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  1. No white pants. No white shorts. No white belt. All of the above should never be worn by guys over 30. ... maybe 35. UNLESS they are in the Navy, they're a painter, or they sell ice cream for a living.
  2. New drivers are always fun. I like shiny things. Having said that, the best way to improve is usually getting with the right swing coach. I know this has been hashed out a million times, but IMO the shaft will help/hurt the feel of the driver far more than help/hurt the performance of the driver. Here's an interesting experiment for you. Use Arccos or Shot Scope or what ever stat tracking app/software you like. Then after a season, get fit for the latest and greatest new driver. I'll be you dimes to donuts that your driving stats change very little. ... Unless, you are taking lessons. Unless your driver is more than a decade old. There may be small gains to be had by upgrading. Certainly if you are badly fit, getting properly fit will help. But if you were well fit into something fairly recently, the only true gains will come from improving your swing, not upgrading the driver... especially if you just upgrade the shaft. Here's a case in point. My playing partner and I were both fit into a PING G30 back in 2014. He and I both use Shot Scope to track our games. This season he got fit into the PING G425. (I've switched drivers 3 times since 2014... I like shiny things.) Anyhow, comparing his stats from this year (brand new driver) to last year's (7 year old driver), there's a bit of a difference. But not significant in either accuracy, distance or strokes gained. Maybe 3 yards of distance. But its hard to see that on the course. Strokes gained are less than +0.1 strokes. When we play he is still trying to clear the same bunkers off the tee. He's still trying to hit the same start lines on the same holes. He still has some great drives and some ... not so great. Anyhow, if you want a new driver, GET A NEW DRIVER. I can't talk. I've had 4 drivers in the last 8 years. I love getting a new driver. (Once more, I like shiny things.) If you think it will significantly change your game. ... It may, if your old driver was a bad fit for you. Otherwise, spending time trying out swing coaches until you find the right one will pay significantly better dividends then trying out drivers until you find the right one. Good luck and let us know how it all comes out.
  3. Ah, my first "real" putter was a Zebra that looked pretty much just like that. I got it back in 1992. Mine had that cool Zebra sole plate. Remember those?
  4. I've become a bit of a PXG fanboy. I've started to sprinkle more and more of their clubs into my bag. I have a 3-wood from them that you may have to pry from my cold dead hands one day. I also love their customer service. There are bunches of places near me to test their product and/or get fitted.
  5. I know many folks who carry a low bounce 60 and a high bounce 56. I even know one dude who carries a low bound 58 and a high bounce 58. His next most lofted club is a 52.
  6. You've got a lot of options. I assume you plan to keep the 44 PW. I know you didn't ask this question but I'd go: 50 GW, 54 SW and 60 LW. BTW - The 60 TM Hi-Toe also comes in 13 degree bounce. (Which indecently is what I carry.) Personally, I love the TM Hi-Toe wedges. But wedges are a very personal thing. I know guys who hate them. Some prefer a more traditional look. In my opinion what every you plan to play out of the sand should be a hi-toe. Why not give yourself more real estate when playing from the sand? I believe it will add to your confidence. It does mine. One thing to think about is what the ground is like when you play. I play early AM a lot and the ground is often wet and squishy. So, I like more bounce on my 60 than most folks do. If you are playing off rock-hard ground and tightly cut fairways that bounce will likely hinder your off the tight, hard lies.
  7. I'd consider waiting until you are back to full strength before making any changes to equipment. Perhaps just research what you like the looks of while you are laid up.
  8. Okay, I'm going to make a suggestion that works great, but that you probably won't try. To get rid of that, I suggest, talking to yourself OUT LOUD during your backswing. Seriously, if you try this you may end up loving it. But you will likely not try it. Here's what you do. During your backswing. Literally talk out loud to yourself. Talk about what your backswing would look like, or what your perfect swing thought is. Talk about anything that's positive and promotes what ever it is your are working on. Right now, I like to say something like this "I'm going to take this club back, keeping its face pointed at the ball and make my weight shift to my front side as early as possible...." Now normally you won't get all of that out. You don't have time. But the awesome thing is it is all but impossible to think about anything other than what you are talking out loud about. A side benefit is that nobody else can distract you either. Who gives a s#!t if Bob is talking in your backswing when you, yourself, are talking in your backswing? Give it a try. But I warn you. It works great and you may want to keep on doing it.
  9. I've played a Ventus Velocore shaft in my driver for about 4 years now. I got fitted for it and truthfully it felt pretty expensive at the time. (I had to pay a $200 upcharge.) I like the feel of the shaft and it seems to produce good results for me. Mine is a 6-S blue Velocore. In full disclosure, I firmly believe their are other shafts out there which are probably less expensive and could produce similar results. However, I feel very confident with this shaft AND it's very predictable. And I like having something different than the "standard" off the shelf model. Here are the reasons I use it: I wanted to be custom fit into what ever I could get the best dispersion results from. Length was secondary. But also important. When I got fit my performance was equal with the blue or the black. Literally you could not tell them apart. I got the blue because I like the way it looks. I believe the velocore shafts do "feel" better in my hands. That could be placebo. I think I can truly feel it, especially if I hit one and then switch right away to another. It's probably not significant enough to tell the difference if you hit them on different days. I'm not a "shaftoid", but I will play a driver for 5 years or so, and I figure spreading the $200 upcharge out over those 5 years isn't too bad. Lastly, I hear that custom fitters don't make any money off you unless you buy an upgraded shaft. My fitter spent more than an hour and a half with me. I feel like he did a good job. I like getting custom fit. I don't mind supporting the process.
  10. Again, I have no "real" way of knowing. But it sure does "seem" like the Velocity ball comes off the putter face with more.... velocity... see what I did there? Once more, I have no scientific way of proving this.
  11. Hi Christof, I'm not saying that. What I am trying to say is some balls roll farther when struck by the same putter. Example Titleist Velocity.
  12. Chester3488

    Maxfli Tour

    I think it might be the tops in price per performance. ... At least right up there.
  13. Chester3488

    Maxfli Tour

    I think you are probably correct.
  14. I found one of those on the course the other day. First time I'd seen one. Nobody in my group plays the Vice ball so we all started calling it the "confetti ball".
  15. You are working hard on your game. You will see results. It's a good idea to check your set up as well. When I start getting really "hooky" I generally find that my stand has closed much more than I thought it was. Good luck, enjoy the journey.
  16. I know I'm a little late to the party on this but the Ping G and G30 fairways are also really easy to hit. They can be had at a good price in the used market, yet hold their value well. So, if you don't like them, you can often sell them again for pretty much exactly what you paid for them.
  17. I play with a lot of guys (some of them are very good) who play mid-to-hefty steel shafts in the irons. Yet, play a super-light-weight driver. Remember in some ways the driver is a little different than other clubs. I'm not going to say distance dispersion doesn't matter because it does. But, with all other clubs you are trying to hit a given distance. With the driver farther is almost always better. Good luck. Enjoy to the process.
  18. I'm not sure this is true. I experimented for quite a while with the Titleist Velocity Ball and it seemed to putt out quite a bit farther than The ProV1 and other balls. I didn't have a robot to putt them so there's obviously error in my tests. But I believe that if you are a person struggling to get the ball to the hole, you may want to try the Velocity as it definitely "seems" to roll farther with the same amount of "umph".
  19. Mark D, It looks like you've already been fit for the Edel putter and I'm about a year too late to advise you. I have to say after reading this thread I'm surprise that more people aren't familiar with the Edel process. It breaks down like this: For irons, I've always told people who are starting out in golf to learn to play with second hand or inexpensive clubs, your swing and preferences will change as you get better. When you develop some minimum baseline of skill then seek to get fitted for irons. This is also true of the putter.... UNLESS, you are talking about an Edel putter. What Edel does that's different than what others do is pay attention to YOUR optics. Edel builds you a putter that's best designed to help you aim it at the hole. So, as your putting stroke changes, or doesn't change either way, YOU will still be able to aim it at the hole. The entire point of getting an Edel putter is that is built to your eye, not your hands. When going through an Edel fitting usually the most enlightening part of the fitting is when the fitter shows you where you are aiming your current putter. When I got fit for mine 6 years ago I found out I was aiming my old putter 18 inches right of the hole on a 20 foot putt. So, my stroke had all kinds of built in compensation to make up for the fact that I "thought" I was pointing the face at the hole, but I wasn't. So, what Edel does that's right and different than everyone else is they make sure you can actually aim your clubface at the hole. They also spend time making sure you get the putter built to help you roll as consistent of distances as possible. (This is done by balancing the head weight and the handle weight etc... but everyone does this.) So, a non-fitted Edel putter will be about as useful to you as any other putter on the market. That's why their resale value is crap. Because who wants a putter built for somebody else's eyes? It would be like buying used contact lenses.... who would do that? So, remember, an Edel fitting is different than everyone else's putter fitting. It includes all the stuff the other guys do, but it adds the concept of building the putter to your eye. (Having a perfectly fit putter won't do boo for you if you are aiming it 18 inches right of the hole on a 20 foot putt.) That's why you can get an Edel fitting at any time during your golfing journey. Unless of course you plan to get your eyes replaced, the Edel putter will continue to work for you even as your stroke evolves.
  20. I've been fit for irons on a mat and it was fine. Having said that, I went into a fitting planning on getting new irons. So, for me it wasn't about total distance or total dispersion. It was all about relative distance and dispersion comparing different options. If you want to compare how "good" certain clubs are compared to your usual gamers, well then you need to do apples to apples. But if you are going to buy new clubs getting fit for them on a mat is fine. Possibly better in that you remove at least one or more variables. Dude, you are off topic. You should start a new thread to discuss your question.
  21. Yes, According to the TaylorMade webpage it does.
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