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  1. So my plans to play three rounds in Myrtle Beach last week didn't work out very well. Went to play with Bid Stu on Monday. Got to the course and the rain came down for 20 minutes. Once it stopped the sun came out but the owners decided to close the course. So Big Stu and I chatted for a while but never got to play. Tuesday my resort got me a tee time at Beachwood at a discounted rate. The course wasn't up to MB standards in my opinion. Bare spots on tee boxes, crab grass in fairways, compacted sand traps. I played back a set of tees to play with the group I was paired with. Had a tough time with the thicker humidity and being at sea level and was short a lot on approaches. No matterhowmany timesitold myself to club up one, i didn't listen to myself. Wound up with an 80. But met a bunch of nice guys and had a good time. Thursday was going to go back down and play with Big Stu but teen drama struck. I had to stick around and keep the girls in check. They met some boys and one of our chaperones left Thursday morning. Headed back to TN Friday morning. Got to play my home course today. Three bogies and four birdies for a 70. Back on track. Hit 100 percent of the fairways.
    12 points
  2. Took my step-father-in-law out for a round to celebrate his birthday yesterday. 32°, in England!!! Shot my best score yet, gross 84. Including a birdie on the SI 1 - 14th. 260y hybrid, easy 165y uphill 7i, 18" tap in. I've never scored less than 5 Hit 3 of 4 par 3's too. A few, silly, dropped shots and an OB on 18 - starting to feel like I can play this game
    10 points
  3. Played a course yesterday that I had never played before in Norman, Ok. Short (6200 from the tips), fun and green, Westwood Park is a great place to play if you're in the area as it requires you to think pretty hard throughout each hole. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hit the ball great. Even though I only shot 83 I managed my way around the course well and didn't have a single penalty! One of my goals for this next year is to play in the Washita Valley Invitational next July. In order to do that my game and headspace needs some serious work. I usually average at least 2 penalties even in my best round and yesterday, I didn't have ANY! Plus I made a 30 ft bomb on 18 the play the last 4 at -1. I will be coming back to that course!
    10 points
  4. Started out OK today with a 39 on the front nine (+2); 3 bogeys and a birdie. The birdie was a chip-in on the par 3 #8 playing 203 yards. Miffed that the bogeys all came on the 3 par 5's. However, I did manage a par on the par 4 #7. Green is 40 yards deep... pin in the back and I was on the front... 100 foot putt to a foot from the hole. Wheels fell off on the back nine; triple bogey on the par 3 #12... plugged lie in bunker under the lip; followed by a double on the par 4 #16 from just poor ball striking. I managed to birdie the par 3 #17 and par my nemesis hole #18... so a 41 on the back nine and a round of 80. It got hot towards the end of the round; 97º and the humidity was unusually high at 60%.
    10 points
  5. Monday morning Exec 9 at course next to our house. Friday saw the crew too dressing the greens and hoped it wouldn’t be too bad….wrong, greens were horrible. I was hitting the ball pretty good but putting was ridiculous. Figured I would work on Tempo so all was not lost.
    8 points
  6. I have a monday live stream that talks to golf club fitting and repairs among other things. If you have question join us on the youtube channel "mcgolf custom clubs" at 1730 or 530 pm eastern.
    8 points
  7. I recently had been struggling with my driver, so I added lead tape and it really helped me square up the face. I am still adjusting to playing a fade, but this weekend it started feeling more natural and my ball striking really improved from the confidence. I just had 4 blow up holes, where I just can not commit to a target, and the penalties really added up. It gets discouraging seeing the handicap rise, but I am confident that I am really close to breaking through. Anyways, the round had a lot of positives, and really good learning moments. This week on the practice areas I am really going to work on picking a target, committing to it, and then executing the shot. Score 87 GIR 33% FIR 64% Putts 31
    8 points
  8. We have 2 now grown daughters and 3 teenage granddaughters (19,17 &16) so We know the ALL about the Drama Too bad you didn’t get to play with Big Stu, I think tat would be a blast!
    8 points
  9. Played 18 with Kirke this morning. (I actually beat him, but I won't rub that in.) It was my first time playing 18 with the Edel, and my fifth overall round with the putter. Today's round was interesting: I shot an even 80. I had a putt for 79 that missed on the high side. The round also showed the value of using something like Arccos for tracking strokes gained versus merely tracking putts. I had only 27 putts today (9 one-putts and 9 two-putts). But my SG:Putting for the round is -1.7 compared to scratch. I had a couple misses within 10', but only really a single putt that I felt I "should" have made. Otherwise, I was rock-solid on the short putts I was leaving myself with my wedges. The more interesting graph is this one from Arccos, tracking my most recent five rounds (with the Edel) against the five rounds before that (with Osltubs): Three things to pay attention to: Compared to a scratch golfer, I'm losing 1.3 strokes per 18 holes on the green. If I change the comparison, that makes me the equivalent of a 6-handicap on the greens. Since my actual standard of play is somewhere closer to a 13 handicap right now, putting continues to be a relative strong point of my game. Compared to my previous five rounds (you can see this in the fine print), I'm 2.0 strokes better per 18 with the Edel. That's a pretty big performance gain. What I'm really impressed by is the consistency of the performance of the Edel so far. We're still in relatively small sample size territory, but look at how flat that orange line is. Basically, every round I'm going out with the expectation that my putting is going to be steady. I do have a couple of drill updates to post as well, where the Edel didn't fare quite as well. But if the on course performance is there, it's hard to be upset about that.
    7 points
  10. There is nothing in golf that is more true... And speaking of that, I will now recount my tale of disgust from the weekend... I played my usual Friday afternoon round with mi amigos. Doubled one hole with a three putt, bogeyed the last after missing a reasonably straightforward putt, for a 77. This is par 71, but it's rated 69.0/122, so it's essentially playing to my 7.x index. Afterwards, I commented how this was getting to be a recurring theme. Seven of my best eight scores in GHIN are 77 or 78. Of course, my buddies give me considerable crap for this, as buddies do, LOL. Felt like I was maybe turning a corner, if I could eliminate the whiskey tango foxtrots in my rounds, maybe I could nudge that a bit better. The golf gods were listening. Saturday and Sunday was the Member-Member two man event in the Men's Club. Saturday, I shot a scintillating 84, including a 30 degrees to the right blocked tee shot into OB Land. Sunday, I shot a crowd pleasing 89, that was adjusted to 87 for posting purposes. Yes, the golf gods hath spoken. I must now lay a burnt offering of old tees and cart path scuffed golf balls at the altar of the golf gods to seek their forgiveness... \
    7 points
  11. Nice unboxing and initial thoughts @azstu324! It's interesting to see that you and I think @GolfSpy MPR also had quite a bit of weight in the grip. When I did my putting fitting with my Newport I ended up with 90 grams inside the grip. The thing felt so stable on short putts. It might take a round or two to get used to, but I think you'll like it! That backset on the shaft is very interesting, certainly something you're not going to see without a fitting like this. Time to drop some long range birdies!
    7 points
  12. The McGolf Channel is a good youtube channel to watch for tips & tricks and you can see what equipment he has in his shop. In addition to the tools I saw mentioned above, a good shaft puller will be necessary to work with graphite.
    7 points
  13. Overall pretty happy with todays round. Ball striking was solid; putting could have been a little better. Feel like I am making good progress with my full and short game swings. Not sure what is going on with the putting, thinking it is mental lapses regarding how to swing the putter which causes me to hit horrible putts. 39/40:79 13/14 FW 11 GIR with 3 more that were just off the green. 36 putt (4 three putts)
    7 points
  14. ... I have been struggling lately and went out yesterday for a practice round at 5pm and had the course to myself. @#@#$%%^(%*& back has been a problem all year and most days I just seem to be too tight to swing with the freedom I need to play my best. I would hit a really good day and shoot a 69 but then the next day felt stiff from the get go and back to mid or even upper 70's. I talked to one of my friends I taught with years ago in Chicago and he told me he always marveled at how relaxed I was swinging the golf club and reminded me of something I told him "Your address position should be like a free throw. Active and ready ... but relaxed". (To be fair I always marveled at his swing which was shorter, compact and explosive and seemed like little could go wrong). One thing I used to tell my students that tried to muscle the ball was Nicklaus said he wanted his arms to feel like "overcooked spaghetti." So my main focus yesterday was being completely relaxed regardless of how poorly I hit the ball. ... Hit a couple of bad tee shots off the first tee and played several balls from the best with 205 to a back flag. I hit three 4 irons inside of 10 feet. It felt effortless as far as tension but I was swinging as fast as I possible could while staying relaxed. It just goes to show what I tell others all the time, when it doesn't count you can swing much freer. Obviously if I hit balls far into the desert it didn't matter because I could just drop another ball and hit again. So it was great reminder to swing like I don't care where the ball ends up. ... Rest of the practice round went very well hitting the ball both farther and straighter than I have in quite some time. By the time I got to #16 after hitting so many shots my back started to tighten up again. Hit some really bad shots on #16 and #17 so I took a little break in the shade since it as 104*, then stretched some, took some free wheeling swings and had the relaxed feel again and played #18 well. ... I am not recommending you go out and swing in a relaxed state (although it might be a good experiment) but that is a swing thought that works for me. It is like having a picture of myself in my head of Freddie and not Tiger/Rory/Thomas. When playing my best I always channeled smooth swingers like Freddie, Larry Mize and Tom Purtzer. I am looking forward to my next round to see if I can retain the relaxed feel.
    6 points
  15. Went back to NY middle of last week to play some golf at my club on Long Island. Figured since I am paying for it I may as well get a few more rounds in (up to 6 for the year). Played 9 on Thursday since the course was packed and I am impatient but was 3 under on the 9 that I played. Went out on Saturday and had it to two under through 17 and promptly doubled 18 for even par. Had a massive brain fart with a PW on 18 and blocked it high right into the pond that should never be in play then hit a terrible pitch shot to go along with a craptastic first putt. Yesterday was the annual pro member where three members play with the pro for a best two of four net round. I have to say I may have watched our pro play one of the best rounds of golf I have ever seen in person. Made 10 birds, two bogies and six pars for a round of 64. He made his two bogies on 1 and 2 then played the rest of the round in -10. I made five birds and an eagle to shoot apparently a ho hum 68. Taking a few days off this week then back to playing later in the week at my new club in VA. Oh and for fun two of the birds I made were on par 3's that I was actually giving a shot back so I made a 2 for a net 3. Our pro was allowed to play off of scratch and well he is a hell of a lot better than I am.
    6 points
  16. I worked on straightening out the Radspeed driver and 3W over the weekend...this was all indoors so I'll need to test these out on the course before deeming it worthy... Driver My biggest concern about opening up the driver face to -1.5* is my launch will get too low and I'll start losing carry distance. I have the 16g weight up front and a 8g weight in the back. This is 10g more weight than the stock weights and I do feel the head better during the swing. The added weight provided a more consistent strike, however, I still saw the hard draw on almost every swing. I added 4g of lead tape to the toe and immediately started to see results. My only issue is that the tape wouldn't stick to the matte paint and would fly off at impact. The hard draws straightened out to a more playable draw but I noticed some wild swings with driver spin. Keep in mind I'm using the Left Dash Pro V1x in all of my tests. I do throw in a Bridgestone Tour BX occasionally if I think the driver head is too low spin and I need something with a little more spin to keep the ball in the air. I'll say I've never seen such wild swings in launch and spin than with this driver. It's a little frustrating and I feel like this is a complex Rubik's cube and I've only got one side complete. Open the face, launch gets too low but spin is perfect. Square the face, launch is perfect but spin is counter-productive and ball moves right. Move weight forward, spin is reduced but I'm seeing ball fly further right. Move weight back, straighter ball flight but with excess spin. I love tinkering with clubs but I'm about out of ideas. Big Tour 3W I added 4g of lead tape to the toe of the BT and it was an instant success. I averaged 23 yards right of target without the tape, and only 6 yards right of target with it in place. The Left Dash paired with the BT is giving me driver-esk launch numbers (161mph ball speed, 12* launch @ 2400rpms - 278y carry). The left dash is a little bit more active (left-right movement) off the tee than the Bridgestone but both balls performed well. Regardless, my confidence in the 3 wood greatly increased and with the carry distance I'm seeing, I see it as a great sub in case the driver isn't behaving.
    6 points
  17. LOL...This is funny, because it's true. Well they may not be unopened, but there are a few things that if you disregard the wrapping being taken off the face, you'd be hard pressed to know they aren't brand new
    6 points
  18. OK so I'll start right off by saying that there will NOT be any video of me doing an unboxing or anything remotely close to the magnificent piece that @GolfSpy MPR put out when he received his putter... Now that that's out of the way, lets move to the unboxing, specs, and looks of the putter.. The putter showed up well-packaged in a quite secure and stout Edel branded box. After watching @GolfSpy MPR's unboxing, I was thinking maybe I'd be seeing a weight kit with the putter. I didn't get a weight kit... But that's actually VERY OK by me. The last thing that I need is a means by which to mess up my whole fitting by giving me extra weights to mess with.. because if you give me matches.. I will burn myself. I did however find that in addition to the putter, Edel did include a nice little gift. I'm very much a hat guy and the hat they sent me was right up my alley! Right color, right style, very unbranded but specific to Edel. It's one of those "in the club" type of hats and I love it! THE PUTTER The putter itself is noticeably heavier. Based on the specs of how the putter was fit and built, I'd speculate that it's a good 100g+ heavier than my Cleveland HB Premier #4. The grip section alone has an 80g grip with a 40g counter-weight. The shaft is counter-balanced with 30g. As you can see, per the spec sheet above and pics, I was fit with the EAS 1.0. As I mentioned previously though, per the Blast Motion software, my typical contact is .2 to.4* open at impact. When I'm pushing, it goes to about .5 to .6* open. My fitter Aram at Golf-Tec mentioned that this is relatively neutral compared to most. Within 10', even .5* open is going to go in given my aim point and read is accurate. So while I was never fit into a blade (Answer) style putter, I was able to determine for myself over the past year that it really is the best fit for my setup. I have a tendency to aim slightly to the left as the blade-style putter looks a little more open to my eye and my miss is typically a slight push so in theory, while I'm aimed left, I'm pushing straight down the target line. As for my specific specs, and how my weaknesses were addressed without causing me to lose my strengths: The putter was built at 36" with a lie of 74*. For comparison, my Cleveland was 34" and sat at about 70*. Aram wanted to get me slightly more upright in my stance but more importantly move me closer to the ball as to allow my arms to hang without becoming disconnected from my body. In doing the ball drop test I was typically in the right spot with my eyes just slightly behind the ball, but I was just way too bent over and standing much too far away from the ball. Another point relating to my biomechanics was that I was also putting with the butt end much too close to my hips which also forced a lot of my shoulder and body rotation as everything was kind of stuck inside and rotating everything was really the only way that I could get the putter to work. In other words, my arc was pretty severe and just needed to be tamed down. As for the hosel, I was fit with the "back-set" option. This is something that I'm definitely going to have to spend some time with getting used to. In David Edel's words, its pretty much a left-handed forward set on a right handed head. Most of us are used to seeing some variation of forward-set hosel, especially with mallet style putters. The look of the Back-set is that of the putter head sitting slightly in front of the hands at address. This is another fitting trick to help neutralize the open face a little as well as tame a little bit of the arc in the putting stroke. As you can see from the pics, this creates the perfect toe-up or "torque-balancing" that the Edel putters are really making a strong charge for in the putter space. The overall weighting and counter weighting is also something that's very different to me, and not what I'm used to a putter feeling like in my hands. Aside from the hefty 80g rubber grip, there is a 40g counter weight and a 30g shaft weight. As you can see in the photo above, this brings the total weight to a stout 619g vs the pretty standard 497g Cleveland #4. As @GolfSpy MPR mentioned in his post, the club seems strangely but very appropriately heavily weighted. One of my weak spots was my tempo through the putt being much too quick. I would have a good pace going back but then speed up through impact and this was a major culprit to my distance control.. or lack thereof. If the head alone feels too heavy, the tendency is to rush it through impact. After spending quite a lot of time indoors with the putting mat and working with a metronome at about 100 BPM, I'm really finding the benefit of all of the counter balancing. The ability to move all of that evenly distributed mass at a more even tempo really seems to work well for that distance control. Alignment: I was fit with 2 lines up front and 1 in the back. I really liked how the 2 up front frame the ball while the 1 in back helps to concentrate on getting my eyes in the right spot over the ball. I did have a chance to take the putter for a spin on Saturday at a 2 person scramble. That was literally after unboxing it Friday and hitting about 20 putts with it before going to bed. I'm not really going to count that as its 1st real round as I hadn't even had time to even acquaint myself with it. I just went in with my normal setup, same stance, grip pressure and tried to formulate a stroke throughout the round. So basically my game plan was.. no game plan. While I didn't putt my best round (putts within 10' were hit and miss, and I missed more 3 footers than I'd care to admit) what I did notice was that my lag putting and distance control was off the charts fantastic! Lag putting was something that I had struggled with, with the Cleveland. Anything outside of 15' was just typically "close my eyes, swing, and pray to the golf gods that I'd be within 5-10'. The problem that I was having was that I just couldn't generate enough controllable force without skipping the ball a good 4 or 5 times before it took to rolling. I had quite a few lengthy putts that not only were within 5' but some were well within 3'. I attribute this to having more mass with more momentum, but also having more control of all of the mass and not the feeling of the club disappearing in my hands when having to apply a lengthy stroke. Here are just a few more pics of the putter as well as the Cleveland HB #4. As you can all see, this is a beautifully crafter putter.
    6 points
  19. The few times I've been to Myrtle Beach, that struck me too. Not like Ohio is high elevation, but the difference is just enough to cause problems.
    6 points
  20. I just aced the fourth hole on my course today, first one ever. I don't care if anyone says boo about it but I am pretty proud of myself. I came away with insurance money and only had to buy my guys a few rounds,some food and a solid tip for the bartender. Honestly, it's only important to you and your friends are happy for you so get over it.
    6 points
  21. ... No doubt that always helps. The crazy part is how much the body wants to protect itself. After 2 back surgeries it seems to be of the opinion golf is something I should not be doing LOL. There certainly are days it is painful, and quite a few days where it hurts a little but after pre round stretching more often that not it feels pretty decent to start out and there is no reason to be tight. Walking always helps to keep loose and relaxed but the last several months have been riding in carts because of the heat as it would be reckless to walk in 105*+ temps. The breeze in the cart and riding quickly to some shade are musts.
    5 points
  22. I found by moving the weight back in my driver and lowering the loft to open the face I’ve been able to mitigate many of the over draws without sacrificing launch and spin.
    5 points
  23. Congrats @ejgaudette Nicely Done. PM me your name and shipping address and I'll pass it on to HQ for your mystery prize. They are just getting back into the office after a week of playing with Golf Balls, so it might take them a few days or so to get it out to you. Be sure and let us know WITB
    5 points
  24. A couples buddies and I had the opportunity to play Sweetens Cove yesterday. To echo some of the things @vandyland said, it was such an awesome experience. We played from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Brought some PB&Js, snickers, crackers, waters, and gatorades hit the course. We ended up playing about 54 holes with a cart. Our group played 18 holes (9 at the blue flag, then 9 at the white flag) from the tips (6600 yds) to get a feel for the course. Then we started to incorporate a lot of fun games like shamble, alternate shot, scramble, 1 club challenge, etc. in 3 hole increments. The price if you don’t know, $115 to walk, $165 with cart for all day experience. The course is so pure with 2 legit par 5s that cannot be reached from the tips in 2 unless you bomb a 300+ yard drive and then 260-270 yard approach. The 2 par 3s aren’t challenging in terms of distance, but trying to land the ball on the right tier is where it gets you. We loved the mix of or 4s. You had 2 driveable par 4s, 2 longer par 4s, and then 1 driver/wedge combo. Like @vandyland said, that was the toughest greens I’ve ever played on. Loved the challenge. Super tough to even try and chip up on if you missed the green. It was a great day, great weather, great time. Here’s some pics below. IMG_1849.MOV
    5 points
  25. I've gotten out for a handful of rounds now with the Max LS/AF 505X combo at D4 and am enjoying the results. I decided to embrace the left-to-right ball flight and have started to have the confidence to aim down the left side of the fairway and let the ball fall back to the right. I know I'm giving up some distance potential by playing the fade, but my dispersion has improved a lot. More importantly I'm not double-crossing myself like I was earlier in the season when I was trying to hit draws with the Mavrik. I have the Max LS set to -1/D and the sliding weight in full draw position. As the Arccos data shows, my driver has been behaving relatively well recently in comparison to my 5 HCP baseline. Distance-wise, I am content. I still seem to have a shot or two a round that just rocket further than expected, but I know a decent strike with a comfortable swing can net me 260-270 total now. On the course I play most often that is more than enough to go driver-wedge into almost every hole.
    5 points
  26. Just picked up an Epic Speed 4wd. I'm considering going from D, 3, 5, 7, 9 to D, 4, 7, 4i, 5i. This is the first real experiment toward that move.
    5 points
  27. Glad to help. I figure with a post like this, folks can pick and choose from certain people what works and doesn't. I like what @Nolan220 mentioned above about starting with older clubs to get the skills down. I'll clamp it in the vice and tape the hosel with painters tape. Then I'll take a 200 grit paper and carefully rub the paper just so the ferrule is barely proud of the hosel. Then I finish it with some acetone on a towel.
    5 points
  28. Played Pebble Creek today…..back nine first, shot 42/39:81 or do you say 39/42:81 as I got the 39 on the front nine……lol FIR 11/14….79% GIR 6/18….33% Up & Down 45% putts 32 My partner shot 39/41:80…..
    5 points
  29. Two nine-hole rounds this weekend due to outings. Saturday - 39 (+3) - 3/8 FIR - 5/9 GIR (1 birdie) - 17 Putts (2 3-putts, 4 2-putts, 3 1-putts) Solid round overall. Driver was not spectacular though and closed out the round with three-straight bogeys. Sunday - 36 (E) - 3/8 FIR - 6/9 GIR (1 birdie) - 15 Putts (6 2-putts, 3 1-putts) Much better driving round this morning. Putter and short game were both excellent as well, which allowed me to save a couple pars. Feeling pretty good about my swing at the moment!
    5 points
  30. My recent bad experience with a custom club build, along with a long interest in doing so, has me thinking about setting up a club build and repair bench. The ZX5's I just received from Fairway Jockey were top shelf build quality - seriously, I mean not a blemish. My wife and I were just talking about this whole recent escapade (my pleasant way of saying it) and she asked "why I don't build my own clubs"... hmmm . For many years, I built custom fly rods for myself and others. At one point, I was going at it like a part time job. I really enjoy doing detailed work and especially crafts that involve some technical prowess. I'm not thinking about doing this for profit, but rather just to test out various clubs via buying used and re-shafting, changing specs, grips, etc. If I were to get good enough at it, perhaps offer to others at cost? Anyway, I know there are some spies that do this to varying degrees and was hoping to get some insights from you. What primary pieces of equipment are needed, which make/models are worth having (I don't want junk stuff), and about how much money should one expect to spend setting up a quality build/repair bench? I haven't started doing searches for this information and undoubtedly there is plenty out there... but when we want to good dope on a subject (not only golf related in many cases), start at MGS!
    4 points
  31. Bay Harbor round from yesterday. My dad and I did a scramble to make the round not last 6 years. The front 9, we used all of my shots… +5, parkland course The back 9, we used all but 3 of my shots, -2, faux links. Lots of 3 iron off the tee. The one time I used my 3 wood, I hit it too far, and it went into Lake Michigan… the other two were my last name… wedges again, 85° sideways, no idea what that crap was all about. Luckily those just happened to be my dads best shots of the day.
    4 points
  32. I'm glad you were able to meet @BIG STU, I can only imagine the stories both of y'all told. I do hate you weren't able to play a round together, I bet that would have been a blast! It's one of my goals to make it out to SC, as I'd love to meet both Stu and @JohnSmalls. Don't know when it'll happen, but I'm bound and determined to. I'm glad you made it home safely and it sounds like you had a pretty good time, too. Well, except for the teen drama.
    4 points
  33. I had an ER2 for about a month and I really liked it. In fact I thought it would be a keeper for years to come, then I won the ER7 via the MGS Donor Raffle, and it won the head-to-head comparison, for me. A little less toe hang and it just fit my eye better. And I said I DON'T want to know...
    4 points
  34. I'm still very skeptical. I'll even say extremely skeptical. I just don't know that there is enough metal to move around in a standard wedge to make much difference on spin or forgiveness. That said, I'm willing to admit that it seems mizuno and ping do have some tech that makes a real difference in the wet so there is that. After my wedge experience this spring I'll definitely agree that bounce /grind makes a huge difference. Read below. I don't know if it is the black finish, or the bounce /sole style on the Sub70 wedges, but I don't hit them fat. And that is why I like them so much. I had some Mac daddy's 2 years ago that I hit fat all the time, got a prior Gen sub 70 wedge last spring and hit it great right from the start. After a year or use and abuse the Sub70 needed replacement. I threw the Mac daddy's back in the back for 3 rounds, and instantly started chunking all wedge shots inside 100y. I tried the Kirkland wedges because that price can't be beat, chunked them for 3 rounds and returned them. Got this set of sub 70s since I had done well with previous one. These arrived and I was able to hit the ball again. I still think if I had any wedge brand with the same bounce and sole as these I would hit them just as well... But maybe not. For whatever reason these have proven to be the best wedges for my swing I've used. I can't say why, but they are. I really like the 2 different wedges, the JB definitely opens up easier for touch shots around the green. The 286 is good for full swings and anything less. Tl:DR - best wedges ever, don't buy anything else
    4 points
  35. I was down there last time. If the pin is there it is a FACT I will be on top this time.
    4 points
  36. So, only one practice round under my belt so far, and I have to say I was really really impressed with my "new" irons. As far as the Steelfiber i95s are concerned, I've picked up a solid 5 yards across the bag, and I'm really excited that during the round I felt no jarring or pain re the golfer's elbow I've been fighting, which was the reason I looked into these in the first place. I'll still need to ice and rehab the elbow, but I'm confident I can continue to play and do so comfortably without making it worse. What I'm not sure the shafts can take credit for is the much tighter dispersion I'm seeing. Long story short, I got fit for my 919 Forged irons via GolfTec 2 years ago, and the fitting put me at 1 degree up and 1/4 inch short. I went to a local and very reputable fitter this time around, and he basically said I need to go back to standard lie angles. I don't think I got a bad fitting from GolfTec, but I do work very hard via PlaneMate and dry swing drills and I think it's entirely possible I've just improved to the point that I early extend and high handle it less and no longer needed that 1 up lie angle. Point being, I've already noticed MUCH greater face control...maybe a few slight blocks (which I would expect when adjusting to a flatter lie) but no overcooked draws that had been plaguing me this year. On a side note, calling it a practice round because I was 2 over through 6, but had to skip 7 due to an idiot doing idiot things in front of us, then played the remaining 11 holes 4 over after I calmed down. Long odd story.
    4 points
  37. Whoa! congrats man. But with this whole mystery box business I really figured @Golfspy_CG2 was just grabbing a random box from this office that he hasn't had time to open and sending them out! Looking forward to seeing what HQ has put together for you.
    4 points
  38. Sending now, thanks so much and first time getting lucky on something like this so pretty pumped. I will be sure to share what emerges from the mystery box.
    4 points
  39. Only a sacrificed pro v1 into the water can save you now!
    4 points
  40. Going to be upgrading the work bench I use soon to something better, but still small in size. Also, going to stop messing around with cheaper pullers and have this on the way: https://www.mitchellgolf.com/shop/re-shafting/shaft-pullers/steelclub-graphite-shaft-puller-commercial-e-z-model/
    4 points
  41. I'll admit I jumped in without a lot of practice and have built my last two sets of irons. I actually just finished a third set of irons, a Frankenstein'ed set of Hogan Edge CFTs with Ping AWT shafts for my brother-in-law last week. I don't have a lot of "real" equipment, but consider these to be the essentials that I do own: Golfworks Swingweight Scale (the cheapest one they have) Golfworks Vise-mounted Shaft Puller Utility Knife with Hook Blade 6" Metal Cutoff Saw (Harbor Freight) Butane Pencil Torch (Harbor Freight) DIY Club Length Ruler About $300 or so in investment. You can spend a lot more, and I've accumulated other things over the years. But you can do a lot with just the list above.
    4 points
  42. Here is a video of how each putter sounds. I would argue that the Cleveland HB Soft Premier is one of the softest milled non-insert putters you will find. The video really doesn't do either justice as they both sound much clickier than they really are. The Edel though feels just a hair more firm but with some really nice feedback. It's a feeling and sound that I have no problems with at all. The ball is a TaylorMade TP5X pix so it's a tad more firm.
    4 points
  43. Still sitting in the top ten, have to wonder if I will have a chance this week with most of my team not playing. Still I did have a winning week at the open with only 3/8 making the cut
    4 points
  44. From your back ground, you'll be a good candidate as a golf equipment hobbyist. It does not take a large investment at the beginning, but, it could snow ball into something quite expensive. I believe the cost of somewhere in the neighborhood of half a dozen green fees should get you started, There are tons of DIY online, but, keep in mind, as of all the online DIY video, some are excellent and some are just not a good example. Golf forums are a great place to ask questions That's how I got started 20 years ago.
    4 points
  45. I learned with a workbench, a vice and a shaft clamp so I could do my own grips. A deep hook blade for a carpet knife prevents scratching the shaft when removing grips and a little bit of patience goes a LONG way. After I gained my confidence, I began to watch my grandfather and the club builders at the shop where I worked. I would do most of my club work at the shop where I worked and recently, inherited my grandfather's workbench. From there, building and re-shafting meant buying some additional tools. Pipe cutter (cutting steel shafts to length, propane torch, a mallet and while some use the head of a club to install a ferrule, I found a jig that gets me my preferred depth. Once you have that, be sure you have a dedicated amount of space to work...preferably immune to temperature and humidity spikes. I've built and repaired plenty in 20 years. My current work is limited to new grips for me and friends / family and re-shafting wedges from a retail shop and installing a longer wedge shaft for length. I love reading posts like this and wish you the best! It's truly worth it.
    4 points
  46. Played at home but it wasn't golf. 6+ inches of rain this past week. Didn't keep score hit the ball pretty well, legit birdie on 18. Lost 5 balls just because of plugs in the rough.
    4 points
  47. Just got back from our trip two weeks ago and we played Royal New Kent, Golden Horseshoe Gold and Green, and Brickshire. I have to say Golden Horseshoe Gold was a BEAUTIFUL course with a very friendly staff. The course was well manicured, very tight and fun to play (we had a free replay on both the Gold and the Green). I definitely played MUCH better the second time through. The one thing that I have to complain about were the greens on the Gold course. I'm not sure I have ever seen more beat up greens in my life. Nobody repaired pitch marks here. Don't get me wrong, they rolled very well but we all were very disappointed in how bad they looked. We did our part and repaired more than our fair share of pitch marks but I just don't understand why people can't just bend over and do this themselves to make the greens that much better. That being said, I loved the elevation changes and the par 3's lived up to their reputation. The Green course...well....it was much easier, much wider and just lacked the WOW factor that the Gold course had. You could tell the Horseshoe put most of the money into the Gold course. Again, it was a nice course and if it were in my hometown it would be one of the premier courses around, but unfortunately, it is not. I did like Brickshire, although I heard a lot of negative things going into this trip about it. I was not expecting much out of this course, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. It too, had wide fairways and when I mean wide I mean WIDE!!! The greens rolled true and were receptive to attacking the pins. There were elevation changes and some short par 4's and some VERY long par 3's. The day we played, we had a pretty strong wind and every par 3 played to over 200. It was a lot of fun. I would definitely play here again.
    3 points
  48. Having an Ipad that has not been turned on in at least 3 months, I can say that I am not the biggest apple fan, but I can get down to use it for a launch monitor. Welp, that might also toss mine out of the window, I got to go and check if the front facing camera is HD or not?
    3 points
  49. Damn, I got Morikawa and Spieth and barely a T10... but still my best result so far so happy!
    3 points
  50. One of the indispensable golf club making tools is, the caliper . Instead of sanding down the larger OD of a ferrule to fit, one could order the correct size of ID/OD of the ferrule and having not to do the adjustment later. Traditional way is to "turn down " the ferrule with a linen belt . "digital" Caliper is also handy with measuring the shaft tip/hosel sizes. Experienced club makers usually could eyeball the different tip size but to confirm , this is one of the most valuable tool besides the tools to take clubs apart. Also another tip for you, which is that, one does not need to have all those dedicated tools made for golf club repair. Look around your existing tools in the workshop, often times one will find tools which will serve the purpose just as well. Ask yourself what is to be accomplished and how would the process be ? Look at the dedicated tools and what's around your own tool box or a substitute from hardware store. Of course, each one of us has different ability to improvise, and make do.
    3 points
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