1 05 2013

sunrise on #2 green
Beautiful warm morning, built for early morning golf. This is what I saw on #2 at Cedardell, the sun rising in the East. It’s been a slow start. I’m quite rusty, more than I expected, but it’s good to be back. Very good.

See more photos on the Facebook account I maintain for Cedardell Golf Club.


December Epic Round

9 12 2012

Today I had a Caddyshack moment similar to the Bishop’s epic golf round in the thunderstorm. It’s late in the golf season here in Illinois and I shot a 44 this morning in the rain. Cold, chilly and my best round this year. I’m told they’ll be pulling the pins this week at Cedardell. This was probably my last round for the season. So it’s good timing to document what went right today with hopes I can review this next spring and pick up where I left off.

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So what went right? Everything….

  1. Driving- Every single drive was playable. Not all drives were in the fairway but none lost and I played the same ball for the entire round. Zero slices. Reasons for this  consistency include stretching  my calves, hamstrings, ankles prior to the round. I felt it easy to make  full turn on the back-swing and through. I squeezed the club a bit with my right index finger and thumb to halt the club face from opening and I slightly  closed the the club face at setup and aimed  a bit left. These are things I did differently today.  Other factors that have become second nature this season was ball placement, having my weight evenly balanced, slowing my heart, swinging back slow, pausing a bit the transition and lastly thinking one smooth circle as the drive arcs around my body.
  2. Irons – My irons were very consistent. I set up to the ball (per previous posting) took one, no more than two practice swings to get the feel, then leaned the shaft towards the target and took a  smooth swing. My club choice was wise, often reaching or near the green:  P -110 yards, 9-120, 8- 130-140, 7-150+  I’ve grown infatuated with my hybrid for farther distances, hitting it similar to an iron.
  3. Chipping and Pitching – Mostly used my 60 and 56 for pitching onto the green, often very close to the pin. Used the P  if there was no elevation like a putter. Lots of practice in my little indoor pitching  net  as proven to be a great investment. Weight on the left foot, pivoting the entire body around it.
  4. Putting- I had no three putts.  All lag putts were within 3-4 ft.  I drained all short putts.  For set up I looked for a  line to the hole and visualized it. Set up to the line and looked at the hole and got a feel for the distance, pushing it on up hills and taking off heat on downhills. Once set up I brought the putter back and hit through the line, making sure the putter stayed online after the  push on the ball. And all balls were pushed, not hit. A number of times I as within inches.

The rain was cold but not much of a distraction. I arrived at the course excited and concerned it might be crowded. Surprisingly I was the only one on the course. At first it was misting, then drizzling, back to misting and eventually raining on the 9th hole. Yes it was cold and windy on top the water didn’t make much of difference on the greens as usual. Though it’s late in the year, the fairways are lush and green. The greens are fast and true. The weather was not factor for or against during this round. But I guess in most folks mind its crazy golfing in the rain.

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I’ve been feeling like I’ve gotten better this year but my scores have not reflected those thoughts.  With a goal of breaking 50 this year, I’d have never guessed a 46 in 2012.   But it’s results that matter. And here’s the results.

Setup short irons front foot decision

3 10 2012

I’ve always believed a consistent swing  is dependent on a consistent set up. Unfortunately after hours and hours of tuning a setup I never found one that  never  felt right  or  provided the desire result. Fat, thin, chunks, hooks, slices all the common outcomes that cause fits in your game.  On LinkedIn, Michael Sarceno has a setup that I’ve found to be very helpful on the course. Michael says after you align 90 degrees to the target (He calls this building an H box)

“put your two feet together, if you are using a short iron place the middle of your big toe of your back foot inline with the middle of the ball. Insuring the line that is formed between your feet is 90 degrees to your target line. Be sure you keep contact with the back of your arms on your chest, your knees are flexed and that you have weight on the balls of your feet. Then step off your back foot out to a shoulders width to the outside of your foot and be absolutely sure that both toes are on an even line.”

He then goes on a states the front foot should turn towards the target by 22 degrees. When I first tried this on the course it worked! But now as I started reading about the longer irons and driver (the ball is placed towards the center and then front toe in these cases) I’m not sure if I’m doing it correctly. I’ve had GREAT success doing the following: aligning to the target, centering the ball off the back big toe. stepping the back foot shoulder length back AND stepping the front foot shoulder length too, foot cocked 20ish degrees. This produces a consistent hit up to the 7 iron. With closer reading it appears I should not be moving the front foot. Is this correct I ponder.

With the longer irons I’ve place the ball in the middle, driver at my armpit and again spread my feet shoulder length with various success. Again should I be moving my left toward the target?  Practice last night confirmed my suspicions. I also found if I cock my front foot at the time both feet are together, it’s more comfortable. But I wonder now if I’m doing the Sarceno setup properly.



The Lost Fundamental

6 03 2012

One simple move, better golf forever.

“This is an additional tool to better understand my golf teaching method and lower your score”


Tony Manzoni