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  1. I find myself looking at irons on eBay lately. It's a bad habit of mine. A few winters ago, I bought a set of vintage Hogans. They were kind of fun to kick around with for a bit. I played close to half that season with them even though they were way too much (or is it too little?) club for me. I still practice with them, but they're mostly collecting dust - some in the basement, some in the garage, and I have one (now two, actually) in the coat closet. Now I'm looking at Mizunos. Modern, though: MP 4s and MP 64s. Figured they're more playable than the Hogans, not that I'm in the market for new irons. Just kind of want them. I sold a set of Mizunos a number of years ago and I want another. I should actually get a new set of wedges if I'm going to buy new clubs, but another set of blades seems so much more satisfying for some reason. Winter needs to be over so I can go play and stop looking at stuff I don't need.
  2. 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
  3. In the past, I've mostly gone dormant with my golf swing instruction over the winter. This year, I want to keep up a little bit each week because I feel like I've made so much progress in the past couple months. Shame to lose that, and I'm genuinely excited to see if I can get through a major piece that I've been stuck on for too long. For those who have stuck out video lessons for a winter season, I'm curious to know your experiences: - worth it? - did you notice any progress (or perhaps less degradation) when spring rolled around? - since I won't have an indoor hitting area, doesn't it get boring just submitting indoor drills? - whatever else about your experience that comes to mind. Maybe I need to find an indoor facility. At any rate, I'll give it a shot (and talk with the instructors about it too), but just curious if anyone had strong feelings one way or the other about video lessons being useful for someone who isn't able to take advantage of a golf facility for the winter months.
  4. This is my first year carrying an official HCP and with the fall here (leaves covering areas of fairways) and winter on the way, how do we handle "lost" balls due to leaves in fairway and in rough and other seasonal hazards? Do we score those rounds? Before I carried a legit HCP, I would play the "leaf rule" giving myself a free drop in cases where I knew my ball was not truly lost from a poor shot, but just hidden. But now that I'm official, I want to do it correctly
  5. When I use the term “winter golf” I am not talking about trudging through snow drifts and playing orange golf balls. There are certainly people who engage in that sort of activity and enjoy it. Hitting out of a snow drift to a rock hard green, however, isn’t close enough to golf for me. I played in one “Chilly Open” and while it was fun there was no need to repeat that experience. “Winter golf” to me is the time period in SE Michigan that starts around Thanksgiving and ends when snow blankets the turf. Many courses have closed by 11/1. Often the rakes, ball washers, tee markers, waste cans and even the benches are removed. Greens are no longer mown and hole locations are not re-cut. Getting around the course reverts to walking or pushing since the carts are safely stored in the cart barn. Despite the rough conditions, this time of the year is very rewarding. The cost of golf plummets. One will often find the course empty so hitting multiple balls and bunker practice can be done easily without the worry of holding up someone else. My advice for those in the northern tier who want to partake of this cold feast is: 1. Learn which courses remain open – this seems simple but often it is hard to find an open course. And the lineup of winter courses changes year to year. In my area, the reliable place for winter golf is Fox Hills. They only close when snow covers the course or torrential rains turn it into a bog. An added benefit is they have 27 holes so everyone isn’t packed into just 9 or 18 holes. 2. Own a lightweight golf bag – one is going to be walking & carrying or pushing one’s bag. It is a lot easier to manage a 25 pound load versus a 50 pound one. It is pretty comical to watch an out of shape guy lugging a staff bag on his back filled with 16 clubs and 3 dozen balls. 3. Bring your own water – Even when it is 35 degrees, you need to stay hydrated. Beer works too, but if you want to get really buzzed, maybe just stay home and watch golf on TV. 4. Retain an old pair of water proof shoes – It is going to be muddy and wet. There is no point in ruining a new pair of kicks. A “mudder” pair of shoes is a good thing to have. Water proof is also essential as courses will be soggy. 5.Learn where one can jump holes - To get around the inevitable 6-some of plodders who won’t let others play through, know the short cuts. There is no calling the clubhouse to get a ranger out so you need to make your own solution. I once played a round in this order: 1, 2, 13, 14, 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 8, 9. I never had to walk more than 20-40 yards between holes. 6. Lower your standards – If you are looking for a top notch course, they rarely allow play when winter sets in. You are most likely going to be playing somewhere you would never visit in July. 7. Lower your expectations – Balls don’t fly as far and almost every lie is marginal. Greens are slow & bumpy and the last time a new hole was cut was 2 months ago. Enjoy the fact that you are outside and swinging a club. 8. Dress for comfort and the ability to swing a golf club – If you need a down parka to feel comfortable, you may want to skip winter golf. Bulky clothes and golf don’t mix well. I favor a rain suit worn over long underwear and sweater along with a sock hat. Walking will keep you warm. There are numerous modern fabrics that make cold weather very livable. This list is by no means all inclusive. Most winter golfers have great advice about hand warmers and such. Ultimately, the winter golfer will figure out what works and what doesn’t. Any additional suggestions from our northern winter warriors?
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