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RoverRick last won the day on June 28 2018

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  1. I’m gaming 2 hybrids right now. No it’s not the Mizuno CLK’s I bought last year or whatever I bought the year before or even the year before that. They all sucked. (Certainly wasn’t my fault) I’m gaming TM SLDR’s BUT what’s different about these are I stuck in some old Aldila VooDoo shafts in them. I had the heads in the garage and the shafts, perhaps from the Bush Administration, and I butt trimmed to he shafts to play standard steel shaft 3&4 iron lengths. It was meant as an experiment but I have never hit higher and straighter hybrids in my life. I’m sure it is the shorter shaft is simply delivering the club head at the proper angle but so far there have been no hooks and I can hit fades or draws. It turns out that the SLDR driver and 3 wood also got back in the bag this weekend. I reshafted my Mizuno ST190G and 3w and 5W but they were not set by Saturday so I played my M5 driver and SLDR 3w. But didn’t hit the M5 well so tried the SLDR on a Tensei Orange shaft and that is the flavor of the week. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. I’ve got to play in this again this week. The week I played this was my best week in over 5 years. Since then I stunk and have only been to the range this week but not consistently striping the ball. I’m working on that this weekend, range only. I also made some equipment tweaks going for more consistency. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  3. I’ve posted here before and probably said how much I hated Hybrids but I currently have 2 in the bag. I put them together and in the bag because I was playing in a tournament, and my teammate in the practice round, had a tendency to hook the ball. That left me needing to be able to hook the next shot. My complaint was I hooked them. So I added 1 to the bag. But built a 3-19° and a 4-21°. Unfortunately, I decided to reduce the shaft length by 1/2”. This gave them a flatter lie. I say unfortunately because once I did that I had a club that produced a long, high, straight ball flight. I actually replaced my 4 iron and my 5 wood with these for the tournament and they are still there. I haven’t hooked them yet, and fortunately my teammate didn’t hook the ball during the tourney. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  4. Yes. I bought the wedge. Tomorrow I will bag SM6 46°-SM8 50°-SM7 54°-SM6 58°. The 46&54 were new in the plastic that I got a deal on in March. The 58 is not new at all and will soon be replaced. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  5. I subscribed to both for years and then dropped them a couple of years ago. This year Gold Digest started sending me magazines again along with the bill telling me my subscription was about to run out. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  6. I have gamed it both ways, currently I play JPX919 Hot Metal Pros. The PW is 45° and it in theory has a hotter face. First off, I do not try to hit any iron as far as I can. To me irons are about distance control and accuracy not max distance. As a side note, last year I traded in my blades (MP5’s) for the more forgiving JPX919HMP. Yes they are longer and more forgiving and missed greens are closer than a mishit with the blades. This means more chips vs more pitches. One of the reasons I still gamed blades was that the spin on chips, and thus distance control, was better with blades. I use the “Rule of 12” when chipping. Divide the distance to the flag by the distance to the landing spot on the green and subtract this number from 12. For example 24 total paces to flag and 8 paces to landing will give you 3 so subtract that from 12 and it is a 9 iron. 6 paces to landing and you have an 8 iron. Etc. I find that these hotter faces and different CG’s make it very easy to create more spin which will cause a higher launch and faster check on the green. When I compare the HMP PW to my Vokey SM6 46° (which I bought new in the plastic recently, cheap because it is 2 models “old”) I can’t tell a big difference as far as the fuller shots go. But I run into the same issue with the HMP PW as I do the irons. A pitch will launch higher with more spin and thus check faster than I sometime want. I stop my back swing at set locations in an effort to create distance control. I have used Scor 46-50-55-60 for a number of years but today I bought a SM8 50° and will swap the Scors, which are pretty worn, for new Vokey tomorrow. 46-50-54-58. I still have to commit to the 58 vs 60. I also do not mind having my divided by distance. Say 125 and in is wedges. 130-180 is forgiving irons. 190 and up is hybrids and FM’s. Some people say (Okay, Titleist said it on YouTube, so it must be true) that the sole of a Vokey wedge will interact better with the ground than a PW from the set. I can’t say that I’ve really had an issue with the HMP PW interacting badly at all. It is all about inside 25’ from the green that makes the difference to me and being more able to make the low spinning low launching shot when I need it. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  7. I’m on my third pair of Skechers. As a matter of fact my first pair are seeing limited service as yard mowing shoes, my second set have been down graded to work shoes if I have to be out in the rain. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  8. I have not bought a new club since April 27th. However, about 5:30 I’m going to pick up dinner and will stop by the Pro Shop and get me an Vokey SM8 50°. I have Pro Shop credit from Thursday and I have League winnings to pick up. I’m planning on getting a 60° next week but they don’t have the bounce and grind I want on that one. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  9. After my best round in years yesterday posted in the HRC, I expected to great again today. However, poor swings early on had me 4 over through 4 and poor decisions 6 and 10 cost me 4 more strokes. And playing too conservatively cost me 1 more on the last hole BUT a net 68 in League play added $156 to my pocket. All in all I should be happy. I beat my handicap by 4 strokes. But I feel like I left 5-6 strokes out there by not making good decisions and committing. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  10. Rick/Texas Mizuno MP T5 52-56-60 or Vokey SM6 46-54-58 SM8 50. Would love to try 60 low bounce.
  11. Thanks. I could definitely tell a difference in the ball performance. I only short sided myself once and that caused the bogey on 2. Well, the poor drive that was 6” from OB and leaving myself 227 yards in the rough from the flag probably had more to do with it than the ball quality and pin location. I also was extremely lucky because the home owner didn’t have a fence and had recently mowed about a foot inside the white stakes. 6” right was OB. 6” left was 8” deep grass. I got my 4 wood on it and to within 30 yards but only had 10’ of green. Ended up with a 30’er for par. I was actually happy with just a bogey there. Other than that I missed the green on the side where a ball that won’t check up didn’t hurt me. I also hit more loft and harder than usual to compensate on my approach shots. I normally hit a 3/4 iron shot into the green. I tend hit it straighter and have better distance control. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  12. Finally got a round completed in the HRC. Actually I was actually playing on Wednesday but that pesky job interfered and only played 6 holes. Later I determined that it was a non-conforming ball anyway. It was a Volvek Vivid, well it felt too good and spun too much to qualify for this. So I returned today with a found Titleist Velocity and a Top Flight more roll, and a Srixon Marathon. First, I have a confession to make. My official handicap 14.1 and a 12 on these tees at my home course. This is (was) a true handicap until 2 weeks ago. At that point, I got to play golf once or twice a week for the last 3 years and a 2 year absence before that. I would often go two weeks without touching a club. About 2 1/2 weeks ago, I had a bit of a job change, and now I am home most days and, in theory, I can play golf everyday. In reality, I have played just one round during the week but have gotten to go to the range and practice on the course 3-4 times in between phone calls and text messages. I played 6 holes the other day and then spent 2 1/2 hours sitting under the trees talking and texting. My game has improved drastically, but I have not played complete rounds or turned in scorecards during this period. I played in a Shamble tournament last weekend (Lost by 1/2 a point) and played in the Men’s Scramble last night. We won the Scramble at -7 and used 3 of my drives, 7 approach shots and I made 6 of the birdie putts. However, still no scorecards to turn in and adjust my handicap. I have also developed a baby fade fairway finding driver shot that averages 230 and close to 80% accuracy. I can hit a draw that goes 260 with recently 4 going 272-275 but maybe 20% of fairways. Last Friday morning I went and hit tee shots only off all the driver holes. I hit the two balls, the fade and the draw. I also put together some hybrids with 1/2 shorter shafts to stop over drawing them. That has been why my handicap was 12-14. Note I didn’t say averages 260 or 270. It probably averages closer to 160 than 260 because they are either awesome or embarrassing and rarely in between. Last Friday I shot an 84 trying to hit the draws. Today with just focusing on getting in the fairway was a 73. So my scorecards: My lone birdie was almost an ace. Landed about 3’ from the pin and hit the pin on the bounce and dropped on the lip and rolled about a foot. Of course if it missed the flag than I may have had a 20’er coming back. I had just 29 putts and 6 of those were in the 10-15’ range, but I didn’t sink any of them. This could have been because these balls sound so clickey off the face but don’t go as far as they sound. Putts tend to just sorta wonder off close to the hole. Course Rating and Slope from these tees is 69.4/116. And officially I am a 14.1. But I expect this to change once I post more scores. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  13. Don’t want to thread jack here, and this is precisely part of the problem with taking lessons, differing opinions on what is actually happening during the swing and the “best” way to get there, but I said club head accelerating not reaching max speed. Force = mass x acceleration Not mass x speed but acceleration. I often wondered about relationship between max speed and max acceleration in the golf swing and the effect of mass on it. I certainly do not have the time or equipment or, quite frankly, the skill to test this. I have some thoughts as related to putting on this but I am drifting far afield from the original intent. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. Let me correct this misstatement. You need the path that will let you reach impact with the club head accelerating as fast as possible on the right line and facing the right direction. No bonus points for just getting there fast. I find that if I focus on the sequence of movement rather than the actual moves it works best for me. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  15. The short answer is YES! But compare the swings of Matt Wolff vs Bryson DeChambeau. At first glance the two could not be more different, but at impact they are similar. They just take vastly different paths to get there. If they tried to copy each other than they would be making 10’s on par 5’s. Oh wait, Bryson just did that. Bottom line is you have to reach impact as fast as possible and to get there you will have find the path that fits you. You can get input from any source whether that is a coach or YouTube or TV or whatever, and take what works for you and forget the rest and practice. Absent a coach who can visually see what you are doing, you need to video your swing. I wasted close to a year thinking I was grooving a “new golf swing” with no improvement, but the video showed after the first 2” of the swing it was the same as my old swing but not natural. I am playing my best golf in years and hitting some of my longest drives of my life (at 56). And I have parts and pieces from probably hundreds of sources that I have recently put together that fit me. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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