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Golf Lesson: Hitting Off The Toe

Golf Lesson: Stop Hitting Off The Toe

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Last week during a round I was struggling with my driver. I was hitting everything off the toe. It was clearly a case of over compensating for my normal potential miss hit, which is a pull to the left. My distance was fine but I only hit four of fourteen fairways but two of those I hit my four hybrid off the tee.

My Iron play and putting were solid but missing that many fairways is a lot to overcome. The next day, off to the range I went. I treated myself to a free golf lesson. I used my smart phone to video tape myself after twenty warm up hits. I saw in my video that I was losing my spine angle during my setup which caused a chain reaction of other swing flaws. Thanks to the beauty of technology I was able to correct this within fifteen minutes at the driving range.

This may or may not be the cause of your hits off the toe. Golf Quick Fix highly suggests seeing yourself hitting golf balls on video. It may very well be the best golf lesson you have ever had. Here are some additional ideas to keep in mind while you try to stop hitting the ball off the toe.

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1) Don’t Squeeze The Grip
In order to hit the ball more consistently and avoid hitting the golf ball off the toe, it is essential to maintain a consistent and not too firm grip pressure during the course of your golf swing. Some of the greatest golfers that ever lived encouraged a gentle grip…Nicklaus, Snead, and the great Bobby Jones.
Try to understand, the maintaining of a light grip from set-up through impact and to your finish position permits you to swing the golf club quite naturally along an arc. Squeezing the golf club produces a jerking movement that results in inconsistent tempo during your swing This can very often lead to hitting the ball off the toe of your club (more so off the driver).

2) Check Your Stance 

taylormade-logo Much like myself, to stop hitting off the toe, it is imperative that you position yourself the appropriate distance away from your golf ball. Many people make the blunder of setting up too close to the golf ball. This can very often result in a plethora of issues (such as inconsistent contact).
Golf Quick Fix Rule of Thumb: your hands should hang directly below your shoulders. This will help you judge if you are too close or too far from the ball. Standing too close will cause you to not give the golf club enough room to work smoothly right through impact. Not giving the club sufficient room to work in the impact zone, will cause you to hit the golf ball off the toe. Standing too far just makes it even more difficult to find the sweet spot of the club head. You may find yourself reaching or lunging at the ball.

3) Solid Stance 
Try not to sway. Swaying prevents you from turning your shoulders and hips correctly during your back swing. Rather than turning away from the golf ball, you unwittingly modify your spine angle and shoulder level. This suggests that in order to strike the ball solidly, you have to somehow make some awkward body movements through-out your swing to just to get your spine angle and shoulder level back to a point where you can merely make contact with the golf ball. Obviously just making contact is not good enough. These “compensations” cause inconsistent contact and more often than not causes toe hits.

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In order for any golfer to stop hitting the ball off the toe, it is imperative to consider the above swing fundamentals as gospel. If you address the issues discussed above, you’ll be on your way to a higher quality golf swing, and more consistent ball contact.

Good luck and hit’em straight from Golf Quick Fix.

Here is a awesome video to help you: CLICK HERE

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Golf Quick Fix For Chipping

Golf Lessons: Chipping

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No matter how good a golfer you may or may not be, sooner or later you will find yourself the victim of a chip shot that you just simply sculled across the green, or you popped up leaving it way short of where you needed to land it. Either one of these mishits can occur if you get caught trying lift the ball instead of allowing the loft of your club do the lifting for you.

The number one player in the world, Tiger Woods was on the 18th hole on Friday of The 2013 Players Championship when he lost what would have been his first ever bogey free round in that tournament with a poor chip. Tiger had played 17 bogey free holes to that point. He needed to get up and down with a short chip and a putt. This was a relatively easy up and down for an above average golfer so I am sure Tiger was not too worried. He had an uphill lie so the ball was going to elevate itself more than usual, but Tiger still tried to lift it and left it short of the green. He settled for a bogey, blowing an easy par with a momentary lack of concentration. If this can happen to the best player in the world, it can and will happen to all of us, but the Golf Quick Fix to avoid it is quite simple.

Golf Quick Fix: Let’s Avoid This Miss Forever

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Let’s start off by selecting the most effective golf club for the chip at hand. This selection should based on the lie you are faced with, your proximity to the hole and whether or not you need to hit over an obstruction.

If you are twenty feet or further from the pin and chipping to a relatively flat green, it’s safest to utilize a lower lofted club. For me I love using an eight iron as opposed to pitching wedge in this case. I generally try land the ball halfway between my lie and the pin and allow the ball to roll the other half of the distance to the hole.

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For repeatable results and a low stress approach, use your putting grip and stroke to hit the ball. Envision yourself just putting the ball firmly. The putting stroke has several benefits. It prevents you from trying to lift the ball. It forces you to allow the loft on the club face to lift the golf ball for you onto the green and roll-out to the hole. And the putting stroke takes away the possibility of an improper wrist hinge.

It is so important, that you don’t try to lift the ball into the air, let the loft of the eight iron do this for you. Just trust your putting stroke and good things will happen!

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If you are inside of 25 feet or so to the pin, and you need to hit the golf ball over a bunker or a big bump on the green, you will of course need to utilize one of your higher lofted clubs (gap, sand or lob wedge). That shot demands a very different approach and a little more trial and error  to perfect.

However the straight chip and run shot is one of the easiest shots to learn and master. For more Golf Quick Fix chipping Golf Lessons, CLICK HERE.

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Golf Quick Fix For Chipping

Golf Lessons: Chipping

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No matter how good a golfer you may or may not be, sooner or later you will find yourself the victim of a chip shot that you just simply sculled across the green, or you popped up leaving it way short of where you needed to land it. Either one of these mishits can occur if you get caught trying lift the ball instead of allowing the loft of your club do the lifting for you.

The number one player in the world, Tiger Woods was on the 18th hole on Friday of The 2013 Players Championship when he lost what would have been his first ever bogey free round in that tournament with a poor chip. Tiger had played 17 bogey free holes to that point. He needed to get up and down with a short chip and a putt. This was a relatively easy up and down for an above average golfer so I am sure Tiger was not too worried. He had an uphill lie so the ball was going to elevate itself more than usual, but Tiger still tried to lift it and left it short of the green. He settled for a bogey, blowing an easy par with a momentary lack of concentration. If this can happen to the best player in the world, it can and will happen to all of us, but the Golf Quick Fix to avoid it is quite simple.

Golf Quick Fix: Let’s Avoid This Miss Forever

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Let’s start off by selecting the most effective golf club for the chip at hand. This selection should based on the lie you are faced with, your proximity to the hole and whether or not you need to hit over an obstruction.

If you are twenty feet or further from the pin and chipping to a relatively flat green, it’s safest to utilize a lower lofted club. For me I love using an eight iron as opposed to pitching wedge in this case. I generally try land the ball halfway between my lie and the pin and allow the ball to roll the other half of the distance to the hole.

Golf Lesson

For repeatable results and a low stress approach, use your putting grip and stroke to hit the ball. Envision yourself just putting the ball firmly. The putting stroke has several benefits. It prevents you from trying to lift the ball. It forces you to allow the loft on the club face to lift the golf ball for you onto the green and roll-out to the hole. And the putting stroke takes away the possibility of an improper wrist hinge.

It is so important, that you don’t try to lift the ball into the air, let the loft of the eight iron do this for you. Just trust your putting stroke and good things will happen!

edwin watts

If you are inside of 25 feet or so to the pin, and you need to hit the golf ball over a bunker or a big bump on the green, you will of course need to utilize one of your higher lofted clubs (gap, sand or lob wedge). That shot demands a very different approach and a little more trial and error  to perfect.

However the straight chip and run shot is one of the easiest shots to learn and master. For more Golf Quick Fix chipping Golf Lessons, CLICK HERE.

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Golf Lesson For Hitting Off The Toe

Golf Lessons: Hitting Off The Toe

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Last week during a round I was struggling with my driver. I was hitting everything off the toe. It was clearly a case of over compensating for my normal potential miss hit, which is a pull to the left. My distance was fine but I only hit four of fourteen fairways but two of those I hit my four hybrid off the tee.

My Iron play and putting were solid but missing that many fairways is a lot to overcome. The next day, off to the range I went. I treated myself to a free golf lesson. I used my smart phone to video tape myself after twenty warm up hits. I saw in my video that I was losing my spine angle during my setup which caused a chain reaction of other swing flaws. Thanks to the beauty of technology I was able to correct this within fifteen minutes at the driving range.

This may or may not be the cause of your hits off the toe. Golf Quick Fix highly suggests seeing yourself hitting golf balls on video. It may very well be the best golf lesson you have ever had. Here are some additional ideas to keep in mind while you try to stop hitting the ball off the toe.

Golf Quick Fix 

1) Don’t Squeeze The Grip
In order to hit the ball more consistently and avoid hitting the golf ball off the toe, it is essential to maintain a consistent and not too firm grip pressure during the course of your golf swing. Some of the greatest golfers that ever lived encouraged a gentle grip…Nicklaus, Snead, and the great Bobby Jones.
Try to understand, the maintaining of a light grip from set-up through impact and to your finish position permits you to swing the golf club quite naturally along an arc. Squeezing the golf club produces a jerking movement that results in inconsistent tempo during your swing This can very often lead to hitting the ball off the toe of your club (more so off the driver).

2) Check Your Stance 

taylormade-logo Much like myself, to stop hitting off the toe, it is imperative that you position yourself the appropriate distance away from your golf ball. Many people make the blunder of setting up too close to the golf ball. This can very often result in a plethora of issues (such as inconsistent contact).
Golf Quick Fix Rule of Thumb: your hands should hang directly below your shoulders. This will help you judge if you are too close or too far from the ball. Standing too close will cause you to not give the golf club enough room to work smoothly right through impact. Not giving the club sufficient room to work in the impact zone, will cause you to hit the golf ball off the toe. Standing too far just makes it even more difficult to find the sweet spot of the club head. You may find yourself reaching or lunging at the ball.

3) Solid Stance 
Try not to sway. Swaying prevents you from turning your shoulders and hips correctly during your back swing. Rather than turning away from the golf ball, you unwittingly modify your spine angle and shoulder level. This suggests that in order to strike the ball solidly, you have to somehow make some awkward body movements through-out your swing to just to get your spine angle and shoulder level back to a point where you can merely make contact with the golf ball. Obviously just making contact is not good enough. These “compensations” cause inconsistent contact and more often than not causes toe hits.

edwin watts

In order for any golfer to stop hitting the ball off the toe, it is imperative to consider the above swing fundamentals as gospel. If you address the issues discussed above, you’ll be on your way to a higher quality golf swing, and more consistent ball contact.

Good luck and hit’em straight from Golf Quick Fix.

Here is a awesome video to help you:

 

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Golf Lessons Should Always Begin With The Take Away

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The Takeaway

Many golfers stress about proper swing plane, proper position at the top, the downswing, et cetera. However each of these components of the swing are predicated on the beginning of the back swing.

The means or direction by which the back swing is initiated can and will influence the rest of the golf swing all the way thru the impact  position and quite often the follow through (or lack there of).

The important thing is to make full use of your larger muscles to begin the back swing, instead of pulling the club with your hands, inside the target line or basically just lifting your arms up.
The golf take away is perhaps the most integral components of your golf swing. In the majority of circumstances, the first two feet of your back swing determine the swing path the head of the club will trek thru impact.

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The mistake that is most common among amateurs is beginning their take away from a closed set up position. This causes the club head to get “stuck” behind you, leaving you no other alternative but to cast the club (coming over the top). Now you’ll be cutting across the golf ball generating the least desirable ball flight…the pull fade.
On the flip side, positioning yourself with a closed golf stance to promote more of a draw on the ball is often times a “band aid”.  An inside take away with a closed set up position is really fairly simple and can feel 100 % natural the first time someone tries it. It’s not very often you find a professional with a golf stance with his/her feet pointed more than a few yards to the right of the intended target (left for you south paws).



However somehow, somewhere along the line golfers still hear it or read it someplace that merely closing your set up position will help promote a draw of the golf ball. In some instances this “might” be true, but many times positioning with a closed position causes a pulling of the golf ball to ensure it flies in the direction of the particular target area.
The “pull” is an outside to inside swing path, this creates a slice or even a fade of the ball when he face of the club remains open at impact. To generate a draw the swing path of the golf club needs to begin from the inside to outside from the top thru the point of impact.

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Fundamentals For The Take Away 

  • Get shaft of the club parallel to the ground while still below your waist.
  • Your club shaft should also run parallel to your target line.

Golfers initially may fear or not like the feel or the aesthetics of this positioning, however, you can not argue with the results. Try to embrace that proper mechanics in golf feels very different or even feels weird at first. This  is reason playing golf is so challenging. We, as human beings  get pleasure from instantaneous gratification and immediate outcomes.
If playing golf was easy… wouldn’t everyone be a tour pro?
As I said earlier, the important thing is to make full use of your larger muscles to begin the back swing.

Here is a great video to help you better understand what that means.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=pMG7U_E19Lg&NR=1

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Golf Lessons: Fix Your Slice

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Golf Lesson: Fix Your Slice

The golf slice is extremely difficult to command. It’s unattractive and the undisputed biggest destroyer of handicaps in golf. The slice is a by-product of mistakes that will perpetually keep your game at the level it is now. There is no miracle golf club that will get rid of your slice, but there is a means by which you can fix your golf swing and make your banana balls a thing of the past.

Golf Quick Fix: Simple as A -B- C

A) Quit coming over the top
B) Square your club face
C) Do both at the same time

How Do We Do That?

The vast majority of golfers strive for, or at least they should strive for an inside out golf swing. This is by far the most efficient and the most effective swing shape.
An inside to out golf swing tends to promote a more right to left ball flight by way of a subtle draw. The draw is the ball flight sought after by most golfers because it promotes more distance and control.

 

Two things you need to do. For starters, the player needs to make sufficient space on the back swing in order to swing the golf club back on the inside. Also, calm the shoulders to prevent them from opening up during the downswing.

In order to swing through on the inside, primarily it comes down to developing enough space to do so. If other parts of the body get in the way of the the forward swing, the golfer has no option but to swing outside or come over the top.
These essential steps at address and during the take away will help swing from the inside.

Stance: 

Tilt your the head to the right or towards your trail side at address. This allows the shoulders to turn properly.

How is your grip?

If the right or trail hand is positioned too weak it will make the right arm too straight and blocks a proper takeaway.
Position the right (trail) shoulder a bit lower than the left (lead) while addressing the ball. Since the right hand is lower than the left…the right shoulder needs to be lower than the left as well.

Back swing:

Begin the swing by turning the body. Turn the right or trail hip out of the way. It should feel as though you are starting your back swing by turning the right hip.



Inside To Out Downswing:

If the golf club is in the correct position at the top of the swing, all the golfer needs to do is be cognizant that the downswing remains on the inside. More often than not it is your shoulders that will influence the club to come outside during the forward swing. That’s when you end up trying to muscle the ball. This causes the right hip to chase after the shoulders. At this point it’s all going wrong and the right leg will most likely get pulled out.
Do your best to make your shoulders remain passive. Begin slowly from the top of the swing. Allow your hands to drop. Legendary ball striker, Moe Norman referred to this as the “vertical drop” Coming inside allows you to swing easier increasing your club head speed. You won’t embrace this until you see for yourself so take this golf lesson to the driving range and give it a whirl.
Here is an excellent video to help you understand:

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Golf Lessons: Adam Scott

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Golf Lessons: This years winner of The Masters,  Adam Scott displays a technique in his picture perfect golf swing that is virtually flawless. His golf swing is often compared to Tiger Woods’ golf swing…many times, both swings look very comparable.

The comparisons begin with their physical fitness levels. Adam Scott and Tiger have both taken golf health and fitness to the next level. Neither Adam Scott nor Tiger Woods have any apparent physical restrictions that impacts their swings and their technique…which is very atypical. Most golfers, amateur and professional, have a certain amount of restriction whether it be their lack of strength or their overall lack of flexibility that finds its way into their swing.

Scott has fantastic posture as he keeps a perfect spine angle at address and during his swing. As a matter of fact, Tiger Woods’ swing is a bit less efficient than Scott’s, but he (Scott) for the most part does not have Tiger’s short game ability nor his mental resilience that has given him, (Tiger) the number of PGA wins and Major Tournament victories that Adam Scott will never get close to.

However, We admire and praise Scott for his strength of character with his golf game training, and we expect him to win more tournaments and possibly another Major as his career continues. With a virtually perfect golf swing, all he really  needs is to continue putting and chipping around the greens like he did at the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta.

 

His driving distance and accuracy are close to the top of the stat sheets on the PGA tour every year, so there is not much room for enhancement in those areas. Scott says he will keep working with his golf training regimen which will invariably give him an advantage  with respect to power and consistency through out any golf event and the rest of his career. His short game and mental toughness are two of the few areas Scott will need to stay focused on. But as we said, his posture, spine angle and golf swing are nearly perfect. Every golfer should try to replicate Adam Scott’s address and golf swing.

Golf Lesson: Take a look at this slow motion video of him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GWDIXc5DSY

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Golf Lessons: Amen Corner

Twelfth Hole, Augusta National

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Golf Lesson: Why do they call it Amen Corner?

The Masters: Back in 1958, Herbert Warren Wind wrote an essay for Sports Illustrated regarding The Masters where he introduced the golf world to the phrase “Amen Corner”. Since then, the original spirit and intent of the expression has been obscured.

Attendees like to say that there is nothing else, anywhere in the world like “Amen Corner”.  This has a lot to do with the phrase coined by Wind. He was both humbled and embarrassed by this distinction. He never though he was stating some thing underived concerning The Masters.

Wind attempted to dump the audience right in the thick of the experience and to stimulate the readers as best he could. He tried to take hold of his readers and keep them. He enjoyed his own use of wordplay, and this is where “Amen Corner” originated.  The phrase comes from a jazz recording that Wind liked. He cited it in the his opening paragraph, and it was so inadvertent that he never even bothered to describe the musical meaning.

Wind never even mentioned the tournament winner – Arnold Palmer – until he was about 400 words deep into his essay. His classic writing skills led Augusta National to memorialize him by naming the press room in the club house after him.


“Amen Corner” never referred to some hallowed ground. It was originally a reference to the second shot on the 11th hole, the par-three 12th hole and the tee shot on the 13th. It was that angle of the golf course that forced the players to breathe a sigh of relief after surviving that part of the course.

Years later, people began to remember it incorrectly. Amen Corner later turned into all three of those holes in their entirety. It was easier this way, rather than describing the phrase so specifically. Unfortunately, this how history remembers things. Creations become simplified and changed. The intended nuance is disregarded.

In any event, “Amen Corner” is a huge part of the magic and pageantry that surrounds The Masters and the quest for the green jacket.

Enjoy the tournament.

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Golf Lessons: The Wet Sand

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For years the thought of landing in a sand trap filled with wet packed down sand was one of my greatest fears on the golf course. There was no need for it. There are now times that I find the wet sand is a little more manageable for me, depending on the height of the trap. Now that I understand how simple the technique is, it is no longer a great concern of mine.

I am not trying to downplay landing in the bunker. There is a good reason they call the sand bunker a hazard. You can come across a wide variety of  of lies in the sand trap. Each of them can require a somewhat unique strategy.
Some golf courses have a light and fluffy sand in there bunkers  however the course a mile away might have sand traps loaded with a very heavy and course type of sand. Some bunkers have heaps of sand while the others will only have a thinner covering. All that being said if the bunkers are wet due to rain or in the path of a rotating sprinkler, you are working with another factor all together.

The powers that be in golf do not permit you to tryout the texture of a sand trap with a golf club, so you will have to depend on your feet to deliver any feedback regarding the depth of the sand, the texture and the consistency.

Your sand wedge typically has a particular amount of bounce. The bounce is found on the sole of the golf club head. The bounce provides the ” lift ” required to burst the golf ball out of the bunker under regular or dry conditions. In cases when the sand is flattened by dampness, the bounce that assisted you to hit the golf ball out of the dried out sand can lead you to blade or skull the golf ball…hitting it thin from wet sand.

If you are in green side bunker, you should consider using a lob wedge. A lob wedge has more loft but does not have as much bounce. If you do not have a lob wedge, try a few practice shots with your pitching wedge, it also has less bounce.
The approach from wet sand is not quite the same as from dry sand. Utilizing this approach, the golf ball will come out a little hotter and fly a bit further than a typical sand shot.

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Open your stance, however not as much as with a standard sand shot. Open the face of the club, but not as much as in typical conditions. Keep most of your body weight on your lead foot. Shorten your back swing. You will not want to strike as far behind the golf ball as you would if the sand was dry. Swing the wedge a tiny bit harder than normal. It is vital that you follow through or the ball may stay in the trap. When executed correctly you will hear a ” thump ” when the sole of the club hits the sand. Listen for the ” thump ” when you rehearse this shot.

Your short sticks are your scoring clubs. And this is one of the shots you need to have in your bag. If you don’t have one, think about getting a lob wedge.

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Tiger Reclaims Number One

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The Arnold Palmer Invitational

A fantastic effort by Rickie Fowler to try and catch Tiger Woods went right down the drain yesterday, “literally.”

Fowler cut Tigers lead to a mere two strokes after 15 holes and found the fairway on 16 while Tiger landed in the same fairway bunker he hit on Saturday. That bunker shot led to Tiger hitting his next shot in the water. Tiger bogeyed the hole on Saturday.

However, history never guarantees future performance and yesterday proved that. Yesterday Tiger hit the green from that fairway bunker on the par five, sixteenth, setting up an easy two putt for birdie. Fowler on the other hand hit his second and fourth shots into the water which all but destroyed any chance he had of catching Tiger over the last three holes.   Fowler ended up taking a triple bogey which cost him the first runner-up position.

When the World Rankings are re-calculated,  Tiger on the strength of his two stroke victory over fifth ranked, Justin Rose, will have overtaken Rory McIlroy as the World’s Number One Ranked Golfer. Golf Quick Fix already named Tiger the number one player in the world on Saturday, having already nailed down two wins in2013 before yesterday and looking like “Tiger Woods” in his prime doing so.

 

 

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