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blackyatx

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  1. A brief background, I currently play between 0-10 over par on courses (I have no home course). It feels like I have a smoother swing and transition. I play Cobra Flyz+ throughout most of my bag. So I have little offset in irons and weaker lofts; 7-iron =33, PW=45. Driver=260-270 total, 7 iron 155; PW=120 so I suspect my ss is ~100 mph with driver based on charts I have seen. Current bag set-up Driver, tour-green S, 3 wood (15) tour-blue S, flex slot, 4-GW flyz+ with KBSR+; 54 and 60 Cobra PuR wedges with KBSR+ and High Rev 2.0. Flex slot is fly z hybrid (22) tour blue S or set 3 iron (20) or forged tech utility 2 iron (17), project X catalyst S. Putter is Odyssey Rossie white hot 2.0 or a bobby grace iceman (moderate toe hang). My clubs have not been "fit" to me, but shot dispersion and distance appear consistent to me. 2 years ago after I started striking the ball very consistently, I got range finder, that has really helped me fill out my bag in terms of clubs and pinning down my distance. This probably also dropped 5 strokes off my game. I also feel like I am set on my base swing with a straight shot shape as my go to for all clubs. This year I started tracking GIR (11-14 a round) and FIR (8-10), so I think I am ready to take the next step in my game, I am just not exactly sure what to do. Some issues that jump out: 1) Poor putting. 2 or 3 putting from within 15 feet is hard to swallow. I can typically chip closer. I miss both left and right and tend to leave things short. I have a SBST stroke or a try, and prefer the feel of a mid mallet with a standard size pistol grip. I am indifferent to toe hang (I also have a #9 that I rarely use). I would like to try a SAM fitting, but the nearest fitters a a few hours away and COVID makes things difficult. 2) Generally I stay out of trouble and feel like I have good course/shot management, but I do not know how to hit a proper fade/draw (I cannot seem to understand online instruction). I can control trajectory a bit better at least on irons. So my questions for the community are suggestions on addressing putting (at least in the meantime) and how to hit the fade/draw? A stinger would be nice off the tee as well, I cannot seem to get this one down. If anyone else has suggestions or things to consider in my progression to scratch I would love to hear (again consistent lessons are out of the question due to my remote location).
  2. I recently had this same issue after hitting dead straight. The answer is, it is complicated, but came down to biomechanics. Do you hit everything straight left all the way down to your lowest wedge? If the answer is yes, you have early extension contributing. If you are saying you hit out to in, I assume you can see the club face in your practice swings and hits pointing left. At least I could. Another contributing issue is, you start the downswing from the top down meaning you rotate your shoulders first instead of your hips (hence you come across your body and likely are losing power as well). Another contributing issue is hips slide or stop rotating in your swing (I believe the technical term for this is not clearing your hips). Basically this means start your down swing with the hips and keep rotating while feeling like you are throwing your arms away from your body at or right before impact the ball. If you rotate your shoulder first you will like not generate the proper hip rotation around your spine. Finally, if you release too early this will promote coming too close to your body (and pulling the ball dead left or slight curvature depending on how many other faults you have above). These faults generally require a more neutral grip and neutral left wrist at the transition. Though my wrist can be slightly cupped and grip can get a little strong, but I can produce straight flight from either scenario. For a hips drill, I have seen people say, to pull your right foot backwards to feel the sensation of the hips turning vs sliding. You may also want to make sure you are slightly tilted away from your target vs having your shoulders parallel to the ground. This will also promote fixing some of the faults above naturally. Maybe these will work for you maybe not, but as Dave eludes to, the more you know about your biomechanical motions the easier it is to find a solution.
  3. I don't know how to answer "how loose" without some sort of measurement tool. The 0.370 graphite hybrid shaft fits like all my other reshafts meaning I can stick it in and rotate it easily and the shaft stays aligned with no/minor lateral play. There is more lateral play with the 0.355 and there is a lot with a 0.335. I have reshafted 6 others that did not appear to have any lateral play (shaft goes noticeably crooked in the hosel).
  4. I am trying to reshaft my flyz+ 3 iron from cobra that I noticed was an KBS S+ when I last regripped it (vs R+ in the rest of the set). The specs say a 0.355 shaft is used, so I bought one at golfworks and well when I pulled it, it seems to be a little loose. So I inserted a 0.370 graphite in which fit much better, or at least like all the other reshafts I have done. I checked the pulled shaft and it is a 0.355 and gives the same amount of play as well. I did not see any glass beads or shims upon removing so I assume the OEM did this on purpose or the hosel bore is out of spec. I reshafted the set GW, 3 years ago, but do not recall this issue. Has anyone else observed this behavior before? Since I live out in the middle of nowhere and mail takes a month or more to get things lately and no club builders within 2 hours, I am wondering if I could just use an epoxy with gap filling properties instead of a shim? I see people also have used meshed dry wall tape with success (can anyone provide a link?), which really just seems to be a way to keep things straight versus making a stronger bond (given what the OEM did). Glass beads and shims are out due to time it takes to get here. Sugar seems to be a bad idea, and I have seen sand which seems too messy to me. Note, I wanted to reshaft because I think the S+ is causing distances shorter than expected distances. Any thoughts?
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