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  1. Rick Sulphur Springs, TX 95 and 8 3 Wood 15°, Ping I20 20°, Mizuno MP FLI HI 20° (2010) Right Hand Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  2. Holy smokes! Those shoes are as wide as his body. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  3. I tinkered around with an old set of irons. I liked the concept of hitting a 3 iron with the accuracy of a 7 iron. I do not, however, like the idea of hitting a wedge with the accuracy of a 7 iron. So I decided to create a set of Single(ish) Length Irons. I left the 7-P standard and cut down and bent the 3-6 to 7 iron specs. My swing weights were not the same through the set and have considered adjusting that BUT I also bought an extra 5-6 iron (because it was $10 for both) and left these standard so I could compare. My thought was that since the clubs were lighter than standard, I might actually be able to swing them faster and coupled with better contact they travel farther. Sadly, I have not had this happen. I hit the standard 6 iron about 3-5 yards farther than the shorter one. The 5 iron is almost a full club shorter. I was documenting this and was planning on posting a thread about the Single-ish Length Irons, but lost interest. These heads have more offset than I like, which is why they were in the garage for the last 10 years in the first place, and I have been spending my limited golfing time working on other things. However, I will point out that I only hit these a few times and have not given them a true chance to be better. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  4. I just reread what I wrote at 3 am and, unsurprisingly, I didn’t finish my thought. “Creating the Tour Experience” to me means that these are the tees you play if you want the “Tour Experience” menacing you need to hit every shot, maybe nit perfect, but really well. They are focused on golf only. If you want to have a fun round and chat with buddies, play shorter. What I really like about it is that it reinforces the TRUE reason for having different tees. NOT based on age or sex but how far you normally hit certain clubs. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  5. I like the idea of using iron distance to find the correct tee. At first I thought the numbers weren’t quite right but if you look at the title is says “Creating a Tour Experience.” I have the Mobitee app that has a digital caddie. I can track my shots etc. but I can also move my aim and strategize round, see how far I have left after hitting a certain club off the tee. I just tried hitting a full 5 iron off the tees. I would have 3&4 irons into all but 2 par 4’s. Now, having said that, I have no difficulty (in theory) of reaching the greens in regulation when I play the tees suggested in this chart. I say theoretically because that is provided I hit good shots. This week I need to play the pale green tees, (which my course doesn’t have) but the three previous weeks the blues were no problem. This also doesn’t take into account the question of what is a 5 iron. Is it a 27° 38.5” club or a 24° 39” club? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  6. Focus on direction off the tee not distance. Focus on distance control to the green. Focus on distance with the putter. The Hippocratic Oath of club and shot selection. “First, do no harm.” The easiest way to lower a handicap is to avoid big numbers, not by trying to make eagles. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  7. I bought a set of Ben Hogan CFT’s with graphite shafts in 2004 (or so) but didn’t really like them. That was sort of the start of my experimenting with shafts. Probably over 100 different combos of head types and shafts but had pretty much stuck with 5 iron and below steel and graphite above. I switched to graphite in all my irons this year because of a severe elbow injury last year. After I was finally able to make full swings (8 months later) I noticed that after the round, the impact with the ground would cause swelling for a couple of days. I’ve had Project X PXv 6.0 in my Mizzy MP FLI HI 3&4 irons for quite some time and would have to say they were my favorites based on launch, spin, control, etc., so, I install these in all my irons several weeks ago. They had the added benefit of being cheap because the are “old”. I am happy with the graphite iron shafts. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  8. I have also done this to good effect. Lately, I have found that my problems with the 3 Wood are actually caused by me over swinging. But that is not an issue limited to just that club. This is actually not a new discovery, it is simply that now I am getting better about doing something about it. Oh yeah! I think I prefer none adjustable FW’s and hybrids. I have switched to 909H because of this. I grew weary of having the mud and junk getting stuck in the hosel and grooves on the bottom. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  9. I let a guy hit my driver one time and he sliced one over the club house and broke the window of my car. Does that count? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  10. I hit my 3 Wood 257 yards and to 3 feet. Okay, I hit a 3 Wood once that far and also another time it stopped 3’ from the hole in the past 30 years. However, I bet if I had tracked every 3 wood shot my actual yardage would be about the same as a 5 or 6 iron, and my dispersion area would be roughly the size of Lichtenstein or some other small European country. As an 18 handicapper, if you are too far from the green to reach with a 5 Wood, a much easier to hit club, you would be better off hitting a 7 iron (or favorite club) and wedge. Off the tee, the 5W loft will still give you almost as much distance and be far easier to hit. BUT I admit I was intrigued with the mini drivers that came out a few years ago. This lead me to create what I call my Midi-Driver. This is a TM R9 Super Deep 10.5° set at 12° on a Motors F1 3 Wood shaft 42”. This head is 430cc but with a super deep face, hence the name, and a much smaller looking body. The loft and forgiveness of the head and shorter shaft make this a fairway finder. I hit 19/21 fairways last weekend when I used this. (I don’t want to talk about my next shots) but I still had the driver to hit on the more forgiving holes. I can’t hit it off the deck but I tracked my statistics and KNOW that if I HAVE TO HIT A 3W to the green, then I probably should not hit a 3W. I also own several and will probably take my 917F to range this weekend (I still dream of recreating the 3’ eagle putt) but probably won’t have it in the bag for the money rounds. This is not the advice you wanted. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  11. I can’t keep the mud and dirty out of the hosel hole for the wrench on my 3 Wood. The last thing I want is to have to dig it out after every shot. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  12. That would be my Frankeniron. A Mizuno MP FLI HI 18° 2 Iron on a 3 Wood Shaft. Project X PXv 42”. Regular Flex. When I’m hitting the ball well, I can swing hard and this has better height and spin than 3 woods for me. When I’m not hitting it that well, I can make a slower swing and it flies lower with little spin and runs. Both swings tend to be down the middle. I have recently changed all my iron shafts to the PXv in 6.0 flex, mainly because of an elbow injury. I need the shock absorption of graphite. I use the MP FLI Hi 3&4 and the rest are MP64. I pull hybrids left, and fairway woods go straight, but I tend to not make consistently good contact. I played with a guy one time who said “I hit my 3 Wood 250 yards.” I thought “yeah, 1 in 10 shots roll out to 245 which is close enough to 250. But most go 200.” That is also my fairwood game. Therefore, the “Frankeniron.” Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  13. I’ve played several rounds this year with the pin in. Basically it has not hurt the good putts. It may have helped on some mediocre putts and the bad putts, well, a 4x4 sticking in the hole wouldn’t have mattered. Of course the guys I play with were totally opposed to it at the start of each round, but usually by the end of the round they are giving it a try. As for their results, see first paragraph. I did have one putt that hit the stick but didn’t go in. However, it was a pretty steep side hill putt, the ball was diving and hit the lower lip. While it hit the flag, I doubt it would have gone in anyway. It was not a very good putt, and I never got it high enough. We had a debate about it, but were 50/50 on it making any difference. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  14. Way too much attention is paid to the putting “stroke”. I focus on the target, which is now the flagstick that I have left in the hole. I stand behind the ball and imagine the ball rolling towards the hole and where it would end up if I rolled it straight at the hole. Then I move left or right, looking down the line, imagining how the ball will break. Once that is determined, I line putter head perpendicular to that line and from that point on it’s all about speed. Total focus on getting the ball to the hole and hitting the flag and dropping in the hole. I have noticed that sometimes I use a straight putting stroke with a 10 finger grip. Sometimes I may have a gap between my hands. Sometimes I have a short popping stroke with a conventional overlapping grip. And sometimes it is a longer more flowing stroke. The reason for this variety is because I don’t pay any attention to the grip or the stroke. Good putting is starting the ball on the proper line and the proper speed. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  15. I’m leaving it in all the time. Why? Because my goal now on the putting green is to hit the flag stick. This is causing me to aim dead center of the cup, although that does not mean it is a direct line to where I standing. The argument that hitting the stick can cause it to ricochet out of the hole and end up very far away is a bit asinine to me. If you hit the flag hard enough for it to bounce more than a couple of feet away, there was no way it was going to stop near the hole anyway. If you hit the flag with a putt and it bounces 20’ then it probably better it did because without the flag your next shot was probably going to be a pitch back on the green. I’ve played 3 rounds so far this year (yeah I know you’re jealous) and have left it in every putt. Every time I have hit the flag (and I have putted very well) it has gone in the hole. I have played with 10 different guys and every one of them were adamant about not leaving the flag in at the start of the round. Some even scoffed and acted “put out” because I was putting it back in the hole. By the end of the round most have stated they were going to try it, and many of them had left it in at least once. Although, other than me, none have totally embraced this. Overall, I can say that it has improved my putting because it changed my focus. I look at the hole while making the stroke, but I have been burning the edges of late. These last few rounds I didn’t burn many edges, and I attribute that to aiming to hit the flag stick with the ball. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
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