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  1. It's a bit 'chicken eggy' isn't it? I doubt there is a pro golfer or elite golfer who intentionally makes the motorcycle move. Because we can measure it and see it doesn't mean that they are making an active effort to crank the throttle. 'The Motorcycle Move'.....it's a marketing term! Are the pro's actively cranking the throttle, or are their swing conditions and intent creating this transition move? I'm betting the latter. Most amateurs can't get the club face to the ball quick enough from the top which causes the cup in transition, (a hit impulse to throw the clubface in a direct line at the ball), while the pros aren't in a hurry and the club shallows as they take the proper path back to the ball. Perhaps if more amateurs understood the path that their hands and club should take back to the ball, you would be more likely to see the 'Motorcycle Move' happen on it's own.
  2. I'd be willing to bet that this move is not a conscious effort and rather a result of something else. She probably doesn't even realize she does it. The issue in making it a conscious effort, in my view, creates a couple problems. #1, making a focus on one move in transition will likely have an effect on your tempo (we get slower if we try to instruct ourselves as we perform a motion). #2 It is very easy to overdo the motion creating conditions that are hard to recover from.
  3. Someone else said it, but you are trying too hard. Relax. Better scores happen when you aren't trying to do it. Examine your blow up holes, where are you losing shots? Is it penalties or other reasons. I watch a lot of mid to high handicap players I play with lose strokes because they attempt shots they have no business trying, hero escapes from trees, fescue, etc. rather than pitching out. The biggest issue I continually see though is higher handicap players taking two chips / pitches to get on the green because they tried to over play the shot...this results most times in a double bogey or worse where simply getting the ball on the green in the first try would have resulted in a bogey at worst (assuming a 2 putt). Learn how to make 'bogey' the worst outcome....to save strokes, you have to limit the double bogey. As for putting, your simulator isn't going to be much help there. Learn to make putts from 5 feet and in and the rest of your putting will improve naturally the only way to do this is to practice it....a lot....
  4. The early extension could very well be a reaction to a club shaft / club face that is out of position. Practicing with props won't help much unless you fix the way you deliver the club. If you have a tendency to pull your lead arm towards the ball on the downswing, the club face will be open to the path late into the downswing and the only way to contact the ball on your intended line is to stand the shaft up and roll the clubface into impact at the bottom. If the shaft is much higher at impact than it is at address, you will early extend to compensate and allow this, (you need to early extend to reach the ball). Another poster suggested the split grip drill and said it was nearly impossible to forfeit posture....well, this is because the split grip drill forces your lead arm down inside the ball, squares the face to the path earlier and tips the club head out towards the ball all things that allow you to rotate through impact. If you want to fix your early extension, stop focusing on your arse and fix your hand path. (hint...from a DTL view, your arm on the downswing should point more towards your toes and less towards the ball)
  5. Aeration....nobody's favourite time of year and a sure sign that winter is coming. The superintendent of the course I am a member at messaged me yesterday to let me know he was getting his equipment ready and offered to punch my green to test his set up. He will be unable to complete a core aeration of his course because we have had a crazy amount of rain and the greens are too wet to hold up to the equipment needed to remove plugs, and spread and brush sand. He is going to do a solid tine aeration this fall and possibly a core aeration in the spring, not ideal but you play with the cards you are dealt. In my case, a solid tine aeration is fine since the green is still very young and doesn't have much organic build up in the top layer. Those John Deere aerators sure do make quick and very neat work! Oh....and on another note I have a line on a Turfco self propelled topdress spreader that I'm thinking of buying, because this amateur greens keeping thing is a bit of a rabbit hole........ If it will allow a discharge opening big enough to spread the composted horse manure from my wife's horses, I have been given the go ahead to buy it.....I'm not sure I need it, but on the other hand it seems like a bargain so....
  6. I haven't but we may pick it as our premium course next fall, (my friend has a cottage about 30 minutes away from Taboo, and Muskoka Bay). Taboo recently had a redesign completed and they have reshaped bunkers and some of the green complexes.
  7. HA! Well.....I work on a slightly different budget than the Muskoka Bay Club so......
  8. Okay. Now for a green update. For the past 3 - 4 weeks I have been really worried about my green. It wasn't growing well and was developing lots of small brown patches and areas of thin grass. I wasn't sure if I was dealing with a disease problem, pest problem or something else. We have had lots of rain, so I didn't think it was drought related. I decided a good course of action would be to feed a decent amount of nitrogen, so started a weekly spray of Urea at a rate of 1/4lb actual N per 1000sq ft three weeks ago. I mowed the green early Monday morning before I went to Muskoka and let it grow out until this afternoon when I double cut it waiting for the kids to get off of the school bus. I'm quite happy to say that the blitz is paying off but this cooler weather certainly helps as well.
  9. Unrelated to my golf green,...I managed to sneak up north to Muskoka for a quick fall golf trip with three buddies. Muskoka has some outstanding golf and the colours were incredible! Round 1 - North Granite Ridge (Port Sydney) I have a love / hate relationship with this course...it's really pretty but also very narrow (we played forward a deck and it was much more enjoyable) Round 2 and the star of the trip ... The Muskoka Bay Club (Gravenhurst) -- Golf Digest has this rated as #10 in Canada and it is incredible! Round 3 - Deerhurst Highlands (Huntsville) - A very fun course with a great selection of Par 3s. Some quirky greens where Thomas McBroom took undulations a bit too far though...
  10. You could do a quick Google search, or try www.thelawnforum.com for some advice. I'm pretty limited in Canada to what I can use and you will have way more options.
  11. Just some pretty nice fall days. Today I sprayed urea before the rain to give things a boost of nitrogen and managed to cut the approach between raindrops. Also...we installed a new perimeter fence around the vegetable garden and our small orchard, (in the background). I also gave things a pretty healthy top Friday night in anticipation of the rain today. It's this time of year that I get the most use out of the green while I wait for my daughters to get off of the school bus. I need to take some time to edge my bunker...it's looking a bit ratty lately.
  12. Beauty day for amateur greenskeeping! New stripes on the approach and collar, fresh hole locations and I lowered the cut height back down to 0.125". I was having some set up issues with my mower and had raised the cut height through August as we had a few weeks of very hot and humid weather.
  13. The circle pattern was only about 3" in diameter and a footprint would have left a solid mark.
  14. My first thought was a snake as well but the overnight temp was pretty cold. I wouldn't think they would be out in that.
  15. I built a 1200 square foot bent grass putting green at my house and spend a pile of time doing the circle drill inside of 5 feet. Repetitions inside 5 feet will make you a better putter from all distances. Practice making putts, not missing them.
  16. Read your putts from the hole back to your ball. If you aren't first to putt, watch how the other putts react around the hole and work backwards from there. Get an idea for where the green drains so you have an idea of the general break but you HAVE to know what the ball does at the hole as it finishes and often you can't see that by just looking from behind your ball.
  17. I recently watched my swing on video and found that I wasn't making much of a shoulder turn, or hip turn for that matter. My downswing had become steep and my divot pattern was often left, (I'm right handed). I was having trouble getting to the inside of the ball. Last night I played with the focus of trying to feel my back to the target at the top of my swing and everything was much better. I spoke to our pro afterwards who used to teach a lot but doesn't anymore. He told me that he prefers to teach people to have the 'feels' in the bigger muscles and the smaller ones will take care of themselves. Turns out that in an effort to manage the shaft position on the backswing, (trying not to flip it inside), I had put all the feel into my hands and arms and was cheating a backswing position with my arms...I didn't have enough depth to stay inside the ball on the way down. Basically, when I opened up my pivot, (or lack of enough), from the top, it put my hands in a position too close to the target line resulting in an over the top left path. I hit a lot of pull hooks from there. Some people may have a body that reacts to their arm motion with a correct pivot and some may not, I know for me that when I feel the turn in my bigger muscles it works better. If I turn my rear shoulder back and up so that my back faces the target, my hips respond. On the other side of the coin, If I focus on taking my arms to the top, I can cheat and get the club into a position with less width and depth by manipulating my arms and collapsing my right elbow and my hips and shoulders only turn a fraction of the way that they should.
  18. Sometimes it is more difficult than others but if you don't take your eye off of your spot as you walk in to set the club down, it is easier. On a related note, I found that I was getting the ball too forward in my stance and setting up open and I made a small change that helped. When I walk in to the ball to set the club on target, I hold it in my lead hand, (left hand for a right handed golfer), as I found that setting it down with my right hand made it easier to set up open to the target line. Once I have the club lined up at my target, I set my feet together with the clubhead between them, and take my stance from there, (one step each way for the ball in the center).
  19. Yes. The maddening part is that it wasn't scalping in those spots until a month ago.
  20. Bingo! Take it a step further that ALL wedge shots should be partial. Learn a couple positions, (vary the backswing length while swinging with the same tempo), with one club and it will transfer to the other wedges as you add them. If you have 4 wedges, you will end up with 8 different shots that may have overlapping distances but will all have slightly different flight and spin characteristics. Basically, two swing positions will create 8 yardages with different trajectories, spin, etc..
  21. I haven't posted many updates here for a while. This past weekend, I back-lapped my reel and touched up the face on my bed knife. My mower had been cutting poorly because of the amount of topdressing I had been doing and the bed knife edge had dulled. It's cutting much better now though the grass is spongey in spots which leads to some bumpy patches and a bit of scalping where the mower pushes deeper into the grass. I'll have to catch up with my superintendent friend to figure out how to deal with that though ideally I would have a verticutter to thin things out from time to time....(something for the wish list I suppose). Rain has been generous and at the right times and I haven't turned a hose on the green since early June! Disease pressure has also been very minimal...all in all, a pretty easy year to grow grass and I can't seem to keep up with the rest of the lawn which still needs to be cut twice per week, (I don't, and that is crazy for this time of year when it is usually burned off)! Next week the girls go back to school and I can resume my routine of pitching and putting around while I wait for the school bus. Fall golf, it's my absolute favourite! Beyond that, I should get prepared for a core aeration at the end of fall and a generous application of sand. Here is a photo from this afternoon after I double cut and went out for some practice, (the humidity and heat wave finally broke today as the past two weeks have been an absolute crock pot!)
  22. This is worth a watch, (basically, remember the fundamental to sit into your lead side). Beyond this, all of the players I know with great short games have an arsenal of shots that allow them to manipulate height, spin and vary their ball speed, they also don't vary their club selection very often and rarely use their most lofted wedge.
  23. If all else fails, you could build a practice green in your yard so you are able to practice while waiting for the kids to get off of the school bus. That's what I did, but it's a pretty big rabbit hole....
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