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DrMJG

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About DrMJG

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  • Birthday 06/19/1952

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  1. Day 186 Very light breeze to the east, lovely weather (clear and 72º at the range) This was a bit of a continuation from yesterday. I spent most of my time with my 7i-9i. In terms of loft, the majority of strikes ended up and off as expected. Many ended up well with the distance expected, though that has dropped off average 8-12 yards shorter than I was doing a month ago. With the exception of only a few of the shots, my line was good, though only a few would have fallen Ito the rate of full on recovery shots. Again, the 7i gave the best results, including both the 7i and my 7 i/w. Both consistently ended up fairly straight and 175 yards. 8i got maybe 5-7 yards less. I treat my 9i as if it were a cross between a pitching wedge and a traditional 9i. While distance was in the neighborhood of 140 or so yards, I was focused on creating a nice high school to eliminate too much roll. While perfection and nirvana were not around, everything was fairly good. So I then moved o for a short focus on my wedges (50º, 56º and 60º). I play them as gap, sand and lob. did not focus too much at all, just a few swings, with the 56º. Focus today was on a clean strike as close to sweet spot as I could and hitting at a 135 yard green and one about 50-55 yards out. I was getting a very good feel from the 50º. Loft was good with some finishing roll that maybe added another 20 yards or so. The 60º was giving me high lofts and finished 15 feet or so from the gopher hole. Direction was not too bad, but it is still an area to concentrate on.
  2. Day 185 (yesterday, I accidentally posted as day 194!) Sort of a double up practice. I went to the Top Tracer to take a serious look at my irons 5-9 to get a solid read of what I can expect to hit. They all were bracketed by 7-10 yards. That seems to be in line with what I thought I was getting from each club. And, I was having a good day with direction, nothing beyond a slight draw. I printed out the results and will use this as a guide for the next round. When I found I had time in the afternoon for a second stop off at the range, I decided to take my tracer results from earlier and direct shots at various spots on the course that I know are roughly x distance from the tees. The goal was not to be overly short of my targets in any significant way as I was yesterday in my round. And get a better sense of "which club when"! I did not hit at the same target for two strokes in a row. I rarely hit very short, I found I had to simply rethink the yardage for each club. Best results were from the 7 iron and the 5 often was short. I made sure I was doing everything as well as I can with the address through stroke. I will continue to make sure I am set for improving ball speed without simply trying to overpower. One thing I have noticed is that my stance has somehow closed up the feet a lot. I have a session with my coach tomorrow and he already knows I would like to gain 5 mph at least.
  3. DrMJG

    Will the New Flagstick Rule Become a Fiasco?

    Thanks for clarification.
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    Great Ball Striking

    @Righty to Lefty If I may say it again, as one who taught research and making research show a conclusion: anecdotal evidence, or observational moment, by itself, is not enough. Opinions, as well, may not be an indicator of direction the results will prove as fact. So when you combine opinion with an observation you run the risk of insisting it is of more worth than what it is. This is what commonly ends up being seen as trolling for many topics on the web, especially in politics. @iacas has both observation and a wealth of information on which to draw conclusions. I am more than willing to place solid money, that if I were to look at his data, I will find outliers. But his writings are extensive; his conclusions are based on solid research. This is not to diminish the reality of your observations or conversations. But your reality is not necessarily a full study of facts. In terms of true study, you may have something great for an appendix but not for the main body. Now back to golf. If one were to look at the pressure tapes I put on my clubs, one would observe I almost always (about 85%+) hit the sweet spots of the clubs. But, if you studied my shots as a whole, one could not consider them close to being solid strike. But IF you were to define a solid strike, as was done here, as hitting the sweet spot. I would be a solidly developing master. As well, I could quote a US Open and other tournaments and well as top 10 results winner I know as wishing he hit more solid strikes per round. Does that clearly show he was not a solid striker? Or does it mean HIS definition is more likely narrower than most? Your definition seems to be rather wide. At best, you have a collection of opinions, not facts, unless your comments were based on true research. If you want it to be seen as fact, showing 1 or 2, or maybe even 20, observations is not enough. What I am stating is a fact on drawing conclusions from research as opposed to single observation. THAT is not just my opinion.
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    Will the New Flagstick Rule Become a Fiasco?

    I suspect an awkward year until people get settled and perhaps get a little more data from tournaments and associations. I would expect, by mid May, a few may seek local rules for the situations. I guess I am old enough to desire to have the pin out on the green.
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Last of the nearby courses. Longer than I have played to date by ~600 yards, but not an overly problematic course. More dog legs than I have encountered to date, a good deal many more fairway bunkers, none of them deep, and easily played out of. Some water comes into play, but I avoided it. A narrower fairways in a lot of places, they should become less problematic as I play this 18 a bit more often. 105 for the round today, most damaging was leaving myself with 20'+ putts and longer second shots due to tee shots off my expected line. I did have 4 GIRs, but needing often 2-3 Putts to finish off the greens. 4 double B's and 1 triple B meant my series of rounds without a snowman has officially ended. 3 Pars and no birdies should give a real indication why this round was very mediocre. 2 OB, no swimmers and no shanks. Rough just off fairways was a bit fuller than other courses. Made comments on my card to change club in these cases. Under performed in getting the distance needed from second shots, a few chips, and setting myself for shorter putts. Will try to get a bit more ball speed at range this week and spend a day replaying this course over the weekend. Need to hit my chips and wedges more to the middle of the green as opposed to being happy I simply got it to the green. I am getting fantastic lift and the no roll that comes with it. If you would have told me 18 months ago I would feel a bit disappointed with a 105, I would have chuckled loudly. The frustration is I can with regularity break 100. Heck, on a fantastic day in the last 6 months, I have broken 90. But, the disappointment was tempered on a clear, warm day by the overall fun I had. I no longer am happy with how a shot came out but by the results I know should happen. But I still had the joy of playing. Tomorrow will be a work day and reading the parts of LSW on planning for the course.
  7. Day 194: My 5 minutes off practice was simple. 15 Minutes with Orange Wand® prior to hitting 15 or so shots prior to a round. Felt really well hedding to first tee. Last of the nearby courses. Longer than I have played to date by ~600 yards, but not an overly problematic course. More dog legs than I have encountered to date, a good deal many more fairway bunkers, none of them deep, and easily played out of. Some water comes into play, but can be avoided. A narrower fairways in places, they will become more avoidable if I play this a bit more often. 105 for the round today, most problematic was leaving myself with 20'+ putts and a few longer second shots due to tee shots off my expected line. Need to hit my chips and wedges more to the middle of the green as opposed to being happy I simply got it to the green. I am getting fantastic lift and the no roll that comes with it. If you would have told me 18 months ago I would feel a bit disappointed with a 105, I would have chuckled loudly. My frustration is I can with regularity break 100. Heck, on a fantastic day in the last 6 months, I have broken 90. But, my disappointment was tempered on a clear, warm day by the overall fun I had. I no longer am happy with how a shot came out but by the results I know should happen. But I still had the joy of playing. Tomorrow will be a work day and reading the parts of LSW on planning for the course.
  8. Day 183: Well now, 1/2 year on this quest. Made wonderful strides forward and looking forward to continued lower scores and improved techniques! Today I focused with both my 6i and driver on something the has appeared in my latest photos. I seem to be doing a bit of the chicken dance with my elbows, especially on the downswing. And, as a result I suspect that is why I have gained a bit of a hook or slice in my shots as of late. I need to not allow the elbows to bound to far ahead of where they should be, especially as I actually hit the small sphere. So I spent today doing some exercises that I found on line which allows me to create a sense of not letting a weird sense of allowing arms to lose their straight aspects too soon. I spent about 45 minutes and this and did little more than do the exercise and about 30 swings. Again, I am not looking for a dead center line, just both narrowing the divergence as well as predicting where it will land.
  9. Took my first drop last week. I had to remember the new rule; but, no issue. Not fully sure why it has become a trauma for many duffers. To rob from another phrase, just drop and watch it roll.
  10. DAY 182 Wonderful day to play LSW putting games. (OK, not games, per se, but with focus, I still had a good bit of fun doing so. I approached it without stress of doing it too worried.) Decided I needed to spend a good part of day doing these before my Wednesday attack of a course. It took me a long time, again, today to finish up to 9'. I still tend to finish my putts a bit short. So, I took a break for much needed coffee! When I came back to the effort, I did what was needed to visualize and putt to a point 2' beyond the cup. While I did clunk a few, my "drop in one rate" increased greatly. I simply need to add a bit more speed, as line and line of break was good. I have always been able to read greek fairly well. I am not sure why I cannot seem to get my head around this matter of ball speed. Ok, it is a somewhat new to me putter, heavier than my 45 year old tapper, but still. As well, I spent about 1/2 hour on trap work. Most, but not all had good loft up to the green, though I did send a few beyond the practice green and needed to chip back on. I need to do this in my practice more often. I used my 56º for my sand wedge and I am getting fairly solid on taking sand though the whole shot. I thought more of a continuous motion as opposed to hitting the ball a la lob!
  11. Day 181 Today could be called putt-putt golf day. Went to work today with a number of rounds of making putts from 3'-8'. Moved back when I stopped making the putts. It was far from perfect but shot with good speed, made the vast majority of attempts, and. I putted with confidence. It was clear that I still need to work on putting past the hole. Far too many shots, whenI missed, ended up short, turning far too many into 2 putts. I have not been working on the green skills nearly as much as I need to. Tomorrow working out of green side bunkers and putts from wherever those shots land. Preparation for a round on Wednesday.
  12. Day 180: Returned to the range in a great mood. A good night's sleep does wonders. Today was a general focus on non-motion parts of my swing with a hodgepodge of clubs: 50º, 60º, 6i, 7i, 9i and driver. And they were played in no progressive oder nor plan. I suspect it was what club would I play next on a course. Stance, blade set, eliminating tension, and alignment were my focus. I did a pre-shot routine making sure I was a good distance of my body to ball, proper alignment to my feet, focus and address to make sure my club angle was such that the club was allowed rather than prevented for doing its work. Often I would set up for a shot then walk away, perhaps sit and return, when I was not comfortable. As a result, I hit only about 60 shots all morning. I discovered this also helped make sure, say with the 7i and 9i, that I was hitting the small round object before even a hint of a divot, or with my driver letting the 12º of the face be the factor for the loft more than say an extra height of the tee or having my body try to cause lift by an unnatural lean in the torso. My width of line narrowed a bit as result of this work, I still got some fade or draw; but the results off line were better. I was somewhat shocked by the distance on the drives for whatever reason. I saw a mild yet consistent improvement on ball speed. In short, getting myself out of the way of an improving stroke showed solid results.
  13. Day 179: My day's plan to focus on a specific adjustment to my 50º wedge changed for non golf reasons. I had agreed to substitute teach at a middle school I have worked at before, as well as for the past few days. It has been a few days where my buttons were pushed. I was tired of the foul language kids used to basically say "you can't tell me what to do" or keeping to disrupting the class as a whole. Today one even physically threatened me. Now to be truthful, the administration has been magnificent in backing me up and in generating a new focused tone for the school. While only a small handful of students were total miscreants, it did not take many to disrupt fo much! I left today distraught and a bit wondering what good was my life's work. Ok, enough about haw my mood was. After 30 minutes at the range, golf allowed me to return to something that brings me joy even in all its frustrations. My inability to hit a non-slice on a given day pales against the concerns I have as I worry about the lost ways of the next generations of young people. I am now more relaxed and my blood pressure has lowered. I wish for all of us to improve our games to improve and for us to focus on this things we can do to make things in this world to improve as well. May we return to this as our only frustrating thought...
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    Walking Golfers?

    Wish I could go back to walking. Old and somewhat injured body no longer makes that possible except on a pitch and putt course. My last course, before I could not walk any more, was a nice t somewhat rolling course of 7,700 yard in a beautiful area, very tree lined. I miss it and hope someday my feet will improve enough to again take, in the words of Mark Twain, another "good walk spoiled".
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