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#61 robdalky

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 08:50 PM

We are quite overdue for an update here, a lot has been going on.

Since posting the 83 on 8/31, I crammed in one round a week, preparing for the national finals of our two-man scramble tournament that was this past weekend. I had not taken any more lessons, just tried to work on getting tournament ready and not too technical. My time was certainly limited, I would have loved to get a couple more rounds in.

I followed up with the following rounds:
41-42=83 with 4 greens and 28 putts
40-44=84 with 7 greens and 36 putts
And then leading up to the tournament at TPC Louisiana, my practice round at that course was 38-43=81, with 8 greens and 30 putts. I doubled three holes coming in after a lightning/rain delay of about an hour on the back nine.

I went into the tournament feeling fairly good but both my partner and I struggled. We were in 13th of 29 after an even opening round, with the leaders storming out to a 10 under 3 shot lead. We were already basically out of it. We came back to shoot 1 under on the second day, also disappointing, after somehow starting bogey-double-bogey, +4 after three holes. We shot a 39 on the front when I had shot 38 myself two days before. We may have needed more rest and less fun the night before of both nights, but nonetheless. We finished 12th. If it is any consolation we had no chance to win even had we played to our max capability, with the winners finishing -17 after the 36 hole event.

I did win a new Srixon Z785 with the black handcrafted hzrdus shaft, which seems like a great driver, but I do enjoy my Epic... not sure if I'll sell it or test it out to see if I want to switch my gamer. The reviews on the 785 are great.

With respect to where I stand with the initial goals, here's an update:

I have come up with several goals:
1. Attain a handicap of 5.4 or lower by August 2019 to allow me to attempt to qualify with a partner for the 2020 USGA four ball (never mind that you really need to be scratch to have a chance to make it). - PENDING
a.   August 2018 would be awesome for the 2019 four ball (Bandon!!!!), so I will list it here as a stretch goal. - MISSED
2. Attain a handicap of 6.4 or less by March 20, 2019 to allow me to qualify with a partner in the TGA four ball.   PENDING
3. Attain a handicap of less than 7 prior to the September 2018 City Tour finals (I play as part of a team out of Dallas).- MISSED

a. Win the City Tour finals (prior best finish was a distant 3rd last season). - MISSED

4. Attain a new all time low handicap of something less than 8.4. - MADE IT!

My last revision put me at a handicap of 8.3, narrowly accomplishing goal 4. For working a lot and having a new kiddo and two young kids, overall I am considering this a success so far. It was not long ago that I was a 12.4, and I feel as though my handicap could have easily been much lower than 8.3 at this time. Numerous rounds I would go out and shoot sub 40 on the front and then collapse on the way in.

I do think part of it is that I still have some flipping/EE in my swing that makes me prone to a big miss when the pressure is on. Backswing gets long and the whole thing falls apart. I'll have to continue to work on this from a technical standpoint.

I also think I should consider reading some more about the mental game and strategy behind golf, as these rounds suggest that my approach needs to change. I have read Zen Golf, The Little Red Book, and Golf is not a Game of Perfect, and I'm trying to decide between The Elements of Scoring (Raymond Floyd), Fearless Golf (Valiante) next, or possibly the Practice Manual as was prescribed here by another poster.

I have a long way to go, but I think this offseason will give me some time to really ingrain the shallowing and improved transition moves that my swing coach has been trying to work with me on. Right now, it's improved, but only incrementally, and I think that another 6 months or so particularly during the off-season will be helpful.

My left shoulder has been a little sore since hitting the range and playing four days in a row this weekend, I am considering heading to the club tomorrow if it feels okay in the morning but if it's off I'll rest it.

Next on the list: joining the pushcart mafia (recommendations anyone? leaning clicgear). I am also mulling over the idea of some new irons. I've been playing the i25's since 2014, and if I can get my handicap in the 5 range I'd feel comfortable with something with more feedback that is a little less GI oriented. Might take me a while to get there though.

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 08:31 PM

I went out the day after the above post and played 9, shooting a 39. Then got swamped with work, life, kids getting sick, then me getting sick, went 10 days without touching a club, then went to go play today and it was a disaster. 90 with two triples. I really did feel like things were coming together, but I really struggle maintaining if I am not swinging a club at least once a week, preferably 2-3x.

I do want to cut back at work a bit, I am feeling pretty whipped at the moment. However, the offseason is nearly upon us, so maybe I'll power through until spring of 2019. I'll be working overnights the next week so it's looking like another rough stretch coming up.

Here's how the swing was looking 2 weeks ago. No idea what it looked like today.



I have read about half of Ray Floyd's book, and have taken away the "play comfortable" approach so far, seems solid.
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Posted 30 September 2018 - 07:11 AM

Extending properly in the backswing would do wonders for your game.   You have way too much bend at the waist at the top of your backswing.   Leads to a lack of depth at the top of your swing and you have no choice but to be steep on it.

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 02:32 PM

View Postryan983, on 30 September 2018 - 07:11 AM, said:

Extending properly in the backswing would do wonders for your game.   You have way too much bend at the waist at the top of your backswing.   Leads to a lack of depth at the top of your swing and you have no choice but to be steep on it.

What do you mean by depth ?   - how far the arms are extended "behind" the body ? (is what I understand it to mean)

If so, how would the amount of bend in the waist affect how far the arms are extended ?

If so, then the swing plane  upright / flat would be the main thing affecting "depth" ?

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 03:34 PM

View Postmstram, on 30 September 2018 - 02:32 PM, said:

View Postryan983, on 30 September 2018 - 07:11 AM, said:

Extending properly in the backswing would do wonders for your game.   You have way too much bend at the waist at the top of your backswing.   Leads to a lack of depth at the top of your swing and you have no choice but to be steep on it.

What do you mean by depth ?   - how far the arms are extended "behind" the body ? (is what I understand it to mean)

If so, how would the amount of bend in the waist affect how far the arms are extended ?

If so, then the swing plane  upright / flat would be the main thing affecting "depth" ?

While looking at yourself in a mirror from DTL, make a good backswing and see what happens to the line from the butt end of the club to the ground if you bend less or more from the waist.  

With a lot of bend, you would have to swing your arms super flat in order to get that line behind by your heels.


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Posted 01 October 2018 - 12:46 AM

View Postryan983, on 30 September 2018 - 07:11 AM, said:

Extending properly in the backswing would do wonders for your game.   You have way too much bend at the waist at the top of your backswing.   Leads to a lack of depth at the top of your swing and you have no choice but to be steep on it.

Can you elaborate on how exactly to extend properly in the backswing?
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Posted 01 October 2018 - 06:04 AM

View Postrobdalky, on 01 October 2018 - 12:46 AM, said:

View Postryan983, on 30 September 2018 - 07:11 AM, said:

Extending properly in the backswing would do wonders for your game.   You have way too much bend at the waist at the top of your backswing.   Leads to a lack of depth at the top of your swing and you have no choice but to be steep on it.

Can you elaborate on how exactly to extend properly in the backswing?


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 01:51 PM

Got out to play on Saturday with a friend and two of his acquaintances. One was a college golfer and was very accustomed to playing the tips, since he was out at our club he had insisted we play them (7200 yards, I usually play around 6800 and don't recall ever playing the tips for a full round anywhere). I, of course, was going to roll with it. The course plays to a 75.1/142 from the back tees. I played fairly well with a 40-45=85, hitting 7 greens and finishing with 31 putts. I left a few strokes out there on the back, but got off the tee pretty well and came away with a nice birdie on the front. The highlight shot of the day was a 30-35 yard pitch short sided to an elevated tucked pin, played the ball back and clipped it low with a ton of spin, took one bounce and stopped dead a foot from the hole. Possibly the best short pitch I've hit in my life.

The one thing I will say is that the par 3's were insanely tough from the tips (normally only "very tough" from the other tees). The second one played 243 to the pin over water. Strangely I found the back tees to be extremely fun, when I thought beforehand it would be a round-ruining beatdown.

My one true focus was keeping the right foot down in transition as FWP and I worked on the last lesson. Secondarily I just tried to ensure my hips and pelvis were making a decent move.

Last two rounds knocked some low scores off the handicap for me so I briefly went up to an 8.4 but back to an 8.3 after the last round.

I will admit that my "data tracking" has died off. When determining how to spend my time, I tend to use it actually practicing rather than keeping track of practice, but I think if I continue to practice intentionally I'll keep seeing improvement. I will plan on periodically "checking up" on my performance on chipping within 3 feet, putt make rates at different distances, etc., but it seems like a waste of time to do that every time I go out to practice.

My next goal is to try and shave two more strokes off, get to 6.4 for the TGA four ball qualifier. There is a regional four ball and a mid-am that cut off at 8.4 that begin in February/March, which I will consider. The MGA at my club starts off with monthly events beginning in February, so it'll just depend on scheduling as to which stuff I'll play in.

Probably be due for another lesson here shortly with FWP, but after my last round I'm feeling pretty good.
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 01:56 PM

View Postryan983, on 01 October 2018 - 06:04 AM, said:

View Postrobdalky, on 01 October 2018 - 12:46 AM, said:

View Postryan983, on 30 September 2018 - 07:11 AM, said:

Extending properly in the backswing would do wonders for your game.   You have way too much bend at the waist at the top of your backswing.   Leads to a lack of depth at the top of your swing and you have no choice but to be steep on it.

Can you elaborate on how exactly to extend properly in the backswing?


https://www.instagra.../p/BlIypQblSJV/

From FO it does not seem like my head is doing any of the movements that Monte references that indicate this problem, but I'll see what FWP says. I know I have a related issue, though, which is, is an under-turn of the thoracic spine/ribcage and occasionally the hands getting disconnected from my body with an arm-overswing. Thanks for the video!

Edited by robdalky, 09 October 2018 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 02:03 PM

View Postryan983, on 30 September 2018 - 03:34 PM, said:

View Postmstram, on 30 September 2018 - 02:32 PM, said:

View Postryan983, on 30 September 2018 - 07:11 AM, said:

Extending properly in the backswing would do wonders for your game.   You have way too much bend at the waist at the top of your backswing.   Leads to a lack of depth at the top of your swing and you have no choice but to be steep on it.

What do you mean by depth ?   - how far the arms are extended "behind" the body ? (is what I understand it to mean)

If so, how would the amount of bend in the waist affect how far the arms are extended ?

If so, then the swing plane  upright / flat would be the main thing affecting "depth" ?

While looking at yourself in a mirror from DTL, make a good backswing and see what happens to the line from the butt end of the club to the ground if you bend less or more from the waist.  

With a lot of bend, you would have to swing your arms super flat in order to get that line behind by your heels.

Are you saying that the line should be behind the heels?




Edited by robdalky, 09 October 2018 - 02:03 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 04:05 PM

Not a requirement but it helps to shallow the club out if you can get it deeper.  When you are strong as Brooks, you can do things that normal people canít.  

You are too bent over at the top of the backswing.   Your head might not be doing what Monte is showing in the videos but you still need to working on extending.    Point your chest up and donít maintain your forward bend so much....it will make it easier to turn your ribcage.

Edited by ryan983, 09 October 2018 - 06:29 PM.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:35 AM

Koepka is quite shut on the initial backswing. Love it.
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