I've been training a lot, though not as much as I might've liked to. I did manage to persuade Marli to let me rent a set of NJoy clubs which will allow me to play a little more before my first exam. I can also use'm to play with Hans, the next time he comes to babysit Dana. ^_^
The third lessen in our course focussed on the full swing (again), a little chipping and of course putting. During the fourth and fifth classes we'll leave most of that stuff to the preparations, while actually venturing out onto the PAR3 course. It's a shame that the course completely ignores pitching and sand traps :/
Anywho... I'm definitely learning, though I'm far from having acquired a steady swing. At the driving range I've learnt to recognize what and when I'm doing something wrong which is good, but I can't actually prevent it from happening yet. Compare it to my archery a few years back: in the beginning I could tell I was going to shoot wide before I let go. So, as in archery, consistency is something very hard to acquire. I'll take the pro's word for it and believe that consistency can only be acquired by frequent and repeated practice.
Today I quit from work early because I was having a rather crappy day. To clear my mind of all the crap I took an hour and a half at the driving range to shoot another 100+ balls. It's odd to see that at my current (lack of a) level most of my shots come out the same, regardless of whether I'm using an iron 7 or a hybrid 2. WEIRD!
Oh well... Practice, practice, practice :)
I've finally found out some more about that NJoy half set I've been playing with. Apparently the NJoy CR2 set (both half and full) is a dutch product! Made and marketed by DGG International whose other brand is Benross which is aimed a bit higher in the market. The fact that NJoy is a dutch brand explains why I had such a hard time finding any information on the web. Those guys should try and get the word out some more.
Also, some more about my learning experiences. Today at the driving range I noticed that:
* ~25% flies straight and true
* ~50% veers of to the left or right
* ~25% gets topped and bounces along the ground
One thing I've felt while swinging is that the club isn't as tight as it should be in my left hand. I think it has a bit too much play leading to wobble, which in turn might explain why so many balls veer off.
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