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Posted 08 August 2018 - 04:05 PM

Lucindale was a b!tch of a round, started out well enough on this challenging course and as the round progressed my lack of form and fitness showed up my capability. To accept that my frustration was affecting the game is the hardest admission. The gap between a passable round and the messy round I played was not that wide. I was able to place the ball off the tee on the fairways well enough. A few poor shots came more from my lack of confidence and not concentrating on the shots than anything. It was a very chastened golfer on the ride home in the passengers seat.

 

This past weekend again it was a round that as played straight from a drive home, then to the club after several days away. I was frustrated by the end of the day with the result, only because my expectations were in the way of my capability. It was nothing more than half a dozen poor shots from the tee to the green and 2-3 putts not dropping into the cup that made the final score. It was the grand total of no more than 9 shots which were the difference between success and the mediocrity I delivered.

 

Once again more positives that negatives, this has been a tough period of golfing dear readers. In fact the thought has crossed my mind... "time to stop". Of course that ignites that stubborn pigheaded, win at all costs hunger in the belly yet again. This round off the tee the driver became a powerful tool of distance and with better accuracy. Not a big hitter off the tee as regular reader know and that was debunked with a consistent 10-20 metres than usual all day. The irons also were delivering good distance, unfortunately the accuracy was rubbish. Greens in regulation are a must to pay to single figures and I am still on 10.3 at the minute. Lack of practice due to wet conditions is not helping, the ball striking from net practise though has maintained this consistent striking attribute.

 

Over all feeling good and the exercising is increasing back with light chest expander workouts to get reliable stamina to play 18 holes again. Putting and chipping is okay, not championship for though. Which has to be built up by September when matchplay for the club handicap begins.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 05:11 PM

Dear readers, seems a lot longer since the 8th of August to have put words on my golfing adventures down. All is travelling well following the past four weeks of practicing in the main, with 2-3 competition rounds thrown in. With a bit of good fortune weather wise, even though August finished with winds and rain I managed to get 6 continuous 9 hole rounds in one week and that was the turning point. The club practise fairways were flooded and the chipping and putting whilst invaluable to refine are not all of the game skills needed to be tuned up.

 

At the end of that one week though all was in place, Handicap Club Championships have begun and my quarter final is on the 16th of September. Today in the 9 hole chicken run 18 points with a wipe and a missed putt delivered the golfing form I have worked towards. Peaking a t the right time is always the key to winning match play. Some claim luck on a day that is never my conclusion in winning golf in this format. You have to play the best you can and must prepare and build up to be in the best form possible when it is time to play. 

 

As always it has been a three month training period for me. Tried and proven since 2009 with the results when I returned to golf. In that past decade I have won 2 club championships and 3 club handicap championships.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 06:27 PM

Following on from Friday and 18 points in the nine hole Chicken Run, the improved form has established itself. Today was a Stroke round and finished with 80 gross nett 69 and 29 putts for the day. Good enough for third place in the trophy count. Had been working towards this form over the past two months, peaking at the right time with the Club Handicap match play rounds under way. Should get my quarter final out of the way during the week, weather permitting. 

 

Today's round was satisfying, with a selection of poor shots played showing there is a lot of capability not being realised yet. Beginning with what caused all of the errors today, my lack of fitness and being overweight. Any analysis which highlights faults in shot execution all comes back not being fit enough to play better. Thankfully I have been exercising regularly getting the 10,000 steps in every day possible, usually 5-6 days per week. This has made it possible to reach an acceptable standard of mediocrity for me, a 11 handicap. Even so this has only got me to a passable level of golfing on balance with my capability and ability.

 

The case in point of the last two rounds, begins with the 9 holes on Friday and wiping the first hole scoring a double bogie 6. To end up after another 8 holes with 18 points. Then the competition 18 holes today. For a Sunday played in wind gusts up to 15 Kph, a breeze compared to the standard winter winds and rain. Missed three putts inside 40-60cm, a couple of wayward drives and there is five strokes added to the score of 80. Every single one of these errors were the result of tiredness. The root cause being overweight and unfit.

 

There was one hole where I had a brain fade the par 5, 10th hole was alongside the pin 2-3 metres off the green for three. Plan was a chip and a putt for a par. Could have used the putter off the green, except there was a deep sprinkler head depression between the ball and the hole. So I chipped the ball which fell 20 cm short of the target. Landed in the sprinkler head depression and dropped straight down into the gap between the sprinkler and the wall. F@@@k!!!! Ended up on for 5 with a putt just off the green went too far and two putted for a double bogey 7. Was furious with the result and shot mistake, this mental snap added 1-2 shots to my final score. 

 

End result was still 5 shots added to the score through poor fitness and conditioning. 

 

This may be seen as a harsh judgement, if you are a soft centered marshmallow. Golfing is a competitive sport and there can only be one winner, hence I came third. First and Second both on nett 68 decided by a count back as I sat one off the prized vouchers with a nett 69. 


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 06:59 PM

Played the Quarter Final of Club Handicap Championship today had to give opponent 4 strokes and got a win 4 up 3 to play. Started well winning first 3 holes, played some unfocused shots to follow and then got back on top to finish the front nine 2 up, with a 38 off the stick to opponents 43. Back nine missed a couple of easy putts, that's match play for you though and kept the pressure on even with the lapses which scored halved holes instead of winning. Won on the 15th hole with a comfortable lead and through to quarter finals on 30th September (after 6 holes 23 off the stick to 28). 

 

The past months of following my established practise routine has worked again. As all successful golfers know consistency comes from practicing to play the best you can. There was no luck in my win whatsoever, I have trained to be able to play the shots which other golfers accept as lucky, because of their rarity. There were mistakes as well which made the match go longer, this was my fault for being too convivial and confident in my ability. I wanted to enjoy the round and not crush my opponent ruthlessly. This I have done in the past specifically the first two Handicap Championships which I won. 

 

This season has been one of recovering fitness for some time and that has been done. In the process I also dropped some of the poor attitude and the hunger for winning has returned. Up against the coming generation of club young guns has been an inspiration. 

 

My errors came off the tee, where I began to try and smash the ball. No need to do it at all, this was part of the conviviality dulling my focus. I have a very simple tee shot method pick a target on the fairway 100-150 metres away. This shorter than where the ball will finish, then hit the ball so the flight is over that target. End result hitting 70-80% of fairways per round. The big game changer has been the return of hitting greens in regulation, this is from setting up well and hitting irons and hybrids accurately. Again the cause of failures is trying to hit the ball too hard, perhaps a flow on from the shoulder injury. I have been struggling to be confident with the approach shots the distance for each club has returned, I am just protective with out any need to. Nothing a few more practise sessions on the range won't fix.

 

Chipping and putting still a strength yet a couple of lapses and putting too hard was a problem on a couple of holes. Of course I won, this is not sour grapes or being pedantic. This is how winning golf is set up and played.


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 04:06 PM

The sun is shining my golf game is okay and working hard on getting the golf/life balance back in favour of golf. Seriously that is a major facet of my way of living and it is not something to be dismissed. On the crap side of Golf, was flogged in the Semi Final of the Handicap Championship. Sadly I was not good enough and should have done much better. After being 6 down after 9, 5 down after 10 and then on the 11th on for two and 3 putted for the first time in a long time to lose a hole, where my opponent dropped a brilliant 4th shot off the green to par. It was a pleasure to watch my opponent play brilliantly all game. I mean that with all sincerity he played very well and it was great seeing putts and chips drop and shut me out. Unfortunately he lost the Handicap Championship playoff on the 18th, after giving his opponent 5-6 shots. 

 

The improved weather has been fantastic, playing a coastal course when it is sunny and not a howling gale is easy. After fighting to at times even hold my place on the tee block before hitting the ball during autumn and winter the game is a joy now. Which is showing in my performance and others as well. Not 100% yet, have a great nine hole game scoring between 2-4 over on the front nine the past month, yet the back nine faltering badly. It is a combination of fitness and concentration that is slowly getting corrected. Which is why the need to get golfing back to the top of the life balance. Which this week has finally seen the turning point be reached. Daylight saving is going to assist, the work level has increased so cannot lessen there, early starts are easy to do after week one of the time change. 

 

Even so here I am on a Friday afternoon and this is the first opportunity to be able to post has came up this week. As well as not being on the golf course at 2 pm for the chicken run being possible so I will amble out at 5.30-6pm and have a whack. All is good Happy Golfing all.


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 06:31 PM

Hi readers, some time between posts, mainly due to that great interupter of golfing, work. The game has been practised and played with improvement each week.

Mentally my focus has been difficult to keep sharp on rounds. Playing poor front nines,and coming home with very good sub handicap scores.

Today was day two of the home club open and invitational classic. Day one did not finish the last nine well. Today through in the the classic my game was back on song. Faltered on last three holes to have 82 gross. Good enough yesterday to have won B Grade.

Still it will be less is more in coming months to get the golfing in tune. As well as it break down.
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Posted 04 January 2019 - 12:14 PM

"The single digit handicap is no longer the goal, it is a reality in my golfing now and all that is required is the GA confirmation.

 

The motivation every season for me has always been the direct results of winning golf competitions, club events, monthly medals, championships, Masters Games events, Open events and tournaments. Last season I achieved back to back gold and silver in the masters games, back to back club handicap championships as well as monthly medal, club events and opens. Added to this was the very profitable action of backing myself in Caddie Challenge especially. 

 

Whilst the handicap and my level of golf capability is important so is winning which is why I enjoy putting the effort in to play at the best I possibly can."

 

The preceding is the opening post of this 'blog, and today I have finally got the time to revisit the site and share my golfing tale as 2019 begins. Work has been interfered with my golfing obsession significantly in 2018, combined with my usual physical breakdowns which led to limited golfing. Even so the record since I returned to golfing in 2009 was built on. My three Club Handicap Championships and sole Club Championship is now up to two championships winning back to back last season. Which once again got me an entry into the Robe Classic Invitational 3 hcp or less. This was my third invite and at last achieved my goal of not coming last :)

 

The GA handicap is out to 12.4 now and I have no problems with that figure.  Apart from playing my best golf in match play events, injury and limited golf practice truly took a toll on my club golf from April onward in 2018. End result handicap is out and I am only now beginning to play back a little form. Enjoying half a dozen holes as part of my morning walking and exercise routine the past week. Also using the nike Vapor Pro blades again. Do enjoy playing with them and my fitness and injury improvement has certainly been shown with these sticks in the bag.

 

My biggest problem is they are "loft creep" clubs. The nike vapor pro 3 iron loft 21 degree, 7i 35 degree, PW 47 compared to my taylor made RSi2 4 iron loft  20 degrees, 7i - 30.5, PW - 44 Whilst they look and play like a blade, the head actually has a five piece construction of a 1025 carbon steel chassis, RZN inserts, forged steel face, PVD backing and an aluminium medallion.The mid-sized heads are slightly deeper with a thicker top line and in the 2 to 7 irons there is a small cavity hidden in that modern muscle that is filled with a modified version of the RZN (pronounced Rezin) material that Nike use in their golf balls.

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This allows 45 grams of weight to move to the edges of the club to increase the "Moment of Inertia (MOI)" and make the Vapor Pro Combo a little more forgiving. I enjoy playing with them for several reasons, From a practise view point I work harder to hit the ball with more precision using the nike irons. This has been valuable when returning to the RS1 2 set. What has became very satisfying is the physical improvement of my injuries combined with the nike I have began picking up the distance lost in the loft creep! This was discounted at first simply as a low percentage rare occurrence by fluke involving weather and a lucky ball strike. This is happening often and has renewed my golfing vigour.  Now readers, since 2009 are well aware I am not a long distance ball striker, 5 iron is 145-150 metres. 8 iron - 120 metres. This is obviously not a problem in playing winning golf. The improvement from 36 handicap to 9 and now 12.4 is a lot. Consistency is a significant addition to how I play. As low handicappers will attest, improvement is minimal as you get more proficient, not many single digit golfers score 44-48 points in a round of Stableford. Coming in with 39-42 points though is always a targeted possibility in a round.

So when I experience regular and significant improvement while using the nike irons that registers with a boom. Hence playing six holes each morning of late has became the norm after the half hour beach walk.

I am just exploring this level of improvement gradually, whilst tuning up the tee shots as well. Putting and chipping are always staples in my practise. That is being bypassed as I feel the limits of the new capability with the nikes to the limit. Takes a bit more concentration to use them well and that is difficult with no practise fairway available at the minute. Even my own practise net is out of action. Main mistake is topping the ball too often. Caused by a subconscious fault, trying to hit too hard and fast. 

Even so it only happens with the first couple of long iron shots. As a golfer who has improved markedly over a decade, consistency has been difficult. Every injury has thrown the capability out and needed to be re-established. Now I am injury free and truly on the cusp of another game improvement. One that has been my tipping point, accuracy. I have never been able to reach my best golf level and maintain the consistent accuracy for greens in regulation. This I realised was at last possible the moment the nike shots began to show regular improvement.

 

A long tale to get to the point dear readers.It has been in my mind for some time and worked on at every opportunity in practise. At last it has shown the result from an unexpected series of golfing experiences. Happy golfing in 2019 all.


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:35 PM

Hi Readers back to my golfing world again after a few weeks of enjoying playing with the Nike Vapor irons. First and foremost is the single matter of enjoyment, I have probably played more golf in the past three weeks than in January 2017 and 2018 combined already. No injury concerns or difficulties does make playing a lot more fun. Given the difficulty of having to hit the ball with more precision to get the best result with the nike's my scores and results are remarkably good and inspirational for the coming season. I will repeat myself it is hard work playing the Vapors and this has delivered the rewards, improving my concentration, set up, and focus in the practice rounds I am playing. Not playing any comp rounds at the minute deliberately and also with work commitments this is not easily possible a the minute.

 

Another factor to be noted in this post is I am not practicing on the range or greens for putting and chipping. This is a deliberate break from my competition routine in line with the enjoyment factor. With not some little psychological influence of being cautious, given the injuries of the past seasons. That will very likely be challenged this week I have to get some driving range practise wit the irons especially. The key to playing my best golf and returning to a single digit handicap is getting the ball on to greens in regulation. Besides enjoying using the Vapor irons and the improvements with my mental game facets I am not far off a dramatic GIR improvement with them. Having adjusted to the loft creep aspect and the need to hit with more precision with the practice round approach, only range work will deliver the next improvement. 

 

I am not missing greens by much and my short game is quite good as it stands and one putts are delivering pars 50% of the time in essence I am playing comfortably to a 10 handicap. This is so effective that in the past two days I have made another change to my practise rounds, now teeing off with a three wood. This is to make the absolute focus of these rounds all about working on accuracy with every shot. Forcing me to play more long iron shots as well with the Vapors and bringing my hybrids into more use. Basically I am playing range golf on the course. There is a reason for this, specifically I am 100% committed to becoming a more accurate golfer. Improve my ball striking through this practise routine to initiate a consistent and reliable golf game with a changed practice routine. 

 

At this stage pleased with the results especially when hitting a poor shot from 120 to 160 metres I play a second ball and 85% of the time the shot is to where I was targeting originally. The margin for error is reduced with the Vapors and with little practise I have become competent. Now it is time to become effective with them and hitting a few buckets at the practice range. The changed practice routine has been invigorating in line with not being injured and restricted. Happy golfing all


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:40 PM

At last dear readers I have regained the standard of golfing capability of two years ago when the previous 7 years of practise, training and concentration reached the targeted result. Those who have followed my path are aware physical limitation from past injuries and golf related injury have made it very difficult to maintain consistent form and play my best golf. Since completing 2018 golfing season in November I have been disciplined and cautious with my golfing, recuperation had precedence over practice and playing. It literally felt like it had been forever since playing the game I love yet it was less than 6 weeks.

 

It was during an official walk around of the six new holes being built at the home track that I had the golfing epiphany which was needed to initiate the return to form. In the simplest of descriptions, I had become, "a hitter of the golf ball, instead of a golfer hitting the ball." The root case was a result of playing with injury for so long, no longer had confidence in playing shots reliably. Instead I was hitting the ball in the general direction of the target and hoping it would be near enough and playable. 

 

Once my fitness was recovered, the choice of the nike vapor irons was a crucial ingredient in this return of my golf capability, these irons are not "game improvement" clubs. My preferred game set of Taylor Made RSi 2's are made to suit a mid/low-handicap golfer.  They have forged short irons and cavity back long irons. The RSi line of irons are more forgiving, designed to reward shots hit just about anywhere on the face.  You don't have to find a small sized sweet-spot, but virtually the whole face of these irons will yield similar results. The Vapor Pro Combo irons are a little forgiving, there is a small cavity hidden that is filled with a modified version of the RZN (pronounced Rezin) material that Nike use in their golf balls.This allows 45 grams of weight to move to the edges of the club to increase the "Moment of Inertia (MOI)" I was forced to concentrate on striking the ball with precision and not swing and smack it toward the target.

 

I slowed down my shot play and began to look at my setup routine.What I had been doing wrong in various facets became apparent. It was the dawning realisation that there was a mental issue also dear readers. I had became 'shot shy', continuous injury problems of the past two years had eroded my confidence. An expectation that there was going to be another problem had became established in my mind! So I rushed hitting the ball instead of taking the time to set up and play it to where I wanted it to go. Turning me into "a hitter of the golf ball and no longer a golfer playing the ball."

 

Instead of playing a bucket of balls on the practice fairway, today I elected first to put in a an hour on the practice green chipping. Coming back a few hours later to play six holes and work on the fore mentioned points which have been revealed over the past few weeks of practice. Par fours; On two holes hitting with the wind used the 3 wood off the tee, both placed well on the fairway. Two holes into the wind, driver and again precise and accurate well placed on the fairway. Par threes; on one the three wood the other 3 iron both on the target line. 3 wood short into strong wind, 3 iron on front edge of the green. All second shots to the greens were on target and GIR is back into my golf game with reliability.

 

All of this has been achieved through playing the Vapor irons, slowing down and doing the correct set up and shot routine. In tandem with getting fitter and making recovery from injury a priority. Tonight very happy with the return of my golf game and looking forward to improving even more in the month of February. Happy golfing all.


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Posted 02 February 2019 - 06:42 PM

Golf is full of surprises, just when it seems to have lost its lustre of gone to the rubbish never to be usable again, it changes. Not by a miraculous discovery or amazing secret tip passed down by coaches raised on virgin Yak milk and four leaf clover sandwiches, instead by the reliable standard of practise and concentration. In the past few weeks work that curse of the amateur golfer has stymied my plans to get on the range an work on my game.

 

To top it off this week when it quietens down I get a cold, yes the full blown man cold. Yeah the one which women's sayz we invented to match the discomfort of child birth, because at heart men are self centred b@st@rds. So after three days of sneezing, coughing, headaches, muscle aches, caused by the massive amount of white blood cells the body produces to fight the virus. (Lets not let scientific fact get in the way of women's logic and truth though dear readers.)  Today all was clear and even got a morning walk in, the day was excellent so i thought a chip and a putt would be great fun, maybe even test the stiffness out on the practise fairway.

 

Did not happen got my golf shoes on course was clear all at the beach. So went into my rhythm established a few weeks ago, using Fairway wood on holes, playing for precision and accuracy. Nine holes later, five over, with an out of bounds! I have returned to my best golf through sticking to the same program established since I began in 2009. Then spent time on the practise green chipping 50 balls. It was hot sweaty and fun to do with my game on song. All done with the Nike Vapor Pro irons. In a position of being below my fitness instead i concentrated on playing as the practise routine demands and it delivered. Importantly, greens in regulation on 4 of five greens. The loft creep is not a problem as I am not distracted I am playing golf and back to the winning way. 


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 02:56 PM

This week i upped the ante and pushed myself relatively hard physically following the club round on Sunday. With sensible caution that has finally established itself after years of not being sensible. This ability to play and swing a club for the first time in 3 year during summer was hard won in getting the injuries to repair. The combination of adding the nike vapor pro's to the bag to slow me down and make it more difficult  to hit the ball assisted in the recovery. 

 

Wednesday and Thursday I was significantly stiff during the practise sessions and while not surprised, today I was much more supple. There was a fear lurking in the back of my mind that I would over do it, again. That has not been the case I have walked the stiffness out during the week also. Importantly the weeks of associated preparation have set up a stable platform for me physically to work with.

 

I also took the nike Vapor pro's out of the bag for a range session and practise round, reverting to the Taylor Made RS1 2 game set. Promptly returning the nike's after one day. It has taken a good season and a half of using them as a practise set to have now developed the capability to play them in competition. I have became used to the crisp strong ball flight and feel a well struck ball with them imparts. As well as the improved ball striking and game ability which has been developed for myself with this continued practise. 

 

I am quite sure the precision ball striking required to game them is another aspect of my golf that needed these irons to initiate and inspire my dormant ability. Today I had a quick 6 hole walk around and firstly enjoy the absence of stiffness and full swing movement following the increased practise load of this week. Secondly establishing the new set up routine, Irons; practise swing, line up shot, stand closer to the ball, swing through, ball goes to target area. Driver, Tee up higher, practise swing, stand closer to ball, identify target area, hit through the ball. Land in target area.

 

Putting and chipping sessions were productive as well this week. Chipping especially now comfortable with the nike 9 iron not the pitching wedge around the greens. It is all to do with the club loft the nike are loft creep clubs 5 iron is the Taylor made 6 iron, so the nike 9 is the Taylor Made PW. This had been significant mental distraction which has contributed to the discomfort in using the irons. After so long using them as my 'game' clubs since December I no longer have that distraction.

 

This Sunday is a 6 hole handicapped matchplay event at the club. Mixed competition, men and women. Round robin style event last golfer standing wins. With names pulled from a hat and off you go. With a $100 1st and $50 2nd prize voucher it will be fun and Also a great way to put my game into perspective, I play to win and this will be a great tune up.


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 03:10 PM

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This Sunday is a 6 hole handicapped matchplay event at the club. Mixed competition, men and women. Round robin style event last golfer standing wins. With names pulled from a hat and off you go. With a $100 1st and $50 2nd prize voucher it will be fun and Also a great way to put my game into perspective, I play to win and this will be a great tune up.

 

Is the event decided over successive weekends or is it all in one day?


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 07:38 PM

Is the event decided over successive weekends or is it all in one day?


Decided in one day. Winners keep playing 6 hole handicap matchplay. Until last two golfers left play off for prizes.
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Posted 18 February 2019 - 08:24 PM

The weekend competition was cut out for me, unfortunately the job got in the way of playing the Super 6 event. Not the end of the world, still got a 9 hole round in. Which drew attention to another improvement that will be adjusted to in the coming weeks of preparation. With four weeks to the first qualifying round for the club championships on the 17th of March, 2nd on the 24th and the 3rd on the 7th of April all is on track to be ready to play my best golf.

 

The latest improvement always take me by surprise, there is no way I can prepare except play through the adjustment period. This is the result of one of the final preparation tools, using a 'chest expander' and completing a series of strand pulling  routines. The reason for this for new readers is to build stamina, so I can hit the ball consistently. It is not a strengthening exercise although that is the result, not the purpose. It is a rapid improvement taking less than two weeks to build up to a series of 5 x 30 repetitions in a session using three strands on the equipment.

 

Adjusting with all clubs is a very quick learn out of necessity. The hardest is with the putter, with balls going 1.5-2 metres past the hole not unusual. Shorter putts are also affected as the ball rockets forward and past the hole or clipping an edge not dropping in to the hole if playing for breaks. Today got in another six holes after hours and there was two four putts, would be devastating in a round, which is why I practise. With the irons and driver the ball striking was great that is what the strand pulling is for, to set up an effortless consistent golf swing I can rely on.

 

Tomorrow Is going to hopefully be a day I can get on the driving range and work through a bucket of balls. Feeling my way into the changes and improve the accuracy off the tee and to the green more.


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Posted 19 February 2019 - 08:09 PM

Keeping the routine on track takes extra commitment these days, summer days help balancing the business commitments with the dedication to golfing improvement. Today was out late afternoon to get in half a dozen holes. Did consider a range session, still not satisfied with the form from yesterday so chose the less intense option of a walk and hit.

 

This was very satisfactory par on the first three holes then bogie, bogie, finishing a hole early with an important work call was no issue. I was hitting the ball very well even the putting while below average was okay. It was a big confidence boosting hit, which is immeasurable for the positive effect on my golfing. This was the important follow up hit to the previous day when the benefits of working out became obvious. The reality is I follow exactly the same competition preparation routine every season, for the past 5 years at least. It has been developed through experience and education since 2009, when I returned to golfing. Does it work? For the new readers a recap for long time followers, have won three handicap club championships, runner up in on club championship and won two club championships in the ten years to 2018. Plus various other club open events, gold and silver at the Masters games, so yes it works. 

 

Time confuses many, they are in such a hurry for instant gratification and success. I have many broken bits that make playing golf a perilous journey, which by being informed and learning how to prepare properly over a decade has delivered results. This is the first time in three years hitting balls and playing comp has been possible in January through being prepared. As today showed the ball striking was good club control great all i need to do is begin tuningmy game to peak when the season qualifiers start.


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