I had yet another lesson with Blair and again, he was happy with my progress. In fact, he was very happy! He told me to work on:
1) Relaxing my arms after the impact and during the follow through. Currently my arms are very stiff and it needs to be more smooth. He also said to let my body swing the club through impact. I tend to force it through the impact area somewhat.
2) A balanced finish. On my finish, I usually over rotate and my right heel is to the right of the toe. I need to think of under rotating.
Now, these are small things, but Blair said this is the fun part of golf lessons....working on the small things. It has been hard work to fight through the big things, such as swinging over the top of the plane on the downswing and keeping the club face square or slightly closed on the backswing. I am also working on better contact with the ball, but this seems to be getting better on its own from fixing the other problems.
This morning there was no one behind us on hole #18 at Dobson Ranch, so I decided to hit some from 150 yards to see what club was the one. I first hit my 8 iron, which recently has been the club from this distance (it used to be my 7 iron!). Well, my 8 iron went 10 yds past, so I tried my 9 iron. I thought for sure it would be short. I hit two balls and they were both pin high and the pin was in the middle of the green! I can't believe that I'm hitting the ball so well that I am hitting my 9 iron 150 yds! Now, for most players, this is commonplace, but for me it is quite an accomplishment.
My next lesson with Blair is in two weeks and will be on the short game, or the "scoring" game. Even though my irons have been working well for me lately, it isn't reflected in my scores. Last weekend at Ocotillo I got a 93 one day and an 87 the next. I still usually score in the 90's. That is why Blair suggested we work on my short game. I don't know what we'll be able to accomplish in 30 minutes. We'll see!