished it two weeks ago. Started reading "Lowest Score Wins" last week and just finished it today. I didn't just want to skim them, but actually, take my time and think about every piece of information the books are presenting. I really enjoyed reading both books! I am already starting to adjust my practice plan, based on the newly gained knowledge. It was easy for me to make my assumptions and build a plan based on that. At the end, you have to start somewhere, right?! I also always said that my plan will change and it is not a static plan. But I also have to admit though, that it might have been a good start for me. My putting got better, I didn't have to invest as many hours as I initially thought to start getting comfortable. Actually, it progressed pretty quickly and I found my putting (comfort zone) stroke. I guess that is exactly what one part of the book is talking about. The putter stroke is simpler and once you are comfortable with it, it is more about practicing green reading. And that it shouldn't take very long to get a little better at putting. Well, I got that out of my way and now I can focus on green reading and trust my putting. Standing on the green is now a difference of day and night! I felt so awkward and uncomfortable before and with just a few hours putting practice that feeling has completely changed. And that was really one of my first goals for putting. I was working on my dispersions (shot zones) and thinking about them before I read the book, but the book clarified some more on how to use them effectively or in a smart way. One thing that I also really enjoyed reading about is that you shouldn't play the course like the architect intended, but find your own game or way to play it. There are some things that I am intuitively already doing but wasn't 100% sure about them. The book kind of put an "approval" stamp on my already existing strategies and thoughts and now I feel like I can more comfortably follow them. Other examples: - I already started playing golf by dividing the course into three holes stretches. I never read about that anywhere, I just came up with it. But for some reason, I don't do it all the time! After reading that small passage in the book, I feel like it validated that strategy and I will use it constantly. - Going for the middle of the green or the "smart zone". Same thing I randomly started doing that and even though I saw that I have way more pars on par 3s, I don't do it consistently. I sometimes let something come over me and decide to go for the damn, which tucked into the left corner or so, instead of sticking to the strategy. Once again, I feel like I can trust that strategy now. There are more examples, but I won't keep boring you with sentences like:"HEY, I was already doing that, well, kind of! I am so S M A R T !!!". Whatever, you get my point. At the end, I am not saying, wow because it was in a book it must be 100% true. The great part for me is that I already started implementing some of those strategies to a certain degree, but never felt like I truly embraced them. Now I feel like I was on the right track and can take it a step further, I guess I needed some validation. And just to clarify, I am talking about strategy on the course and not about my practice plan. I am still putting some thoughts into my new practice plan and won't have it updated for a bit. But I am already focusing more on my full swing practice. It was so easy to just say hey the number of strokes you do with the putter out numbers the driver, so hey the putter is very important. A foolish thought process, but that is what my path is all about. Make an assumption and learn quickly from its mistake or success, adjust and so on and so on. The two books are also validating that to become a better golfer an analytical and stats-driven approach is the key (in my opinion). Well, golf is still fun! And I am truly enjoying it. Of course, it is frustrating at some times. I am going through swing changes and most of you know that is one of the hardest parts. Sometimes you feel like reverting back to the less efficient swing, just to hit a few good ones at least or have a semi good round, but that is not how it works. And we all know that. Sometimes you have to do something uncomfortable for a while to enhance your chances for success. Well, that is it for now.
  7. Hi, I am about to move to Georgia and was wondering if there are people on here that have any experience with some of these golf courses? We are looking to buy a house on a golf course and wanted to see if any golfers have some valuable insights or information. - Sterling Links (Richmond hill, GA) - Southbridge (Pooler, GA) - Savannah Quarters Country Club (Pooler, GA)
  8. Ok OK, you caught me in a lie ;) . I do it too, just in case, it does work. But my rituals change weekly. I think it is important to change the amount of spins and the position you spit from. One time it immediately started raining afterward, so that was a bust. Although it helped the golf course. All the other golfers got mad at me because the rough got thicker again. I guess you live and learn. Unfortunately, I don't have enough room at my current house to have a comfortable setup. Taking over the living room might be just one step too far for my wife. Depends on the house we will get in June. I might be able to have such a setup. We will see. My son would love that!!!
  9. I agree with you and actually also say that TrackMan can be a dangerous tool, because of the reasons you have mentioned. You cannot just look at the numbers by themselves and go down that path. I also don't think that I ever said that. What I am saying is that it is a great supporting tool in developing your golf game. But that is all it is. With a launch monitor, you have at least data feedback plus video, which helps during the process. Obviously, you don't need a launch monitor for the video portion. Don't forget that I am not just delusionally looking at the TrackMan numbers, pray to the golf gods, spin myself three times around a circle, spit on the ground and hope that my swing suddenly turns into to this fairy tale swing that hits every target like a sniper.
  10. I also want to add that due to me leaving my club face open, I also tried a few different grips and varied my swing speed. Next sessions I will try to stay consistent with one grip and feel and re-post those numbers. I don't agree with him on not staring at the TrackMan numbers. Why would I ignore data that is right in front of my nose telling me what happened during that specific shot? The data is the quintessential part of my process. I change something, hit the ball and check/analyze the data and go from there. Don't understand why I should ignore it?
  11. The 7 hours is a dedicated block to allow me to focus on my goals. I can only repeat myself and say that I am not rushing from one thing to another and try to hit 2000 balls a day. I have to disagree with the burnout statement. For me, that is like saying that sitting at the desk, going to meetings, answering emails and programming or something similar every day for 7 hours would burn me out. My schedule is flexible and I created it so I have something to start with and follow. There is also a lot of standing around and thinking involved or analyzing. For example when I am on the range. I think about my swing, what I am focusing on and execute it. Afterward, I think about how it felt, check the data, make an assessment and once I come to my conclusion I hit one again. To be honest it is actually very relaxing and calm. I am currently probably the most relaxed I have ever been. I have been almost sitting all my life in front a screen. Allowing myself to spend 7 hours outside is amazing. Maybe that is another reason why I have so much fun right now.
  12. I agree with you. Actually getting more comfortable with my putting stroke and chipping is going pretty well. Within the last three or four weeks, the course grew some crazy rough and it took me a while to get used to it. I am already adjusting my schedule a little bit. Right now I have to focus more on my long irons and woods. I started to leave my club face open on impact and trying to work on that.
  13. Hi everyone, Just a quick update. I added some TrackMan data for my driver (https://rangegolfer.com/driver-aka-beast/). Take a look at it if you feel like it. I am working on adding all my clubs and more data for each club.
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