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DON
That must be a weird cook

That must be a weird cook book you were using. I's seen reciped calling for sliced carrot or sliced totatoes, but NEVER seen a recipe that called for slice Finger Tips. Must be a southern east coast recipe for sure.

Needless to say. Don't do that anymore, it's not good for your golf game. You know what they say about looking at the water to the left side of the fairway. Your last throuht is do NOT hit it left, and what do you do, you pull it left. Next time you play golf, if you think about your fingers, you are sure to "Slice It" off to the right. 

Get well and stay safe in the kitchen my friend. And stay safe out in the world of Covid-19. Does wearing a mask get in the way of making a good golf swing? 

Don

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Took a lunchtime break at the

Took a lunchtime break at the range yesterday with Michael, hit a small bucket. I figured out how to prop up my cell phone on my bag to video my swing while hitting 7i, not perfect but I was able to see some flaws. Left shoulder a little open, and left arm sometimes bends on the backswing instead of staying extended. Shifted off the ball a little on the back swing, have to keep weight on front leg. Back swing not going parallel (ie, looks like not swinging 100%), but not sure how important that really is if my contact isn't solid anyhow.

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DON
Hi Aikee;

Hi Aimee;

I found a nice small tri-pod for a cell phone on E-Bay a few months back. Cost LESS than $8 and it works great for this kind of thing. Small enough when folded up to easily fit in your golf bag. Only an ounce or two so it's light as well. Worth it if you take photos much with your phone. I got it for my wife to make it easier for her to photo her water color paintings so she has a record of her work. 

Don

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Aimee
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I thought about that afterwards, Don. I don't usually bring my phone to record video. I was thinking they have clamp on types that may be good because I can clip on my bag, or the metal barrier next to the golf stall. When Michael takes his lessons he brings me to be his videographer, I use his cell phone or iPad. He has years of lessons to go back and watch.

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I bought one of the knock off

I bought one of the knock off Go Pro type cameras to use on road trips... and a flexible clamp to put it on the golf cart.  More just for fun of practicing with the camera and such but I suppose I could use that for swing recording.  Mainly I use the Ipad .. have a small tripod which travels nicely.  Big problem is hot sunny days the devices overheat in the sun.

Aimee, how often does your husband go back and review his old lessons?  many times I find my faults are the same ones I had back then!

 

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lesson review

Scott, he reviews his lessons more often when he plays poorly (no surprise). A lot of times he'll watch videos early in the morning of the day we are playing-as a "refresher". The cool thing is seeing the progression/improvement of his swing over the years. Not to say he doesn't do some of the same things wrong as a couple of years ago, but it's not as bad.

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Snuck out to the range this

Snuck out to the range this afternoon, quiet day at work so I put the phone on silent. Talked to my instructor for a few minutes before hitting. My theory was that I was not extending away properly on the takeaway, coming in too much from the inside. Hit the irons really well as soon as I started with that in mind. Also worked on coming in hard into the ball to compress more, can tell when that worked by increased trajectory.

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That's good Aimee.  My

That's good Aimee.  My girlfriend struggles with extension...I remind her every now and then but it's hard for her to remember.    She gravitates back to a really short follow through with her elbows really close to her body.. a big reason she hits it right more often than not.

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Practice

Got some open time in the early afternoon, went to the range with Michael and split a bucket. I tried the wrist break with some irons, not sure if I noticed any significant difference, would need to spend more time to evaluate. It did seem to help with hitting out of the bunker (he has a small sand bunker, the lip isn't very high) in that I think it gave me more backspin. I did spend the majority of time on my irons, which I felt I was doing better with.

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Aimee, after watching several

Aimee, after watching several videos on how to hit bunker shots, which interestingly ALL had DIFFERENT instructions, one that I did try I saw the instructor cocking his wrists pretty significantly. That seems like it helps with force at impac and evne if I hit a little heavy I get out of the bunker.  So I'm working with that for now and we'll see how it goes over the winter.  I'm not one who has an early cocking of the wrists so it's a little odd for me.

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Scott, it is odd for me, too. I really have to think about it to initiate it. A long time ago I had saved a video from a British coach - his first name is Pete, he worked with several Pro's - and I think that was part of his methodology. I remember going to the range right after studying the video and finding that it worked well for me...it also allows me to use the bounce of the wedge. Since I am a shallow swinger normally, something that forces me to come in steeper may be useful.

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mixed results today from the

mixed results today from the bunker.  Actually played well on 9 holes..7 pars 1 bogey 1 dbl.  but those were from the bunkers.  I had 2 up and down from 4 bunker shots.   The other shots were not very well done.  So still need work.  I am just not hitting the sane where I intend too. one was fast the other thin and pick the ball clean.

 

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DON
Bunker Practice Drill

Hi Scott;

When was the last time you used my bunker practice drill using little white dots you punch out of paper using a paper punch? It works wonders to geting you to hit the sand the right amount behind the ball on bunker shots and it's easy to do at home. Let me know if you need a reminder on how to do the drill. 

Don

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Don...maybe never?????

Don...maybe never?????

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Bunker Drill That Works

Just for you Scott:

Take a piece of paper and punch out some white dots with a paper punch, like they use in an office. Then VACUUM a small section of carpet in your living room or whereever. Place TWO of the white dots on the carpet. one is your ball, the other is placed 4 inches farther from your feet. IT acts as gauge to tell you WHERE your club contacts the sand, AKA carpet. Take your wedge and TRY to LIFT the target dot off the carpet, and NOTE where the club contacts the carpet. The center of the mark left in the carpet is the Bottom of your swing. After each swing, BRUSH the carpet to remove the first mark and repeat the drill a total of TEN tiems. Your goal is the LIFT all ten dots off the carpet with 4 - 5 inch long marks in the carpet, each centered on the gauge dot which is 4 inched from the target dot. Do this a few times a week until you reach 90 % seccuss and the next time you are in a bunker you should have the skill to get out and on the green with little or no problems. I use this little drill at the beginning of each golf season and I never have a problem getting the ball out of the bunker and onto the green. Truth is I do NOT remember the last time I failed to get a ball onto the green from a bunker. Didn't always make the putt, but I was always putting at least. 

Don

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Aimee
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range

Michael and I had a tee time for Sunday but on Saturday we cancelled it since it looked like it was likely going to rain on our back 9 and not be all that warm...turned out to be a good move, the rain started earlier. We went to the range since we can hit in covered stalls. I hit all of my clubs, pretty good for the most part, seem to be doing well with my irons...although they do often leak a little right (not slice, so I probably just haven't totally squared the club face and/or I'm hitting a fraction off center). This coming week is trending warmer so we will probably be playing next weekend.

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DON
 got in a range session last

 got in a range session last Friday and hit a med size bucket of balls. I would NOT say my golf skills are Rusty, more like RUSTED OUT. HOLES IN THE METAL BAD. I do not remember the last time I hit so many bad shots with my irons. More than half a dozen ballls were hit wher the face of the head meets the hosel, so the ball goes off to the right at a 30-45 degree angle. NOT good in any way. It took a good number of swings before I could hit some decent shots, but at least it got berrer as I went. Hit a few really good balls at the end with ONE really good one. First ball I hit with my 24* 9 wood went dead straight with a clubhead speed measured at 110 MPH. That's as good as it gets for me, and execellent for me since this was my first range session since LAST year. I plan to get out again this week to test the new AP2 irons again. Didn't hit enough good shots to tell much about the irons Friday. More bad swings at fault than anything to do with the irons. I DO like the Ribs I added to the grips on the irons. Really nice feeling when I pick up the clubs and I can feel the Rib and know the face is where I want it to be. I added a Rib to my 9 wood when I got home so now it has a new grip with the Rib feature to go with the new irons. I'm thinking I might have to re-grip ALL of my golf clubs and add a Rib to all of them before long. Really LOVE the feel of the Rib on the underside of the shaft. Now that I have it figured out, it's pretty easy to ad a Rib to the shaft and get the same result as buying new grips that cost a lot more than I'm willing to pay since I have plenty of brand new grips on hand I can use. 

Don

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Don, hopefully a few more

Don, hopefully a few more range sessions will work out the kinks.  I tend to find after a layoff I'm like that.  I know some people say they forget their bad habits and do OK but I'm not onf of them.  I have to figure out how to swing again.

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Working at home every day now

Working at home every day now...and with the days shorter, I think I'm going to try riding my bike over to the Par 3/ driving range at lunch and getting in a little work.  Unfortunatley my work day and video conferences bleed into my lunch hour a lot but I think I'm going to try and block out some time and try it.  Might go to the bunker and work on that for 20  minutes.

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Don, any more range work?

Don, any more range work?

Well I've had a chance to work on my sand game..I think I figured out 2 things...1) like the fairway bunker shots I need to have a quiet lower body.  Basically just upper body movement.   2) I think I was screwing mysellf up by letting my hands lead the club like a normal chip shot.  Doing that makes the leading edge of the club face dig into the sand more.  Working on things  - keeping my hands in line with the shaft  - that lets the club head cut through the sand better.    Started working on hitting longer and shorter bunker shots too...the big thing there is my normal bunker shot is sort of long.  like 10-15 yards long.  Which in some cases is fine.  But in others I need to hit a softer shot.  But first focus is getting on the green so ... still a lot of work to do before I'm real confident that I can hit the shot I want - but it'll come.  

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range

last weekend we wound up at the range...Michael's knee was bothering him and the weather wasn't great anyhow. At the range the enclosed stalls were taken so we had to hit outside, it was pretty breezy, bordering on windy. Not so great for evaluating ball flight, but I was hitting the irons pretty well. My prior round was terrible, I was hitting thin/topping...didn't feel great physically that day, so I'll chalk it up to that, probably lost focus. One reason I really like going to the range is to experiment with ball position and ball flight, but primarily I use it to hit to defined targets to make sure I'm aligning properly. There's one short target with a flag on a bump so it's perfect for full wedge shots, AKA "money".

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DON
Did better on Day 2

I went back out the next Wednesday and did MUCH better with the AP2 irons. By the end of the session the irons and I were on specking terms pretty much. NOT the 4 iron but all of the others at least. Only hit one really BAD shot the second time out. By the end of the session I was really HAPPY with the Ribs I installed under the new grips on the irons. So much so that the next day I pulled the grips off one of my drivers, my 9 wood and two wedges so I could install the same Rib on the under side of the shaft to make the grip feel and perform like a Ribbed grip. ONLY FREE instead of the $11.49 each that Golf Pride wants for their ALIGN grips. When an of my other clubs are due for a new grip, I'll be adding the Rib to the shaft and installing a new grip OVER the rib  from now on. 

If you have NOT tried a Ribbed grip, I highly recommend you do so next time you get a chance. Well worth it in my opinion. 

Don

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Aimee
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range

Went to the range today (as noted in my comments about the used hybrids I picked up "cyber shopping"). Haven't hit since Christmas Eve and it was not a super nice day, but needed to get some swings in. I was happy that I didn't top my hybrids, the last 2 times we played I was having a terrible time with that. Warmed up with some half swings and wedges/short irons. Hit the irons well after I loosened up, have to stay focused on transferring to the front foot so I don't hang back and lose power or worse, flare to the right. It's all good until you actually take it on the courselaugh. Did not hit my driver at all, there were no tees tall enough and if I can't set up to my preferred height, doesn't do me any good.

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