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Scott Rushing
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Hit the range today to work

Hit the range today to work on some things.  overall was good..had some bad swings but finsihed strong.  one focus was the 3W off the deck.  Really struggled with that lately when this club had been easy for me to hit off the deck originally.  took me a while but eventually found a setup that seemed to work for me.  So we'll see how that goes.  Also had a good session with the driver.  Trying to simplify my swing and not have too much to worry about.  Had some really nice long carries.   Also had some good iron shots.   So maybe I'm starting to settle into my swing. Not sure.  Trying to stay balanced which oddly is a little challenging since losing weight this year.  trying to more move weight to my heals and not the balls of my feet.   May play Wednesday so we'll see if anything still works then.
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Aimee
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balance

Scott, just curious why you want to move more weight to your heels, since majority of teachers advocate weight favoring the balls of the feet (athletic stance)? By the way, on the balance thing, see if you can set up at home with a full length mirror, you may be bending more at the waist if you've lost weight (less spare tire, haha!). Not speaking to your build, but if someone has a bit more of a "gut" for example, they will find it hard to shift the bend point to the hips initially if they lose a lot of weight.

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Well I'm finding that I'm

Well I'm finding that I'm falling forward (not towards the hole, but forward with respect to my stance) when I have more weight on the balls of my feet.  So I'm trying to get a little more balanced.  I feel like I was putting too much weright on my toes and I'm trying to get more back either centered or a little less on my toes.  Part of the problem may also be my tempo but sometimes things work great and I finsih nice and balanced...other times I'm battling to stay steady on the follow through.

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Aimee
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feet

Scott, gotcha. I was told by an instructor rather than focusing on the "balls" of your feet, almost feel more like pressing the arch of your foot into the ground. Keeps you centered on the foot pretty well, or at least more towards the front third. So you still have the ability to easily pivot and transfer your weight. When I took my very first lessons, he actually had us put a golf ball under the outer edge of our foot to reinforce the feel.

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Yeah, I'm reading a lot of

Yeah, I'm reading a lot of different "instruction" ... for everyone that says more weight on your toes, another say balanced between the toe and heel.  Just a matter for me of finding the tempo and the weight position so I stay in balance now through the swing.  my center of gravity have changed and the swing is changing with it. 

Overall the irons are doing OK.  3W I may have figured out off the deck.  But I think its as much timing of my body and arms with hte driver as anything.  Sometimes I hit it nice and solid with a gentle fade and then I have this duck hook.  I think now that might have been my arms being more active than my body.  So working on some drills to keep me in sync.  We'll see how it goes.  Playing tomorrow afternoon for my league's 9 holes.

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So did a few things today at

So did a few things today at the range...1) worked on slowing my tempo down.   Also I accidently figured out that if I set my club head up a few inches behind the ball, I can strip my 3w.  I don't top it coming down into it.  Strange I know.  unless it proves I'm moving forward at the point of the downswing and the club head needs some extra time to get down there.  Not sure.  Will have to watch it.  but for now, Iif I need it, I have an option that seems to work.

Slowing my tempo I hit some nice solid 3w shots like that.  Not a drastic slowness have you..I think my downswing according to my swing analyzer takes like .32s total.  So we're talking a fraction slower.  But I'm also thinking it might be the too fast tempo that's the balance issue.

Got rained out of playing today...so maybe this weekend

 

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Aimee
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tempo

Scott, you know your weight loss could be changing your tempo, maybe speeding up a bit?

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Scott Rushing
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well I think that's true..

well I think that's true...Plus I have been working out and increasing my strength so .. lots of changes in the physical make up...so we'll see how it goes...

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I FEEL for you Scott

This is one reason I HATE golf at times. Here Scott is, he lost weight and got in better shape with exercise and diet. and now his golf game goes to hell. What kind of a game is golf to make you play worse when you lose weight and get in batter shape? NOT FAIR if you ask me. IT should be the oher way around. Maybe being FAT and ROUND isn't so bad after all ????

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I know Don.  frustrating!!! 

I know Don.  frustrating!!!  Ha!  

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Quick range session ...  

Quick range session ...   Needed to work on irons.  Yesterday I mishit 2 or 3 mid to long irons.    So started with the 7I, then 6I then 3w then a few swings with the driver and then the 6I again.   Got into a groove and was overall happy with where I finished with the irons.  Driver I practiced my drill a bit between swings but I swung the driver 4 times and all 4 would have been playable.  So I was pleased.  Need to tee the ball a little lower though.  First 3 had a high ball flight..last one teed a little lower and a nice trajectory.  The change with the setup on the 3W off the deck is still going well. Swing twice and solid contact on both.  So maybe i'm getthing things figured out here ..  with about 2 weeks to go before my beach golf  trip.

 

 

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Aimee
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Range Sunday

Michael and I split a bucket today, he had gotten a shot in his shoulder Friday so playing would have probably been painful plus the weather was stinking humid, we’ve had t-storms on and off for several days. I was focusing on not pulling my wedges left, plus I hit a bunch of mid irons 5-6) since I don’t hit them as often on the course I want to keep my swing confidence. Hitting irons pretty well. Hit a couple of balls with every club just to keep my touch. Taking “staycation” week after next and hoping to get good weather for golf.

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Nice Aimee. hope the weather

Nice Aimee. hope the weather holds out for the stay-cation.  I need to eventually work myself into hitting all the clubs in the bag again.  I'm working so much on just the challenge areas, but I need to not neglect the other areas too.  

Today hit the range and split a bucket with my 12 yr old son.  He didn't have such a great session but I kept working with him and he hit 4 really good drives to end the session.  I told him let's stop there and be happy.  I took some notes about what we worked o so next time we have a place to start with.

I hit the 8I, the 3W, the 6I and the driver, just working on exactly what I've been doing that's been working.  for the most part, positive session, kept the ball under control.  On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being a pro-quality shot, I probably had a couple 10s and mostly 6-8s.  A few 2-3's but not many.  3W is still working off the deck.  Driver, I had a couple poor ones but many more good or better ones and the swing felt more repeatable.  The timing is coming together. 

Ended the session working on 3I/hybrid club I bought..well OK, i bought 2 of them..thinking I had lost one (Titleist) and then bought a Mizuno.  Stuggle to hit the Mizuno ... just difficult..and then this weekend found the Titleist.  Was hitting it crappy too until i stopped, slowed my swing way down and hit balls off the turf.   Those came it great with the Titleist.   The Mizuno a few times did OK but it seems less consistent.  So for now I think I'll keep practicing with the Titleist and then sell the other one.

 

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