Week 15 Update
All it Takes is 10 Putts
Welcome Players! After spending a few weeks dragging my feet, I’m happy to be out of the hole I ended up in. I tricked myself into doing the bare minimum, and that turned out to be all I needed to jump-start my practice again and get into a positive mindset.
Training Week in Review
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Training Week in Review
I managed to turn things around this week, all starting with a commitment to hit 10 putts at home when I didn’t feel like it.
Those 10 putts turned into 30, and it was off to the races from there.
Gentle reminder that no you won’t always feel like practicing, and even when you’re at your ‘bottom’ of feeling motivated for your goal, sometimes all you have to do is start. It’s the same concept as a Week 1 reminder as Week 15, just do something and that will lead to something more, and then more.
Be kind to yourself, and remember, it’s about progress not perfection!
Proud to have made good progress this week, let’s get into it.
The snowball effect is very real!
We got back on track last week all starting with committing to just 10 putts a day.
On the 11th, I’ll be honest, I did not feel like practicing. But I promised myself I would just hit 10 carpet putts. Just to be able to log it.
And guess what happened?
I started practicing, and enjoyed it! By time I hit 10 balls it was as if all my resistance to practice melted away. And that was the start of a great week of repetition.
Putting every day, and was able to get to the range on the 15th for a long range session.
Resistance Train (Gym): 1
Conditioning (Cycling): 2
Yoga (@ home): 0
Got back in the gym and on the bike this week! Like I’ve said before, progress is a games of ups and downs. I think we’ve bottomed-out for the time being, and this week was a building phase to bring us into our next eventual peak. One session in the gym was difficult mentally but was a good win. One conditioning session was a 3hr 45m, 43mi ride which I was very happy about. That’s a PR for distance and I look forward to continue to improve my aerobic capacity and seeing it translate on the golf course.
My camera tri-pod is still broken so no videos this week - but here’s a subjective accounting of the range session.
Hit my irons very well (comparatively). Am doing a good job at feeling my hands get high at the end of rotation and letting them ‘lag’ behind as I start the rotation with my lower body on the down-swing.
I’ve also shortened my backswing in order to make this more feasible. My stock swing is about 75% back-turn compared to my full capability. If I fully rotate on the backswing I lose all control and get hand-heavy leading to a lot of my misses.
My driver was striping it pretty well too. Thoughts here are to get my back to target and be patient on the swing. I have a tendency to want to rush the downswing to create speed but all that does is pull my hands ahead of my torso. When I shorten the backswing, get my back to target, and be patient on the unloading of the swing I make better contact with the face and have little if any left to right movement of the ball.
Going to try and get my camera set-up fixed this week because I’m really interested to see how these past few weeks of no-video practice have done to my technique. My ball flight is straighter and more predictable which is good, but I’m always looking to optimize form as well.
Didn’t play a round last week so that’s all for our review!
Overall positives is that I got back on track with my daily habits and started to roll the snowball of training again.
I’m happy to be out of the valley I was in for the past few weeks and will look to continue the momentum I built to practice a little more and train a little harder.
See you next week!