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  1. I finally broke 90 twice recently. 88 and 89. It felt like a lot of work in terms of staying focused to get the distance, choose the correct club, and feel the distance/swing, especially on approach shots. Two things that stood out that have helped me to break 90 and make better contact is to release my left arm during impact, and the other is to setup, and then position the ball half a club face further away. I had the tendency to stand too close to the ball and this created an akward position. By standing further from the ball, I could allow myself to release outwards and not feel too cr
  2. Since that day of shanking the ball one after another, I have modified my ball position to be half a club face further away from me. This feels better. If the shanks come back, I can always switch to a draw or cut setup. I like to have options.
  3. Touche, this game will present surprises and mistakes. It's inevitable. Through practice and coaching I have developed a routine, and on days I'm hitting it straight or cutting it, I do have other options to shape the ball. The more tools (skills) you have at your disposable, the more adaptable you can be to the conditions.
  4. That's a fantastic idea. I already have a smartphone mount on my tripod so that I don't have to carry a camcorder to the course. I figure i can just say out loud the outcome of the shot and review the footage. I think this is also going to help me incredibly with seeing what I'm doing compared to what I think/feel that I'm doing in the swing. I agree. I'm going to google more on this concept of "cool down". It was so strange. My mind was like, "let's do it", while my body was doing something different. Six months ago, I would been rather upset to make such horrendous mistakes before
  5. Lost Swing phenomena. In preparation for 18 holes yesterday, I hit the gym in the morning with a light 30 min workout (not something I normally do-I usually don't workout right before golf) and then headed to a range near my house where I struck the ball well and shaped it (fade, cut, draw) according to my setup and intentions. All was well. I then drove to the course about an hour away. I say this because, perhaps, the time between the warm-up and starting the round, my body got tense. Arriving at the course, I hit the practice green, and did well to start the ball on line--no issu
  6. thanks for the tip- I'm going to use a song in my head to get into rhythm, and I particularly like "Man in the Mirror" sung by Michael Jackson.
  7. Speaking of missing, I missed the green on the left side yesterday, and it made me think how sticking to a fade shot is better than pushing it way out to the right as a right-handed golfer. I've tried to draw the ball before only to push out to the right towards OB. With that said, a fade certainly has it's advantages for more of the course for a right-handed golfer. My fade also also lands softer compared to my draw, but could different for other golfers with different angles of impact.
  8. I've read in child development books that the middle school age is a good time to put kids into sports because their motor skills are more developed. With that understanding, I don't pressure my son into becoming Tiger Woods at 9.
  9. Thanks for sharing, so if you played on average once a week from the age of 5 to 14 then, as an adult, I should be able to improve on a progressive rate given that I have a car to get to the course, money to expend, developed muscles, and the ability to play more often because I don't have homework to complete. In reflecting on last week's 9 hole score, I can see that I've become competent at ball striking compared to months ago. I was at +3 after 4 holes and then my ego got in the way chose a risky tee shot over just getting it in play. I had two blow holes because I tried something new. I
  10. Oh Wise One, I hope to one day know what it's like to shoot near scratch. I'd like to hear more; did you pick up golf one day and realized that you shot in the 80s and 90s without formal training, and then shot scratch after spending a few years to train? What was your journey like to progress to 2.8?
  11. I find it astonishing how anyone can shoot close to scratch, especially, kid golfers. My son plays in the 9 year old division of U.S. Kids and he shoots in the high 40s, There are kids shooting 35s and 36s. At this age, I focus on keeping it fun and spirited and don't force a certain score on him--maybe twice that I really wanted him to shoot a low score. In a good round of golf for me I typically do well to have a good pre shot routine off the tee. Around the fringe, I assess the lie before I chip because I've been known to get caught up in the high grass.
  12. Great job on the steady progress! Keep it up and enjoy the process as much as the outdoors and social part of the game. That's advice for myself also. I too, have goals to get better, mainly drive the ball with more control. I am also working on an attitude that recognizes that REALITY is different from the IDEAL shot I envision each time, and I must accept that I cannot control everything. With repetition and practice though I do see an improvement in shot making. Improvement is possible, but perfection? I don't think so.
  13. I also have hybrids and use them when I can. Probably the greatest invention for golf; you can contact almost anywhere on the face of a wood/hybrid and still flight the ball
  14. From my experience and observations, I think that a good shot is highly correlated to what occurs in the pre-shot routine, and anything post 30 seconds, IMO, is unnecessary and has no return on investment. I've seen golfers become statues and stare at the ball for what seems like a long time, only to mishit the ball. We can't hypnotize the ball into getting in the hole; our muscles need active guidance to produce what we envision--I guess what we might call "muscle memory/rehearsal" in the pre-shot routine. Different lies requires know-how and practice--no way to think your way into good ba
  15. I picked up golf from my brother-in-law 8 years ago and have been playing on a regular basis since then. I think that , like a lot of people new to golf, we accepted advice from fellow golfers and experimented with different setups, grips, etc. I gradually found what works well for me to produce a consistent shot flight and make contact.but it wasn't until early this summer that I was lucky to find a coach that helped me to play better golf. I say lucky, because I've come across lots of advice before, paid and unpaid, but this particular coach was able to quickly identify that my pre-shot ro
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