Healthy Again And Working On Hitting The Hybrid Club

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Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in , , , , , | Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2010

I finally got out to practice again. I had been sick for the past week. It seemed like all of Florida came down with the flu at the same time. I have not wanted to do anything but lay in bed. But that is all behind me now and it is back to work.

I only hit my hybrid today. I ended up having a great practice session. Last week, while practicing with my 6-iron, I was having problems with my alignment. I was hooking everything left. I could not get comfortable over the ball. Because I was not confident over the ball, I was struggling.

Today I started off the same way. Pulling everything left. If I made an adjustment I would push it way to the right. Finally I took my other club and used it as an alignment aid. Should have done it from the beginning as it made an immediate difference.

Once I got warmed up I began to gain a little consistency. I used to hit fifty balls in a row. I would start of well, but by the end I would start thinking too much, plus get tired, and all of a sudden I would lose it.

Today I shortened it up and only hit twenty balls. The good thing about having my own private practice course is even though I have to pick up the balls I have hit, it give me a chance to work on my pitching with the balls that missed the green. I hit a lot more quality shots today and I got in some good short game work.

I did this routine five times. Hit twenty balls and then short game. I end up getting in a lot of swings and it is good because I get to work on multiple parts of my game. I feel this works out better because I do not tire myself hitting all those balls in a row. The chipping and pitching gives me the time to rest and clear my head.

My buddy Marc and I will be playing at Miami Springs Golf Course tomorrow and as I said in this post, I will be leaving the driver out of the bag. I struggled with the driver during my last round and my virtual swing coach advised that I focus on my 6-iron and hybrid in practice. Even from the blue tees this course is not terribly long so using a 3-wood or hybrid off the tee will not hurt too much.

With a good practice session today, I am feeling better about my hybrid. I will probably have to use it a lot tomorrow for my approach shots being shorter off the tee, which is just fine. That is why I practiced.

After my round tomorrow I will be able to look at what I need to work on and take it from there. I just have to remember not to put too much pressure on myself and just have fun. You do the same. Have a great round and always hit your target.



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Comments (2)

  1. September 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    I wondered what was up. Glad you're feeling better.

    I just wanted to say I'm glad you're taking your time between shots. Too many players think just hitting a lot of shots will make them better. As I once heard someone say, "Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect." It's better to hit 20 shots, taking your time between each one, pretending you're actually playing a shot on the course by picking a target, etc., than to just hit one ball after another, raking one after another from the stack, hitting it with no break, etc. That's thoughtless practice... and you don't want to play thoughtlessly on the course. It's better to practice like you play.

    And best to practice when you're well. ;-)

  2. September 28, 2010 at 6:14 AM

    Thanks for the well wishes Mike. It was a boring week without being able to practice. Good to be back out there. Now I just have to dodge the raindrops during this rainy season.