Had a decent day yesterday. Went to the range with my PW and 7-iron. Perfect crisp 70 degrees clear blue sky. Just butter!
Took time to stretch – including my fingers and wrists. With a bucket of 40 balls I’d say 50% had good flight path and fell within a respectable margin of target. Another 15% were tugged left but hit far and straight. Another 15% fade/sliced right. A couple just shanked to the extreme right. And a good 5-8% were like dead on. Not too shabby. I’ll take it for having just introduced a new swing adjustment. Here’s a quick pass at the gory details for learning’s sake… thinking about it I did a lot better when I finally established the pre-swing routine and when I took less of a backswing but tried to focus on keeping my right elbow close to my right hip, focused on a full follow-thru AND trying to keep my left hand on or inside a line across my toes during the backswing. I know, that last one sounds weird but that’s my attempt at trying to think my body to swinging inside-out.
What else did I do?
I made sure to swing thru and hold my finish until the ball landed. I also followed GratefulG’s routine of starting to go thru a routine for each or almost each swing……
- stepping back,
- finding my line,
- finding a very precise target
- and then walking up and placing my clubbed down the line with my right hand and my feet together facing the target.
Then I move my left foot over until my left heel lines up with the golf ball and I step back with my right foot until I feel planted.
I was kinda making it up at first but then I got a rhythm going. If it’s putting I can tell you I’ve got a real good routine for that since that’s much of what I practiced on this winter – but I decided I should try and make one up for irons. So after set-up, I borrowed from my putting routine – I just stepped back to a parallel line and did 1-2-3 (sometimes 4-5) easy mini swings just to get a feel for when the leading edge would sweep the practice mat. When I got it close to my left heel without chunking or digging but just swishy – usually that happens in the 1st or 2nd practice if I really just swing like it didn’t matter – I would step back up take one more gaze at my target and then swing with full intent to turn and hold a full finish. I Don’t know – but it felt good towards the end of the bucket when my consistency started to dial-up.
And then – I went home – all jazzed at what I thought was respectable practicing session and ended up practicing my chip shot in the front yard with this new sturdy practice mat. Work is still crazy but I’m happy I forced myself to get back into practice after a couple weeks off.
And here’s a song list of stuff I was listening to – just for grins…..
- Time Out of Mind by Steely Dan on Gaucho
- Sky High by Donald Byrd on Black Byrd
- I.G.Y. by Donald Fagan on The Nightfly
- Satellite by Günter on Ganging Up
- Who Makes Your Money by Spoon on Transference
- Static Society by King Kooba on OM10 A Decade of Future Music
- Optimistic by Tom Middleton on Lifetracks
- III Street Blues by Moonrock on Café Del Mar Volume Series