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Well!  It's nice to see I had absolutely nothing to say for a year and a half.  The last post previous to this was the end of June, 2009, just before the Blind River Invitational (in which I didn't play as well as I would have liked, but put it back together the next day and won my flight by retrogression.)  I did manage to break 80 in 2009 shooting a tidy 39/39 with a pair of birds, one front and one back.
 
2009 saw me start the year having come home from the inaugral RST clinic, and drill like a madman and practice my putting until late May when the season started up here.  It paid off as my handicap tumbled from 22.4 to 16.6 with a slew of rounds in the 80's and a stellar 80 (with a back 9 37) on a course I'd never seen before.  Prep and practice a good golfer makes!
 
2010, however, I did very little drilling and even less putting practice - a great reason my my cap only dropped a couple points to 14.5.  It was a tough year of finding the cup, and while I hit great shots more often, there were enough stinkers to keep me from having a real stellar round.
 
Reading my blog again just reinforces for me the brilliance of the RST learning system.  It reads like a homeless drunk rambling about the state of the union while shaking a banana at people.  Perhaps I had nothing to write about in the latter half of 2009 because I was using the blog as a place to keep notes about the swing, about "discoveries" I had made, that kind of thing... and I found the El Dorado of golf instruction - the RST system.  No point in treasure hunting once you've found El Dorado.  Highlights this year didn't include typical milestones - I didn't break 80 again (but did shoot 80 on the number), but I was told by a guy who taught at Royal Montreal that my swing is "Mister Rogers boring - no moving parts, no huge slides or club redirects... nothing good for a teacher to work with.", and again while golfing in Cuba that my game and my swing didn't match (from a fellow from Quebec who had played on the Canadian tour many years ago who had some classic action and has deft touch around the greens).  I had stretches of striking the ball much better than I ever had - thinks I never used to appreciate.  It seems I've finally hit enough balls that I can tell that my striking is off because of the sounds I'm hearing at impact - thuddy or thwacky instead of crisp and clean.
 
Time for the paradox; even though I've found El Dorado, I'm still exploring as it were.  I've spent countless reps drilling move 1, thousands drilling move 2 (although it still doesn't feel right, having some "binding" feeling with rt. forearm rotation following rt. elbow flexion) and I'm not sure I elevate the shoulders enough.  But I've never really worked on move 3 too much - until the last couple days.
 
The net is up and the mat is down and I was hitting some really thwacky shots, knowing I was chopping wood or trying to "sync up" my downswing (a strong theme in earlier blog posts, which, while I was reading, was silently screaming "What are you thinking?!?!") - so I went back, deep into the archives of the rotary swing and dredged up the 'squash the bug' idea.  It would seem that it's the key to my move 3 trigger - planting the left heel (not that it ever leaves the ground).  But it seems to get me grounded and my weight shifted and impact is clean and crisp, and the follow through is pro.
 
I need to find better lighting for the hitting area, then I can post a video.
 
And perhaps I need to post my progress more.
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Now, that was a post!  Clap
 
While the net is up and the mat is down, put down a board and start chipping. 
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Chip off the board - I assume this ensures ball first contact?
 
I changed my technique partway through the year from a 10 finger grip very handsy chipping motion to an overlap grip very dead-handed move.  I definitely need some time to re-calibrate distances (and it can't hurt to groove the motion).
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Originally posted by LowPost42 LowPost42 wrote:

Chip off the board - I assume this ensures ball first contact?
 
I changed my technique partway through the year from a 10 finger grip very handsy chipping motion to an overlap grip very dead-handed move.  I definitely need some time to re-calibrate distances (and it can't hurt to groove the motion).
 
It does a lot of good things including establishing ball-first contact.  You just can't cheat it.  The stroke has to be pure or the results will be awful. 
 
The putting-grip-stroke chip is a very soft technique.  Great for downhill, lightning fast situations.  It's much shorter than a conventional chip.  Ray Floyd used it a lot.  He was pretty much the best. 
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It seems odd for me to update at this point - Christmas Eve - but if I don't put it down I may have to "rediscover it" again.
 
I've been in the habit of every time I head out to the garage for whatever reason, I grab my 6 iron and go through my PSR and then hit a shot.  Or rather, chunk a shot.  Consistently.  Chunky.  Every time.  So inevitably I'd go back and drill myself to the top and take some video and try to figure out why I was chunking it.  Setup looks good.  Backswing had the hips moving a little early, but not the (apparent) end of the world.  Plane was a little steep coming down (shaft up where the delt meets the bi/tri).  And *chunk*.  I then made a swing and paid attention to my weight.  Outside right heel to outside left toes.  Odd.  Try again, thinking about keeping that weight inside.  No dice.
 
OK.
 
Back to swaying.  OK - weight in my heels (or through my ankles at address).  Good.  Take a swing.  Outside heel to outside toe.  WTF.  Sway some more, double checking that weight.  Review my clinic notes and find a little gem:  Roll the ankles in slightly.  Ah.  Yes.  That. 
 
Sway.
Roll.
Swing.
Pure.
Inside right heel to inside left heel - and effortless.  Big smile
 
Repeat - same result.
 
It's played out now for a couple days - setup, roll, good strike.  Sweet.
 
As inspired by Christina Kim:
 
Dear RST,
 
I love you.  That is all.
 
Love,
Ben
 
I love having a roadmap to come back to - one I can trust, one that doesn't change, one that won't have to 'adapt'.
 
 


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Good job, Ben, we all should have a checklist. What handicap do you wish to have next year?

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Hi Raul,
 
Another day, another solid foundation that, once I pay attention to ball position, results in great strike and easy turn after great strike and easy turn.
 
As for my handicap?  One of the reasons my slide towards single digits slowed was changing my shortgame to fall much more in line with my full swing.  I went from very handsy and trying to hit the ball hard with my hands to counting on my body turn with much more passive hands.  I liked how the ball reacted with this versus hands and arms manipulating, but my sense of feel hasn't been developed yet.  The other thing was my putting was horrible.  Absolutely horrible.  I made 6 birds in 18 full rounds this year - so 1 bird every 3 rounds - and they were all because of stuffed-tight approach shots.  So I know that between much better ball striking and the putting practice I'm putting in, it's not unreasonable to think I can get into single digits.
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Time for another post - another "gem".  Cruising the website, enjoying Chuck's swing I noticed his trailing upper arm position at the top, where it was vertical - literally perpendicular to the ground.
 
I wondered how close I was to this, and the answer is:  not even.  Member geronimo offered a reference to the RST manual where Chuck showed how much humerus rotation he had - forearm to darn near 2 o'clock, I couldn't get to 10 minutes past 12.
 
So the work began.  Stretching.  A lot.  Some video, examination.  It turns out that I was adding "right elbow float" to flexion, rotation and shoulder elevation.  Not a lot - a couple inches, maybe 3.  But it became quickly identified as the source of my occasional fat shot that seemingly came "out of nowhere".  I need to take more video to double check my progress - but I can write that I'm definitely hitting the ball better now that my right arm action is limited to flexion and rotation; no more flotation!
 
The ball is now rocketing off the clubface (yes, even into the net) - the impact sound is different, and the ball is also now rocketing out of the net - something it didn't do pre-elbow work.  I'm giving consideration to a helmet and safety glasses.
 
The other thing that's very exciting is that it translates beyond irons (I do most of my work with a 6 and 9 iron) to the driver - just crush after crush, impact feels so pure.
 
So to borrow a page of the drunk, homeless guy:  Roll those ankles, keep that elbow in!
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Awesome Ben!
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