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About DrMJG

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  1. Day 431 Straight Driver Day! 25 strikes, generally quite good. Nice speed about 100 all day. Few wildly off line, though some serious pulls left on say 5 of them. Between 185 and 210 with majority in the 195 range. Good loft gave me good roll. Feel really ready for next round
  2. Day 430 Solid work in the traps. From barely visible buried ones to some gently resting almost flat in shallow dusty grit. Not all shots were perfect and quite a few said in their own way "Try Again" End result was 1/2 hour of work in this area with what I would call a 75-80% success rate
  3. Day 429 As my appointments ended early, I went to do a little wedge work. I took time to hit 8 shots will each of wedges and my 9i. I simply took time to relax, think about each shot, and try to simply do it. All were well within the expectations for each club; the aim was fairly good, for me, all were very close to the target. I am still wondering why today was a good day., give how iffy my morning was!
  4. Day 428 Again, schedule allowed no range work or game. 15 minutes of body stretches which were golf designed followed up with 10 swings with the Orange Whip® were all I will get in today.
  5. Day 427 Only a few (5) minutes or so available today. Quick work on my hip turn and weight shift actions. Able to do about 25 reps in front of a mirror. Added a few shoulder turns while holding a club.
  6. Day 446 The 7i/w is starting hit its stride. I was getting a nice, for now, 85-90 speed with the loft solid at, I would surmise, 15' - 20'. Direction was good enough to finally be something not to worry about this morning. As to my re-gripped clubs, they are feeling good enough that the re-grip seems almost a non-issue. I felt I had more control with no real club motion or shift in the hands. I had been feeling some shift in the older grips. I did not need to hold on quite as hard to keep the shift/spinning in the hands from happening. I will re-grip the 9i, 5h and driver. The following week will be the wedges. The practice today was in short, results I expected (hoped for), minimal tension in hands and swings. I left, in a quest to obtain more coffee, a fairly happy golfer.
  7. Day 425 Worked again with the 7iw. Much better in terms of consistent lift. Still either what I was not seeing or I am expecting from of the club. Perhaps I am getting what I can expect from this club; I had not even practiced with it in the last 6 months. This weekend I will be using the Top Tracker so that I will have some statistics to really study. As well, I just re-gripped my 7i and my 4h. They really needed it. As I was now using a grip which is better for my arthritic right hand, it was a new feel to get used to over a dozen shots. Basically it had no negative affect; will go at it again to get it to feel totally melded into my hand.
  8. Day 424 Following some advice from my coach, I put the 3h into club purgatory and took out the 7i/w I have not used for some time. As well, I took more time to think of the club as a 7w with a position to be used when I would have used a 3h. It took close to 15 shots for me to believe I got a nice feel back. It was a while before I got good lift from the club; I was closing down way too much. Slowly I got ti back to go with the fairly good line. I also tended to grip too hard and it was a wee before I relaxed to let the club do the work. It will be a while before it finds a full time role in my bag of weapons. We shall see.
  9. Day 423 Only a bit of time available to me today Took 15 well though out 60º shots to a green about 40 yards away. I did have fairly spot on aim today and with the height of the loft, I was often leaving myself a 6' putt or less to follow up. I even rimmed two and left them fewer that 8" away. Too bad my schedule allowed no work with my other wedges.
  10. Day. 422 Another day of working with all 3 of my hybrids. 4h and 5h were spectacular and predictable with range, direction and loft. My coach was very pleased with all of the aspects of the play with all the work on those two. The 3h was another beast. He videoed my work and found nothing really off. Perhaps a little of this and that would make a difference. Perhaps. The bottom line is that a 3h is the most difficult to hit of the hybrids, at least the hybrids in my bag. And, I am not losing enough yardage between my 4h and the 3h, if a goes well. Rather than looking for a 3h to match the other hybrids in my bag, I would be better off to get a 7 wood as the basic replacement. Result, tomorrow will be to put the 3h into a "suspended from my bag" status and return the 7i/w that I have. Or to look for a true 7 metal. He also suggested I experiment with various 1/2 and 3/4 swings with the 4h. The goal, he said was 2-3 strokes/round on longer holes. So I will go this way for now. Onward, upward, Excelsior!
  11. My wife knows I am a golf nut. And she knows I do dress well when I play, even at the range. She recently was at a Goodwill and picked up, for a surprise gift: 4 PGA shirts, 2 Greg Norman Shirts and 2 Ping branded shirts. All were $1.50 each. None had stains, all were my correct size. Owner at local range said I looked like I take my golf seriously by the way I dressed. I only wear Bermuda shorts in hot weather as no one needs to needlessly look at my ugly legs!
  12. Day 422 As promised (to my self at lest) it was an intimate day with me and my 3h. I was very much able to make good full contact, and, I was able to get decent distance. However, good loft was almost not appearing as it should. Most only rose 8-10' above the planet. I made sure the angle of the club was proper for the club at address. I made a slight adjustment so that my grip was a bit more strong to keep it a bit more open. Again, solid contact but no great loft. As I stated, Karsten hybrid is not the same design as my other, more reliable 4h and 5h. The reality is this one does not have the dragonfly design normally found in Pings and the face is not made of the same resilient materials. SO tomorrow, I will be looking at a replacement to try out. Great thing about this range is that one is allowed to test any club in the store. I will look at all the 3h in stock from new G400 and G410 as well as some older models if they are in the used club section. I am simply looking to find a more consistent club to save one or maybe two strokes a game on the longer courses I play.
  13. Day 421 I must be doing something right. 20 dutiful driver events were such that , I almost dare say, I may know what I a doing; at least, for this week I do. It is amazing how much not forcing a club and the swing often gets me far better results. My speeds today were some f the best in terms of consisItency. Distance was solid, 200+ yards with god following role. I had only one push right. I was a but upset at first, but then came to understand, if that were a drive at the course scheduled next, it would have probably ended up in the second cut of rough at worst! Heck, I have seen many a pro do that as well. Except for that miscreant whack, I somehow got, primarily, a nice draw. Now, I cannot state all was glorious today. While my 6i was good with only one rather than shot, my 3h was lacking both loft and distance. I need to spend either time mastering my 3h, or seriously take a look the value of this particular club. (My coach had suggested that the Karsten 3h design might be the reason as it does not, in most respects, match design of my other bride. When we next meet, I will try out a 3h at the G400 line)
  14. Day 420 The day I hoped for yesterday. Early AM to get in 25 driver drives. Average speed was some of my best, 110 Without adding extra yardage for the stiff range balls, I was about 205. No arm of hand tension, good turning of hips and follow through. No fat or thin shots, a few pushes, but nothing gawd awful. Now to figure out how to take all this off the range so I can win friends and influence people.
  15. Day 419 Anyone else ever have a day like this? I had a limited time to work as I was on my way to an appointment. Plan was to hit 15, or, even a few more, whacks with the mighty driver before meeting my doctor for a fairly short bit of follow-up. My range allows you to use a pre-purchased card to activate the ball set up about 90 minutes before they open. So it was time to go. I felt forced to leave, as I could not put up with a loud, irreverent and even profoundly profane group of young gentlemen (using the term quite loosely) of, I surmised, high school age, who decided to utilize far too much foul language and invectives. I was fairly sure of their age, as I taught HS for 47 years. They actually were screwing around in the parking lot and did not even pretend to practice; I suspect they did nothave the card which allows the machines to work in the hour and a half before the range opens. Total time they were driving through the lot was perhaps 10 minutes tops. After I think I hit 7 or 8 shots or so, it became clear it was time to leave, as I could not concentrate at all. I was not even sure they fully saw me. So it was a morning dealing with "those types". Ok, I am an old geezer, but it was not fun. I do not blame the course as it was the actions of some, shall we say, idiots. As I was packing up and changing my shoes, they left. As then time was a factor for me. I am just venting as I have been substituting for 6th grade classes this week and the behavior level I saw this morning was about the same level. Perhaps the golf gods found a off the wall way to tell me that I need to take a deep breath, relax, and have a focused practice tomorrow. Thus ends the sermon from your favorite curmudgeon!
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