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Stop Swinging Too Hard With Your Driver!

There’s nothing more satisfying than walking off the 18th green knowing that you hit your Driver well all day. So to have that happen more often … when hitting your Driver – should you try to: A) Swing with more effort than you swing your pitching wedge B) Swing with less effort than you swing your pitching wedge C)

Parallel Hands Drill (Power & Consistency In Your Golf Swing) Part 2

To become connected in your golf swing to create power and consistency … you need to understand the Feel of your golf swing. This goes beyond trying to turn your shoulders, hips and shifting your weight. We highly recommend you watch Part 1 of this Drill – – before watching this video (Part 2)

A Golf Swing Drill For Getting Your Arms & Body In Sync – Part 1

Is you golf swing inconsistent because it’s difficult to consistently coordinate the different parts of your golf swing? Would your golf swing become more consistent if you could have your hips, arms, shoulders and weight working together? If so … use this drill (Parallel Hands) to discover how to feel your golf swing … so

‘The Solution – What Moves Your Golf Swing?’ (video) Golf Improvement Weekly

This week … we’re going to start speaking about and demonstrating the ‘Cause’ of the issues creating frustration in your golf swing. In prior weeks … we’ve spoken about the ‘Effects’ that most Golfers are struggling to correct in their golf swing. How much have you focused on your Center of Gravity when practicing and/or playing?

Are You Coming Over The Top In Your Golf Swing? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘Over The Top, Outside In, Casting … Why Can’t I Stop?’ The over-taught golf swing often creates problems … rather than solving them. One of these swing issues is often mis-diagnosed as a ‘Cause’ … when in fact, it’s an ‘Effect’. “If I could fix my over the top swing …I could hit the ball better!” Yet,

Is it OK to Bend My Left Arm? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘My Arm Is Bending … I Need To Keep It Straight!’ You’ve heard it a million times … and you’ve felt it happen more times than you want to admit! “You need to keep your left arm straight … you need to stop chicken winging it on your follow-through!” It seems like it should be such an

Your Play Zone Creates Your Swing

Your Play Zone Creates Your Swing There are three different Golfers that play on the course. Which one are you?: The Player that works as hard as necessary to hit the ball their best so they can score their best The Golfer that wants to play well enough to score respectively so that they can

How You Practice Determines Your Success

How You Practice Determines Your Success Do you ever think about your practice on the driving range? Or do you just go out and hit ball after ball … hoping that something will eventually click? If that’s how you practice your golf swing off the course … that’s most likely your strategy while on the

What’s Consistency In Your Golf Swing?

What is consistency in your golf swing? If you hit 7 out of 10 shots well … would that be good enough? Or would you need to hit 10 out of 10 shots in order to call yourself consistent? Though, before you can determine whether your shot was up to your standards … you first

Why Do You Sometimes Lose Your Golf Swing?

“The Disappearing Golf Swing!” Have you ever played a round of golf where you were hitting the golf ball well and then all of a sudden you lost your golf swing? We call that the Disappearing Golf Swing. We often hear comments from frustrated Golfers that are just coming to see us such as: “I

How To Naturally Finish Your Golf Swing

If you had to describe the most important swing technique you need to do … what would it be? Thoughts such as: swing slow; head still; turn; release; stay down; and follow-through … seem to be amongst the most frequent we hear each day. Yet, the most popular is undoubtedly … “finish the swing”. As

4 Shots For 9 Holes … 8 Shots In 18 Holes

If you could hit your Driver 10 yards straighter on your worst curving shot so that the ball stays in play as opposed to having to punch out of the trees or taking a penalty for being in the water. If you could hit one more green from 150 yards away … as opposed to

How To Overcome First Tee Jitters

The idea of standing on the first tee without knowing how you’re going hit your tee shot is enough to make a grown man cry. Believe me … I have seen the tears after watching Golfers hit bad shots. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing with your best friend or with 3 people you’ve never

How Much Do You Know About Your Game

To truly understand how to improve your scores on the golf course … you need to study your game. Because improvement goes far beyond hitting another bucket of balls at the range. Yes, you probably know that you need to improve your Driver, or your putter, or your irons … but do you really know

From High 90’s to Shooting 80 Is Easier Than You Think

How much better is a Golfer that averages 80 versus a Golfer that averages 98? The easy answer is 18 strokes. However, what goes into those 18 strokes? Well, that is hard to say because there are many different ways to score 80 and many different ways to score 98.

How To Fix A Leaky Golf Swing

Not being able to hit the ball well on the golf course is like being seasick 100 miles out in the ocean … as you have 4+ hours of agony ahead of you before getting off that rocky boat onto solid ground. Now, getting off that swaying boat to a steady golf swing isn’t always

It’s Your Decision To End Blow-up Holes

Would you agree or disagree that the PGA Tour Player has a better golf swing, is better at reading the golf course based on their strengths and weaknesses, as well as being more in control of their emotions from getting too low during a round than the average Golfer? One reason (of many) they’re better

The Definition Of Inconsistency

As most Golfers make the same swing mistakes over and over – they’re often left wondering why they never improve. We have found that there are a few simple traits that consistent Players possess that all Golfers should be striving to achieve.

Are You Full Of Swing Tips

Believe me – when it comes to golf tips … we may not have heard it all, but we sure have heard a lot. Holy moly, we hear the same swing tips over and over from Golfers coming to see us when we ask them “what have you been working on in your swing?” From

A Difficult Golf Swing Isn’t Necessary

The golf swing can be as difficult as you want to make it or as simple as you want to make it … but it will never be easy. However, the Golfer that makes it simple will be able to repeat their non-difficult swing much more easily than the Golfer that complicates it.

Can You Take Your Range Swing To The Golf Course

Have you ever taken a golf lesson that helped you hit the golf ball better for a short time? For example: you were told to keep your left arm straight in your swing and then all of a sudden you started to hit the golf ball better. Then a few days later, you would go

Practice: Do You? How Much? What?

How much do you need to practice your golf swing in order to improve? Can you over-practice? What should you be practicing? Many Golfers stay frustratingly inconsistent — regardless of how badly they want to improve. As we have found that the people losing “The Battle of Consistency” fall into one of these three categories:

Your Backswing Determines Your Forward Swing

As most Golfers that hit inconsistent shots are trying to get a better understanding of why they don’t see consistency … even when talking about their bad shots. Why does one shot go right and the next goes left? “If I’m doing the same thing wrong … shouldn’t my bad shots be similar?” To give

Explosive Power In Your Golf Swing Isn’t Far Away!

We receive so many questions throughout the winter months about “what can I do in the colder months to work on my game?” So we started creating videos a few weeks ago about strengthening your golf swing. And although many people are clamoring for golf mechanic specific videos … we believe the winter season is

Better Backswing For Consistent Golf Swing

The primary area that Golfers sabatoge any potential of a good shot is in their backswing. This part of your golf swing sets up the body to allow it to move through the golf ball to produce a good golf shot. However, when your backswing isn’t fundamentally correct … you’ll start making compensations as soon

Are Your Hips Causing Your Golf Swing Issues?

As the “Golf Tip” has become the “go to” source of instruction for most Golfers trying to improve … it rarely works to give more than temporary relief to what most likely is a bigger swing issue. Or in other words … “swing tips” work as well as using aspirin to cure cancer. Yet, frustrated

More Compensations In Your Golf Swing

What are you currently working on in your golf swing? Many Golfers answer: “I’m trying to bring the club back more to the inside.” What are you focusing on to be able to do that consistently? “I have to have my hands and right elbow come closer to my body … instead of away from

The 8 Commandments To Better Golf

1. I will never go to the driving range to work on my golf swing without a Practice PLAN based on using a specific drill after every 6 shots. Golfers often have ineffective practice habits when they go to the driving range. Remember, the hitting of the golf ball shouldn’t be considered practice. Practicing a

Better Golf Through Mechanics Or Smoothness

There’s a fine line between focusing too much on one or the other. When a Golfer is too focused on his/her mechanics … the smoothness of your swing suffers. When you’re too focused on a smooth golf swing – your swing mechanics suffer. So the question becomes: which is more important for you to see

Is Your Golf Swing Fixable?

The golf swing is a series of “Causes and Effects” that determine whether you hit a good shot or not. When you hit a good shot – it’s because you either have a perfect golf swing … or you have a swing flaw, but you were able to align your compensations to produce a good

This Will Probably Upset A Few Golfers

To play golf well … you need to be aggressive in how you swing. However, because the typical Golfer is thinking about too many things every shot … they have no aggressiveness whatsoever. Yet, as many people will say that they’re already “overly aggressive” because they swing too hard – the “too hard” comment may

Should You Try To Hit Down On The Golf Ball?

One of the most frustrating aspects of playing golf is when you hit one good shot … then follow it up with a poor shot that you hit the ground before the golf ball. This inconsistency is often caused when a Golfer is trying to get under the ball with their golf club to help

Fast Fixes? Have You Tried Any Of These?

What do these 5 headlines have in common? 1. Effortlessly Groove the Perfect Swing 2. The Worst Power Sucking Mistake to NEVER Make in Golf 3. Watch Golfer Add 40 Yards In 10 Shots 4. From Duffer to Deadly Accurate (50% Off) 5. Fix Your Swing Without Wasting Time Practicing

Regaining Consistency Isn’t Difficult

“A Desperate Golfer that searches for problem solving golf tips often becomes a chronically Frustrated Golfer!” There are several actions a struggling Golfer can try in their attempt to find consistency … unfortunately for these Golfers … many of the techniques they try actually prolong the frustration.

Finding One Golf Swing That Works

Here’s a test for you: when on the golf course, do you ever have days where you hit your irons well … but have a bad day hitting your Driver? Or you hit your Driver well … but all of sudden you forget how to hit your fairway woods? If you answered yes to either

Consistent On The Range – Inconsistent On The Golf Course?

Have you ever hit 3 or 4 perfect shots in a row on the driving range that makes you wonder … “why can’t I do this on the golf course?” The mystery of why you can’t carry consistency from the range to the course has baffled many Golfers. And as there has been golf psychology

Swing Techniques – Does More Advanced Mean More Better?

It seems that the more a Golfer struggles … the more he/she starts looking for more advanced techniques to solve their problems. Yet, the more advanced the technique you attempt to implement … the worse your swing gets … because “more advanced” also means more difficult. In order for a Golfer to see improvement …

Feel A Consistent Swing

“My golf swing is so inconsistent” said the Golfer. “I can hit a good shot, but then my next swing … although it feels exactly the same … is a totally different shot. Yet, I can’t tell you what I did differently in my swing.”

Are You Just Hitting Golf Balls Or Are You Practicing

As we’re now into the middle of June – the 25 million Golfers in the US, 5.5 million Golfers in Canada and 6 million Golfers in Europe … are all playing Golf. The question that needs to be asked is how many of these 36+ million Golfers are playing to their potential.

Consistency With Your Driver

The common issue many Golfers have is that when they want to hit the golf ball farther … they usually hit a worse than average shot. As the result is often a shot that is short, or flies into the trees, weeds, or water. Why is it that when you try to swing harder …

The Fragmented Swing Of The Frustrated Golfer

One of our Instructors and I were talking the other night about the increased frustration we’ve seen in Golfers over their inconsistency. We were comparing how much more confused Golfers are about their swings nowadays compared to just 8 years ago. Yes, Golfers have probably always gotten frustrated since the beginnings of the game. But

Too Much Right side Or Not Enough Left side In Your Swing

Often times we hear right-handed Golfers say they hit bad shots because they’re using too much of their right side in their golf swing. Left-handed Golfers – just reverse everything I’m saying. However, the issue isn’t with your right side doing too much … the problem lies with your left side not being able to

Power In Your Golf Swing

Often times we hear Golfers say they have a problem of using too much of their right side in their golf swing. Left-handed Golfers – just reverse everything I’m saying. As many Golfers have been told they use too much right side in their golf swing … I believe this is something that needs to

To Be Consistent First Requires You To Understand Consistency

What is consistency in your golf swing? Is hitting 7 out of 10 shots well – good enough? Or is being able to hit 10 out of 10 the only mark of consistency? We also need to understand what you consider to be a good shot. Because an average shot by a Player that scores

How To Make Quick Swing Improvements

A very good question each Golfer should know the answer to is: “are there multiple things you need to work on in your golf swing … or is there just 1?” This is important to know if you want to improve – because you’ll need to prioritize the issues in your swing so you have

The Greatest Golf Tip Isn’t A Golf Tip

It can be said: “A Golfer that searches for one golf tip will become a Golfer searching for many golf tips!” Problem: It could be as innocent as hitting a couple of 7 irons behind the golf ball during a round … and someone suggesting that you move the golf ball back in your stance.

What You Can Learn From Rory McIlroy

This past week Rory Mcllroy was talking about his strategy (PLAN) for playing in this week’s US Open: “I’m probably not going to go at a pin all week and hit it at the middle of the green every time. You have to keep the big numbers off the card.”

“Be Aware Of These Golf Quotes … They Will Mess Up Your Golf Swing!”

These quotes make me cringe on the golf course because they might be holding you back from becoming more consistent – “That was a bad shot because I picked up my head” (Trust me, the reason you hit the bad shot happened well before your head moved. The feeling you have that you picked up

Multiple Golf Swings Equal Inconsistency

Many frustrated Golfers have a different golf swing for each of these shots: a chipping swing, a pitching swing, another swing for wedges, a mid iron swing, a long iron swing, a hybrid swing, a fairway wood swing, and of course … a Driver swing. Thus, the frustrated Golfer needs to organize at least eight

Why Are You Slicing Your Driver?

One of the most frustrating things on the golf course is slicing your Driver. Especially when it seems like you try everything to stop the curve … but nothing works. Why is it that sometimes … regardless of how much you try to stop your slice … that it seems to happen again and again?

Three Simple Thoughts For Your Golf Swing

We have found that to improve your golf swing so that you’re hitting better shots and scoring better on the golf course – Golfers need to improve the ‘tangibles’ in their golf swing … as well as the ‘intangibles’. A ‘tangible’ would be your golf swing mechanics. The ‘intangibles’ are the little things that the

How To Hit The Golf Ball Farther Without Swinging Harder!

The common issue many Golfers have is that when they want to hit the golf ball farther … it usually doesn’t end up well. As the result is often a shot that is topped, or flies into the trees, weeds, or water. Why is it that when you try to swing harder … you hit

Power, Consistency, Happiness

A common statement we hear from many frustrated Golfers is that they have been told they are using too much of their right side in their golf swing. However, working to take your right side out of your golf swing will hamper you efforts of creating more consistency and power. For these Golfers, it isn’t

Driver Distance Equates To Easier Second Shots

As most Golf Professionals are pushing “you need to improve your short game to improve your scores” … we are pushing – “find the weakest part of your game and improve it so that you can lower your scores.” And in reality – the weakest part of most Golfers game is their Driver. Yes, there

Your Success Playing Golf Depends On …

Your success playing golf depends on 4 key factors: how you hit the golf ball, how you putt the golf ball, how you PLAN each hole, as well as how you handle your emotions throughout the 18 holes. I will tell you that the average Golfer spends a minimum of 70% of their energy/thought on

The Proper Way To Hit The Golf Ball Farther

The greatest feeling in golf can often be described as “I hit that ball so good. I hardly felt as if I swung at it. If I could only do that every time”. While the worst feeling in golf can be “That was so bad. Why do I always try to kill the golf ball?”

Does Your Golf Game Shutdown After A Lesson?

Golfers have too much information to think about and much of the instruction they learn contradicts itself. For example – you sign-up for a 6 lesson series of lessons to improve your consistency. In lesson #1 you’ve been told that you need to “bump” your hips towards the target to shift your weight to your

Can You Take Your Golf Swing From The Range To The Golf Course?

Why do so many Golfers have trouble taking their driving range swing onto the golf course? What is happening differently on the golf course where you don’t hit the golf ball nearly as straight as you did on the range? The most obvious answer could be that on the driving range you have less pressure

Do Your Struggle To Make Your Best Golf Swing Consistently?

As many Golfers struggle to play golf to the level they feel they should play – I understand your frustration. Golf can be frustrating for all levels of Golfers … from the newcomer trying to get the golf ball up in the air to the person qualifying to become a PGA Professional. And what makes

What Is The Primary Swing Fault In Your Golf Swing?

Are you on a quest to hit the golf ball better than ever? As far as I’m concerned – there’s nothing wrong with having the passion, desire and drive to make golf more enjoyable. Because not hitting the golf ball well on the golf course is as pleasurable as being seasick on a boat 100

Happiness Is A Smooth Golf Swing

How can golf look so easy when the PGA Tour Players play … but be so difficult for the regular Golfer? As the Tour Player looks as if he/she is hardly swinging the golf club — the golf ball goes a mile. Yet when regular Golfers go to hit a golf ball, it looks as

Bad Shot, Good Shot, Bad Shot?

The question each Golfer needs to ask is: “how many shots in a row can I expect to make a good golf swing?” Is the answer 3? Is it 5 shots in a row? Or do you just need to find the secret to your golf swing so that you never hit a bad shot

A Simple Formula For A Consistent Golf Swing

How can a good practice session promote a consistent swing? Unfortunately, a vast majority of Golfers rarely experience a successful practice session. As the hitting of golf ball after golf ball is just more time spent stacking new compensations on top of already engrained compensations.

The Recurring Symptoms Of Your Golf Game

I read a quote today that said ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I’m sure they were working every day to build it.” Similarly the same holds true with your golf game … you can try any sort of golf tip or training aid or magic potion you can get your hands on …

What’s Your Golf Course Back Up PLAN

Do we need further proof of how frustrating the game of golf can be than looking at the #1 Golfer in the world walking off the golf course in the middle of his round? This just shows that when you’re not on your game … you’re not on your game. And that it doesn’t matter

Golf Has Been Good To Me!

Golf is truly an International Game. Let me give you this example: In the 90-days, from this past Monday, October 4th till the beginning of December we’ll have had golfers come to see us from Japan, Switzerland, Mexico, Malta, Australia, India, Canada, Nigeria and of course the United States. Showing – It doesn’t matter what

Golf Practice In The Winter

Are you tired of going into each new golf season with high expectations and then ending your season not reaching your goals? This is often followed by you promising yourself that you’re going to work hard during the winter on your grip, your swing plane, keeping your head still, blah, blah, blah. It seems as

How To Make A Consistent, Effortless Golf Swing

Have you ever hit a golf shot that felt so good and effortless that you said to yourself – “that was perfect?” If so, then I bet the next words out of your mouth were most likely – “why can’t I do that every time?” So the question must be – “why?” Why can’t you

How To Make A Consistent Golf Swing With Your Driver

The Driver is the name of the game. There’s nothing more satisfying than walking off the 18th green knowing that you hit your Driver well all day. In fact, there are times that I play golf just because I want the adrenaline rush that accompanies hitting great drives on the golf course. To put it

How Many Golf Instructors Does It Take?

How may Golf Instructors does it take to screw in a light bulb? If it’s the same amount that it took for me to get my golf swing consistent enough to think about becoming a PGA Professional – it’s a lot more than 1 and little less than 100. In order to screw in the

“How Many Swing Faults Do You Have?”

Are you on the quest to hit the golf ball better than you ever have before? To some, this is what golf is all about. And as far as I’m concerned – there’s nothing wrong with having the passion, desire and drive to make golf more enjoyable. Because frankly, not hitting the golf ball well

Tiger Woods vs. Rocco Mediate

What Can You Learn From This Classic Golf Match? Wow! Was that a fantastic golf match or what? Tiger and Rocco – Player e Player for 19 holes. That’s about as good as it can get. But, I’m sure you’ve had your fill of hearing and talking about the match. Enough about them already –

I’ve Found The Secret To Golf

What’s the Secret? Is it something in your grip? Could it be that you need to see 3 knuckles instead of 2 knuckles? Could it be to start your swing with a little more wrist hinge so that you can set the club with more ease? How about thinking of the acronym HASH as you

Are You Playing For Score?

“Play For Your PLAN, don’t plan for your score.” If you can live by this simple sentence on the golf course, you can succeed in playing well. If you turn it around to say – “Play for your score, don’t plan for your PLAN” – you’re pretty much going to be a frustrated golfer. Or

Meet Mr. Slice

Here it comes again. That big old slice of yours. You knew it would show it’s ugly self again. You just didn’t know when! The story of your golf life continues. The agony of all agonies on the golf course. So instead of giving tips on how to stop slicing your golf ball like everybody

Who Do You Play Golf For?

Or let me put it another way – When you’re on the golf course, are you ever worried what other people are thinking about your swing or your game? Monkeys are more worried about how their golf swing looks to others rather than staying focused on their PLAN. Or in other words – it’s more

You Know You’re A Monkey If You

Start each statement with: You know you’re a Monkey if you – Are trying to decide which would be better for you a 9 degree or 10 degree Driver Explanation – One degree isn’t going to make a noticeable difference. Yes, maybe if you’re clubhead speed is 120 mph and you hit the ball so

This Is My Worst

How bad do you want it? It seems that the more you sit inside and the less you’re out playing golf – the more excited and optimistic about your golf game you become. Isn’t that odd? Odd, why odd? Because you might not believe this, but there are people out there that get upset on

Do You Remember?

Do you remember this from January 4, 2004? It was one of our most popular and I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it again because I’ll wager a good sum of cash that it applies to your golf game! So Close, Yet So Far Away. That’s my game – I’m so close to breaking through, but

And The Monkeys Hit More Golf Balls

The Golden Age of your Golf Game is right now! Sure, some wines get better with age just by sitting around in a damp and dusty basement – though unfortunately this doesn’t happen with your golf game. And the Monkey understands this – so about this time every year you say – “My New Years

Have Fun Playing Golf! What makes golf fun for you?

Nothing! Nothing about golf is fun. I really don’t like the game at all. It’s too dang frustrating for me to play because I can’t seem to be consistent enough to enjoy myself out on the golf course. I mean, how can you have fun when all you do is slice the ball into the

Are You A 70% Player Or A 30% Monkey?

How can a game that looks so easy be so hard? How can it look as if that Player on the PGA or LPGA Tour is hardly swinging the club, yet the ball goes a mile? And I ask this because when the regular Golfers in this world go to hit a golf ball, it

Habits are Habits

Habits in Golf are usually classified as being good or bad. Have you ever heard of Mediocre Habits? Mediocre Habits – this is like a gray area. You know that you have some Good Habits and you know have some Bad Habits – these are easy to spot because they’re black or white, they standout

How To Score On The Golf Course

How To Score! What’s happening on the golf course around the greens? It’s getting scary out there! When I go out on the golf course I see golfers walking up to play their short game shots with 4-different clubs in their hands and then having a brain meltdown trying to decide which club to use.

Play Golf Like Vince Lombardi

Here’s an analogy for you and your golf game- It’s Football season here in America or as our European, Asian, African, South American, Australian, Mexican and Canadian friends say – it’s American Football season. And one things strikes me every year at about this time – why can’t the Arizona Cardinals ever breakthrough to the

How To Hit Your ‘Long Irons’

What’s the difference between hitting your 9-iron and hitting your 3-iron? What a huge question! There are 5-other golf clubs between these 2-clubs – So surely you need to swing them differently. Right? I mean, isn’t that what everybody says you need to do? It’s like the Monkey says – “You need to hit down

You’re A Monkey If You …

Before you read each statement below, please repeat the phrase – “You’re a Monkey if you”: ….. go to warm-up at the driving range with just your Driver before playing. What are you thinking? Could you ever imagine Tiger or Annika warming up for a round of golf by just going out there and repeatedly

How Easy Do You Make Your Golf Swing?

What are 9 of the most popular golf swing thoughts that many Golfers have before hitting a golf ball? Keep my head still Left arm straight (right arm for left handed Golfer) Shift my weight Eye on the golf ball Turn my shoulders Don’t sway Make sure to swing easy Clear my hips on the

How To Draw The Golf Ball

My understanding of the game of golf is that you’re trying to get the ball into the hole in the least number of strokes possible. Whether it’s for your own personal satisfaction or if you’re in a golf tournament – you’re a winner if you have taken the least amount of strokes. How you play

Wrists Or No Wrists When Chipping?

Should your wrists be used when chipping around the green? Most Golfers advocate not using any wrists – though some Golfers do encourage a limited use of the hands and wrists. So the question that many Golfers often ask themselves – “How should I do it? Wrists or no wrists?”

How To Break Your Magic Number (And Shoot Your Best Golf Score Ever!)

Breaking through your Magic Number can be one of the hardest, most nerve raking events a Golfer experiences on the golf course. What’s a Magic Number? Your Magic Number is a score that you want to beat for the first time. And many times it drives Golfers crazy when they can’t get past it. Which

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