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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-dating posts or practice sessions. When you've gone four weeks (28 calendar days) in a row, missing at most two days, make your post in bold, red text to let everyone know that you're on a streak. Every day after that, so long as you're still 26 of 28 or better, post in bold, red text. If you had a streak, but lose it, post again in regular old black, non-bold text. Be honest; this is golf we're talking about. I'll periodically check those of you with the award and will remove the coveted award/badge from your profile when you've fallen off your streak. Other members are encouraged to point out when someone else has fallen off as well, because I want the badge to belong only to the truly dedicated! What's different about this? Your "month" basically can begin any time. If you're stopping in and it's the 17th, you can start your streak right now, and a month later, have the award. Before, you had to wait for the month to change on the calendar. Enjoy and practice hard!
  2. 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 less time to devote to practice and play than i'd like right now i want to be sure i'm working as smart as possible. and eventually when i do have more time i'd love to be able to ramp up practice and play to (e.g.) compete for a club championship or entry level amateur tournament with the confidence i'm working on all of the right things. i've researched this a bit and have found some wonderful resources (the 2 links above are a very small sample) so i'm confident what i'm looking for exists. eventually i may compile the things i like into my own regimen but in the meantime i think it would be more helpful -- for me and hopefully others, too -- to learn from the experience of accomplished golfers who've gone down this path. thank you! p.s. i suspect the best kind of structure/routine would have general stuff to work on as well as individual strengths/weaknesses. i purposely didn't mention my strengths/weaknesses because even though i'm looking for the best routine for me i hope other people who are interested in this topic will get maximum value from it. that being said, i'm open to answering questions if you think it will help further the discussion. e.g. i'm willing to be a guinea pig but am also interested to learn about others' specific priorities/needs when it comes to practice. 🙂 p.p.s. i've also seen @iacas' 65/20/15 thread which i think is great for a general overview of where to spend time.
  3. 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!
  4. 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 the small fine details of the wrist. Building up to a more full swing with full speed. Ball flight has gone from less consistent fade or straight shots to a consistent sight fade. that is the desired shot i am looking to get nailed down. total range time 3 hours Day 2 4/19/19 Got up early before work decided to hit the range for more full swing work. starting with wedges and working up to 8 iron with new swing. Ball flight and distance control is looking really good. Video taken was showing more progress with the new swing change that has me on the right path. Full swing lasted about 45 mins the switch to various wedge shots for the last 15 mins before leaving. total time 1 hour Day 3 4/20/19 Another great morning session before work. This time starting with PW and working to 8 iron to start with. Then i would go up to the longer irons(4,5) and into the hybrids and driving iron. Working slow and deliberate on the practice swing before each club. Worked on that for about an hour. Then back to the wedges going from 30 yards up to 110. Working on picking a spot to hit and a side of the pin that i would like to be on. total time 1 hours 30 mins
  5. 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" in front of and slightly outside my right toes. That got my club plane on track. My hand plane has always been consistent.... PLEASE help!!!!
  6. 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 have already taken to placing golf things in there. And I'm going to practice in there (but I'm not going to make a full swing directly on the new carpet, or even anything remotely full!) This post isn't (just) to brag. I'd like some feedback on what I can do with the room, both initially and long-term. Right now, I can take my address at the yellow ball (see pictures below) with my back to the larger wall and check backswing positions comfortably. The ceiling is high enough I can comfortably take a full backswing and forward swing with my 6-iron. I think the height is 9' or so. Standing on my tip toes, I was able to touch the ceiling light with a clubhead with an outstretched arm (I used a 1-iron for that measurement). The wall with the window is about 9.5' and the depth of the room is about 12' mirror to wall. I think I will want to put a mirror on the wall that I'd be facing when I take a swing so I can check positions from that view also. I will want something to swing on -- that's nice new carpet. Debating a full range-sized mat or something smaller. Other options welcome too. Would those damage the carpet underneath? The eventual setup won't be as nice as a hypothetical Golf Evolution: Los Angeles would be (Golf Evolution's putting green is larger than my combined square footage I think). I can always wander off to the range to see ball flight and hit 'real' balls, but I think a good setup here would also help with daily practice for my evolvr lessons, even in seasons when I am not getting to the actual range (whether due to schedule or whatever) or when the lesson has position work in it. I can see a simulator in the future. As far as at-home drills other than checking positions, there's a medicine ball that I can use for the LSW "driving, at home" practice drill. In fact, I think I can do all the at-home long game practice from LSW Chapter 12. By contrast, the only short game at-home practice I can do from LSW at the moment is the drill for long bunker shots. It would be nice to be able to practice the full pitch shot motion (or at least A3 and through). Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Pictures attached for reference. The first is the mirror I can check backswing positions in, with a ball for reference. The ball didn't move between taking pictures. If I'm addressing the ball in picture 1 with the mirror behind me, if I were to swing, the ball would go towards the left part of the window in picture 2. Picture 3 shows the wall I could look up and at from address.
  7. 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) downswing: everything but driver- Create a loud SWOOSH down and through the ball. For driver- create a loud SWOOSH at the ball. At the end of the video, you'll catch a quick glance at my data capture, but here it is so you don't miss it. 6i DTL Ball speed 121 Launch angle 21.3 Push/pull (start line or azimuth) 10.4 right Draw spin 1138 Backspin 5100 Carry 177 I've been Playing Golf for: 10 years My current handicap index or average score is: 10.1 before I got my gc2 Christmas of 2016. Worked on my swing change for 2017 and learning the ball flight laws and using the gc2. I haven't played a full 18 yet in 2018. Trending downward though :) My typical ball flight is: Push draw The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: HOOK. I can manage a push or push draw as that will fall into my shot cone. But when I get my left shoulder too steep on the backswing, the launch angle is too low and starts about on line but has 1500-2300 rpm of draw spin- resulting in a shot that ends up 30-40 yards left of target. Great ball speed for my swing speed, but it's a trap draw that I cannot play once I hit fairway woods and driver. I will add more videos to this thread when I can. I appreciate your input, thanks and hit them great! Videos:
  8. 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)... I mean she did practically hold a golf club before she could walk. Zoey, my nearly 4 month old, stares into the corner at my wife's golf clubs all the time. I try to go to the golf course, to get out of the house, Alina grabs her clubs. Sorry, had to throw that little anecdote about my daughters in there. Anyway, I'm try to do figure out is a 30-75 yard shot, a pitch or a full swing motion... If the 75-yarder is full swing, and 30-yards is short game... I can clock face, actually most yardages. I've been known to hit an occasional "7:30" PW from 60 yards from time to time, All I know, is that it is an achilles heel, and needs a hell of a lot of work. So, here's the Stalin reference of the blog: I don't have a KGB agent watching me hit balls, telling me what to practice. I can practice what is a glaring weakness, correct? On a nice side note, I got my new irons this week (I think it was Tuesday), I'm actually playing blades now. And not some Thrift Store blades (though my first "set" was a nice Wilson Sam Snead half-set we found there for $30). My new Exotics CBX Blade Irons are now in the bag. I decided to go to a 44" driver this year. The last couple of years, I've been swinging a 45.5" driver. I'm all over the place with the 45.5" club, where is, I am much more consistent with a 44" club. So I've got that now... Stay tuned next Sunday as I do a thorough what's in the bag with Photos... I may try to do A VIDEO. If you have any questions, ask.
  9. 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  10. 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  11. 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 from the wall to the column). So, i could just lay the carpet there, frame the edges to make it look nice… and… have a perfectly flat green (roughly - I'm sure the floor has a tiny slant to it). But, I wouldn't have any holes to put to, and I wouldn't be able to change the break. That's what I want. In fact, my wish list includes: 1 to 3 holes. The ability to change the slant from being 0 to 4% either left-to-right or right-to-left. The first requires the entire putting surface to be at least about five inches off the ground. The cups are 4.25" deep. I have foam blocks I can get from @david_wedzik, but I could also just glue my grass to a board, or stretch it and not glue it, or just put glue in little spots to help hold it in place… I won't be chipping to the green, so the foam isn't a high priority. What I'd like help with is figuring out how to build something that will work as I need: to let me change the slope on at least one side (I could put the cups on opposite sides to get both breaks if only one edge can be lifted and support up to about 250 pounds without bending. Remember, though: it should either have something mechanical (like four screws, one in each corner? hydraulics seems like overkill…) to change the slope OR be light enough for me to change the slope. I also don't really care about lefty putters. @NatalieB and I are righties. Here's a mockup of the putting green itself: I added two grey holes at the bottom just as holes I could add eventually, if necessary. I might not even add them at first. Maybe if the carpet gets worn from standing in the same spot putting to the one hole? Anyway, sides B and D would need to be able to go up and down, and while on the 0-5% slope, to support the weight of a person walking on the thing. And they should be able to go up and down relatively easily. Eventually I would like to not have to go downstairs to change the slope for the kiddo. Beyond that… two "perks" would be nice: The edges: I probably don't want balls rolling off the edges, but I don't want something so high that it's going to interfere with many putting strokes. That means a 1" lip would suffice, really, above the green surface… but at the same time, it feels like 1" is enough to interfere with a putting stroke if the ball is only a foot or 15" away. If I put only one hole in, I could just have a bumper behind it, and keep the rest flush with the putting surface. If the edges had hardware to which you could attach things (like little metal spikes, for elevated string lines and the like), cool. If the edges are wood, that's pretty easily rigged up with a drill, though, so I'm not too worried about that. So, how would you do it? Help me get this done.
  12. 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  13. Product Name: Tee Claw Product Type: Practice Aid Product Website/URL: http://teeclaw.com/ Cost: $14.95 Reviewers: @georgep, @dkolo, @boogielicious, @newtogolf, @saevel25
  14. 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, hitting it shorter longer etc.) My chipping and pitching is the best part of my game so it got one cycle while full swing and putting got two. Putting is the worst part of game so thats why put it closest to the start of the season so I could peak that right before the season starts. If you are somebody who knows about periodization or just have some advice on whether what I have done here will work to improve all aspects of my game in the long term I would appreciate it. I've thrown everything I know about periodization, distributed learning and interleaving at it from my teaching background. I'm hoping others might give me their honest opinion on my plan. I am only going on what I have read and researched so any comments and criticism is welcome. Thanks. Copy of Annual-Competitive-Plan-Blank-Template.xlsx
  15. 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  16. I think they're right - that most people assume that better players should just play more, but I do a LOT more drilling myself than I do playing, and when I do play, I do okay. When I go through periods where I play more, I actually play worse. This isn't to say that beginners or higher handicappers should play more often - they may just be baking in some bad habits - but for them it's still a bit less important to drill, and scrimmaging (playing) is acceptable at higher rates.
  17. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for July, 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  18. Should I buy a practice set? I'm considering buying a practice set of players' clubs. I currently play Callaway Apex's, game-improvement, but my thought is that if I practice with some blades it'll lessen my misses when I take the more forgiving clubs out on the course. Has anyone done this and how'd it workout for you? I appreciate any thought, thanks.
  19. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for June, 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  20. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for May, 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  21. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for April, 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  22. I am looking for a practice net rolling system. I cannot have a cage/net installed at all time and I am looking for net on a rolling tube ( like a Roller shade). I found on you tube a video of a retractable net but would like to see if any one heard about this kind of product. Thank you.
  23. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for March, 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: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good reason and still be eligible for the monthly award.
  24. Hi guys just wondering how important knowing yardages on all clubs... seems pretty important to dropping shots at this point in my game because I'm constantly on target line but 10 yards long or short.
  25. 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 hands out a trophy for a great range session. But if there was a trophy, it should say "Most Improved."
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