20 August 2008 — (Change 2) The On-Plane Aid I was finally able to put the modified aid (second arc) into practice. I had to modify it a bit. First, added an additional 9 inches to both arcs to allow for a longer follow-through. Secondly, added skewer pegs to anchor the base and added locking screws to lock in the width I selected, between both arcs.
24 August 2008 — (Change 3) The Stride As I had suspected, I needed to change my stance back to my original position. (See Change 1 above). Placing both feet side by side required that I lean to the right to allow the shoe to pass by my leg. Even so, I kept hitting my pant leg as I passed by my right leg. I will have to work harder to control my body movement. I’ve decided to add a little monitor to my Swing Arc aid. I’ll need to make it adjustable, both horizontally and vertically.
20 September 2008 — (Change 4) Grip Changed After my last tournament, I found it necessary to turn the shoe over and grip the caulk from below. This was necessary for two reasons. I was losing control of the shoe during the backswing and release due to slippery shoes and glove. It was forcing me to grip harder than I was comfortable with, and caused inaccuracy and incorrect flip. Turning the shoe over and locking my fingers around the underside of the caulk solved the problem.
20 September 2008 — (Change 5) Stance Changed The stance change was necessary to compensate for the grip change. I experimented a bit with the placement of my feet to try to stabilize my balance. I started with the general balance martial arts stance of 35 degrees and 10 degrees. I decided to extend my arms and bring them together with finger tips touching. I rotated my body left until my right arm was pointed down the line of flight. The photo shown is the result of that change. CAUTION: This stance places a fair amount of stress on the knees.
20 September 2008 — (Change 6) Tightened Line of Flight The stance change caused a change in my backswing. The swing still goes back and forth down the line of flight, but, my backswing is much shorter. I reach my stop point much sooner and seem to be able to feel the line of flight much better.
20 September 2008 — (Change 7) Pre-Release Rehearsal This change was the result of my last tournament. I find that a swing up and back without a stop at the top of my pre-swing eliminates tension in my swing. I do need to practice this move a bit and force myself to swing up a second time if my visual alignment is not correct.
1 October 2008 — (Change 8 ) A Slight Stance Change Moving my right leg further back produces three beneficial results. (1) It virtually eliminates the shoe from going to the right of the stake; (2) It gives me a mental target for the backswing, and; (3) It stabilizes my stance to be more centered and balanced.
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