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  1. This past Monday, I played really well. I had been struggling with the longer clubs and the driver lately so beforehand I decided to move up a set of tees and hit irons to wide fairway spots. I executed well and matched my career low round on that course, which incidentally I hit using the same strategy. I have a tee time set at the same course on Sunday. I'd like to score better. There are a couple of decisions I'd like to take back from Monday's round, but for the most part I think my scoring was primarily due to hitting the ball well. I can't assume I'll hit the ball just as well (or better), so I'm not certain if I'll be able to go back and repeat or even best my effort. Anybody have any tips on how to build off a good round?
  2. I have been working on putting lately, primarily bead and speed (I will work on read in the future, when I am able to take an AimPoint class). At least I think I have been. I've been doing drills, but maybe I'm more finding out what I do wrong than fixing them. It's now getting more than the baseline 15% of my practice time (GG tells me I'm losing more strokes there, by quite a margin, compared to other parts of my game), but I want to make sure that time is well spent and leads to improvement. I worry that I may be getting into the "just hitting balls at the range" equivalent for putting. My problem is, when I'm doing drills and learning that I am not hitting my goals (not getting the ball across the ruler for that drill, taking many iterations to do a 4' 8' 12' drill, etc), how do I figure out what, if anything to change? I also worry that when doing a clock drill, if I miss from the same position on a few iterations, my next attempt from there might be a false read by what happened, not because I read it wrong, but because I kept pushing from there and thus aim left to make it. I'm fine with the idea of compensating for a miss during a round, but I don't want to do that when I'm practicing. I know that putting particulars vary wildly; should this be a case of "go back to the Utley putting book and review each chapter in order," or is there something else I can do to help on this? Timeline wise, my club championship is in a little over a month. I'm not in cramming mode at the moment, and I would like to be a better putter by then, but my overall goal is long-term improvement not peaking for this particular event.
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