Break 80 Update: Week #4 – Inside Out Path

Week 4

Working On: Inside Out Path

To recap my Break 80 challenge, last week I concentrated my efforts on getting my swing path more inside out and was somewhat successful. I want to continue to work on my swing path this week so that my path becomes more consistent. I am looking for 80% consistency in my path. Getting the club on an inside out path is going to really bring my game around.


Checklist

In my practice sessions, I will be looking for the following:

  1. Swing Path on average Inside/Out

  2. Perfect Inside Out Path 80%

  3. Clubface square to Open 2˚

  4. Swing Speed does NOT decrease

Below is the checklist I will be using to check and see if the 1 Arm Drill is helping my swing path. ClubClubface Correct (Less than Open 2)Swing Speed Correct (65 & 75)Swing Path Inside/OutPerfect Inside/OutWhite Zones +/= ( 9 & 5) 9 Iron 4 Iron

Drill: 1 Arm Swing


Day 1 – 1 Arm Swing Drill (25 + 50 Shots)


The Stats

9 Iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out path

  2. Closed 2.3

  3. 115 yds

  4. 63 mph

  5. 8 inside white zone

  6. 14 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes: Loss of Swing Speed, 3 shots WAY closed

4 iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out Path

  2. Closed .03 

  3. 170 yds

  4. 73 mph

  5. 6 inside white zone

  6. 8 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes: 2 Outside/In Shots, Loss of Swing Speed

Day 2 – 1 Arm Swing Drill (25 + 50 Shots)


The Stats

9 Iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out path

  2. Closed 1.0

  3. 119 yds

  4. 65 mph

  5. 13 inside white zone

  6. 11 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes: 20 shots Square to Closed 2.0

4 iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out Path

  2. Square

  3. 175 yds

  4. 74 mph

  5. 6 inside white zone

  6. 9 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes: 15 shots Square to Closed 2.0

Day 3 – 1 Arm Swing Drill (25 + 50 Shots)


The Stats

9 Iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out path

  2. Closed 3.7

  3. 116 yds

  4. 64 mph

  5. 6 inside white zone

  6. 10 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes:  Worst Day Yet!! 

4 iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out Path

  2. Closed .02

  3. 172 yds

  4. 72 mph

  5. 1 inside white zone

  6. 9 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes: Swing Speed WAY DOWN!! Very Sporadic Clubface

Day 4 – 1 Arm Swing Drill (25 + 50 Shots)


The Stats

9 Iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out path

  2. Closed 2.2

  3. 121 yds

  4. 66 mph

  5. 4 inside white zone

  6. 11 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes:  Another Bad Day!!! Contact Poor

4 iron 25 shots

  1. Slight Inside/Out Path

  2. Open 1.1

  3. 172 yds

  4. 73 mph

  5. 3 inside white zone

  6. 11 Perfect Inside/Out

Notes: Again Everything Was Short!! Injured Wrist/Back Hurts…Need to 


Day 5 – Injured Wrist…Taking Day Off


Conclusion


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After a week of using Michael Breed’s One Arm Drill, I was very disappointing. I hit the ball the worst I have in over a month especially the last 3 days. My swing path did stay slightly inside out but here are all the things that went wrong:

More Outside In Shots

Overall, the drill did not change my swing path much but I did notice that I had more Outside in shots and came over the top more than I had in the last few weeks. I believe it is because it seemed easier to return the clubface to square at impact by using an outside path. The drill may have trained a bad habit.

Off Target

I missed the target completely. I hit the white zone a total of only 14 times the last 2 days after 100 shots. I even had a day of hitting the white zone ONLY 3 times with my 9 IRON. My 9 iron has been very consistent hitting the green 14 times one day alone. My 4 iron was even worse. The last day I only hit the green by coming over the top with an outside in slice. I was all over the place the last 2 days which is one of the reasons that my clubface ended up averaging being Open on the last day.

Swing Speed

I lost swing speed. Maybe I was tired or maybe it is just a coincidence but I was short on many shots. This was one of the reason I was unable to hit the green the last 2 days. My 9 iron reached a low of 63 mph one day and my 4 iron reached a low of 70 mph. I was nowhere near the speed I was previously. I was not really focused on my swing speed but it definitely had an impact. It didn’t help that I hurt my wrist but if was very discouraging.

Injured

Lastly, I hurt my wrist on the 4th day and barely finished hitting my 50 shots. I had previously had a wrist injury that was from over use so I am hoping if I give it a few days and wear my brace I will be back next week.

Overall

Very frustrating and disappointing. I really felt I was making progress with my swing and after last week was consistently slightly inside and closed. I believe towards the end, I let my emotions get the best of me and I rushed through some of my shots. In addition to that, I did take a few lessons from this week:

Lesson #1: Sometimes you need to stop while you are ahead and take a break.

Lesson #2: Sometimes you have to take a step back before you improve.

Lesson #3: Slow down and enjoy the process.

Day 1Day 2 Day 3Day 4Day 5 Clubface AngleClosed 2.3Closed 1.0Closed 3.7Closed 2.2OFF Swing Speed63656466OFF PathSlight Inside/OutSlight Inside/OutSlight Inside/OutSlight Inside/OutOFF Perfect Inside Out14111011OFF White Zones81364 OFF

Day 1Day 2 Day 3Day 4Day 5 Clubface AngleClosed .03SquareClosed .02Open 1.1OFF Swing Speed73777273OFF PathSlight Inside OutSlight Inside OutSlight Inside OutSlight Inside OutOFF Perfect Inside Out 811911OFF White Zones6413OFF

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