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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. lets say i putt and chip for an hour to 2 hours every single day for 60 days straight, and lets also say that i am a relatively new golfer that started this summer and shoots around a 55, do you think doing this would increase my scores pretty drastically? and if so by how much like how much would it really help and be worth it? i understand that putting/chipping makes up for half or even more than half your strokes so it basically makes it the most important part of the game. So how much would doing this much practice really help and lower my scores?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Wikipedia defines the four stages of competence as: Unconscious incompetence - The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn. Conscious incompetence - Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage. Conscious competence - The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill. Unconscious competence - The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become "second nature" and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned. It comes with a picture that I've included to the right. Consider how you learned to ride a bike. You started off being incompetent, for sure. Before you knew that you could ride a bike, or how you might even start to go about doing it, you were unconsciously incompetent. You didn't even understand how to ride a bike. At some point you hopped on a bike and swerved all over the place for the four feet you traveled before you hopped off or fell over. You knew that you were incompetent, hence, conscious incompetence. Slowly you figured out that it was all about balance. You knew what you had to do - balance, and lift your feet up, and pedal, and steer too. And you were thinking about all of these things as you were riding your bike. Your four feet turned into ten, then a hundred, then halfway down the block before you crashed because you tried to turn around in a driveway. You crossed over from being consciously incompetent to consciously competent somewhere in there (depending on how you define competence). For a more specific example, the first time you get a bike with dual hand brakes (one controls the front wheel, one the back wheel) you started off having to think about which brake to apply (never just the front one!). You could do so, but there was always a partial second of thought like "which one is it again?" Then after a short while, you can hop on your bike and go. You can turn. You can brake. You're clearly competent, and you can do those things while thinking about how much of a bummer it is that Jenny doesn't like you back, and that your parents are mean, and that you can't wait for your baseball game tomorrow. You are unconsciously competent - you don't have to think about riding a bike at all. For a more recent example, consider how you learned to drive. At first you had to remember all sorts of things, and think about them, even which way to flick the stick to signal a left turn. Now, you just hop in your car and go. This all applies to golf, as well, and this thread is how you do it: Let's take, for example, a golfer who just goes out and plays golf. Let's say he shoots in the 90s and hits the ball fat, thin, and all over the map. He goes to take a lesson. Why? Because he's unconsciously incompetent. He knows he's incompetent, yes, but he doesn't know why or what he should work on first. So his instructor films him and says "you need to work on Key #2: your weight does not go forward at all in your downswing." Bam: the golfer is now consciously incompetent. He knows what the fault is, but still can't do it right. So the instructor gives him some drills. He demonstrates. He has the golfer do things in slow motion and with shorter swings. The golfer is still consciously incompetent. He still can't do the move properly. He can do it better, but it still may not be competent. So the golfer keeps working. He knows what he's doing wrong, how to fix it, and eventually when doing drills or actively thinking about a feeling, he can do it (as well as he can be expected to, which may not be perfect). He's become consciously competent. Eventually, the golfer notices more and more that he's able to do this - he's trained himself to do this - without having to think about it so much. Maybe it's a swing thought, or something he practices with a little half practice swing before he hits his shot, but it's not something he's actively thinking about while hitting the ball. So, a question for you all: at what point should the golfer above seek out instruction for his full swing? There are three possible answers, IMO, but the first - Time #1 - is a given: at any point in step 1 the golfer should seek out instruction, because he's both incompetent and lacks a road map or the knowledge to do anything differently to improve. Take a moment to think about it, and then scroll down. Here are the other times when a golfer should seek instruction. Remember that Time #1 is when the golfer is incompetent and doesn't know what to do to improve. He's "unconscious" (doesn't know) and "incompetent" (bad at the thing). Here are the other times: Time #2: When the golfer is unconsciously competent, or in the middle of step 4, he's ready for new information. If he can achieve Key #2 reasonably well during the downswing without having to think about it, he is ready to work on something else - to go back to step 1 and work on shallowing his shaft in the transition, or achieving inline impact, or something else. It's inadvisable for the golfer to seek out new instruction when he's in the middle of the third step - the golf swing happens too quickly to consciously think about two things during one swing. Occasionally we'll give students two things, but we typically only do so when one is a backswing thought and the other is a downswing thought, and even then we will caution them to work on only one thing at a time. I'll say something like "yeah, hit four balls thinking about this one, and then three balls thinking about the other one. It helps things stay fresh and staves off boredom or complacency." Time #3: When the golfer is struggling to move from conscious incompetence to conscious competence, he should seek out instruction. He knows what's wrong, but for one reason or another, is having trouble actually correcting it. It may range from the student not really understanding the drills or things he was given (note: that doesn't mean he's unconsciously incompetent - he still knows what he's trying to improve, just not how to do it), or that he's overdone them so much that he's almost created a new problem, or that he's just forgotten the feel that clicked during a lesson and a text to the instructor may be all he needs to get back on track. Golfers screw this stuff up all the time. They seek out a lesson when they're between steps 2 and 3. More commonly, they seek out instruction when they're dead smack in the middle of step 3 - they can make really good swings (for them) when they're actively thinking about their "piece," but it hasn't sunk in yet to where it's truly unconscious. Golfers also almost never really achieve complete unconscious competence, either. Unlike riding a bike, golfers tend to slowly revert back to what's natural, or form some new bad habits. When a PGA Tour player says something like "I have a tendency to get a little stuck sometimes. I worked on it all winter and was playing well in the first half of the season, but it got away from me a bit around the British Open." What that golfer is saying is that he was in step 3 in the off-season, worked to get it pretty deep into step 4, but as he played in tournaments and pro-ams and had some good finishes and then worked on his putting stroke and his bunker play and hitting the driver a bit higher, he slowly slipped back into step 3 territory: conscious competence. He still knows what he has to fix, and how to fix it, but it's slipped back into where he can probably only do it when he's thinking about it. He's just across the line - he might even win tournaments with a swing thought related to getting stuck. I'll conclude with a question for all of you. We see this golfer on TST all the time, and it's something that plagues a lot of golfers on the Internet. This golfer seeks out a ton of information. They read a lot, watch a lot of videos, and absorb a ton. They can tell you fifteen things wrong with their swing. They can point out the various quirks of different Tour players, and are often dogmatic about what makes a good golf swing. They seem to "know" a lot of stuff… So the question: what zone are they in? Why?
  12. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for February, 2017! The rules are the same as always: Make a somewhat detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. 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, preferably in red text or something so I can notice it and give you the award. Detail what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). Enjoy and practice hard! Note: you can miss one day per monthly challenge if you have a good excuse and still be valid to win the monthly award. BTW since February is the shortest month… if you've ever wanted to do the least amount possible to get the 5 Minutes Award, this is your month to do it!
  13. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for January, 2017! The rules are the same as always: Make a somewhat detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. 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, preferably in red text or something so I can notice it and give you the award. Detail what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). Enjoy and practice hard!
  14. This past week has probably been some of the best news in golf that i have heard in a long time. Up here in PA, we have settled into winter and i was about ready to put my clubs up(well other than hit a few 60 degree chips in my house) when i receive some amazing news! One of the directors at the gym/ sports training facility that i go to, that i had conversations with previously regarding the project, finally let out that the indoor golf cage was actually ready for use! Boy am i excited. The closest indoor range previously was over 1.5 hours away. just not feasible for everyday practice, but now only 12 mins. away, I will finally get to continue to focus on my swing throughout the winter months. It doesn't stop there however, in the following days at work, I received an email that i would be traveling to Las Vegas for a conference for work, expenses paid, in mid-January! Being that it starts on a Monday, a few of my co-workers and I have converted the weekend into a short golf vacation, only needing to book 1 night for Saturday! While its not Houston, or Ft. Meyers, there is a good chance i will be able to enjoy some 50+ degree weather. definitely more suitable than the 29 it currently sits at. I would say the golf gods are on my side. does anybody recommend a course out in Las Vegas for us to play? I have taken a quick look and have already ruled out one course, the Wynn Golf Club...$500 is a bit much, (as well as i refuse to play those super high end courses until i can play well enough to actually somewhat enjoy them!) Either way any suggestions would be great! Anybody else experiencing some great blessings from the golf gods? One swing at a time... -Bryan
  15. Quality of Practice

    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."
  16. Home Practice Net

    I'm looking to get a practice net to hit balls in at home. Not really sure where to start. I know Callaway makes one but have read mixed reviews (8' Quad net seems to have the best reviews). The Net Return Pro looks good, but decently expensive. Curious what members on here use? I have some large trees in the back and was thinking of hooking up a net between them with some fisheye hooks with a chain on the bottom for weight, but not sure where to get a net strong enough to withstand driver shots. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks!
  17. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for December, 2016! The rules are the same as always: Make a somewhat detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. 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, preferably in red text or something so I can notice it and give you the award. Detail what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). Enjoy and practice hard!
  18. Last round shot 46/41=87 with 36 putts. Here's where I lost shots: Irons/approach 4 Short game 6.5 Putting. 2.5 Driving. 2 Driving is OK, but obviously I need work in all other areas. With limited practice time, suggestions on priority? My thoughts: I'm not a good putter, but I don't feel like there's anything I can really do about it (I've been told my stroke is good and my putter has been fitted). My short game needs improvement, but our practice green offers very few different shots (e.g., a long carry or long bump and run) so I never really get any better. Full swing is a mixed bag with my irons/approach shots. I haven't felt like I've had a stable, effective swing in quite some time despite taking a few lessons. Just too many of these upper 80s rounds for my taste. if I could limit the damage I'd be much happier.
  19. 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.
  20. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for November, 2016! The rules are the same as always: Make a somewhat detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. 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, preferably in red text or something so I can notice it and give you the award. Detail what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). Enjoy and practice hard!
  21. http://www.perfectstrokeputtingaid.com The PerfectStroke TPE putting training aid is a multifaceted putting training aid that reinforces a number of good things. It costs about $200 (some discounts are available) including shipping and comes with: A reflective base. Two posts to which you can attach… … one or two carbon fiber bars. … and one of two clear plastic strips with different alignment lines (single, double). The TPE can be used in a variety of combinations. You can attach or detach one or both carbon fiber rails and you can use use either (or neither) of the clear plastic alignment rails, which can also be oriented outward or inward if you're looking to encourage an exaggeration to change a stroke. The reflective base is great for seeing where your shoulders, your eyeliner, and things like that are at setup. The rails assist you in keeping the putter "on plane." If your putter stays on plane, it's tough to mis-hit the putt, and it's tougher (though not impossible of course) to over- or under-rotate the putter face. The alignment strips help you to line up square to the target line, with your feet, putter, etc. working back and through properly (ideally slightly inside the line on both sides, though how much it appears to do so will depend on where your eyes are aligned relative to the strip. Some Videos: This last video shows how easily the TPE can be set up: Over the next little bit, I'll be playing with and using the TPE 3.0 with students, with myself and my daughter, and checking out what else is possible (though the videos above really do show off the versatility!). Ultimately, I'll decide whether I'll recommend - or recommend against - the TPE 3.0 to golfers and instructors.
  22. 2016

    I played what may have been the last round of golf in 2016 today and kept score on the front 9 for the first time in over a month. I had no intention of posting the score towards my handicap index so I played from a variety tee boxes. I also tracked this round on GameGolf which I hadn’t been doing much of either. Finally, I recorded video of a few shots to see if any of the work I’d put towards getting my weight forward was showing up on the course. After taking Evolvr lessons during the winter, I felt a tinge of confidence coming into the year. My priority piece had been to start with more weight back on the backswing. It was counter-intuitive but was an easy piece to implement and seemed to help. It is still an important part of my swing. I mapped shot zones in the early spring and the measured distances matched what I consider to be stock for each club. The dispersion was likely what one would expect for the scores I shoot. Once the rounds had started, I decided to record many of them using an online handicap tracking service. I hadn’t realized the rule about recording solo rounds had changed, but it made little difference as the intent was to track improvement. In an attempt to avoid sandbagging or vanity capping, I was consistent in declaring (in my head of course) whether the round would be posted before I started. There were only two infractions committed that I’m aware of. One was updated immediately with the correct penalty strokes added, the other was not as the infraction was unknown until months later and I couldn’t remember the exact round. The point is, I believe all but one round were played strictly by the rules. 2016 was also the first year where the majority of rounds were recorded with GameGolf. That software is simply incredible. From that first round played at Farmington Hills in March, to repeatedly shooting in the mid 90’s from a 6,000 course, to the point in late August where I finally broke 100 from the difficult blue tees at my home course, the season was succeeding in the form of measurable improvements. Unfortunately, the improved play wouldn't carry over to the Fall. When the progress stalled and even reversed a little in September, I took video while playing on the course. I had no idea my swing looked so bad and so different from what I’d recorded during the last couple of years in my workshop. While I don’t give a rat’s ass whether I have a pretty swing or not, there were some serious flaws. And more than a month of very focused practice has done little to change the picture. But this entry isn’t intended to be negative. I’ve always liked the phrase “what happens to me isn’t as important as how I react to it”. I envy and respect those who can accept their ability for what it is and never forget it's only a game, as much as I do those who excel at this game. I’ve given up on getting much better than bogey golf, but I still aspire to learn how to relax and try to enjoy my time out there. Which brings me back to today’s round. My overall game is not at mid-season form. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the area I’ve put so much time into — the full iron swing — was not one of them. While videos taken today still reveal an ugly, off-balance swing, the practice showed up in the form of better contact with the club bottoming out more correctly, and a swing path and face angle that provided pretty good starting lines and ball flight. For the most part, the last round of the season was enjoyable.
  23. Returning to Golf

    At the end of the summer I suffered a broken foot after participating in a 5k for charity event, shortly before leaving for college, and it left me away from golf clubs until now. I have not swung a club with the intention of hitting a ball in about 3 months, and I desperately want to get back to where I was a long time ago. Over the summer I became obsessed with knowledge, and I attempted to Self-Diagnose my own swing, and those of you on here that are instructors, you know how bad that truly can be. This caused me to refuse advice from obviously more qualified individuals than myself, and ultimately ruined my golf swing. A short subscription to evolvr fixed some of the issues, but it just wasn't the same as being in person for a lesson. My question to all who read this is, if you were in my position, where would you start? I'm not sure what club to pick up first, metaphorically speaking. I already contacted my colleges Golf Team's Instructor who is kindly willing working with me, for a fairly decent price. Outside of lessons, I'm not exactly sure what I should be doing. I practice swing feelings all the time, and I truly mean all the time. Any time I get a stick-type object i swing it like it's a golf club, but I'm not sure what more I should actually be doing. I am planning on going to the range once a week. I am a full time student so any more is putting a lot of pressure on me in terms of grades, job, etc, and I just wouldn't have time. Aside from that, I'm looking to re-read Lowest Score Wins, and be more active on this forum. Hello again everyone!
  24. Welcome to the "5 Minutes Daily" Practice Challenge for October, 2016! The rules are the same as always: Make a somewhat detailed post describing your practice every day during the month. 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, preferably in red text or something so I can notice it and give you the award. Detail what you did for at least five minutes of practice (indoors or out, with or without golf balls, etc.). Enjoy and practice hard!
  25. The Essence of Improving

    When I was teaching drum lessons, students would complain that they weren’t getting better. I would ask how much they practiced since the last lesson and then listen to the excuses. I would tell them that if they really want to get better, they need to spend 3-4 days a week practicing for at least 15 minutes. Just taking lessons from me was not going to make them improve. The purpose of the lesson is for me to teach them what they need to practice, but practice is where things happen. I would explain that they can’t do 60 minutes on 1 day and call it a week. They need to practice almost every day. I would cover the principle of practice with students up front and they would agree. They would be dedicated for a week or so and then fizzle out. Just like golf, drumming is hard. If you take a second and try to make each arm and leg do something different, you will get what I mean. The basic rock beat is to have your right hand tap a repeating 4 count, your right foot tap on the 1 and 3, and your left hand taps on the 2 and 4. To add some spice with 4-way independence, have your left foot tap on every 1 count. Once you have that down, you need to double the times that your right hand is tapping counting, “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and”. If you have never played drums before and was able do that with ease at a pretty fast pace, I would buy some drums today and rock out! People usually can't, BUT I can usually teach someone how to do that in less than 30 minutes. It’s very slow at first, and then slightly faster, then faster and faster. Now you have all had your first drum lesson for free. I'm not a golf teacher (yet), but I believe the same principle applies. Sadly, most drum students give up after a month or so. This is why there are so many used drum sets for sale on Craig's List. It doesn’t make sense to take lessons unless you are willing to put in practice time on your own. “Why do I need an instructor if all I have to do is practice?” you might ask. The instructor is there to check up on you and make sure you are going the right direction much like an airplane pilot is monitoring the navigational instruments and making adjustments. Sometimes they have to make major adjustments and other times a small one, but they can only make one adjustment at a time. The plane will not change course if the rudder and ailerons do not respond. This would be like a student who doesn’t practice. I think that most instructors teach something different on each lesson to make the student feel like they are getting value for their money, even if the student has not progressed from the last lesson. I think they are doing a major disservice to the student even though the student is more likely to stay engaged for more lessons. The student thinks that they are progressing when they really aren’t, and after a few months, their scorecard will confirm that. A math teacher does not progress to calculation before a student is competent with addition and subtraction. I hope not at least. If a student sees results from good teaching, they will be a student for life. I went to a drum clinic with a famous drummer a few years ago. It was Todd Sucherman who is currently playing for Styx. This guy is really awesome! I arrived early and got a seat in the front row. He played for a while and blew everyone’s minds. Then he started taking questions. He picked me and I said, “Since you’re a drummer, you have to be working on something, so what are you working on now?” He first looked shocked that someone would ask that question. After all, he is a master at drumming and making a living doing it. He then cracked a smile, let his guard down, and said he was working on some stuff from Buddy Rich, and it was “totally kicking his butt”. Even masters who are proficient at their craft are always trying to improve and learn something new. To apply that to golf, I think everyone needs a teacher if they want to get better. For someone who is content to play the game and enjoy doing it, that’s fine. For most of us, time is not in great supply, but trying to do the 5 Minutes Daily Practice Challenge has opened my eyes. I realized that I was like one of my students who wasn’t putting in the practice time needed to get better. I also learned that 5 minutes a day is not a lot of time. I hear a lot of people asking on TST how to find a good teacher, but I would say that first you need to commit to being a good student. Commit to a regular practice regimen, and then go find a good instructor. Anyone who is trying to improve should be posting in 5 Minutes Daily Practice threads regularly