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#1 AllegingBow

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:44 AM

Well another year another journey. This years goals to be more realistic and achievable. I will use the clubs I own in a 14 club or less setup to how I feel and it works. I will endeavor to score in the 90's but consistanly around 95. I will improve my fitness. I will get lessons. I will enjoy my golf, good or bad. I will play to my best.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:00 AM

All the best AB in your goal for 2012. I'll keep you honest. Keep it posted

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:25 AM

Wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks mate. First years round will be with you.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:35 AM

Best of luck. Your very brave putting that in writing on this site, you know what I'll happen if you fall short, the vultures will be circling.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 08:29 PM

hard to set goals as life gets in the way i know what having 5 kids is like so I won't hold it to you. Just enjoy the game and you'll improve along the way. If you stop enjoying it have a break, if you are loving it try and play more, get the kids playing as well and you'll have more fun and be impatient at the same time lol that what happens to me anyway. Happy New Year AB!

#6 AllegingBow

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 12:17 AM

Thanks Parra. Happy New Year to you aswell. I get the kids out (search 'kids golf?'). Youngest one was on course at 7 months. Two townships one hour south and one hour west have drive-in theaters that are still operational and golf courses. We sometimes do a drive-in, camp and golf weekend. Good fun.

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 09:53 AM

Hopefully when I have kids I get them out on the course as much as you AB.

#8 AllegingBow

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 05:52 AM

Best thing ever. Sharing some activity with the kids you both enjoy. My Dad took us fishing. My two year old loves to go golfing. He has just recently started hitting them. Before he would walk on putting green with ball and putter and just be happy running after everyone else's putts.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:32 AM

Have a great new year Alleginbow. Pray that 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your loved ones.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:40 AM

Thanks Weety. Likewise. Will be watching the growth in the game you have and hope I can share some positives also. Bring on the '12

#11 AllegingBow

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:07 AM

My first outing of the new year. The day was postcard perfect as was the company. The scoring was unfortunately not but I got alot from the round. My first tee shot was a dropkick 5 wd about 120m down the fairway. lol. At least it was a fairway hit. My round was a 24 point stableford which is best described this way as with it being a social round I took the opportunity to break up a couple of holes. I put alot in the drink today as I seemed to be getting extra from a few shots. Adjusted to playing safer than safe but it was too late for today's round. I had two pitch shots that I duffed which bewildered me as it's my most practiced shot. The positives from today's round. Firstly, composure. I felt I worked through the round one shot at a time. I watched my bad shots to accept them. Then had a practice swing of mistake shot to reimage what should have been. I even lost swing/tempo mid round and although it was frustrating I kept composure. Although the score doesn't reflect it I had a very educational day that should have me in good position for future rounds.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:04 AM

Great stuff AB!!! I had a round just a couple of weeks ago where I felt like I had never played before and I was getting very angry at myself...... This does not make for an enjoyable round but then I just said Ok this round is stuffed so I'll hit everything I can with my 4i as I'm having trouble with that club. My last few holes I played great!! Stupid game sometimes! Have a great year AB I'm sure you will surprise even yourself!

#13 AllegingBow

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:02 PM

Thanks Node and welcome back. Was getting worried you left us.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:43 AM

Yesterday and today I got 9 holes in after work. Yesterdays round social of comp tees and today chook run off yellow. Yesterday was a out of the car and straight to the tee round. My first shot was a hook into the lake and most of the round I struggled to find a 'golfer' inside. I was able to break up a few holes and even bogeyed a hole with index 4. Today in the chook I had a few chips and putts before round and felt better prepared. From memory I went bogey, bogey, bogey, par(2 shot hcp hole so 4 points) bogey, bogey, double,bogey and then a wipe. 18 points. The last hole was a poor second shot choice which I just didn't recover from but almost a point a hole. Honestly if you had seen how I played the previous day you'd be amazed. The only difference was after viewing a clip of Luke Donaldson swing a mate sent me and noticing how he had the ball positioned on the club near the shaft and not centre of the face. I did a YouTube search on ball positioning to no evail but then came across Jack Nickolsons clip. He said about playing all shots from the inside heal. A loghtbulb went off for me as this was were I had previously positioned every club after seeing a Greg Norman video with the same suggestion. I know one round isn't a big tell tale but it was promising.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:35 AM

This one looks good AB... Ball Positioning

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:49 PM

Hey AB2, Sorry I haven't been in touch with regularity, been flat out with my game at the moment... Mate be careful with your observations of the Luke Donald swing, what looks to be in the heel, is actually pretty square with his initial line of flight. Rewatch the video and see that the ball is actually not travelling down the camera angle but is going left of the camera angle. The other problem you have when analysing such things off video is where don't know what the intended target is, nor doing we know what shot he is hitting and what line he is starting the ball on. Remember that guys of his calibre have a great ability at getting the ball on the face in a particular spot or may have experience with a certain idiosyncrasy in their swings. The take home message "Don't try this at home!" Off the centre of the clubface is fine for you right now mate. As far as ball position goes, it is dependant on YOUR swing bottom! Take some practice swings clipping the grass and see where your club is bottoming out in your swing. This dictates where YOU play the ball! Irons the ball is just before the swing bottom, fairway woods and hybrids just slightly before the swing bottom or on the swing bottom, balls on low tees at the swing bottom or just fractionally ahead (can be slightly behind as well) and driver is just ahead of the swing bottom. Again this all changes when trying to hit different shots shapes and trajectories but that is very much down the road for you mate. I personally hate the standard ball position theory. What if you don't have a standard swing? What if you are having an off day? What if the lie is not flat? Take a practice swing and see where your swing bottom is for the shot you are playing, then position the ball based on that information... Why do pros take multiple practice swings on difficult lies? There might lie your answer mate....

#17 AllegingBow

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:14 AM

Have been doing the clipping the grass bit but positioning the ball about a inch behind. Maybe too far back. Haven't hit a Driver all year! lol. And probably 8 months prior except for one outing which was disastrous. I have been positioning my distance from the ball after some helpful advice, with my feet together so Node that clip makes sense too. Will have to try and see. Maybe if clipping the grass isn't working the setup drill can be a safety? Thanks guys! :)

#18 AllegingBow

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:07 AM

WooHoo! Now I have a driving range. ;) Well sort of. I took the Driver and the Almost balls across the road to the soccer field. Now I have so far used Sw, 9 and 5 iron and 5 wood with the balls to about 80m max. So I took the driver and 95m would've been max distance! The best thing I find is I get the feedback I need. Ball flight, shape and direction. After hitting about a dozen with varied results that were on course but off I slowed it down. I had noticed I was trying to max it out. So with a good stroke but steady I hit a beautiful flighted drive. One I was looking forward to try and repeat but lil miss was in the pram and objected to Daddy having more practice. :) The exciting thing for me, with my limited chance for driving range practice, is I can now work on shots in flight and direction. Seeing I can figure distances from Sw up I'm pretty much set up with a range across the road. Sweet!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:03 AM

Too easy. Will be expecting big things in the future then. And, expecting to see that driver out as well.

#20 AllegingBow

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:16 AM

lol. May just be a teaser JL. Practice is always important on all clubs for when they're needed.




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