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  1. As the core part of my daily practice routine, I play the game 21. To play 21, I just choose nine shots inside 70 yards--three easy, three medium, and three har. Play each ball into the hole and count your total strokes. Try to score 21 or lower. I've been working for about three months now to design a procedure to optimally choose the nine shots to hit each day. I compiled the result into a short, 36-page workbook containing 99 games of 21 (that's 99x9=881 shots to hit). While I designed the workbook for my own use, I also put it on Leanpub.com for others. You can get it for free. The URL is leanpub.com/99gamesof21. I play 21 often. Even on busy days, I usually get out to the course for 20 minutes and play a single game of 21. Why? First, it helps me maintain my performance skills, such as visualization and decision-making. Second, it forces me to rehearse shots that I encounter on the course (i) often enough to affect my score but (ii) too rarely to maintain my skills. Examples include short pitches from the heavy rough, long bunker shots, and lag putts from the fringe. Coach James Sieckman recommends that tour players play 21 twice per week during competitive weeks and every day during non-competitive weeks. See his book *Your Short Game Solution* for the details. But what's the right mixture of shots? How many should be close to the green? How many should you hit from the rough, fairway, fringe, and sand? What's an "easy" shot? What's a "hard" shot? To answer these questions, I reviewed data from Sieckmann, Mark Broadie's Every Shot Counts, and Shotlink data from the PGA Tour. I developed, tested, and refined a procedure to systematically compose a series of games that honors the following principles: - Each game should feature nine shots of varying... 1. difficulty, from one (easiest, e.g., putt from the fringe) to nine (hardest, e.g., 40-yard bunker), 2. distance (from 70 yards to the edge of the green), and 3. lie (fringe, fairway, different types of rough, and sand). - Shots should occur in roughly the same frequency that good players would encounter them during an actual round of golf. - Subsequent shots should be as varied as possible (e.g., a 10-yard pitch from light rough should not follow a 12-yard pitch from the fairway). I used the procedure to compose 99 games. This book contains those games: leanpub.com/99gamesof21. It's a golfer's crossword puzzle. Have fun! --Carly (Long-time luker, first-time poster.)
  2. For some reason, I cannot stop pulling iron shots... It happens most frequently with wedges, which should obviously be my scoring clubs. It's absurdly frustrating to be 140 out and end up with a 40 foot lag instead of a makable birdie putt. HELP.
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