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Scott Rushing
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Sco, I've fallen into the

Sco, I've fallen into the same sort of trap of not practicing much or often and just hitting the course.  now that I'm a member again, and I can walk for free, I do that instead of paying for range balls.  If my course had a chipping green at the course I'd do that some but they don't allow chipping at the putting green.  There's another Par 3 with a chipping green but the grass isn't kept up like a putting green so you don't get a true view of how the ball will check up or bouce etc.  So I do that some days and honestly I need to again.  My chipping has been off here lately. 
But If I'm only walking 9 and it's slow, I'll usually drop down 2 or 3 balls and practice them as I play those holes.  So I do get some practice in, just not at the range as often now

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Aimee
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practice range

the range I prefer to go to has both artificial turf mats and real grass (along with a little shallow sand bunker) but the grass area is not mowed well and tends to be uneven and clumpy (not a good practice area for fairway shots). The range that is closest to my house has terrible range balls and they can't keep the grass area in good shape so it generally is only good for one week a year, then it gets roped off and is off limits. It actually has a very good greenside bunker with a fairly deep face, probably the one redeeming feature of this place. If I use my own golf balls I can hit out of it as long as I want for free.

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Aimee
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range time

didn't wind up playing over the weekend. The weather was not looking good for Saturday, with thunderstorms a possibility...we cancelled and it wound up raining for about an hour just when we would have been starting our round, so no regret because starting a round soaking wet is no fun, and with the humidity it would have been a slog. Sunday we made the call early in the a.m. to cancel because the heat and humidity were going to be very high and Michael just doesn't tolerate that well, he would have cramped out. So we decided to go to the range and work on our swings instead of just swinging. Since I haven't gotten any practice time in, it was needed.

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Scott Rushing
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We did OK ok the Company

We did OK ok the Company tourney last weekend.  Were 8 under at the turn but on our back 9 could only muster another 4under.  So 12 under overall.  It was fun either way.   This year we actually had more than one shot to choose from on the greens...usually it was pretty obvious what we would take.  This time, we had to think about them because we had several.

next Saturday I have our course's next tournament, a Texas scramble.  Looking forward to that but I will admit, my foot is still giving me fits.  Had to stop wlaking 9 holes and always using a cart right now.  Trying to get an appointment witha  foot doctor to see if I've made something worse...I may wind up in a boot for a while ... which I'll have to remove when I play golf !  ha!

 

 

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Scott Rushing
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Played 9 today...yes, managed

Played 9 today...yes, managed the pain.  LOL.  Played the senior tees because my league doesn't give me any more strokes for playing back...I get 3 strokes over the 9 holes no matter what tee I use.  So why play 300, 400, or 500 yards more when I don't get credit for it.  So I played senior tees for the first time.  Shot 37...started and ended with a birdie. Should have probably been under par...but I made several really poor swings with my tee shots failing to get my weight onto that sore foot.  Did scramble for par a couple times but had 1 triple, 2 birdies on the card.  Overall I can't complain but I did hate losing my swing mid-way through the round and costing myself several strokes.

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Aimee
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Sunday

Played at Mountain View today, first time this year...shot 89, which was proof that practicing last week and Saturday did me some good. I had been flailing around in the mid-90's and getting fed up. I rarely break 90 on this course due to it's length and tiny greens.

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Scott Rushing
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Nice AImee.  I need to get

Nice AImee.  I need to get back to the range soon.  I last went and worked on slowing down my drives and I was hitting it great.  It feels like "just playing" I'm starting to fall back into my old habits and not hitting the driver or 3W as well.   Going to get out there sometime this week

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Scott Rushing
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Been trying to nail down the

Been trying to nail down the tee shot this year.   I had worked on a swing earlier this summer with one that was very shoulder turn focued and taking the hands back on path, and up to set the club at the top and then a slow swing turn into the ball.   When it worked I hit some nice drives.  Very straight and long.  A couple of my longest.  But I noticed that sometimes I'd get too mechanical and get my weight behind me and not get it shifted forward and wind up duck hooking the ball.  if I could just let  it happen it was pretty good.  But that was harder that I thought.   And I sometimes had back pain after the round and so I thought I might be getting into an ackward position with my back. 

So this weekend I headed to the range to hit shots trying to develop a consistent fade off the tee.  So focused on choosing a line behind the ball, setting the club, then setting my feet and releasing my arms so I let them fall naturally before I took the club in my grip again.  That way I knew my upper body was in align with my feet.   Practiced taking a short back swing but I was able to consistently hit a nice 5-10 yard fade. Any draws weren't big, so that was good too.   But I did finish the last 5 shots all hitting fades into the fairway. 

Distance loss I'm not sure of yet.  Only round was today and it was a bit wet so not much roll...but clearly for most holes I was shorter of my normal distance.  Maybe 10 yards.    Well have to wait and see if that's consistent or not.  But even if I do lose some yardage having more confidence of where my tee balls going will be worth it.  And the back and weight shift felt better in this swing than the other could get.    Keep you all posted on how it goes. 
 

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Aimee
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range today

working at home today so I went to the range to watch hubby's lesson and hit some balls. And hit his new driver (slightly used Callaway XR16). It didn't come with an adjustment wrench since he bought it used, but the driving range owner/Pro has every tool needed. So I set it to 10.5 std loft, draw bias. Took a few swings to get used to the (light) weight...but I killed it, even with the standard flex, got it up as high as my own driver which is 11.5. May need to hit it on the course to compare the distance.

Hit a bunch of irons until I couldn't hit any more. May need to tweak ball position a bit further back now that I'm swinging a little better.

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scomac
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One of the guys in my men's

One of the guys in my men's league uses an XR16.  It does launch very high.  I'm not surprised at the light weight as I find a lot of the new woods to be extremely light to the point of being a drawback with respect to keeping my swing slotted.

The flex is what the flex is as there are no industry standards as to what constitutes regular, stiff or even extra stiff.  If it is appropriate for your swing then I wouldn't worry about what is printed on the label as the stated flex.