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Scott Rushing
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wow..that's unfortunate..

wow..that's unfortunate...brrrr

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It only got colder the next

It only got colder the next night with a new record low of Minus 7. The forecast for Friday was a high of 37, but then more cold air moved in and we only got up to 30 for a high. Might get to freezeing by the weekend but I'm not counting on it. There is a mass of air to the east of Colorado, and that mass of air is NOT moving out, so the cold air we have here is stuck in place for now. What we need is  some high winds to blow it out of here and let some warmer air in. 

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Aimee
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1st day at the range

Working from home (sort of a mental health day, I had a crazy week last week) temps hit low 50's so Michael and I hit the range mid afternoon. It was sort of cool, the balls were like rocks. It took about 10 swings before I actually felt like I was swinging a golf club and not some piece of weighted metal. 3/4 of the bucket was probably irons, maybe 10-12 hybrids/driver total. Not too bad considering I hadn't touched the clubs in 3 months. But I definitely was aware of my wrists and elbows feeling the impact, combination of the cold and being out of "golf shape".

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Consider shock absorbers

You might want to consider getting shock reducing inserts installed inside of the shafts on most if not all of your clubs. They really make a big difference in cutting out the Sting you feel on mishit shos. And they hve NO effect on the weight or swing weight of your clubs, so they don't effect your swing, only reduce the sting at impact. It's easy to have done and fairly cheap if you have them installed at the same time as you have new grips installed on your clubs. Well worth the investment. 

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Aimee
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clubs

already have graphite shafts, it isn't the shock of hitting, it was the motion of swing with wrist cocking that I felt. I do exercises with dumbells to keep my forearms strong but the golf swing is special and uniquewink

Actually 2 days later I had a bit of residual soreness in the shoulders only, it is sort of the usual drill in early spring first couple of times out.

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DON
Graphite shafts in your irons

Graphite shafts in your irons help, but tests show that Pro Soft insets do MORE than graphite shafts. and if you install them in your graphite shaft irons you would get the benefit of BOTH. Just wanted to let you know your options are open. 

Don

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Aimee
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Range

hit a few at the range on Sat. since we had a tee time for Sun., it was pretty crowded due to the nice weather. I hit a couple of balls with every club in my bag, only hit 3 driver shots I think because the rubber tee wasn’t the height I like, so I don’t find that helpful. When it is too short I just top the ball. I wanted to make sure I had good alignment/aim...there is a red flag on a little hump about 65-70 yards out that I use for aiming my short irons and wedges, either aiming to land at the flag or going directly over it. More useful to have a tight target.

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Scott Rushing
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Hit the range today for a

Hit the range today for a small bucket.  Have a trip to Myrtle beach this week and my swing is not at it's best.  Driver was fine, after the first one. Not sure what I did there but the others were pretty consistent and straight, maybe a slight draw.  Irons were not as good as I kept struggling to take a divot and was hitting the ball a little thin.  Did have some that were nice but not the majority.  I could have played most of them but I'm going to keep going and working on it.   At one point I was hitting the ball pretty flush but it was drawing (or hooking) and that's not what I want.  So I worked with my grip some and ball placement.  The last ball I had was pured, very nice ball.  So it was a good one to end on but we'll see if I can repeat it.   May go hit another small bucket tomorrow.

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My this is a funny tricky

My this is a funny tricky game...

Yesterday I wasn't hitting my irons solid at all.  I did manage towards the middle of the round to find a swing tweak that gave me 3 out of 4 consective really flushed shots with the irons but prior to that, just wasn't there.   It had something to do with how I 'felt" my right shoulder was moving at the start of the down swing...more down and through than around.    So today while my son was in tennis lessons, I walked over to the range and took my wedge and 7I.  First half dozen balls with the 7I were OK...even trying that swing change.  Then I did something else and boom, pured.  Tried it again, boom.  Pured.  And again. and Again.   The ball hooked a little more but I was able to handle that Ok with careful take-away.   Just funny how you find one thing one day and one thing the next.  I guess since we don't hit 3000 golf balls a day and aren't able to groove a consistent swing, it's harder for us. 

Tomorrow in my league, I'll try to go with this swing (was really just a change in wrist cock) and see how it goes.  First goal is to consistently hit the ball solid on the club face...then I'll worry about direction.

 

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Hit the range today, with

Hit the range today, with just my 7I in tow.  After the weekend of poor golf I figured I'd focus just on trying to keep a smooth tempo and solid ball striking.  Had a few bad shots when my I thought too much about swing movements but in general I hit it reasonably well with some really nice.  Will try again Thursday when I'm out there and see how that goes.  Maybe take the driver then. 

I was just doing so much bad, it's hard to guess which played the biggest role.

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Aimee
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range

went to the range over the weekend since we had things to take care of and couldn't get out to play. Michael had a lesson on Friday so he was anxious to get some reinforcement time in. I generally hit the ball well, as long as I remembered all of my setup cues. Can't go on autopilot at this point. The one disappointment was the range (this is the closest one, across the street from our gym) took out the sand bunker at the practice putting green (which is now artificial turf). Somebody wanted to cut down on maintenance costs. This is a facility (includes a mini-golf course) run by the township, which is generally broke, so it isn't surprising. You should see the range balls. The best ones look like 5 year old cast offs from other ranges.

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Scott Rushing
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I hear you Aimee.  Our range

I hear you Aimee.  Our range added some new balls finally, so my bucket this morning was about half and half, new and old. 

Spent about an hour hitting balls this morning  Trying to find something.  put impact tape on the irons and my driver to see where I'm hitting it.  Eventually got into a rythm on the irons...Misses were stll the same thin shots I've been having.  The goiod ones were nice.  Just need more of them.  I found if I can focus on not moving forward too early in the down swing I can make solid contact.  But when I get my body moving too early i hit it thin.  So trying to stay back

Driver was up and down.  Finished pretty good , again getting used to staying back.  Had a couple over the top so I tried a drill I saw in one of the Golf mags.  At address, I sort of preset my hips a little higher on the left side. So just a likee tweak of the hips shifting to the left, which I read would help make it harder to come over the top since you've kinda already shifted your hips.  So hit a few good drives after that drill.  
Finished up hitting shots pretending to play the first 4 holes of my course.  Overall did OK.  Will come back Tuesday after work and hit some more..

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Aimee
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setup

the swing key for me has been on the initial setup, really getting behind the ball. I block my driver because of shifting forward too much and if I setup very deliberately behind the ball, it helps to ensure that my hands stay in front. On my mid irons, I'm setting the club almost 2" behind the ball instead of snugging it up close (except for wedges). I think it is helping me, I've been able to hit better shots, it may have to do with my swing generally being shallow, I don't think it would be effective for a "digger".

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Scott Rushing
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We're getting storm after

We're getting storm after storm after storm these days. Might be clear for a few hours then another shower rolls through.  May try to hit the range today if we have an afternoon break in the rain but for the next week it's 50% chance of showers.   My son starts a local group golf lesson tomorrow, so that'll be fun to watch.

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Aimee
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Rain

Scott, weather lousy here, too. Friday the 11th was the last nice/sunny day we have had. Temps also jumping up and down, running the heater one day and a/c the next. Also hoping to get to the range today since we can’t play. What a lousy spring so far.

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Scott Rushing
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I'm in Chicago now for work..

I'm in Chicago now for work...jeezz!  40's feels like 30s with wind and rain.  Crazy!!!  I left 80+ at home...did not pack well either...

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High in the mid 70's to mid

High in the mid 70's to mid 80's here this week. Could get up to 90 by the weekend. All I need to do now is get healthy enough to get out and get in some practice at the range. Good luck to you back east with the weather you have. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Finally got home from Chicago

Finally got home from Chicago...nasty weather up there.  Nicer here but we have these pop up storms.  Did get to the range twice this week...getting a little better.  Irons at least.   Driver still inconsistent.   I'm starting to really wonder if my swing problems are related to my recent weight loss and exercising.  David Duvall had that, as did Daly and Dufner and others.   My good swings I strip the ball.  But I just am inconsistent.  The bad ones are bad.  One day this works next one not.  SO just trying to go back to basics and stop thinking so much but my poor swings tend to be off balance or failed weight shifts.  So hopefully with more and more reps, things will get better.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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