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RoverRick last won the day on June 28 2018

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  1. I apparently developed a phobia with my i500 6 iron. Started off hitting it well, then hit it poorly 1 time and that was the start of hating to br in that range. I was walking through the PGA Tour Superstore, (really, it was on my way to work and only went 15 miles out of the way.) and they had a Ping G425Max 6 hybrid in their Premium PreOwned rack for $50 off. Honestly it looked brand new. Long story short, I made 3 birdies with it Saturday and won $70. Well, I hit a drive that got me in the fairway and I made 4’, 10’, and 15’ birdie putts. Every time I hit it, I was rewarded with high straight ball flights and 4-12” of roll out.
  2. I’m not going to tell what happened on 15 standing in the middle of the fairway with a perfect lie into the wind with the same club from about the same distance. Perhaps I swung left handed or something. I did make my bogey putt.
  3. Played a pretty solid round of golf this weekend. I got to play the previous weekend 5 days in a row for the first time in 8 months and it mad a huge difference. These high lofted fairway woods are a game changer. On the number 10 tee box I said “Anything past the tree is a good drive on this hole.” To my playing partner who was unhappy with his drive. I then proceeded to hit the tree almost dead center and bounced deeper into them. I had an opening but had to launch it high and was 185 yards for the green. I could not actually see the green unless I got down on my knees and looked under the 5-6 trees between me and the green. It was in the deep grass but sitting on a track mark from a cart so I could get the club on it. I took the 9 wood and thought “just make good contact.” So I took a mighty swing but the flying grass kept me from seeing the ball. It felt good. I yelled to the guy 85 yards closer and standing in the fairway if he saw it. He said, “Yes, we all ____ing saw it.” I said I didn’t where is it. He said “3 feet from the ____ing pin and I thought it was going in.” I ended up making $10 there and a total of $60 for the day. Normally I use a range finder to get the exact distance but in this case I just guessed the distance and just hoped I could get over the trees and have a chip and avoid a big number, I never expected to have little more than a tap in for birdie.
  4. Since clubs that are in the rotation do not count, I do not have any of the same clubs. Gone are the M5 Driver, M6 3 wood, GAPR Hi Hybrid, JPX Hot Metal Pro 4-P and T5 52-56-60 and In are the Pings and Vokey wedges, although the 54* wedge is one I have had for a period of time. I swap putters based on the speed of the greens. But my “newest” putter is at least 10 years old.
  5. I work to support my golf habit.
  6. There are two “feels” in golf. One is how the club feels during the swing, and I’ll address this first. I have gone through 18 months trying different shafts in my JPX919 Hot Metal Pros. I have never hit an iron more poorly in my life (overall) than these clubs. But they were by far the most forgiving and hottest hitting irons I’d played up to that point. I played MP series irons for years and expected to see distance advantages and forgiveness. However, these were on lighter shafts. I tried several different ones XP95, Nippon NS750 Wrap Tech, some 115 g shafts, SteelFiber i95 and Project X Graphite some in stiff and some in regular flex and some in both. I have simply never hit them well. I recently changed to Ping i500 DG S300 120 g and have drastically improved my ball striking. Weight trumps Flex, apparently. While they may “feel” heavier and slower, I strike the center of the club face and hit them further, higher, and straighter. They are simply better weights of shaft for me even if I should probably play a regular flex. Based on the occasional good shot with the 919’s the problem was my delivery not the heads. This was totally brought on by having shafts that did not fit my swing. I seriously doubt the Ping i500 is that much more forgiving than the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro. The other feel. The other feel is how you feel about your club and the shot you are about to make. When I walk around to the bag and see blades I “feel” like a “playa”, and I just know I am going to hit a good shot. At least on the short iron. But I can also “feel” like I need more help. Standing on the 18th fairway and having to hit a mid to long iron to the island green, I just know I’m not going to hit a good shot with a blade. The i500’s are be best of both worlds but probably not on a different shaft. They make we feel like a “playa” looking at them, and they make me feel like I have plenty of forgiveness if I need it, and often do need the help. Just as the Ping fairway woods vs any hybrid make me feel like I can swing hard and not fear going hard left. So Ego vs Reality. I had decided after playing in Florida last month, that I needed higher hitting clubs. First off, I played the best round since before my knee injury and subsequent surgery and recovery. I had just bought a Ping G425Max driver and hit it high and straight. My misses with my other clubs tended to be straight but low. I was going to have a bag full of hybrids if that’s what it took. I scheduled my fitting the intention of going with the Ping G425Max 4-7 Hybrids and 3 and 5 Fairway woods if that’s what it took. Ultimately, I ended up with Fairway Metals rather than hybrids. I also saved some money and bought some used Ping G410 3 and 5 woods. I like the turbulators on these, it makes them look bigger and more forgiving. They also look more closed than I like, but I can get over that when I see them fly high and straight and long with a hop and stop at the end.
  7. My thoughts on Reed. This is a team event and he has proven he is anything but a team player. If he wanted to be on my team, I would tell him to play in the Zurich Classic with someone and make it through the weekend without claiming all the accolades or blaming your teammate for the poor shots. In a 2 man team match play round, just knowing your teammate has your back is as important as having a teammate who can make the shots. No doubt Reed can make the shots, but what happens after the round or even after the shot is made?
  8. I told my friend Chad this on the first tee box Sunday. I said, ‘‘I came across the Devil this last week and asked ‘What will it cost me to become the best golfer in the world?’ He said, ‘It will cost you your soul.’ I said, ‘That’s a little steep. How good can you make me for a dollar?’ He said, ‘Good enough to beat Chad.’ So how about $2 Two Downs?”
  9. I did this in April. There was no doubt that the Sim2 Max (for me) was longer than the Ping G425Max, but so was my M5. HOWEVER, me and Twist Face do not get along. It seems that it was made for people who swing out to in. My in to out swing and a hit toe hit or low heel hit created huge hooks and slices. The TM drivers I can miss by 40 yards. The Ping while shorter (on the monitor) was mostly dead straight with the occasional 5-10 yard miss. Most of my missed fairways this weekend (played 5 rounds) have been from trying to fade or draw the ball, and it simply going straight and running out of fairway. I’m growing more confident in this driver and I have been hitting the G425Max as far as my old M5 and much straighter. I also have the 9 wood and plan on the 7 and 3 woods. I bought a G410 5 wood and will determine if it is worth the extra bucks G425Max, if the 5 wood ever gets here. My decision was based on there was not a club difference in the overall distance between these 2 drivers, but there could be a whole stroke difference in having a shot at the green and having to punch out.
  10. I marked down 4 BUT currently I have 1 that I half way trust to hit at a green. After my return from knee surgery a couple of months ago, it became obvious that I needed help at the top of the bag. Honestly, I was not hitting the green or even close to the green from 150, although most of the time I was having to hit out of the trees. My first step was the driver. I ended up with the G425Max. I do not hit it as far as I occasionally hit my M5, but I’ve been getting about 240 carry with it. We’ve had so much rain it has been easy to tell the carry vs roll because if it hasn’t plugged it is a couple of feet from the pitch mark, but I’m hitting it dead straight and usually in the fairway. When I miss the fairway it is because I tried to work the ball and this just likes to go straight. This is something I can get used to I went for a fitting a couple of weeks ago and was seriously considering Ping G425Max 3-5-7 woods and 4-5-6-7 hybrids. Then ended up buying used i500 6-P. I’m very happy with these clubs. On the launch monitor, I was hitting the i500 6 iron 176 and the G425Max 9 wood 190. 7 wood 205, 5 wood 220 and 3 wood 235. These were total distances. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, they only had the 9 wood in my specs. I was concerned that in real life the 6 iron-9Wood gap was too big, so I just bought the 9 wood. In reality, I am not hitting either of these as far as in the bay, but as mentioned the conditions here are bad. We have had rain 10 of the last 14 days. I also was able to buy a like new Ping G410 5 wood for $180 less than a G425Max 5 wood. I’m waiting on the ox cart it was shipped on to get here and determine if I should spend the bucks for the G425Max or G410’s. I will say that the G425Max is working hard to pay for itself. I’ve made $127 the last 3 days with this club. I’ve only played with it 3 times and all three days I’ve used it several times and gotten birdies from 180-ish out. Yesterday I shot my lowest round since before my injury, but today I had just 1 great shot that made up for the overall pitiful performance. Short game was my problem today. Although, I did sink a 30’ putt for a birdie yesterday that won me 20 of those dollars I attributed to the 9 wood. I’m excited about these clubs. I’m just waiting to see if the 425’s was worth $300 new. So far based on the 9 wood I think so. The flat setting on the Pings is just perfect for me. I have a Mizuno ST190 5 Wood that I hit well and it goes 210+ and is relatively reliable, and a M6 3 wood that is great off the tee, but I may hit is 220 or 120 off the deck. I went to a different store to buy the 7 wood after I hit the 9 wood so well, but they didn’t have it either. Sadly the holiday weekend will be over before I can get the 9 wood.
  11. After not participating in these contests for a couple of years, I see why I haven’t participated. I suck.
  12. I struggled with hybrids for years. Probably tried 20 different ones and all but the 2004 Ben Hogan CFT’s have been hookers. I bought a set of i500 6-P on Sunday and needed something for the top of the bag. I was interested in the Ping G410 and G425 hybrids so I went in for a fit on Monday. I have a new G425Max Driver that I have adjusted 1° down and Flat. This is a game changer for me. The flat setting on the Ping G410 and G425Max does make them into a much more neutral ball flight, and they are incredible. They are incredibly expensive also. While I might could get the G410 from eBay, the G425 are still new and $270 MSRP and the G410 are still selling for over $200 so I decided to get fit for some G425. Things didn’t go quite as planned. First, I have new irons (arriving today) and don’t know where the upper range for my 6 iron truly is. I should hit the Ping i500 6 iron 175 yards. They did have an i500 7 iron and, based on that, I estimated where the 6 iron should fit. But that was on the monitor not real life. I may end up needing the 5 Hybrid. But if I hit that club 175, I need clubs to span the range from say 190-235. So I hit the hybrids, and they were great. But I also hit the 3, 5, 7, 9 woods. Those were freaking awesome. I was hitting those off the deck so consistently that I felt like Matt from TGX. (Except he would be hitting 7-9 irons that range.) Once I put these on the flat setting the ball flights were all identical and only increasing by 15 yards or so per club. I have never had clubs I felt confident in above 175 yards. Sure I could hit them that far, but I never knew when one would turn 40 yards left or 20 yards right. These fairway woods would be 5 yards either way. So I ended up deciding on the FM’s over the Hybrids. I went ahead and bought the 7 and 9 woods. They didn’t have the 5 with the shaft I needed, and I decided to wait on the 3 wood because I may not need it and may need something to bridge the gap between my 6 iron and 9wood. The moral of this long winded story is that higher lofted fairway metals may be the way to go for some of us who have not aged as well as we may have liked.
  13. I was considering the HMB’s when I saw some pristine Ping i500 6-P for less than current trade-in value with 2 hours to go. I placed my max bid and won. They arrive tomorrow but the good news for me was that with the money I saved I could load the top of the bag with useful clubs. Went and got fitted on Monday for G425Max 3, 5, 7, 9 woods, but held off on the 3 wood. Might have to go 5 hybrid in the real world. I’ve played Mizuno’s mostly for the past 15 years but played Eye 2 since the dawn of time. I never jelled with the JPX919 Hot Metal Pros.
  14. Yes. I’ve bought a club lately. I bought a new SM8 50° wedge with the winnings from a Sunday tournament in March. Then a SM8 60° with the winnings from a Wednesday night tournament. And then I bought a G425Max Driver. Then a set of i500 irons. Then a G425Max 5 wood, 7 wood, and 9 wood. Other than that I have things under control. Except I may need a 5 hybrid or a 3 wood. But not with winnings. Only the 2 wedges Still using my SM7 54° and my putter. I’m not a complete ho.
  15. Belated thanks to all. I would have responded sooner but for the past couple of weeks every time I accessed the App it didn’t work. Of course, once I had time to investigate this I learned why. I’m still in the process of buying my birthday presents. Looks like I’m a Ping player now. As the saying goes, “Those that can’t swing, play Ping.” I’ve decided at 57 I can’t learn to play golf so I’m buying a golf game. G425Max Driver, 3w, 5w, 7w, 9w and i500 6-P. Tired of the low ball. The 3 wood is iffy. Hit it further off the tee, but the 5 wood is just 12 yards shorter off the tee and 5 longer average than the 3 wood off the deck. If I’m hitting FM off the tee, I’m probably more concerned with 12 yards longer than 12 yards shorter. “I hit 3 wood 257 yards and had a 3’ putt for eagle.” In 2007. The G425Max 3 wood is the best 3 wood I’ve ever hit, but for me, it does not out perform the 5 wood off the deck. I don’t know what I’ll use in that spot in the bag: perhaps an extra wedge, a bladed 7 or 8 iron or a 48” 12° SLDR or a 5 hybrid if the gap between the 6 iron and 9 wood is bigger on the course than the launch monitor. I’ll know more after this weekend.
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