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#121 Weetbix

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 03:29 PM

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#122 Talart

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:37 AM

Kick ass Tal

hanging in there with a good chance even. Just want to make it a tough battle for all challengers to claim the title. And crush my opponents lol


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:21 AM

What are you playing off now, Tal....handicap wise?


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:10 PM

What are you playing off now, Tal....handicap wise?

Still on 13.6 just not getting many 18 hole comp rounds in at the minute. Puts me in the 'Bushranger Class' at the minute


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:22 PM

Apart from getting in some social rounds and a few 9 hole chicken run events golfing has been limited. Was eliminated from the Handicap Championships for this season a couple of weeks ago. Not to perturbed, I played and made an effort to defend the title . Still have three of these in the winning box now. Of course the Club Championship is the crowning achievement that has joined the achievements. 

 

Last club round was three weekends ago and I claimed a win, first club event for some time and did it easy as well. Keeping a regular practise routine as much as possible  these days is difficult and not helping improvements. The beauty is that I have reached a level of golf capability now that it takes very little to tune my game up. Dropping 4 strokes to get a single digit number again would not be insurmountable. Simply cannot get the time in to do it easily.

 

Instead I am following a training path which is effective and enjoyable. It is based around playing 6 holes whenever possible. Takes about an hour and I soon tune up the game doing this. Then add in a couple or three practice green sessions for putting and chipping when time suits as well. It has taken a couple of months to get improvement this way. Not my preferred method of dedicated range and practice green sessions followed with social rounds to reflect the improvements. This is faster and efficient but requires a specified training routine set in for a couple of weeks. 

 

Hopefully the time will be available to do this in November when I have my next golfing targets to play. The Club Open and the Village Classic Invitational.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:11 PM

 

Good grief Dear Readers two posts in two days I must be golfing again. That is partly true, the other piece is as has been the way with my annual golfing diary detailing the journey since 2009, there is something to share. 

 

Today was busy with the non golf distractions as we are all cursed with in the reality of life. At three pm at last free to get out and practice. Fortunately at that time the former pro golfing guest was back from the beach on her day off and asked if she could come out for a hit. Absolutely no hesitation from me and off we went.

 

On the third tee she asked if I would like some coaching advice which was a yes from me. To which came the statement if I take this advice my game will be shot for two weeks as it is a major change in what I do, again a yes from me. Then came the description of what I was doing and why this was affecting my golf.

 

In simple terms my grip was out of balance. The right hand was too dominant and the left hand was unable to participate in my swing. It was a very simple correction, all I do now is hold the club in my left hand to start the set up, bring the right hand in from the back and the grip is set. Left hand is more on top now and right laid back.  This was all delivered with the warning that this is a major change and will take some time to settle into.

 

The effect of this was that I would hit across the ball often, as my body would automatically try to adjust for the way the grip made my swing path go. Hence even though I now hit the ball with my body and not just arms swinging as I did 6 years ago, still I would slice the ball too often. Immediately from the first swing and hit mt club control was improved markedly.

 

The second adjustment was again a long time factor affecting my golf. Even when hitting the ball well as I do now and previously (not so well) I would pull the ball left often. In part it has been from not putting weight on my front foot. Secondly, even with the grip change I have a long time physical habit set in from making an adjustment to compensate to injuries. Again something that has been repaired from golfing the past 6 years. The habit remained, I set up accurately to the target. Then when putting right hand on the club, twist my shoulders to the left. Simple to correct once pointed out and told the simple set up routine to correct it. Keep my Right shoulder back not twisted , with weight on front foot. Followed by the most important finishing touch, hands ahead of the club head on the downswing through the ball.

 

Now the really good news. My game is not shot for two weeks. Thanks to the past two months of barely golfing due to weather, work and other obligations, my only golfing has basically been coaching sessions and practice in the driving net at home. In the past two month my swing has been literally rebuilt and is not even recognizable from what I was doing in March/April 2016 when playing competition.

 

The rebuilding was simplification of the swing. Removing unnecessary actions and stabilising the stance and swing into a largely effortless stroke to hit the ball from tee shots, fairway, chips and putts. That is why the final change settled in so easily. I am not trying to do what  was being done before so there is no conflict in the 'new' swing. In fact I am doing less than before so it is even easier. End result from the major grip change on third hole was a double bogie, bogie, bogie, par, birdie, par finish on the seventh and eighth holes. Did not play the ninth.  Thank you for your time and attention. Happy golfing all. 

 

 

Back to the Future. The past few weeks of practice have been focused on this coaching advice from last year. Good enough to get me a club championship with my physical ability severely restricted in March 2017. Had to play in a cart for the 36 holes and it was purely golfing capability from this advice that won the game for me.


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#127 Talart

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:24 AM

Practise has been limited of late withthe time available. Which has not been a major problem in truth. I still practise and have the advantage of greater capability and skill than 5-4 or 3 years ago. Which means I can target specific parts of my game and tune up the weaknesses. 

 

During the week I played a few 9 hole rounds and 4 over was the average score. On Sunday I went and played the stroke round competition and had a credible 85 for a nett 72. Missed 3-4 easy putts and three very poor second shots added an extra shot to those holes. My weakness at the minute is in two areas concentration and putting. Both are simple to improve, the concentration's the most complicated. That is more about making the move from social golf to serious competition golf attitude. That transition is not particularly comfortable in the very social environment at the club which is why i enjoy the time there. 

 

An escape zone from the hectic events in work and family is needed. As much as I really enjoy golf and winning. The game is not the most important thing which needs my attention. 


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 02:03 PM

With 4 weeks to go until the targeted golf events my recent practise and training schedule has worked again. It has been difficult as always to put in the time to practise, the past years efforts would not be possible now. Which is a good thing and the business success was definitely assisted with the inclusion of golf into my recreation. 

 

I have followed my established practise routine to suit being time poor. Chipping and putting in the main as it is always possible. even in the yard at home. The same simplified swing principles apply to my iron and driver shots as they do to chipping and putting. As always the repetitive short game practise builds the consistency in all of my golfing. This week the results became obvious getting enough time to play 6-9 holes early am or late pm and the GIR increase, with hitting fairways increase began to establish themselves in my game. 

 

With 4 weeks to go I am in the place I wanted to be. All from two simple actions that unite to provide consistency. First is physical training, walking to get the legs fit, using a chest expander to build stamina in my upper body. This is just as vital as the chipping and putting practice. The exercise give the platform of stamina to be able to make the same swing without tiring noticeably over 18 holes with all clubs. 


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:31 AM

It still comes as a surprise after 6 years developing a successful playing and practise routine, how much discipline it takes to stick to what works. Admittedly there are interruptions of reality which curtails living on the golf course that are necessary and they do hamper my golfing.

 

The past weeks have been a lot of fun, getting out to practise as much as practical preparing for the Club Open and the Invitational Classic, (3hcp and Under) on the 25th and 26th of November. This season I am in the best condition physically for some time. Due to the fore mentioned routine. Golf wise my competition rounds have been limited due to the also previously mentions "interruptions of reality". A victory in the club Open two years ago won me an entry into the 2016 Invitational. Apart from having a low enough handicap to be invited to play the other two entry options are win the club open or the club championship, which is why I am suiting up to play again this year.

 

My best score off the stick at the home track is 76, still 5 shots over the highest winning score in the Invitational in the 18 years it has been held. Which does not affect me whatsoever. Fact is my GA is 13.6 at the minute a blow out of 4 since 12 months ago. Here is the rub I can still play to 9 easily, in winning the club championship this year after the first 18 holes I was 4 over the card. In preparing to play that match I followed the same regime of practise as I am now. Except by being much fitter at the minute, my routine includes playing nine holes every morning.

 

As the only Home club member in the Invitational this is my only advantage to play the best I can on the day. The Robe course has one feature the back nine includes the holes on which golfers win and lose competitions. So every morning I play those nine holes with a goal of being able to play them with total confidence that I will be able to win. Total unwavering self belief is a thing golfers must have in their game, otherwise you are on the way to taking up stamp collecting as your sport.        


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 12:02 PM

There is a third aspect of my golfing improvement that has been paramount to my success. It came from the same MVA that hampers my game and which is why I play like I do. The head injuries caused memory loss and it took some training to improve and writing down what I had to do every day for work was a vital part of the improvement. 

 

That followed through to my writing career in publishing sport and art magazines and other business pursuits. This golfing forum every season has had a new start for me and as my game improved I went from daily scribing to weekly and these days monthly at times. never losing the routine though and when the discipline and the practise are in action the words are straight back into play.

 

The past months of training and practise has worked again, fitness is established and golfing is reliable. Today was the fourth consecutive day of playing the same nine holes in the morning and analysis of the results identified what is to be done next. The weakest part of my game at the minute is greens in regulation, well below what is required to set up winning scores.  Not a problem to improve though, this is where the years of scribing down what happened daily gives golfing gold. I can go directly to the information and see why i do what I do to prepare for golf. I cannot spend hours at the range, my body cannot cope. What I do is play the best I can then when I need to up the ante set up a couple of range sessions to tune up my accuracy and club distances. I do not have to play at my best every round, that is the beauty of playing amateur golf.

 

Second is a few more putting and chipping sessions, that part of my game is good at the minute. I can practise this a lot without causing injury flare ups so it is both fun and valuable practise. More is better mentally as well the total confidence in knowing every putt and chip can go in the hole is a great game advantage. Has won me three Club handicap championships and the Club championship since 2009!


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 12:10 PM

Sounds like you have a solid preparation routine for the big events- good stuff - and it's working!
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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:51 PM

I really enjoy your story Tal. Hope you can get back into single figures and win another Club Championdhip. Truly inspiring.
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 02:02 PM

Thanks for the words Weeti and Mick, it is appreciated while I am buried in my obsession to get it right. Today was another step out for the nine holes in the morning. With a change to break the complacency and test if the observations so far are correct.

 

Very simple to do, grabbed my second bag with the Powerbilt Citation scotchblade irons different putter and drivers and fairway woods and out I went. The irons are not as gentle on the hands as the TM RSi set with miss hits, fortunately not too many of them in the round. The Driver is a Callaway but different shaft and loft configuration. Putter an odessy but  more very different to the Ghost I favour.   

 

How did the round go, fine, the club changes made little difference. The ball went forward that is all that is needed. Missed a couple of putts, lip outs again due to lack of confidence with hitting harder to the hole. Off the tee a little less distance and control. Also changed balls to TM Penta from using Srixon Z Stars and Odessey super soft also during the week.

 

Several years ago read this interview in which Camilo Viiegas is asked,"what his favourite club is?" http://www.golf.com/...camilo-villegas

What I Play: Camilo Villegas

"I'd better love all 14. I eventually have to hit them all, and if I dislike one, I'll just get over the ball with a bad attitude, and the outcome won't be great."

 

This was adopted as a part of my golf, "I have no favorite club or clubs." So today instead of using what I am familiar with I chose to use a very different set and played the best I could with four stroke errors. Which is no different to the rest of the weeks experience. The major deficiency in my game at the minute is all missing Greens in Regulation shots. Even using the different putter I did well. No three putts and three lip outs. 

 

So there is is my preparation has done exactly what I wanted, tuned my game, got me golf fit, identified the game fault that will kill my success.

 

How the discipline is put in place is the golf thought today. I would have loved to do a range session and that would have been too much for the body. Instead took time out and to compose the thoughts and write before doing anything. This took away the urgency to get out and hit balls and of course injure myself. That is why the writing is so important, as part of the day has included refreshing on past writings and how I detailed what I have done to succeed in the past.

 

I will let the body recover and have a few range sessions with 20-60 balls in the next week. Using 4-PW mostly with the 4-6 irons though they will get the most use in my game, which at the most should be 14 times in a round of 18 holes on the home track. Get that to a 45% (6-7 out of 14 holes)GIR and all is good. Don't include the Par three holes in this calculation they are either on the green or a chip in or up and down. That is how simple my golf game is in fact there is no pressure from any direction to play on the home track, especially in this case.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 05:54 PM

Tough couple of days for me Friday and Saturday, no golfing letting the body recover from the past week of playing/practise. No complaint or excess, sure I am hurting but this is not from stupidly going too far. In fact I played the club competition and a 3 way tie for second on 39 points was okay winner had a 43 point round. I wiped one hole and that was my only disaster on the day.  

 

Could have very easily decided to not play and sit around protecting myself from pain and suffering. Which is pointless as the reason I am feeling this is because of practise to play better golf in coming tournaments. Make no doubt there was always going to be discomfort. What I did today was experience it and as the round progressed worked out how to hit the ball better and not cause discomfort at the same time. Part of this pain and discomfort has come from the past week of hitting the ball with the wrong technique.

 

That has now been identified and this coming week will include a restorative Bowen Therapy treatment. Then range work to establish the correct technique as an unconscious act. The way I hit the ball as the round evolved was a delight. Each swing was getting purer the accuracy hitting greens in regulations all came with the days progress.

 

Of course at the minute I fee lcrap but that is a passing sensation balanced with a great sense of achievement.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:31 PM

Not a good start to the week recovery is all that is possible. Unfortunately the Bowen Therapist has not been available and that means suffering until a treatment time opens up. It is not an injury which is a good thing just a reaction to the past weeks practise regime.

 

Been enjoying the rest and having a refreshing swim as part of the recuperation. The 18 hole round really took it out of me and I could have played in a cart and not felt as crap now. Doing the walk though and enjoying the social golfing was well worth this discomfort. It also gave me a definitive benchmark of my golfing capability at the minute. 

 

Golf game was analysed on the day and since, and knowing that my earlier observations were correct is worth the current discomfort. Greens in regulations is the key, with follow up practise sessions needed. In the competition round on Sunday it was a definite improvement from previous efforts and still on track to get better.

 

The putting exercises have been excellent in developing consistency and accuracy and that was a strength on Sunday. Chipping was ok yet a little restricted in the action at times which did not help. The practise has again been effective and that adds the intangible benefit, Confidence. 

 

There is no measure for this golf need. Either you have it or you don't. Developing and building confidence is not difficult, it is not imaginary it is simply something that only you can create for yourself.


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