Week 32 Update
Range on the Road!
Welcome Players! Shortened week this week as I left on Friday to travel to a wedding. Even with losing 3 days off the program I still had a great week! Range session, practice session, and 2 workouts makes sure the progress train keeps a rolling. Consistency for the first six months really helps me now when I have other things going on. The benefit of cumulative practice!
Training Week in Review
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The good news last week was that I got a new indoor putting mat that was supposed to elevate my home practice and allow me to get more, higher quality putting reps in every day.
The bad news this week is that the putting mat I got was having issues laying flat so it’s been OOC on the practice said.
But I did get a quality range session in as well as a 9-hole par-3 practice round.
Resistance Train (Gym): 1
Conditioning (Road Bike): 1
One and one training sessions this week is good enough, especially as I’ve made the commitment to practicing/playing more versus spending that time training.
The first range session was pretty good! I’m starting to reach the next level where I can focus on specific changes to my swing versus trying to develop a feel or simply trying to develop rhythm.
The thing’s I’m working on now are:
consistently keeping my upper and lower body separation relative to each other - the feel for me is swinging from the center of my chest and keeping my arms connected throughout the swing
getting my back to the target on backswing with high hands
nice easy relaxed swing - one benefit to my extensiv resistance training is I don’t need to swing hard to develop power. Yes, I am not hitting it as far as I could or my top potential, I’m hitting it plenty of far to compete and score relative to my skill level. When I’m at a point that is more skillful, I can focus on speed and have confidence I can bring it up quickly and efficiently
Final piece is in addition to getting my hands higher at the top of the backswing, my driver swing especially is very flat, which is OK for now as I’m learning to swing with it, but I need to get my hands higher especially on the longer clubs
One bonus to being on vacation with friends is that going to the driving range is a perfect relaxing activity! Weren’t my clubs but it was practice nevertheless.
I played a 9-hole par-3 practice round on Wednesday and it was great practice. I was playing with the members of the junior elite academy that I coach fitness for and we were playing a scramble - but it was good to hit the tee shots and just get exposed to a different environment with different people.
Especially since I couldn’t focus on my game as much because I was there with the kids so had split focus. Even then I did pretty well so felt like that was a step forward.
This was one of those weeks where golf wasn’t the priority, as it often isn’t.
I travelled to a wedding and spent lots of time with my friends who I haven’t seen in a long time, and nevertheless still hit ALL my minimum goals for both training and practice.
It may feel like I wasn’t making as much progress as I could have, I always do well to keep things in perspective and knowing that the journey is the best part. Why rush?