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  1. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for 2018! Please read as the rules have changed! Yes, for all of 2018! I'm changing it up. Rather than do this monthly, we're going to have an ongoing challenge. Here is how you can earn the coveted award you see to the left. Make a detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. "Going to the range later" doesn't cut it, nor does "worked on my chipping today." Describe what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). No back-dating or pre-da
  2. I like this game. Essentially: You start with six balls. You start from three feet. You putt from three feet until you make a putt. If you make the putt, you take that ball and all remaining balls back three feet. If you miss, that ball or "life" is lost. Your "score" is the farthest distance at which you make a putt. So for example: Make from 3'. Six balls remain. Make from 6'. Six balls remain. Miss, miss, make from 9'. Four balls remain. Two lives lost. Miss, make from 12'. Three balls remain, one life lost
  3. When we work with students, we often tell them that we don't expect them to hit the first 20 or 30 balls "better" or even as good as they were before, we just expect them to hit them "differently." Sometimes that "difference" is better, but often it's worse. The difference is often (not always… it depends very much on what the change is…) an insight into how good a golfer can ever expect to be. You see, some golfers are just better at what @david_wedzik and I call "finding the golf ball." Finding the golf ball just means that a golfer has that "something" that lets them hit the ball
  4. If you do not practice properly, you probably won't get any better. You'll probably say "that instruction doesn't work" (even though you're not doing it). The worst culprits are often the better players. They make two swings slow motion and think they have it. I'm easy at first, gently reminding them. Then I get a little firmer. Then firmer yet. But ultimately I can't go full drill sergeant on them, and whether they practice properly after having the benefits, reasons, process, etc. explained, it's up to them. Oh, and… the title?
  5. Golf is hard™. Change is hard. If you want to get better at golf, it takes time, it takes effort, it takes motivation, and it takes a commitment. It's not something that's going to come easily. Now, I do encourage golfers to work smarter, not harder. There are a LOT of drills you can do hitting a cotton ball, or making swings against a wall, or in a mirror, in five or ten minutes a day at home or in your office. But you've gotta put in at least that much time. Golfers who come to lessons and then almost never practice outside of their lessons are wasting their money an
  6. I once heard a story of a kid in Florida who practiced his backswing (at the range, with a ball at his feet) for nearly three hours. Let me say that again with a little added emphasis: he practiced his backswing for nearly three hours. He didn't hit a single ball. Didn't even make a downswing. He recorded, used a mirror, checked his video, and made backswings for nearly 180 consecutive minutes. That's madness. The backswing is an important part of the golf swing. A lot of golfers get off track with the backswing, and then must undergo a series of compensations from there un
  7. Far too many people judge the quality of their practice by the quality of the shots they hit when they practice. I choose to judge the quality of my practice by how much I succeeded at learning and improving. I've had great range sessions where I didn't hit a single ball terribly solidly. I've had great range sessions where I didn't hit a ball, with a 6-iron, over 50 yards. I've had great range sessions where I know I'm going to hit a bunch of shanks, and when I do, take that as proof that I'm changing the thing I'm trying to change. There's no scorecard on the range, and nobody hand
  8. All too often, a student will make a comment that something feels “weird” or even “uncomfortable.” GOOD!!! Changing something you’ve done ten thousand, a hundred thousand, a million times… should be uncomfortable. Embrace the uncomfortable! Comfort likely means you’re doing the same thing. It’s familiar. It’s easy. Learning happens on the edge of uncomfortable. Exaggerate something. Swing slower. Hit massive curving shots that go the other direction from your typical shape. Shank it 10 times out of 12 if it’s because you’re doing something new. Whatever. Embrace l
  9. I've got an idea, and I'd like buy-in from a good number of people here. I'd like people to commit to doing this every day in April. Since we're all stuck inside (not all, and not literally inside 24/7, but you get the drift), I thought we could use this time to go through a 30-day practice plan. Specifically, my idea is this: Every day I'll produce a video showing you something to practice for five minutes. I'll post the video in the morning. I'd like everyone to practice that for five minutes, in your home, that day. I'd like everyone to post that they did it, a
  10. Many here will remember this article: One of those five "S" words — in fact, perhaps the most important word — is "Success." I define it in the article as: Success here, you'll note, does not mean making perfect swings each time, it means learning a little each time. Let's make up an example of someone who under-turns with their torso and over-bends their trail elbow. If we defined "success" as "perfect," this golfer would almost never achieve success. But if the golfer exaggerates a bit too much one time — maybe they turn so much they can't see the ball, or their elbow does
  11. Remember golf? It was a sport. Sports were those things you could play that did not involve electronics. Back when golf existed, I went to the range once or twice a week and played a round most weeks. the point: Are those spongy light-weight practice balls good for anything? I’m considering buying a turf mat and hitting those. Is there a better plan on a shoestring budget?
  12. tl;dr -- what are some examples of comprehensive/elite practice routines and how do you track progress? e.g. you may have seen golf magazine's "break 80 planner" or perhaps the wake forest golf team's practice regimen. what other solid resources and tracking strategies have you successfully employed? or could you share the routines of top amateurs or pros you've seen but haven't tried? one thing i love about golf is the seemingly endless room for improvement: full swing, short game, game plan & preparation/course management, fitness, stress management, etc. however, as someone with le
  13. HELP!! I recently moved from the US to a different country where golf is not popular. I have no golf equipment, no courses, no local players, nothing but the internet. I want to keep practicing my golf (will be returning to the US in November), but am unsure how to do so. Does anyone have any advice on drills I can be doing with like a broomstick or something? Or a way to DIY a club? I know I can't really play or make a real club, but maybe I can get something similar weight and size to practice my swing?? Really hoping to get some practice in. Thanks!
  14. I want to start this journal to show some amateurs and people who are curious about how others prepare for tournament golf and playing at a high level. Day 1 4/18/19 Worked with instructor on flattening out the back swing by getting more bow in the right wrist(lefty golfer) and looking to get more depth in the lead arm. Lesson went good with visible improvement in the swing. Looking to also incorporate the depth in forearm and flatter swing into the iron shots as well. Lesson was one hour followed by 2 hours on the range with slow swings and a lot of practice swings focusing on
  15. PLEASE Help! Can anyone recommend a or some good drills that will help me learn to close my club face. About 60% of my swings are either a straight or push type slice. My club plane and hand plane are good. My back swing angle is good. My tempo is good. I set up to the ball and get aligned well. My grip is above par. I just can't seem to bring my club face into square at impact. I previously thought that I was simply going in to out on my down swing. By all video accounts that was the case. So, I worked on it. I placed a water bottle about 12"
  16. I have struggled with home practice in the past. In the three places I've lived since taking up golf, I haven't been able to swing indoors for a full swing. Furthermore, my mirrors weren't in places that were useful for checking swing positions. In my last apartment, the only mirror was in the bathroom, and the sliding glass door to the patio wasn't as reflective as I would have liked. But it was a great apartment for non-golf reasons. Anyway, I have a new place now that I plan to live in for a while. One of the rooms in my new place is going to become the golf room. As I unpack, I
  17. Thank you for viewing my swing thread. This is my swing at home on the gc2 (I have a pc setup with the software in the garage too), hitting a 6i. This is a pretty typical swing for me- a decent one. This swing does result in some push draws, pushes, and hooks (if I get my left shoulder too steep on backswing). You may notice a funky little left foot lift on the backswing. This makes me feel more athletic and that I'm shifting my weight. Here are my current swing thoughts: backswing: left foot up + left shoulder turn behind the ball. (arms FEEL vertical like Bubba) downsw
  18. The Continuing Story Of My Golf Game Apparently I should only devote 15% of my practice time to putting. That's what Erik says anyway. My 30-75 yard game stinks. I mean it's bad. Like Alina is better from 30-75 yards than I am. (Not even a joke) It's sad, I'm 40 yards out hitting some sort of half sand wedge. Alina I hitting 8 iron or driver... I knock it to 20 feet... after stupidity, she hits her shot to 10 feet. Then pleased with her self she walks up to the green with her dad. I miss the 20 foot putt, she drains her 10 foot putt. She's 4 (was 3 when this was happening last year)
  19. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for December, 2017! The rules are the same as always: Make a detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. Try to limit the number of very short or "ditto" type posts. Describe what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). No back-dating or pre-dating posts or practice sessions. On the last day of the month, if you completed the challenge, post about it in red text so I can notice it and give you the award. Enjoy and practice hard! Note:
  20. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for November, 2017! The rules are the same as always: Make a detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. Try to limit the number of very short or "ditto" type posts. Describe what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). No back-dating or pre-dating posts or practice sessions. On the last day of the month, if you completed the challenge, post about it in red text so I can notice it and give you the award. Enjoy and practice hard! Note:
  21. https://thesandtrap.com/b/training/build_your_own_8_x_8_indoor_putting_green_cheaply I wrote that awhile ago, and, well, that putting green "worked" just fine, but: It was small. It was "unfinished" looking. I mean, look… Anyway, I have a 12' x 7' piece of turf and a newly finished basement section begging for a little putting green on which I can work on things. Here's the area: The putting green (which has shelves on it to help flatten out some bumps and ridges from being rolled up) is 12' x 7'. The red area is about 12' x 5' (it's 7' if you go fro
  22. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for October, 2017! The rules are the same as always: Make a detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. Try to limit the number of very short or "ditto" type posts. Describe what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). No back-dating or pre-dating posts or practice sessions. On the last day of the month, if you completed the challenge, post about it in red text so I can notice it and give you the award. Enjoy and practice hard! Note:
  23. Product Name: Tee Claw Product Type: Practice Aid Product Website/URL: http://teeclaw.com/ Cost: $14.95 Reviewers: @georgep, @dkolo, @boogielicious, @newtogolf, @saevel25
  24. Hi everyone, Attached is my winter training plan (The attahcement is coloured in its full glory). TI am working on changing my swing to a new style (Moe Norman style single plane) so need to work on putting, full swing and pitching. I have set it up as block periodized with 7 week mesocycles. In the weeks that say technical those will be primarily slow work trying to hammer down the finer points of the skill followed by a technique week where I add more constraints to make it more game like followed by a week that will primarily game like with lots of constraints (ie diff targets, hittin
  25. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for August, 2017! The rules are the same as always: Make a detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. Try to limit the number of very short or "ditto" type posts. Describe what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). No back-dating or pre-dating posts or practice sessions. On the last day of the month, if you completed the challenge, post about it in red text so I can notice it and give you the award. Enjoy and practice hard! Note: y
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