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  1. On 1/17/2023 at 12:42 PM, RickyBobby_PR said:

    The shaft isn’t the engine 


    Shaft Myth #1 – The shaft is the engine of the golf club 

    If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this statement, I might not be rich, but I definitely would be able to go to a nice restaurant and enjoy a good dinner with a good bottle of wine! It is far more truthful to say that “the golfer is the engine,” while “the shaft is the transmission of the golf club.” 

    A shaft does not create energy during the swing. It is simply the component that takes the energy generated by the golfer and transmits it to the clubhead to hit the ball. It is true that if certain elements of the shaft are not properly fit to the golfer’s specific swing characteristics, the golfer can lose distance by experiencing a lower clubhead speed or more off-center hits than he could generate from using a correctly fit shaft. At the same token, if the shaft is accurately fit, the golfer has a much better chance of fully optimizing his/her potential to hit the ball to the best of their ability. 

    Performance wise, the shaft, 1) can affect the dynamic loft of the clubhead at impact within a narrow range of 2 to 3 degrees, but only for those golfers with a later to very late release; 2) will chiefly control the total weight of the club, which in turn can have an effect on the golfer’s clubhead speed, 3) can affect some golfers’ (not all) confidence and swing consistency by displaying a “bending feel” during the swing that is either more preferred or less preferred by the golfer. That’s it, that’s the full list of what the shaft can do.

    You might be right but it's semantics. When someone says the shaft is " the engine " or "the transmission " or "the whatever" we all understand that they're saying the shaft is more important than the head. Maybe they should just say that.

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  2. On 12/26/2022 at 7:15 PM, fixyurdivot said:

    Since joining the men's league and two other groups that play competition games, I'm finding that I simply do not play as well as opposed to just casual rounds. I have finished 1st in an individual low net game for my flight, and placed in the top 10 a couple of times in men's league team contests.  I haven't kept close track but gut says barely 50/50 on money in and pay outs on our Monday and Thursday team games. I'll go further to say that more often than not, I'm one of the team members not playing to my handicap/quota.  Looking at my play/score data, I'm averaging over 4 strokes better when just playing outside of a competition format. 

    And, we play them where they lie (except local rules) and putt everything out.  Same for casual play except for a couple absolute, depth of a mallet head, tap in's.

    Except for the trash games we played in Yuma (Wolf for dimes/hole, 2 bits for CTP's and birdies), I really never participated in very much competitive golf. Perhaps it will just take some time to forget about the competition part and stay focused on the execution part - dunno, sure hope so? 🤷‍♂️  

    Does playing competitively affect your game (or did it when you first started)?

    I think you'll get better as you play more and get used to it. I did. Like you I played poorly at first, often very poorly. I'm much more relaxed now. Some of it was how casual we play with friends. Ready golf, putting out of turn if a guy's not rerady, etc.

  3. On 9/24/2022 at 4:51 PM, blackngold_blood said:

    Comments like this are so funny to me. Next time try to get some context on what you are commenting on before hitting submit. 

    I have hit shafts that range from 45g Regular flex Oban Devotion to a 65g X Stiff Kuro Kage XT with playable results. I swing anywhere between 107-113mph depending on how loose I can get my back. 

    Glad I made your day.

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  4. On 8/31/2022 at 11:37 AM, Samsonite said:

    Welp...after listing a few little things for sale I'm not using any more, I decided to pull the trigger and order the 0311 XF (Gen 5) in 9 degree.  For $299, free shipping and 60 days to try it out, and if it outperforms or even matches my Cobra from two years ago, it's a no-brainer keep and then I can offload the Cobra for whatever I can get for it.  

    We'll see what the result is - I went with a REALLY different set-up than my previous Hzrds Smoke 60g Stiff (which, when tested at a fitter, was apparently coming in at 2x Stiff - no wonder it's been problematic):  Gen5 0311XF (figuring the extra forgiveness can never hurt me), ProjectX Riptide CB 40 4.0 in L flex, midsize grip (LOVE the midsize ever since testing it at a Roger Dunn).

    The real wildcard here is the L-flex shaft - but after seeing the Mobile Clubmaker's video with Mr. Shortgame, I am VERY intrigued with this (for those that didn't see it, he compared the "AutoFlex" shaft against two other shafts - the Riptide CB and a discontinued shaft from 2011 (forgive me for not remembering the name off-hand - I think it was a Fujikura), and they performed almost exactly the same as the "AutoFlex", but at WAY cheaper.  Given my experience with the LagShot driver (incredibly whippy shaft with heavy head, for me, equaled crazy-straight, playable drives), I thought this was a fun way to test this combo out.  

    If I hate it - well, I have 60 days to send it back for a full refund (or, more likely, try out a different combo if I can take it to a local fitter).  So it feels like a fun experiment.  The potential upside is that, for effectively just more than the cost of the shaft alone, I get to try out something that's as current as can be, and could potentially be a (pardon the over-usage) game-changer. 

    I'll let you know what's what when I get it in-hand sometime in the next two weeks. 


    You went from a stiff shaft (that you say played more like x stiff) to an L flex???  Did you demo the L flex?  Hope it works but this has disaster written all over it

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  5. On 4/27/2022 at 3:49 PM, labillyboy said:

    I'd love to get a Clone with a hot face....  I once hit a massively oversized driver at a muni with the guy I was playing with, must have been 1000cc's, HUGE.  I just bombed the ball with it...  Obviously illegal... but a clone that isn't regulation... hmmm.  To be fair, I'd buy a real version of the club but use the "hot" one.  I honestly could never tell the difference between the real McCoy and a fake.

    On another note on topic, I do have several real Rolex watches bought at certified Rolex jewelers.  I recently bought a clone of one of them, over $1000 but a perfect replica.  Why? so I can wear it every day. Walking around Los Angeles with $15,000 or more on your wrist isn't very smart these days.  They sit in my safe. If I get robbed, I can easily give up the replica... 

    Golfsmith had a 1000cc head for awhile years ago. Bang used to sell a 750cc head I believe and still sell a 600cc head. Banggolf

  6. On 4/28/2022 at 8:31 AM, PMookie said:

    You do realize carbon is used in MANY industries and can be shaped into many different forms…? This would be no different.

    Not sure what that has to do with my question. I'm just wondering if TM is using the Twist Face technology?  I had an M5 and was really amazed at how corrective it was of mishits.

  7. On 4/24/2022 at 1:04 PM, GolfSpy_APH said:

    Easy to tell him a walk mart driver would have been just as good.

    What I feel bad for is a guy we had come in to the shop who was gifted what he thought was a brand new Scotty for his 25 years of working with his company from a bunch of employees... Which had many many tells of being fake. Telling him it was harder. He didn't do it and was so excited to own a Scotty.

    I'd wonder about the guy from the company that bought that fake Scotty.  I can hear it now "hey guys we need to pitch in to get $500 to get Bob a Scotty Cameron putter for retirement. " Then goes out and buys a $50 fake and pockets $450

  8. My wife and I are going to Vegas for 8 days in November and looking for golf suggestions.
    First St. George Utah area. We have played Sand Hollow and wouldn't mind playing it again. Any other courses a nice or nicer scenery wise? Hard to imagine. I know of the Ledges, Copper something, any other lesser known rec's? Wouldn't mind up to an hour drive from St. George.
    Now Vegas. Courses are insanely priced for tourists. We've played Coyote Springs, Badlands now closed, the Pauite courses, Boulder Creek, Sunrise, Boulder Creek city course off the top of my head. Looking for some off the beaten path courses that won't cost an arm and a leg. Don't have to be top notch courses. We'll likely play one upscale course, too. Any suggestions?
    And finally, Mesquite. We have played Conestoga, Wolf Creek and one of the Palmer courses there, I think Oasis. Would like to play Conestoga again depending on cost. Any suggestions?Something must be going on in Mesquite Nov 5-6 as we couldn't find a room available.
    Let me know your thoughts

  9. On 4/14/2021 at 8:36 AM, Tom the Golf Nut said:

    Whenever I shop for a car I take a set of clubs with me. If they don't fit easily, then no deal. Some car salesmen get it and some think I'm crazy. Current golfing vehicle. 

    2018 Chevy Impala. Comfortable cruiser, decent gas mileage, fits 3 sets of clubs plus three pieces of luggage in the trunk. Can't do a foursome unless it is a golf only day trip.  I like a sedan as a golf vehicle. Everything is hidden in the trunk. Very helpful where club theft is common in tourist golfing areas. Seen to many smashed windows in SUV's with clubs stolen. 



    Agree with preferring a sedan for travelling with golf clubs. Haven't found a trunk big enough  since our 2006 Malibu. Will have to check out the Impala (always buy used)

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  10. On 8/28/2021 at 11:33 AM, CarlH said:

    Or a young guy that thinks he has game, but is just a dick.

    True, but I have to say, not that I play with a ton of young guys, it's rarely the young guys acting stupid. It's the middle aged to old guys.

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  11.   Nothing sadder than an old guy who thinks he still has game. Hard to imagine that they can't realize the girl's find them repulsive. 

      I have seen cart girls who definitely play into that behavior too for the tip money. And that's their perogative but might make some of these old farts think they're all that way.

      I once played in a league and it was really hot. This cart girl is wearing a lacey nothing of a top, kinda like a flimsy halter top, no bra. She's well endowed. Anyway she comes racing up to us through this bumpy patch of rough and lo and behold, out pops a boob. She of course acts all embarrassed but I find it hard to believe she didn't know what was going to happen driving that fast over that bumpy terrain. I bet that boob popped out multiple times that day. Of course guys were tipping her $5-10 bills. There were two groups of us one on the green and the other right on the next tee. I bet she made $50 in tips on that hole alone.

  12. On 8/11/2021 at 1:56 PM, Kenny B said:

    My suggestion (and it's only a suggestion) is before you look at new drivers, find out what your swing flaw is that causes you to miss fairways... and greens I might add when you only hit 21% of them.  If you are back from shoulder surgery, I can assure you that your swing is different, and you may be introducing compensations.  That could lead to more issues down the road.  The driver you have may be just fine once you figure out your swing.

    I tend to agree. This is the golden age of drivers. If you can't hit these straight it's not the driver.  At least not the head, the shaft is more important nowadays. And unless you're totally misfit in the shaft you should still be able to keep it in play.  All the heads are extremely forgiving.

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  13. If you plan on playing a few rounds get the Prime Times card! It's $250 but with one card you can take a foursome at very reduced rates.  I had already booked some courses for the week we stayed but still bought the card and saved money. Wish I had known about it beforehand. For every round you or two you play you get a free round, plus they give you $50 or $100 shop credit. It would be an absolute steal for your family. Some of the courses are King's North, Long Bay, World Tour, TPC, Myrtlewood, and about 20 more.


    Prime Times Tee Times - Myrtle Beach's #1 Golf Membership : Prime Times Tee Times (primetimescard.com)

  14. World Tour and King's North are very nice courses but nothing earth shattering. If you're looking for just good golf TPC is tough and nice condition. Caledonia, True Blue and Tidewater are usually held up as the MB courses that stand above all others. But are in south MB.

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  15. Wolf Creek is crazy and fun. Conestoga in Mesquite is almost as good. All the Paiute courses are excellent. Coyote Springs is in the middle of nowhere but a tough Nicklaus course. You'd need to rent a car for these. Boulder Creek, ( not the city course) is a surprisingly affordable option that is nice. 

       Primm has some nice courses, the name of the place escapes me now, I believe the courses are Lexington and Concorde?

  16. On 8/3/2021 at 2:04 PM, DiscipleofPenick said:

    Right walking it's definitely not shower than carts. With walking I can go right to my ball instead of zig zag from the cart path. I can keep moving while the other players hit. Most cart groups, myself included, the other 3 golfers stop everything when the one is hitting. And same thing at the green instead of having to stay 50 feet away I can walk right up (and actually fix my ball mark). And then there's the cart path only days where a cart is much slower.

    Whenever someone compares walkers to riders they always use the example of "bad" riders. They wait until each guy hits, they don't go to their ball, etc. What about bad walkers? They can just as easily walk down the middle of the FW talking when each has hit to a different side, then wait for each guy to hit, etc. That's just bad golf, period, walking or riding. Both sides playing intelligently walking is simply slower, especially on courses with decent distances from green to next tee. Nothing to get defensive about.

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