2020 lesson

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Aimee
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2020 lesson

As I noted in my comment about my range session yesterday, I saw some issues with my backswing when I watched the video. Since we will be playing a couple of times this weekend (perfect weather), I decided to take care of it-ASAP. Was a quiet afternoon working from home so I went out mid-afternoon and my instructor was available for a lesson. He saw the lack of extension on the backswing and worked on some drills with me to get more extension and release with the hands. Plus bracing the legs more to avoid sway. I'd be lying if I said I hit the ball perfectly after the lesson, frankly I was hot and tired. But I got the feel for what I need to do, so hopefully can put that into my round Saturday and get some good swings in.

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Good luck Aimee. sway is one

Good luck Aimee. sway is one of biggest issues i have when I'm not swinging well.  it's hard to make myself not do it.  I guess since we don't hit 10,000 shots a day it's not quite getting engrained and then we have too many things in our head.  no sway, extend, eyes on the ball...etc.  oh, and have just one swing thought  LOL

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Aimee
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Swing thoughts

One of the reasons I played (swung) poorly after the lesson was swing thoughts. I normally don't have a lot of them, so adding a few new ones just made me a mess, can't be thinking of weight transfer, arm position, etc all while trying to swing smoothly.

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DON
AFTER a Lesson !

After a lesson it is VERY important to hit the range to work on what tips you got during your lesson. Hit enough range balls using the tips to get USED to the changes BEFORE you play on the course and it should be much easier when you do play on the course. BEFORE you next round, try to get in some good range time working on those swing changes and see it that helps you on the course the next time out. Should help one would think. Or NOT think as the case may be. 

Don

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Aimee
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No question that range time

No question that range time after a lesson is the key to reinforcement. However, as I am fortunate to still have a full time job, I just couldn't get to it. I accept that without practice, it is hard to make the changes stick. The one advantage I do have is that I am pretty good at self-correcting when something starts to get really bad (ie, stop the bleeding, if not heal the wound), I have good awareness of my kinetics.

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Scott Rushing
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yeah...I agree Don...for me

yeah...I agree Don...for me usually lessons are not major changes .. and with my current club membership, I have to pay for the range where the golf is free so .. I tend to go out to the course when it's slow and play and work on things.  Especially now..I am prefering to be on the course meandering around rather than on the range beside people for extended periods..but I do agree it's the best way .. I just find I don't make that time.

 

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Aimee
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practice

As we had good weather both days last weekend, we did go to the range Saturday and played on Sunday, that's about the best I can do at this time. I know that I would see more improvement if I could get more range time in, but it just isn't happening during the week due to work and the fact that the range I like is not around the corner (although I may be able to sneak out this afternoon for a lunch break). Not making excuses, I know the time needs to be put in, the reality is that I only have the weekend free for the most part. Our regular partner in the weekend foursome is basically semi-retired (has some part time/consulting work) and has put a ton of time in on practice and plays a couple of times a week, the improvement is noticeable (although he's still a lousy putter...).

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DON
Think about getting a NET

When I first starting playing golf, one of the first things I did was to buy a 8'X10' net that I set up in my back yard. I would have to say that hitting into that net was most likely the best thing I did when I started out to improve my swing. I would take 10 to 15 minutes at lunch time and go out in the yard and hit a small bucket of balls into the net. It was a fast and easy way to get in some reps and I didn't need a lot of time to do it. I know Scott has a net to use if my memory is correct. Granted, it's not as nice as hitting balls at the range, but it's still pretty each to tell if I hit the ball well or not. I put a small target on the netting, and hit a shot. If I hit close to the target, it was a decent shot. If not I knew it right away and could work on correctly my swing. I found that the cost of the net was well worth it. NO need to drive to the range and spend money on range balls. I picked up 4 dozen cheap TopFlite golf balls for less than the cost of a small bucket of range balls and I got to hit them hundreds of times each for free after that. Not sure if you have the room to set up a net or not, but if you do I think you would fine it well worth the time and cost to do it. 

GOT 10 MINUTES AFTER WORK?  Then you have the time to hit some balls into the net and work on those tips you got at your last lesson. 

Don

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