Retro Post About Taking 100 Swings A Day

Habitually, I think about how to maximize my efforts when using the DYI driving net over the winter. As I was perusing YouTube, I stumbled across a video by Hank Haney; which by the was was posted on Brian Penn’s page. Then I remembered about a post I commented on by Brian Penn dealing with taking 100 practice swings a day. It was fate, so I figured I do more research and this is what I found out.

First the video:

The more I think about this tip, the more I think it is going to fit perfectly into what I want to accomplish over the next 6 months. But, before I get ahead of myself I need to actually articulate what I want to accomplish during my off-season. The funny thing is I have stepped away from writing down my goals over the past few years (had other more important things to focus on 😉 ). Or at least following through with my plans.

Well, today it stops. I will articulate my plan over the next few days. I went back to a 2016 post remind myself of the following about building a great practice golf plan:

Idea – The idea step is sometimes the hardest. Where should I start? As a 3-handicap player, this ‘something’ could be as simple as adjusting the ball position within my stance. However, to determine what needs to be changed requires research. Additionally, if you have collected stats from last year, that would a great resource not to overlook. The deliverable from this stage is to decide what to adjust; then plan to actually make the change.

Planning – This is better known as the how-to step. This is when you come up with the plan on specifically what you are going to focus on. I want to emphasize that keeping it simple is critical to success. Start with one or two areas and then plan the drills, tips or approaches that best fix your area of focus. Once completed, on to step three.

Execution – This step is as important as the first two. It is time to put your plan into action. Choosing how, when, where, and what is critical.  Should you play more than practice? Should you track your success? Regardless, taking action is the way to go. Execute your plan until you have achieved your goals and once satisfied it is time to sustain your success.

Maintenance – this is often the most overlooked step of how to complete a successful golf plan. Maintenance generally looks like your execution step, but on a smaller scale. Your successes achieved during the execution step need to be fostered.  It is important to keep building on the aspects you have fixed and not to revert to old habits at the first sign of trouble.

There are three key concepts I need to infuse into the above plan. It has to be sustainable, achievable and measurable. Yup, there is no sense building a plan that is totally “not doable”! I have built plans like that in the past and they failed miserably in less than a week. So, learning from my past failures, I will take a step towards success by being realistic and sensible.

I kind of wandered off the original topic thinking about a retro post. But, once the hamster wheel starts turning, it cannot be stopped. So, stay tuned there is more to come!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


6 thoughts on “Retro Post About Taking 100 Swings A Day

  1. Jim, thanks for the mention. The lesson I learned about the 100/day was that you need to see ball flight. You have the advantage of DIY but pay close attention to where your ball hits the net. One foot right or left in DIY may equate to a 10 or 15 yard dispersion on the course.

    I was strengthening golf muscles with my 100, but inadvertently building in a swing flaw that was exposed during play.

    Love your approach though; good luck!



  2. Jim

    The end of our Aussie adventure is just a few short days away.

    Here is a pic of our foursome for the past 18 months.

    Looking fed to seeing you and Teri once this pandemic is conquered.


    Sent from my iPad



  3. I was telling a golf buddy that I was planning on trying a lesson with the pro at Chi Chi’s course. They offer a one hour lesson with trackman for $125. I can’t think of a more cost effective improvement plan. My buddy’s been out of action because the virus hit his family. Thankfully, not hard, but they went into quarantine for safety’s sake. Anyway, he got excited over the idea too so we’ll try and get an appointment when it’s safe for him to come back out which should be this coming week. Something like that might be worth a days drive into the city before winter makes that impractical if it’s not too late already that is. Hard for us Florida dwellers to keep up with how fast it changes for you guys. It was back to 86 today here. We have to wait until next week for another band of cooler weather to get here. But even at 86, it’s so much better than August. Now if we can only get our course to really dry out. It’s hard not to come off the course without muddy shoes still.


    • Kevin

      A lesson sounds like a great idea. We definitely will playing weather roulette for the next month until the cold stays permanently. Wet shoes is a bit of challenge, but at least you are still playing everyday.

      Cheers Jim


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