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  1. Your clubs with your swing. That is certainly not evidence that others would see the same results. I'm not saying they wouldn't, but your presumed assumption that they would is exactly that, extremely presumptuous.
  2. Seriously? Aside from the clubs that you happen to like, all others are just pretenders? Okay. Not sure why people seen to think irons haven't advanced, but they're totally willing to accept the advances in drivers, woods, putters, balls.... everything else. They've all improved tremendously, but with irons, all they've done is jack the lofts, except for those pings of course. It's very odd.
  3. Yes, they are ridiculously expensive. That's why someone playing only 3 times a month should be looking at pxg, sub70, or used. As I said, I love my 0211s and have yet to see a bad review ANYWHERE. (And I play 300 or so rounds a year. ) By the way, 4- pw is probably not the best set for that golfer either. A set starting at 5 or even 6 and running through pw or gw is probably a better choice.
  4. Absolutely. Irons don't have to cost 1300. You can get pxg 0211s, with fitting, for half that., and they are fantastic clubs.
  5. Pretending the only thing that has changed is the loft on irons and the "adjustable hosel garbage" on drivers is a little silly. There is no doubt that drivers have become more forgiving and that the shafts that can be put in them can be dialed in to improve your performance with them. Irons have stronger lofts, yes, but putting a stronger lofted head on a close to traditional length shaft will make most people more accurate with that head, especially when combined with improved tech specs. If you love your old clubs and want to stick with them, that's fine, but advancements over 15-20 years are pretty undeniable. Changing clubs every year or two is vanity or just fun for those who do that, but waiting 20 years is surely sacrificing some advancements.
  6. If you are 4 putting regularly, it's almost a guarantee that your speed is terrible. My 2 favorite drills with my students were always these: 1. Start at any distance you want from the edge of the green. Try to hit a ball halfway to the edge. Hit another just a little farther. Then another. See how many you can fit between the first and the edge of the green never leaving one short of the last. Start over from a different distance... 2. Start this drill from a variety of distances from the hole. Use three balls. Try to hit the first putt a little to too hard (maybe three feet past). Try to leave the second the same distance short. Now hit the third the correct distance. When you get on the course, use this as your routine before stepping up to the ball. One or two strokes a little too hard. One or two a little too soft, one or two just right, then step in and hit the putt. (Please do this quickly on the course, you're not the only one out there.) These drills worked the best for my students who struggled with their putting, and they have the added advantage of working just as well for chipping practice. If you show up for tee times just 15 or 20 minutes earlier, you should see rapid improvement even if that's the only time you work on them.
  7. I would imagine if your irons are 40 years old, you are not swinging them as hard as you were when you bought them. Today's tech will definitely make the game easier. Get shafts that work for your current swing. And today's stronger lofts and better cg and moi will allow you to hit less club, which increases confidence. And before anyone screams that all they did was jack the lofts, a lower loft on the shorter 8 iron shaft makes it easier to hit than that old 7 (or even 6) iron loft. Combine that with the new metrics that allow a lower angle of launch with a similar angle of descent and these irons are easier to hit... fact. Technology advances far more slowly in golf than equipment manufacturers would have you believe, but there's a big difference in clubs when you wait 40 years to switch them out.
  8. Your comments on pv1 are accurate. Precisely why I never play them (I want the ball to release and roll out) and why I think most amateurs would do well to avoid them. Amateurs come up short far more often than they go long. Pv1s only exacerbate the problem. In fact, most would be better avoiding urethane altogether.
  9. I hit the d9 and the pxg 0211 as well as a few others. The only one that even tempted me was the 0211. It was way longer than the d9 and better dispersion. May be different for you, but thought I'd at least throw it out there for thought.
  10. Patience. I cannot abide slow play. There are days I overcome it, but it is very difficult. Two days ago the temperature was in the mid 60s, no wind, 4 hour round, shot 83 with only 1 birdie. Yesterday was 45*, 15mph wind, walked the course in a little over 2 hours, shot 78 with 3 birdies. If I owned a course, if you wanted a time before 9am you would have to play in under 3 hours, before noon under 3.5, any time after that under 4. You would have to agree beforehand that if you were the first group out of position and over the agreed upon pace, you would be asked to leave with no refund. Ah, well, I can dream, can't I?
  11. Judging by the posts on this site, I certainly think most of the people here are overthinking... and overly technical. My God, guys shooting in the 90s who are trying to focus on 7 different positions in the swing, worrying about overpronation, using launch monitors to try to "perfect" launch angle, and so many other things that just clog up their natural abilities. Master the basic fundamentals, grip, alignment, stance, and basic swing path, then aim it and let fly until you are shooting reasonable scores. And... One swing thought only on the course please. And speed up... slow play will not improve your game. It's what gives you the time to overthink.
  12. Agreed. Most players I know are much better with a 7 wood than a hybrid. I'm not one of them, but my Wilson deep red 3H is the first and only hybrid I've ever liked, so I'm going with majority here. In general, I don't find hybrids easy to hit at all.
  13. Bought a Cleveland launcher 4 wood about 8 years ago, used, for $7.50 on ebay, and that included shipping. It's still in the bag.
  14. If you are not swinging in excess of 100 mph, you probably won't carry it any farther than a 5 wood. If your course is dry it still might be worth having the 3 for the extra run out but only if you can hit it consistently. Otherwise it's a club you probably don't need.
  15. Please send me those crappy 2 piece balls. I love them. I recently found a taylormade soft response, played 2 rounds with it, and thought I had found a urethane ball that I actually liked. I was shocked. Then I looked it up and found that it's ionomer covered. 3 piece, but no urethane. Mystery solved.... very nice ball. I still prefer my vice drive and Wilson 50 elite, but I would play these.
  16. Perhaps we could agree, all together, that it's altogether silly to focus on spelling and grammar on a forum like this? Just trying to bail out the bale speller.
  17. Since we are doing this, I believe you meant altogether, not all together.
  18. If you are going to start criticizing spelling online, you had better have a lot of time on your hands.
  19. For high handicappers, assuming for the sake of discussion 14 drivers per round, 20-30 irons (not including wedges) and 36 or more putts, of course the stats will tend to show the putter can improve the most. Doesn't mean it's "the most important" fitting. Putting is, in general, the easiest place to improve with even a little practice, so a new putter that inspires a little practice is bound to have a big effect, even if it's no better fitted than the old one.
  20. Honestly, I doubt if almost anyone would even know it was a bad ball. In most cases, 99% of us would never notice and it would have zero effect on our game.
  21. Playing with family, whether granddad or grandma, mom or dad, son or daughter, husband or wife, etc, is the best. Glad you are getting to do this with your boy.
  22. Oh, thanks for clarifying, although I admit I still had to look up what white claw is. Look, I have nothing against anyone enjoying any libation they want. I'm a longtime believer that Ben Franklin was right when he said beer is proof that God loves man and wants him to be happy. But when booze or weed turns you into an ass who doesn't care if you're slowing up the whole course or screwing up others' rounds in other ways, now it's a problem.
  23. I'm in my second year of retirement, and the year started great. Playing more was really helping. Got my handicap down to about a 3 and had a few under par rounds. Had dreams of getting it to the lowest I've ever been. Then I got hit with an illness that requires ongoing medication. Timing just isn't consistent from day to day or even within a round. Back up to a 6 and have stayed there. I have good rounds now and then, but I have to accept that anything in the 70s is now acceptable, and really good scores are to be celebrated, because they are the exception, not the rule. On the positive side, I'm one to two clubs longer with my new irons, I zeroed in on 2 balls the suit my game perfectly, and I get to play almost every day. Still have plenty of friends who play, and my wife has started playing for the first time in over thirty years, so every round is still fun, regardless of score. Life is good.
  24. I think these questions usually come from newer golfers, who really have no idea what to look for, so are asking for guidance. And of course they are silly questions, since "the best" anything is that best matches your own individual game. Except, of course for the ball. Titleist ProV1 is the best for every player who is now or has ever played the game (sarcasm intended).
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