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Finally! (Range)
« on: March 29, 2007, 02:01:38 PM »

Got out today at lunch.  I'm not sure what kind of statement it is when Torp., and Eagle get out on Phalen, and play nine, before I even see my first trip to the range, but such is life. Wink

Like I said, I went at lunch, so I only had about 30 minutes.  I took only a seven iron, and didn't plan any huge practice regimen.  Hit about 30 balls.

Not a great day for it.  Very windy. Into me, and quartering from my left.  Bad slicers wind, and I would say, an easy 2 club wind.  In fact on any given day,  a guy would say 'It ain't worth the 7 bucks, to try to practice in this.'  But I had waited long enough.  I also hit off of artificial turf.  Fine by me, I don't mind it, and this place is pretty new.  It was not "mats".  Fact the reaction from them, coupled with the lie, is kinda better than I usually see on the course I play.


Plan:  Well, here's the deal.  First, I took Aske's advise.  I hit the entire bucket, with what I would describe as a 1/2, kinda knock down shot.  The way he described to do in my video.  Not for the wind, but more to find better control of the club head, shaft, plane, etc.  The majority of the swings, I did not take the club much passed say 9 o'clock.

Second.  I took Clive's advise, and left behind any attempts at focusing on my finish, or trying to "finish" a shot.  I let the action of the club, and the tempo, with correct body rotation, and plane, dictate where I would end.  I finished well in balance, with a good turn, and my hands going naturally high, and just forward of my left shoulder.  Felt good.  Not forced, and I didn't even think about after a while.

Results:  This was the best I have hit a golf ball in years.  When I took a normal swing, I had a beautiful high ball flight, and could count on a 5 yard fade.  Given the wind.

When I would concentrate on shaft parallel with my target line, and coming back down the same plane, it was even better.  Dead straight, and many holding into the wind.  So dead calm, I could see maybe a 5 yard draw.

One of the biggest things I worked on was trying to return the club face to the ball, exactly as I had drawn it back.  Very difficult for me to do.  I always "hang on", and when the hips are fired, I return the face to the ball open.  When I really concentrated on rotating the face back to "what I felt" was where I was at in address;  I could really move the ball.  I hit some decent draws, and If I wanted, a screaming hook.

Conclusion:  Great outing.  I appreciate the input from all of you.  This was a decent step.  I plan to continue this 1/2, 3/4 easy tempo regimen for a while, until I can get the feeling of a good swing, and contact back in.  Then, as the weather starts to warm, I know I won't have to think at all about bringing a full swing into it.

I also hit balls to the Tour Tempo tracks, I mentioned in my other thread.  What I did today, doesn't really relate to those teachings (doesn't conflict) but I would rather do a full Tour Tempo workout, and then I'll give an update in that thread.


Damn, I ain't typed this much in a long time.  Is it 4:00 yet?  I need a beer.

Peace! Cheers
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Re: Finally! (Range)
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2007, 02:11:08 PM »

Nice review.

My teaching pro gave me the same advice about starting with half swings.  It helps with my tempo and keeping my left wrist flat.  I really focus on hitting the ball first and making my divot start after the ball.  He told me if I can't do that on a half swing no way I can on a full swing. 

Just doing this at the start of each range session has really helped me gain a more consistent lag and late release. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2007, 02:15:58 PM »

I'm glad you finally got out there!! Cheesy
Isn't it a great feeling, to see the ball fly straight and high!!! Grin
You must of worked up a thirst, hitting all those balls, so go on, have a beer!! Grin Grin
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Re: Finally! (Range)
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007, 02:23:22 PM »

You didn't tell me SST changed during golf season.  I got drunk at lunch and I'm heading off to the range after work.  I expect the latter to go no better than the former.  Thanks fer nuthin'.

Oh.  Nice swings.  Keep it up.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2007, 02:38:46 PM »

Sounds great, stroh!  Seems like you made some progress, too!  Wai kewl!  (You're right, it's not the best day you could have chosen - not the worst either, though.)
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2007, 02:40:08 PM »

Got out today at lunch.  I'm not sure what kind of statement it is when Torp., and Eagle get out on Phalen, and play nine, before I even see my first trip to the range, but such is life. Wink

lol  If it wasn't for the fact that we were heading out without a reserved tee time, I would have tried to contact you.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2007, 03:37:53 PM »

Glad you had a great outing. Cool
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2007, 03:38:16 PM »

Got out today at lunch.  I'm not sure what kind of statement it is when Torp., and Eagle get out on Phalen, and play nine, before I even see my first trip to the range, but such is life. Wink

Hehe. Cheesy
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Re: Finally! (Range)
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2007, 05:16:37 PM »

Cool post.

Timing is sweet, tomorrow is my last day of employment and one of the guys I've worked with for 15 years took me to the driving range today, first time I've swung a club in about 8 or 9 months, surprisingly solid, but I felt like I was rushing things.

You're advice from Aske and Clive seems like just the thing I need to focus on for awhile, I have a bit of time to reflect, spring is here it was 70 today.
when you say this;
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When I would concentrate on shaft parallel with my target line, and coming back down the same plane, it was even better.
Is the shaft parallel on the way back so that when the shaft is at imaginary 3 o'clock (right handed golfer) you could run a line from it to your target? Does this question even make sense? LOL.

It does feel good just to get out, I even have a blister now, it's not a death grip blister but an impact blister, I use to have a callous there but it's gone now...I shall have to remedy that.

Good post Brother Stroh.
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Re: Finally! (Range)
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2007, 06:36:54 PM »

Should have taken a WEDGE with you.


I'm heading to the range tomorrow, with the plan to play nine on Sunday afternoon.  I'm going to try Aske's partial-swing advice.
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Re: Finally! (Range)
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2007, 06:38:12 PM »

What's wrong with taking a 7i?
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2007, 06:38:41 PM »

I'm heading to the range tomorrow, with the plan to play nine on Sunday afternoon.  I'm going to try Aske's partial-swing advice.

Have fun. Cool
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2007, 06:39:54 PM »

I'm heading to the range tomorrow, with the plan to play nine on Sunday afternoon.  I'm going to try Aske's partial-swing advice.

Have fun. Cool

Yeah, and that too.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2007, 06:43:21 PM »

I've always heard that if you're grooving a swing a 7 iron is the right tool for the job. Of course it's a different story if you're swinging a groove.
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2007, 06:45:25 PM »

What's wrong with taking a 7i?

Clive is anti-7 irons. Wink
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